I seriously dont remember winter being this dramatic last year. It seems like we have had snowstorm after snowstorm and it is supposed to continue like this through Wednesday. It is done snowing for now but when I came out of church today it was beautiful. I love fresh snow...... So, not much to post today. The week was pretty uneventful. Seems like the week after Christmas is slow going after all the rush of the holiday is over. We went to a movie, "National Treasure: book of secrets" and I left Addison with a non-family babysitter for the first time. I was a little nervous of course but not too bad. The girl ins in my primary class at church and is very responsible. Plus Addie knows her from coming to primary with me and Courtney has a little sister the same age as Addison so it was easy for her. It was successful: the movie was great and I will definitely be calling Courtney to babysit again! She ended up watching Evan too because Evan was more excited about hanging with a sitter than going to the movies. He is such a little flirt and I can see that he is going to be trouble one day...... The boys went back to school on Wed except Alec who starts up again tomorrow. Alec was supposed to go snowboarding with Jeff but we werent able to get in touch with Jeff all week. Next year Denver wants to learn how to ski even though I think snowboarding will be easier on his knees. I havent skiied in many years but they say its like riding a bike. I suggested to Denver that we make it a Ski Christmas and buy the necessary gear for everyone....$$$$$$$$$...... I think Alec might like that. I mean what else could he possibly want now that he has his Wii :) . Friday night Alec went home. I meant to bring my camera to the airport but forgot it so no pictures on this post, sorry. The boys were especially sad to see him go. They think he is the best thing in the world. Especially Evan. Evan will talk about Alec all year long. He makes projects in school just for Alec. Earlier in the week this sparked my idea to make a blog for Alec. I figured why not....he can type stories up for everyone about things that are happening to him and post pictures of him and his life there in Phoenix so that we and the family in Kentucky can feel more connected to him. I helped him set it up and he seemed pumped about it so I hope he uses it. (thats a hint Alec if you are reading this....)
So, a little about Addison. She is growing like a weed. She is so tall and skinny its like she came from someone else! I hope she stays that way for her sake. Of course I USED to be tall and skinny.....hopefully it wont be as hard for her to stay like that. This picture is her new "photo smile"....if you have a camera and tell her to "smile", this is what you get....total cheeze ball. Much different from her earlier in life camera shyness! Her new word these days is "LOVE YOU" although she says it like this..... "Uh-View" and she really emphasizes the view part. It is so cute. She isnt talking as much as I feel like she should at this point but she rambles so much, Im pretty sure that one day soon she will just start talking out of the blue. She also still loves to sing. Today at church she was holding the hymn book open and singing (questionable) at the top of her lungs much to the enjoyment (or dismay) of all of the older couples in the ward. They all adore her though so I dont think she could really annoy them even if she tried. Her hair is getting longer but still not so much on top. I guess Im getting to anxious for her to be a little girl. Braids and bows is all I can think about....and ballet class of course. I mentioned that I am watching Soren now 2 to 3 days a week and that is fun. Not only because it keeps me from having to work 2 more days at the post office but also because of the relationship that I will end up having with him. I hope to be his favorite Auntie......at least on the Ries side! Well, thats about it for the update. Hopefully this will be a good week for everyone....Ciao for now.