Thursday, September 24, 2009

Michigan and travel mercies

Addison and I just took the quickest trip to go see our friends Heidi, Mark, Ava, and Kaiya up in Grand Rapids, MI this week. Heidi and I have known each other since 5th grade (almost 20 years!) and any chance to see her and her precious family will not be passed up. Since she is now pregnant with her third little one due in March and Graham is due in just 10 weeks (ohmygoodness), we figured we better get this trip in while we still can!

When I booked this plane ticket a few weeks ago, I thought how great it was that I could still fly free with Addison. Now I realize that THERE IS NO REASON any third tri-mester pregnant person should ever think it's a good idea to fly with a 17 month old in their lap!

I called Continental the night before we left to see what the likelihood of her getting her own seat (free) would be and she told me it looked like I was in good shape with 10 seats still open. Monday morning when we boarded the plane I had to sweet talk the gate agent to give me the LAST seat available over the other wishful moms. Thank you God.

We came prepared...

All the nutritional rules were out the window for these three hours...
Her first ring pop...a huge mess. Glad Andy wasn't there for that one, he would have had a coronary.

Disclaimer: Had to take the point and shoot because lugging one more thing including a big camera was out of the question.
Love the convenience, but not so much the blurriness. =)

It was worth every bit of it to get to see our friends though!!!

Mark, Ava, and Addison
Mark decided to give Ava and Addison cooking lessons on how to cut a potato.

Getting some love from Heidi and Sherriff (who happens to be our dog, Harley's brother!). Addison LOVED him.

On Tuesday we got to go to an orchard where they had the most delicious apples and DONUTS....made from scratch. Delicious.
Checking out the goods....pumpkin, apple sugar, hard to choose!

Look at them apples! Honey crisp Michigan apples are the best!

I don't think Addison and I have had a picture together (that wasn't professionally taken) in over 6 months! Thanks Heidi!

Ava checking out the cute pumpkins
This was our best attempt at getting them to stay in one place together long enough to take a picture. Ava was much better at this than Addison. It cracks me up that Addison looks almost the same height as Ava and she's a year younger.
Addie was so excited about the place that she busted her lip while running. Forget the ice pack, just give me the doughnut.

Don't think I've ever seen a real honest to goodness apple tree before this.
Picking out pumpkins with Mark

Heidi and sweet Kaiya
If I had a picture of me running away from the bees, it would be better...

Thank you Dekorne's for a wonderful trip...even if it was shorter than we would have liked.
Quick story about our return flight....

We were supposed to leave on the 5:30pm flight to Houston on Thursday. Wednesday night when I called to check on seat availability, they told me it was overbooked and even if I wanted to buy her a seat, there was no chance. I was sweating it.

I prayed to God to just handle it. At 3am on Thursday morning Addison woke up crying and threw everything out of the pack and play. I thought it was just time to get up because I didn't have a watch on me. When I realized what time it was, I was dumbfounded. My child loves her sleep, what the heck was she up for? I tried to get her to settle down and go back to sleep for over an hour. No luck at all.

I finally called Continental to check on earlier flights. The only one was at 6:30 am. We took it. I hated having to leave early and am so grateful for Heidi driving us to the airport. There were plenty of seats on this flight however and Addison was wide awake for the entire thing. God works in mysterious ways! I would much rather be woken up at 3am than have a fit-to-be-tied over tired 17 month old in my 7 month pregnant lap on an express jet. Again, thank you God!

Friday, September 18, 2009

What's Cookin?

Who's so excited about her new play kitchen???

She is!!

Oh how I love Woodlands Online! I was looking for a little used kitchen set to go in her outside playhouse, but once we got it home, I realized that she's not going to let this thing out of her sight let alone outside in a house she rarely gets to go into.

Getting the blender started up..

Putting away the food..
Checking on the's a Dora kitchen, so we're cooking juevos, and queso.

Smells good!

This is her new thing.....loves to hide. If she can't see can't see her.

Cooking is hard work! Let me just chill out for uno momento.
Ok, I admit it...
The next two pictures have nothing to do with her kitchen.
They are pure cuteness pictures.
But remember...I'm making up for 3 weeks of yuck, so humor me.

Love her gold sandals!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

All Better!

Well after 2 1/2 weeks of house bound cabin fever, we have been given the clean bill of health! No news to share really, just enjoying getting back into the swing of things. I felt like I should post a few pictures of my new healthy kiddo to make up for last weeks poor pathetic shots.

I also went to Dr. R today for my 28 week check-up. Graham seems to be doing great. I can't believe he will be here in only 11 weeks! It looks like we are going to be scheduling his birthday on December 2!

Friday, September 11, 2009


Make that a FOURTH visit to the doctor.

Forgive me for taking these pitiful pictures, but I had to document.

If you read yesterday's post, you could see how excited I was that we were finally in the clear.
Today she woke up like this....

with no fever, but still...covered in a red rash from head to toe.
Look at her poor little cheeks.

Turns out that the doctor says this is a little souvenir left over from her virus. He says it's harmless and there is nothing you can do. He also said she is NOT CONTAGIOUS. I should have gotten that in writing because after being cooped up in the house for two weeks straight we are READY to get out and go, but I know we're going to be getting a lot of weird looks. Poor pumpkin.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sick of Being Sick

We are sick....
of being sick!!

What happened to my kid who hardly ever ran a fever?
The last two weeks have been loads of quarantine fun.

It started last Monday when my sister in law noticed that Addison had a bit of a runny nose and asked, "is she sick?"...

No....I'm sure she's fine.

Fast forward 10 days and here is what we've been through since last Monday.

10 days of fever ranging from 101-105
5 calls to the doctor
3 doctor visits
1 antibiotic
2 bottles of Motrin
1 bacterial eye infection
2 ear infections
1 sinusitis infection
1 stomach bug
10 days of CABIN FEVER!!!!


Thankfully, her fever broke today and she seems to be doing SO much better. We are fully stocked in anti-bacterial products and hope to have built up LOTS of antibodies over the last 2 weeks. Dr. B did warn me it might be a "crap" winter. Ok, he didn't say crap, but might as well have.

On a different note....

I think it might be time for a hair cut. Andy's trying to protest, but the bangs are speaking for themselves.
Also....Addison said 2 new words today!!! This is a huge deal because she has been a little delayed on the talking thing. Oh she'll have full on conversations with you, but you don't understand a lick of what she's saying.

I have been stressed about it. But today I asked her if she wanted some juice and she said, "Jew"...close enough.

Then she spotted her favorite food of all time and said "cheez" We're making progress..

She has been loving her accessories lately.

Phone...good to go....