Sunday, January 31, 2010

Favorite Things

One of Ethan's favorite things to do is be a super hero (he has 2 red spiderman suits, a black spiderman suit and a batman suit).

I think he is webbing Great Grandpa Cochran in the above photo.

One of Addison's favorite things to do is take a bath.

I had better go to bed... need to run to target early in the morning to buy poster board for Ethan's 100 day project. Also need to get more pictures of Grandma and Grandpa with both of the kids... I wanted to post some photos after my "amazing parents" post and couldn't find very many. Shouldn't be hard to get more of those photos since we see them almost everyday. Goodnight.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


These are my kids at about 10:00 this morning...
Ethan is always giving Addison kisses... today she liked it.


Watching some Blue's Clues...

A couple minutes later, Ethan decided to take off his pjs and run around the downstairs naked...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Amazing Parents

I am so lucky to have such amazing parents and my kids are so lucky to have such amazing grandparents.
Ron and I are both working odd hours and full time... we try to maximize the amount of time that one of us is home with the kids... but we still run into some overlap time where we need sitters and I feel like I spend a lot of evenings alone with the kids and Ron feels like he spends a lot of nights alone with the kids ~ and of course, I usually feel behind with cleaning house, paying bills, running a business, doing homework/reading with Ethan, etc...
Mom and Dad are always there to lighten the load... Mom and Dad have me & the kids over for dinner several times per week (and then send me to work with a plate of food)... they also watch the kids several times per week... tonight Mom took Addison to a church meeting with her and Dad took Ethan indoor rock climbing while Ron played in his city basketball game. On top of this, Mom surprised me with food at work tonight. I know my parents LOVE my little family and it feels so good to know when Ethan and Addison are with them they are so well taken care of.
Thanks Mom & Dad ~ I love you ~ look for photos of Mom & Dad with my cute kids tomorrow...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Dressed by Daddy

It is always pretty cute (and entertaining!) when Ron gets Addison dressed. Yesterday was cousin Reese's birthday party and Ron had to work... before he left for work he got Addison ready and put her down for a nap. This is the outfit she was in when she woke up from her nap.

It is a very cute onesie and I love the tights... hmmmm... not sure they go together?!?

After a little Mommy help... she is ready to party!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY REESE! How did I forget to snap any pictures of the birthday girl?!? I guess I was busy watching these two cute kids...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Team BYU

It has been pouring rain for 3 days here in Napa. After a great day of sleep (thanks to Ron always doing his best to let me sleep after my night shifts), I noticed Ethan had quite the excess energy to burn. I told him to get dressed in warm clothes because we were going to find a place for him to burn some energy... I was going to let him run around in the rain but then came up with another idea and we hit up the church gym. Ethan was on BYU's basketball team, I was on the Colts and Grandma was on the Dolphins.
This is Ethan warming up...

This is Ethan showing off his BYU basketball...

We switched off playing with Ethan and rooting for him (I was the "mom" and grandma was the "dad") ~ Despite what you may think from the teams we were all on, Ethan knows the game of basketball pretty well from years of watching Uncle Zach play. He did warm-up layups, free throws, stretches and around the back dribbling... such a bundle of energy. I arrived back home just in time for a great dinner made by Ron, kisses from my little girl and back to work tonight.

6 Months

Ron took Addison to see Dr. Morgese today for her 6 month check up.
She is 15 lbs 12 oz and 27 inches.

Addison loves to smile and laugh ~ especially at her big brother. She loves to drool but doesn't have any teeth yet. She is rocking back and forth on her knees... not quite crawling but moves backwards and in circles. Daddy set up her jumper today and she loves it. I sure love this little girl.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tea Party & Tutu

My girlfriend Kristin watched Addison for me today while I had a class at work. This was the cute scene I walked into when I arrived to pick her up. Chloe and Addison were having a tea party and, of course, Addison was wearing a tutu over her sleeper! I had to go back to my car and get my camera... so, so adorable.

yes... she is drooling!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

On the Move

Although Addison is not officially crawling... she is on the move... she is scooting and moving herself all over the room. She also rocks back and forth on her hands and knees. I'd better put the baby gates up.

