Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Abigail!

We wish our precious Abigail a happy 3rd birthday. Actually, it would be more accurate to say we hope she had a wonderful 3rd birthday. We were having so much fun yesterday that I didn't get a chance to post. We had party last Saturday at the park complete with friends and a Tinkerbell cake. Yesterday, the actual birthday, was spent at home with friends coming over with an Abby favorite "tiny doughnuts" (a.k.a. doughnut holes) and another cake last night with Josie.

Party at the park!!
Thank you, Lord, for the beautiful day.
Black olives were the favorite food of the 2-5
year old section of this population.

The Tinkerbell cake that she picked out and chose
her own colors!

Luckily, the colors look good on her.

The festivities soon moved to the playground to swing.

Then, back to the tables for balloon animals
and bubbles with Ben.

After the party and a nap, Abs got her
present from Mommy, Daddy, and Josie.

On Monday, Treva, Emma, and Nana Jean came over
the mountain for some birthday fun and to meet Josie!

Cake #2 for her actual birthday on Thursday.
She chose strawberry cake with chocolate icing.

It is amazing how much she has grown-up, even in the past two weeks. She is now pretty much daytime potty trained. We are contacting pre-schools for fall enrollment information. The most exciting part is that we have gone almost 4 whole days sans the beloved papi. I realize that the last one is as much my fault as hers. She was so attached to it and I am just the push-over mom that wanted her to be the one to give it up. However, earlier this week, she misplaced it, and even though I found it shortly after, I just kept up the story that it was lost. She asks about it when she gets tired. She was only allowed to have it when she was napping or going to bed at night). Anyway, all that to say, we are so proud of our big girl. She's been a blessing everyday and makes our hearts happy.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Josie's Easter Debut

During the week of Easter, we were blessed to have great weather and good health. Therefore, we got to introduce Josie to some people who love her and will be special parts of her life, just as they are with Abby.

Atticus and Susie came for a visit while he was on Spring Break. We loved that they stayed all afternoon and snuggled Josie and played with Abby. They wanted to see us in our natural state, and we did just as that. Abby ate, played, and even napped. Josie did a lot of the same. :)

While we were in Tennessee later in the week, we were finally able to introduce Josie to more grandparents, aunts, uncle and cousins who she had never met.

Mamaw Bivens grabbed Josie and didn't let go. That is until
Abby wanted to play.

And Mom was suckered into pushing Abs in the
"little red car."

During a Puckett picnic at Panther Creek, Little J was
introduced to her Aunt Debbie and Uncle Tim. Uncle
Tim got some flirting in behind Debbie's back.

Aliegh loved getting some time with

Abby kept busy running around (literally) with Mathew.
(More on the picnic in a coming post)

The next day, we headed to Bristol so Josie could meet
Granny. We were so excited to finally get to travel
and visit Granny.

We were also lucky enough to go while Kathy and Randall
were there. Randall and Josie hit it off famously. He
is now known as the Baby Whisperer.'

Abby took a little bit of a breather and relaxed
on Granny's big, white chair.
(I think she looks so grown-up here.
Thank you, Eddie and Angela, for the beautiful outfit.)

But the down-time did not last long. Here she is playing
rock star. Thank you, Randall and Kathy for the awesome
birthday presents.

It was really great to see everyone and we hope to continue to visit in the coming weeks. Until then, I will try to update soon with pictures (and maybe video) from the many park adventures we have had and update after Josie's check-up on Monday.