Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dear Addison (4 years, 8 months)

Dear Addison,

Oh Addie Roo, I miss you. I haven't got to hug or kiss you in 3 months and I still won't have gotten to in 3 more months when you turn 5! I can't believe it.

When I called you and momma last time, you were in the bathroom. Momma asked if you needed any help. You, as usual, said no. Your momma checked the bathroom anyway and told you that you don't need to use as much toilet paper. To that, you replied, "Don't worry momma, it'll turn into a small ball when it is in the toilet." I could hear you, but you said, "Shhh, don't tell her."

Your mom also told me some funny stories from late. Like this one.

While eating your Blizzad from Dairy Queen, you said, "Mom, my throat is as cold as Christmas." Impressive simile baby girl. You're so smart and adorable.

Also, this line, which I have a feeling is a little preview of what is to come in your teen years: "Mom, you're just gonna have to do it cause i'm too busy."

I absolutely love how much you love school. The other day, you said, "Mom, can you tell Raleigh not to come for a few more minutes." She said you never want to leave school.

Speaking of Raleigh, you spent the other afternoon with him. He was talking to Sadie and you felt it was necessary to say, "Raleigh, she can't understand you." Then, you looked at Sadie and said, "Bark, bark, bark. There Raleigh, now she knows."

Your mom also told me that you asked "Can Auntie Mal pick me up from school tomorrow so we can go see Ellie and Olivia?" I cannot wait until I can actually do that when I am home next year and you are in kindergarten! We can even have sleepovers with Ellie and Olivia. I promise.

Love you always, forever and without a doubt,

Auntie Mal

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Oreo Pancakes

Well, I have been living in Peru for just over 2 months now and something from home that I have really missed is the accessibility of the ingredients I am used to at home, not to mention an oven. Don't get me wrong, I love the fresh produce I get at the market every day. I love the simplicity of my meals. But every now and then I just want the comforts of my own kitchen, ingredients and all.

So, here's what I came up with. It's super complicated.

Make your favorite pancake mix.

Crush up a few Oreos, one for every 2-3 pancakes you plan on making. More if you're feeling indulgent. Mix them into your pancake mix.

Pour the batter onto the griddle and continue as you normally would to make your pancakes, flipping when golden brown.

For some extra sweetness, top with maple syrup of course.

Okay, so not the fanciest or healthiest. Or even super creative. But, it sure hit the spot needing something that tastes like home. Oreos are Oreos, no matter where you are in the world.

This post was not sponsored by Oreo, in case you were wondering.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Dear Addison (4 years, 7 months)

Dear Addison,

"I'm 4 1/2 years old now."

That's what you told me on Skype two dates ago. You're getting so old you make sure to tack on that 1/2 to your age. I remember saying that for every age through, maybe 10 or so. Oh, where is the time going baby girl?

Momma told me all about your Christmas recital. You looked so pretty in your beautiful dress! I wish I could have seen you singing your heart out. Last year you sang Jingle hells, jingle hells, jingle all the way...I bet you figured it out this year.

A few days before Christmas I asked you what you wanted Santa to bring you. Your answer surprised me: a stuffed puppy and horse. That's all. I asked if you were sure you wanted a stuffed puppy since you have a real puppy of your own, Sadie girl. You looked at me on the computer and shrugged your shoulders. Silly girl.

Here's one of my favorite exchanges we had that Skype session:

     Auntie Mal: Have you seen Santa this year?
     Addison: Yeah, he came to my school but he wasn't the real Santa because he was too young.
     Auntie Mal: (raises eyebrows, looks at your momma)
     Addison: He was just helping the real Santa out.

Got it. You are so stinking smart. You're 4 (and a half) and thought Santa looked too young. You make me laugh.

As I mentioned in a previous letter, you love to text me and for some reason, this time we talked online, you loved taking pictures of me on the computer. You'd hold momma's phone up to the screen and say "Say cheese, Auntie Mal! Perfect."

Now on to Christmas. At Grammy's on Christmas Eve, I was Skyped in and just loved watching you hand out presents, with Auntie Sarah's help reading the names. You kept passing out the presents and saying "Happy birthday" to whomever it was receiving the gift.

"Happy birthday, Nonni!"

"Poppa, here is one for you, but I think I should help you open it."

I watched you open a present from Uncle Jerry that was in a bag and you declared, "There's nothing in here." Then, realized there was crayons, coloring books and a gift card. Someone asked you where the gift card was from and you replied "Old McDonald's...I love Old McDonald's but it's a long way from Toledo." Everyone laughed. (If no one has told you yet, you have referred to Mcdonald's as Old McDonald's since you could speak.)

You played with a few of your gifts that night including a Spongebob Mr. Krabby Patty bath set. You were making the Krabby patties and told Uncle Jeff he was Squidward. "You can just sit there and ask everyone, 'Would you like a krabby patty?' and then tell me." Again, everyone laughed.

Grammy gave you a baby doll that "pees" when you give it a bottle of water, then you have to change the diaper. First, you asked your momma to change the diaper but she said that it was your baby and you're the momma so you need to change the diaper. To that you said, "But Nonni changed my diaper." You had momma, Nonni and anyone else who heard, just chuckling at the truth and your logic. Momma helped you lay a new diaper out and told you she knew you could do it and to give it a try. You tried for a few seconds and then said, "Raleigh, will you just do it?" And he did.

Being gone for Christmas has easily been the hardest part of my time here in Peru. I always miss you but I absolutely hated being gone for the holidays, however, I am thankful for technology and getting to catch up with you as much as I do.

Love you always, forever and without a doubt,

Auntie Mal
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