Monday, February 16, 2015


My sweet little Addison loves to read and write.  There is rarely a time when she doesn't have a pencil, marker, or some form of writing utensil in her hands.  Over the past few weeks I've found the following around my house.  She is trying so hard to spell without asking for help.  I think she is doing a pretty darn good job.  And yes, most of these make me teary eyed.  I can't help but think back to those days when we were told to "prepare to care for a child with special needs".  Little did they know that this child tagged as "special needs", would be one of the most special things to ever happen to our lives. 
Empty boxes make the best blank canvases!  
Translation:  I love Alexis, Mom, Dad, the people in my family.

The girl's school was having a book fair.  They each had $10 to buy the book(s) of their choice.  I told them they needed to write their name on the bag, so that the teachers would know the purpose of the funds being sent. 
Translation:  Addison Smith  book fair money

Addison loves to use old envelopes to "write letters" to people.  In this case she was making Valentine's Day cards.   This particular card is "For Everyone".

Addison forgot that Gramma was going to be visiting on Valentine's Day and she hadn't made her a card.  She wrote herself a note so she wouldn't forget to do it the next day.
Translation:  Do Gramma's Valentine's.

And my personal favorite:  Terry's Valentine from Addison.
Translation:  I love you to pieces.  Terry always tells both girls that he loves them to pieces.  This one was definitely a tear jearker for me!!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Last Saturday we took the girls to our local Children's Museum.  I knew in advance that Spider-Man was going to be making a special appearance.  Ever since Alexis was about 3 1/2 she has loved Spidey!  You may even remember that she dressed up as Spider-Man for Halloween in 2013.  She was beyond excited to actually get to meet him in person.
We arrived a few hours before our scheduled time to meet with Spidey.  The girls were happy just to run around and play.  Addison informed me that you are never too old to ride the carousel.

We played in the music room for a bit.  It makes me sad that these toddler/kid rooms are getting a little small for my big girls.

And of course, the reason for our visit.....

Addison cracked me up!  She was practicing her web fingers the whole time we were in line.  Then when she got up to meet Spidey she couldn't remember how to do it!

I absolutely love this last photo.  I only wish it wasn't blurry!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

100th day of kindergarten....

Last Tuesday, (January 27th, 2015) was the 100th day of school.  Addison was super excited about all the fun stuff her class was going to do.  Unfortunately, Alexis' teacher didn't share the same enthusiasm about the day.  :-(
I'm not sure why I can't get this picture to flip the correct way?  
Addison hates this next photo.  She actually hid it from us.  If her teacher hadn't sent out an email with a list of all the fun things they had done, I wouldn't have known about it.  Addison thinks she looks creepy, but this photo is supposed to depict her as a 100 year old woman.  I think it's adorable.

Monday, February 2, 2015


About two weeks ago, I found these three little pieces of paper clipped together in Alexis' back pack.  Let me tell you.....This little girl has the biggest heart of anyone I know.