"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." ~Angela Schwindt~

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Update on Roo

Well my day went most unexpectedly. Woke up, went to work and received a phone call from the daycare that Abigail has had a seizure. They told me that they had already called an ambulance, and should be leaving any moment to head to Patty A Clay. They told me that her teacher Ms. G would ride along in the ambulance with her so she wouldn’t be alone. I left work immediately to race to the hospital in Richmond, from my office it would probably take about 45 minutes to get there. I’m honestly surprised that I didn’t get a ticket on my way there. Jason arrived to the hospital about 2-3 minutes after the ambulance and I was about 15 minutes after him.

When I arrived at the ER, I came in and she was being so brave. They were monitoring her heart rate and had taken her temperature. When I arrived they had to get a urine and blood sample. They also hooked her up to an IV for fluids. I honestly wish we had been able to take her to UK (where all her doctors are) instead of Patty A Clay, but that is the closest hospital to the daycare, and that is where they always send their children if they have an emergency. There is absolutely NO comparison to “pediatric nurses” and regular nurses in working with babies.

The nurse couldn’t find her little vein to get her blood, they weren’t easily able to get the IV in, and they had trouble with the cath to get her urine sample. I just remember when we took her to central Baptist they had the same problem, but at UK, it was like GOLD. They have amazing pediatric unit there, and the doctor’s are amazing.

At the appointment all her blood work and urine were perfect. Her temperature was fine, and they said she was just perfect. They did a consult on the phone with the pediatric neurologist that Abigail sees and they prescribed her a daily medication called Keppra / Levetiracetam, which is syrup that she will take it twice daily. They were concerned that this was her third seizure in a period of 8 months.

Her first episode of seizures they diagnosed as “febrile” seizures even though she had them without a fever, she had them with an illness, and however this time she had her seizure she didn’t have a fever either. They have diagnosed her with “unproved” seizures. We took her to her pediatrician today also he wanted to see her, and take a look. Physically he said she was wonderful. Hears, eyes, nose, throat, reflexes, body, everything was just perfect.

I called her make her follow up appointment with her neurologist and they are supposed to call me back within 48 hours for her appointment time. They will need to see her within 2 weeks since they have added additional medication and they want to do another EEG and MRI.

It is the worst feeling in the world to have your child in pain, discomfort, or something medically wrong with them that you can’t control. However looking back on this day, I praise God for the safety and provision he had over her. She had her seizure when her teacher picked her up to change her. She was being held during the seizure by one of her favorite people and they were able to leave the room and have her medication ready within two minutes of the seizure starting. Her most favorite teacher was able to ride in the ambulance with her and stay with her until we got there with her, and Jason and I were both able to arrive safely at the hospital within minutes of her arrival.

I am so thankful for a job, that I can just walk out on in a moment’s notice when something comes up, and for a supportive and loving husband/father that loves his family more than anything. It was so hard to hear her cry, scream, get mad from the nurses poking and prodding on her. She was in such sweet spirits considering the situation. We blew up purple gloves in the ER and played with them. We played peek a boo with daddy’s hat, and I was so thankful that my car was a mess because I found some much needed necessities in there: Paccy, Sippy cup, play keys, toy microphone, and some much needed snacks. The daycare sent some diapers and wipes, so we were all set for our long day full of doctors. There was a several hour lapse between the ER and the DR appointment and I was able to swaddle her up and just rock her while she slept. I held her tightly and prayed for her. I told her before she went to sleep that I wished she didn’t have to hurt, and I would take it all away if I could. I told her that I loved her more than anything and that we would get her the best care we could.

Its so funny because after we left the ER I told Jason to stop by Kroger and get her some balloons on his way home. He called me and said they only have Happy Birthday balloons, and I told him that was fine since she couldn’t read. So she has a Hanny many balloon that says happy birthday to go with her bouquet of purple glove balloons we blew up in the ER. She loves to play with them. We filled her prescription and are going to give her the first dose in the morning. We wanted to be able to closely monitor her with a new medicine in her. I love her so much. I told her no more scary stuff this evening and she reached up and wiped my tear. She is the sweetest little girl with the sweetest little heart.

