Friday, October 15, 2010

It's A Sunny Day on the Farm

Today Abby and I went with Jenn and Bailey Sadler, and Nicole Anderson (Jenn's sister) to Andelin Family Farm. They have a pumpkin patch as well as some really neat activities.

There were quite a few farm animals. The girls really enjoyed feeding the goats. We also got to see a llama, yak, pigs, and a very large dog.

I thought this was a neat shot of the girls. We were standing around in the pumpkin patch.

Abby decided that this was absolutely the pumpkin she wanted. She was a little frustrated by the fact that it was still attached to a vine.

She carried her pumpkin around for a little bit. She was so adorable.

We went on the hayride. Nicole took a picture of us together... pretty good too. I find it sad that we don't get many good shots of us together.

What a great mug shot... who knew my child was wanted by the law!!

There was a neat maze made out of hay bales. The girls really enjoyed running around and it was fun watching them negotiate their way through.

One of the coolest things was a huge box filled with feed (dried corn). There were buckets, shovels, and dump trucks. The girls loved it so much and Jenn and I thought it would be a great idea to do this at home. There was also a big red barn set up with Halloween costumes for dress up and a large coloring station. What a great day!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Enjoying the Fall

Last night, after our walk, we hung out in the yard for little while. I figured it was a good time to introduce Abby to the joy a pile of leaves can bring. So, Abby played around in the yard while I raked up a nice pile. At first she wasn't sure what to think... she just stared at me. Then she decided that the leaves needed to be moved to the sidewalk, so she started making her own pile.

Here she is handing me a leaf.

This is her sign for airplane... though she usually uses both arms. She just started this on Sunday.

I pushed her in the pile. I think this is my favorite photo for the evening.

Enjoying the leaves.

We went on a walk around the block and we stopped to smell the roses.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

London's 2nd Birthday

Today, Abby and I went to London's birthday party. We had such a blast. There were lots of kids, lots of balloons, and a very kid friendly cat.

Here is the Birthday girl!

Abby was so excited about a balloon that was flying in the air. She had a lot of fun playing with London's toys, her cat, and the other kids.

It was a really great day for a birthday party. I think my favorite part was the magician... he was so great!

The cake and decorations were amazing too!

Happy Birthday London!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

General Conference In Our Home

This weekend is the 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love conference and really look forward to it every six months. The first session today was really amazing. It's such a cozy day. We get to relax in our own home and stream the broadcast through the internet. I love to stay in my jammies and bring down my pillow and blanket and post myself on the couch.

Abby stayed pretty well entertained. She spent a lot of the time scribbling on a conference coloring book I printed out for her. Every once in a while she would come over to hand me pencils or want to sit in my lap.

I love the special feeling of sacredness that comes into our home when we play conference. I've tried very hard today to do things that are worthy of that spirit. There were so many great talks today.

It brings a great satifisfaction to know that my little Abby girl is going to grow up in a home where General Conference is highly valued. It's so important for her to learn righteous behavior through our examples. And the more I hear from our leaders of the importance of teaching our children the gospel, the more dedicated I feel. One of the quotes I wrote down today was, "The world will teach our children if we don't." That is certainly, not what I want for our family.

I feel so grateful that we have a prophet on the earth today and grateful that I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel.

Friday, October 1, 2010

All On Her Own

Abby has some great organization skills! I love it. A few days ago I gave her a cup to play with and today she decided she wanted to put her pencils in it. I was sitting on the couch working on something and I realzied she was making her concentration noise.

She was placing her pencils in the cup one at a time.

At first, she was picking them up one at a time too, but then decided to pick up the rest and then put them in the cup one at a time.

This child amazes me everyday!

Abby... you are so stinkin cute!


Once again, this blog has been the neglected red headed step child. I am going to start fresh from today so that you can see what is going on in our lives now, but I will post some 2010 flashbacks to tell you about the things that have happened since March. This is a picture of Abby and I taken a few weeks ago. Enjoy!