Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Stewart Falls - Almost Search and Rescue

My aunt and uncle came to visit us from San Francisco. They came to meet our new babies and see my mom. We had a wonderful visit. The Saturday they were in town we decided to go and ride the chair lift to the top of Sundance and look at the pretty leaves. Here are Holly and I waiting for the shuttle from the parking lot to the chair lift.
That morning Oliver had been looking through some hiking books and found that you could hike to Stewart Falls from the chair lift. The guide book said that it was a kid friendly and easy hike. Here we are riding up the chair life (maybe you can see my sister and her family in the chair behind us).

We started the hike all together and found that it wasn't kid friendly. It was walking along the edge of a cliff (not great for a two year old). Kyle had to be carried the whole way - and without a hiking backpack - that is quite a feat.
But it was gorgeous.
We got about .6 miles in and decided that some of our party were going to head back and Oliver, my mom, Addison and I would finish the .9 mile hike to the falls. And so the troubles began...
The remaining part of the hike proved to be very steep. I slipped on my behind while carrying Addison and then just minutes later I fell forward carrying her. Luckily, Oliver was very close in front of me and was able to catch me. I have the bruise on my arm still from where he dug his whole hand in to keep me from falling down the hill with Addison in tow. From that point onward he carried Addison and I just focused on not breaking my neck.
When we got to the falls it was about 3:20 and the last chair lift went back down the mountain at 5 pm. My mom and I decided to head back and let Oliver stay for awhile since we are slower hikers. My mom and I ended up taking the wrong trail which led us in the opposite direction of the chair life. Meanwhile, Oliver left a while after us but never caught us on the trail, all the while thinking we were ahead of him. By the time my mom and I got back on track and hiked back up to the falls Oliver was already gone. I started running down the trail to see if I could catch him - and he was running the trail to see if he could find us and figure out what happened. Eventually I realized I wouldn't catch him so I waited for my mom and she and I hiked out together. All the while my aunt, uncle, sister and her family were having issues of their own making it back to the chair lift - cliff sliding, lost glasses, screaming children, bleeding knees and toes, etc.
Oliver got back to the chair life and realized that we weren't there. The operator told him that there are several off-shoot trails that we could have accidentally taken because the hike isn't marked that clearly. He lined up search and rescue to come find us but we arrived about 10 minutes before they were heading out. Addison hadn't eaten in almost five hours (she usually eats every 2.5 or 3) and Oliver didn't have anything for her - but she was great! She didn't fuss at all. She is perfectly content to be with her dad.
The hike ended with most people having blisters, cuts, scrapes, bruises, dehydration, etc. But we would do it again - it always makes for a GREAT story!

Play Time

While Taylor was in town we spent a half day at Oliver's parents' house visiting and being family. Addison had plenty of people to hold her and entertain her. My mom had purchased rattles that Velcro to her legs or arms so that when she moves they make noise and Addison thinks they're pretty fun. Everyone tried to have Taylor hold her as much as possible since he was in town for a little over 24 hours. She was perfectly happy to tell him stories and listen to his.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fun Missy to Meltdown

Addison has found her fist! To her, it is still a fleeting object that passes in front of her face which she cannot control - however, when it lands in her mouth it is the happiest time ever!

What is somewhat perplexing to Ms. Addison is when that awesome fist strays from her mouth. Just follow the progression to see how she really feels about the disappearing fist...

She may be content for just a second but then the meltdown happens...she can usually calm herself down after a few moments of wailing - but she is greatly comforted when the Binky replaces the vanishing fist. We're all waiting for the day when she has complete control and can pacify herself!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Two Months

She weighs 13 pounds, 0 ounces (according to our home methods of measuring) and is 24 inches long. She goes to her two-month check-up on Monday and we will update our stats then. She will also get her first shots - poor baby!

Addison favorite thing is her fist - she loves to suck away at it. She loves her cousin Kyle because he pushes her in her high chair and is constant entertainment for her to watch. She also loves being read to, taking baths (not getting dressed after) and spending time with Dad. She has slept through the night 10+ times (being fed at 9:30 or 10 and getting up between 6:30 and 8). We love her lots!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My mom's so nice...

Hi, it's Addison again.

So, I made a little mess while I was mom thought it was important to take a picture before cleaning me up.
Kind of rude if you ask me!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Silver Lake

Our adventure started with a little hiccup...but Oliver came and bailed us out of our car trouble and we continued on our picnic adventure.
Addison is very loved by her aunt and Kyle.
It was absolutely gorgeous up there and the colors are very yellow this year and very pretty.
Kyle loved looking at the ducks and my mom held on to make sure he didn't fall in.
Yep, very pretty.
Kyle ran around the lake throwing rocks in and I just love the way he runs. If this picture made motion you could see it too.
My mom.
The view.
The cousins in stroller heaven.
Me and Addison.
Pushing the kids and Kyle's adorable running.