Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Water Logged

Pre-Addison I gave Zack a bath every night and he would play for an hour. Post-Addison Ryan gives him a quick shower while I care for Addison. Zack hasn't had a bath in over six months, well that streak ended on Sunday morning. He played for over 1 1/2 hours in the bubbliest of bubble baths.

Here are the feet to prove it.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Field of Dreams

Sunday morning we went to an elementry school near our house. There are baseball fields and playgrounds for Zack (and Ryan) and open fields for the dog to run, so everyone is happy.

I am told that this is where Zack will play baseball when he is older, so Ryan wanted to get him introduced to the fields early. Ryan promises that he won't be "that dad" yelling and making a scene at the sporting events. I am still a little worried.

Swing batta batta swing
and it's out of here!
and the pitch . . .
watching the game from the dugout
Ryan found a baseball on the field. It was difficult explaining to Zack why someone left the ball behind and why it was ok for us to take it.

Sammy-dog enjoyed being the designated runner.

Baseball card pose? "We" have big dreams!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Six Month Check-up

Addison had her six month check-up today. She is 25 3/4 inches tall (50%), 16 lbs 10 oz (50 -75%), and head circumference 43 cm (50 -75%). She received three shots and an oral vaccine today. Everything looked good. She goes back at nine months and no shots at that appointment!

Here she is yesterday trying to figure out what's the green stuff. I kept trying to get her to look at me, but she was way too busy trying to grab blades of grass.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

So Big!


Zack is loving his new playmate that has just emerged over night. I don't remember Zack sitting up so soon or being so steady after just learning. Addison has quickly transformed from a content little baby that liked to sit back and watch to a busy little girl that wants to be in the middle of the action grabbing and mouthing everything.

I've started bringing out 6mo+ toys for Addison. Zack is loving the new toys and showing "his baby" how they work.

The Beach - Part Two

Final vacation post! Man, these took FOREVER to edit!! I'm sorry I shared so many, but I've decided that I'm going to start "slurping" up my blog and turning it into a book at Blurb. I am still on Zack's 3rd month in his scrapbook, so I've given up on scrap booking a long time ago. I have made two photo books for the past two years of Zack's life, but I think this will be less time consuming and my blog contains everything and more of what I want to share with the kids as they grow up. So, without further ado . . . The Beach - Part Two

Zack was having a complete blast on the beach. He was completely exhausted, full of energy, and getting red, oops! I did put block on multiple times, but that Florida sun is HOT. He got it worst above his butt from swimming and his suit hanging low.

Jumping waves with Grandpa Jim and Grandma Sharon

more silhouette attempts with dad. Everyone was ready to call it a day and the sun wasn't low enough to get the sunset in the pictures or the subjects really dark. Next winter we'll try again! My parents are going to kick us out now that we know how the other side lives.

and last, but CERTAINLY not least. . . Miss Addison on the lanai modeling her very first swimsuit.
Thank you so much Bill and Marge for sharing your home and your beach. Both are gorgeous!!
Huge thanks to Marge for watching Addison inside while I played photographer. Everyone got burnt except for her. I can live with that.
Zack crashed the moment we got in the van to drive back to my parent's house, probably around 6:00. I made him go to the bathroom and put on a pull-up and then he crashed again on the deflated air mattress that was out from the previous night, so basically on their hardwood floor (so comfy). I tried to wake him up to eat, because we didn't have much all day, but he wasn't interested. He slept until 8:30 AM, when we had to wake him, so we could start our long trek back to Indiana.
. . . and I thought Disney World was exhausting!

The Beach - Part One

After five days of Disney we were ready for some R&R. We went to visit my snow bird parents and their snow bird friends and spent Friday at Anna Maria Island. This was Zack's first time seeing a real beach and the gulf.

Grandpa Ronnie brought a bunch of sand toys that kept him very happy.

Grandpa then decided to introduce him to the water. Doesn't his tan make you sick!

Grandma Sharon came to play.

Addison was enjoying the gulf air too.
then dad came out and the real fun began. He absolutely loved playing in the waves and going under the water.

He was pooped!
Addison getting her first touch of salt water.

father and son enjoying the view.

