Thursday, July 17, 2014


Addison and I were enjoying a little pooltime the other afternoon...she was of course swimming like a fish and I was floating on a raft -- rough life, I know!?

The conversation went something like this...

Addison: Mommy I want you go under water.

Mommy: Oh, mommy doesn't know how to swim under water.

Addison: But I want you to...

Mommy: Not today Addison.

Addison: When daddy come home I teach you and daddy to go under water.  I a good learner!

Ha!  She is a good learner but she is also a good teacher and has been listing out all the things she is going to teach the baby when it comes out of my how to swing, how to go poopy on the potty, how to swim.  She is going to be a great big sister! 

And I'll take a rain check on my under water swimming lesson ;)  Someday I'll let the cat out of the bag and tell her mommy once was a pretty good swimmer!

Monday, July 14, 2014

4th of July FUN!

Let's rewind a bit so that I can highlight some of our 4th of July FUN!
We started celebrating on Sunday the 29th and went and saw the big fireworks show at Cross Church with Uncle Chris and Landon.  We claimed our spot across the street from the church about 45 minutes before the show started and thankfully we came prepared with lots of stuff to entertain Miss Addison.
Patriotic stickers!
Mini flags to wave and popcorn to snack on

A popsicle treat from the ice cream truck that was driving thru the parking lot...thanks Uncle Chris!
A certain someone wasn't feeling very photogenic on the morning of the 4th?!? I was just trying to snap a quick pic of her red, white and blue before we went to the fireworks stand.  I guess I picked the wrong moment...or actually this perfectly describes our morning with her on the 4th.  Gotta love having a 2 and a half year old!
Seems lunch and a nap is just what she needed...thankfully she woke up on the right side of the bed after nap and was excited for the party and that her 'friends' (meaning anyone besides mom and dad that comes over to the house) were already in the backyard swimming.
Sipping a little lemonade while her sunscreen dried.
We had lots of fun in the pool with family and friends!  I was still a little sad that we weren't able to make the trip to MI to celebrate with my family but having a pool-full ourselves sure made it a lot easier to be away from the Malaneys.  John smoked us brisket and hot links for dinner and the kids took a break from swimming just long enough for us to eat a little.

These 3 are going to give us a run for our money some day...
Addison is 3 in October
Tucker is 3 in November
Jenna is 3 in December
And they all live a stone's throw away from each other!

It wouldn't have been a 4th of July pool party with our R/W/B popsicles!
Addison was starting to get the hang of the whole fireworks thing and insisted that we set-up our chairs early for the show...except on the 4th we just did fireworks on the driveway, so turns out there wasn't too much of a rush to get seating - ha!
Daddy helped Addison with her first (I think?) sparkler.
4th of July to me growing up always included a parade...whether I was in it on a boat with Sailing School or we walked to it and got candy...there was always a parade in my 4th of July memories.  So again because I was still kind of wishing we were in MI, I found a parade for us to go to on Saturday the 5th...sure it was the closing parade for the rodeo but it was still a parade!  Addison wore her R/W/B, accessorized accordingly (thanks Mimi) and made sure to bring her candy bag.  Since it was the parade for the rodeo there were LOTS of horses and riding clubs, probably 2  dozen or so different groups of horses.  The first group of horses that came by us pooped right in front of us...guess what Addison remembers about the parade -- horse poop!  Not the bag of candy or the 2 popsicles she got, not the clowns driving little bicycles (kinda scary anyways) and not the firetrucks...she remembers the horse poop!  For days if anyone asked how the parade was she would tell them about the horse poop...silly girl.

Monday, July 7, 2014

#2 x 10

The LONG adventure known as potty training began last August for Miss Addison...yes almost 1 full calendar year --- don't judge!?!?  Initially it was a little rough (on Mommy mostly I think) but quickly Addison got the hang of going tinkle on the potty and by the time she started MMO after Labor Day she was staying dry and telling us when she needed to go.  And for a long time we were happy with having a "daytime potty trained" toddler.   We were still saving a ton of money on diapers!

