Tuesday, February 09, 2010


As I was reading Caiden's post to her she threw out her hip, snapped her hand down on it, dusted off her "what were you THINKING" scowl and soundly put me in my place. "Mama- you didn't get it RIGHT. You forgot Big Grandma and Big Grandpa!" (Jeff's Grandparents)

"Yes, small fry, I did. I'm not perfect you know. Your list of loved ones DOES equal the population of some small towns and did I mention, I'm not perfect? In fact, you can just re-align your hips now please because if you keep throwing it out that far, by the time you're 13 you're going to look mighty silly. And while you're at it, you can stop looking at me that way because you AREN'T 13 yet (and hopefully by then we've made more progress and you will have forgotten about that look). " ....is what I was THINKING.

Instead, I took a deep breath and said, " Why yes, you're right! I did. Will you please remind me what you said about them so I can add it to this list?"

Her "look" melted into a lovely smile and she said, "Sure, that would be GREAT. I said my favorite thing about them was that we could visit their house and that they let me watch a show on T.V. and NOT that Big Grandpa tells me I'm full of Soup- 'cuz, I didn't even eat soup!" =)

The Big Three

Based on one of our latest Library finds- "Pajama Day", Caiden has called a McLaughlin Pajama Day for this gray and drippy morning. Super fun! We're going to have breakfast for lunch and wear our p.j's. In honor of our pajama day, I though I would write a proper post about my big three year old. This post was inspired by our bed time conversation last night. (Plus, I knew I needed to get this down before I forgot it! ) =)

After I got Addison down last night, I snuck back into Caiden's room to snuggle with her and help her settle down. We usually tell stories during this time, but last night I decided to take the time to really get to know my daughter. Here's a (non-verbatim) transcript of my peek into her world.

Introducing Caiden the Three Year Old!

Mama: Caiden, what your favorite thing to do with Daddy?
Caiden: Go to the playground
M: what is your favorite thing to do with Mama?
C: go for walks and snuggle.
M:what is your favorite thing to do with Addison?

C: Read books to her.

M :What is your favorite food?
C: Eggplant and stir-fry (don't worry- these are two SEPARATE foods!) =)
M: what's your favorite thing to drink?
C: Apple juice and for a surprise I like eating ice cream or cookies!!!

M: What's your favorite toy TODAY?
C: I like playing with my kitchen and my castle too!
M:Who is your best friend?
C: Addison
M:Where is your favorite place to GO?
C: I already told you- to the Playground- oh, wait- and Disney!
M: What is your favorite book?
C: Amelia Bedelia and Fancy Nancy books.

M:What's your favorite thing to do with G-Ma and Pi-Paw?
C: When G-Ma comes to visit me when you work, and going to Disney too! When I was 2, Pi-Paw took me to a playground- that was my favorite!

M: What's your favorite thing to do with Nana and Papa?
C: I like to read books and spend time with them.

M: What is your favorite thing to do with G.G.?
C: I like going to her house and playing with her toys.

M: What's your favorite thing to do with your Aunts?
C: Going outside and jumping in leaves with my new friend, Emma.

M:What do you like to do with Uncle Tim and Aunt Sarah?
C: I like going on dates with them.

M:What do your favorite thing about Uncle Jay and Aunt Kristin and your cousins?
C: I like seeing them at Disney and playing with them. And I'm happy about the books they gave me for my birthday! (We took her book shopping with the gift card they gave her for her birthday and she bought, Sammy the Seal and Fancy Nancy- Bonjour Butterfly.)

What's your favorite thing about Uncle Aaron and Aunt Kris?
C: When they come see me and I wake up from my nap and they are HERE!!!

What your favorite thing about Aunt Heather and Uncle Michael?
C: I like then coming over to my house!!

What is your favorite song?
C: My favorite song used to be "Mighty to Save" but now my favorite is Signing Time
What is your favorite movie?
C: Cinderella

What is your favorite doll? Minnie

What is your favorite thing to DO at home?
C: Do crafts!

And there you have it folks! Can you tell that her love language is Quality Time? =)

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


In honor of this being Addison's birth month, I wanted to share with you a little of the joy we get from her every day.

Addison is an amazingly sweet, precious, funny child. She is our cuddle bug. We begin each day by entering her room to find a joyous, radiantly smiling little girl standing in her crib, bouncing with excitement. She always looks behind me and says, "Sis" . Waking up is always more fun when your sister is around!! Upon waking, she loves to snuggle for a few minutes. I just soak it up!

When I'm running around, getting stuff done, she will crawl over, catch my attention, pulling me in with her dark eyes and then just laugh. Not just a chuckle- I mean a great, long, belly laugh that never fails to end in hiccups. All you have to do to incite those hiccups on your own is s-l-o-w-l-y look in her direction with a mischievous look on your face and she will collapse in hysterics. It's rather delightful!

When she nurses, she intertwines her fingers in my hair and caresses it gently. She has just learned to say, "Milk!" and is thrilled with how effective that command is, although sometimes she will add a signed, "please" for good measure. She is now consuming solid meals 2-3 times a day and is a huge fan of big people food. Her favorite seems to be Cheerios so far. Caiden is so excited so finally be able to share some of her food with Addison. They are often caught sharing their juice cups as well. Last week at church they shared their Cheerio snack for the first time, and it was adorable.

When we're grocery shopping, Addison leans over the cart to look for her sister and squeals and laughs when she catches her attention. Caiden loooves entertaining Addison and will keep it up the entire trip. I break up "the love" several times a visit because the decibel level increases at a very rapid pace and I try to be sensitive to those around me. Last week Caiden protested, "But Mom, I'm just loving my sister!" Heaven forbid I stand in the way of that!!!

She is mimicking more every day. She tries to repeat everything you say. It's amazing! Last week my sister (Aunt Heather- more affectionately known as Aunt Heath) came over and she was playing with Addison. She taught her, "A is for Addison, Big "A", Little A- "a, a, a". Two days later Caiden announced that she "made an A" as she was coloring and Addison says "a,a,a" and when I congratulated her she told me, "Heath". And I remember thinking at the time, "she's a little young for that ." Humph. The child is brilliant!

Addison also loves hats as much as Caiden loves bows. See? >

She appropriates those all on her own. It's way too cute! Of course, Jeff loves it! ;)

Well, there are so many more things I could share with you, but I'm falling asleep on the job. Good night!