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Monday, July 30, 2012

Abigail's 5th Birthday

Friday, July 27, was Abigail's 5th birthday.  It's hard to believe that she is already five and will soon be starting Kindergarten!  For her birthday, she wanted to swim.  We invited some of her friends to join us for a swim party at the Petruccis.  (The Petruccis are a wonderful Italian family that have become very close and dear friends.)  The weather forecast didn't look great for the few days before Abby's birthday, but the thunderstorms waited until that night to roll in so we could have the perfect day!

 Everyone had a great time in the water!

 Robert was brave enough to jump off the diving board.

 Cecelia and Madeleine dry off in the sun for a few minutes.

 Michael had a great time in the pool with his daddy!

 Abigail wanted a pony cake for her birthday this year.

 Abby is ready to blow out the candles.

 Abby had a great time opening presents.  She received lots of art stuff (markers, pastels, paints, etc.)  She also received some fun doll clothes from Grandma Perry, shells for her purse from Aunt Elisa, and a Rapunzel doll from Mom and Dad.  She loved it all!

She was also excited about Angus (the horse from "Brave") from Nana.

We love you Abigail!  Happy birthday!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Abby's Wall Art

Sunday morning, as I was showering and getting ready for church, Abigail was keeping herself busy in her room.  I heard her telling her dolls scripture stories, but I didn't realize at the time that she was illustrating the story as she was telling it.  Here is the illustration she drew as she was telling the story of Jesus dying on the cross.  

She also told the story of Ammon.  I'm glad there was no illustration to accompany that one!

I told her that I love her artwork, but it needs to be on paper, not on the wall!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Visit with the Becks

Last weekend, my mission president, his wife, and two youngest sons were in Palmyra.  President Beck is now the General Young Men President and was here on a church assignment.  They had a very busy schedule, but Abby, Michael, and I were able to meet them for lunch on Friday afternoon.   Abigail told me she had a secret question to ask President Beck.  When we got to the restaurant, Abby walked right up to President and said, "Have you met President Monson?"  She was excited to learn that he had.  During lunch, the Becks were able to see just how precocious Abby and Michael are.  They even got to hear Michael's deep, belly laugh!

We didn't have a lot of time together, but it was wonderful to visit with them!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

An Afternoon at Home

Here are a couple of new pictures of Michael and Abigail.  We have had several afternoons just hanging out at home since it is so hot and humid outside.  These two can always keep themselves entertained without any trouble at all.

I love them so much!  They are lots of fun!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Another Little Twist

Since my toxemia scare at 25 weeks, my blood pressure has been really good at home.  I have been trying to follow doctor's orders and keep my feet up as much as possible.  I have been staying pretty close to home because it has been really hot and humid.  If I spend much time outside, I can tell that my feet start swelling.

While trying to behave to keep my blood pressure down, I received a phone call from the nurse at the doctor's office telling me that my glucose was high on the glucose screening.  I've never failed that test before, so of course, I was a little freaked out!  She helped me get things set up to do the 3 hour glucose tolerance test.  That stress, I'm sure, did not help the blood pressure situation!  I spent several days worried that, in addition to the concern of developing preeclampsia much too early, I might have gestational diabetes.  Monday morning I headed to the lab to do the dreaded 3 hour ordeal.  I wasn't thrilled about sitting in the lab all morning, but at least I had a good book to read.  The solution I had to drink was awful and it wasn't too much fun being a pin cushion, but the experience was not as bad as I had anticipated.  I was grateful for a fantastic phlebotomist!

That night, I didn't sleep much at all.  The next morning, the phone rang rather early.  When I saw it was the OB's office, I was pretty nervous about answering.  The nurse got right to the point.  As soon as she verified she was speaking to the right person, she said, "You passed!"  She sounded as excited as I felt!  I think my blood pressure lowered at that very moment!  The concern and risk of developing preeclampsia is still there, but at least I don't have to worry about having gestational diabetes.  Whew!  Happy day!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Coley's Birthday- A National Holiday

Happy birthday Coley!
Coley's birthday is July 4.  This year we attempted to explain to Abigail that the reason there are fireworks on July 4 is not because it's Daddy's birthday.

In any case, it was a fun day.  Coley had the day off work.  After Mom made some yummy french toast, we headed off for the movie theater.  We saw "Brave."  After lunch, Coley opened presents and we had cake.  Later that afternoon, we headed to the home of some friends for a pool party.  Everyone had a great time in the water.  Abby and Michael love the water as much as Daddy and Mommy!

We ended the night by watching fireworks.  By the time Abby and Michael were in bed, it was after 11:00 p.m.  (They didn't wake up until about 10:00 a.m. the next day!)

It was a very busy, but great day.  Happy birthday America and happy birthday to "meu amor."