I'm pretty sure she is waving hi to Cara in this photo...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

My Ethan

Ethan helped me pick out some photos of him from 1 year old to 5 years old...

Ethan's 5 yr old birthday party at Grandma & Grandpa's house.

Ethan being silly in front of his preschool (4 yrs old).

Ethan in his Giant's outfit from Uncle Cory & Auntie Katie... pretty sure he is 3 yrs old in this photo.

Ethan at the Napa fair demolition derby ~ making silly faces that Auntie Devyn taught him... pretty sure he is 2 years old in this photo.

Ethan's 1st birthday in Louisiana ~ Ashley & Daddy are visiting to celebrate.

I'm sure lucky this little boy is in my life.

Addison 6 Months

My sweet baby girl is 6 months old today ~ I have taken several video clips of her today but can't figure out how to upload them to the blog ~ I will have to try again later but will leave you with my favorite recent photo.


Cara (wearing purple)
& Addison (wearing polka dots)

Cara loves to climb all over Addison
(Addie doesn't seem to mind)

Ethan & Ryann checking out
the scene at Disneyland

Ethan & Ryann eating chocolate...
hmmm maybe this is why Ethan wouldn't take a nap!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Meeting the Gustavsons

Our trip down south included Addison meeting Uncle Bob, Aunt Barbara, Cousin Danny & Christina and Uncle Bob's Mom... she loved all the attention.

and Ethan had a wonderful time eating spaghetti!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

One of the highlights from our quick trip down south...

Private Tour of Warner Brothers Studio by Ron's Cousin Brad - sound stages, museums (the entire 2nd story devoted to Harry Potter films), costume warehouse, outdoor filming locations - all within the 110 acre Warner Brothers Lot.

This is a set... not a real street, not real stores, not real trash cans, not real street lights, etc...

Just a small, small portion of the Costume Warehouse

Start of the Day... beautiful weather & happy kids

Thanks Cousin Brad!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Here is Ethan with Mickey Mouse. We are taking a break now and are back at the hotel room. I have been trying to get Ethan to take a nap but in protest he stripped down naked and started yelling. I guess it wasn't the best idea to take a 5 year old away from Disneyland and try to force him to take a nap.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Addie's Dessert

After Addison had her pears for dinner last night, Grandpa decided it was time for her to try a little whip cream for dessert. She wasn't quite sure what to make of it at first but she soon decided it was yummmmmy!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

One Day Old to Five Months Old... snapshots...

I have a little bit of catching up to do since Addison is almost six months old ~ Today I am posting some snapshots of my beautiful girl.

One Day Old

One Week Old

One Month Old

Two Months Old

Three Months Old

Four Months Old

Five Months Old

And yes... she really does love to SMILE...

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Thoughts about Family... by Ethan

My favorite thing about the holidays is being together with my family. This is a photo that was taken of everyone at Thanksgiving. I went through the photo with Ethan and asked him to tell me what he thinks of when he hears each family member's name... no editing!!!

Uncle Cory - I want to ride bikes with him
Auntie Katie - plays with legos with me
Uncle Zach - he wrestles with me
Auntie Erin - she told me to go to the snow with her
Auntie Devyn - she gives me kisses
Uncle Jason - he rode my roller skates with me
Rich - ryann plays with me
Auntie Brittani - I like her house
Cara - she is a baby like Addie
Ryann - I like to play with Ryann a lot
Grandma - she loves to give me kisses and play with me and gives me toys
Grandpa - go hiking with me
Ashley Mom - she loves me
Daddy - he works a lot with me
Addison - I play with her and laugh with her

You can tell Ethan loves his family too... more to come from hubby's side of the family soon!!! I just need to find a photo of everyone.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Holiday Photos

HAPPY 2010! Decided to post some of my favorite holiday photos of Ethan & Addison. Still learning how to upload photos and blog...