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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

We've gotten bad about taking pictures.  So there aren't too many for this year in general but also for this Thanksgiving.  

Beautiful girl in a beautiful gray dress.  She loves this headband.  The dress she hated.  She couldn't lift her arms without it tightening but she chose to wear it anyway, given the option of not dressing up.  
Grandma made a lovely breakfast for Thanksgiving.  Her help was so much appreciated this year.  I helped with the breakfast but most of it was her handywork.  We also kept the decorations simple this year.

Nathan was excited to discover that older folks like to play the Wii too!  This was a revelation to the kids and quite a few adult/child matches were played.  And as it always is, the kids won.

All family together.  It was a very lovely Thanksgiving this year.  Even the Hendrons were able to join us.

The Hendrons are like family to us.  It is always wonderful when they can join us.  The kids especially love them around.  Nathan has loves horsing around with Dick and Abby and her fellow red-headed Hendron girl are buds.  

Auntie Megan and uncle Rusty.

Dick, Nathan and uncle Chris.

Pretty little Isabelly.  She just loves family get-togethers and all the attention she gets.  So many people to play with!  
Unfortunately these are some of the only pictures we took.  Maybe we'll do better next year.  Doubtful, with a new baby.....  :-)

Happy Birthday, Abigail

Yes, yes, this post is a tad bit late...  Hey, it's the holiday season and that is my excuse!  This year the redhead had a great birthday.  She at first wanted a blue party (her new favorite color) but then decided on a Tangled birthday.  Since she had already wanted that last year, that's what we did.  Pinterest was full of ideas!  And most of them reasonably priced.  

No birthday is complete with a dog hug....  This was the first birthday where the redhead had to go to school.  At school she got a beautiful crown, some treats and got to bring treats.  She decided on fruit kebabs.  At first she wanted something else (can't remember) but with all the food allergies, she was excited to get the fruit sticks.

This Tangled-themed and colored table awaited her upon arriving home from school  The little plates had plastic knives hot-glued to them to make them look like skillets.  A favorite weapon of the Tangled heroine.  

The cake was fairly simple this year.  Nothing too fancy.

This was the sweetest gift to me:  When at Fred Meyer the day before her birthday, Nathan decided to spend ALL of his money on flowers for his sister.  He saw them and wanted them for her.  He picked out the ones that he thought she would like best.  And she loved them.  

Best present #2: Built-in play date with cousins!!!

Cute little Olive trying on the birthday hat.  I've loved this hat so much and none of my birthday girls wants to wear it.  :-(

Present time!  With lots of help from cousins and siblings.

Big hugs to Olive for her original drawing.

Abigail's red-head in cahoots, Jennifer.  The two share a special bond.

Family time is the best of time.

Uh-oh!  We lost Rosie.

Abigail had a blast.  She was as always focused on the people.  She loves the presents, of course, but she is happy with whatever people give her.  I love that about our little girl.  
At this age, she is still full of spunk.  She is a blast to live with and we adore her.  She is a fantastic sister and a great helper to mom.  She helps me with all things Isabelle (even taking her potty and getting her dressed, etc).  She mops and does laundry but hates cleaning her room - we trade off often where I clean her room and she does other chores.  She adores Daisy and Copper and loves her siblings and cousins.  Her favorite game is the Wii (Mariocart racing with Nathan) and her favorite past-time is still reading (especially the Berenstain Bears).  Favorite food is chicken noodle soup and drink is raspberry-lemonade.  She likes her ballet but it's not a passion yet.  She loves music though.  She goes through spurts of playing the piano and then taking long breaks.  Her coloring has become more abstract and there is less of it.  Soccer was the first sport she played this year.  Her grades are all A+ and she is ok with school.  She'd rather stay home and has a bit of a hard time leaving mom and dad.  She's become a great friend to Nathan and the two love to play board games or Wii games together.  They are getting better of playing imaginary play together but it still ends in arguments over whether or not to go to war (natural for the boy, unthinkable for the girl).  Blue is the color of her world and she still likes to dress in outfits that do not match and are very colorful.  She loves her hair short and would much rather never brush it.  Her bear is still a much-loved companion although he is not always by her side anymore.  She is strong-willed but learning to wield.  All in all, she is the sunshine in our world.

