Sunday, April 3, 2011

Visit To The Art Museum

Addie has had an interest in photography for sometime now. Whether with her camera or my cell phone, she is always looking for the right subject and then the right angle for a picture. This past week Addie and Aunt Jan got to take a trip to the Cincinnati Art Museum. Below are some of the great shots Addie took of her favorite pieces.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Trip to Charlotte

Addie, Mark, and I went to visit Amy, Brian, Guthrie, and Sammy this weekend. It was great to spend some time with the Sanders family in sunny North Carolina. We went to a couple of parks, did some hiking, and visited the Discovery Place Museum (a VERY cool place to visit if you are ever in Charlotte!!) Addie and the boys had a great time playing together, and she is already wondering when we will get to go back!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Snow Days

This is how Addie emerged from her bedroom this morning (having known the night before that school was cancelled due to SNOW)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Playing catch-up

I often get harassed because I am not good at updating Addie's blog site. We often catch ourselves in "we should put this on the blog" conversations, but our follow-through is lacking to say the least! Below are several pictures from events we considered writing about, ENJOY!

Easter egg hunting with her 2 favorite boys.... and Amy and Brian
(at least Amy and Brian were looking at the camera!)

A trip to the AirForce Museum, don't think Addie walked the entire
day between Mark and Mom carrying her. Her favorite part was seeing
the monkey that was shot up into space (CREEPY!!)

Thumbs up - telling Mark and Mom that she is ready to
be pulled faster on East Fork Lake

A couple of shots from her recent photo shoot at Aunt Laynie and
Uncle Scott's farm (and Grandma/Grandpa's house)
thank you to Jenn for taking the photos!!!

Trip to a Red's game this summer. After asking for 2 years she finally
got to go to the Reds Museum and see the display for Edd Roush,
Hall of Fame Baseball player from our family

Enjoying the big kitchen, making Christmas
cookies with Aunt Leslie and Mom
decorating and eating the cookies is HARD WORK!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

This week was the annual Fairfax Elementary Christmas Concert. The entire school (K-4) gets on stage and does a program with complete with choreography, speaking parts, solos, and the occasional child falling down the risers! Although Addie is constantly singing when at home or in the car, she doesn't like to perform on stage. This year she volunteered for a speaking part so she didn't have to do a solo. At the last minute 2 children had to drop out of the performance and her music teacher asked her to take their parts. She didn't tell anyone that she would be singing, but she got up there and sang loud, clear, in tune, and with the music! I am so proud of her!

(she's the one at the microphone closest to the camera)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin Surgery

Tonight Nurse Addie did surgery on our pumpkin. She started out by removing all of the internal organs - Addie identified the spine, heart, spleen, lungs, and all FIVE brains.

Addie then did plastic surgery on its face, carefully transferring her plans from paper to the pumpkin.

The final procedure was carried out via Drimmel Tool and knife.

It was a success!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Does She Really Have To Be Eight?!

Adelaide Rose Reese, a.k.a Addie, turns eight years old this coming Sunday. Given the fact that everyone is probably sick and tired of viewing the video of Brian and Addie - my last blog - I thought I'd post something recounting the last year for her.

Year seven was a challenging for both of us. Raising Addie has never been dull, given the fact that she's always been about 10 years ahead of herself. She argues, yells, and whines when she doesn't get her way... but she says "I love you" more often. I can still occasionally hug and kiss her in public, although not when dropping her off at school anymore.

Addie has started to ask/tell me not to do certain things in public so I don't embarrass her, but to my embarrassment still has very public moments of "Mommyitis". She is a study in contradictions because while she works hard to fit in with older kids and adults, she is just as ready to revert back to a young child wanting to sit in Mom's lap at the restaurant. I love those moments so much more now then I used to because I realize they will probably completely disappear very soon.

I about fell on the ground laughing when the photographer took the picture to the left, telling me "she seems so sweet and innocent". Addie's quick wit and ability to use sarcasm often has everyone around her in stitches, but can just as quickly go the other direction. She is still learning what the boundaries between hilarious and in heaps of trouble are. She has a mind of her own, and while we don't always agree, I continue to be proud of the fact that she is willing and able to express herself and stand behind her opinions/ feelings/ wants. As a parent it is very difficult to raise - let's be honest here - a stubborn child; but I would rather she continues to hold her own, then to have her bending to the whims of others.

One thing she has a firm grasp on is compassion for others. The other day we were discussing what she wanted for her birthday, and she told me that if she received the same thing from 2 people it was OK because then she could give one of the gifts to her "sister" Heidi. When I offered that we could return the duplicate item and buy something else, she declined saying that Heidi would probably really like the gift instead. What else is there to say after that?

Addie was in the second grade this past year. It was the first year that she received real grades (versus the S/E "grades"), which proved to be a frustration to both of us. Reversing numbers and letters continues to be a stumbling block for her, although the school keeps telling us there is nothing to worry about. By the end of the year she was so tired from battling that she pretty much gave up. We have spent this summer working with Aunt Jan and Stella, which will hopefully make third grade much less difficult.

She learned how to dive, removed the training wheels from her bike, and tried-out for and made a Select soccer team. She is pretty much never without her soccer ball, and I have all but given up trying to stop her from juggling and kicking the ball in the house. She also enjoys running (obviously NOT my child!), raquetball, and tennis. Basically if it is a sport, she's happy to be participating.

Music and theater continue to also be a big part of Addie's life. We went to see The Wizard of Oz, Wicked, Mama Mia, Cirque Jungle Dreams, and had tickets for Grease (Addie was extremely sick so we had to skip it) at the Aronoff Center. We love our "nights on the town", dressing up and starting with dinner at Rock Bottom Brewery on Fountain Square followed by a night at the theater! She is also never without her iPod. Santa delivered a purple Nano this year, and she listens to music consistently enough that I have to recharge the thing at least every other day. The Wicked soundtrack is still her favorite, but Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers, and the High School Musical soundtracks are a close second. She continues to listen to the local country music radio station when she goes to bed, hopefully that counteracts the effects of the Disney Channel music somewhat!

I love you so much! I am proud of everything you do, and can't wait to see all that you will accomplish in the next year (and beyond!) You are a beautiful girl - both inside and out. I am so happy to be your mom!