Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kids say the darndest things…

I always swear to myself that I’ll write things down so I’ll remember them when the girls grow up, but I keep forgetting to pull out the baby book so into the blog it goes!!

Yesterday I found out that a local Target would be giving out H1N1 shots to ‘priority groups’ this coming Saturday.  Erik and I fall into this group since Sophie is under 6 months old.  In order to guarantee that a shot would be available for us we needed to go into the store to pre-register so we headed out right when Erik got home from work. 

When we arrived the pharmacist asked us if we qualified for the shot, how old Sophie was (5 months) etc.  She then started talking away to Addison while we filled out our paperwork.  The conversation went something like this:

Addison:  See my new Hello Kitty coloring book?

Pharmacist:  Oh, it’s very nice!  What’s your name?

Addison:  Addison Opsahl

Me (translating) :  Addison Opsahl

Pharmacist:  How old are you?

Addison: 2 and a half!

Addison:  And this is Sophie and she’s 9 months!

Um, what??  First of all, she’s never once said anything about how old Sophie is, and second, she’s only 5 months for goodness sakes…and we’re signing up for a shot that requires her to be UNDER 6 months!  We were all (pharmacist included) laughing hysterically.  The pharmacist said she had a 10 month old at home so she knew Sophie was not 9 months but it was still a little embarrassing!  I know a lot of people are panicking about getting the vaccine so I’m sure some are willing to tell all sorts of lies in order to get one!  Erik started referring to Addison as the new ‘balloon boy’ after her little white lie :)

As my mom always says, “out of the mouths of babes”.   I say “it’s a good thing she’s so cute or we might try to trade her in…” 

Friday, November 13, 2009


Since there’s no such thing as too many pictures (right??) … here’s a few random ones from October and November.

IMG_1099Addison helping out with Sophie’s dinner 

DSC07846Reading a story with Grandma

IMG_0884                                              Modeling Auntie Tricia’s scarf

 IMG_0910 Auntie Tricia & Sophie

IMG_0925 Happy girl

IMG_0929 Enjoying a treat after Joey & Stella’s Halloween party

 IMG_0944 A rare pic of me and Sophie

IMG_0980 Sophie trying out Addison’s chair

DSC07957 Chase, Addison & Joey

IMG_1052 IMG_1067IMG_1065Fun times with Nana! 

DSC08022 Addison & Chase having a snack, and a heart to heart.

  2 year olds + cupcakes = HUGE mess!

DSC08050 Helping daddy put together her new baby bed.  Love the tool belt!

DSC08055 Sophie with her new toys

DSC08059 Addison reading Sophie one of her current faves….Goldilocks has Chickenpox

DSC08081 Classic Sophie face!

Happy 1st Birthday

Wishing Miss Vera a very, very Happy 1st Birthday!!!  It’s been so fun for our family to watch you grow from a tiny baby…


To a beautiful little girl full of *so* much personality!! 


We love you so much and are so blessed to have  you and your wonderful parents in our lives.  We can’t wait to continue watching you grow up!! 

Lots of Love,

The Opsahl Family

Thursday, November 12, 2009

November already??

Even though it’s practically the  middle of the month…I’m still having a tough time believing that it’s already November!  And that we only have 6 weeks until Christmas!

We’ve had a busy but fairly uneventful month so far.  We started out with another fun trip to KidsQuest Children’s Museum but most of the pictures didn’t turn out :( 

After playing we headed to Red Robin for lunch.  There were 6 adults and 10 children (both toddlers and babies!).  The staff at Red Robin looked truly frightened to see us coming and quickly ushered us out to their indoor patio area to eat…conveniently FAR away from all the other diners.  Surprisingly all the kids did really really well and we had lots of people stop to admire our *adorable* kids - and also to tell us how brave we were to take them all out to lunch!  Here’s a shot of Bridget, Chase and Addison walking through the mall to the restaurant.

We’ve also been working on potty training this month.  Sophie doesn’t seem quite ready (kidding!) but Addison is really starting to get the hang of it.  Things are going well so far and we’ve only had 2 minor accidents - both of which happened when Addison had a friend over so she was busy playing and wasn’t worried about anything else!!  Our biggest challenge so far has been getting her to believe that this is not the purpose of her new potty seat… :)


This past weekend Erik took Addison to her first movie (in a theater).  They saw Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Addison LOVED it!  It was so fun to listen to her tell me all about her day out with daddy - especially that she got to have popcorn and gummi bears :)  Too cute!  Of course there are no pictures since I wasn’t there snapping away…haha. 

