Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Kramer Thanksgiving= lots of fun, lots of food. Addelyn got to play with her cousins Autumn and Aiden and she LOVED it. Autumn and Addelyn played upstairs and pretended they were babies. It was funny looking in on them, seeing them playing together. It made me realize how OLD Addelyn is getting. These pictures are of them going down the stairs on their buns- they would go up and down, up and down! So much entertainment with just a flight of stairs. I remember playing on these same stairs with my cousins Eric and Jen (Autumn's mom) and my sister. We would sit on a sleeping bag, put all of our stuffed animals on too, and ride down the stairs for hours of fun! Gotta love creativity. The best thing about growing up on the farm is that we didn't have cable TV or tons of kids around to entertain us. We MADE our entertainment!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Addelyn helped Randy rake. Can't you tell how hard she is working?!
Just a usual day, it began at 7 a.m. Chasing Ringo, rolling around on Ringo, loving on Ringo, petting Ringo, more chasing Ringo!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Prayer before bed last night....
Thanks for Jess's house. Thanks for Ilene's house. Thanks for popcorn. Thanks for breakfast. Thanks for my toes.
"Mom, I forgot to tell you I have a toad."
(she says this five times, I cannot understand her....FINALLY i realize, she is talking about her COLD. A very stuffed nose!)
Addelyn is a little bargainer. She will say things like, "If I eat three more bites, I get to have dessert." Or "If I take a good nap, I get to watch a movie tonight, right?"
More about our three year old, the big move, and much else to come!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Okay, not really. We have too much going on this weekend for a winter storm to bother us! Moving into our new house, family coming from out of town, Addelyn's birthday, and Christmas Store/Craft Fair. So we're hoping this winter storm will pass us over!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
"Mom! No! You can't walk on the stairs, they aren't stairs. They are my boat. And it is filled with people. We are all going to America!"
Sorry about my lack of blogging recently. Life has been a little unique lately as we are in the process (a long one it seems) of moving. So I will update more soon when there is time (and energy!)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
some examples from my day:
in target, she begged to go see the highchairs, car seats, and pack and plays. when i told her we were going to the baby section, she YELLED in a very excited voice to anyone who was listening, "WE ARE GOING TO GO TO THE BABY SECTION!!!!"
tonight when mark got home from work and was laying on the couch, she wanted to pretend he was a baby. she tried to "carry" him and lifted his head, grunting and straining as she truly tried to pick him up. "You are heavy," she told the baby. then she said, "It's okay baby. I'm here."
it was time to eat a before-bed snack. addelyn picked up one of her grapes and began to rock it back and forth and "shhhsh" her baby.
Gotta love her tender heart and nurturing spirit.
Monday, October 18, 2010
We are still raising money to reach our goal of $110,000. I believe we can still do it. I believe we can still build this school. Will you help us finish well and make it to our goal?
Thanks so much for all of your support!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
A few weeks ago I visited my friend Arika in Cedar Rapids. She is going to have a baby in December and Addelyn knows this. When I got home to put Addelyn to bed that night, we started to say her prayers. I asked Addelyn who she wanted to pray for. She thought for quite awhile and then said, "what is the name of the baby in Arika's belly?" I told her the baby doesn't have a name yet but asked her if she wanted to give the baby a name so we could pray for him. She again thought for awhile and then said, Yep, we'll call him "Chicka bow wow." So that night we prayed for baby Chicka bow wow.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Why $110,000 you may ask? That is the amount it takes to build a school in Mozambique, Africa. With this $110,000, generations among generations will be changed as children are given the opportunity for education.
Will you help us meet our goal? I'm so thankful to the many of you who have already been a part of the $43,000 that has been raised. Also, thanks for the support along this training process.
Thanks for making a difference!!!!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I realized if you ever read this blog someday (which is one of the reasons I am doing this- a scrapbook for you!) you will think your mom was only annoyed and stressed with you. To be honest, I like to share your funny comments and stories because I know some day we will look back and laugh. At the same time, I want you to know what an amazing little girl you are and how much we love you. Even though sometimes you push my buttons, more of my day is spent enjoying you and your personality and who God has made you to be.
You have a very tender heart. You can be very sensitive. You love babies and it is so sweet to watch you carry your baby doll around (you finally named one of them- Avery, not just baby anymore!) You rock your babies, you sing to them, shhhsh them, hug them, change their diapers (over and over and over), carry them in the car seat, push them in the stroller, put them to bed in the manger (thanks baby Jesus for this one), and sleep with them.
You notice EVERYTHING! We drove in the driveway today and you yelled, "Look, a spider!" A small spider had made a web on the garage. I would have never noticed this but you are so aware of the world around you. Buses, workers on the road, leaves, what direction we are going in the car and where, what kind of car is in front of us, etc! The other day you saw an Impala go by. You pointed and said, "That is like Jiller's car but hers is white." You pay attention!
A lot of times you remember your manners without prompting. Sometimes you even say "I'm sorry Mommy," in the sweetest voice I can imagine.
You love to laugh. I think you may already understand sarcasm. Yikes. You love to wrestle. You love to play outside. You ride your scooter up and down the sidewalk as fast as you can. You love to eat cheese. Every morning you ask me for a string cheese.
You wake up slowly, like your dad. It is usually the only time I get to cuddle with you these days and sometimes even then, you don't want to!
Oh Addelyn, we love you lots. I'm excited to see how you will grow and learn. I get scared sometimes about how to be the best parent you need, how to best discipline you and encourage you, and how to help you grow. So we'll take it day by day. Just know how much we love you!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
1. No nap for Addelyn. She played in her room. Yelled. Cried. Yelled more. Played her keyboard. Yelled, "MY EYES JUST WON'T SHUT!!!!" Over and over.
2. While I switched laundry, she kicked down/pushed over her gate. Dang. Gate number two. Fail. Picked up her cute little stool from the bathroom, carried it into the spare bedroom and reached a random sharpie in the middle of the pen/pencil jar, and colored our white duvet with some nice blue sharpie designs.
3. Tonight, Addelyn stared up at me with her big ole blue eyes. She said, "Mommy, when I get older, will I have owies like you?" She pointed at my zits on my face. I could only laugh!
4. Sweet, sweet, sleep.......the day ended. Addelyn passed out in front of the gate, again. Scooped up her little body and carried her to bed. Just love the little girl.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
"I heard a train, I'm scared."
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Today on the way home before her nap, Addelyn told me she was having an "idea emergency." I looked back in the mirror to see her one arm sticking out of the car seat strap in a strange way.
For those of you who aren't following, this is what they say when there is a problem on Imagination Movers. (this is followed by corny singing and dancing.....)
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I (trying my best not to laugh) said, "No, Addelyn, we shouldn't."
Another question: "Mommy, we shouldn't throw people either, should we?"
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The other night when we put her down for bed, she was yelling from the other room, "I'm scared! Mommy, keep me safe! Keep me safe!"
She told me one night that she didn't like cows. Or pigs. Or chipmunks. (out of the blue, before bed)
Yesterday she walked in the bathroom and asked me if I needed a coupon (maybe you can guess what she was talking about).
When going to the bathroom, she asks us to leave because she needs her "privacy."
Driving home from a fun night at the pool and dinner at friend's a few weeks ago- she said, "Thanks so much for going to the pool and to Jess'. It was fun." (without any prompting for a thank you! AMAZING!)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Right away, she responded, "Mommy, it wasn't a booger. I only ate a crusty."