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I’m Alive and Well… September 24, 2011

Filed under: Family — hjhadams @ 6:08 pm

Well goodness gracious.  I just realized that I haven’t blogged in over a year.  A YEAR.  That, I have decided, is completely unacceptable.  I have all these goals and ideas of how and where I’m going to keep track of our lives as the girls grow and well…this is as good as place as any, right?

I can’t really go back and tell you about our last year, so I’ll just kind of pick up where we are now.  We have a crazy, smart, sassy, funny THREE-YEAR-OLD!  Yes, Elyse is already three.  It seems so unreal to me.  How can this beautiful little girl be growing up so fast right in front our eyes?  People always tell you “it goes too fast, enjoy every minute”…and until I experienced it, I never would have realized just how fast it goes.  Emily will be two in less than two weeks.  That, to me, is even MORE unimagineable.  I mean…wasn’t she just my screaming five-month-old baby who cried non-stop and I was certain we weren’t going to make it to her first birthday?

There is never a dull moment in our house, and on this beautiful fall day I am really enjoying my life.  A day with not much going on…Jim is down in the basement watching his Crimson Tide play football, Emily is taking a late afternoon nap (poor girl is fighting a nasty cold), Elyse is quietly playing with her dolls in the living room and watching Little Bear, and I am enjoying my first bowl of chili of the season and a nice adult beverage.  It is exactly like it is supposed to be.  With as hard as things can be sometimes, at this moment…right now…I feel totally at peace.

It feels really good.




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!


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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Cruisin’ April 23, 2009

Filed under: Family,Vacations — hjhadams @ 10:20 am

Last week we were lucky enough to go on a cruise with Nana & Dede (Jim’s mom & dad) and also Aunt Kym, Uncle Kenneth and cousins Kelsey & Collins.  (Kym is Jim’s sister.)  We left Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday the 11th and cruised around the Gulf of Mexico until Thursday the 16th.  We had a wonderful time!

Here we are getting ready to set sail (or whatever it is called)

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Here’s Elyse with Nana & Dede…we got to celebrate Dede’s birthday on the cruise!

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And Elyse feeling very tired at dinner

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Our first stop on the cruise was Progresso, Mexico.  Here’s Elyse with Kelsey & Collins on the beach!

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Cooling off in the Gulf with Mama & Daddy

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Loving her new dress that we bought in Mexico

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Being a ham for the camera

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Catching some rays on the deck of the ship on our last day

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(She isn’t crying…I think she was in the middle of her sentence.)


At dinner we let her try some “real” food…she LOVED the rolls and was not happy if you took it away from her!

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At dinner our last night on the cruise – Nana, Daddy & Elyse

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Checking out the cool animal the steward left for our last night

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When we returned to dry land we spent two days at Nana & Dede’s house on Dauphin Island…it was Elyse’s first time getting to visit the island!

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California Dreaming January 15, 2009

Filed under: Elyse,Family,Vacations — hjhadams @ 1:23 pm

We were lucky enough to go on a fabulous family vacation last week, thanks to my parents (Grandpa & Mimi).  We stayed in Newport Coast, California…and it was absolutely great.  Although the weather was “cold” (according to the locals), we loved every minute of it and had a wonderful time.

On Sunday we went to the Santa Monica Pier

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Ready for her first walk on the beach

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Posing like professionals on the beach

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Alyssa & Justin getting ready to dip their feet in the Pacific

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Grandpa, Mimi, Elyse & Daddy overlooking the ocean

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David & Michele in front of the Brady Bunch house!

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Elyse in the pool with Daddy

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At the San Diego Zoo

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Our last morning on the beach  😦

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Holiday Picture Overload December 30, 2008

Filed under: Elyse,Family — hjhadams @ 12:43 am

The last week and a half have been absolutely crazy.  And that is an understatement.  It all started on Friday, December 19th…the day we were supposed to fly to Mobile to spend a few days with Jim’s family for the holidays.  We were scheduled to come back on Monday the 22nd.

Old Man Winter…well, he had other plans for us.

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This is what your driveway looks like when you get 12 inches of snow in just a few hours.  And also what it looks like when you’re too cheap to break down and buy a snowblower.  At least it’s pretty, right?

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Needless to say, our flight did not leave on Friday.  Thankfully it was cancelled before we left for the airport.  And thankfully I was smart enough to stock up on groceries on Thursday…you know, “just in case”.

We finally got out on Sunday…after waiting in line for over 2 hours to check in for our flight that was supposed to leave at 6:40 AM, we had to be rebooked on another flight because our plane was having maintenance issues.  The positive about the whole situation?  We got to sit first class!  Elyse’s first plane ride was in first class, and she loved every minute of it.

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Thankfully 7 hours of waiting in the airport wasn’t as trying on her as it was for us!

We finally got to Alabama on Sunday evening and Elyse was so glad to see everyone.

Hanging out with cousin Kelsey.

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Daddy, Elyse & cousin Collins.

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(Thanks for smiling, Collins!)

I absolutely love this outfit.  You would be surprised how hard it is to find a jean skirt in December!

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While down south, we got to visit our friends Brian & Jenny who had a little man named Miller in July.  Aren’t they adorable together?

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Here’s Elyse with Nana, Dede & Daddy at the Mobile airport before we headed home on Tuesday afternoon.

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We got home late Tuesday night, and the plan was to drive the 2 1/2 hours on Wednesday (Christmas Eve) to visit Grandpa & Mimi in Illinois.  We were worried about the weather, but it ended up not being as bad as they were predicting.

Hanging out in front of the tree at Grandpa & Mimi’s house on Christmas Day.

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With Grandpa & Mimi on Christmas morning.

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Helping Mimi open a present.

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Opening presents is tiring!

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Playing in her new jumper-thingy.

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We got home on Christmas night and had a little Christmas with just the three of us.  Santa left some presents for Elyse while we were gone.

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And finally…I didn’t get pictures of Elyse in her Christmas dress before or after church on Christmas Eve, so she wore it again to church yesterday.  Isn’t it the cutest?

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Turkey Day! November 28, 2008

Filed under: Elyse,Family — hjhadams @ 9:56 pm

We headed to Stoughton to spend Thanksgiving with Uncle Dave, Aunt Michele, Grandpa & Mimi.  Uncle Dave made a wonderful meal, and it was a very relaxing day.  Elyse was sad that she didn’t get to have any mashed potatoes, but I promised her she could try them next year!

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