Friday, April 18, 2014

My Irish Dancer

She's so proud that she's learning how to dance with her feet (can't you tell, she's keeping her upper body perfectly still??)  I'm told that soon she will be hopping and skipping everywhere she goes.  I can't wait!

Thursday, April 17, 2014



And so I leave you with one of many memories...


Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I fondly refer to my sister as my Seestor. Addie recently confirmed the following with me: "Mommy,  a Seestor is just a grown up Sissy, right? "
Cute. Cute. Cute.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Glass half empty

I know what you're thinking. It's a pencil. But you'd be wrong. Any intelligent person can look at this and know that it's not possible to write with this. No, since there is no tip, it is obviously NOT a pencil.  It's an eraser holder.

Monday, April 14, 2014


After a typical, nothing special, Friday dinner out at a restaurant, Addie informs me, "Mommy, I just had the best, most special-est day ever with my family tonight!"

I love that after the girls return from spending a few days at Gramma's house, they talk nonstop for hours upon hours as though we haven't seen them in ages. They don't even stop long enough for us to tell them we're going to get ice cream. Instead, we end up herding them out into the car without a word - from us anyway.

I love that Ellie is reading "Matilda" by Roald Dahl out loud to the rest of the family. Watching her stumble across new words is fascinating to watch and sometimes creates a whole tangent of laughter. Take the word "Now-here" for example. Nowhere else would that word create such a giggle attack.

I love that when I found Addie hiding in a corner, obviously not wanting us to see what tasty treat she was stuffing into her face, it was an almost completely eaten container of tomatoes we had bought not 5 minutes before.

Playing the Family Dinner Box of Questions, "Have you ever gotten in trouble for showing you didn't do?"
Ellie responds, "Yes! I once got into trouble for not getting ready for the day!

MOMMY: GAH. I can't remember what I was going to blog about!
ADDIE: Oh, fiddle sticks!

Friday, April 11, 2014

100 years from now

Taken from some of Ellie's schoolwork:

The world will be a much different place 100 years from now! It would be like everywone would be a fairys and the teacher would teach in the sky! And cars could fly! And peaple would have no drinks so peaple would have to drink from ocens and lakes! That would be weard!

Thursday, April 10, 2014


After Addie corrected me in the gender of her latest drawing....

Ellie: Why do you always like girls and not boys?
Addie: Because I can't talk like boys. Boys talk like this... (deepest voice possible) see me?  I am a boy.  I only talk like a girl and girls talk like this... (squeaky voice) hi. I am a girl.
Ellie: No they don't.
Addie: They don't? Are you sure?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Addie Reads (barely)

As I mentioned yesterday, it seems like Addie has made a crazy amount of some sort of brain development in the last couple of weeks. Suddenly her artwork is meaningful and her name is written more clearly. She can even spell a few words! So, being the curious mommy that I am, I thought I'd test her reading abilities. Mind you, she's only 4.5 years old.

I pulled out the "Dog and Cat" book, which was the very first book that Ellie read all by herself, at age 4 years and 9 months. How is it possible that Addie is approaching that age too? Can she really read? Surely not. She's not yet in the classroom that Ellie was in when she started reading!

At first glance of the book, I asked her what the name of it is. She hesitated. I pointed to the dog. She said "Dog" so I pointed at the word and asked her what it said. She hesitatingly said "Dog and... Cat" I looked at her with suspicion and she looked at me wide-eyed scared I was going to say it was wrong. Like this was some sort of test or something. I suppose it was.

First page into it, we started looking one word at a time.

Mommy: What's this word?
Addie: I don't know.
Mommy: These two letters make a TH sound.
Addie: The!
Mommy: And this one?
Addie: Dog.
Mommy: What's this word?
Addie: Ummm...
Mommy: Let's sound it out. "i...ssss"
Addie: Is!
Mommy: Good. And the last word?
Addie: Old! The dog is old!!!

I stared at her for a moment, and she stared back, almost like a deer in headlights. It was as though she was just as astonished as me.

Mommy: Ok, next page. Do you remember what this word was? You saw it on the first page.
Addie: The?
Mommy: Good.
Addie: Cat. ummm....
Mommy: Remember to say the two sounds and then try to say them quickly. eh...sssss.
Addie: Is fat!

Her eyes were bright with disbelief as we stared at each other.

Ok, so it wasn't perfect, but she was able to read the words following words on her own: dog, cat, old, fat and the.

The third sentence went a little slower.
Addie: The old old dog (no problems)...

The sentence was "The old old dog can't chase the fat cat." She needed quite a bit of help with the word chase and we stopped at that point.

Tired and completely astonished at her own abilities, we tucked her into bed. As we were leaving the room, we could hear her whispering to herself, "The old old dog can't chase the fat cat."

Too cute.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Leaps and Bounds

Perhaps you've noticed it too? In the last couple of weeks, Adeline has... how would one say it? She has matured by leaps and bounds. Her artwork, her penmanship and even her spelling... they have all made a drastic and sudden change in just the last two weeks. Below are some examples, all of which she came home with just today...

Her first letter to me. She was so thrilled that she wrote it all by herself. "I love you Mom." When did she learn that? For that answer, please re-read the first sentence.

She drew an elephant, complete with wrinkles, little eye and the beginnings of a pink ear. She said she wanted to draw all of the elephant but ran out of space on the paper, but at least she had enough space to give the elephant water to spray onto his back. Notice her name? It's most definitely the first time I've seen her name written in small letters. When was the change? Yep, you guessed it.

Here's another happy person. I asked her what was at the person's feet, and she said they were arrows pointing to her shoes. Hahaha! Love it.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Donating Memories

Of all the clothes she has grown out of and needed to toss into the donation pile, it was this pair of shorts that upset her the most. Why? Was it because she wore them every single day? No. She only wore them once, but that was the day she and Daddy were twins.