Saturday (Nov 7) was also Uncle Jordy’s 25th birthday -- we were sad that we didn’t get to spend it with him (he lives in Sacramento) but Addison did get to call with her best attempt at singing Happy Birthday.  Here’s one of my favorite pics of Jordan from his 23rd birthday, which we spent with him and the rest of the family in San Francisco.


Saturday also brought the arrival of our friends Malinda & Cam’s baby - Miss Graciana Janelle.  Erik and I were lucky enough to visit them on Sunday before they were discharged.

DSC08046 Who’s ready for Baby #3????  Kidding…we’re not quite there yet!

DSC08047With Malinda & Graciana

We have a fun weekend coming up.  Saturday we’re taking Addison to see Disney on Ice, which I think she’ll LOVE.  Every time she sees the commercial for it she asks if she can ‘go to that movie’ so it should be a fun afternoon!  On Sunday we’ll be celebrating Miss Vera’s 1st birthday.  Vera is the daughter of our best friends, Nate & Chrissy, and I can’t even believe that she’s turning 1!!  We can’t wait to celebrate :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Halloween - Part 2

Addison was up bright and early Saturday morning, and the first thing out of her mouth was “It’s Halloweeeeeeeeeeen!!!!!!!!!!!”  It was great to see her so excited for the fun day ahead.  She started out the day baking a cake with Nana for her Great-Grandpa John’s birthday! IMG_1074 IMG_1080

Next we were off to run some errands before getting ready for our little party that night!  After a yummy (and easy!) dinner from Papa Murphy’s it was time to sing Happy Birthday to Grandpa John.  Addison is just learning the Happy Birthday song so she had fun singing along and she even got to help blow out the candles.

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After cake we bundled the girls up in their costumes to head out for some trick-or-treating.  Of course we had to snap a few pictures before we left.DSC07986 DSC07984 With Grandpa & Grandma

DSC07985With Nana

100_1648 Annie & Sophie

  100_1657                                               Joe, Erik & Addison

100_1660 Love this one!!  Addison ‘flying’ with Big Joe

After all the pics we headed out!  Our first stop of the night was at Auntie Tricia & Uncle David’s house (about 2 minutes up the road).  Tricia had fun bringing the girls to trick or treat at her neighbors houses…such a proud Auntie!


Next we were off to meet up with Addison’s friends Chase & Joey for some crazy toddler trick-or-treating!!  Sophie and her friends, Stella & Reese, weren’t quite ready to trick-or-treat this year ;)

DSC07988DSC07998 Such good buddies…always holding hands :)

One of the neighbors had a great set up for the kids to roast marshmallows - and they had coffee and hot cider for the parents.  It was a fun stop…and they even handed out 6 packs of mini Butterfingers!!

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Later on we ran into some more friends…Siena & Avery!


We did our best to get a group picture…but didn’t have much luck.


One of the last houses we visited had me cracking up.  It looked like they were having a big discussion about who was going to knock on the door.  Too funny!


We finished up the night with some Baileys and hot chocolate at the Quinlans…perfect way to end the night!

DSC08013My first attempt at a pic of the babies…

Finally - Reese and Sophie…happy to be out of their costumes!

It was a fun Halloween … Addison is still asking when it’s going to be here again!  It’s hard to believe that next year we’ll have two little trick-or-treaters to chase after!!  Hope you all had a great holiday.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween - Part 1

We started our celebrating on Friday because Erik’s mom Denise was here visiting, and he took the day off.  In the morning we headed up to Newcastle to visit with Erik’s Great-Grandma Lena & her husband George.  Our girls are *so* fortunate to get to spend time with their great-great grandmother.  Sophie and Great-Grandma are just 4 months shy of being 101 years apart!DSC07967DSC07969

Aunt Toni even got to practice a little…her first grandchild is due to arrive in March.  We’re all very excited to find out if it’s a boy or a girl…hopefully Sarah & Kevin will find out on Wednesday!  For the record - I’m guessing BOY!!


After a nice visit our next stop was to visit Grandpa at work!  Everyone in the office must have known we were coming so they were ready and waiting with LOTS of candy for Addison.    It was great practice for trick-or-treating the next day :)DSC07972 Poor little Sophie is hiding in her ladybug costume :)

DSC07974 Sophie and Logan (they’re less than a week apart in age)

DSC07977 Hanging out in Grandpa’s office


Next up…Saturday’s festivities!