Every year we have a leaf party at Ryan's parents' house. Olivia and Abigail are now the only grandkids left in town on that side of the family. Olivia wanted another kid to play in the leaves with so two of the neighbor kids came and we invited cousin Izzy (on my side of the family.) It was a blast, but everyone was sorely missed!
Cookie break and nap time for Abigail! These were delicious!
Olivia's new favorite obsession is Junie B Jones. We can sit down and I'll read an entire book in one evening. They always make her laugh and she relates so well to them. Olivia reminds me a lot of Junie B with her thought processes and the names she comes up with for things. Olivia was thrilled to find the entire collection in her Scholastic Book Order. We have only read about 5 of them (over and over again.) Tonight we read the one about the monster under her bed. Junie B was getting her class picture taken and telling the photographer (aka the cheese man) about how once she wasn't ready for her picture to be taken. She showed him how she had one eye open and one eye closed. . .and then he took her picture! Olivia laughed and wanted to get her picture taken just like that. I joked that from now on I'll just call her Olivia P.
Tobey has quickly become
'Abigail's cat.'I have never seen a cat do so well with someone as young as Abigail. This is how I found them today. Abigail was using him as a pillow. He has taken on the role of protector and is at her door in 3 seconds every time she cries at night.
Tobey has a checkup at the vet this afternoon to determine the success of his last surgery. Hoping for good results! These two. . . .you just can't put a price on that.
Olivia is doing so great in kindergarten. She loves it so much and has developed such a love for learning. Every night when daddy is putting Abigail to bed, we have our "learning time" that she looks forward to every day. She is doing so well with her sight words and sounding out words. We have such a great time reading sentences together! I just could not be more pleased with how she is progressing. It's amazing!
This was her idea to draw her family with names on sticks. Then we acted out stories with them. I love how she always includes Logan in our family (and all the pets, of course. We have three cats, a hamster and fish.)
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What an amazing and beautiful celebration of my grandmother's life today. I am completely drained, but in a good way as I know she was smiling down on us all.
As you know, very rarely does Olivia wear a dress and even more rarely does she wear tights (and not even complain about it.) And, I don't even wear a dress and panty hose that often! My grandma would have loved their matching dresses. They looked so adorable!
Ryan was even in a suit and tie. I so wish my grandma was here to see us all.
Also, ALL six of the grand kids were able to be there. My brother and I live in town, but the others came from Colorado, New Hampshire and Texas.
Lisa, Jeff, Me, David, Donnie (my brother) and Brandon.
Here are all the grandkids/spouses. My grandma also has two new great grandchildren due in December.
Here is a good picture of my cousin, David, and his wife Emily.
They have a 4 1/2 year old boy named Zachary. Olivia and Izzy played with him all afternoon and tonight I mentioned him and that he was her 2nd cousin. Olivia was blown away. . .like, I have MORE cousins that I don't even know about? LOL! Yes, dear, you have quite a few.
But, all the kids were sooo well behaved. I could not have been any prouder of my girls. And I know my grandma was as well.
Saturday was my sister-in-law's baby shower. She is due a little before Christmas. Maybe my family will finally have their Christmas baby ( Olivia, Logan and Abigail were all due around Christmas.) It was an adorable shower and had my phone not been on low battery the entire time, I would have gotten more pictures. I can't wait to meet my new little niece.
Olivia adores her great aunt Mary and was so glad she was there.
Here is big sis Izzy and her cousins.
The boots may be for baby Ivy, but Olivia discovered that they also fit her pink bear.
I unexpectedly gave birth at 23 weeks to micro-preemie twins on August 27, 2007. Olivia Paige weighed just 1 lb 1.5 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Logan William weighed just 1 lb 1.75 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Our sweet Logan passed away after 1 month and 1 day. After 105 days, we were able to bring Olivia home. She is our miracle, our survivor, our joy. . .
On November 20, 2012 we welcomed little sister, Abigail, into our lives. She was born at 35 weeks, but only spent 8 days in the hospital before coming home. We feel very blessed. To contact Ryan and Jodi you may email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You were the perfect little boy Of whom we always dreamed. Did you know we had your name picked out? All along or so it seemed.
You even had your daddy’s hands So miniature in size. In life we never got to hold you Or even see your opened eyes.
We had so many plans for you. Did you know you are a twin? I wanted you to grow up together. What a pair you would have been!
I wanted to take you to the park And push you on the swing. I wanted to teach you how to walk, And read and write and sing.
I wanted to show you a fire truck And let you ride upon a horse. I wanted to take you to the zoo To see the giraffes, of course.
I wanted you to watch cartoons And play video games with dad. And you and I would take a nap Oh, the times we would have had.
But, your mommy’s plans were not to be. “I have other plans,” God said. “You won't be playing in life’s playground You’ll be playing in heaven instead.”
And although I ache with sadness And in my arms I long to hold. I’ll see you again in heaven When my story on earth’s been told.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light They are miracles, here on earth So bold, so strong, so wise And bring to life a sense of worth For those who lack great size.
Some of this life’s smaller treasures Are the ones which matter more Than the larger joys and pleasures That we have grown to adore Volume is not as essential As the gift that lies inside Smaller souls with much potential Who shall never be denied.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light These children, while born premature Are testaments of worth Their spirits bold, their futures sure To ever bless the earth.