An Addie Post

Some days I look at her, not even 3 years old yet, and can’t believe how quickly she’s gone from being a baby to being so grown up. When you’re raising your own babies,  you’re so busy that you hardly notice how quickly they’re growing but when watching from afar, via photos, it’s just amazing to see the growth and maturity that happens too quickly.

She looks so grown up in this photo! Long legs, big feet, cool chair and sunglasses! What a lady! Nicole and Chad were out practicing shooting their bows and Addie was chilling on the sidewalk.

Addie

Addie

Addie fishing cracks me up. I believe she would rather fish than do most anything else. Nicole said she sat there and never took her eyes off her bobber and she caught three fish! I was probably an adult before I touched a fish and even now, I’ll do it if I have to do it but it doesn’t bother Addie at all. In fact, Nicole posted a video the other day of Addie catching the little fish in Chad’s ice chest. She picked one up and kissed it!

Addie Fishing

Addie Fishing

Another thing that surprised the heck out of me is Chad. Nothing interferes with that boy’s fishing and look at him . . sitting there smiling and watching Addie fish. If he has a pole, I don’t see it. He’s enjoying watching and helping her fish. What a great dad/son! 

Chad and Addie Fishing

Chad and Addie Fishing

I love the way Chad and Nicole are raising Addie. That’s not to say that I don’t bite my tongue sometimes to keep from giving them my “wise advice” but I love that she’s such a well rounded little girl. She’s happy out working in the garden, fishing, playing with her dolls . . whatever they do, she does also and that’s the only way of life she’s known.

Did I say we’re down to days and not weeks before they get here?  I can hardly wait.

An Addie Story

For some reason, she’s gone from calling me Granny to just calling me Gran. I don’t care but I think it’s funny.

Addie Fishing

Addie Fishing

Today I was video chatting with her and she wanted Nicole to go outside with her so she “could practice her casting”. She’s so much her daddy when it comes to his love of fishing. Her fishing pole doesn’t have a hook on it so Nicole got her to practicing her casting in the living room.  I was telling her that she does so good casting and asked her who taught her to cast! She said “My two families taught me!”  I asked who her two families were . . thinking she might say Nicole’s parents since she sees them so much and she said “Mommy and Daddy is one family and Justin and Liea!” Justin and Liea live across the street from them and have a little girl Addie’s age. Justin hunts and fishes with Chad so they’re all together a lot . . enough that Addie thinks of them as family.

Kids truly do say the funniest things.

The Prepping Dog

For those who don’t know the background, we found Rita roaming the woods in mid-September, 2014. She wouldn’t come near us so we put food and water out for her but we couldn’t catch her. I left to go to MO and Vince tried and tried to catch her. He finally put out the Havahart trap out and caught her in that. He wasn’t sure if she would bite him so he was being super careful and in the process, she escaped. She ended up living in the woods for at least 8 or 9 days before he finally enticed her to come close enough that she would eat out of his hand and cautiously allow him to pet her.

Vince went to all the houses within a reasonable distance (houses are pretty far apart out here) and no one claimed her. He took her to the vet and had her scanned for a microchip and there wasn’t one. We gave the info to the local animal shelter in case anyone called about her. No one ever did and we had ourselves a chihuahua.

Rita

Rita

Obviously, she has very crooked teeth! Our vet said she’s an orthodontist’s dream . . not in this lifetime!

Not long after we found her, we found her stash of acorns. She had been living off acorns and for the longest time, when we took her outside, she was on the prowl for acorns. She may have just had her fill of dog food but she grabbed the acorns she saw. 

Last week, Vince brought a bag of cracked pecans over from the freezer. We put it in a corner and had been working to shell the pecans, vacuum seal and freeze the meat.

A couple of days ago, Vince heard Rita munching on something and she had a pecan. He got it away from her, cleaned up her mess and we put the pecans where she can’t get to them.

Yesterday, I heard her rummaging around behind my knitting basket. I thought she was getting sick so I took her outside and she was fine. I brought her back in and in a few minutes, I heard her munching on something and sure enough, it was a cracked pecan. I went to my knitting basket and she had hidden 5 pecans in there! I cleaned those out and threw them away.

Rita's Pecan Shells

Rita’s Pecan Shells

Just now, we heard her munching on something and she had another pecan. She has another stash somewhere and we haven’t found it so we’ll have to watch her and see where she goes snooping!

I guess when you have to scrounge for food, you learn to always keep something stashed.