Sunday, September 28, 2008

Abigail's Birthday

Abigail turned 1 today. I can not believe it!!! She is such a sweet girl. Mark and I are so sad to see her grow up because we love the adorable baby she is, but I am getting excited to hear her talk. I love this stage. I don't have to question my parenting all the time. I didn't have a lot planned for her birthday - just the eating of the cupcake, and presents, but Emma was so disappointed by this. She kept saying, "why are there no streamers up, where are the balloons, when is everyone going to get here etc." So, this afternoon, we make a banner for Abigail, hung streamers, blew up balloons, and invited Abigail's good friend Canyon over for the "party". (Canyon is Dan and Heather's baby, and if a good friend is someone who will let you rip their hair out, then Canyon and Abigail are BFFs.)

Abigail dove right into her cupcake. I love this ritual. This is the first dessert my 1-year olds ever have. I love to see how they react. Yes, she tore it apart, chowed down, and laughed. Similar to me eating dessert.

We had the hardest time getting her interested in her presents. She just didn't care. Finally we opened her present from Nana and Grandpa, which was books. She looked at those for a little while, and we had to take them away to get to her to notice her next present. We got her a super super soft blanket. It was from us and Grandma and Grandpa Ward. She LOVED it. She is so funny with soft things. She rolls around on them, and wiggles her bum. She played with her blanket for a good 1/2 hour. It was so cute.

So, Abigail is 1. Her first year of life was very blessed. No huge accidents or sicknesses. Mark has never interacted with our babies as much as Abigail. Those two are buddies. She is happy most of the time and very independent. She entertains herself so well, which makes for some mischief. Like playing in the toilet, or pulling all the things down she can reach in the pantry, or getting into cupboards and breaking things. It is fun to watch her explore though. I am looking forward seeing her personality continue to grow. I love her so much!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Abigails first pigtails

I was just able to put Abigail's hair in pigtail. They were so cute!

A little about us.

So, where to start. We are a family of 5. Mark and I, Emma(5), Gabriel(3), and Abigail(1-tomorrow). We are really lovin' life. We currently live in Lehi, Utah. Mark works for Investools, and is taking classes at the U. He is pretty busy, but works from home so we still get to be with him a lot, which we love.

Emma started kindergarten this year, and loves it. She loves everything, but her most favorite things are reading, dancing, singing, and playing with friends. She is an amazing girl who is positive and thoughtful. She is very intelligent and keeps me on my toes.

Gabriel started preschool this year and is also loving it. He keeps me very informed on what he does each class, and is so excited to show me his projects. He is a crack up, and makes me laugh every day. He is also very thoughtful and loves to play with cars and trains. Recently, he has spent a lot of time doing puzzles and workbooks.

Abigail is the funniest baby I've ever met. She really makes me laugh. She is so adorable, and it makes me a little sad how fast her first year went by. She is a toddler now, toddling around. She is a music and dog lover. Every time she sees a dog, hears a dog bark, or sees a picture of a dog, she lights up. She does the sign for dog and pants. It is so funny. She also loves music. She recently learned how to "dance". She can turn the CD player on, and she will dance for an hour. The cutest thing is when we all join her and she smiles and laughs.

I am very blessed to be able to spend my days at home. I love it, and couldn't ask for a better life. The things I am enjoying right now, are early morning basketball. I love it. Also, Mark and I just did a triathlon last weekend, and it was awesome. Training for it was nice too. I am really enjoying any physical activities I can get in. So, that is a little about our family. I guess I will post what we are up to now, and hope to stay pretty current.

In the Beginning . . .

This is the beginning our our blog. I realize that I am behind the times with this, but better late than never eh? I am excited to have a place to record our family adventures. I am crossing my fingers that I can keep it up to date. Here we go.