The Adams Family

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How We’re Doing March 23, 2010

Filed under: Elyse,Emily,Family,Motherhood — hjhadams @ 4:10 pm

So, I started this post on February 9th…and now it’s March 22nd.  Yay me! 

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was going to be to post on this blog more often.  Hmmm…looks like that is going well, hey?  I am hoping that I can start to get back into the routine to post more often. 

The girls are now 19 months and 5 months old.  We had their “well-baby” check-ups in early February and they’re both doing great.  Elyse was 24 lbs 5 oz (60th percentile) and 33” (90th percentile).  Emily was 14 lbs 11.5 oz (75th percentile) and 25.5” (90th percentile).

Life with two kids under two is crazy, to say the least.  To be honest with you, some days things aren’t so great.  Emily has been a bit challenging…she’s had some issues but thankfully we’re figuring her out and she seems a little happier every day.

Being a stay-at-home mom can be isolating and depressing at times, especially in the middle of winter.  I know that I am fortunate to not HAVE to go to work outside the home, but some days I wish I did.  I don’t want to sound ungrateful, because I am not.  I am truly blessed with healthy children, a roof over my head, food on the table, and a husband who is amazingly supportive in every way.  But there are days I dread getting out of bed because I know that the day is going to be (most likely) just like the day before, and the day before that, and the day before that. 

But now spring is here!  And I feel more hopeful, and I feel like a weight is lifting off my shoulders.  The sun is out, and we can play in the yard and go for walks…and watching Elyse delight in the outdoors is amazing.  She loves every second that we spend outside.  Every rock, every leaf, every crack on the ground…they all must be inspected.  She screeches with joy when she runs through the grass and loves to kick around the ball.  It is so fun and makes my heart smile.

It is also wonderful to watch the girls together.  Emily is mesmorized by her big sister…she watches her and smiles and sometimes even laughs; Elyse loves to go over to see her sister and give her kisses and hugs.  It makes the last couple months of struggle seem like they were all worth it…

So my “mid-year” (not really mid-year yet, I know, but close enough) resolution is going to be to update here more.  I hope you enjoy!


Happy Halloween! November 9, 2009

Filed under: Elyse,Emily,Miscellaneous — hjhadams @ 10:31 pm

Yes, it was over a week ago…but better late than never, right?


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Jim took Elyse trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, and since she was still refusing to walk he took her in the wagon!


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The Par-Tay September 9, 2009

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 9:41 am

So, it’s been over a month…but better late than never, right? 


We had Elyse’s 1st birthday “luau” on Saturday, August 1st here at the house.  It turned out to be a beautiful day and Elyse was surrounded by a lot of people who love her so much.  Such a lucky girl!


The cake was delicious, of course

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And Elyse’s “smash cake”

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Which, you can tell, she loved

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Playing with her new water table

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And the 1st birthday hat that Grandpa said she had to have

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Elyse with mama & daddy

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All in all, it was a beautiful, wonderful day!


One Year Old! August 5, 2009

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 9:54 pm

Yesterday was Elyse’s first birthday.  Yup, that’s right.  She’s now a 1-year-old!  Where did the last year go?

We got up early with daddy yesterday so she could open her presents from us before he had to go to work.

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Checking out her “loot”

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Later in the day…she’s getting to be such a big girl!

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Trying to get her to wear the hat that Grandpa Terry got for her

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Enjoying some watermelon as dessert on her birthday

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We had her birthday “luau” this past Saturday, and I promise to post pictures soon.  We had a great time and were so happy that so many friends & family could join us to celebrate.


Yes, We Are Alive! July 17, 2009

Filed under: Elyse,Family — hjhadams @ 9:14 am

I totally stink at keeping up with this whole blogging thing lately.  I apologize.

What’s new in our world?  Well, for starters, Elyse decided a little less than three weeks ago that she was FINALLY ready to start crawling.  And we didn’t do the whole army-crawl thing, she just got up one morning and decided to crawl.  Since she was almost 11 months old at the time, I kind of thought that we were going to skip right over crawling and go right to walking.  She is now going, going, going and it is tiring!  I am thanking the Lord more and more every day that she decided to wait until I was past all the morning sickness and exhaustion of this pregnancy to start moving around.  She also started pulling herself up and she can now get into almost anything.  She is getting so big!

The pregnancy is going well.  I hit 27 weeks this past Monday.  Only 13 weeks to go.  WHAT?  I can’t believe how fast it is flying by, and the fact that we’ve basically done nothing to prepare.  I ordered a crib (finally) last week but we still need to clean out the guest room/office so we can move Elyse to her new room.  I am excited to decorate a fun, girly room for her!  The new baby will be in the nursery that Elyse is currently using since it’s already gender-neutral.  We’re hoping to eventually start working on finishing the basement so we can have a guest room and office down there, as well as a living area and a third bathroom.  (Would be nice for guests when they come to visit!)

This past week Elyse & I, along with my sister Alyssa, headed to Minnesota to visit some family.  My cousin Sarah lives with her husband and two sons (Kaisen who is 22 months and Kallen who is 3 months) outside Minneapolis, and we decided it was a good half-way meeting point to see some of our relatives from North Dakota.  It was a fun time and I’m glad we all got to meet up for a few days.

Now, an overload of pictures from the last month and a half:


Daddy & Elyse at the Botanical Gardens on Father’s Day

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Crawling down the hall…and Maggie making a run for it!

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Waiting for the fireworks to start on the 4th of July

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Checking out her new pool with daddy

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This is what I found in her crib one day when she was supposed to be napping

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She loves Poncho!  (And Poncho is actually pretty tolerant of her.)

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Standing up in her crib (and showing us that we needed to move the mattress down further!)

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Playing with her cousin, Kaisen, in the pool

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My cousin Rachel’s son Brody (2 months) & my cousin Sarah’s son Kallen (3 months)

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Checking out her baby cousin

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Sleeping Beauty May 30, 2009

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 7:27 pm

Yesterday I peeked in on Elyse napping and it made me so sad to see how fast she is growing up.  It seems like just yesterday she was being swaddled up and sleeping in one spot all night…now she’s all over the crib and looks like such a big girl in her crib.

A progression of the sleep…

Here she is on August 9th, only 5 days old

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In October, a little over two months old

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In mid-February, just after we stopped swaddling her…she moved on to her Grobag, and thankfully she transitioned easily out of the swaddle

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And Friday – almost 10 months old  😦

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Yet Another “Catch-Up” Post May 21, 2009

Filed under: Elyse — hjhadams @ 7:57 am

I have a bunch of new pictures of Elyse that I wanted to share, and rather than making several new posts, I decided to just throw them all into one and say “Here are pictures from May!” 

We’ve started Elyse on finger foods and “big people” food, and so far she has loved everything.  Seriously.  Everything.  I really hope that this continues to be her case.  Here she is having fun in her high chair and giving me some good smiles.

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Last weekend the three of us headed to the zoo and Elyse got to help daddy feed the goats.

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The other day I realized it was awfully quiet in the living room, where Elyse is usually playing.  I walked in to find this…

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The next day I looked over to find THIS…

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At first I couldn’t figure out why she had the book so close to her face…and then it hit me.  The book has a little mirror on each page and she was looking at herself!  (Now I know she’s definitely related to Aunt Alyssa & Uncle Fabulous!)


Finally, the other night we took advantage of the GREAT weather we’ve been having and joined my friend Angie and her boys at the park.  Elyse got to swing for the first time, and she seemed to really enjoy it!

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