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Addy Talks…. Winning.

With Addy doing competition gymnastics, I have always stressed the importance of doing your best and having fun. It’s not always about winning.

(We have a problem with competitiveness with our little red head.)

Since my half marathons always give medals at the finish line, it was a legitimate question for her to ask if I was going to receive a medal after completing my Tri.

I told her I didn’t know if I would. She informed me that if I didn’t get a medal, she would give me one of hers, because “she didn’t need them all.”

On Saturday morning, we were headed to the race, and she told me this little gem:

“Mommy. I don’t care if you lose. All that is important is that you have fun.”

Right. I guess she WAS listening to all of my pep talks about it.

After I crossed the finish line, she walked with me back to the transition area to get all my stuff and started a conversation that went like this:

“Mommy. Why didn’t you get a medal?”

Me: “Well, they didn’t give finisher medals.”

“Well, THOSE people got them!”

Me: “Yes, they placed in their age group so they got a medal.”

“What does that mean?”

Me: “Well, it means they did their very best so they got a medal. Like what you do in gymnastics. If you didn’t do your best, then you wouldn’t get a medal.” (Very satisfied with my answer.)

“Mommy? Did you not do YOUR very best?” (touche, kid)

Me: “Well…. yes. But their best was better than my best.”

“But WHY didn’t you get a medal?! If you did your best, you should get a medal!”

I feel certain that conversation could have gone round and round for hours, luckily we were interrupted by someone.

I may butt heads with this kid all day long, but man, I love her sassiness!

Gymnastics… It’s a commitment.

Gymnastics.. what can I say about it?

It’s been two practices a week totally 4.5 hours every week.

It’s been entertaining myself as well as a 3 year old during those practice times.

It’s been early morning Saturday meets, in sometimes, far away places.

It’s been hundreds upon hundreds of dollars spent.

It’s been trying not to turn into a Toddler and Tiara mom when your child half ass does a competition that you have driven 2 hours one way to compete.

You know what else it’s been? It’s been a complete joy to watch my child do something that she loves and has a real natural talent for.

I know, she’s 5. But Addison’s athleticism has been present since she could walk.

We have watched her competition scores and attitude steadily decline over this Spring. It’s been hard to watch.

We had numerous talks about making sure that we do our best.

But.  We resorted to bribery to get the kid to take her competition seriously. We told her if she got one blue ribbon, she could get her ears pierced. (She’s been asking me to do it for a while.)

We talked about staying focused on our event, and remembering what we were supposed to be doing. Having straight legs and pointed toes. Showing those judges our “muscles”.

What Philly does at gymnastics meets…


What Claire does…

Her bar routine has come a long way…

Cutest booty eva. 

She is totally in her element here. 

Her team… How cute are they?!

Maybe now is where I tell you it paid off. I have never seen her so focused. I am SO SO SO SO proud of her. She ROCKED her floor routine– it’s her best one. 8.80 got her a blue ribbon!!

Chatting with Daddy about her first place in the floor routine.


Talking to Nana.. “You’re taking me to Five Guys, right? And then Yogurt Mountain?”

Now that competition season is over, they have already started working on more tricks.. She came home tonight and can do a handstand roll.. Yep. Craziness.

If they had a rotation for spunk and personality… she’d get a perfect 10 every time.

This needs to be addressed.

It has been brought to my attention that several people think that this little girl look like Addison. 

Maggie Elizabeth Jones.

The little girl in that new Matt Damon movie, “We bought a Zoo”. I totally see it.

But, I’m going to be honest… I can’t be a fan of someone who looks so much like my daughter and is famous. I should get copyright infringement on my DNA or something. I mean, someone obviously took mine and J’s DNA when we were sleeping and made an Addison clone. It’s irrelevant that she is two years older. She is probably lying about her age anyway. You know that’s how they roll in Hollywood. 

I mean, for real. Stop looking like my kid. She should be the famous one in movies with Matt Damon. 





My Little Addy…

This child is so full of life, spunk and sass. She is infuriating and precious. And so sweet and thoughtful.