We should know more in a few weeks, I know that I can't have control over this situation, and I am so thankful for a God who is.  I thank all my family and friends for their prayers, we definately felt them.  I have had the song by Plumb stuck in my head for a few days now, and what wonderful song to have stuck in my head today.  God will always have us SAFE IN HIS ARMS.
Safe in My Arms:  By Plumb
Your baby blues
So full of wonder
Your Curly Que's
Your contagious smile
And as I watch
You start to grow up
All I can do is hold you tight

Clouds will rage in
Storms will race in
But you will be safe in my arms
Rains will pour down
Waves will crash all around
But you will be safe in my arms

Story books
Are full of fairy-tales
Of kings and queens
And the bluest skies
My heart is torn just in knowing
You'll someday see
The truth for lies

Clouds will rage in
Storms will race in
But you will be safe in my arms
Rains will pour down
Waves will crash all around
But you will be safe in my arms

Castles they might crumble
Dreams may not come true
Cause you are never all alone
Cause I will always
Always love you

Hey I
Hey I
Will love

Clouds will rage in
Storms will race in
But you will be safe in my arms
Rains will pour down
Waves will crash all around
But you will be safe in my arms
In my arms

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Dear Abbyroo

Dear Abigail,

You are truly the most precious thing in the world to me. I just look at you and wonderful how you could get any sweeter, any more beautiful, and any kinder hearted. You made our Christmas this year so delightful. Everything was so excited, so joyful, and such a “wow” moment for you. You woke up about 7:30 on Christmas morning and came to the living room to see what Santa brought you. We gave you your sippy cup of milk and made you some pancakes before we opened your presents. Of course your most favorite thing to play with was the packaging and the wrapping paper. Someday when you have children, remember it isn’t about the money you spend on them, because they will be happy with anything you give them. We got you many things, but your favorite was an ocean – Melissa and Doug puzzle. You got to write Santa a letter, leave food out for his reindeer and leave him some cookies. You embrace everything that you do, everything is just fun.

This morning I heard you in your room talking this morning, and I went in there and you had thrown up in your crib. You were covered from head to toe and your sheet was completely saturated. I went in there and you were just sitting in the middle of your bed not saying a word. You looked so pitiful. I took you to the bathroom and gave you a bath. I never want you to hurt or feel bad. I just want you to be happy, safe, and just perfect.

We have had a lot of snow lately. Your daddy bought you a sled which you absolutely adore. You have so much fun being pulled around the yard and going doing the slope on the side of the house. You are definitely a snow bunny – I told Jason that I hope we get a lot of snow this year since you like it so much. I love to hear you laugh, and you laugh almost constantly while we are on the sled.

You continue to amaze me in how smart you are. You have taken off in using your sign language and learning new words every day. You know several animal noises (dog, cow, snake, cat) and several others. I also ask you what sound does daddy makes and you make a farting noise with your mouth. You know two colors, purple and green. You know all your body parts, and when I ask you where your muscles are you act like your flexing them and go grrrr. It is so cute. I ask you where Abigail is, and you put your chest, I ask you where the baby is and you’re come over and rub my belly.

I love you more every day. I don’t quite know how that is possible, but I do. I held you on my lap this evening and just scratched your little head. For some reason you love for me to lightly scratch your head. You gave me several hugs and kisses. I wrapped you up for bed and you always say night, night. Your daddy will walk you down the hall to put you in your crib and he always stops at the closet and you do “I Love you in sign language” the best you can. You say: bye, bye, night, night, love, you. It melts my heart. You starting putting all those words together last week before bedtime.

I love you Abbyroo. Were about to start a new year together, it is hard for me to believe that it is 2011, I look forward to all the memories’ we will make.



Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Take a breath

This time of year I have to slow down, take a breath and remember the reason for the season. It is so easy for me, a person who is always going to stop, working forty hours a week, being a full time mommy and semi crazy pregnant lady to just enjoy this Christmas season. We do a lot at Christmas time and I don’t want to get mixed up in the business of it that I blink and it is gone. Last year we started some new Christmas traditions with Abigail, but more than the Christmas traditions, I want her to learn what Christmas is all about, Jesus.

I look forward to having time off of work at Christmas. They give us 2 days at Christmas and 2 days at new years, so it will be a wonderful 2 weeks. I’m not going to be taking any additional time off work until the baby comes. I have 14 weeks of time saved at work for maternity leave and want to spend every moment of that at home with our precious new addition.

We have a lot coming up the next few weeks. I look forward to seeing my family in TN and spending time with friends and family here. I look forward to making our Christmas ornaments for friends, making peanut butter fudge, rock candy, chocolate molds, and our traditional breakfast casserole. I look forward to cutting out Christmas tree sugar cookies and decorating them with Abigail. I look forward to the Christmas service at church, wearing our warm pajamas on Christmas Eve all cuddled up with Jason and Abigail. I look forward to Christmas morning when I know that Abigail will tear into her gifts and play with the box instead of the toy. I look forward to her not understanding why we aren’t going to take the holiday Barbie out of the box and putting it with the one on the shelf we got her last year. I love everything about Christmas and I hope that in the midst of the business that I can just truly remember the reason for the season and share that with Abigail.

