Monday, March 31, 2008

Sick and Tired

Addison came down with a nasty cold last week. She had a fever for 4 days and terrible cough. It was so nice to have Dave's help over the weekend to care for our very needy, sick child. Now it's only Monday and Addison is actually doing quite a bit better, but I'm ready for her to get better! My mom and sisters minus Darci :( are coming down next week and we are spending 3 1/2 days at a resort in Scottsdale, without the kids! I am so excited for the much needed break. And grateful for Dave, his parents, and Melissa for being willing to watch Addison so I can spend some girl time with my mom and sisters. This week can't pass fast enough!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A little late

I promise, I am almost always on time, if not early for things. So why is it so hard for me to blog about things right after they happen? I'm just barely getting to blogging about Easter.
I must admit I was disappointed that I didn't get Addison on video doing the cute things she did on Easter morning. It wasn't because I didn't try, but because as soon as she heard the camera turn on, she stopped. She was especially excited about her new Lightning McQueen car. She's a little obsessed with the movie Cars, but I had never heard her try to say his name until Sunday when I gave her the car. All day long she went around the house talking about "O Queen".

Monday, March 17, 2008

Cannon Beach

Last week I experienced a first. I've never been to the northwest, but some friends of ours grandmother has a condo on the Oregon coast so we decided to meet up there for a little vacation. Dave was roommates with the husband, Eric for 4 years and I was roommates with the wife, Jenni, for 4 as well. We love getting together with them!
Jen and Eric and their baby Matthew flew in from Houston and we rented a minivan and drove to Cannon Beach. The condo was literally 50 yards from the beach and we could see the ocean from the windows. We realized we weren't going during the ideal time to have nice weather and it rained almost the whole time, but we had a great time.

These pictures show our first attempt at a walk on the beach. It lasted long enough to get these pictures then we ran back inside. If it looks cold, wet and windy it was!

We had a nice walk on the beach later that afternoon and only got wet the last few minutes of our walk. No luck at finding tide pools on the beach by the condo, but we did find lots of sand dollars.

We saw these elk at a little grassy park at the entrance of the condo complex. We thought maybe they lived there, but we didn't see them the next couple of days.

One day we drove to the Tillamook factory to see how they make cheese and to try some Tillamook ice cream, which my sister Rachel had raved about. On the way there Jen swears she saw a sign that said Carly Rocks. We stopped about 200 yards down the highway from this so called sign to take pictures of the view. No one else saw the sign on the way back so I'll leave it up to you to decide if there is such a place as Carly Rocks.

The condo place had an indoor tennis court and pool, so that night we went and hit some dead balls around the court before swimming in the nice, warm pool.

After two attempts at dry weather we made it out to see Haystack Rock (THE thing to see in Cannon Beach). During low tide you can walk out to the base of the rock and see lots of tide pools and sea creatures. This last picture is a bunch of starfish attached to rocks. I didn't realize they could be such a beautiful purple color and so large!

Addison was so excited when we let her get down and run. Her new favorite thing to do is hold my hand and run while yelling "run, run, run".

While walking through the town, which is a quaint little seaside town, we saw this funny looking car which apparently some guy considers art and does this periodically for fun. It's an old car with random things attached to it like doll heads on a pole, or flamingos. There is also a computer keyboard on the front hood. Kind of strange if you ask me, but fun for pictures.

We had such a great time. Only partly because of of the sights we saw, but mostly because of the people we were with. We had so much fun just playing games with our friends and playing with this cute little boy. He had the biggest, cutest, gummy grin.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Fun With Friends

So I tried to create this post a week ago but I was having problems with Blogger, then we went out of town the rest of the week so I'm really late. Two Fridays ago we had Carter over to play in the morning. Carter is only about 2 weeks older than Addison and they are great friends. We played outside for about an hour and the kids enjoyed following each other around and popping bubbles.

Then in the afternoon we went to the Phoenix Zoo with my friend Maylene and her daughters Sydney and Sophie. Sydney is quite a bit older than Addison, but is really cute and patient with her. Addison absolutely loves animals, so of course the petting farm was her favorite. She also got to pet some stingrays. Thanks Maylene for a fun time!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Love/Hate relationship

I hate Elmo! I think he is so annoying. But Addison is in love with him. About 3-4 weeks ago we bought Elmo's Potty Time hoping to get Addison interested in using the potty. Then 2-3 weeks ago I bought her a training potty. She thought it was the most fun toy ever. She would stuff her teddy and baby in the bowl and then shut the lid. She had only watched Potty Time a few times until last week when she became obsessed and had to watch it daily. Then one day after watching it she said she needed to go potty. She sat there for probably about 5 minutes, but she finally did pee in the potty. I thought it was a fluke because she just drank a whole sippy cup of milk. But then a few days later she was in the bath and said she had to go potty again. She was shivering because she was wet, so it took about 5 minutes, again, to relax and then peed in the potty again! Then yesterday she peed and pooped in the potty at the same time. We're trying not to push it too much, but I'm glad that she apparently knows what the potty is for and what it feels like to need to go. Sorry if this is TMI, but I'm a proud mom. Thanks, Elmo, for getting Addison interested in the potty. Hopefully she will want to go more frequently now. Here is a picture of Addison with her potty and a sticker.

The weather was gorgeous on Saturday. While Dave and I worked on the yard and tried to figure out why our yard watering system wasn't working, Addison ran around in her swimsuit. She had a total blast. Sorry for the poor video skills.