Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Eve

We are trying to get back on schedule after taking time off at Christmas. Zack has been a nightmare at bedtime, taking 1 1/2 hours before finally giving up, and neither of them want to wake up in the morning.

Addison started her new daycare on Monday. She is now at the same center as Zack. It is so nice to only have to make one stop. She is still adjusting to the new atmosphere. She cries on and off throughout the day, but overall does well. Monday I had to force myself to leave as I watched her bawling through the window after I left the room. They said she did calm down after a few minutes, thankfully. The little piggy is used to snacking whenever she is hungry and now they have scheduled snack times. She is "starving" when I pick her up from school. I thought she was going to tear Zack apart if he didn't share the dried apple pieces that I had in the car. They only take one 2 hour nap in the afternoon, so she has to adjust to that schedule. She is used to two naps. I'm sure she is a bear for them after 10 AM.

Now for our Christmas recap. Here are some shots from Christmas Eve. Zack picked out some cookies for Santa and carrots and celery for the reindeer.

Addison didn't want to share with Santa, so Zack had to hold her back.
Ryan read, The Night Before Christmas, to the kids

Addison quickly lost interest and started playing with her feet.

After the kids were all nestled snug in their beds Mr. C came for a visit. Zack wasn't too sure about going to bed knowing that Santa would be sneaking into the house. When he woke up Christmas morning he yelled out for me instead of coming into our bedroom like he always does. He still wasn't too sure about Santa coming into the house, but he quickly got over the fear when he saw all the cool presents.
Santa helped himself to the snacks too

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a safe and merry Christmas.

This is the first Christmas Eve ever that I don't have plans with family. We have talked about taking the kids to see Polar Express on Imax, but Addison will be a nightmare. Hopefully we can make it a family tradition as she gets older. I think we'll just stay home, bake cookies and wait for Santa to arrive.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Ni-night Addie

Good morning!

My very own Cinderella, of course she grabbed the towel and started wiping after she spilled the dog's water bowl. At least she cleans up after herself.
Addison's personality is really starting to come out. She is such a happy (and hungry) baby.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Party

My parents made an early Christmas visit and are now back in sunny Florida. I think five days of winter was more than enough for them. We are experiencing negative temps and nasty wind chills. Luckily we didn't get the snow, ice and lose electricity like they did further north in Indiana.

On Saturday we hosted Christmas for my family. The cousins had so much fun playing together. During summers they see each other every weekend at the lake, but winter visits aren't nearly as often.

We managed to gather the crew for a picture. I think there is improvement over last year's group pictures, but I will continue to try for the perfect shot.

neither Addison or Sammy, the dog, wandered too far from the food.

Zack received the Leapfrog Tag reading system from grandma and grandpa. It is really cool and Zack loves it.

Addie had her own front row seat for present opening.

Lindsey and Lexi both received digital cameras. Lindsey doing some chimping.

Friday, December 12, 2008


"Zachary, I cannot turn the TV so you can see it while you're pooping!"

Thursday, December 11, 2008

12 on Thursday

I am playing some blog catch-up. Life has just been busy and I don't really know what has changed, just the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Next week I'm only working three days and then only on Monday the week of Christmas. I'm really looking forward to the time off with the kids and visiting with family.

Here is what has been happening in our lives.

1. We have decided to switch Addison from her in-home daycare to Zack's daycare center. She will start on 12/29, after a week at home for some Christmas family time.

2. I have mixed feeling about the move. I'm excited for only having to make one stop before and after work and hopefully getting home a little earlier and having more time to prepare dinner. She will now be in a more structured environment, have a scheduled nap time and prepared nutritious meals. She will be losing the loving motherly environment of Miss Connie, her in-home provider, and slowly losing the "baby" in her. They will transition her to one nap a day and have more of a preschool type setting and help her become a big girl.