She is hilarious. I wanted to share some of the funnies she has said in the past couple of months…

She was telling me about eating a corndog.. “I ate a corn dog. It was so good. But… I was biting it and THEN. My hot dog fell out of my corndog sack!”

She kills me singing. All. The. Time. Here are some of her gems.

“Ba Ba black sheep have you any wolf?

Yes sir. yes sir. 3 bags full.

One for my master,

one for the maid,

one for the little boy who lives in the maze…”

and of course who could forget the classic:

“Row row row your boat gentle down the stream,

merry merry merry life’s above a dream.”

An Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

We did Addison’s birthday party Sunday and it was Alice in Wonderland themed. 
I honestly poured my emotions into the decorations for this thing.
My sister made this sign.. she is so crafty with her scrapbooking supplies. It’s almost a little scary.
Her Mad Hatter cake.. Yummy. I had a Mommy surprise in that the top hat was a rice krispie treat! 
I made strawberry cupcakes and I ordered the toppers from The TomKat Studio on Etsy and cut them out with a scalloped circle punch and attached them to toothpicks. 
Chick- fil-a nuggets.. did you now you can order these as a cold tray and warm them up? 
Sarah helped with the “drink me” labels. She refused to do the “eat me” ones for the food. 
Addy opening all of her presents.. it was hilarious. I should upload the video b/c the things she was saying would have you rolling. 
 We played Croquet outside..
Then we sang “Happy Birthday” 
And took some family pictures… Not sure how I feel about this one? Textures aren’t really my thing but I felt like this picture needed it.. What do you think? 
All NINE McPhillips in one place. It’s a miracle… and I suspect a Christmas card. We will number 10 this summer.. Joseph and Tracie are expecting!! 
Hope you enjoyed our Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party.. I certainly enjoyed planning it for my sweet A-A. 

Happy 5th Birthday, Addison.

How can it be? 
How are you FIVE already?
I knew this day would be hard for me, last year when you turned 4. And I promised myself I would treasure every day for the next year.
You’re officially a big girl now. 
You dress yourself. You can get in and out of the car and buckle yourself. You’d brush your teeth, if you wanted to, but I think you secretly like for me to do it for you still.
I cannot explain how proud I am of you. 
You are so smart. I can see the intelligence in your eyes. 
You are so funny too. You can spout off the one-liners with the best of them. 
Your athletic ability is uncanny- I’ve never seen anything like it. 
Your personality is 100% SPUNK, girlfriend. 
We may go head to head in a few years, but your determination is something that should be admired. 
Let’s not forget you are beautiful. With all of your other wonderful qualities, it’s hard to forget.
I am not ready for you to grow up. But your Daddy says you have to. 
And so do you. “But Mama, if I don’t grow up, how am I supposed to reach stuff that is really high up?”
The amount of questions you ask may annoy me at times, as well as how you sing-song everything throughout the day, but I am also secretly so proud that you do both. 
I also secretly love how you refused to have your picture taken at school stating, “I only like my Mama to take my picture.” 
You love attention but also get embarrassed by it. 

You smile is infectious. As well as your giggle fits. 
And your love for Alabama football? It will rival your Daddy’s one day. 
I love your crazy hair in the mornings. 
I love your stinky feet. 
I love how you want to be big enough to not need snuggle time, but jump at the opportunity to have just a few minutes of it on the couch. 
I see you turning into a little Mama with Claire, and I love it. 
I love watching you at gymnastics- it’s amazing how good you are. 

I don’t care what you are when you grow up, as long as you are the best Addison you can be. 
I love you so much, baby girl. 
I want to tell you as much as the thought enters my head, just so you know. 
I love you more than a hog loves slop. 