I got an email last month about getting a free Christmas Message from navigators. I got it in the mail last week and Abbyroo and I have been reading a Bible verse out of the book every day and we talk about it. The book is kind of boring to her I’m sure because there are no pictures. However she will bring it to me, sit on my lap and let me read to her the scriptures. I want her to love Jesus. I know as a parent this is something that I will have no control over. Jason and I will lead and guide her, but ultimately she is going to have to accept Jesus as her Lord and savior. I pray every day that I can lay the foundation that she needs to have a life of trusting and believing in Him.

Merry Christmas my sweet little Angel! I hope that Christmas in the future isn’t about getting gifts to you. I hope that you will find that the true gift of Christmas is Jesus. I love you Abbyroo!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Dear Junebug

Dear Junebug,

I still am in awe and wonder that we are pregnant with you. We’ve made it to the second trimester and it feels like in these 12 short weeks I have a lifetime of love for you. It is amazing how just knowing that you are inside of me the love that I have for you and the longing my heart has to hold you. I put my hand on my belly everyday and tell you I love you. We had our first ultrasound last week and we saw you. You were just as precious as could be and I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. The 20 minutes that we were in there I don’t think that my eyes moved from the TV screen where you were. I didn’t want to blink and miss one moment of your sweet little face. I teared up seeing that little heart flutter. You fell asleep during the ultrasound and the tec had me cough really deep to wake you up. You turned over to your little belly and had your face down. The tec got a really cute picture of you that I carry around in my purse now. Your little heart was beating at 167 beats a minute and it sounded like a train, such a strong heartbeat. I long for the day that I get to hold you in my arms. To stroke your little cheek, see those little toes, see that precious smile. The doctor says that you are just perfect, and I know that you are. Everything about you is just perfect, the way God designed you.

I can’t wait for you to meet your daddy and big sister. They make our family so wonderful and I just can’t wait for you to be a part of it. Your daddy leans down to my belly most evenings and tells you that he loves you and talks to you. If you are anything like your daddy or sister you will sure love music. Abigail would dance from the time she was in the womb when she heard that music. I look forward in this next month or so to feel you move. I pray for you every precious child. We have about 6 more months to ourselves, just us. In the mean time I will talk to you on our car rides, play your classical music for you with the belly earphones at, and I will eat those little cheeseburgers from McDonalds that you are making me crave. I love you Junebug!


Thursday, December 02, 2010

Same sweet features

So I have always thought that I had a very photogenic child.  For mother's day while I was pregnant, Jason got me a 4-d ultra sound to get pictures of Abigail prior to birth.  I remember signing a release while I was there that they had the rights to the photos and could use them for promotional adds and advertisements.  Today when we went for our 12 week doctor's appointment for June bug we were sitting in the waiting room waiting on the ultra sound tech, I picked up the Kids' directory.  Turned to page 7 and looked at the add for the Fetal Photography center and low and behold there was my sweet little Abigail, picture #3.  I looked at it and said, "Jason look at that picture" and he said "that's Abigail!!!"  She took great pictures even before she was born.  Love her so much and it amazes me how she still has those same sweet features. 

December edition of the kids' directory, Abbyroo is the 3rd picture over. 

Abbyroo's 4-d Ultrasound picture

Abbyroo today :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dear Abigail...

Dear Abbyroo,

I sat on the couch with you this evening and let you drink your night night sippy of milk. I looked over at your daddy and said, I can’t imagine how life could be any better. While you drank your sippy I played with your toes saying this little piggy went to the market, this little piggy stayed home etc… You love this game. Your feet are so ticklish though we can hardly get though it!

You have turned in to such a helper girl. You like everything in its place. The channel changers in the basket, your toys in the box, your shoes back in your room. Once we finish a bottle of water or can drink you always carry it to the table. You don’t like it to sit on the end tables. I am hoping you stay this way! Haha it makes it easier on a mama when you want everything in its place.

Last week we starting making space for our Christmas tree. We moved several of your “livingroom” toys to your bedroom. We talked about how big girls keep their toys in their own room. As soon as I would take handfuls back in your room, you would make 2-3 trips bringing them back to the livingroom. We did this several times. I finally waited until you went down for your nap and moved them. You woke up and you were so happy to see them all in your room you just clapped! It makes me sad that you go back to your room so much now though. I will be in the living room and you will head back to your room and say for maybe 5-8 minutes and come back. You are making frequent trips back there.

