Saturday, December 18, 2010

Lots of stuff

We have been anything short of busy around here, what with sickness getting passed around, Jared working late, baking, Christmas projects, and just plain living...I have been desperately needing to update this blog! So this may be a long post- just warning you now.
Addie being 13 months has seemed like she's been that age for several months, just because she is learning and changing so quickly. At around 12 months I started to really emphasize baby sign language more, and while she picked it up faster than I thought she would, 13 months has increased her capability to learn ten-fold. She can sign: more, all done, blanket (her favorite), book, brushing teeth, "I want" (she made that one up), and is catching on to food and water. I am trying to teach her "wait", but I think that concept is a little too advanced for a one year old. She's just not getting it- the world still revolves around her (understandably). Adelyn also talks a lot more than she used to. She can say light, mom, dad, Jess/Wes/yes, woof, juice, Jesus, Santa and duck. The only problem with signing is that I have already noticed she doesn't talk as much as she signs now. But I still like that she's able to communicate with us.

As of today we graduated from a rear facing baby car seat to the big girl front facing car seat. We took her around a nearby neighborhood to look at lights to celebrate. So far she's a fan!

My brother Jesse made the school JV basketball team this year (yay Jesse!) so we have been going to his home games to support him. Adelyn likes seeing her grandparents and uncles there, but also enjoys playing on the stairs. It's fun that we are able to go see Jesse play!

My mom was nice enough to accompany Addie and I on our adventure to the zoo. Out of all the animals, tiger and monkeys were probably her favorite to see. But the carousel was by far her favorite from going to the zoo- and we didn't even ride on it. The animal statues were also an added plus. I was surprised that she actually got more out of going to the zoo than I thought a person her age would. She was fairly interested in the animals and what they were doing. Particularly when the tiger was rawering(sp suggestions...) right next to us, it was pretty intimidating

Adelyn has also gotten pretty stubborn/silly/obnoxious/toddlerish. I have noticed she is starting to test her boundaries more and see what she can get away with. I don't really like seeing that mischievous look in her eye, though I better get used to it- I'm sure it's here to stay. For the most part she's really good, but she doesn't hide her frustration when she doesn't get what she wants. In the picture below, I put those chairs there several months ago to prevent her from taking out all my rip-able of yesterday I have to think of something else.

She thinks the shorts on her head is a hat.

I recently got called as ward music chorister- I lead the music on Sundays- which is a pretty humbling calling since I have done a lot more of singing and accompanying than leading. Actually besides FHE and an occasional young women's sub- that's been about it! Fortunately I have a very musically talented mom who also has the same calling in her ward! So that helps. Anyways, during the first Sunday I lead, I got up for the last song and Addie spotted me and started laughing her obnoxious laugh- like we were playing hide and go seek or something- and wouldn't stop laughing! Here she is right in the front pew giggling hysterically! Well of course I did what any nervous but humored mom does, I start cracking up too! It was the hardest thing to get myself under control during the song- fortunately Jared took her out shortly after her laughing fit, but I still had a hard time not thinking about her down there, and start giggling again!

Even though she throws fits sometimes, and is more stubborn than her parents, we still love all the fun and new things she does. We love having Adelyn around to entertain us :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

First Offical Hair Cut

No, I did not completely shave off all of Adelyn's beautiful curls/waves. I only trimmed her bangs since they are always in her face (measured down to her nose) and she won't keep any type of cute hair accessories in. So here are some pictures from her first hair cut.


After: (If you look closely you might be able to see a glistening tear drop :()

Bummer is, that Addie was freaked out by the whole thing and crying hysterically and moving all over the place. So neither my mom (my coach through all this) nor I, am really sure where her hair that we cut, went! Maybe next time I cut her hair again I'll have to save that little bit.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas...

I know Addie doesn't really get who Santa Claus is yet, but everything going on lately is just so exciting!
....until she got sick.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Family Pictures

I am a little outnumbered at the moment with all the "guy time" going on right now. Jared invited my three brothers to come over and play video games since he usually spends this time of year with his brothers playing hunting games. So I figured this was a good time to post something....

Last weekend we were fortunate to have our friend and neighbor, Sara, take some family pictures for us- in hopes that we might have a good enough picture for our Christmas cards this year. I couldn't believe how cute they turned out! Not that I had was underestimating Sara's photography skills, but that I figured (as always) there would be someone making a weird face in every picture. It was too much to ask for Addie to smile, but somehow, luck was on our side- for several of the pictures! Yay!! I'm not going to post all the good ones, since they will be on our Christmas cards this year- you have to have some kind of a surprise when you open the card up! :) But here is a sneak peak.

For some reason, Addie assumed folding her arms (as if we were praying) was an appropriate pose. We thought it was pretty cute!
Hope everyone enjoys their days off! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bikes, Beanies, and Belated Halloween

Yes, it's actually starting to cool down out here in Arizona....good thing is almost Thanksgiving. But I personally feel that there is nothing cuter on a baby's head than an adorable beanie. So thanks to the cooperating weather, we now have a reason and excuse for Addie to wear beanies. If only we could find a way for her not to yank them glue a little extreme??

Speaking of the cool weather, a few weeks ago it just seemed a little too warm to carve pumpkins (plus we never got around to it) so last weekend we carved our little one, and the Frei's were nice enough to give us their decorative pumpkins to carve. After awhile, they came over to participate in the fun and carve their own. Jared carved the cat and ghost (he has got a lot of artistic talent in my opinion) and I carved a face. The Frei's carved the spooky graveyard on the left- you can't see it, but Rhett somehow managed to carve very detailed grass along the bottom.

Adelyn wasn't really into the carving thing, and especially didn't like putting her hands in to get the guts out. But after the lights were back on, and in the morning she thought they were really exciting to touch and play with.

I have this thing about getting things cheaper than the regular when I saw an $8 bike seat at a garage sale, that I've been dreaming about for months, I jumped on it! Now we have a wonderful park close by, without having to drive there! It's been great going on bike rides whenever we can! Addie loves it too- Jared took her on a test ride around for a few seconds, and she started screaming when we took her off. I guess it wasn't nice to tease! She never really smiles or anything, but just sits there and enjoys yelling out things she sees. It cracks me up how cute she is riding behind her dad!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dance like there's no tomorrow!

Addie decided to surprise us by dancing last night. Jared joked that she learned from me (he's always teasing me for dancing silly). We started cracking up when she did it, because she was playing with her phone and just up and decided to bust some moves! What a funny girl Addie's turning out to be!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Toddler Times

As if Addie didn't enjoy exploring enough before, she seems to do it ten-fold now that she is a one year old. I've been trying to teach her new words lately, so every time we go outside I point out every tree and bush. So now when we go exploring, she likes to point at every plant and say, "dog!" or "duck!". She also associates the pond with a duck too, so when the ducks aren't there I tell her they are gone and sleeping in their beds.....she doesn't buy it, it's still...."duck!!!!" "duck??" "duck?!" without fail.

She's also become very interested in objects Jared and I use, like the flowers I put in my hair, putting on our shoes, and drinking from our cups (partly because her's usually has milk in it and she still won't drink it).

She is also starting to figure out buttons and light switches. She likes to flip the lights on and off, and every time she wakes up from a nap, she has to show me that she can push all the buttons on her singing mobile.
Addie also has a thing for climbing into stuff lately...not really sure why.

Adelyn has gotten very demanding lately, and when she doesn't get what she'll certainly hear about it! Besides the whining and complaining if I don't give her candy or cookies, it's sometimes nice that she can tell us what she wants.