It’s Friday, I’m in Love

Hello All! 
I am trying to get back into the swing of being a better blogger…
One of the things that has helped that, is I have decided to stop “blogging by the rules”.
I have got to get back to blogging for myself and writing what I want to blog about. 
As a Mac nerd.. I was so super sad to hear of the passing of Steve Jobs. In a way, he was like a long lost grandfather to me. He didn’t know me, but he impacted my life on an everyday basis. J-weezy counted every Apple product we own, and that number came up at 18. 18 Apple products that we purchase and use on a daily basis. I, myself, own 4 iPods. Which, is more than nuts. 2 iPads, a macbook air, an iMac, 2 iPhones, the wireless routers.. etc. He was a true innovator and everything he came up with, changed the lives of everyone, whether you knew who he was or not. I could go on and on about what all he has done for people, whether they realize it or not. Just have a moment of silence for our generations Thomas Edison the next time you watch a movie on your computer or iPad or listen to a rocking’ playlist on your iPod in your car. 
Onto my next form of business…I have a dilemma. I blogged about it earlier and then accidentally deleted it. Blissdom, Disney Princess Half Marathon, and one of Addy’s gymnastics meets are all on the same weekend. I am torn on what to do. I thought I could do Blissdom( it’s a blogging conference in Nashville) and Addy’s gymnastics meet (In Gatlinburg) in the same weekend, but it’s not possible. I would totally go to Disney but I refuse to go by myself down there. I know people going, but I honestly can’t justify the cost of a hotel room for me, myself and I. All of my internet friends are going to Nashville. I am planning on running RnR DC in March, so I should just be happy with that and go to Nashville. P.S. Before I start getting the comments on how could I not go to Addy’s meet- it’s one of several and people? I put in the hours every week watching her. I think I am allowed to take one or two weekends out of the year to do something for me. 
Speaking of Addison.. she has been saying some of the funniest stuff lately. So, I am going to share her cuteness. The other day we came in from gymnastics and she was complaining about her leg cramping. I asked her why it was cramping. Her response? “I don’t know. It must be from all that dominating.” 
She was asking questions about Steve Jobs’ passing and I was telling her how he created Pixar too. She looked at me and said, “You mean, he made computers, iPads, iPhones, AND TOY STORY??!?”
And last, but certainly not least, we are less than one month away from Rock N Roll Savannah.. how can it be?? Is it time already?? My training has been going swimmingly. I have missed a few runs and I won’t be getting up to 13 miles before the race like my training called for- I will most likely stay at 10 miles for the rest of my long runs. I am feeling great- very little soreness. My right hip gets tight and my last half, it gave me some problems, so anything I can do to strengthen it or stretches for it would be greatly appreciated. 
Here’s the thing about running… it’s addicting. You start for one reason or another, maybe it’s a goal or to lose weight, but it ends up grabbing you. It’s always there. Those runs are always ready for you. Every bad run or hard run would have discouraged me in the past. It would have made me think, “What are you doing? You are a crazy person.” But now? I think, “You can get through this and it’s going to make you a stronger and better runner in the end.” I would have never thought in a million years, that I would be conditioned enough to wait until the day before a race to sign up. Those kind of people used to freak me out. But guess what? I am one now. I decided Thursday night, to run a 10K on Saturday. It’s crazy to me that I can be a conditioned enough runner, to be prepared to run one. Sure, I am in training. But even once training is over, I just can’t see me going back to measly 3 mile runs on an everyday basis. I know I can run 5-6 miles at least 3-4 times a week. 

So.. I guess I need to start planning my race schedule for 2012.. I am thinking the Mercedes Half in Birmingham and then onto DC for Rock N Roll in March. Who’s with me??

