We finally seem to be over our jet lag...man did we struggle this time!! In true Dean fashion, he wasn't at all phased that days had suddenly become nights and nights had become days (it's an 8 hour time difference from Seattle to London.) Addie on the other hand (and to be fair, Spike and I) found it extremely difficult to make the shift. For four or five nights we were all up between midnight and four or five AM....NOT NICE! Last night we all slept through though!!! YEAH!!
So now we are ready to welcome 2009....lots to look forward to this year!
And how cute is Addie in her new 2009 gear? My mom got her those super cute stripe-y pants and hoddie and Matt and Trisha (my brother and sister in law) got her that fab little Patagonia fleece. Kathy got her that amazing new bunny (which is actually a bunny....not a bear which she is insisting is a bunny.) She has called the bunny Mia. As of the new year, Addie is NOT taking her "bunny" (really the bear) out of her bed. We decided we spend WAY TOO much time (very tearful anxious time on Addie's part) trying to locate the "bunny". When she gets to playing she just drops it (or stuffs it somewhere) and then when she "needs" it, it's all out panic and crisis. My dad can attest to what a HUGE problem this is (he spent a LOT of time locating it for her.) So we are keeping "the bunny" in one place, but letting her tote around any other cuddly toy she wants. She has Mia, the new bunny from Kathy, and Beatrice the super-cute-corduroy-dress-wearing bunny, a Christmas present from her thoughtful cousins in Minnesota (both Jelly Cat which are the BEST....love the funky outfits and shoes they add!) Hoping the transition from "the bunny" to "a bunny" goes ok!! Her "nu nu" (i.e. pacifier/dummy/soother) are is also staying in her bed....so ready for her to be done with the nunu.
Addie and I started Mother/Toddler swim lessons on Wednesday. She absolutely LOVED IT! She was the star of the morning...jumping into the pool with abandon, laughing and saying "more more" every time she went under water. She is just the right age for it. (I tried it with her when she was just over a year and it was a disaster....she loved the water, but wanted nothing to do with the group activities.) On Tuesdays we are doing a long play session at the Nursery school at Culford (where Dean goes.) It is meant make a smooth transition for pre-school. She is so excited and asks everyday "I'm doing to school Right, OK." (that' sher new thing, "Right, OK" The "OK" said as a confirmation of the "RIGHT"....not as a question....so cute!)
Dean started school on Wednesday. So glad they always go back midweek...this morning he was so tired and ready for the school week to be over. He has to start five days a week now....I am so sad....loved having that extra day with him!! Tomorrow he starts a new term of tennis lessons, which he is so excited about.
I nearly have us all settled back into our routine...but still have some stacks to clear and things to sort. This morning (over a piping hot cup of coffee from Spike's new (awesome) coffee maker) I finally got the last of our Christmas cards opened and read....we had a massive amount of mail waiting for us when we returned. I love all the pictures and letters that come at the holidays...think I will have another go through them this afternoon!
I must run off (literally go for a run) and get my Pencil Lines layout photographed and sent off. Really looking forward to getting back into Pencil Lines and getting ready for all the classes I have coming up.
I will leave you with just a few pictures from our very snowy time in Seattle:
We had another birthday party for Addie on the 27th....so fun to be able to have our family and friends celebrate with her! Every picture from that day has this tongue action....she was so smiley and beyond happy....yet every time the camera came out, so would her tongue...MONKEY!!
We were totally upprepared for snow...and then so snowed in we couldn't get out to buy gear....so the old cotton cloves with bread bags around the hands!!
We built a total of three snowmen...this was Addie's (the above pirate was of course Dean's.)
This was Christmas Day...the snow was nearly waist deep on little Add.
And until I get the rest of the discs uploaded...that's all folks!