Tuesday, December 30, 2008
On our way home from Moab, Addison sat in her car seat quietly for about the first 15 min of the drive home and then said, "Mom, I go to Grandma's house again." I can't say I blamed her. She had so much fun with all of her aunts and uncles. She was thrilled to have cousin McKenna to play with too. They had a blast together.These girls are lucky enough to have Uncles who pulled them around in a box. They couldn't get enough of it. Addison also had her first bath with another kid. She loved it. I think she'll adjust just fine when the baby comes.Two clean girls sitting on Aunt Rebecca/Mom's lap in their Christmas Pajamas, ready to go to bed so Santa can come.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Addison seriously had all the stickers out of the package before Amy even left. AWESOME gift Amy...the movie and book were awesome too...shes' watching Emperor's New Groove right now.And I LOVE my scrapbooking stuff...although I did have to hide the stickers from Addison. Silly girl!Bart loves the games. Thanks mom and Dad. (I didn't have him open everything, I told him he had to save some of them for Moab...he'll have more fun with them there anyway. :o)This year, instead of me opening the presents from my family Bart decided to have me open the presents from him because he said that I wouldn't be able to use it in Moab and it was so big he didn't want to have to pack it in the car. So here is me opening his present. What did he get me that put this awesome smile on my face you wonder?THIS!!!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
While following cat tracks through the snow I also learned that people weren't the only ones who can make yellow snow.
Addison loved it...As you can see. Perhaps part of the reason it took so long was because whenever Addison was with us she insisted that we rake a pile around her...a pile that was quickly destroyed when she decided she didn't want to be in the pile any more.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Some of the beautiful pies my sisters made:
Yes, Addison was the hand model. I'll let you guess who made this one. Yummy Dinner
Putting Christmas Lights up
And much like I really am that tall, This picture wasn't posed at all...
P.S. In the off chance that my Junior year English teachers follow my blog...Beerman & Chapler, you guys started my love of books. Thanks!
In the mean time, a short update. Zofran worked pretty well, but I'm feeling much better now...even without it. I have saved a few treasured pills for Christmas in case another bout of nausea attacks during the holiday.
I am starting to feel the baby moving, which is getting me really excited. Yay!
My mom sent Addison a green velvet outfit for Christmas. It was in our pile of "to be wrapped" gifts and Addison saw it yesterday. She demanded to wear it. I told her no several times, but wasn't feeling all that well and finally gave in when she ripped it off the hanger and started putting the pants on over the pants she was wearing. When she got it on she looked down at herself very proudly, looked up at me, smiled, and said, "I'm a mermaid!" Seriously. I love my daughter.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
The problem I have run into as of late is that her cereal of choice is Frosted Mini Wheats. Something that, nutritionally speaking, I am thrilled with. True, they have an entire side covered in sugar, but the rest of it is whole wheat goodness. The problem is that these are messy little buggars when you're not eating them in a bowl of milk. I find flakes of wheat ALL OVER my house!
At first I just dealt with it and was constantly vacuuming. But seriously, I'm getting tired of it. So, in an attempt to wean her off the healthy wheat chunks, I purchased a cereal that I was sure no two year old could resist: Captain Crunch Crunch Berries.
Seriously, as a kid, what is not to like about this cereal. It's got to be like 90% sugar...and the other 10% is probably artificial berry flavoring that tastes like 90% sugar. :)
Well, Addison seemed to enjoy her first bowl (yes, I was able to get her to sit down and eat it at her high chair.) There were lots of thoughtful, "Mmmms" while she was eating it. I thought for sure I had her. But now I think those thoughtful "Mmmms" were just polite "Mmmms." As in, "Well, I don't want to hurt mom's feelings, so I'll pretend that I like these by saying Mmmm a lot." Silly girl.
Update: She likes, "Fruip Loops."
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Mom: Bless Daddy
Addison: Bless Daddy
Mom: Bless Eric
Addison: Bless Eric...and Amy.
