Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Addie at Five

Oh, Addie girl, where to begin :-)?! Adeline keeps us busy! 
From her constant art projects, her happys and sads, her cute giggle, her love of cats, butterflies and the color purple, her deep thinking questions, her requests for back scratches, her fear of heights, her love of the outdoors, and her independent personality, we are constantly being surprised. Addie is sweet and caring and compassionate. She does things at her own pace, because she her creative little mind is easily distracted from the task at hand :-), but eventually those pajamas are on and her teeth are brushed. I especially love her creativity and imagination that leaves me wondering how such a little brain can come up with such amazing ideas. Addie and Preston have really formed a special bond this last year and although there is definitely fighting between them at times, they really have fun together. She and Ella still love to play dress up, have dance parties and play with their stuffed animals together. She loves to cuddle with Mike and cook with me, and I think we all love to have our special Addie moments. You can't help but love her spunkiness and I am so proud of the progress she has made this year when it comes to listening and following directions. She adds a sparkle in our lives that we couldn't live without! Happy Birthday Addie Cat!
Officially at 5 years old she weighs 41 lbs (59th percentile) and is 42 1/2" tall (52nd percentile). She loves most food, but especially cereal for breakfast, ham sandwiches for lunch, and creamy lemon chicken on rice for dinner. She loves all fruit, will eat her veggies but doesn't love them and still has a big sweet tooth. Her favorite shows are Tom and Jerry, Cat in the Hat and Despicable Me. She loves any craft activity, her stuffed animals and all books. Splat the Cat and Skippy Jon Jones are her probably her favorite characters right now. Playing PBSKids.org on the computer is her favorite treat and cutting and gluing take up most of her free time.
Here are the other pictures from her big birthday photo shoot, wearing her beautiful dress made by Nana...and some being her spunky self too.
Mike has always called Addie's hair "fluffy", because really it was when it first came in. They still joke about it and Addie will tell him she has 10 fluffs on her head. Well, on her birthday she announced that she now has 11 fluffs since she is 5...big news :-)!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Our Big 5 Year Old!

We spent the weekend celebrating Miss Adeline's 5th birthday. I can't believe she is already 5...or that she'll be in kindergarten next year! She definitely can though. When I helped her into the grocery cart while shopping today she asked me if she was too heavy for me since she is 5 now :-). More to come on our crazy girl. Love you babies!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Celebrating Addie at School

On Thursday I went to Addie's preschool a little early so we could celebrate her birthday with her class. She requested doughnuts for the treats (she specifically wanted a red one) and Rapunzel plates. While the class went out for one last activity I set up the food and then we sang and ate with our birthday girl. Her teacher really made her feel special that day with a special birthday sticker and pin to take home. Let the birthday fun begin!
I had some time to kill while I waited for the class to return, so I had fun checking out their room a bit more...

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Week Begins

We were supposed to go visiting teaching on Monday, but it was canceled so we invited some friends over instead!
(after my worst experience child-behavior wise at the grocery store in a long time)
The boys ran and kicked balls, the girls dug in the dirt for grubby gross worms.
Tuesday is my day with Preston.
We went to the library story time, had a visit from my visiting teacher and ate lunch together.
I finally remembered to pick up a Katy Parent to spot Adeline's birthday picture. (she was pretty excited that she was first!)
Everyone looked cute on Wednesday and some friends came for lunch...always fun (and always nice to have dinner ready that early in the day :-).
From now on the week is all about Addie's Birthday!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

One Thousand Gifts

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You AreOne Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After hearing great things about this book from a few people, I bought it and was excited to dive in. Overall I loved the book, but it took me a looong time to read it, hence the 4 stars (plus, I didn't like the last chapter). Reading this book slowly had advantages though...it helped keep it on my mind. The author writes in a beautiful, almost poem like, way about her quest to embrace and live a life full of gratitude to God. It definitely changed my perspective on life's day to day and helped me have a better outlook. I like to think that when I keep it on my mind I am able to remain more patient as well. I marked sooo many quotes as I read. Here are the ones I want to be able to reference quickly...

"Gifts He bestows. This writing it down- it is sort of like...unwrapping love."

"Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped. God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy."

"I wake to the discontent of life in my skin. I wake to self-hatred. To the wrestle to get it all done, the relentless anxiety that I am failing. Always, the failing. I yell at children, fester with bitterness, forget doctor appointments, live selfishly, skip prayer, complain, go to bed too late, neglect cleaning the toilets. I live tired. Afraid. Anxious. Weary. Would I ever be enough, find enough, do enough? But this morning, I wake wildly wanting to live."

"When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows."

"So I push hard and I bark hard and I fall hard and when their wide eyes brim sadness and their chins tremble weak, I am weary and I am the thin clear skin, reflecting their fatigue, about to burst, my eyes glistening their same sheer pain. The hurry makes us hurt."

"The hard discipline to lean into the ugly and whisper thanks to transfigure it into beauty."

"Feel thanks and it's absolutely impossible to feel angry. We can only experience one emotion at a time. And we get to choose - which emotion do we want to feel?"

"If the heights of our joy are measured by the depths of our gratitude, and gratitude is but a way of seeing, a spiritual perspective of smallness might offer a vital way of seeing especially conducive to gratitude."

"The demanding of my own will is the singular force that smothers out joy - nothing else."

"Here I can become the blessing, the little life that multiplies joy, making the larger world a better place."

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9am church is great because...
we look cute early
we eat a big yummy lunch
Preston gets his normal nap
we can watch movies as a family (we watched Dolphin Tale and it was a tear jerker)
and we still have time to go to the park for more family fun
all in time to eat a little dinner and get in bed on time
love it!