November has been a rough month. You have had 2 ear infections this month! You got one towards the beginning of the month in your right ear. We took you to the doctor on November 8th. They put you on a 10 day antibiotic. A couple days later you started pulling at those ears again and we took you back to the doctor and you had double ear infection. They put you on a stronger antibiotic and it got rid of it this time! I took you to the doctor again just yesterday due to your 101.3 temperature. I would rather pay a copay and them tell me your just fine, than wonder in the wee hours of the morning how you are. You are such a happy child and don’t hardly complain when you don’t feel well.

You are starting to talk a lot more. You repeat about everything we say, or give it a good attempt. Your able to identify your belly button, ears, eyes, and nose. We are working on head and mouth now. Also if I say “where’s Abigail” you will pat your chest. This is my favorite :-). Which I think about everyting you do is just precious. You also sing “e-i-e-i-e-i-e-i-ooooo” all the time. Your able to answer to “what does a cow say” “what does a sheep say” and “what does a puppy dog say”. We are working on kitty cat now. We also love to blow kisses!

We had a wonderful thanksgiving. We went to your Nana and Poppas house for dinner. You always get car sick on our trip to Beattyville, I wish there was something we could do to help this. You ate turkey, mashed potatoes, corn pudding, baked beans, roll and banana pudding. Your cousins, Aunt, Uncle and Nana and Poppa love you so much.

Well sweet heart, I just rocked you and put you down to sleep. Good night princess. I can’t wait to see you tomorrow. Your smile and face brighten my day and give me more joy in my heart than you can imagine. I love you Roo!

Mama :-)

Monday, November 22, 2010

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I can’t believe that Christmas is just a little over a month away. It’s hard to believe that this is going to be our second Christmas with Abigial. Time sure does fly by, I know that I have said that most frequently in this blog, however it is so true. Someone told me today that it was only going to go faster once you have your second child. So I have seen on several of my friends pages on facebook that you can get free Christmas (holiday cards) from shutterfly if you have a blog. I thought I would give this a try. We have ordered several of the photo cards from shutterfly. It is one of the most convenient ways we have found to do Christmas cards. They have a lot of amazing designs, and you can even choose how many pictures you want to use on your cards. Their website is very user friendly and you can upload the picture right after you choose a card. Another feature they have that is very convenient is that you can save your card for future ordering or use. Simply click this link and it will take you directly to their site: http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-photo-cards

Some of my top pics this year include:



and finally this one: http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/cards-stationery/mod-snowflakes-story-christmas-card-5x7-flat?sortType=1&storeNode=93496

it is going to be very hard to decide which one we order this year! I know that our friends and family will be very excited to receive their Christmas card and of course we will save one for Abigail’s baby book. I will show off a picture of her any chance I get.

Since I’m on a shutterfly post this evening, if you have never tried photo books (http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books ) you have got to give them a try. I stopped scrap booking about 3 years ago when I discovered these wonderful creations! Since I have a child and one on the way I sure don’t have time to scrapbook anymore and these are just as special and unique.

Merry Christmas! Take advantage of the 50 free Christmas (holiday cards) offered by shutterfly by simply visiting: http://blog.shutterfly.com/5358/holiday2010-blog-submission-form/

Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Wreath

We made our Christmas wreath today!  It took a little longer than I thought it would, but while Abbyroo was down for a nap I made and finished it.  So it prob took about an hour and a half. 

To start I used a floral wreath.  I bought a large roll of Christmas ribbon, and also floral hooks. 

I wrapped the ribbon all the way around the wreath.  This step wasn't I guess necessary, but I wanted to make sure that all of the green was covered.  I guess you could spray paint it if you wanted to.

This is what the finished wrapped wreath looks like.

I used 3 different kinds of ribbon, plus the ribbon I used for wrapping the wreath, so I had 4 different patterns of ribbon.  I cut it into strips about 5-6 inches each.  To be honest I didn't measure them, and they were all not the same length.  I wrapped each cut ribbon into a circle and used the floral pin to pin the ribbon onto the wreath.

I pinned them about as close as I could get them to each other.  Also all my ribbon was "wired", it gave it a good texture.

I started by going all the way around the top.  I also pinned the ribbon into the insides and outsides of the wreath. 

This is my finished project!  Right before I heard my sweet little girl talking in her crib telling me she was awake.

We hug it on our door and are admiring our work!

This was the first piece of Christmas decor we have hung up :) 

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Dear Abigail,

My sweet Abbyroo,

I ask myself at least once a day, where has the time gone? You were 15 months this past Friday, and it feels like you should just be 15 weeks old. You have grown up so much in the past few months, and turned into such a little girl. You are changing daily. Your hair has grown so much, you are getting tall, and you’re fitting well into your size 18 month clothes. You go to your 15 month peds appointment on Monday. I look forward to seeing how much you weigh and how tall you are. I know that the doctor is going to tell us that you are just perfect!