(this is the first time she's ever initiated anything in a prayer, so I decide to run with it.)
Mom: And Amy.
Addison: Bless Grandma
Mom: Bless Grandma
Addison: Bless Papa
Mom: Bless Papa
Addison: Bless Cubby
(Cubby is my parent's dog)
Mom: Bless Cubby
Addison: (Long Pause...I decided to start prompting again)
Mom: Bless Mommy
Addison: Um....Bless Cubby
Mom: Bless the baby
Addison: Bless Cubby
Mom: Help Addison Sleep through the night
Addison: Bless Cubby
Mom: In the name of Jesus Christ...
We told Addison we were going to visit my parents next week, and ever since then she's been SOOOO excited to see Grandma and Papa and Cubby....and Cubby...and Cubby. And Cubby.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
This year, I can barely choke down cold cereal, let alone handle all the used-to-be-wonderful smells of the holiday. Our family has been lucky if we have three actual meals a week. I have purposely tried not to think about all the food I love because I'm worried if I think about something I'll suddenly be running for the toilette, and there will be no chance of me being able to choke it down on the blessed Turkey day.
I do have a secrete weapon in my back pocket though: Zophran. This, from what I hear, is an anti-nausea medication often given to Chemo patients. The stuff that my doctor prescribed for me does absolutely nothing, so he gave me a prescription for Zophran. The down side: my insurance won't pay for it...stupid insurance...oh well, I can have a baby for $100, so I really shouldn't complain. This little pill is a little dose of heaven (according to several friends). Unfortunately, a 10 day supply costs like $75!!! This price dashes any hopes I may have had of not being nauseous for the rest of the holiday season, but we have decided we will get one dose in hopes of a semi-decent Turkey day (not to mention a semi-decent plane ride to and from California).
I plan on starting it next Sunday...the countdown is on!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? - Uhh...Both. There are some really cool gift bags out there, and they look so cute with cool tissue paper...something Bart argues is useless and overpriced, but I beg to differ...at least about the useless part. :o) I also LOVE decorating packages with pretty paper and bows and all manner of beautifulness.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Uhhhh...Both. Te hehe, do I really have to decide. In all honesty, my favorite is a real tree that also has a function that when you clap all the pine needles magically disappear. Ahhh, that would be wonderful. We did get an artificial tree for free a few years ago and have been using it, but every year we long for the real clap-on variety.
4. When do you take the tree down? If it's real, pretty soon after Christmas because the mess only gets worse...if it's fake...hopefully by valentines day. ;o)
5. Do you like egg nog? LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. My first semester of College I blame all the weight I gained on egg nog.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Um...I don't remember. I just loved being with my family opening presents on Christmas morning.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? About a bagilion! I think I get a new one every year...which reminds me, I should put that on my Christmas list. Yay! I have one thing on my list now.
8. Hardest person to buy for? My Husband. He would beg to differ. He would be perfectly happy with any of the video games he puts on his list every year, but I just can't bring myself to do it! I want to get him something brilliant that even he hasn't thought of...like sephiroth. Ah, why did I have to come up with a lizard the very first gift giving experience of our married life. I'll never be able to live up to that one again.
9. Easiest person to buy for? Addison, she's happy with everything.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. Despite the fact that we have done email for the past two years. Hey! My husband's a teacher and we're poor. But I think we're going to do mail ones this year...assuming I can get on top of things. Which reminds me, we need everyone's mailing address, so can you please send me yours.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Ummm...I can't remember this either. Although the worst one I've given is probably a mug with a picture of Addison on it to Bart the Christmas after Addison was born. True, it was supposed to be from Addison, but it was my idea, and I remember even as I ordered it thinking, "Why am I doing this...Bart's going to hate it." He denies that he hates it, but I know the truth.
12 . Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful life. I LOVE watching this with my dad every Christmas. A Charley Brown Christmas is a close second.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? All year, but I get most of it done in December.
