Tag Archives: Abigail


26 Aug

That’s how old my girl just turned.

12 years ago I had my first baby.

We were still in the 90s.

Sounds like a long time ago.

It kinda was.

We celebrated with a tea party.  It was the first year we didn’t have a swim party.  It was also the first year no cousins were in attendance.  Everyone has since moved away, and so we surrounded ourselves with grandparents and friends.

Abigail looked over at one of my favorite websites, tipjunkie.com and found the party she wanted to put on.  Her and I had an afternoon of rummaging through the local thrift stores for tea cups and saucers to give as party favors.  She set the whole table and made the flower arrangements.  Impressive if I do say so myself.   Everyone had a fun time.  Lots of laughing and giggles throughout the whole night.  They played dress-up and we took fun pictures.  After tea-time we played a “tween” game of MEMORY.  I hid pairs of candy under neath tea cups, and when they found a pair, they “won” the candy.

I made a realization as we were prepping… we swapped balloons for flowers.  It kind of made me sad, but I still have a 3 year old.  We’ll be doing balloons for some time.  🙂

Here are pictures from our tea party.

Abigail’s BD Party


13 May

What is an “ode”?


1. A lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject, often elevated in style or manner and written in varied or irregular meter.
This is what my eldest gave me for mother’s day.
An ode.
She’s eleven.
Ode to My Mother
The roots that hold me down
The tree that shelters
The gardener who cares
The mower who trims
The petals that make the flower pretty
The stem that holds it up
You are all these things and more
Amazing sister
Great wife
Beautiful daughter
But most of all,
You are
Pretty great, huh?  😉


17 Aug

My first baby turns 11 years old today.

Oh how the time has flown by.  Yet, every once in awhile when I look hard at her, I can still see her little 2 year old cherub chubby cheeks smiling back at me.  SIGH

Here is the “dedication page” we submitted for her last year book at the elementary school.

Happy Birthday, Abigail Loraine!


25 May

Can a momma be too proud?

Miss Sarah got glasses on Friday.  She’s adjusting so well to them, having to wear them at all times.  I am so proud of this six year old.  She’s grown up right before my eyes in just the last few days.  Sniffle sniffle.

Then there are the older sisters…

They all performed at the school’s talent show last night.  It was held in a “real” theater.  It was an awfully big stage for one person or one voice.  They amaze me sometimes.  My girls are just super great!  Just sayin’.


19 Dec

We have been so blessed to find such a wonderful piano teacher for the girls.  We’ve had family and friends try and teach them, but I think they really needed someone they were unfamiliar with to actually get serious about it.  We love our piano teacher, and after only a short couple of months, they performed in their first piano recital last night.

Here are their performances…

And Away They Go…

10 Sep

(said just like the man announcing the horse races that my grandpa used to watch)  😉


The only time in their lifetimes they will all be at the same school together.

This one to kindergarten…


This one to 3rd grade…


And this one to 5th grade…


And this is what I’m left with…

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We’re bound to have some good stories to tell.  🙂


19 Aug

“Come celebrate with us…”  the commercials say – and they lured us to Disneyland on Abigail’s birthday.  “Why?”, you ask.  Well it certainly wasn’t so that we could celebrate with 500,000 other Disneyland go-ers that day.  You can get in for free on your birthday.  “But don’t you already have passes?”, you ask again.  Why yes we do, which means that Disney generously gives you $72.00 on a gift card – the value of your free entrance, and you get to spend it on any merchandise you want!  Just think of when you were a kid and could go to Disneyland.  You want a stuffed toy, you want a balloon, you want one of those super big lollipops, maybe a hat or mickey ears…  However, with passes and the opportunity to go when we want to, our kids don’t get “souvenirs” from Disneyland – ever.  It’s amazing how children can stretch $72 when it’s solely theirs and theirs alone.  🙂

We knew we’d only be staying for part of the day, since our church’s VBS started up Monday night.  Already assuming that it’d be crowded, we were met with signs as we pulled up to the parking structure affirming our assumption.  YIKES!  I have never seen it so crowded before!  EVER!  Amazingly, Disney is very efficient when it comes to crowds.  We didn’t wait for a tram, every boat was floatin’ on Pirates of the Caribbean and Small World, and every car was driving through Autopia, which allows for quickly moving lines.  The hardest part was getting from one place to the next.  It was shoulder to shoulder in many areas, and there were some power outage issues which were causing rides to close.  We’ve never experienced that either.  But the birthday girl got to ride the rides she had set out to ride that day, and she spent all but 97cents of her free gift card.  What did she get?  A Mickey tank top, Tinkerbell shirt, silver sequined Minnie ears, and a bead bracelet that she got to make herself.  I’d say she did pretty darn well.  🙂

The best part?  When she told me while we were walking through Disneyland, “I’m not sad that we have to leave Disneyland, because we get to go to VBS and learn about God on my birthday.”  What a great kid!

Abigail’s Birthday