You are a child that loves to show us how you feel. You wear your expressions on your shoulders. When you are happy you light up ear to ear, and when you are sad, you pucker those lips and you let us know. You hug us all the time. You try and kiss us, by sticking out your tongue and giving a little lick. After you lick our cheek you make a little smacking noise. It is just precious. Your hugs make my day. Your daddy and I will be on the floor playing with you, and I will lean over and hug on daddy and rub his chest and you try to get me off of him so you can lay your head on his chest.

You are saying a lot of new words lately. Some of your new words are “up”, “Book”, “Thank you”, “Shoe” and “bath”. You are saying a lot of other words but these are the ones you use often. You say thank you a whole lot now. You will say it when I give you something, and also when you give me something. You say it more like “Dank Du” though. You will come up to me while I am washing the dishes or doing something in the kitchen and lift your arms up and say “up”. You want to be in the action, see what mommy and daddy are doing. You love to say “book”. You love to read, and if we ask you to get a book, you will run back into your room and either gets your “Mother for Chaco” book or your “That’s not my penguin” book, those 2 are your favorites.  I try to read you your "I'm a big sister" book at least once a day. 

You melt my heart about everyday by something that you do, but recently after bath time you will sit on my lap and I will use the hair dryer on your hair. A couple of times you have gotten your hair brush and brushed my hair. You were just as gentle as could be. You love your bath time. I ask if you if you want to take a bath and you say “yes” and go to the bathroom. You have a sweet little sound you make when you want something, is like the word yes, but it is more of a mumble that starts low and gets higher. I will definitely have to get that on video. The only thing that you love more than bath time is being outside. We don’t really have any outside toys in the backyard yet besides your swing and wagon. You will find to rocks and think that they are the best things to play with. The other day you found a stick and kept putting it in a bucket and getting it back out. You also like to pick up leaves and our back yard has a plenty of them right now!

This past Saturday we put you down for your nap and your daddy and I were on the couch and we could hear you talking. Your daddy went back there and you were sitting up in your bed playing with your glowworn. Daddy asked you what you were doing and you laid your little head back down and went to sleep. I think you are too smart for your own good. I ask you if you need a diaper change and you go to where we change your diaper. I’m not quite sure what it is about the basket on the end table though you won’t ever leave it alone. You love to get daddy’s keys out of there and head to the door. You try your best to get one key and reach it to the door knob. We ask you to bring the keys to us, but you won’t, but you will put them back in the basket. I’m not sure why you won’t bring us something we ask, you will only put it back where you got it. You are such a helper girl though. You love to be in the center of what we are doing. Daddy was unloading bottles of water into the fridge this evening and you stood there and handed him all 24 bottles to put in the fridge. It took you all about 10 minutes to load the water, but you sure had fun helping your daddy.

You have always like music, but the past couple months you have been doing the cutest little dance. I call it your step dance, because that is basically what it is, little tiny steps very fast. Where we have hardwood floors in our house you can hear yourself walk, and you will be standing there and some music to a show will come on you will start your dancing. It is so funny; it has made me laugh out loud. Not only because you are so cute doing it, but because you get the cheesiest little grin on your face because you know that it is something fun.

Your daddy has taught you how to “tickle” my feet. I will lie on the couch and put my feet on your daddy’s lap, and several times he has helped you tickle my feet and I just “laugh and laugh and laugh”. You think it is so funny. Now, you will come tickle my feet on your own, which is quite often, because my shoes come off as soon as I walk in the house. You laugh so hard as soon as you get your hands on my feet to try and tickle them. 

We went trick or treating this past weekend and you had so much fun.  Your cousins came over and went around the neighborhood with us.  You and Anderson rode in the wagon most of the time.  You kept getting Anderson's candy and taking it all out of his bucket, and putting it back in.  I was proud that you didn't try and eat the candy, you were just content taking it out and putting it back in.  You were the cutest little lady bug I have ever seen, and I have the pictures to prove it! 

You are just precious Abigail. I can’t believe how much you have grown. These 15 months have flown by; I know that the next letter I write you I will talk about how quickly time has passed. I showed you something pink and something blue the other day and asked you if we were having a little boy or a little girl, you grabbed the pink item. You may be right Abby, and we may have us a sweet little girl in June. I guess we will find out right after Christmas what we are having! Boy or girl though, you will be the best big sister anyone could ever have. I love you!

Mommy :-*

PS: You love my chicken pot pie :-)

Friday, October 29, 2010

$2.00 well spent - Happy Fall!

