Sweet Addie still has lots of problems with motion.
She loves the swing, but not too high or too fast or she "loses her stomach" and crunches up into a little ball.
It's really pitiful at times...
Big Bertha is jammed in there and not moving an inch!
See...this is where it all went wrong.
Addie saw the big climber and appeared interested, so we took the opportunity to work in some much needed PT.
Lots of hard work, lots of encouragement and lots of guiding foot placement
She didn't give up!
This was my cue to grab her.
She gets tired when working that hard and has to rest.
Addie was sitting sweetly with her baby and was watching child after child go down the slide in front of her.
When there was a break in children, I slid her over to the entrance to the slide and encouraged her to go down.
It was at that moment that another little boy came in right behind her and tried his best to shove her down the slide by jamming his feet into her back and then proceeded to shove past her and go the rest of the way down the slide.
That didn't work well for Addie, Me...or him.
Addie became frightening, started crying and in an effort to avoid another slide incident, I grabbed her and pulled her back out of the slide.
>>>See...this is where my fabulous self control comes in, although thoughts and actions were swimming around in my deranged mind, I kept them contained...mostly!<<<
For the rest of our visit, Addie wanted no part of the slide and each time the little boy walked by Addie, he pointed out to anyone within hearing distance that, "There's that whiny girl again!".
Wow...talk about failure to take ownership of root cause and ones own actions...
I wish I would have had my phone in order to video Addie's reaction.
It was priceless!
I picked up Julien this afternoon and then we went to pick up Addie.
When we got to Addie's classroom, Addie was in the back of the classroom playing with her friends.
One friend told Addie that her Mommy was there and when Addie looked up and saw Julien, she started smiling and screaming, but didn't move.
It took her a second and then she started to run to Julien, then stopped and dropped the blocks she had in her hands and then ran full force at him - had she been able to hurdle the tables, she probably would have.
Julien picked her up, the whole time Addie was still screaming his name, and she buried her head in his neck.
She was hugging him so tight, never letting go, only leaning back every few seconds to kiss his cheek and then she would bury her head in his neck again.
It was so sweet!
Julien had a fantastic time on his trip!
I meant to post this picture before now.
Julien got a dirt bike sometime in April (not from me) and has been riding it every chance he gets.
This is what off season from football and wrestling looks like.
Chris enjoyed a weekend of golf and a relaxing evening at home catching up on the must see - U.S. Open.
It just occurred to me that I didn't get a picture of him and Addie today (Julien is still away).
Chris is an amazing Dad and I couldn't imagine there being anyone else beside me through it all!
Yesterday right as we drove past the swim club, I heard Addie say, "Water?".
It has been ten months since we went swimming at the club.
That is just proof that the Little Monkey remembers way more than she can tell us because I'm pretty certain she doesn't have super power x-ray vision in order to see through the building over to the pools.
Or, she has selective memory (kind of like others have selective hearing) and she only remembers the really fun or really traumatizing events.
Whichever it is, I'm now anxiously waiting to find out if she says anything else that lets me know she is continuing to make connections to past and current places and events!
The night before my brother left to go back home, we all met for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.
We always end up sitting at the back of the restaurant, the farthest point from the front door and the restrooms.
The restaurant wasn't terribly crowded and Addie was right on target with taking inventory of what everyone was doing.
She's a people watcher.
My brother had finished his meal and got up to go to the restroom.
Addie got a little concerned and asked, "Uncle Doodie go?".
My brother told her that he was going "potty", and he walked away.
Addie was completely focused on watching him walk away and I'm pretty certain she never took her eyes off the restroom doors while he was gone.
As soon as Addie saw my brother walk out of the restroom, she yelled across the restaurant in her sweetest, loudest, little voice, "Uncle Doodie, potty?".
Not a patron or an employee missed that question.
Not like it's a secret that we all must visit the restroom, but it's not usually announced for entire restaurants to hear, although that would add something a little different to the typical dining experience.
It was more than I expected and it was amazing to see the community support that was involved in providing an amazing experience for these children!
Addie went and sat with her Buddy during the awards (this would be Buddy number...six...?)
It was blazing hot!
Addie's name was called quickly and after a little prodding, she walked up to accept her medal.
I wish I knew what she was thinking...
After the group picture - which was quite comical - my brother rescued her from the mob.
There were minor kinks in the program - but way less than you would expect for a brand new program.
Having an opportunity like TOPSoccer offered to us was amazing and as long as we can work it into our schedule, we will be back in the Fall...and I hope that the volunteers are out in full force this time.
It would be wonderful to have consistent volunteers who could partner with these children to help them and encourage them for six short weeks.
I cannot wait to see how TOPSoccer grows in our community.
We were honored to be a part of something that has the potential to grow beyond what we could have ever imagined.
tonight wasn't the evening of running around that I cared to have.
We ended up heading out for dinner and shopping right after work.
When we pulled into the shopping center for dinner, Addie must have been starving because she kept making sure we were going to "eat".
As we approached the restaurant, the nearby movie theater obviously caught her eye, because the next thing we heard was "Popcorn?".
I don't even remember the last time we went to the movies - it has been a while, at least a year.
I didn't really believe that is what she meant, so when we left the restaurant I had Chris slowly drive by the theater and then when we got right smack in front, Addie pointed and asked again, "Popcorn?".
I have no idea how my child has any recollection of having popcorn at a movie theater or that she even remembers going to a movie theater!
We are just in shock.
this weekend, I'm taking my Baby Girl to see a movie and get some popcorn at the movie theater.
This was the precious moment when I first saw my baby girl. A private moment captured by my husband and blessed by our God. For those of you new to our blog, click the picture above to read the entrance into our "Wait and See World"...
...and our lives one year later. Full of miracles and a testament to God's grace.