Monday, December 16, 2013


  • "Oo-tay" (Okay)
  • "How was your daytime?" (How was your day?)
  • "O-ooooo-ooooo-oria, in celsis deeee" (singing "Gloria in excelsis deo")
  • "Better not cry, better not pout" (She's really into singing right now.)
  • "Can I drink some of your tea?"
  • "Dada?  Dadaaaaa!"
  • "I'm Hannah" (After her 9-year old friend whom she admires.  It's funny because we almost named her Hannah - only the fact that our friends had a Nathan, an Abigail and a Hannah kept us from doing it....)
  • "Nee-nee.  You're mine!"  (Nathan, I love you.)
  • Whiny sound, throwing down toy.  More whiny sounds....  (frustrated toddler)
  • "Where my Abby?", followed by "Where my Nee-nee?".  Repeat a bunch of times....
  • "Can I have caaandy?" (Answer is "no.") "Can I watch Berenstin Bears?" (Berenstain Bears.  Answer is "no.") "Can I watch a movie?" (Answer is "no.") "Can I have gadoate?" (Gatorade.  Answer is "no.")  Repeat in sequenced intervals until one answer may change to "Yes."  Do not give up and be persistent.....
  • "Mamaaaa!  I need you!"  (Mostly when on the potty.)
  • "Copper took my ball!" (It is the dog's ball, yet she claims it every single day....)
  • "I don't wanna go night-night!"

One Funny:
Mama: "Isabelle, do you need a tissue?"
Isabelle: "No.  My runny nose went back to his home."

Thursday, December 12, 2013

An Unexpected Christmas - A Link That You Expected...

Same as the last two Christmas seasons, just wanted to share this:

It is just such a neat little movie and my kids just love it and adore it.
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 9, 2013


The day before the first day of school for second grade I told Nathan that I would make him a sign for his first day of school picture.
Nathan: "Do I have to?"
Mama: "Wouldn't it be nice on your picture?"
Nathan: "But do I have to carry it all day?"   (I guess we didn't specify that...)

Abigail, while sampling food: "I'm delicioused by it."

Abigail to Mama: "Figuratively or literally?"

Abigail observing: "There were 1-2 girls crying.  I heard two different cry patterns."  (Yes, the girl has quite the vocabulary.)

Isabelle: "I wear Mama shoes!"
Mama: "I'll wear your shoes too."
Isabelle: "No!  You not old enuf."

Isabelle, not wanting to eat anymore: "Dere bird poo on my plate!"  (No, there was not!)

Isabelle (talking about our dog): "Copper trying to eat me."  

Abigail, while watching me make her toast: "Slither the butter on my toast."

David, wanting to know what to order for me at Starbucks: "Last time you had me order a Caramel Crapiado."

Isabelle, hungry: "I NEED MY EAT!"

As cousin Olive is leaving, Isabelle sighs: "My friend going home."

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pentatonix - Little Drummer Boy

Awesome version of Little Drummer Boy.  Nathan is still fascinated as to how the front row gentleman is making all those sounds.  I love the ladies beautiful voice (although all their voices are wonderful).

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Who Loves Ya?

Just some random pictures:

The dog most certainly loves us and we love him.  He's perfect for us.

