After our early morning play-date we headed to the new splash pad in Cottonwood Heights. I neglected to take a hair tie and was overheated in about an hour. This is only the second time Addison has been to a splash pad, and while she loves the pool, it took her awhile to warm up to the splash pad. She ran around the perimeter and would hold mine or Holly's hand to go into any water.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Our favorite little people came over today and we all worked on sharing and playing nicely together. I left them for the first 10 minutes to play unsupervised in hopes that Addison would just "suck it up" and be okay that there were other kids touching her things. It worked okay - and I think the only way to teach her to chill out and there is plenty for everyone is to keep exposing her to other kids in her space. Introducing the players:
Aiden: by far the most chill child to play with. He has less than 15 seconds interest in anything except the toy cell phone. This is good for Addison because by the time she comes running to say he has something that he wants and belong to her and then returns to check again he has put it down. Not a great listener yet - but the happiest to have things ripped out of his hands!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
One reason I love attending so many weddings of people we're close to is because the photographers take great pics of Addison and we benefit without paying the fees! She must just have one of those faces they want to capture - we sure think she's pretty darn cute. Here she is at Oliver's cousin's wedding - the photos are courtesy of Still Timeless.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
We were getting ready for church this morning and when Oliver and I came out of our bathroom we found Addison kneeling in our bedroom saying her own prayer. She was mumbling, "father, love thee, church, bless me, amen" and other little short phrases. It was darling and precious. We pray at least a dozen times a day and she loves to repeat the prayer and have a turn but we've never her seen her do it on her own.
It just melted away the frustration from the 6 times she had already sat on the naughty chair this morning! Of course, when Oliver asked if she wanted to say a prayer together, she had to thrust her hand out and scream at him "no - I do it!" Nice...
Porter and Priya (and their mom) came for lunch and playtime the other day. I think Addison needs to have someone come play with her everyday so that she can learn to share her toys because it is SO HARD for her. We were sitting up eating lunch - with every child having the exact same thing - and Addison kept swiping Porter's grapes. Porter is very chill and didn't seem to mind and we just kept loading them back up on Porter's plate - but Addion wouldn't eat one piece of food off her own plate - but she loved everything Porter was having. It was hysterical!
We decided to hike the Wind Caves while we were in Logan Canyon. It is 1.6-1.8 miles one-way depending on what website - trail head map - that you look at. Every time we turned around it seemed that they were posting a new mileage amount. We started early in the morning because it's pretty much up to the caves and then back down on a mountain face that is in full sun once the sun comes out. Addison hiked about .25 miles of the whole thing - but she really loves to be in her backpack this year so Oliver carried her.
There is nothing better than camping in the summer. I love the tents, the outdoors, the lack of phones/computers/ianythings/etc. I don't even mind that it is extra work for the mom and not as relaxing as I remember as a child - it is just so fun! We went camping with my sister and her family up Logan Canyon the weekend after the 4th of July - and as always - the kids had a blast playing together!
On June 29th we went with our cousins to play in the splash pad canyon replica at Liberty Park. Liberty Park built an area of the park that replicates the canyons along the Wasatch Front. They show the course they all run, how fast their water flows, etc - but for kids Addison's age - it's just a place to stomp around and float different plastic toys.
She loved this part and hated the splash pad because I don't think she likes the unpredictable water that might spray in your face. We had a great and hot time playing together.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Addison and I are getting ready for our camping trip later this week by pre-making a lot of the food. This morning we baked cookies and pumpkin bread. The "mmm tasty" came out and she scrambled as fast as possible to get up to the counter. She is now able to dump most the ingredients into the mixer - well about half go in the mixer and half go on the counter - but it's progress (and the cookies are horribly flat because I think I forgot to add the counter spilled baking powder back in and it's more important that she gets to help and participate than that I care about flat cookies or the mess - at least that's what I keep telling myself). She is still sad that she can't crack the eggs but I'm just not ready for that kind of mess and participation. As always - the best part - licking the beater!
She's a great little kitchen helper!