Monday, January 30, 2012

Look what I can do

Aaron was way older than a year before he even considered crawling up on a couch or chair by himself, but Abby has been a climber almost from the get-go.The other morning Aaron had taken the cushion off this chair making it a little lower to the ground and Abby quickly seized the opportunity.
She scrambled up without a second thought and then took to showing off!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fun Stuff

We have a park in our neighborhood that we take advantage of a lot. Several families from our Sunday School class also use it often so it's a fun place to connect. These are some pictures from last Sunday - Aaron just recently graduated to the big swing!
On Tuesday the kids went to the dentist. They did so well!
Aaron asked for a bagel treat afterwards and I obliged!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Swim Lessons

Abby started swim lessons last week and is loving it! I don't have any pictures of the actual lessons because I am in the water with her, but here she is all suited up and ready to go!Aaron is now in his third round of lessons and has graduated to the classes where I don't have to get in the water with him. He is doing great - we can not believe his progress in just one year!
We love to see him enjoying himself in the water.
He can swim about six feet on his own.

Friday, January 27, 2012


Oh! Our little girl is growing up! She had her one year pictures taken recently and she wore this 'Birthday Girl' shirt. I can't believe she is about to be a Birthday Girl!
Last weekend she started standing up on her own in the middle of the floor with nothing to pull up on or support her. And she has started to 'cruise' holding onto furniture.
She's starting to really notice what other people eat and she's starting to gain opinions on her options!
She is chattering ALL the time. Wow is she trying to talk. She is picking up more signs, too.
She gives high fives and she waves bye and she claps her hands. She also pumps her fist when I say 'Rejoice'!

And don't you love this picture? Her Papa took it in front of her Christmas Tree!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Stock Show

On Friday, John and Kim took Aaron and Abby (and Mama, too) to the Stock Show!This is a tradition they started last year and it's a blast. Aaron, of course, was more interested in the backhoes than the animals!
Learning to drive
Watching a llama show. He really wanted to get in there and play in the dirt!
Abby checking out the animals with Dee.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

11 Months Old!

I don't know why these pictures came out so dark...
This is the craziest post I've ever done. I absolutely can not believe that Abby is 11 months old. One month from today we will celebrate the first year of her life! To me she is still a little baby.Abby is fun and sweet and smiley. She is into everything and everything is in her mouth! She is a super crawler and she loves to climb, but she is nowhere near walking. She pulls up, but she doesn't even try to walk holding on to furniture and she doesn't stand alone.
She is a big eater. At this point she mostly eats vegetables, but she has tried and liked turkey and ham. She doesn't have the vegetarian bent her brother does, but she does LOVE soy 'meats'. She loves fruit except for raspberries. She likes beans. As far as grains go she eats Baby Oatmeal and Cheerios though she did have her first piece of whole wheat toast this weekend and she really liked that. She is still nursing...ummm...a lot, but I have started in the past couple of days trying to wean her down to four times a day. Once we get in a groove with that I'll start really working on weaning her. We did introduce the sippy cup this weekend and she is working on that. She did not reject it the way her brother did and we are seeing pretty good progress already.
She wears 18 month clothes and size 3 diapers. She sleeps from about 6:30pm until 6:30am without waking. She takes an early morning nap around 8 and sleeps for an hour to an hour and a half. She takes a nap right after lunch and sleeps about an hour and a half.
She's got six teeth in and she may be working on a few more.
She enjoys books (chewing on them and listening to them being read). She loves the Alphabet Train she got for Christmas and Silly Town (the absolute best gift EVER. Aaron got it from Grandma Sheri and Grandpa Tom when he was nine months old. It has been played with almost every single day since. I have plenty of Blog posts with Silly Town in the background). She loves looking outside and being outside. She loves watching her brother and playing with him. It is so fun to watch them interacting now. She LOVES to play peekaboo. Not only does she hide her eyes, she crouches down and ducks her head so she is really hidden. HA!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I got my camera back!

Wow was I excited!
Here are a couple of pictures of Abby loving the car that Mimi and Grandad gave Aaron when he was little.
She was a big fan! Aaron still is, too! I am amazed, but he can fit in there just fine. Except when he tries to crawl in while Abby is in it!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Aaron's 34 Month Interview

What is your name? Aaron

How old are you? Two

What is your favorite color? Blue

Who is your best friend? Daddy

What is your favorite animal? Cow

What do you want to be when you grow-up? A firefighter in a fire truck

Who is your favorite person? Daddy

What is your favorite book? Backhoe Book

What makes you happy? Daddy

What makes you sad? Daddy

What is your favorite food to eat? Fruit Snacks

What is your favorite song to sing? ABCDEFG

What do you like to play? Backhoes
Aaron is very sweet. When his sister asks for more food he is the one jumping up to get it. When she cries he brings her a toy. When she's tired he brings her a blanket. When I am nursing her he strokes her hair.
His verbal communication is expanding by leaps and bounds daily. And yesterday, for the first time, when I asked him if he wanted something he said, "No, thank you." I honestly heard angels sing.
Aaron is incredibly organized and structured. If he sees something out of place he needs to correct that, immediately. I'll be preparing a meal and he'll be putting things back in the refrigerator before I've had a chance to use them. If something is almost empty he wants to just go ahead and throw it away. He is often tidying, organizing.

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

So I won't forget

Aaron loves to clean tables and counter tops!Given the opportunity, he would do this until he ran out of cleaner!

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Stuff

Aaron got this Barney Backhoe plate set in the mail from Grandma Beth. Aaron LOVES Barney Backhoe (and I know that none of you are familiar with the great Barney Backhoe. It's a John Deere character. Really. He has books. We have them. Yes, THEM). Anyway, this is pretty much the greatest thing ever. We don't actually eat off of any of them, you understand. We play with them. Very exciting stuff. When it came I told him to call Grandma Beth. You know, to thank her. Anyway, I called and got the answering machine and asked if Aaron wanted to leave a message. He said, "Yes, I do." Then he took the phone and proceeded this way (she can verify this), "I GOT A NEW BACKHOE PLATE! IT HAS BARNEY BACKHOE ON IT! IT IS A VERY GOOD PLATE." I then whispered that he should say Thank You and he looked at me like I was nuts. He was just calling to tell her about his new stuff, but he did say 'Thank you', though not with nearly the enthusiasm as the rest of the message. And Abby got this Abby Cadabby outfit in the same package. It is an outfit with pink pants and it is super cute. It came in so handy today because it was cold and rainy and we had MOPS. I learned that Abby loves hoods! She thinks they are awfully fun and she actually leaves them on her head. Aaron loves hoods, too, by the way.
And this is Abby's Columbia ski jacket for when we go to Breckenridge this Spring. Isn't it SO sweet?

Chuck E Cheese!

On Friday Rebekah was in town with this sweet girl, so the kids and I headed to Chuck E Cheese to spend some time with them!Aaron rode this ride most of the time - we have a TON of pictures with the mouse
And Cilla pretty much stayed on this ride!
Abby spent her first Chuck E Cheese experience munching Cheerios
and getting some lovin' from Rebekah!