Monday, November 28, 2011

Yes, we're still alive!

I'm not ignoring you, I promise! Okay...actually I am. I've snapped a lot of photos for Totally Cute Tuesdays, but never remember to bring my camera with me when I sit down at the computer. The office is in BFE, and yes, I am THAT lazy that I don't want to get the camera when it dawns on me that I meant to bring it. Also, there really hasn't been much to write about, nor much time to write it, since naptime is now taken up with my obsession of playing puzzle games on my DS or reading The Hunger Games. (BTW, this is also why no one has received a thank you note pertaining to Addy's birthday).

And speaking of The Hunger Games - have you read it? I was maybe two chapters in, and I turned to my sister and said "I do not think I can read this book. Not after having a baby. I just can't read a story of children forced to fight to the death!" Turns out, I can, and the book is superb. I finished it in two days. I highly recommend it.

So anyways...here's a somewhat lame pictorial recap of what we've been up to since November hit:


I'm cool going on trips- as long as I've got 3 shakey-musical
toys in my lap and a car tucked behind my head. Ride on mom, ride on.
I eat big girl cereal now! I use all eight of my teefs to chew it!
Birthday balloons still going strong...
...providing hours of solitary entertainment
Now I open cupboards and take things out, but don't worry,
I put them away when I'm all done. I'm a good girl.
Not this cupboard though, I don't put this stuff back.
I spread it all around the house instead. Hehehehe.
Wearin' my fruit pajamas, eatin' my favorite fruits. Life is great!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Someone is ready for winter!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Addison!!!!

I can't believe my baby is ONE YEAR OLD! Everyone was right, this goes by way too fast. All the eating, pooping, and sleeping she's done over the past year has been a really wonderful ride for me!

I think her birthday party turned out great, especially considering the double-booking fiasco. We ended up having the party at our house, with about 50 people in attendance. Let me just say, standing next to her as we sang Happy Birthday, it was absolutely amazing to see the faces of all those people that love her!!! I have to give a huge shout out to my truly wonderful husband***, Grandpa Rudy, Grandma Susan, and Aunt Steph for helping me pull off this last-minute location change. You all rock and the house never would have been ready without your help! And also, Nana and Aunt Steph were a huge help in cleaning up afterwards! Thank you all!!!!!

I do have a couple of regrets, or rather, feelings of wishing things had been done differently. For starters, after all the packaged gifts were opened, we opted to skip opening the huge stack of cards, assuming no one really wants to sit there and watch cards get opened and read. We both feel REALLY bad about this decision. Cards (each of which contained some sort of monetary gift) are no less of a gift than something wrapped, and we just feel like we slighted all those gracious gift-givers. Secondly, both of us failed to make a pot of coffee. I had an entire station set up for it - on a standalone cart. With cups, and sugar, and creamer, and splenda. The coffeepot still had the remnants of our morning coffee, nice and cold and stale. And at least one person tried to drink it. We're both just terribly embarrassed about that! Lastly, I didn't get any pictures of the cake before it was cut, or the decorations and general party set-up. I'm just a little bummed about that. Nonetheless, I think everyone had a good time, and our house worked just fine for having a party of that size.

Addison was a complete doll the entire day. I don't think she cried or whined a single time during the party. She was being a social butterfly (which is shocking considering her parents totally lack that ability!) We're so fortunate to have so many people that love her and wanted to share in the celebration!

Here's a few shots of the birthday girl's big day:

The invitation. Did I make them? Well of course! It's a
huge perk of owning an invitation design business!
Setting up some food, throwing out some trash.
The aftermath of the cake. I should have asked for light pink
icing instead of hot pink, because this looked like red to me.
Addy playing with a couple other babies.
The beautiful birthday girl and her handsome Papa
Someone likes Kohl's as much as her mother does!
(and also, OMG I love her shoes!)
After the party, she carried this doll around with her
from room to room - so cute.
Super adorable when she tried to lick the cake!
We both knew she wasn't going to spread it all over her face.
She's much too methodical of an eater.

And finally, here is a video of singing Happy Birthday and giving the smash cake to her:



Addison, you have brightened my life and brought me so much joy - there are not enough words to express how deeply I love you and how much you have changed me. I am so excited to see what this next year has in store for us! Happy Birthday kiddo, punkin' pie, peanut, munchkie, munchkers, sweet cheeks, my little chicken, Addy, Addsters, little monster!

***Yes I realize that Matt is not legally my husband, but calling him 'boyfriend' just doesn't do him justice. He plays far too important a role in my life, and my love for him goes far deeper than 'boyfriend' can convey. For all intents and purposes, he is my husband.

Friday, November 4, 2011

H is for...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

On Monday, we celebrated Halloween by Trick-or-Treating in Canal Fulton with friends that have a baby nearly the same age as Addison. And the costume for her first Halloween...


...a chicken!
(When she was teeny-tiny, I called her 'my little chicken')



 We had a blast, and I can't wait for next year!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My week just got busier

Getting a phone call on Wednesday telling me the location I booked for Addison's birthday this Saturday was double booked = not a good thing. I suppose it could be worse...I could have shown up on Saturday with arms full of tablecovers and plates and cake and discovered a room decorated for some other event. At least I've got two days to figure out a backup plan.

Dear Addison,

If your birthday party is a total crapshoot, I'm very sorry.

XOXO,

Mom

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Dear Guests,

If all of you wonderful people that love my daughter are crammed into a room not suited to hold you all, I'm very sorry. Wear extra deodorant (-;

Sincerely,

Stacy