Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Addie's latest adventures

I suppose you could say life is back to "normal" since coming back from our trip. We've settled back into our routine and we're anticipating the holidays and the busyness that comes with them. We're especially looking forward to visiting home but before I jump ahead of myself I'll recap the last week or so.

Last week the kids in Wewa were off for a few days for fall break. The couple that heads up the children's ministry at our church planned a day out for the kids and had asked Sabian to drive the bus. Addie and I loaded up with them and tagged along to Wilder's World for some bouncing and playing.

Addie's first experience with this kind of fun was when she saw Elmo life-sized at a different bouncing venue. She was more interested in the other toys than bouncing but she did like the huge slide. This time around she did love going down the slide - it was especially cute to see her hair stand up on end due to the static electricity - and she did do a little bouncing. But, she was back to the toys most of the time and showed her moves on the dance floor.

When you ask for a "big smile" this is what you get.

We've also been hitting the birthday party circuit and celebrated with Addie's friend, Savannah, who was turning 10.

Several weeks ago we bought Addie a pumpkin but I've really been wanting to take her pumpkin picking. It is times like these when I miss the convenience of Eckert's. Not that I necessarily frequented Eckert's but I have good memories of going when I was a kid and then taking Sabian after we got married for his first apple picking experience. It is nice to have access to a place like that so close and I think it would be fun to take Addie. But, since Eckert's is an inconvenient 12 hours away, we looked for places around here to visit. We learned of one pumpkin patch that is two hours away and just didn't plan to get out there so we found an alternative and went out Saturday night in search of the Great Pumpkin!

In a nutshell, it didn't happen. At a location that shall remain nameless, we arrived to find quite the festival taking place but the "pumpkin patch" that was advertised turned out to be a rinky dink stand selling pint-sized pumpkins and then offering the "fun" of decorating your purchased pumpkin. Um, no thanks. The last time I remembered going to a pumpkin patch it was an actual field full of pumpkins, not a stand selling a gourd that could fit into the palm of my hand.

Needless to say, we were disappointed, especially after paying to get into this place. We decided to make the best of it and we let Addie play a few games, win some plastic prizes, pet some animals and then we were out of there in favor of something more exciting...dinner.

Smart girl walked right up to ring a ghost.

Who doesn't like a plastic fingernail?

 I will say that I politely filled out a comment card mentioning that it might be a good idea for them to be a little more specific in their advertising. Check that - a lot more specific. At least we were able to laugh about it and chalk it up to a funny memory.

Over the weekend Addie was also in charge of taking care of the Miller's kittens. Often they would make their way to our house, hang out for a while, knock on the screen door, meow loudly and konk out in the jogging stroller parked on our front porch. That is, until one of them disappeared and the other contracted some infection in his eyes, almost closing them to the point where he might have been unable to see. Good caretakers, we are, eh? In our defense, the wandering cat has been spotted somewhere in the neighborhood and the sick kitty is currently being treated. And, the Millers aren't too worried about them. They are outside cats being groomed for varmint and snake wrangling. Yuck. Either way, we had fun with them while the fun lasted.

How about a few more photos just for fun?

 Our next "adventure" will take us to the doctor's office this week. What is supposed to be her (late) 18 month old appointment may very well turn into a sick visit. Addie is sporting a runny nose and what is feared to be yet another ear infection. I pray not.

I am thankful for God's grace, mercy and provision. I am learning a lot lately. Maybe I'll post about it sometime.

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