My little goofball.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween 2013

The one thing David and I don't see eye-to-eye is Halloween.  He loves it.  I, not having grown up here, hate it.  The monsters, the blood, the ick, the gruesome...I just don't get it.  In order to keep it popular, some smart person threw candy in the mix.  Alas, generations of kids grow up loving this candy-laden day.  But, I have to admit, I love the way my kids get excited to dress up, mingle with strangers and get giddy about the insane amount of candy they get.  
This year, we didn't buy any costumes but only took what we had in the dress-up box.  It worked out well and the kids were excited.  Isabelle went in her witch costume, Nathan was a Broncos football player (his latest obsession is football), and Abigail was an adorable little ballerina.
Isabelle wasn't sure about her hat. She kept insisting it was falling off although while she was telling us that, she'd fling her hat from one side to another and the hat stayed exactly where it was.  She kept talking about it for probably the first 30 minutes and was obsessed with it until she finally accepted that the hat, indeed, did not fall off.
Grandma accompanied us as she does every year.  She was the first to give candy to the kids as they always trick-or-treat her first in front of our house.  This year she had giant Hello Kitty marshmallow lollipops for them as well as saltwater taffy and some other delights. 

How cute.  We laughed so much.  Abigail would talk people's ear off, Nathan would try to tear her away, and Isabelle, she was just a hoot.  Abby made sure Isabelle would always say "Thank you" and "Trick or Treat".  Abigail would tell everyone that this was her brother, Nathan, who was seven, and her sister Isabelle, who is two.....  It was just too cute.

There wasn't too much scary stuff this year.  Isabelle had a few houses that were "carie" to her and she didn't want to go to.  Nathan and Abby weren't really scared until they came to a house where a giant spider jumped at them.  Nathan and Abby both jumped.  Nathan thought it was "Awesome!" while Abby did not share his sentiment.  She was quite upset about it but thankfully no nightmares resulted.

The loot.  Just look at all that candy.  Crazy.  And we only went for a little bit.

Yum.  :-)


I love our school.  For so many reasons.  One of them is that they put a big emphasis on character.  It is equally important to them as a great education is.  Each month of the school year they celebrate and discuss and watch for one specific character trait.  Each teacher nominates two students who they think represent that trait exemplary.  Nathan previously had earned "Grace" and "Meekness".  Usually the parents get a call a few days before the secret celebration.  We got the call the first month this year!  Nathan had earned an award for "Respect".    A few minutes later the phone rang again and Abigail had earned the award as well!  We were really excited for both our children to receive this honor. 
On Wednesday morning, while I was still in Nathan's classroom, his teacher announced that he had won the award.  It was neat to see his face.  He was definitely wanting to be the one to win it and when he did, he was very humble about it.  He just quietly accepted it with a proud smile on his face.  Abigail was surprised just right before the party in the lunchroom, as her teacher just sent her there to meet her parents.  Abigail was super excited (see smile on pictures).  She made us laugh.  She was first up (since she is in Kindergarten).  She went up to the Assistant Administrator and had that smile on her face the whole time.  When she was done, she was handed her award, her ribbon and a school pencil.  She exclaimed with genuine excitement: "Mama!  I got a pencil!"   It made everyone chuckle.  

The Assistant Administrator reading Abigail's letter from her teacher which explains why she awarded Abigail this honor.

"Look, mama!  I got a pencil!"

Nathan hates being the center of attention.  He was so nervous but trying to act all cool.  :-)  It's hard being 7.  

"Oh, man, I'm glad that is over....

Here is what their teachers wrote:

"Abigail treats her teachers and her classmates respectfully!  She is helpful and patiently waits her turn.  Abigail knows her job as student and like Timothy in the bible, she is very respectful.  Thank you, Abby!  Love, Mrs. W."

"Nathan, You are patient and respectful to your peers and teachers.  Thank you for your hard work, your attention in class, and for always speaking with respect and kindness.  Keep setting a great example of God's love with your respect.  Love, Mrs. D."

Monday, October 28, 2013

Soccer Girl

Since Nathan started sports while in Kindergarten, we had always promised Abigail that she would too.  So this year we enrolled her in both, ballet and soccer (soccer at the school).  She does like ballet but she loves soccer.  We were really surprised.  A nice change at how the school divides up the soccer players helps that.  At first she was going to play with older kids as well but because enough little ones signed up, that was not the case.  We figured it was easier for her to not compete with those strong boys.  :-)  Or get in between them and the ball.  We've discovered another side of Abby during this time.  She can be pretty fearless going against other kids.  She no longer screams when she gets knocked over.  She can dribble really good.  And she adores practicing with dad (see below).  She can be super-tough when it is pouring down rain for her first practice and continue to play, soaked, with a smile on her face. (I would have left...)  