14 . Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I tried to recycle a white elephant gift last year, but still wound up with it...long story.
15. Any Christmas traditions? Oh My gosh, There is no way I have enough time to write all of them. A few of my favorites: Reading (or at least attempting to read) Christmas stories every day in December, white elephant gifts on the night before Christmas...getting presents from Eve...Scully....the Pot Heads...Rudolph...etc. Watching It's a wonderful life, Charley Brown Christmas, Rudolph, Frosty, etc. Making candy...especially Grandma's mints.
16 . Clear lights or colored on the tree? Ah, here's that both answer again.
17. Favorite Christmas song? That would be like making me choose which child is my favorite...well, it would be like that if I had more than one child...like a million children. Although right now I would like to listen to Bare Naked Ladies' version of "We Three Kings." I think I'll go find it...okay back...I love this song.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? TRAVEL! Christmas is always better with tons of family, and we have to travel to see family, so TRAVEL!
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prance, Vixen, Coment, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph!
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star
21 . Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Pajamas/White elephant gifts on Christmas eve, and the rest of the presents on Christmas Morning.
22. Favorite thing for Christmas dinner? Um....brain overload...too many good foods...Can't decide...I LOVE CHRISTMAS!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I was actually pretty excited because lately she's been telling me, "Jamies back on." Which means she doesn't want to get out of her pajamas before I take her to Robyn's, which means I have to pack a backpack of her clothes that Robyn can change her into.
So when she told me she wanted, "Clothes Myself" This morning I happily took her to her dresser to help pick out the clothes she could put on herself. She pointed to a drawer that had only blankets in it. I explained that there were no clothes in that drawer and tried to talk her into an outfit of my choosing. She assured me, "Blanket Clothes." I opened the drawer to show her there were only blankets in there. She pulled out a blanket, draped it over her shoulders and said, "Wear Blanket." I asked her, "You want to wear a blanket today?" "Yeah!" I looked out the window at the first snowfall, then back down at my baby wearing nothing but a diaper and a blanket-cape, and wondered if turning this into a learning moment would be considered child abuse.
I decided not to risk it and was finally able to convince her that she could wear real clothes and a blanket. Fortunately she was even willing to give up her blanket cape if she could put on her winter coat "myself!" Ah the joys of motherhood.
P.S. I do have pictures of Halloween...hopefully I will eventually be able to post them.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
The only thing I liked about apples was the superstition that when you twist the stem off, the letter in the alphabet that corresponded with the number of twists it took to get the stem off was the first letter of the name of your future husband. (For example, if it took you three twists to get the stem off, your future husband's name would start with C...four would be D, etc.) In High school I actually got rather frustrated with my apples because the name of the guy I had a crush on was at the end of the alphabet. I would regularly count quarter twists as a twist. I still rarely got to his letter.
Oddly enough I still do this. Of course I usually yank off the stem on the second twist...sometimes you have to help the fates along a little. ;o)
Anyway. My parents got us a bunch of Allred orchard apples the last time they came to visit....for those of you who are in Utah, if you have never tasted an Allred apple, you need to go to their stand and get one. And while you're at it, get their fresh squeezed apple juice. It's AMAZING!!! For those of you not in Utah, it's worth planning a fall trip around. I am not kidding. And this is coming from someone who doesn't really like apples.
So I have been taking an apple to work with me every day in attempt to deplete the apple supply that currently fills both the fruit and veggie boxes of our fridge. And yes, I have been eating them. This has been going on for about a month now. (Seriously, they got us a ton of apples...and believe it or not, they're still good)!
Well in that time, Addison got sick. And when Addison gets sick, I get sick. There had not been an Addison illness to date that was not rapidly followed by a Rebecca illness.
But this time, I didn't get sick. This really was a miracle because I am so used to getting sick that I no longer even attempt not to. I still let her give me the same wet kisses she always does. I still snuggle up so that her cheek is right on mine. I will even still taste her food to make sure it's not too hot for her...sometimes after her spoon has been in her mouth. I get sick when I don't do these things, so I finally gave up even trying. But this time, no sickness came.