Getting my Olympic Outfit Ready

This post is a total brag fest on my 4 year old. 
My little A-A has been invited to join a competition gymnastics squad. Yep. She is the youngest on the team, by the looks of it. Kristy talked to me last week about it a little, and then when we went in on Tuesday, she was all, “here is your packet. Why doesn’t she start tomorrow?” So, we head to the secret gym that I didn’t know existed and are now part of the cool kids club. 
If you follow me on twitter, then you know my Mama Bear has come out more than once about Addy and her gym mates, from bullies to teachers not paying attention to her not getting the coaching I felt she needed. Well, look no more. Because this is basically one on one coaching. This squad won State this year. You know what that means? I better start preparing my “mother of the Olympic athlete” speech. 
Her 45 minutes of gymnastics a week just turned into 3.5 HOURS of gym time. 
This is whole different level, people. These girls are GOOD. It took Addy a little bit to warm up, but within 15 minutes of this class, she had already mastered her back bend. She is totally coachable and I think is super impressed with the bigger girls. It doesn’t hurt that one of her instructors was an Alabama gymnast, either. 
She gets to travel with this squad starting in December. And she was kinda ticked she didn’t get a trophy after Wednesdays practice. But, maybe she will get over it. 
I said she would be the next Dominique Dawes. 
Someone else said what about the next Keri Strug? I said. No. Duh. She hurt her ankle! 
Maybe we can compromise on the next Shawn Johnson. After she competes in the Olympics, she can go on to win the coveted Mirror Ball trophy on DWTS. 
Come on. You know you’d watch. 
Here are some videos from Wednesday’s practice. Maybe we should re-think the Olympics? :) Either way, I am super proud of her for this opportunity. She loves gymnastics so much and it’s a thrill to see her face accomplish something. 
She told me she is ready to learn to switch bars. Umm.. alright. Let’s get on that! 

Untitled from Rachel McPhillips on Vimeo.

Untitled from Rachel McPhillips on Vimeo.

The Girls.. In Video

I found a video of Addy the other day when she was Claire’s age. You could only understand about every 4th word she said, but I started crying. I don’t have a ton of my girls on video. Pictures? Of course. Oodles. But video of their sweet voices? Nope. I vowed to change that.
Starting with Addison’s very first joke that she learned from Nana.

Untitled from Rachel McPhillips on Vimeo.

Here is another one of Claire talking about eating hotdogs and going to the Zoo.

Untitled from Rachel McPhillips on Vimeo.

Say Whaatt?!

I’ve been throwing around starting a “say whhaatt?” segment here on the ‘ol bloggity blog strictly based on things that the girls say. Addy has some hilarious things come out of her mouth and I really want to document it. I have been known to say some stupid things in my life and so I will post those here so you can all point and laugh at me too and not just John. So, if you hate “Kids say the darndest things..” then, you probably won’t like this post.
Last week, I told Addy that I had a headache- hoping to get some sympathy out of her. She turned, looked at me and asked, “Why does your head hurt? Did you do something to it? Or is it just the voices in your head?”
Yesterday she was wanting to play on the ipad and I told her no and then she proceeds to throw a fit and say, “But my ipad(her leapfrog) doesn’t have any angry birds on it!”
There is a picture of my dad and I out the day I got married and she asked, “Is this the day when you married Boom Pa?”
The amount of questions Addison asks will make your eyes cross.. seriously. It goes something like this. 
A: “Were you at the beach in this picture?”
Me: “No. I think that was a party for when we got married.”
A: ” When you got married?”
Me: “Yep.”
A: “Why did you have a party?”
Me: “Because thats what people do to celebrate.”
A: “Where was I?”
Me: “You weren’t here yet.”
A: “Was I in your belly?”
Me: “No. I wasn’t pregnant yet.”
A: “Well, where was I?”
Me: “Uhh…”
A: “Tell ME!!”
Me: “Well.. you weren’t in my belly yet, because I wasn’t married. You have to be married to have a baby.” And then I ran away and asked God for forgiveness for telling my 4 year old a lie. 
And for my stupid comment of the week- I don’t know why I have been quietly laughing about this lately, because I said it months ago! 
When the first pictures surfaced of Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern, John and I were talking about it. And then, the first trailer came out. And I just *knew* something was missing. So, I thought about it. I asked John, “Hey! Where is his bow and arrow?” John replied with, “What bow and arrow?” I was getting all exasperated, “You KNOW! His bow and arrow!!” John looked at me. “That’s the Green Arrow.” 
Ohhh… Whoops. Can’t keep all those Super Heroes straight. 

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