Aunt Kel sent Addison a birthday box (on top of the raincoat she'd already gotten her). One of the fun new toys are shower crayons. Addison doesn't love to shower - she prefers a bath - but sometimes it's just easier and faster to put her in the shower with us. When I asked if she wanted to color in the shower she couldn't get in fast enough and then she wouldn't get out. She showered for more than 40 minutes and used half the orange and most of the purple crayon (purple is her favorite color). We have a wand in our shower and so she could draw and "erase" her pictures at will. I colored with her for the first 25 minutes or so and then I was able to get out and get ready while she was still happily coloring.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Addison and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen but usually dad isn't home to record our fun together. On a rare occasion he got a picture (I don't even remember what we were making). I think baking/cooking is great for Addison - she is learning to count, pour, scrape, stir, wait, etc. I just realized last week that she might not be old enough to dump liquid yet since it ended up all down the counter and over the floor - but the mess is worth all the learning she's doing!
Let's not forget the best part of kitchen help is tasting - mmm tasty!
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The only remaining part of our basement project is installing the carpet - we can then reclaim our living space! Currently - the clutter and lack of organization are driving me crazy and I had no desire to spend another day at home! So, when Addison woke up kind of cranky this morning I decided it was time to go for a "hike". Her cranky attitude flipped a quick switch when I asked if she wanted to go hiking. She was excited to get her hiking hat, hiking shoes, and hiking socks. We also took her bunny, fish, milk, whistle, glasses, and snacks (most of which waited for us in the car).
I sat outside her door and kept asking her to turn the middle part of the nob and then I finally talked her into going and getting her binky from her crib so that she could calm down. After about 15 minutes I called her dad on the phone and he came home from work to try to help. She had finally given up and went back to playing in her room. I eventually realized that it is the only door handle upstairs that is different from all the others and I was able to unlock it with a flat head screw driver. When I finally got her door open she was happily sucking her binky and rocking on her horse. She was most upset that I made her put her binky back in her bed!
Yep - just a morning in our life! I can honestly admit that I was really glad when 1 pm came around and it was time for nap!
We planned to take Addison to Chuck E. Cheese's for her birthday but decided to postpone the adventure for another day. We ended up going last night and it was fun. The one by our house in Sandy is tiny compared to the one I remember growing up - and I don't know if it is because I was little and it seemed big or if the Sandy one is actually small. The thing I was most sad was missing was a ball pit - that used to be my favorite part of Chuck E. Cheese's.
Addison danced and watched the characters sing while we ate and then she rode on some of the rides and played several games (don't mind that she bawled when she first saw them and thought they were terrifying - but you can see from the pics that she warmed up). She really wanted to play the car games - but in her age of independence - had a melt down when Oliver tried to put her on his lap - but she couldn't reach the peddles to make the car go. So we tried to stay clear of all the racing games. We ended up with 20 more tokens then we needed so we can now go back again with our stash! It was a fun way for our little family to celebrate Addison for her birthday!
We spent a lot of Addison's bday doing this:
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
We're lucky to live close to almost all our immediate family - the only three missing members are Addison's Aunt Emily and Uncle Taylor and her Nana. These posts are for them since they missed her second birthday party - I know that most of the details and all the pics are a bore for the rest of my 2 readers :)
Addison can sing the first two lines of Happy Birthday and it is her most requested song lately. She says constantly "sing Happy Birthday me". She has a toy cake that plays the song and Great-Grandma and Grandpa Lyon got her a card that sings it at her command. There has been a lot of singing around here! Here's a picture of her conducting everyone at her party after she commanded "sing Happy Birthday me!"
Addison's most favorite and anticipated event of the night was the cake. She loves the Happy Birthday song and we probably sang to her three or four times during her party. She loved to conduct everyone else singing to her! I carried the cake in which is what she is watching for in the first pic and then, because of our ceiling fan, we had to do the candle part twice. She promptly snatched the tiger eyes off her cake as soon as the song and candles were done and ate them both!
Addison wasn't especially interested in opening the presents when we started because all she could think about was cake. After every gift she opened she would say - "cake now". She kind of got into after a little bit - but she was most excited about CAKE! Addison started by opening her gift from Uncle Nick and Aunt Tasha which I'll post pics of after this.
Aunt Tasha made Addison a dress up dress. We couldn't get her to try it on with all the people around - but after most everyone had left she was happy to put it on and dance around. She loves it. She also received a beaded necklace and a package of bracelets. She's been parading around the house wearing her new bangles.
Addison loves animals and thanks to Aunt Holly and Grandma both having zoo memberships - she can see them often! We decided to theme her second birthday party accordingly.
Here's the kids table - there were 14 adults, the birthday girl, and her two cousins. We decided we'll wait and throw a friend party when she's a little older - for this year it was family (Aunt Holly, Uncle Evan, Aiden, Kyle, Grandma, Papa, Uncle Nick, Aunt Tasha) and Addison's surrogate family (Anamarie, Craig, Bryce, Bailey (we missed Bobby), Madison and Cameron) that live around the corner and in Provo.
The balloons were just as big of a hit the next morning. Shhhh - don't tell - but I popped and put them in the trash after she went to bed tonight because I was tired to the mess in our living room. I was also sad that I forgot to send any home with her cousins - because heavens knows we had plenty!