Addie turned two. She is full of life and has a personality that is much larger than her little two year old body suggests. She has, um, shall I say a clear picture of what she wants in life. And when she wants it. She also has no issue telling you or anyone else if she's not happy about something as unfair as, let's say, rules or something ridiculous like that.

The funny thing about Addie is that she is also completely charming. Don't get me wrong; she is a total beast. No one, not even the grandparents, will argue that fact. But, she is also affectionate, full of laughter, incredibly smart, willing to listen to logic, fun loving, silly, gentle with babies and animals, a total girl's girl, and a tomboy at all once.

She is entering the stage where every day she learns two or three new words, phrases, or skills. She speaks full sentences sometimes. She is determined and a total self starter. For example, she has essentially potty trained herself. If us parents would just get on board, she'd probably be picking out princess skivvies tomorrow. Don't try to get in her way either. She will yell out, "I DO! Ido, Ido, Ido, Ido, Ido." Which is immediately followed by, "Need help." Yes, she even says it in an itty bitty voice, too.

We had a low-key party for Addie on her birthday. This was a first for us in that we had lots of family able to make it. What a treat. We had 4 generations together yet again. While it may seem cliche to say it, what a blessing! I know when we look back, we will be so grateful to have shared this together.

We had an ice cream bar with lots of yummy candies.
Of course, there was cake. Addie picked it out all.by.herself.
The guest of honor, herself.
Cousin Ben. He tries so hard to love Addie and she is so ornery. One day, Ben, she'll need your big hugs!
Grandpa Tee (Tweet). Don't let that face deceive you. He was over the moon to see the kids having fun. I promise.
Cousin Ah-brah (Aubree). Addie loves all thing Ah-brah.
Opening presents like an old pro.
Grandpa Bob got her a super cute mini-bike. Notice she is outfitted in a sweet back pack and season appropriate flip flops.
Like she'd done it a million times before.
Cousin Hannah pushing Addie. She's so lucky to have those cousins around who dote on her all of the time.

And lastly, a short video of Addie just so you all can get a "feel" for who she is.

Of course we aren't in the least be biased when we say that we think Addie is one of the cutest kids to ever grace the planet. So far, I haven't met a single person who can resist her charms. Our lives would be frightfully dull, and boring, and completely miserable without her.

We love you Addison!


Crystal said...

That was so cute...i saw a grin from her at the end there! Sounds like fun!

twinzmama said...

Lovin the binkie, now I don't feel bad that almost all of our pics had binks in the mouths...until about 2 months ago. Yah, good luck with that!! Love ya :D

LaNell said...

Fun birthday party! We love you, TWO, Addie! :)

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