Monday, December 31, 2007

And a happy new year...

Please turn off and stow all portable electronics. The words every flying parent hates to hear. Levi somehow stayed awake the entire flight in spite of the drugging. He flipped out when the DVD player went off. But now we are on the ground and the DVD is back on. Just gotta get the luggage and get home.

On plane number 2

The carseats didn't fit down the aisle, so I got to carry both boys, in their seats, the length of a jumbo jet, without knocking the other passengers in the head. Off we go.

Meltdown

Meltdown narrowly averted by application of Thomas the train DVD and doritos. Maybe we can eat our quiznos without getting indigestion now. Then its off to ride the moving sidewalk 53 times before the next flight.

One flight down

And the big one to go. Ella already said that she misses Grandpa and Grandma.

Takeoff!

Please turn off all cellular phones.

T minus 50 minutes

Here goes round two! We are through security with no arrests or pat downs. Enjoying Pizza Hut beadsticks, a poppy seed muffin, and one sticky red sucker. No Benadryl yet. We are holding off untill the Detroit to Phoenix flight.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Ain't no sunshine when I'm gone

Driving over to the Meyer family Christmas gathering, all three kids are in the back seat chattering away.

Noah: Cover your eyes cause the sunshine is coming out.

Ella: Noah! There is no sun in Michigan!

Ha ha! I lauged until my stomach hurt. Even Paige laughed. And it was even true, since today is the first time I have seen the sun since we got here.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Made it

without further incident. Our kids did great on the planes. Much better than the last trip with all three. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Whew...

The meltdown has subsided. We are reading and watching movies in Detroit. Maybe we can survive the next flight afterall.

Oh boy

Going downhill fast! Levi is in full meltdown mode.

Landed in Detroit

So far so good! They watched movies and slept most of the way. One more short hop to GR.

We are on the plane!

Here goes nothing...

The epic begins

Well, we made it to the airport and through security with no hassles. I'm even armed with my giant knitting needles again. The kids watched one plane take off, and are now playing with plastic animals. We are about 2 hours past nap time, so it's a little like watching the fuse on a cheap Mexican firecracker burn, wondering if it will go off before you get it thrown. Benadryl in 30 minutes, on the plane 30 minutes after that, and let's hope sweet dreams all the way to Detroit.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The day of reckoning approaches

Back in September, we got plane tickets to go to Michigan for Christmas. Since that day, I have been dreading the trip. After our last disaster of a plane trip, and then the 3 day driving "adventure" this summer... let's just say that I don't have high expectations for this trip. Paige called the doctor yesterday, and sheepishly asked if they would recommend drugging your kids for a plane trip (hoping the doctor wouldn't make a call right to Child Protective Services.) The nurse called back laughing, said that she would HIGHLY recommend it, and said that Benadryl worked the best. She also said we should try it out beforehand, just to make sure it doesn't make them hyper. So the kids all got a dose of Benadryl last night for their, ummm, "allergies."

30 minutes later, Ella could barely keep her eyes open. Levi and Noah both said they were tired, laid still on their beds for story time, snuggled a little bit with us, and then curled up and fell asleep without so much as a peep. No fussing, crying, or coming out of their room. It was the polar opposite of the jungle gym sleepover playtime that has occurred every night in their room for the last 6 months.

It was awesome! I wonder if it would stunt their development if they took Benadryl EVERY night...

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Sleepy Noah

After seeing Meengs' video of Dylan sleeping at the table, I commented to Paige that I don't think any of our kids have ever been so tired that they fell asleep like that. Then not a few days later, Noah does this, at noon...

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I guess this explains why he was such a brat this morning.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

#4 Update

We had an ultrasound yesterday. Everything looked good. And no, we did not find out if it is a boy or girl.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Cherryholmes!



Paige, Ella, and I drove to Yuma this weekend to see Cherryholmes play at the Yuma Historic Theater. We got out of Phoenix just in time, and drove 90 miles an hour across half of Arizona. Along the way, we got to watch an awesome sunset over several mountain ranges as we barreled down interstate 8. I kept trying to snap pictures through the bug crusted windshield, very few of which turned out...



I finally pulled over and snapped a few that I was able to paste together in a panoramic shot...



We arrived in Yuma with just enough time to scarf down some Jack-in-the-Box (yummm!) and head over to the theater. Cherryholmes was awesome, as usual. I've seen them in Tucson, Michigan, and now Yuma and they don't disappoint. If you like bluegrass even a little, don't miss a chance to see them. Unfortunately, it looks like they won't be back in Arizona until March 2009! (www.cherryholmes.net) I'll have to figure out a way to get to one of there shows outside the state, I guess. I also didn't take the camera in, so I got zero pictures of them playing.