3. Addison's teeth are slowing starting to come in. She now has 3 on top and 2 on the bottom.

4. Little Miss is developing quite the temper. I have no idea where she gets that from :) Hopefully she doesn't inherit my door slamming ability. She has started hitting, biting, stomping her feet, and throwing herself on the ground when she doesn't get her way. We are working on correcting the behavior, so hopefully it doesn't progress. I'm really worried about the biting, especially when she starts the new daycare and has kids her age and older that will fight with her over toys. Right now she is the oldest at Miss Connie's and hasn't had a biting issue with the other kids. Mommy's shoulder is her favorite target.

5. Zack has been a rhyming maniac lately. He is always coming up with words that rhyme or asking for a word so he can rhyme it, then asking for reassurance that they do in fact rhyme. I have been trying to stay clear of truck, puck, and suck. Luckily he has too.

6. Zack is wavering on what he wants from Santa. He originally said he wanted a tar, aka guitar, now he is thinking he may like drums instead. I think Santa can handle the guitar, but I can guarantee there will be no drum set under the tree. Hopefully he will forgive Santa.

I'm going to try to squeeze in a mall Santa visit this weekend.

7. My parents are flying in from Florida on Wednesday evening to celebrate Christmas a little early. I can't wait to see them. Zack's asks me every day if Grandma Mary and Grandpa Ronnie are coming today. We are hosting Christmas for the first time this year and I have lots of cleaning, organizing and grocery shopping planned for this weekend.

8. Addison is discovering parts of the body and pointing to the body part you tell her. You can also ask her where someone is and she will point to them. I just love this age.

9. Last night I was cutting up an apple for Zack and he was standing on a kitchen chair watching. She was upset that I wouldn't pick her up, so she climbed onto the chair with Zack, twice. Nothing is safe in the house anymore. I'm sure I'll find her on top of the kitchen table tonight.

10. She has recently added "light" and "choo choo" to her list of signs.

11. She is out eating her big brother by at least twice as much. We have to force Zack to eat and she is constantly wanting up in the highchair.

12. The kids have their yearly appointments tomorrow with the eye doctor. Genetic cataracts run on my side of the family and unfortunately the gene didn't skip the kids. This will be Addison's first official appointment.

She was 2 months old last year at Zack's last appointment. The doctor looked at her quickly and said she had them too and to schedule an appointment for next year. We're hoping that the cataracts haven't changed position and aren't affecting their vision. Hopefully they won't have to be removed until they are much older. I was 5 years old when mine were removed.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Smoky Mountains

On Friday we took a drive through the Smoky Mountains. We stopped and took a trail to an old school house. The school ended up being much further than we anticipated, but the kids had fun and the leaves were beautiful.

Ryan's sister's family
We had to take turns wrangling Addison. She got pretty heavy on the hilly trails.

We finally reached the school house.
We decided to drive to the top of the mountain and I was amazed at how cold it got. Snow on the ground and the roads were icy. People were sledding and we were just walking on trails in 60 degree weather.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

More Riley

Here are some more of my niece Riley taken on Thanksgiving. She knows how to work the camera. She needs to play with me more often!

I had to re-edit this picture on the 10+ hour drive home.

Riley made a pretty scary bear too!
Stevie, her sister, joined us at the end.

Monday, December 1, 2008


I was tagged by Jaidean to re-post a photo from my first 4 months of blogging and tell the story behind it. I chose this picture from 2/07, because I could still take this same picture any evening in our house, usually about 15 minutes before bedtime. The only difference now is that it would also have a little girl wearing pink in the mix.

I am now tagging Jennifer, Tami, and Janice.

Bear Hunt

On Thanksgiving we took a walk through the woods behind Grandma and Grandpa's house. Zack was looking forward to befriending a bear with his fur hat. He was bummed that we didn't see any. On Friday we drove through the Smoky Mountains and didn't bring his hat. He was really looking forward to being a bear again.

Doing his best bear ROAR!