Friday, September 26, 2008

Tennessee - Part 2

On Monday we toured Knoxville. during Ryan's research he discovered that Knoxville hosted the 1982 World's Fair and they built the Sunsphere for the event. He was very adamant that we needed to check it out.

the view from inside
Ryan's mom was not in her happy place and being the compationate son he drug her against her will to the edge of the viewing area for a picture.
Ryan took the following shot.
Every vacation I am reminded that I need a wide angle lens.

Tennessee - Part 1

We made it home safely from Tennessee. Addison didn't care for the car ride, which made for a long trip home. She was either crying or napping. Hopefully she'll be better the next trip after we can turn her carseat around and entertain her a little easier.

We spent Saturday at a state park walking on trails and enjoying the outdoors.

I wasn't too happy with this move, but they made it safely to the other side. I walked on it afterwards and that was one wobbily SOB.
Us with Grandma Sharon and Grandpa Jim

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Brotherly Love

NOT!! I was attempting to take a picture for Addison's 1st birthday invitation and Zack got just a little jealous. He gave her a good push just as I was snapping a picture. Good thing she is tough.

11 Months

Disclaimer: I started this post on 9/19, when Addison turned 11 months old and am finally finishing it.

Only one more month of bottles and formula. It is going by way too fast and I'm not ready to lose my baby. This month she transformed into a busy toddler and no longer crawls. She wants to be everywhere that Zack is and doing what he is doing. She is quickly picking up on baby sign language and signs, more, all done and her own version of water (blowing a kiss). I have a feeling that next month she'll know too many signs to list. She is getting closer to becoming a Daddy's Girl, but mom is still #1. Ryan prefers the older stages of babyhood and they have been doing some bonding lately (aka wrestling). Her top two teeth are finally poking through, so hopefully she has some relief from the teething pain.

She loves to dance, bobs up and down to the music, being outside, baths, rattles and noise makers, phones, and pressing buttons on the TV.

Friday after work we packed up the car and headed south. Eight hours later we were in Tennessee visiting Grandma Sharon and Grandpa Jim for four days. Addison wasn't happy soon after the trip began, so we stopped for a bottle and some running around. She soon fell asleep and we had a peaceful rest of the trip. Hopefully Tuesday's drive home will go okay. We will be traveling during the day, so she will probably be awake more.

Yesterday we went to a state park and walked on trails and had a picnic. Here is Addie B during the picnic. She chose to snack on a rock.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

One of the Boys

Last night Zack and Ryan were wrestling around on the floor and Addison jumped right in the middle and loved every second. The kids were taking turns at running at dad and getting tackled. Addison was squealing and having a ball. I captured it on video and hopefully will get it posted with my husband's help.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Apple Picking

Last Sunday Grandma Sharon and Grandpa Jim stopped by on their way home to Tennessee. Zack wouldn't let them leave without checking out his favorite snacking spot. Every other year our apples have rotted away on the ground, but this year Zack is doing his best to make sure they all get eaten.

Zack helped Grandma and Grandpa pick some apples to take home with them.

Addison loved Grandma's earrings.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


On the Go

Addison has been 100% waking for two weeks. She is just like her brother, never sits still, into everything, and full of personality. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

All Dressed Up . . .

and no where to go. Addison wore this dress to my brother's wedding in May. I've been carrying it back and forth from the lake every weekend because I've wanted to get pictures of her in it and just haven't taken the time. Finally over 3 months later, I had a little time to kill before dinner, so Addie played dress up for the camera.

On a side note, Addison started dancing on Friday. When a musical toy is playing or music on the stereo she'll bob up and down and clap her hands. I'm happy that I have two dancing partners now in my kids, since my husband refuses to dance with me. Also, her two top teeth are visible through the gums, but haven't poked through yet. She should have at least four teeth within a couple of days.

Baby Signs

I'm back from my blogging vacation. Life has just been busy and I haven't taken the time to pick up my camera. The kids and I spent the weekend at the lake while Ryan tailgated at the first home Purdue game. Saturday morning we went to a shoe store, so I could see what size tennies they would need for the fall. I've been avoiding taking Zack to try on shoes because I was afraid of a fight when he saw the light-up character shoes. No offense, but the are not my style. On the way Zack said he wanted Bob the Builder shoes, ugh, it begins. We go inside and he immediately spots the Spiderman light-up shoes and insists on trying them on. I let him try them on and he was certain that they were the one. Luckily, I convinced him that they were too tight after he jumped a few times and we walked out of the store with only a sucker. Now I'm free to surf the internet for some mom-approved shoes in a size 9.

Today we came home early to see Grandma Sharon and Grandpa Jim as they stopped by on their way back to Tennessee. We had a nice visit and Zack didn't want to get out of their van as they were pulling out of the driveway and he sat on Grandma's lap. I thought he'd freak when they started backing up, but he waved to us and was ready for the six hour drive.

Addison has been doing her own version on signing for a couple weeks. Tonight at dinner she did the correct sign for "more." She has been doing her own version of "all done" for a couple weeks. I can't wait to see what her next sign will be. I loved teaching Zack signs and communicating with him. I'm just amazed that someone so young can actually communicate what they want or see.