Abigail and dad making good use of the gorgeous weather we've had.

Abigail practicing hard kicks.

Isn't it the cutest little team?  Abigail is next to Peyton (in the black with pink shorts), who is also in her class.

Isabelly is already practicing for when she grows up.

Look at Abby going for that goal!  Goalie be aware!

We are pleasantly surprised at how much Abigail is enjoying this.  It is so much fun to watch her and see her having all these new experiences.  You can tell she has been waiting for her turn for a while.  That is a good thing about being a middle child, you relish these experiences that you earn with age.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fall Ball

Fall ball season is almost over, but for the very last few weeks, we've been having this gorgeous fall weather.  I love fall when it is sunny.  The colors are just breathtaking.  The blue skies with the burning red leaves standing aflame in stark contrast.  When it is weather like this, fall ball is fantastic.  Nathan is really enjoying his season.  He is in a hitting slump but hopefully he can finish strong.  The last game seemed to indicate that he is finally out of that stretch.  He is making lots of new friends and gets to play with some old friends (for example Connor who has played on all of Nathan's teams so far).  Nathan is doing awesome fielding and he has emerged a leader on the team.  Baseball fever has also hit this little W-guy for the first time, much to the delight of his dad.  Dad and me are very proud of him.

Abigail does not always want to go to the games.  Especially since there aren't any girls her age.  There is one girl, aged 3, whom Abigail and Isabelle like to play with.  But it is hard for our little red-head who doesn't like being outdoors without purpose.
Above: Glitter shoes, the only thinkable gear for a muddy baseball field.  :-)

Isabelle seems to be having a lot of fun at the baseball games.  She is definitely bonding with Abigail.  They are having a great time together and Abigail is doing such a great job of taking Isabelle around and playing with her.  She is developing some great mothering skills.

Hi, you!
Talking about the red leaves in contrast to the blue sky, maybe I like them so much because they remind me of Abigail's hair?  

Nathan running to catch a fly ball.

That was an easy catch.  :-)  

Nathan played first base a lot this year.  Other than first base, he played third base and pitcher (without actually pitching).

Nathan has always had number 11 so far.

That runner is safe.  Bummer.
David took this awesome pictures of Abigail, Aubry and Isabelle.

Hopefully the remainder of this year's fall ball season will be blessed with more weather like this and fantastic hitting by Nathan, coupled with great fielding.  Oh yes, and yesterday Nathan played for another coach and got his first game ball.  He was super proud.  Fall ball is great.

Update:  Nathan's season ended fantastic.  More great weather.  And while Nathan has become a great fielder, he did struggle with hitting for a long time.  However, his last 3 games he got out of that slump and got a hit every time he got up.  Some of those got him on base due to the fielding errors that just simply happen at this age but it build up his confidence enough to where he is now starting to hit out there where he should be hitting .(He had been hitting good in practices with Dave, indicating that his lack of hitting was most likely due to nerves.)  We also started this funny thing that I would sometimes tell him: "You will have a hit next."  And for some reason, he would get a hit.  Then he started to believe that I really knew when he would hit and actually hit every single time I told him he would.  Funny little man.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Caroline and Me

A year or so ago Grampy gifted Abigail with her very own American Girl doll.  Those are lovely and expensive dolls with their very own story (that accompanies them via a book), era-matching outfits and accessories that can be purchased separately.  Abigail had decided on Caroline.  With our budget, the American Girl doll outfits and matching owner outfits are just out of the question.  However, at our local one-stop grocery store, there was a fantastic summer clearance event and we found matching outfits for very, very cheap!  Abigail was very pleased.  Alas, here are Caroline and Abigail, sporting the same matching outfits.  Abby asked me to take her pictures.  Here you are.