But soon we (mom and dad I suppose) were ready for the next step.   We needed to get rid of pull-ups at nap and bedtime and conquer going #2 in the potty.  We started the process several times but after lots of laundry and frustration we always stopped because we didn't think she was ready.  

Fast forward to this spring and IT WAS TIME.  Baby #2 was growing in my belly and I was determined to only have 1 in diapers/pull-ups.  We started with staying dry at nap...and she actually caught on pretty quickly (I think) and then we changed her nighttime routine and stopped giving her 12+ ounces of milk right before bed.  We are still hit or miss on waking up dry in the morning but she knows when she wakes up dry and runs to put a sticker on her 'stay dry' chart.

The biggest and most frustrating challenge was getting her to go #2 in the potty.  I had read so many things on the internet and talked to so many people that said "they either get it, or they don't"...clearly my kid was falling in the "not getting it" category.  We bribed her with almost everything and she was perfectly content with waiting until the pull-up went on each night to go #2.  Seriously, most nights John or I weren't even back downstairs before she was calling us to come change her "yuckies."  SO FRUSTRATING!  Toys, candy, and ultimately a swing set were used as bribery rewards for going #2.
While we were in Milwaukee...something happened...or maybe it was what didn't happen for several days leading up to our Milwaukee trip.  Regardless after a cranky afternoon, lots of tears (mostly from Addison...some from mom) and several trips to the bathroom to just 'try' and see if she needed to poop, it finally happened....#2 on the potty!  And everyone celebrated with a little DQ ice cream treat.
We got back to Arkansas 2 days later and she started telling me she only liked Gaga's toilet...nice?!?!  I almost had it shipped here...but after a little patients girlfriend started going #2 on her own potty and the sticker chart starting filling up fast.  10 stickers = swing set -- and she knew it...and would tell people!  Of course there were still plenty of candy bribes along the way. 
The swing set was delivered the morning we left for Arizona, not ideal timing but Addison knew that it would be put together and waiting for her when we got home.  I haven't kept track but in the nearly 3 weeks that we've had a swing set she has logged some serious time on the if we could only teach her to swing by herself, because right now it also means mom and dad have also logged some serious time in the backyard pushing her on said swing.  But after all that hard work (by mom and dad, right?!), at least its nice to see her enjoying her reward!

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Back 9

We spent Saturday morning at the golf know watching the #1 ladies golfer in the world (and former razorback golfer) do her thing. It's what most 2 year olds had in their agenda for the weekend?!?!  We are so lucky that Walmart brings/attracts so many wonderful things to our little corner of the world.
The Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship was held this weekend at the Pinnacle Country Club and thanks to the discounted Associate tickets and kids being free it cost us a whole $7 to park and attend the tournament.  And if you figure out the value of the swag bag we received from P&G we probably made money on the morning...always a bonus!
Addison just had fun walking/running around the golf course and every once and awhile she would look up and watch a golfer and clap.

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Addison loves her play phones.  She has a purple cellphone that is almost always found in one of her purses and her play kitchen has a phone mounted on the side.  She loves making phone calls...  And after our stay in Phoenix, there might be nothing better in the world then a real telephone...we don't have one!?!  We had to unplug the phone from the wall in the hotel room because girlfriend was making so many calls.
Recently most of her call have been 'cake orders' -- ha!  Which is kind of funny because probably less than 5% of my orders are done via talking on the phone...mostly emails or text messages.  Regardless, she is getting these cakes orders all the time these days.  Most often its from Uncle Chris, Landon or Riley's Mom -- Riley is one of her little friends.  Riley's Mom always orders a pink cake and Uncle Chris for some reason ALWAYS orders 2 cakes. 
Anyways, it makes me giggle and I look forward to the day that she can actually answer the phone and take real cake orders and consultations for me :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Arizona in June

Honestly, Arizona was not on the top of my places to visit in the summer time...especially 30 weeks  pregnant!  But John's cousin Jaci was getting married and we weren't going to miss off to Phoenix we went for a little fun in the sun and family time.
The glorious forecast for our time in AZ!
Addison was so happy that Daddy was traveling with us.  So many of our plane rides are just the 2 of us, she was excited to sit next to Dad.  I was pretty excited too...another set of hands to help entertain the 2.5 year old on the 2.5 hour flight.