Well I have to give credit, where credit is due.  I kind of stole the idea of making a wreath out of corn husks from http://www.howdoesshe.com/corn-husk-wreath-tutorial website.  I thought this was a very cute clever way to make a very inexpensive wreath.  I knew it wouldn’t last year to year, but thought it would be a very inexpensive project.  I am very cheap person, always looking for a bargain and a way to save a dime, so instead of buying the corn husks as she recommends form the Mexican food store, we have a very good friend that is a farmer that said he would get me some corn husks.  He insistent that it would be no problem.  So the total cost for this wreath for me was $2.00!  I think that is a bargain, and to be honest I was going to follow the directions that were provided in the tutorial that I listed the link for, but as I started working, I liked the way that this turned out and looked better.  So, if you can get a hold of some corn husks, or if you want to buy some for about $5 at the Mexican food store, this is a must!  I can’t wait to put up my new wreath after the trick or theaters are done on Saturday.  Bring on Thanksgiving and Turkey!
I know that these corn husks look nasty, but they turned into a beautiful fall wreath!
These were the corn Husks we used.

You will Need to purchase a foam wreath, and some Floral Pins.  The wreath you can purchase these at the dollar store, and the Pins you can get in the floral part at Walmart for $1.00

You can get them other places too, but of course Walmart is the cheapest.

I put all the corn Husks in the sick and rinsed them in Cold water.  They are realy still until they soak in water for at least 30-45 seconds.  They start to give then.  I used just regular siccors to put the end of the corn husk off so that the pieces of the husk fell part.

This is one of the Husk sections.  I took one section and folded it in half from top to bottom, and then folded it over.  So it was folded into a quarter of the size.  You may have to trin the bottoms off, I did this after it was folded.

I used the floral pins and pined 2-3 husks onto the wreath.  I did the top of the wreath first.

I also pined them to the inside of the wreath so all the foam would be hidden.

I actually did the entire top before I did the inside, because I wanted to make sure I had enough husks, but it wouldn't matter which order you went in.

After I did the inside I did the outside of the wreath.

Wala!  I kinda made a little bow at the bottom right, just did the same pattern and circuled it all the way around.  I thought it turned out pretty!  We will be putting this on our door after the trick or treater's leave!  Happy Fall!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dear Abigail,

Dear Abbyroo,

I truly think you are one of the smartest kids I know; you pick up on stuff so quickly. We ask you what sound a cow makes and you go “moooooo”, we ask you to do your elephant and you put your little arm up by your ear and lift your hand, we ask you if you need a diaper change and you go back to your changing table; you do so many things that just amaze us. You are starting to put words together like, “good girl” and “bad no”. We ask you to get us a book and you pick out the same book every time, “That’s not my Penguin”… You love to be read to, you love to listen to us talk, you will sit and play with your shape sorter for 45 minutes at a time. It takes you a little while but you can put every shape where it belongs. It amazes me how hard you work at that, and when you are done you bring it to me to dump your shapes back out to do it all over again.

But, I don’t only think you one of the smartest kids because you learn so quickly but also because you have taught me so much!

Abigail you have taught me that laughter is the best medicine. Your smile can turn any bad day into the perfect day. As long as I know my baby girl is happy there is nothing better in the world. There are several ways that I can “no fail” make you laugh: Tickle you under your chin and say I’m getting ya getting ya getting ya… I will do This little piggy went to the market, this little piggy stayed home… When we go “we we we we we we” all the way home, you crack up! Other ways we make you laugh are by swinging you around, playing super girl, sticking our tongue out at your, making pooting noises, and acting like your feet stink. We are on the changing table and I will smell your feet and start coughing and go shewwww and you love this. You think this is so funny. Your laughter is the best sound in the world.

Abigail you have taught me a lot about patience. You started walking at 11 months old and you would fall over and over and over and over, you never cried you just got right back up again. You will bump into furniture and just turn around. When we started letting you feed yourself your own food you would miss your mouth a lot and you would just reach down and get another one. It takes you a while to eat your dinner, but you just sit there and enjoy the food and feed yourself. You are a patient little girl, and the way that you work your puzzles, you can sit there and work on one for 20 minutes before it is completed.

Abigail you have taught me that you shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for help. For some reason you like to squeeze in small spaces, or go behind a chair that is up against the wall. You love to do this for some reason but then you can’t get out. You get stuck and you raise up your little arms and ask for mama or dada for help. Although you will ask for help you do so much independently. You like to brush your own hair, you have to use your own spoon now, you held your own bottle very early, you like to try and do most things by yourself.

