Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Morning

Since Addison moved to a toddler bed she routinely comes into our bed at 3 something every night. I was worried about her spotting the Christmas presents and refusing to go back to bed as she walked through the living room into our bedroom. She came in at around 3 AM. It was dark, so she didn't notice the presents from Santa. 5 AM she woke up again and wanted drinkable yogurt, her normal routine. I finally gave in and went to the kitchen. She followed me and then walked over to the TV and stood by her new dollhouse and asked for Mickey Mouse (Clubhouse). It was still dark and, thankfully, I convinced her to go back to bed without noticing the dollhouse or other gifts. I was the queen of waking up early on Christmas morning, so it is only a matter of time before the kids do the same.

Last year Zack yelled for me from his bedroom when he woke up Christmas morning. I assume because he was scared of running into Santa in the living room. I was very curious about how he'd handle waking up this year. This morning he woke up at 7:15, excitedly ran into our room and hopped into our bed. He gave me a huge hug and said Santa came and brought Addison a new dollhouse, the most visible unwrapped gift. We all got up and then he went to wake up grandma and grandpa who were sleeping downstairs.

The Loot


Addison looked beautiful with her Rella (Cinderella) ear rings and accessories. She also has never drank so much water as she did today from her new Rella water bottle.

Round two for digital cameras. Zack got a camera last year and decided to rinse it off in the sink because Addison slobbered on it. The camera never worked again, but both kids still love playing with the non-functioning camera. This year I bought one for each of them, to help avoid fighting. Hopefully these cameras stay dry and running.

Ryan Zack got Crossbows and Catapults game from Santa. This was Ryan's favorite game when he was younger and he has been waiting patiently for Zack to grow old enough to play it too. They had a blast playing today. Ryan Zack also got a Nintendo DS and a Nerf machine gun that shoots 3 darts/second.

I'm grateful that I have Addie and her dollhouse.




Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Eve

We are having a wonderful Christmas. Grandma Sharon and Grandpa Jim stayed with us for a few days and we really enjoyed their company. Here are some pictures from Christmas Eve evening.

The kids then picked out snacks for Santa and his reindeer.

Ryan read, The Night Before Christmas.

then we all settled in and watched Polar Express before going to bed and waiting for Santa's arrival.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Merry

I hope everyone has a safe and merry Christmas. Here is our card this year. I had to risk turning the kids into popsicles to get it, but luckily they don't hold grudges for long.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Addison's Party

Today Addison's class had their Christmas party and parents were invited. I had a great time watching her interact with her teachers and classmates and spending some one on one time with with her.

Here is Mrs. Sheila singing a song. Addison really gets into the hand motions and tries her best to sing along.
The teachers made a wreath using the outline of her hand and then we decorated it.

Addie showing Mrs. Sheila some love. This was an unprompted hug. It melts my heart and makes being a working mom a little easier.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Better Not Pout

Saturday was my last-ditch effort of getting a picture for our Christmas card. After breakfast with Santa we walked around Purdue's campus and I asked the kids to take their coats off for just one picture. The temp was in the 30's and the they weren't too happy with me. I didn't think there was a chance of my plan working.

I did get my Christmas card picture though after threatening them with eye contact with the camera and a non-goofy face in exchange for their coats. Luckily Addison cooperated first and then Zack is so competitive that he saw her picture on the LCD screen and had no choice but to cooperate too and not be outdone.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Checking In

Sorry that I've been MIA for so long. I've had a case of the winter blahs. Coming home from work in the dark really puts a damper on taking pictures.

The kids are excited for Christmas and we've been doing a lot of Christmas activities. Yesterday we went to breakfast with Santa at Purdue. We arrived late and by the time we ate our pancakes the line for Santa was closed. Addison was hanging tight to me as we walked by the big man, so I don't think she'll be willing to sit on his lap this year. She gets really excited to see him in books, TV, decorations, etc., so I was hopeful that she'd sit on his lap this year. We still need to make a trip to the mall next week.

We spent Thanksgiving in Tennessee with Ryan's family. Addison had a fever the entire time, so we hung close to the house. We did manage to go outside one morning for a walk in the woods. Addie was in her own little world singing and dancing.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Want a Little Tree with Those Ornaments?