Stay tuned, more to come!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Half Way There

Addison turned six months old today. Time is going by way too fast. She is the happiest, easy going, baby. In the past week she has mastered sitting up. She loves sitting on the floor and playing with her toys. She gets so excited watching Zack play and just lights up when he plays with her. I just know she'll be crawling next week. She still hasn't rolled over from front to back and isn't a big fan of tummy time. I have a feeling that she'll be a butt scooter instead of a crawler.

I've started introducing baby food over the past couple of weeks. She loves bananas and green beans. We started applesauce today and it doesn't seem to be as big of a hit for some reason. We'll try again tomorrow.

I don't think I've had to get up with her at night for at least a week. So nice! I hope I'm not jinxing myself for tonight. Now her brother is a different story. We've started a really bad habit of letting him sleep in our bed at night. I'll hear his little bare feet run across the kitchen floor and then, "Mommy can I sleep in your bed?" I have been too tired to fight him because I had to get up with Addison every night. I'm trying to take him back to his bed now that she is sleeping better, but we've let it go on too long already and he is fighting laying back down by himself.

Here are some pictures from today.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Disney - Part 5

WARNING: Extreme picture overload

Thursday we went to our fourth and final Disney park, Animal Kingdom. Ryan promised that we would make an effort to see more characters today, because Zack only got one pathetic autograph the day before at the Magic Kingdom. Boy, did he come through as you will soon see. The crowds and lines weren't nearly as bad, which made a huge difference too.

We started off by seeing five characters outside the park before we even swiped our tickets.

Timon from The Lion King, Baloo from The Jungle Book, Chip and Dale, Rafiki from The Lion King. (There is something funky going on with the picture layout. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the 27 pictures in this post.)

(above) we have a Rafiki stuffed animal at home and Zack has always been a little afraid of him. He didn't want to go over to him and we told him that was fine. He then decided on his own after meeting the other characters and keeping an eye on Rafiki that it would be ok to meet him.

Once inside the park, Grandma Sharon, the kids and I headed straight to the characters while Ryan and Grandpa got Fast Passes for Everest, the new roller coaster.

(two above) we had to wake Zack up from his nap before he was ready so we could go on the safari ride.

(above) it started sprinkling towards the end of the day, so the rides cleared out. Zack and I rode a dinosaur ride, similar to Dumbo, two times in a row with no wait. While we were up in the air I spotted Pluto and Goofy signing autographs, so after the ride ended we grabbed the autograph book and ran over there. It started raining harder, so they weren't signing autographs and only taking quick pictures. I think we were the last ones to get a picture before they were whisked away. Ryan sporting his Mickey poncho from our trip seven years ago during the rainy season in August.

On our way to the exit we spotted Pooh Trail. It was raining pretty hard and a cast member said that there was no wait to see the characters. Zack was vegging in the stroller and didn't know where we were going. He looked up and saw Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger. He absolutely flipped with excitement. He hadn't met them yet. We grabbed the autograph book and headed towards Pooh.

Zack had a question for Pooh. "Where's Darby Pooh?"

Peek-A-Boo with Piglet. Zack was cracking up.

Then came the major kick ourselves for not getting the video camera out moment. Zack and Tigger had a little dance/jump off. They took turns dancing, tapping, jumping and Zack was in heaven. It had to of lasted 5-10 minutes. He had everyone rolling. The pictures don't do it any justice, but it was the perfect way to end our trip to Disney World.

Zack was ready to go home with Tigger.

Man, I'm so upset I didn't grab the video camera!

Ahh, the end of the Disney pictures, but not the end of our vacation. Tomorrow. . . THE BEACH.

We are still awaiting the arrival of Zack's lost bee (blanket.) They said it could take up to 14 days and tomorrow will be day 14. He is doing fine, for the most part, without it. On Sunday Ryan took him to see Horton Hears a Who. Zack ate 3/4 the tub of popcorn and threw a major tantrum when Ryan drug him away from the air hockey table while trying to leave.

We had a great time at the parks, but it was exhausting. By the end of the day everyone was grouchy and sore. We had planned on taking a break in the afternoon for naps and swimming at the hotel, but that never happened. With the kids and the busy parks we felt like there wouldn't be time to do everything we wanted to do if we left. We never saw everything and we're there for the majority of the time the parks were open. Next time we will need to take more time and not do four parks in four days or only do one or two parks and then spend the rest of the vacation on the beach visiting my parents.