Abby had her very first dentist appointment. Abby did great and didn’t bite the dentist (too much!) Roland’s dad told us that sometime between getting her first tooth and her first birthday we should set up an appointment and then have one every six months (just like the rest of us should). Abby’s teeth are looking great and her dentist is looking forward to seeing her again in six months! I am glad that we have started at such a young age to start bringing her to the dentist; this way the dentist will never be a bad or scary place because she has been there before!
This was the week of Abby’s cousin, Ethan’s first birthday. Our family really missed both Ethan and his sister, Emily, a lot this week! I can’t believe that he would have been a year old already! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be an Aunt to these beautiful spirits; they bring such joy and happiness to our family! This week I was especially grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and peace that it has brought into my life. I have faith in the Lord and His timing of all things. He has a full and complete understanding of all things. In the end, all will be right and we will all understand, but until then, I have faith in Him!
|Our happy little girl is always on the move . . . she has two speeds: fast and warp speed! (Sorry, I have been corrupted by my Star Treck fan of a husband!)|
I was having one of those stomach bug things this week so my wonderful husband took over the parenting and let me regain my strength! He really is my hero! On the worst day (it probably was just one of those 48 hour things) he told me to go take a nap while he watched Abby. When he woke me up, he brought in some soup and a book for me to read so I could continue to relax . . . while I did that, he fed, bathed and put to bed our little girl! He is so good to us!
Abby has started to confidently walk if you are holding her hand. Probably my favorite moment of this week was just watching our little girl hold her daddy’s hand while walking down the hallway! They are so cute together, I am glad that I am blessed to call them mine!
Abby found the bread machine that I keep under the kitchen sink. She thinks it is the coolest thing in the whole wide world to play with, I think part of it is because she can crawl into the cupboard with it without getting stuck! This week she kept on pointing at it and looking up at me like she was trying to say, “Mom, can we make bread?” I had to laugh because I do make homemade bread about once a week, only I make it from scratch and do all of the kneading and rising myself. Two reasons: I have the time and I have the talent of making really good homemade bread!
|Happy Thanksgiving from our little turkey! :)|
Happy Thanksgiving week! It was a really good week to be my cousin! I had one cousin get engaged this week and another cousin get married this week! I am so happy for both of them! Both of my cousins are getting married/have gotten married to two wonderful young men!
We spent Thanksgiving with my family and we were able to help put on a wonderful feast for my grandma! She loved it and loved having everyone around! I was able to spend a little extra time with Grandma this week because my aunt and uncle were in Arizona with their daughter who got married! Abby and I stayed with grandma until my uncle was home again! My grandma is always amazed at how much Abby has grown since the last time she saw her and is always interested in all of the new things that Abby can do now! J
Fun adventure: I got locked out of the house and had to wait for about an hour or so until Roland came home to let us in. Lucky for Abby and I, my mom was still there and she was able to take us to Target so we didn’t have to stand in the hallway and be bored! The funny thing was that I had thought that I had left my keys in the car so I had Roland leave a key out for me so we could get into the house. Only problem was that he left the mail key instead of the house key on accident! Then to top it off, turns out, I had had my keys with me all along, I just didn’t check the right bag! Oops!
Sad thing about this week was that my head cold from the sudden weather change turned into a nasty sinus infection! Yuck! My doctor took one look at me and said, “Boy, you don’t look that great!” then gave me some good stuff that knocked it out of my system! Lucky for Abby and I, Roland had the day off so he could let me regain my strength and take me up to the doctors! What a great guy I have here, he is a keeper!
|Abby has learned how to play "Patty Cake, Patty Cake, Baker's Man"! This is a picture of her "marking it with a B!" :)|
We put up our Christmas tree with the lights but left the ordainments off it. We have been told that we shouldn’t be surprised if Abby pulls it over onto herself a couple times before learning to leave it alone … only thing is, we have a weird kid, who could care less if we put it up or not! She has no more than gently touched one of the branches a couple times just to see what it feels like, and then has left it completely alone! What a little angel she is!
Abby took her very first steps all by herself this week! Roland has been saying for the past six months that he really wants to be home when she finally makes this milestone and he was! He couldn’t be prouder of our little girl! Maybe she will be walking with confidence by Christmas … and running by her birthday (oh no!)!
We had our first Sunday back in our new chapel! It feels so good to be in a chapel again for church! This also meant that I was back in my calling again as Nursery leader. In our church babies stay with their parents until they enter Nursery at 18-months-old, but since I am the leader in the Nursery, Abby can come in early because I am there! It is only about 7 months early, but there is only one other little girl who just turned 18-months-old this week so the two of them love playing together! I love being able to teach my daughter about our Heavenly Father and Jesus! One of these days she is going to look at a picture of Jesus and say, “Jesus!” And I will cry! Tears of pure joy that I am doing something right! J
|Abby: What's that, Mom? You want me to hold still? Here is my two seconds of holding still for you! I will even be nice and hold the number for you!|
Isn't she a sweetheart?
This week Roland took an extra day off so we could go up to the temple with my parents who are now temple workers! I am so grateful to be able to go to the temple, it was a dearly needed spiritual reboot for both Roland and I! It was amazing also to be able to go on a date just the two of us! We really don’t get to do that too often and going to a temple session was pretty much my favorite date night ever! My mom and dad were also able to get Abby girl to sleep, so that means that we can do it again! Yay!
Roland and I also took Abby to the Mall of America … she was a little amazed at all of the amusement rides; someday when she is older she will be able to go on them! We were going to take her in the aquarium but we took too long trying to finish up our Christmas shopping (and it turned out we could only get one thing on our list from the mall!) We will take her some other time, because she loves the water!
We took Abby swimming in the swimming pool but she didn’t really like how cold it was; she preferred the warm bath that we gave her afterwards. Well, she liked it up until the point she thought that the bar of soap was something to chew on … she doesn’t like getting her mouth washed out! Poor baby!
|Abby, why are you so happy this week? (Clapping for joy!) Oh, I know! It must be because Uncle Sam came home this week! She is looking forward to meeting him in a couple of weeks!|
This past week was Roland’s last week of school! Starting yesterday is his finals week, at the end of the week the semester will be all over and we can celebrate with Christmas! Yay! Next week is going to be so much fun, but I will save that for another post, I still haven’t talked about this week!
Abby visited with Santa, and because she has absolutely no fear of strangers, she just looked up at him with tired eyes! She was pretty happy about being able to ring his bells too!
Roland watched Abby for the night so I could go and help out at Young Woman’s career night! I was able to tell them how rewarding it was being a CNA! Some days I really miss being able to serve others by working outside my home as a CNA, but nothing is more important than raising our beautiful baby girl into the beautiful young woman she will someday become! I really have been blessed to have my lot in life!
Abby loves it when I take her to the library to play in the kid’s section! This week when we went she was trying to keep up with a couple of the big kids and she even took a few steps towards them before getting down to the floor to crawl after them! She now can take five steps on her own before she gets too excited and lowers herself to the floor! She really is growing up so very fast, I hope that I can capture each moment and treasure it forever!
Abby also figured out how to take off and put back on a lid on a lotion bottle that had a screw on lid! She really is amazing! We are so very blessed to have this smart little girl who is always trying to figure out how the world works around her! She is our little problem solver! J
|Look at that excited face, and she doesn't even know yet that Christmas is the best time of the year! :)|