Abigail you have helped me learn to go with the flow. Weather we are on our way to church, going out to eat, or on our way to daycare. Things usually don’t go as planned. This has been hard for me because I am a person of schedule, if I arrive on time I consider that late, I think that being 15 minutes early is being on time. However we will be buckling you in your car seat and you would spit up, throw up, we we would forget something. I have learned that this is ok; we didn’t have a reservation at cracker barrel, and just because it didn’t go as scheduled doesn’t make it a bad thing. It definitely takes more planning to leave the home, I feel like when we started out we carried a suitcase, now we have narrowed it down to your little preschool backpack.

Abigail you have made me fall in love with photography. You have grown up so fast and changed so much this last year and I never want to forget it. I’ve always had a love of taking pictures, but you have given me a desire to take better pictures and more creative pictures, but more than picutres I think the videos are more important. Its hard to capture that moment completely in a picture. You have grown and changed so much this past year! Someone who I hold close to my heart reminded me when we brought you home from the hospital about the things that matter. She said to me that the dishes can wait, sweeping the floor can wait, that I need to enjoy those awake moments with my little girl. You are so precious to me, I just want to inhale you! I love to hold you, hug you, smell you, just anything about you.

Abigail you have taught me that you are the most adorable child in the world. Hehe, there is nothing in this world like a mother’s love. Along with this love of course I think that you are cuter and sweeter than any other child. I can stare at your face all day all day long. Don’t get me wrong I think other kids are cute, but of course you will always be cuter to mommy.

Abigail you have taught me to take the time to listen to people. You listen to your mommy and daddy so well (as long as the tv isn’t on). It is amazing how you responded to my voice the 1st day that I held you in the hospital, you recognized me. I have always been amazed what kids come up with and will repeat what you say, and I know that you will be no exception. As much as you love to be read to, I know that you will have the best imagination.

I love you Abby! I hope that we can continue to learn from each other our whole lives!!!


Momma :-)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Big Sis

Dear Abigail,

I haven’t written you a letter since your 1st birthday and we are due! We told you on Wednesday that you are going to be a big sister, I know that you didn’t understand what this meant but you squealed and clapped when I told you. You seemed very excited and we know that you are going to be the best big sister in the world. You have been saying the word baby a lot this past month so I honestly think you knew I was pregnant before I did. I want you to know that you are the center of our world. We love you so much and couldn’t imagine the joy you have brought to our family. Every day I am amazed by you. I look forward to every moment with you.

I love everything about you. I love the way you pucker you lips and lick my cheek, I love the way you keep your little butt up in the air when you sleep, I love the way you run to your piano as soon as we walk into the door, I love the way you laugh when I stick my tongue out at you, I love your laugh, your smile, your toes, and everything about you. You bring so much joy to my day. My favorite part of my day is when I get to pick you up at daycare and I see you running towards me with your little noises “ah ah ah ah”. You don’t know it but I stand outside of your classroom window 2-3 minutes every day before I pick you up just to watch you. I love to see you play with other children. Today when I picked you up I saw you rolling a ball back and forth with a little boy. I’m not too concerned at this point since you are only 14 months, but I don’t want you to get interested in boys yet, you have your whole life for that.

You haven’t felt good this week. The past 2 nights you have woken up several times throughout the night. On Wednesday I was able to just sit there with you and rock you. I love just looking at your face, stroking your hair and singing to you my sweet child. I never want anything to hurt you or make you feel bad. Your daddy got up with you last night and he sat on the couch with you. He loves his time with his baby girl. I wish you were a mama’s girl, but you most definitely prefer your daddy over me right now. You will sit on his lap 1st, give him hugs first, and sit in the floor and play with puzzles with him for an hour. But I have to admit you think that I am the funniest person in the world. I can make you laugh and that laugh truly melts my heart. That laugh is the cure for a bad day; it makes everything in the world for that moment just perfect.

My precious Abbyroo I love you so much! I hope one day you read this and realize how much you are loved! I look forward to spending this weekend with you; we aren’t doing anything special, just spending every moment together. I look forward to rocking you to sleep tonight, it is one of the few times you will let me hold you these days!

Love you!
Your Mommy

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Giggles, smiles, and 80 degrees

What a wonderful afternoon in the park, giggles, smiles, and 80 degree afternoon in October…

Friday, October 08, 2010

Dulce de leche... aka very simple apple dip

This is a pretty fancy name for something we don’t consider that fancy. This is the Spanish word for caramelized milk. There are a lot of different ways to make Dulce de leche, and we made it a way, that I’m sure there is a warning – not to do! I’m sure if this was in a book, it would say; please do not try this at home. However I have made this for years, and I know friends and family that have and have never had any trouble. I think the concern is that your can will explode and you will be cleaning Carmel off of the ceiling.