Now she is sick again. I'm not sure with what. She's loosing her voice, she sounds congested, and when she tries to clear her throat she sounds like a seal.
I am still eating my apple a day. Hopefully once again it will keep the doctor away. If not, at least it predicted my husband correctly. ;o)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Addison and her cousin McKenna were so cute together! They were hugging and kissing each other all the time.
Last Friday we went to the Zoo with Geneava. That was a lot of fun. Unfortunately NONE of my pictures turned out on my Camera, and Bart has the other Camera, so I'll have to see if he has some pictures when he gets back.
Addison has become quite the back seat driver. It started out with just, "Faster mama, faster." But now she's pointing and saying, "That way. That way!" Yesterday after I picked her up from Robyn's I decided I'd turn where she said to turn. After four right turns and instructions to drive into a field, I decided I'd take over again.
Lastly, we finally got her costume for this year. To be honest with you, I was kind of bummed. I wanted to get her a tiger costume because she loves telling everyone what a tiger says, but I couldn't find one. So I let her pick out her own costume. She picked a pixie. I wasn't too thrilled about it, but yesterday she wanted to wear it and she looked dang cute, so I'm warming up to the idea.
Okay, that's all for now. I'll try to post more frequently in the future. ;o)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Whe wave finally won last night right before I went to bed. I took a unisom, and ate part of a banana in an attempt to not have an empty stomach when I took my prenatal vitamin. No such luck. I puked up the banana seconds after eating it. Oh well.
Now, on to pretzles. They have been my saving grace today. When I eat them I'm hardly nausiated at all! I love pretzels.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Well, according to my little writings, if this pregnancy is like my last pregnancy, I should throw up for the first time today. I'm not sure weather to pray that it's not like the last time or pray that it is. I have been terribly sick since Sunday night after we got home from St. George, but I haven't thrown up. I recall HATING throwing up...especially since I did it several times a day...but there have been times this week that I felt so sick I couldn't help but think, "Maybe if I throw up I will feel better." The only reason I haven't is because I worry that if I break the throw up barrier once, it will be harder and harder to stop, and last time I would throw up ALL the time...like even once I had thrown up and didn't have anything in my stomach, I'd throw up stomach acid!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOO sick! I HATED it!
Addison has the flu or something. She has been throwing up for the past few days, which really hasn't helped. I think I may invest in a nose plug.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Addison LOVES getting into our cookie cutter drawer, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to teach her that those cookie cutters are for more than just the taking out of and putting back into drawers.
For the first half an hour it was great. I was standing on one side of our island and she was standing on a chair on the other. She would pick out a cookie cutter, I would place it, and then she would help me push it down into the dough.
Well, after a while she got kind of bored and sat down on the chair. For those of you who haven't been to our house, our island is a piece of furniture that also acts as an open storage place for many pots, pans and bowls. Addison sat down and decided to use her feet to push one of the bowls further into the island. Unfortunately, on the other side of that bowl was my set of pottery barn bowls that got pushed off of the island. The bowls fell down and ALL OF THEM shattered!!!
I was soooooooo mad! those were my favorite bowls!!! One of them already had a crack in it and I couldn't bring myself to throw it away. I was SOOOOOOOOO mad! I said, "Addison! NO!" And then just bit my lip because I knew I would be yelling way more than I should if I said anything. She just sat silently on the chair staring at me with slight horror...she could tell I was really mad. I cleaned everything up and told Addison to stay in the chair until I got back, and went to throw away the pieces of my precious bowl in the outside trash bin.
When I got back, Addison was still in the exact position I left her on the chair. As soon as I walked into the room she looked down and quietly said, "Sorry mama." My heart just melted! I picked her up and gave her a big hug. It old her it was okay and that I knew she didn't mean to break it. That little girl really does have her mama wrapped around her finger!