Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Mighty Minions

Addie truly is a child who so rarely asks for things.
So when she asked for a light up spinning minion, I didn't hesitate to get it for her.
She was intrigued by it and it made her smile, so it was money well spent.
On one trip to Harry Potter, she noticed that people were walking up to the store fronts with the "magic wands" and waving them in order to make objects move and fly.
Since she didn't have a magic wand, she thought the mighty minion would produce the same outcome.
Lucky for me, each attempt by Addie was a success due to the people nearby who actually paid for the magic wands.
We didn't even bother to tell Addie that the power of the minion was ineffective - we just stood by and smiled at her efforts.


Addie took a liking to the many minions throughout the parks, and for the second time - asked for a minion - this time, it was minion slippers
and
wow,
did we have some close calls with Princess Attitude.


Thankfully, I have (mostly) learned to pick my battles and this was one not worth my time and effort.
If she wanted to wear them through the halls, so be it.


Striking a pose.


The next morning, it was also not worth the battle.
I didn't even think twice when Addie grabbed her slippers and asked to wear them to the pool.
We took the hidden side elevator down to the pool and stayed out of the main flow of traffic anyway!


A few days into the trip and Addie knew the routine.


Julien just had to hurry up and open the gate to let the Minion Monkey through.


Nonchalantly examining her fingernails as she patiently waits for us to grab towels.



Addie walked around with Julien, exploring the big kid area, all the while waiting patiently for her turn to go to the big pool.  
This kid is a mess and never misses a thing!
She is so amazingly observant and when another child was doing something she knew they shouldn't, she would give me a questioning look.
Nosy, nosy girl.

Julien was such an amazing help to us during the entire trip and was rewarded with a GoPro
and
Addie became the subject of his efforts to figure out how it worked.
I have to admit, it is a pretty awesome little toy!




Sunday, May 17, 2015

Vacation continued...

(I think I have achieved an all new record of being a slacker)

One of Addie's favorite parts of vacation was the High in the Sky Trolley Ride in Seuss Land!
I think she could have stayed on the coaster all day long.
Of course Julien was there to hold her hand, which made all the difference.


In order to keep Addie tame, we had lots of downtime at the hotel.  
I was incredibly thankful for the play areas.


She was content just to hang out and people watch.


It took a few days for Addie to acclimate to the new schedule and my little girl was so sleepy!


Monkey girl had random moments of panic - and for whatever reason - the penguins sent Addie over the edge.
She was frantic to get away from them!


However, the prospect of seeing dogs and cats run around on stage made Addie happy
and she even agreed to a picture while waiting for the animal show to begin.


Since Addie hardly ever asks for anything, Julien decided to pick up the slack.
He was the one harassing me to "hurry up and get the money" before the dolphin necklaces sold out!
He was all about the light up dolphin necklace and Addie managed to score one as well.


Cats - crawling across a rope suspended above the ground. 
If only I could teach Rudy to be more compliant.


After a morning with rabid penguins and animal acrobats, Addie was exhausted and was more than happy to head back for a night relaxing by the pool.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

We met up with my siblings and enjoyed a wonderful brunch in celebration of this Mother's Day.
This day was incredibly, incredibly difficult, but it was made easier by being surrounded by my family and my sometimes sweet babies.

It was a beautiful day to celebrate with those closest to me!

 



Loving and missing my beautiful Mom!


Speech Evaluation...

Addie had another speech evaluation last week simply to rule out a possible issue - that didn't exist.
I am going to be positive about the entire experience, and focus on being thankful for this little Miracle Monkey!

Addie did SO GOOD during the evaluation - and I swear she had to have seen this book before, because she knew exactly what to do!

video


My seemingly utter lack of enthusiasm came from me trying not to yell and clap and disturb everyone in the surrounding rooms.
I was trying to sit quietly and be a good observer.
It.  Was.  So.  Difficult!

video

I am so proud of Addie!
She was a perfect little angel right up to the point when Julien went to put her back into the car.
I am pretty certain security had the camera's zoomed in on us in an effort to determine if we were beating her.

She is a rotten little mess - but a rotten little mess that will  not require surgery to correct any portion of her speech delay.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Dance Recital 2015

Here we were again, another opportunity to witness the payoff of so much hard work and to witness the miracles that only God provides.

I was extremely nervous this year.
Addie struggled with this dance routine more than she did last year.
It's not that I wanted her to do a perfect job, I just wanted her to participate and not freeze on stage.

Rehearsal did not go well 
and although I am not a crier,
I cried all the way home.

Why?
Not a clue.
Partly because I was so proud of her efforts and partly because I was so afraid that she would get on stage for the recital and - someone would make fun of her?  she wouldn't show her full potential?  she would be upset?  
I don't know.

It was not one of my finer moments in life.

She tried, but I really think she was nervous.



Horrible picture, but this sweet girl WAS so proud of herself!


A couple of the girls in Addie's class helped her during the songs.
They would take her hand and lead her through the steps.
THAT, also didn't help my emotional state.



She was quite the anxious little thing backstage.



I finally got her to sit and color and she seemed to relax.


Oh my.

Addie was too shy to walk out on stage when her name was called.
Thank the heavens above that she is surrounded by kind and loving people!
Her teacher went and got her and escorted her out onto the stage.
I couldn't even open my mouth in fear that I would be a crying mess!

video

Just wow.




Ms. Amy - Addie's heaven sent teacher!


Addie's friend Anden brought flowers for Addie and waited for her to come out after the recital.
I was speechless.


Addie decided to act shy, but ended up talking about Anden all the way home.


Gabi and Addie.
Out of everyone who came to watch Addie dance, it was Gabi that Addie wanted.


Mrs. Shannon brought her daughter to watch Addie's recital!
Shannon is Addie's aide at after school care and summer care.
Yet another angel in our lives!


All done!


I am always so proud of Addie.
As always, we couldn't do this without the love and support of you all.
Thank you - from the bottom of my heart!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Wardrobe

I am slacking on a lot these days, including taking Addie shopping for a new spring wardrobe for Rudy.

In desperation, Addie sought out a piece from Rudy's fall line and brought it to me to help him get dressed.


He is such a good cat.







It is seriously the little things that makes this little blond monkey happy!

Monday, April 20, 2015

ToTo

It's much too long in between the times Addie gets to see ToTo.  
However, she gets so excited every single time she sees him. 

When she learned that we were going to take ToTo for a walk, she gathered her baby, baby stroller and all baby accessories for an afternoon at the park. 


Addie was just thrilled to be out and about with ToTo.  
She was also happy to stand at a safe distance in order to keep from getting doggie water all over her. 


It wasn't long before she demanded her turn and had to catch up to Gabi and retrieve the leash. 
She had a bit of help.


Addie misses ToTo and she misses my Mom tremendously. 
She still "calls" her GaGa and talks to her. 
Out of the blue, Addie will get my phone and start having a conversation.
When I ask who it is, she always tells me that it's "GaGa". 
Every once in a while she will hand me the phone so I can say "hello" as well. 
Sometimes Addie will cry when she talks to Mom, other times she will just laugh and laugh. 
Addie still asks to see her GaGa, and she still expects to see her at every event we attend. 

I'm thankful for ToTo, for the joy he brings to Addie and I'm thankful for the frequent phone calls between Addie and my Mom

I only wish I could hear my Mom as clearly as Addie does.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

TOPSoccer

After taking some time off, Addie is trying TOPSoccer again. 

Week one was a success!
Addie immediately loved her sidekick and never hesitated to get on the field and play!!!

She had so much fun!






Trenton and Bergen are on our team,
...and yes, that is Baby Brock in the picture too!