Tuesday, July 27, 2010


We took both girls to the doctor yesterday for checkups. They both got shots and so they haven't been feeling well today.

Sandy is:
*25 months
*26 pounds (which is 37th percentile)
*34.5 inches (which is 69th percentile)

She is healthy and all is looking good. The doctor was quite impressed with how well she knows her colors.

Abby is:
*2.5 months
*11 pounds 11 ounces (which is 52nd percentile)
*24.25 inches (which is 91st percentile)

She is healthy and things are looking good. She does have a slight flat spot on one side of her head. The doctor said she probably has a little bit of a tight spot on her neck that makes it more comfortable to turn her head to one side. So we need to work on getting her to turn her head to the left side.

Friday, July 23, 2010


Today Sandy discovered a new advantage to having a sister: having someone to blame.

In the last 1.5 hours, "Abby" has:
*had a stinky diaper
*knocked a whole watermelon onto the freshly mopped kitchen floor
*emptied a kitchen cupboard onto the now juicy floor
*pooped in the tub

And, of course, I cooked dinner and fed Abby in that same 1.5 hours.

Sandy is now in bed and I am going to go see if I can put my house back together before Bill gets home after being in San Diego all week.

Here's a picture of Abby sleeping:

Friday, July 9, 2010

Abby is 2 Months Old!

Abby is 2 months old today! I took her to the doctor on Tuesday and she is 10 pounds, 10 ounces. I took her to the doctor because her belly button opened back up. The doctor resealed it with silver nitrate. Unfortunately, that means I can't bath her until we are sure it is closed back up and it is hard to get her really clean with sponge baths. I'll be glad when I can give her a real bath again!

Well, this is kind of a dopey grin, but it is the latest in our attempts to get a picture of her smiling. Really, she smiles. She has a beautiful smile and she smiles a lot, just not when the camera is out.

And, of course, any time the camera is out Sandy wants to be in the pictures. She loves to hold Abby, too, and the only time she gets to is briefly for pictures.

Happy 2 months, Abby! We are so happy to have you as part of our family!

Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July Breakfast

This morning we went to the annual 4th of July Breakfast at Uncle Steve's house. This is a tradition that I understand goes back a couple of generations. We look forward to it every year.

Everyone eats breakfast and visits and then it is time for the kids to gather.

They each get a plastic bag with their name and find a place in front of sand.

There are coins hidden in the sand.

Bill tried to teach Sandy how to sift the sand through her fingers to find the money. She failed to appreciate the importance of sifting and just put handfuls of sand into her bag. She got mad at Bill when he would try to shake the sand out of her money bag.

Just in case any of the kids clutching their bags of coins have any doubt of who their favorite uncle is, Steve pulls out the pinata:

Bill helped Sandy when it was her turn to hit the pinata.

Scrambling for candy.

Watching the pinata hitting.

What more could a kid ask for than going home with a bag of candy and a bag of coins?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day

Happy 4th of July!

I feel so blessed to live in America. I am grateful for the freedoms we have and for the men and women that have fought and are fighting to preserve those freedoms.

I'm still trying to catch Abby's smile on camera. Look at this! She stopped smiling the second she saw the camera, I almost caught it!

Here I caught a smile, but it's not a very good picture because I couldn't look through the camera or she would stop smiling.