Addison and Ty

Addison and Ty

Monday, February 27, 2012


Addison is just too funny these days-you never know what is going to come out of her mouth. We are teaching her not to be shy-but I think its working! haha. This weekend was awesome!! We met up with Ali-Lee and Kyler on Saturday night for dinner at the Butcher Shop and a trip to the Circus-it was great and the kids loved it. I think Addison really loved the Elephants and the Cotton Candy the best! Sunday morning we got ready and headed to our new church home-where we love getting up every Sunday morning to go hear the word of God and how to use it in our every day life. This church is awesome and we are thinking about joining soon. Sunday afternoon we went to Ganmomma and Gandadins and played with the kitchen and new foods that Gandadin ordered. Then Addie and I went back and picked up Daddy and headed to the park. It was so warm and nice this weekend-then we headed to American Cafe for some dinner. All and all it was a great weekend spent together.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Too Funny Not to Share

Everytime Bryan sees Addison he says "Hey Baby".
So Addison thinking that this is the way everyone is greeted says to Byan
"Hey Baby Daddy" BAHAHAHAHA when she says it in public it is even funnier!!
She also calls the teachers "Hey Baby" gotta love this kid!

Another funny.............
Bryan got his Church goin shirt off of the hanger and says-"Wow Babe you ironed my shirt"-
Me "Nope-I got it out of the dryer on time"!! haha (Like I have time to iron!) Silly Man!
-yes my poor husband has a hard working wife-but I don't iron and I hate cleaning-unless I can clean eveything at one time and not stop. I do what's called EXTREME cleaning.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Such a sweet husband I have.....
This morning when we walked downstairs Bryan had flowers for me and his Mom (who is in from out of town this week). Then he had a card from him and a card from Addison and a digital picture frame that doubles as a baby monitor and shows the time. SUPER COOL (and yes I had to ask what it was). Then he got me a book from Addison. Addison got stickers and bath toys from us and a red bear from Gammy. It was such a great way to start out my day. Then for lunch me and 2 friends ate at Cracker Barrel-yep pretty much a perfect day! haha
I love you Bryan and Addison to the moon and back
(Hopefully Addison is real good at daycare today so she can get a cupcake at school)
We soon will find out.

Monday, February 13, 2012

25 Rules for Mothers of Daughters

25 Rules for Mothers of Daughters.
Source: Pinterest-

1. Paint her nails. Then let her scratch it off and dirty them up. Teach her to care about her appearance, and then quickly remind her that living and having fun is most important.

2. Let her put on your makeup, even if it means bright-red-smudged lips and streaked-blue eyes. Let her experiment in her attempts to be like you…then let her be herself.

3. Let her be wild. She may want to stay home and read books on the couch, or she may want to hop on the back of a motorcycle-gasp. She may be a homebody or a traveler. She may fall in love with the wrong boy, or meet mr. right at age 5. Try to remember that you were her age once. Everyone makes mistakes, let her make her own.

4. Be present. Be there for her at her Kindergarten performances, her dance recitals, her soccer games…her everyday-little-moments. When she looks through the crowds of people, she will be looking for your smile and pride. Show it to her as often as possible.

5. Encourage her to try on your shoes and play dress-up. If she would rather wear her brother’s superman cape with high heals, allow it. If she wants to wear a tutu or dinosaur costume to the grocery store, why stop her? She needs to decide who she is and be confident in her decision.

6. Teach her to be independent. Show her by example that woman can be strong. Find and follow your own passions. Search for outlets of expression and enjoyment for yourself- not just your husband or children. Define yourself by your own attributes, not by what others expect you to be. Know who you are as a person, and help your daughter find out who she is.

7. Pick flowers with her. Put them in her hair. There is nothing more beautiful than a girl and a flower.

8. Let her get messy. Get messy with her, no matter how much it makes you cringe inside. Splash in the puddles, throw snowballs, make mud pies, finger paint the walls: just let it happen. The most wonderful of memories are often the messy ones.

9. Give her good role models- you being one of them. Introduce her to successful woman- friends, co-workers, doctors, astronauts, or authors. Read to her about influential woman- Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie. Read her the words of inspirational woman- Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson. She should know that anything is possible.

10. Show her affection. Daughters will mimic the compassion of their mother. “I love yous” and Eskimo kisses go a long way.

11. Hold her hand. Whether she is 3 years-old in the parking lot or sixteen years old in the mall, hold on to her always- this will teach her to be confident in herself and proud of her family.

12. Believe in her. It is the moments that she does not believe in herself that she will need you to believe enough for both of you. Whether it is a spelling test in the first grade, a big game or recital, a first date, or the first day of college…remind her of the independent and capable woman you have taught her to be.

13. Tell her how beautiful she is. Whether it is her first day of Kindergarten, immediately after a soccer game where she is grass-stained and sweaty, or her wedding day. She needs your reminders. She needs your pride. She needs your reassurance. She is only human.

14. Love her father. Teach her to love a good man, like him. One who lets her be herself…she is after all wonderful.

15. Make forts with boxes and blankets. Help her to find magic in the ordinary, to imagine, to create and to believe in fairy tales. Someday she will make her 5 by 5 dorm-room her home with magic touches and inspiration. And she will fall in love with a boy and believe him to be Prince Charming.

