Our Dancing Flower

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Our big girl had her first dance recital today.  It was alot to take in, especially for a 3 year old.  Although there were some trying times (tiredness, overstimulation, etc…), our tiny dancer felt very proud and excited about going out onto the big stage and performing.  She has always been one who feels a tad out of sorts with large crowds (wanting a “safe” person very close by) but she made it through.  Afterwards, she told us that she was not scared at all and that she was so happy she did it.  Hooray!  I think I was more nervous right before her class performed than she was.  It was pretty neat to see her out there dancing and watching her teacher so intently.  Have I mentioned her teacher?!  The amazing Ms. Sara deserves so much credit for the wonderful job she does with these munchkins.  First, she’s a great teacher, but she is also nurturing, silly & kind.  All things that are a must when working with such young ones.  As we were walking to our car after the performance, Jos asked when she got to start dance class again and when I told her not until fall, she insisted she wanted to have playdates with Ms. Sara this summer. :)  So thankful our girl had Sara as her teacher this year and that she truly enjoyed dancing.

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She was also super excited to get flowers after the performance and go out for Fro Yo.  And now, I am thinking she may sleep in until at least 8am tomorrow morning. :)

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This girl…

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I can’t get enough of this sweet face. Believe it or not, I think that I pick up my camera less these days than I did when Jos was a babe but I still manage to have SO many photos. Addi will definitely not feel slighted in the baby photo department once she is grown. ;)  It never fails though that Addi and I will be playing and she will be giggling, but the minute I grab my camera it is Miss serious face. Hehe!

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She is starting to crawl on her knees now a tiny bit. She will crawl then scoot both forward together. I am going to miss her caterpillar crawl but for now it is still very much in use, especially when she wants to get somewhere fast.

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She is loving her finger foods these days. Peaches is the latest addition to this category.

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And then there is this girl! I can’t get enough of her either, but she is a faster moving target and a tad less cooperative when Momma wants to photograph her. ;)  So proud of her accomplishments this year in preschool, speech and dance.  She is growing up Way.Too.Fast. They both are.

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Addison & the Puppy | Months 8 & 9

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Just like that, she is 9 months old!

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Such an Addi face. LOVE those pursed lips.

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Here are a few things that we love about our Addi girl right now…

* How she waves hello. It started with the palm up and has now progressed to a back and forth wave.

*Her happy nature. This girl is generally happy and tends to go with the flow of whatever life throws at her.

*How she wakes us in the morning…  She pats our backs, rolling back and forth between Justin and I, until we open our eyes and meet her stare and huge grin.

*Her opinionated nature.  This girl definitely lets us know when she is NOT happy, usually because we have taken something from her or are trying to clean her up.  It doesn’t typically last long though.

*How she lays her head on my shoulder and cuddles, so still and sweet.

*Our early morning bird watching on the front porch.  She just sits so still with her head against my chest and watches and listens, pointing at the birds as they fly by.

*Her “Caterpillar Crawl”.  She is getting pretty fast but still hasn’t figured out how to do it on hands and knees. That’s ok because her way is so stinkin’ cute.

*How she is starting to pull herself up. She is getting so strong.

*Her curious nature. She wants whatever her sister has, much to Jos’s dismay, and she is constantly grabbing things and trying to stick them in her mouth.  Jos was pretty easy when it came to this and I didn’t worry as much about things going in her mouth but Addi is a different story.

*How she loved our Nala dog. She would grab for her, wanting to touch her often.  Whenever she was eating, Nala always provided entertainment as she lurked in the shadows trying to steal some food but it was fairly easy as Addi would reach for her and let her lick her fingers.  How we all miss that SO much.

*How she likes to play peek-a-boo and chase.

*Her love of food.  She is a good little eater and usually likes most things.  A few of the new things she has tried recently are asparagus (better mixed with sweet potato), red pepper, mango and peaches.  Her favorites include butternut squash, sweet potatoes, mango, pears and zucchini with pears and cinnamon.

*How she blows and makes a funny noise when she doesn’t want to nurse or when she doesn’t want to do something.  It’s her way of saying, “all done.”

*How she climbs up and down her mattress, which is on the floor now. She also sits up, lays down, sits up, lays down and repeats about 30 times before falling asleep.  She is SO busy practicing all of her new skills.

*Her friendly nature.  She is generally willing to give away smiles and play with others as long as Momma is near.  If someone tries to hold her, she does better if she can’t see Momma.  Her Grampi is probably the person, other than Mom and Dad, that she goes to most easily.

*Her excitement when Daddy comes home or when Momma has been away and returns.  She gets so smiley and reaches for us.

*How she still watches Jos’s moves and wants to be right in the middle of whatever she is doing.  She loves it when Jos notices her and plays with her.

*Those big, expressive brown eyes and that snaggle tooth smile. :)

We love our Addi girl and her blossoming personality more and more each day.

