an instagram Christmas

What a wonderful Christmas. We spent at Nannie & Papa's house. Adelaide was spoiled beyond belief and my favorite was her (with palms pressed against cheeks) proclaiming 'Oh my goodness!' with each gift. I love her so much.

New buggy & pack & play for her new baby, complete with homemade crochet'd blankets for her baby (from Nannie & Papa).

Cleaning caddy to help me clean :)

Cousins paying close attention to Uncle Scott to find out who would get the first gift.
Red sparkling finger nails to match momma's, while drinking hot chocolate & watching Polar Express....Santa Claus waffle for Christmas morning breakfast (that she only ate the chocolate chip eyes from)...snuggles with Trigger (dog cousin)

SNOW! she just kept yelling 'SNOW!!!'


morning devotions & jesus loves me

She likes to sing Jesus Loves me and add in people for the part where it says 'Yes, Jesus loves me'....in this version Jesus loves 'Adelaide, Eric (uncle) and Uncle Justin'


can't stop listening to this...

I am the Lord your God, I go before you now
I stand beside you, I'm all around you
Though you feel I'm far away, I'm closer than your breath
I am with you, more than you know

I am the Lord your peace, no evil will conquer you
Steady now your heart and mind, come into My rest
Oh, let your faith arise, lift up your weary head
I am with you wherever you go

Come to Me, I'm all you need. Come to Me, I'm everything
Come to Me, I'm all you need. Come to Me, I'm your everything

I am your anchor, in the wind and the waves
I am your steadfast, so don't be afraid
Though your heart and flesh may fail you, I'm your faithful strength
I am with you wherever you go


flower garden gnome

I took Adelaide to my office Halloween Party last weekend ~ as you can see, my job spares no expense when they do events for us! Adelaide had a blast in the bounce house (set up in one of our conference rooms), got to decorate halloween cookies, go 'fishing' in a little kiddie pool (she also tried to go swimming in it too, which explains the absence of half her costume in some of the photos) and get her face painted. She had an absolute blast running all over the place and was well worn out by the time we left - well worn out from playing, but also from running full speed into the glass wall on the vestibule :-/....I've seriously considered putting a helmet on her lately...

Little Flower Garden Gnome (she refuses to wear the hat, which is of course, the best part)

checking out the spider


slipping and sliding around the bounce house in her tights 

getting her face painted by Sparkles the clown ~ she also got to get glitter in her hair :)

checking out Sparkle's job on the face painting... 

holding Mr Bixby

playing in the beaded closet cover (a popular kid attraction at the office)

this is Adelaide's playmate at Zia & Zio's (my coworker's daughter)

tickling 'baby betty'

it was a good time and someone was oh so sleepy!



snippets of her

Hodgepodge of Adelaide-isms I don't want to forget....

‘Yah, sure’ in valley girl voice

Going down the stairs by herself, sits on the bottom stair, then runs ('so fast') out the door to the car –  I love watching her little body run down the driveway to the garage.

Dresses herself & puts on her own shoes – ‘my do’ – does not like me to help her. Very independent.  Isn’t too bad at it either, although she's spent a few days in inside out & backwards clothes, pretty amazing.

Woke up to her saying ‘momma’…’I love you’...then dozing back to sleep. I now wake up to her saying 'momma, wake up! wake up! i want out!'

love when she just stops, looks at me and says ‘hi momma’...although for some reason, she's recently taken to calling me mommy...

holds up the palm of her hand and says ‘I be right back’

ketchup = ‘cha-hup’  she loves it on everything (in true Liptak fashion). Caught her dipping her cucumbers in it.

'have it, have it' while holding out her hand when she wants something. She likes to sit on the back of the toilet and watch me get ready in the morning and likes to put on deodorant too.

i love the way she says thank you {thay-ang-ku!}

‘I big girl’

Loves to watch ‘mittie mouse’

Enjoys eating crayons, and likes to stick any small object in her mouth – I can remember sitting underneath the dining room table as a child eating crayons – why??? I also remember swallowing a penny I was playing with…

Knows the colors of the rainbow, but will answer ‘pink’ (with confidence) to any question color related or not. She can count to 11 – we'll count together sometimes,  I will say one, then she’ll say two, etc. fourteen always follows eleven, so we're working on that.

She is fearless. Will go on the highest slide and lean over the edge of the tallest platform on the jungle gyms at the park. She’s a little monkey too.

enjoying her new book nook in her toyroom

actually reading in the book nook instead of jumping on the mattress & throwing pillows all over the room :)



we visited Scott, Lynne & the fam in Chicago for a whirlwind of a time last weekend...here are just a few snippets of our trip!

waiting for papa & nannie to hurry up and finish packing

all ready to go with her baby & suitcase

helping papa with his last minute packing

Adelaide taking after Gwen & being a little monkey on the playground

walking trigger & checking out seth shooting some hoops

Madelyn & Trigger ~ such a sweet dog!

Adelaide eating breakfast with papa

beautiful Gwen

fun having her cousin in the car with her!

Coloring with Aunt Lynne @ brunch after church

Seth & Madelyn

running off some energy after brunch before the 5+ hour car ride home

the best shot of the two of us...

she was asleep before we barely left the driveway!

  we made a stop in Indiana to visit Caleb at Valparaiso ~ I love these series of pictures of them at dinner :)

she had to use her chopsticks just like Caleb

One of the (3) rainbows we saw within an hour span during our drive home :)