16. Read to her. Read her Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle. But also remember the power of Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost. Show her the beauty of words on a page and let her see you enjoy them. Words can be simply written and simply spoken, yet can harvest so much meaning. Help her to find their meaning.

17. Teach her how to love- with passion and kisses. Love her passionately. Love her father passionately and her siblings passionately. Express your love. Show her how to love with no restraint. Let her get her heart broken and try again. Let her cry, and gush, giggle and scream. She will love like you love or hate like you hate. So, choose love for both you and her.

18. Encourage her to dance and sing. Dance and sing with her- even if it sounds or looks horrible. Let her wiggle to nursery rhymes. Let her dance on her daddy's feet and spin in your arms. Then later, let her blast noise and headbang in her bedroom with her door shut if she wants. Or karaoke to Tom Petty in the living room if she would rather. Introduce her to the classics- like The Beatles- and listen to her latest favorite- like Taylor Swift. Share the magic of music together, it will bring you closer- or at least create a soundtrack to your life together.

19. Share secrets together. Communicate. Talk. Talk about anything. Let her tell you about boys, friends, school. Listen. Ask questions. Share dreams, hopes, concerns. She is not only your daughter, you are not only her mother. Be her friend too.

20. Teach her manners. Because sometimes you have to be her mother, not just her friend. The world is a happier place when made up of polite words and smiles.

21. Teach her when to stand-up and when to walk away. Whether she has classmates who tease her because of her glasses, or a boyfriend who tells her she is too fat- let her know she does not have to listen. Make sure she knows how to demand respect- she is worthy of it. It does not mean she has to fight back with fists or words, because sometimes you say more with silence. Also make sure she knows which battles are worth fighting. Remind her that some people can be mean and nasty because of jealousy, or other personal reasons. Help her to understand when to shut her mouth and walk-away. Teach her to be the bigger -the better- person.

22. Let her choose who she loves. Even when you see through the charming boy she thinks he is, let her love him without your disapproving words: she will anyway. When he breaks her heart, be there for her with words of support rather than I told-you-so. Let her mess up again and again until she finds the one. And when she finds the one, tell her.

23. Mother her. Being a mother—to her—is undoubtedly one of your greatest accomplishments. Share with her the joys of motherhood, so one day she will want to be a mother too. Remind her over and over again with words and kisses that no one will ever love her like you love her. No one can replace or replicate a mother’s love for their children.

24. Comfort her. Because sometimes you just need your mommy. When she is sick, rub her back, make her soup and cover her in blankets- no matter how old she is. Someday, if she is giving birth to her own child, push her hair out of her face, encourage her, and tell her how beautiful she is. These are the moments she will remember you for. And someday when her husband rubs her back in attempt to comfort her...she may just whisper, "I need my mommy."

25. Be home. When she is sick with a cold or broken heart, she will come to you: welcome her. When she is engaged or pregnant, she will run to you to share her news: embrace her. When she is lost or confused, she will search for you: find her. When she needs advice on boys, schools, friends or an outfit: tell her. She is your daughter and will always need a safe harbor- where she can turn a key to see comforting eyes and a familiar smile: be home.

This is handsdown the best blog post I have ever come across. Makes me realize just how important the role of a Mommy is. My Mom did all of the above-and still does. I have the best role model ever. I love you Mom and I hope that I am just like you when I grow up.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Big Year

Today is my wonderful husband's 30th birthday!!!!
On Saturday I got 22 of his closest friends together at Soul Fish to celebrate his birthday-BIG Surprise style. He had no clue!!
Bryan was on call last weekend so I called his boss and asked her to call him into Soul Fish to work on the AC or whatever she could come up with to get him there at 5:30p.m. Well we got everyone there and in the room and in he walks 20min later to help the "New Manager" with the thermostat. So funny-we yelled SURPRISE HAPPY BIRTHDAY and he said "You've got to be kidding me" not only was he not real happy about being called out on a Saturday night at dinner time-but then he was embarassed that everyone was there for him. It was such a fun event-although I was exhausted with trying to hold a surprise together for 3 weeks. This morning he woke up and we gave him his gift-a bible just for him with his initials on it from Addison and me. And we got him a Carhartt shirt too. I think he was really taken back by the surprise party and he really enjoyed it. He doesn't like a lot of to-do about him. But I am so happy it turned out perfect for him. Happy 30th Birthday to my best friend, hot husband and love of my life. I don't know what I would do without you. This year we also have coming up Addison turns 3, my Dad turns 60, vacation, and my cousin Jill's wedding to Mike!!!! So excited for what this year holds in store.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Being a good Mom

Sometimes its hard to be a great Mom
But I sure try hard to be a good one
It's hard to go to work all day and not to want to lay down right when you get home and crash
I know I need to try harder to just let Addison be a kid
I always try to keep her clean and pray that she doesn't destroy the house every day when we get home
But really-that's not fun! I am going to work harder on letting her get into stuff and have fun. But it's about me letting go and letting her just have fun and learn things on her own. The other day we were on our way to yet another errand and she saw the park and said Slide Slide Park Mommy-I did a U turn and off to the park we went. Life is short and I need to slow down to enjoy this time with Addison and Bryan.