The kids have little Christmas trees in their rooms. Addison has a pink Disney princess tree that she adores. While we were decorating the large family tree Addie kept stealing ornaments and putting them on her tree. A week later, this is what her "Rella" tree looks like. She is obsessed with Cinderella, whom she calls Rella. She LOVES her Rella ornament. She carries it around her wrist like a purse, it sleeps with her every night, and occasionally Rella gets to hang on her tree.

Saturday night we switched her to a toddler bed. The transition hasn't been very smooth. We do the normal bedtime routine, leave the room and a moment later she is standing in the living room doorway, so we take her back to bed and start over. This gets repeated for about an hour until she finally gives up. Tonight she found her sunglasses and fell asleep with them on. I couldn't resist taking a picture.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Golfers

On Saturday the boys went golfing while Addison and I were at Purdue. I asked Ryan to take the point and shoot camera with him to document Zack's first 18 holes. I was pleasantly surprised that he actually used it.

The Future

Here are some more pictures of our day at Purdue.

I think she chose a major, such a productive day.

The Purdue Bell Tower. I wish our sky looked like that every day.
The Purdue Bell Tower

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Big Girl on Campus

Today Addie and I spent the beautiful afternoon exploring Purdue's campus, while the boys went golfing. She had so much fun watching all the students and greeting everyone. We brought along a favorite book, Hello Purdue Pete, and took lots of reading breaks between walking.

No Purdue Pete spotting though because he was in Michigan cheering the Boilers to victory, whoot whoot!!

Hello Walk at Memorial Mall

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Two Year Old Sneak Peek

On Sunday I had the pleasure of playing with McKenna in the leaves. She has the most beautiful complexion and I love love love the curls. Don't let Aunt Pam come close to you with her Chi, HA!! I hope you enjoy your sneak peek.

Monday, October 26, 2009


On Saturday Zack and I went to the botanical garden near our house and hiked on the trails. I received a new camera on Friday, so I was dying for even a semi-willing subject. The leaves were beautiful and the little man and I had a great time together. There were a couple moments that I was worried about finding our way back to the car and about the creepy woman that kept appearing and asking my little chatterbox all kinds of questions that he happily answered. She did point us to the correct trail to get out of the woods, but I was worried about a trap when the trail starting going down hill instead of up.

Sunday morning I found a tick on Zack's back. Ryan removed it and I am still waiting on a call from his pediatrician to make sure he got it all. We have been avoiding the children's museum and other fun places in fear of H1N1 and other illnesses. The kids got pink eye on our last visit to the children's museum, now I want to add hiking trails to the list of places to avoid. It is either going to be a long winter or one filled with illnesses and bug bites.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Florida Bound

On Saturday we said goodbye to my parents. They have had enough of the Indiana weather and are now soaking up the sun in Florida for the winter. I requested one picture of them and the grand kids before they left, but after a long day of birthday partying and missed naps this was the best picture of the bunch.

Note to self: don't suggest a picture right after treat bags are passed out, especially treat bags with monster teeth inside.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's Fun to be Two

On Sunday Addison and I spent that afternoon at the park. We smelled
stinky feet, raced, tickled and had lots of laughs on a beautiful fall day. Here are some pictures of my favorite two year old.



Wordless Wednesday



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Addie BEE Turns Two

We had a fun-filled birthday weekend. Saturday we had a combo birthday party for Addie and my niece Lindsey who is turning five. We did a Halloween costume theme for the girls with lots of candy and sugar.

We said goodbye to my parents, who left this morning to spend the winter in Florida. I'm waiting for the first call from the beach bragging about the sun and cold beer.

Today the boys spent the afternoon bonding over popcorn and a movie. They saw, Where the Wild Things Are, and had a great time together. It has always been their special book and I've never been allowed to read it to Zack.

Addison and I went to the park for some mother-daughter-camera time, while the boys were at the movie. She cooperated for some two year old pictures, yay!, played on the playground and ended the day with a trip to McDonald's for a happy meal. Park pictures coming soon.

Here are some pictures from the birthday party. Addison had at least four "cookie tops" before she got cut off. Luckily we had a bounce house to help burn off some of the sugar.