Wednesday, February 29, 2012

One Thing Led to Another

She started out cleanly, using different objects add texture. Here she used a comb to spread the colors down.

Oops, a little got on her finger.
Her hands were pretty dirty by the time she was finished making prints with these bottle lids. She moved on to handprints pretty quickly.

Fingerpainting and playing in the paint.

She received this smock in her stocking at Christmas. I believe it is available on as well.

Might as well.

Another reason toddlers should be supervised at all times, especially when working with paints. I was, however, supervising. I thought it was fun to watch her interact with the paints and I decided that I would just see what happened and bathe her at the end.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Happy Birthday!!

Today is the birthday of the greatest husband ever. I hope to make it a great and wonderful day for him. We already celebrated last week with a getaway to Cincinnati without our little girl. It was so much fun to be on a date with him and to do so many fun activities. Happy Birthday, my love!

Speaking of birthdays, I celebrated mine in January. Benjamin took such good care of me. I was really spoiled. I asked him to make crepes for breakfast. He made enough to feed all of the Seminary students too. He had lots of fresh fruit, etc. Ashley brough the most amazing chocolate checkerboard cake. It took her four hours to make. I was so impressed. It was tasty too.

I then had a great day and Abigail was fun to be around. Jenny watched Abigail for me in the morning so that I could do some shopping. Then Sierra and I paid Ashley to watch our children for us so that we could go out to lunch. I love me some A.pplebee's lunch salads. Abby and I spent some relaxing down time in the afternoon and then I cleaned house before the guests arrived. Benjamin made me an awesome carrot cake and we shared it with some of our friends. Abby kept asking what my birthday theme was. She thinks birthdays are synonymous with commercialized cartoon characters. She kept recommending some for me.

Benjamin had a difficult time this year with a birthday gift for me. He tried hard, but I just kept changing my mind. I finally decided, a week before my birthday, that I wanted an IPOD touch. Benjamin had alreadly purchased me a Kindle Touch at that point. He let me send it back though and I received my IPOD touch towards the middle of February. I absolutely love it and use it for everything. Thanks.

It was a happy birthday for me. Thanks to everyone who called me that week, who sent me cards & presents, or who even thought of me. I got lots of facebook love too. Thirty-one was somehow infnitely better than thirty. Time keeps moving on. Here's to another great year.

Benjamin also taught Seminary for me the day after Seminary, just to be nice. He is greatest! Happy birthday honey! I love you!!!!

Monday, February 27, 2012


On Saturday, January 7th, we were playing out in the backyard. I was working to improve Bee's new swingset. The glider's plastic seats were old and brittle. Many pieces were broken and had sharp edges. I chose to remove them all and to replace them with wooden seat complete with new hardware. I had to hacksaw through the old screws to get them off. I spent much of the afternoon doing this while Bee wandered around the yard playing. When her father got home, he kindly came out to help. By this time Bee was bored and wanted some attention. I was worried that she would get hurt if she came near the drill or the saw.  At one point she took the metal (rounded) bars that served as the support for the plastic seats. She lined them up along a concrete bench and pretended that they were railroad tracks. She proceeded to try and balance by walking along them. She quickly fell off and landed on the concrete patio. I am guessing that she also hit a stick or an acorn. The gash was not deep, but large enough to scare the wits out of me. We had a nurse friend come over and look at it and clean it out. Then we applied butterfly bandages to hold it together. She sported these bandages for quite a while. Now she has a Harry Potteresque scar on her forehead. She was brave, though and handled it well. Katie had a harder time and had to remain seated so as not to pass out.

The second picture is of her after she found the reward stickers for her bedtime routine chart. She went to town. On a side note, we only did the bedtime routine chart for one week, but it was amazingly effective.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


I have spent the bulk of my 'free time' this month working on a project, and therefore have posted little here on my blog. I wasn't actually absent from the blogging scene and was working very closely with blogger during this time. I did something that I have been planning to do for years and that was to create a book out of my blog that I could print and use as a family scrapbook/journal. I received a coupon for in early February that offered 20% off my book order during this month. It was then that I decided to start creating my book and I hoped to finish it before the February 28th deadline. I spent many hours editing posts, deleting posts, adding posts, adding pictures, editing text, adding text, and trying to figure out how to outsmart the layouts in BookSmart. I originally planned to only create a book for 2008, the first year that I started blogging. However, I finished that book and still had thirty pages more to fill before reaching the page limit for that price range. I charged full ahead with 2009 and ended up adding more than a hundred pages to the book. The final product contains most of our blog posts from the years 2008 and 2009 and is exactly 200 pages long. I am so excited! It should arrive in the mail in the next few weeks.

I apologize to my mother who I know checks my blog on a daily basis. I imagine February was a disappointing month for you on my blog. I intend to be caught up on my blog soon. I have SO many fun things to post about and so many beautiful pictures of Abigail to add. Thanks for your patience with me.

These kids might look harmless, but they are tornadoes in a fast-food restaurant. Aah! A milk jug spilled all over the floor and two minutes after they finished mopping it up, a little one poured their water cup over everywhere. It should be easy, but fast-food is stressful for me.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Abby reads her name... kind of

Here's a proud-daddy-bragging-about-his-genius-daughter story:

Abby knows her alphabet pretty well. She can identify her name most of the time when she sees it written. But I wanted to know if she was actually reading it phonetically or just identifying a few select letters (for instance, she knows her name starts with A then B). So I tried this experiment with her. I gave her a list of four words that start with AB:


I asked her "which one is your name?" She picked it out immediately: "ABIGAIL - it has two A's."

So she's not reading it letter-for-letter phonetically, just hunting for two A's. So I gave her a new list of words, each one with two A's:


That threw her off. She pointed to ABIGAIL and ABYSMAL. "Are these two my names?" Then she looked a few seconds more. "They're all my names?" I asked her to think of what other sounds her name has. So she made the sounds: "ah - buh- guh- ale... ale... L!" She pointed to ABIGAIL and ABYSMAL - "those two are my names!" I asked her what other sounds her name has. She said "ah, buh, el... guh!" Then she pointed to ABIGAIL. "That one's my name. There's the G."

Good girl!!! I'm a proud daddy.