Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cutie McCuterson

Addison's hair is getting long enough that it really needs to get pulled back to keep it out of her face. Sometimes she'll let me put it in pigtails. When I do, it's like she instantly ages another year. She looks so much older and more kid-like than baby. And boy, is this a fun age. As long as the three molars that she's cutting don't give her too much trouble, she is just a barrel of laughs and entertainment!

Spaghetti face

Yes, that's our daughter with her finger up her nose.
We had a delicious dinner of chicken Parmesan and spaghetti the other night and as you can see, Addison really enjoyed hers. She ended up messy enough that we just had to take pictures. (Normally she's a fairly neat eater-- for a one year old).

Reading Books

Every morning this week when Addison has woken up, I've gone in and gotten her out of her crib, and before a fresh diaper or anything, she wants to read books. She points to her book bin and says "Oooh!" like it's something she just happened to notice. It is absolutely the most precious thing to see her climb up into her little chair and look at a book. The teacher in me is so proud of her!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Break Fun

Addison usually spends her Mondays with Daddy (who likes to call himself "Monday Mommy"). This week she got to spend it with 2 Monday Mommies, because her actual mommy is home for spring break this week. We decided to check out the Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium (formerly known as Underwater Adventures) at the Mall of America. Teachers get a year-long membership for free and additional family members are only $10 for the year, so we look forward to many trips back over the next 12 months. Addison seemed to enjoy the fish, although her new molars did appear to be giving her some trouble, as you'll see indicated by the hand in her mouth.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Feed My Starving Children

Our church hosted its third annual "Feed Event" this weekend. Actually, it's still going on for another day. We cancel services for the entire weekend and do nothing but pack meals for starving children around the world. Every year we've been challenged to invite friends/family members outside of the church to participate with us. However, having moved to the Twin Cities for a job at the church, not having any family living closer than 10 hours away, and with both of us working either at the church or a Christian school just down the road, we've had a difficult time finding anyone to invite. This year however, I've had a classroom full of second graders requesting a field trip to Feed My Starving Children all year, so I figured this was the perfect solution. This morning I had the opportunity to pack meals with 6 of my students along with their accompanying parents and siblings. We had a very fun time serving together, but more than that, I hope and pray that it was a meaninful experience for each of them. Here are a few pictures from our morning...