Rather than drive back to Phoenix that night, we stayed at a hotel in Yuma. In the morning, we drove around and saw the sights of Yuma. The mighty Colorado at the historic Yuma crossing...



Ok, so the Colorado isn't so mighty by the time it reaches Yuma. It's all been diverted and dammed by the time it gets here. Hard to imagine that this used to be one of the only places that the Colorado could be reliably crossed, by virtue of the fact that it is the narrowest spot on the river for hundreds of miles. Ella's favorite part was watching the trains go across the bridge. We had to watch each one until the very last car passed by.

We also stopped by the Yuma Territorial Prison, on the hill just above the Yuma crossing. We checked out the jail cells, looked at the museum, just kind of wandered around...











More pictures...

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Then we made the trek home and relieved Grandma from babysitting duty.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ha!

On the way home from Costco tonight, I was explaining to the kids what was going to happen when we got home.

Me: When we get home, we are going to all go upstairs, let Banjo out, and watch the animal movie. And we have to go really fast, cause dad really has to go to the bathroom.

We are, meanwhile, sitting at a red light, with me hoping it turns green really soon. The light turns green.

Ella: Dad, green means go!

Me: I'm about to go!

A long pause from the back seat...

Ella: Dad... don't go in your pants!

Ha! She actually got the humor. I figured it would go right over her head.

And I made it home in time... barely...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Amazing Grace

The semi-serious version...

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The giggling version...

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The Lord's Prayer

Levi...
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Noah...

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Brought to you by the...

number "Four."



I know, it just looks like grey static to me too. But we saw kicking legs and flailing arms today, so it looks like we are doing well this time around. The ultrasound above was a few weeks ago, so not much to see. Coming to an Addink household near you around Cinco de Mayo... (Yes, Erin, we know it isn't a "real" holiday.)
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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween!


Noah the Dragon


Ella the Giraffe


Levi the dragon



"Hey, where's my loot?"


"Mmmmmm, candy!"


The mother-lode!


Life is like a box of chocolates...


All done

A few more pics here:

Halloween

Monday, October 29, 2007

Ella's flower girl dress

Ella got to play dress up tonight. She got all clean in the tub, mom blow dried her hair (first time ever), curled her hair, put in her new earrings, and pulled on her fancy flower girl dress. Then she got to stand in front of a sheet and get her picture taken. It only took 42 pictures, but we managed to get a few good ones.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

"I want to wear MY monkey suit!"

... says Noah, after his brother got his on. Just practicing for Aunt Gina's wedding in a month.



Levi ... Noah



[Joey Tribbiani voice on] "Hey, how you doin?" [Joey Tribbiani voice off]


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Then there is Ella...

Don't count on any smiles from their older sister while walking down the aisle. We'll be lucky if we can even get her to walk down the aisle. Maybe a whole pile of candy at the front will motivate her.

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Grandma was supervising

When we went to Michigan a few weeks ago for Erin's wedding reception, we left all three of our cherubs in the care of Grandma Addink. My sister Gina had her camera at our house the other night, and was showing us a video on it. We saw some pictures of our kids, and said we wanted to save them to our computer. My mom and Gina insisted that there were no pictures worth seeing on the camera. Ahhhhh ha, obviously trying to hide something! So we downloaded all the pictures, and found a whole series of these...



Apparently Levi discovered the joys of the urinal. For being only 2 years old, and having limited experience peeing anywhere other than his diaper (such as in the tub... or on the floor while streaking naked through the house AFTER the tub), the kid has pretty good technique. One hand on his, ummmm, hose to facilitate the aim, one hand on the top to steady his balance. Of course, he is making direct eye contact with the camera next to him, instead of focusing intensely at a spot on the wall in front of him, a definite violation of urinal etiquette. But hey, he's got some time to learn.

And of course, we will now be much more wary any time Grandma babysits for the weekend...
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Friday, September 28, 2007

We must be absolutely insane

We just bought tickets to fly to Michigan at Christmas. With three children. And only two of us. After the previous plane trip, when we were "those people" on the plane. You know, the ones with the kid who screams for the entire flight, who you think "they must be the worst parents in the world. Their child is an absolute terror. The horror of the trip must finally be wearing off, because 1: we are planning to do it again, and 2: I can only remember vauge details anymore. I do distinctly recall wanting to leave my eldest offspring in the overhead bin, and the little old ladies in front of Paige clapping when Ella finally got spanked.

This trip we planned to be outfitted with dual portable DVD players, and overdoses of Dramamine. Let's hope the combo puts them to sleep like this...

