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Russell Year 2011

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1: As the new year begins we celebrate Eli's first birthday. They are both growing up so fast. Addison has started tackling Eli and he is not sure if he is likes it or not. Sometimes he laughs other times he screams. He has started to talk mimicking what she says. dog, ball, daddy, and mommy are some of his favorites. Addison can say almost anything and has even started making up words. A flashlight is a shinelight. She is always very concerned about Eli and does not like for him to be upset even if she is the cause. Addison loves the snow but personally I am looking forward to spring and our trip home this summer. I can't wait to see all the cousins play together. Addison loves to run and play. One of her favorite things to do is run laps around the living room and kitchen usually being chased. Eli just sits there and laughs. He seems to be a very laid back little boy. They are sweet and loving to each other and we hope that continues. We are truly blessed.

2: Eli celebrated turning one with lots of presents and cake. He could have cared less about the cake, he just wanted to slap at it. Addi on the other hand loved it! She could hardly wait to get a cupcake. She helped him open his presents. He liked the paper! We skyped on the computer with family and took lots of pictures. We are so blessed to have Eli in our lives. | JANUARY


4: FEBRUARY | So far February has been filled with snow and temperatures in the negatives. We celebrated my birthday at home with mexican food! Jonathan got us tickets to see Jeremy Camp, I can't wait. I am now 35 years young, I can't believe it. God has truly blessed me, i love my life and am so thankful for our family. I have started coaching upward basketball and a ladies bible study. Jonathan is reading the bible in 90 days. | ELi got his first haircut this month. He did great, just sat very still and smiled big when it was over! So handsome!

5: Addison: No shinelight no! We looked in the backseat and she was shielding her eyes and yelling at the sun! | Addison calls Goofy- Hotdog! She says Cookie Monster like she is french! | Eli and Addi are now sharing a room! The first night we heard her making monkey sounds and him laughing. I think they are going to enjoy being roommates.

6: MARCH | Grandma came to visit us in March while Jonathan was out of town. Everyone enjoyed the extra attention!

7: Addi wants to give you five, a pound, a hug, and kiss before bed. She sings twinkle, twinkle little ba ba ba ba ba high! Eli chimes in on the ba ba ba.. They jabber for at least a half hour before going to sleep at night. We finally got to go play at the park this month... Spring is coming!

8: Eli and Addi love to sing "Every Move I Make". They love the la la la la's! | We enjoyed a very happy Easter and Addi had her first Easter egg hunt. She stopped when she realized the eggs had jelly beans in them. They enjoyed their baskets from Mimi and Poppy and Grandma and Pa-paw. Addi is now a big fan of the playdoo she fond in her basket. | APRIL

9: HAPPY EASTER | One Sunday at church Addi wondered into a classroom and proceeded to eat some powdered coffee creamer.

10: MAY | Spaghetti Night | Addi got daisies for Easter. This is as far as we got with them, she pulled them all out.

11: HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY | Addison likes to call Eli,Goose, it is her nickname for him. I love how she calls Strawberry Shortcake -Strawberry Cake and tells us you are my best friend. Eli talks all of the time, he loves WoW Wubbzy and for you to read books. Jonathan has him saying yes sir! If he wakes up and Addi is not there he says where's sissy.

12: JUNE | At the beggining of June, Addi attended VBS for the first time and I taught crafts. We then packed our bags for two weeks in Oklahoma!

13: We had a wonderful trip to Oklahoma. We spent time playing with Waverly and Wilder, going to the zoo and playing in Grandma and paw-pa's yard. The kids enjoyed eating fresh vegtables oit of the garden and taking rodes on the gold cart. They got chocolate after each ride! We visited family, neighbors, and friends. I went to the movies with Jeff and Kelly and out to eat with my softball girls! The temp. was over 100 everyday we were there. Bit we still had a great time! | Eli started walking while we were in Oklahoma. He was 18 months.

14: After traveling to OK we went to AR for two weeks. We had a great time playing with Emma , Ella, Hannah, and Charlie. We enjoyed the Gishing Geyser and swimming pool Poppy bought. Mimi cooked and cooked for us and we ata and ate! We celebrated oir 9 year anniversary with mexican food. We also celebrated Heather and Mee-Maws birthdays. We enjoyed spending time with The Nicholsons and meeting baby Adalyn. Jonathan and I aslo went to visit friends we worked with. And we spent a day in Bolivar with the Banner's! We had a great trip it just ended too soon. | JULY

16: We are back in Wyoming and the first thing we wanted to do was hike. The weather is beautiful. We left the house at 10am and it was 65 degrees. WE loaded the kids in the backpacks and headed up the mountain. Hikinh is one of my favorite things about Wyoming. | AUGUST

17: Potty Training! It s hit and miss. She has picked it up pretty quick, bit we stll have our accidents. The most memorable one being her big job in the toy box. | Eli had his 18 month check up. He is 22lbs and They both are big Jeremy Camp fans alsways wanting to hear Jesus Saves!

18: This was one of the best trips we have gone on. Mimi and Poppy went with us. Jackson Hole is beautiful! We loved everything about it. We stayed in a great house and just spent time relaxing. The kids did great, this was the first trip we had gone on where they had their own room. It was great! We spent a day in the town of Jackson, a day touring Teton National Park, and a day in Teton Village. I ran my first half marathon on this trip. I could barely walk the rest of the day.We want to go back every year. | SEPTEMBER

19: The kids are really into Bubble Guppies and love Veggie Tales. They both sing Jesus Loves Me! Addison is a puggle this year in Awanas. She loves it. Eli is now climbing up and down the stairs by himself. Addison has started saying Are you kidding me. It is so funny until she says it to the wrong person. Eli is talking so well and starting to count and trying to say ABC's. Addi is potty trained! She was very easy and did gre bed. at. She also is in a big girl bed. She has got in trouble a few times for escaping but all in all does good at staying in her bed. | JACKSON HOLE, WY


21: Addi and Eli enjoyed the local pumpkin patch. We carved them each one. Addi picked Minnie and Eli picked Elmo. They both helped dig out the seeds and pumpkin guts. We dressed up last minute because they had been sick all week. Eli was Tim Teboow and Addi a cute little black cat. We went to the church carnival and over to see Bill and Amy.

22: NOVEMBER | Addi is now three, I can't believe it. She is such a sweet little girl. We love her so much. She gave up her paci this month, She was such a big girl about it. Only cried a little. She celebrated her birthday with Dawson, Lauren, Josh, Steph, Bill, Amy, Tom, Gabby, and some of her friends from college. We skyped with Mimi and Poppi, Grandma and Paw-pa, and Matt, Heather and the girls.

23: 3 | HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADDISON Height 38.5 inches Weight 36.4 lbs. | We got a surprise visit from cousins! Uncle Jeff and Aunt Kelly came uo to play in the snow!

24: DECEMBER | We enjoyed a week with Grandma and Pa-Paw.

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