They both got naps!
We arrived in Phoenix or I guess North Scottsdale around dinner time on Tuesday and met up with John's Mom and Bill.  We headed straight to dinner and on the way Addison started complaining her ear!?  She has NEVER had an ear surely it was just because of the pressure from the plane ride, right?  After a rough dinner, in which Addison declared "I no like nothing" and refused to eat grill cheese, French fries or a chocolate milkshake we headed back to the hotel and gave her some Tylenol.  Within minutes, seriously minutes, she was like a new kid and was playing and jumping on the bed with Grandma Diane.  So we gave her a quick bath and then joined the bigger group poolside to watch the older kids swim and catch-up with John's cousins.
We decided to take a wait and see approach on the ear and continued to give Addison Tylenol as needed.  We had a rough night Tuesday which ultimately ended with Addison in new pajamas, vomit all over John and another dose of Tylenol for Addison at about 1:30am.  Miraculously after the Tylenol Addison was like a new kid again and wanted to play and was mad at John for trying to make her sleep. 
We opted out of the water park fun with everyone on Wednesday, thinking we might be taking Addison to a walk-in clinic.  But after an awesome breakfast and early nap, we decided to hold off a little longer on visiting a clinic.  Fast forward to another rough dinner with the group and John and I realized we made the wrong decision by not taking Addison in.  So we dropped everyone off at the hotel and ventured over to Phoenix Children's Hospital After Hours Clinic where they confirmed Addison did have an ear infection but advised us to hold off on antibiotics for another 24 hours.  So we continued on with the Tylenol and a irritable 2.5 year old.  Wednesday night turned out to be much like Tuesday...Addison in new pajamas, vomit all over the bed but this time John ventured to Walgreens at 3am to get Addison's prescription filled.
Thursday we started the day with a new approach...we were determined to power through this!  Girlfriend was on meds now and John and I were tired of sitting around the hotel room.  We were off to the Phoenix Children's Museum with Grandma Diane, Bill, Uncle Chris and Landon.  Addison had so much fun!  We literally had to drag her out of the museum kicking and screaming because in her words "I play for just a little more" -- she would have stayed all day but the rest of the group was hungry. 
We made it back to the hotel after lunch in time for a little nap and a quick swim before we headed off to the Rehearsal Dinner Party at Tom and Sandy's.  This was my first Hull wedding and let me tell you...they don't disappoint!  They know how to throw a good party!
The wedding was Friday afternoon, so Friday was low-key...a little swimming and a little lunch before naps and then it was time to get ready to head to the church.  Addison was still a little irritable I think it was a combination of the ear infection and the heat.  Luckily the reception was at the hotel and close to our room so we were able to take a little break from the fun after dinner but made it back to the party for cake and a little dancing.

Addison took this pic...


Jaci and Doug
May 20, 2014
Saturday was the post-wedding pool party.  We took over one of the four pools at the hotel and everyone had a blast.  We were amongst the early 'partiers' --  basically all those with kids held down the fort in the morning and post lunch as the kids all napped the grown-ups kept the party going.  Addison and I opted for naps, but John was able to enjoy the fun poolside.
Not the greatest pic but at one point the pool was FULL and anyone on the side was being tossed in.
 Sunday morning came too quickly, as it always does.  Our flight out was at 8am so we pulling away from the hotel around 5:30am.  It was so great to see all the family...hopefully next time we will leave the ear infection at home :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

First Hair Cut

Big day, big first for Addison.  We sat her in the big chair at the salon today after I got my hair cut and she got her first trim.  I had mentioned it to Lindsay when I made the appointment but as we left the house I wasn't feeling too sure that it was actually going to happen as she wasn't very cooperative this morning.   I decided to go first and after watching me get my hair cut, washed and dried she decided it might not be that bad.  Lindsay got her a special booster seat and fish smock and suddenly Addison was all in for a little trim.  You can't even tell Lindsay took any off...she really just cleaned up the ends and took some of the baby fuze off the back.   Addison will still be rocking the ponytails for a bit longer until the hair in the front catches up to the hair in the back.