We made this for Apple Dip every fall. It is so good, however oh not so good for you. That is why we only made it once a year, and go on a long walk after every time we eat it. It is so good! You need to try this!!! However if for some reason your can explodes, remember that I did put a disclaimer in the above paragraph.

What you will need: Eagle Brand can of sweetened condensed milk, deep pot, and water. This is it.

Take the wrapper off of your can, put it in a deep pot and make sure that it is covered completely with water.  This is so important that your can is covered completely with water.  Bring water to a boil.  I let this boil for 3 hours, checking it very frequently and adding more water to it.  I think the reason that there are disclaimers in making this is because if you start to dry boil the can, it will explode.  It is sooooo important to have the can covered completely with water throughout the whole process of boiling.

After the can had boiled for 3 hours I just turned off the water and let it sit in there until it was completely boil.  We actually went to the park and ate dinner and then it was cool, I would allow it to cool for at least an hour before trying to handle it.  If you choose to remove it before cooling use tongs and you will need to to let it cool completely before opening your can. 

So I opened my can and wa la, a can of oh so yummy Carmel! 

Very yummy thick Carmel.  This is perfect Apple Dip!

Indulge, I know I will :-)  it is even better the next day, when it has been in the fridge over night. 

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Our Halloween Wreath

Halloween is getting close!  Its funny because I never really cared anything about Halloween until I had a child.  Last year Abigail was a frog, we did trunk or treating at the church and stayed at home and passed out candy on Halloween.  She was the cutest frog ever.  This year she is gonna be a lady bug.  I can't wait to put her costume on her.  I even picked up some black creame face paint to put her a few dots on her face.  Were so excited about Halloween approaching this year!

Abigail and I made the above wreath this evening.  When I was a little girl, my mom and I made a very similar wreath out of white trash bags for Christmas and put a red bow on it.  However in this one, I used black fabric.  How a fun way to help decorate the house for Halloween.  This was a very easy project and something very easy you can do with your kids!

I purchased 2 yards of black fabric.  I bought the cheapest that I could find.  The above fabric was 2.50 a yard with 30% off, so I call that a good deal!  You will also need a wreath frame, I purchased the above one at Hobby Lobby for $1.99.  They have 3-4 different sizes.  This one was the 2nd largest one. 

I found this a lot easier to use my rotary cutter and rotary self healing board for this.  You will need to cut the fabric in 1 in strips.

After all the fabric is cut in one inch strips, you will then in turn cut them in 6 inch strips.  So your strips will be one inch by six inches.  It isn't important that your strips are all the same.  Some of my turned out an inch smaller because I didn't want any extra fabric.  I think the last one one each strip were about 5 inches, and they blend in quite well.

This is so simple it is crazy!  All you do is tye your strips of fabric onto the metal frame.  I did the 2 center strips first and then the outside edges. 

It was amazing how much fabric could fit on there.  It looked very full and then I was able to keep pushing the fabric around and tying more strips on there. 

I added the entire 2 yards of fabric.  You can kinda spread it out and fluff it a little.  We thought it was soooo cute!

I left the ends unfinished so it will unravel a little and look more "spooky"

This is the back of the wreath, I pushed all the ties so they came out on the front.

This was fun too, to make some spooky letters to add to the wreath.  You will need Mod Podge, a sponge brush, some news paper to lay your letters on, and some sand paper.

I purchased these letters, they came 2 to a pack for 99 cents.  So we thought we would spell the word BOO, so I only had to spend $2.00 because I got 2 Os and  2 Bs. 

These is all purpose acrylic paint, 99 cents - what a bargain.

I only put one coat of paint on my letters.  Once they tried, I turned them over and painted the back, ensuring that the sides were covered too.

I actually did this before I painted the letters, I traced them onto scrap booking paper that I wanted to line the letter with.

Cut the letters out

Used the sponge brush and Mod Podge to glue the paper to the letters.

Once the paper was dry, I used sand paper, and actually a nail file to sand the edges to ensure the paper blended with the letter well. 

Coated the top of the paper with Mod Podge.  I did 5 coats, waiting 15 minutes between coats.

Make sure that the letters dry all the way.

Once the letters were comply dried, I used a high gloss clear acryllic sealer to coat the letters.  This will need to be done outside - this stuff can stink up your house really fast!

I used jewelry string to tie the letters to the wreath.  I wasn't sure the best way to attach the letters to the wreath.

And lastly I hung it on our front door to welcome our trick or treaters!!!