Sunday, October 11, 2015

Babies are Expensive!

We try our very best to include Addie on all daily activities, even when it isn't the easiest way or least expensive way.

Taking Addie to the store with us doesn't mean just buying groceries, she now needs to make sure her babies are taken care of as well.

We ended up with a cart full of wipes, diapers, bibs and bottles before we even realized what happened.

Addie just loves being a helper, and adores taking care of her babies and when the two are combined, it makes Addie very happy and sweet.

Being the good and conscientious shopper that Addie is, she put back all but one item for her baby.
It took a minute to make the decision, but she did it, without a making a fuss.
Makes for a very good day for us!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Shoes and More Shoes

Addie is working hard, trying to learn so many different things.
She tries - so hard.

She is still working on learning to put on her shoes.

These shoes are a little too big for her, which happened to be a good thing on this particular day.

Julien and I were standing right by her, when she grabbed her shoes and slipped her left shoe on without too much effort.  
We were both looking on, so very proud, waiting for her to get the right shoe on as well.

She tried...and tried...

and just at the brink of her getting frustrated and upset, Julien stepped in to make it all better.

The Little Monkey is making progress.
Slow progress, but progress.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Helpin and Tiny Shoes

Addie and her love of babies continues.
She adores each and every one of them and most of her free time is spent taking care of them.  

Addie convinced herself that the babies shoes could somehow fit her little feet and she was bound and determined to put them on.

After trying unsuccessfully for several minutes, she asked me to, "helpin", which is one of our very favorite things to hear her say!
"Helpin" is one way she asks us to help her.
Even Julien will drop what he's doing when he hears those words.

I finally got the shoes on and tied and she was one happy little girl.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Another Day with Family

On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, we were on our way to another family event
this Little Monkey was thrilled to have her Baby dressed in her very best party outfit.  

She agreed to a few photos,

but wasn't always amused.

Sweet Girl loves spending time with family!

She is beautiful!
I am one very lucky Mommy!

My aunt and brother.

Just us.

Addie really was proud of her baby, and asked me to take picture after picture of her.

Julien took the picture - not professional quality, but I'll take it.

Addie and Gabi - sweet cousins.

The biggest surprise of all was getting to see her Uncle Doodie!!!!
Addie loves her Uncle Doodie and she even managed to pawn babysitting duty off on him.
She has some pretty amazing uncle's!

Uh-oh...Uncle Doodie was telling her it was time for him to leave.
Thankfully, we have a few more days with him before he heads back north.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Being 16

I wouldn't want to be a teenager again - for anything,
but there are certain aspects of it that I would like to incorporate into my grown up life.

Such as having the time and freedom to travel all over town with my friends just to take the newest and coolest picture of my car.

I think I'm going to have to make time for just that.

Monday, September 07, 2015


I'm starting off this football season by dressing my sweet girl in non-committal orange and blue and teaching her the appropriate greeting/response/confirmatory statement/celebratory phrase of the coveted elephant simply known as, "Roll Tide".  

I refuse to succumb to the pressure of choosing between my family and my husband. 

This year, I will happily attend all football celebrations and partake in any and all party dips regardless of the orange or crimson dish in which it sits. 

I. Am Switzerland. 

Welcome to Football Season!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Post-Op Check-Up

Addie's post-op visit went very well!

Both of her new tubes are open 
her "new" little ear looks beautiful!

We are now past the point of having to be super careful with her little ear
she can return to normal "girl" PE - meaning she cannot wear helmets or participate in football, wrestling or lacrosse, but most everything else.
We still have to be aware of the possibility of her ear getting bumped or hit, but we don't have to be on edge every second of the day!

Addie is good to go - for one entire year - before her next visit.

Thank goodness for the Disney Channel while being confined to a little room for an hour.