When I introduce myself to new people, 9 times out of 10 I have to repeat myself. If someone makes me repeat myself more than 2 or 3 times, I usually say, "Addie. Subtractie...get it?" If they are smart, they do. If they are not, sign language for addition and subtraction usually does the trick.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


This was posted to PostSecret this past Sunday. I laughed out loud because I've always worried the same thing!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy 2nd Gracie Mae

Gracelyn - you are my love, my inspiration, my home. Thank you for giving me 2 beautiful years as your mama...and here's to many more!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Luka!

For about a little over a year, Gracie & I have spent nearly half of our weeks with little Lu. She is ten days older than Gracie and is going to be TWO in a couple of days! Gracie & Lu both have VERY vibrant personalities and enjoy so many of the same things. While the kids have been napping this afternoon, I went through all the pictures I have of the girls together, reflecting on how much they have changed in the last year. Even though they have grown so much and are capable of doing so much more than they were a year ago, there are some things that never change:
(click on the collages if you want to see them a little bigger)

Summer fun

Reading books...or tearing apart the room with books!

Tubby time!

Baby slumber parties

Being goofs

Luka belle - we love you so much! Thanks for all the laughs and love, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


Note to self: Drinking vodka while blogging may cause one to purchase photo packages one does not really need.

Think it was worth it?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The luckiest girl

I grew up always wishing I was closer with my aunts & uncles. There were about 20 grandchildren and I think that contributed to the relationships not growing stronger. There are definitely aunts and uncles I feel closer to, but that makes me sad...that I don't know all of my aunts and uncles very well. For this reason, when I see my daughter with her uncles & aunties it just makes my heart melt. For now, she is the only grandbaby. I feel like this is a precious time for Gracie and them to bond. Not that I don't want to be an Auntie, too! I can't wait for that day...but still, this is just such a cool time.

Uncle Thad (or Uncle Pooh)

Auntie Lindsey

Uncle Jack

Uncle Justin

Tata Jackie with brother Bear

And even though these relationships will probably turn out to be more like cousins, can't leave these adorable faces out:
Gracie with her Uncle Ben

Uncle Sam & Auntie Amy

Last, but definitely not least, if her Uncle Brian was still with us, I know we'd have the greatest picture to join the others. From what I've been told, he probably would have spoiled her the best!

So here's a big shout-out thank you to all of Gracie's aunts and uncles. You guys do such a wonderful job loving her up. She adores each and every one of you. I am so grateful for it.