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Darn dog

So far the dog is definitely a puppy. She eats any toy left on the floor (we have too many anyways), has chewed a hole in the carpet, dug holes in the backyard, literally chewed an entire bush in the backyard down to a stump... and Paige is allergic to it.

But it's a small price to pay when you find this smile hidden in your little girl...

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Funny things they say...

Ella, after opening her birthday present: "LOOK! STUFF!!!!" Guess we are doing a great job raising another little consumer. Sheesh...

Noah, after being told it was time to scrub in the bathtub: "I don't WANT to be clean!!!" Typical little boy...

Ella, after being told to eat her dinner so she won't be hungry before bed: "But daaaaaaad, sometimes I eat and my tummy still has cracks in it." I'm surprised she didn't ask for ice cream... to fill the cracks, of course...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

San Die-aaaaaah-go!

Paige, Ella, and I went to San Diego for Paige's 30th birthday, and Ella's 4th. Or as Ella calls it, "San Die-aaaaaah-go." Paige has been talking about going to San Diego for years, so I figured this was as good a time as any. We had tickets to Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and the Wildlife Park. More animals than you can shake a stick at (although the zoo keepers tend to frown when you shake sticks at the animals.)

After the usual hassle of being violated by airport security, we made it to San Diego. We made our way to the rental car place via the shuttle bus. Ella declared that this was her favorite part of the trip so far. So next year, we will just skip the actual vacation and go ride shuttle buses around Sky Harbor. We load up in our rental car... a convertible PT Cruiser. Doesn't really qualify as the mid-size we specified. We can only fit one suitcase in the "trunk." Ella, a huge suitcase, a her stroller all get crammed into the miniature back seat. I fold myself up like a pretzel and cram into the driver's seat. It's a good thing the convertible top is open, because I can see over the windshield. I'm not sure I would fit with the top down. We go to exit the parking garage, and the attendant spends a loooong time looking at our paperwork. Not a good sign. Finally, he says "I think you have the wrong car." Odd, we took the car parked in D12, just like they told us too. Sure enough, they goofed up and gave us the wrong car. I asked for an upgraded car, and got one, a Dodge Magnum. So we transfer all our stuff and finally get under way.

Head to the hotel (Nice choice Grandma Mary!), unload all the stuff, and head over to Sea World. Between 3:00 and 6:00, we managed to see most of it. It's smaller than I remembered. Ella was completely wiped out, and actually fell asleep on the car ride to the hotel, and didn't wake up until the next morning.

The next day we headed to the SD Zoo. Had lots of fun looking at all the animals. We spent the entire day there, and we still didn't get to see about 1/4 of the zoo.

The third day we headed to the Wildlife Park. We headed out of town, and about an hour later started wondering why we hadn't seen the sign for the park yet. We had somehow missed the turnoff and ended up about 40 miles past the exit. I'm not assigning blame for this mishap (but Paige was the one with the map!) Turn around, finally get to the park around noon. As we are pulling into the parking lot, Ella says "My tummy doesn't feel good!" and 2 seconds later... baaaaaarf. All over her shirt, on her pants, into the car seat. Lovely. We pile out of the car, pull off her shirt, scrub the puke off her pants, load up in the stroller.



I'm sure people thought we just pulled in from Arkansas, with our shirtless four year old, and the faint odor of stomach juices. On the plus side, Ella got to pick out a souvenir... a lovely new Wildlife Park t-shirt. The Wildlife Park is huge, and you walk a long ways, and the animals are usually not very close. I'm not sure it was Ella's favorite.

Ella had a good time at all the parks, as is obvious in the pictures below...



Sheesh. Obviously she inherited her father's sunny disposition, and his love of being photographed. We did manage to catch a few of her smiling while she was pretending to be grumpy...



We headed from the Wildlife Park down a short section of the Pacific Coast Highway. We stopped at the beach to check out the water.



The last day, we headed back to Sea World to catch the dolphin show and a few of the other things we missed. We also drove around Coronado so I could show Paige where I spent a few summer vacations. Paige harassed me that while I spent summers relaxing at the beach and sailing around San Diego harbor, she spent summers at the Meyer farm in Volga, South Dakota.

Our little Marines

Our church has what they call "Blast Sunday's." They have blow up slides and face painting for the kids. The boys found these helmets, so we tried them on. I'll tuck this one away somewhere, and put it up on the wall after they graduate from Parris Island...


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Friday, September 7, 2007

Gorillas in the mist




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Our little buckaroos

Ella


Levi


Noah

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Happieness is a warm pop gun...

After I caught the boys running around the house dressed in pink high heels and necklaces, I though we needed to out and get some more gender appropriate toys. So I took Friday off, and we made a trek to Cabela's




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