Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Abbi has got a great imagination. And she uses it all the time. We're not entirely sure what inspires her sometimes, but that kid can make up her own world and loves to be in it.

You see her here with "her phone", which is simply one of Jenn's old phones, but Abbi loves it. She will "text" other people and make calls to people like me, Jenn, grandmom, maw, pop and so on. Abbi has "talked" to imaginary people for a while now, but never by name until about a week or so ago it really picked up.

Her friend, who happens to be a boy, is named Po-key-o, say it just like its spelled because who knows how it should actually be spelled. This is a strange twist on a cartoon name on tv, and Abbi's own imagination. But to her, he's real, with parents and the ability to travel with Jenn and I places. Its very cute to watch her and see the things she does.

A lot of the time it seems like Cole is sleeping. Although recently he's been more awake during the evening which has been nice, at least for me. Since I'm at work, its nice to see him awake when I'm actually home. Jenn tells me he spends the bulk of the daytime sleeping away. This picture was of course taken in the evening.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Last night around 9:45/10:00 decided he wanted to be wide awake. He was very content in Jenn's arms watching tv with us as a family. I grabbed the camera and snapped a bunch of pictures of him with his eyes open and not crying. I liked this on in particular with his tongue sticking out.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Another month, another set of milestones for Abbi. In this last month of Abbi's life she had a huge milestone in that she became a big sister. Since those changes are occurring in the "next" month, I'll wait until next month to talk about those specifically.

This picture and many like come about because Abbi likes to go outside and run up and down the sidewalk. When she does this, she insists that I take her picture. I love it. She rarely sees the final pictures, she just seems to enjoy knowing that I'm taking her picture. And I of course sneak a few videos in there too.

Abbi finally got over the hump of 8. She would count to 10 or beyond and constantly skipped 8. So I started telling her that if she was going to skip 8 in counting, that it was ok to skip her eighth birthday. Not that she understood, but she now includes all numbers on her way from 1 to 10.

I feel like Abbi's vocabulary keeps increasing wonderfully each month. Every time I turn around I feel like she is saying something new that I haven't heard before. And she's constantly refining the words she does know. For example its no longer "tee", its more "tree" in an effort to say "three".

The one other notable thing I can think of about Abbi this past month has been her new desire for dress up. She's always enjoyed putting on her tutu, but now she likes to go all out. She'll wear her halloween dress to dress up as Belle, or she'll wear her tutu and rollers in her hair and Jenn's sock for her own "unique" look. Also - she discovered the joy of makeup as well. And Abbi being Abbi she puts as much on as she possibly can. Buts not just makeup, she's only played with eyeliner thus far. Really cute stuff. Theres a big part of me that wishes I could freeze her at this age and keep her like this forever. So since I can't, I'll just have to enjoy her like this while I can!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jenn took this picture the other day of Abbi reading to Cole up her room. I Love it!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday I went outside with Abbi to help her get some steam off. As in - she had been cooped up in the house all day and needed to run around. After the running around she asked me to sit and draw with chalk with her. I agreed but only if she let me photograph her first. This was one of the poses she gave me. Of course she looks super cute!

Here's Cole. Looking like a man. Its crazy to me how similar my two kids look at the same ages. Looking at pictures of Abbi from when she was a newborn and comparing them to Cole now, its nuts. Here he is being held, giving me half an eye.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Here's the first of what I'm sure will be many pictures of both Abbi and Cole over the years. I also wanted to note here, that I'll be posting pictures of both Abbi and Cole on this website from now on. Instead of creating another blog for Cole, I've decided to maintain this blog for both kids moving forward. So there will be two sets of information on the side, and some days there might be two pictures posted.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A couple weeks back Abbi was playing a game on my phone after dinner and I snapped this picture. She loves to play some of her games on our iPhones. Her favorite is this puzzle game called "Tozzle". So if you're a parent of a toddler, and don't mind them playing with your iPhone, its a fantastic game. Abbi tested and approved!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Last weekend I took a bunch of pictures of Abbi after church and of course the first pictures were to try and get a cute one of her in her dress. That quickly turned into taking pictures of her running sprints down our sidewalk back and forth. I really think you can see the speed she's running with in this picture. Which is what makes it so cute to me.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Last night Abbi wanted to put on makeup. This is what happened. I think this is eyeliner. Abbi put some on her face and then Jenn's and then wanted to put some on mine. We had a conversation then about how makeup is only for girls. So it doesn't go on daddy or on her baby brother. She seemed to understand and didn't ask to put it on me anymore.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

One Saturday after I got up I went downstairs and Jenn and Abbi had been playing with Abbi's beads. They can be combined to make rings, bracelets, necklaces and such. Abbi decided that she wanted a ring on every finger and then wanted a picture taken. So of course I obliged her.

Monday, February 6, 2012

I posted a picture of Jenn on my blog, and wanted to share a picture of Abbi and her brother here. I love this shot of her kissing Jenn's pregnant belly.

Friday, February 3, 2012

This picture was taken the other night, Abbi was playing dress up with Jenn. Abbi was doing all the dressing up, Jenn was just assisting the process. It was Jenn that helped put the rollers in, but this ensemble is all from Abbi's imagination. I love the combo of the tutu and the giant socks (which are Jenns btw).