Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Where to start...

Good grief, I don't even know where to begin. I feel like so much has happened since I posted last, and I just can't get it all in to get caught up.

I guess the most important thing to mention is the passing of my amazing Papaw. He struggled for so long, but he was finally able to rest on Christmas day. He was such a wonderful person, and the best representation of a Christian man/husband/father/grandfather I have ever known. I am so glad he is not in pain anymore. I really am happy for him, but that doesn't make me miss him any less. I am also so grateful he got to meet Abby. He was there the day she was born!

All 12 of the cousins were able to come for the funeral, and it was so good to see everyone. Word on the street is we hadn't all been together since 1995! We somehow all managed to make it through singing a song at Papaw's funeral, and I'm so glad we could do that. Here we are... all grown up. :)
Casey, Abby, and I started our Christmas break in Ohio with Casey's family. We had "fake Christmas Eve" with Casey's Aunt Lana, Jeff, and Grandma Jean. That night after everyone went home, Abby decided she was ready to sit up by herself! It was so cute, and I actually got it on video! She's been sitting and playing nonstop ever since she realized it was a possibility. Then the next day was our big Christmas lunch, and Abby got to try her first vegetable: sweet potatoes! She loved them. We've eaten some here at home since then, and this is how Abby usually looks after a few bites:
She's not quite as messy now that she's had a little more practice, but she usually manages to get quite a bit on her face. Now that she knows she likes food, she lunges for the spoon when it gets near her mouth. We've had quite a bit of squash end up in her nose. Lovely. :)

There are many more pictures I could share from the holidays, but I'll leave you with my 3 favorites:

It's just so stinkin' funny--look at that face! haha
Abby in her Ohio State cheerleader outfit, playing with Daddy and a new toy
She's sitting up and so proud of herself!
That was really long, but I had a lot to make up for. I hope you had a good holiday break!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Another Tag

Once again, I've been tagged. So.... Tiffany made me do it. :)

*i am ready for Christmas break to get here.
*i want to have a little more money to buy some clothes.
*i have a very sick baby. :-(
*i miss my Melissa Jean.
*i fear being alone and failing as a mother.
*i hear Abby's swing.
*i search for ways to live as I should.
*i wonder if it will ever get easier.
*i regret eating that extra cookie.
*i love my family more than words can express.
*i forgive less often than I should, but I'm working on that.
*i ache all over.
*i always eat the edges of my sandwich before eating the middle.
*i try to be a good wife and mother.
*i seem more outgoing than I really feel sometimes.
*i know that my Redeemer lives. :)
*i feel
silly that I am filling this out.
*i dance when I'm at home.
*i dream about weird stuff.
*i give when I see a need.
*i listen to Disney music. A lot.
*i sing constantly.
*i laugh when Abby does something new or weird.
*i can't believe Abby is already 4 months old.
*i cry when it seems too hard sometimes.
*i sleep less than I should.
*i am hungry.
*i see my parents' Christmas tree.
*i need to get some thicker socks on my feet--it's cold!
*i should do some laundry since Abby's illness is making everything gross.

Wasn't that fun?? I tag Casey (because he hates these things but can't keep from doing them), Becka, Christy, Joy, Nicole, Sara, Stacey, and Trisha.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My Little Roller Over-er

Abby is such a big girl now--4 months old! She rolled over from back to front the other day... while Aunt Tara was babysitting. What a goober! But I did manage to catch her in action today, and I even had the camera ready! Here's our little roller over-er:

I love that last picture: "Hey, did you see that??" :) We are getting ready for Christmas, and Abby is so excited! Well, not really, but she does like our Christmas tree with the lights on it. It's a sad little tree, but it works for us. Here it is in all of its glory:

Merry (almost) Christmas! :)

Monday, December 1, 2008


Happy 4 days after Thanksgiving! :) We spent the day with Mom's family in Heber Springs again this year. Here are just a few pictures to document the occasion. I think Abby enjoyed her first Turkey Day. I hope yours was good, too!