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Ready, set, GO!  This photo about sums it up. Have camera ready, put baby on the blanket, run to get in position making silly noises, snap then repeat.  She will NOT sit for long, this one.

Happy 9 months! We LOVE you, our sweet Addi Paddi.

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Memorial Day Weekend Fun

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A few (ok, more than a few ;)) photos from the past few days.

This past week has been so warm and nice.  We have enjoyed the kind of weather that reminds us of summer…sticky, sweaty days and a few nights where we kicked all the blankets off and mornings that were cool yet nice enough to sit outside and listen to the birds welcome the sun.  The last part has become a ritual for Miss Addi and I as she has been getting up at around 5am,or before, for the past week.  She is working on a tooth and also some new skills such as getting into a sitting position from her belly (she is pretty good now) and yesterday she pulled herself up to standing for the first time.

On one of these particularly warm days, we got the pool out and Addi got to try it out for the first time. Jos even shared her float toy with her sister.

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Who needs toys when you have crinkly packages of wipes? This girl seems to want all of the non-toy items to play with.  I guess she finds them more interesting.

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LOVE that belly!

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Snack time with Jos.

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Nanny & Grampi came for a visit this weekend.  Addi screamed and screamed in excitement as she conversed with Grampi and held her little palm up in the air to say hello. Meanwhile, Jos kept Nanny occupied. Jos LOVES her Nanny and thinks she should play with her “all the time.”  We occasionally have to intervene to give Nanny a break. ;)

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Nanny gave Jos her first O’s cereal when she was a babe so we let Nanny give Addi her first taste of them too.

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I think this has to be my favorite photo of the weekend. :)

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Justin and Ken built a small picnic table for the girls in only half a day!  It is so cute and now it just needs painted. Jos picked out a purple color called Lavender Sprig for it.

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She tried it out already. :)

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Mary Lou (Nanny) and I took Jos out to the Alice in Wonderland play.  We weren’t sure if it was such a good idea at first as she was a bit scared when they turned off all the lights and she didn’t care for all of the characters, especially the queen.  After the queen’s first line, Jos said, “She’s NOT good!”. ;)  We explained to her later that they were just acting and what a good job the queen did to make us believe she was sooo mean.  She sat on my lap the entire time and made it through though and at the end she declared how happy she was that she had gone to the play.  She wanted a photo with the rabbit at the end.

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Then, we enjoyed some ice cream.

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We also enjoyed a trip to our favorite Bavarian Village.

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It was a gorgeous day and my favorite part was sitting in the grass watching Jos roll down the hill and feeding Addi some mango while she took it all in.  Justin and the girls surprised me with a belated Mother’s Day gift, two lovely rings with Jos and Addi’s names on them.

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After all that, we hope to get some stuff done around the house today and maybe, just maybe, make some stepping stones with the girls.  We’ll see if that plan comes to fruition. ;)

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Joslyn & Addison | Side by Side – Month 8

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I’m barely getting this one in before Miss Addi turns 9 months.  ;)  Here are Jos & Addi’s 8 month side by side shots.

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Couldn’t resist doing a then and now of Jos too.

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This was a shot I took during month 7 but didn’t get it posted. Jos is at the top with Nala and Addi is at the bottom with her.

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A Good Kind of Busy

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What a FUN & BUSY day!  We left home at 9am this morning en route to Miss J’s dentist appointment. She did great and got an excellent report so, of course, we celebrated with hot dogs and chocolate milkshakes at a 50’s style Soda Fountain Shop. ;)

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Our next stop was the new trampoline park. We figured we may as well take advantage of it while in the area and lucky for us, some friends were able to join us at the last minute.  Our munchkins jumped and climbed, went on pretend rescue missions and had a great time.  We definitely want to go back sometime. As we were leaving, Jos kept saying, “this is a special day”. Indeed, my dear.

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Miss Addi even had a friend there. These two were so cute together.

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Two little spider monkeys.

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After that, it was a visit to Julie’s house for some play time in the hammock and swing.

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Miss Addi was so fascinated with Otis the cat.

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Hehe. Jos was playing and going in and out of the doggie door and then went inside and locked the door.  She couldn’t fit through the kitty door and was saying, “get me out of here.” :) Oh, my girl.

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Jos also had a lovely conversation with “Miss Molly Be-golly, the Life Coach”. :)

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Addi enjoyed her reflection in the mirror.

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GREAT day. One munchkin is already asleep and I bet the other one will be out quicker than usual tonight too.

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Clean Up on Aisle 9

We are certainly missing our clean-up crew around here.  We find ourselves pushing plates back and looking around for our Nala girl often. She was always there, watching and waiting for just the right moment to strike. She would have had a great evening yesterday.  Addi had her first broccoli which means there was broccoli EVERYWHERE! Such a mess. Then, Jos decides she doesn’t like hers and spits it out! UGH!!  :)

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