Sunday, April 10, 2016

Abby is 8!

Abby celebrated her 8th birthday on April 2nd!  It was perfect that it fell on a Saturday, and Dave was off as well.  We got up and had donuts for breakfast, then Abby opened her presents.  After we got ready for the day, we headed up to the Mall of America to meet my parents.  We were able to get a great deal on Nickelodeon Universe tickets from AAA, so ended up just getting the girls wristbands.  Norah had to have a "chaperone" on most rides, so my dad, Dave, and I took turns (as well as Jenny and Tracy when they joined us).  We even ran into one of my kids from Focused on Friends at school (another 2nd grader) and she rode a couple of rides with Abby.








For lunch, we ate at Ruby Tuesday.  Abby was given an ice cream sundae since it was her birthday, and was nice enough to share it with Norah.  However, Norah kept taking huge spoonfuls really fast...probably 10 spoonfuls to Abby's 1 or 2.  We had to eventually cut her off, which made her mad!




After lunch, we did a little shopping with some birthday money the girls had saved up and brought along.  They each picked out an outfit for their Bitty Baby at the American Girl store, then checked out the Lego and Disney stores.  They ended up finding something at the Disney store.  My parents headed home after shopping, but Jenny and Tracy stayed for a couple more rides.  It was a little crazy at Nickelodeon Universe after lunch, so we didn't stay too much longer.


On our way out, we stopped by Barnes and Noble for Abby's free birthday cupcake, which we stayed and ate with Tracy.

Back at home, we needed a low-key night after a busy day, so we ate supper and watched a movie, then let Abby blow out the candles on her birthday cake.  Abby woke up with a stomachache that night--she is not used to so many sweets in one day!  (Funny it didn't bother Norah!)

Abby brought treats to school and daycare on the Monday after her birthday, then had her friend Olivia sleep over on the next Saturday.  They had fun playing, made their own pizzas, had brownie sundaes, and watched a movie.  The easiest sleepover ever--they fell asleep so quickly and didn't wake up too early.

Abby visited Dr. Mark on Thursday--routine well-child check up with no issues or shots, which Abby was the most excited about.  Here are her 8-year stats:

Weight:  47.25 lb. (12th percentile)
Height:  50 in. (45th percentile)
Personality/interests:  quiet, reserved, sensitive when she's tired, great big sister to Norah (most of the time!), LOVES to read, play board games, and watch movies; loves going to daycare after school each day and riding the bus--especially loves the babies at daycare!

Still can't quite believe that she is 8 already!  The years are flying by way too fast...



Sunday, April 3, 2016

Albert Lea birthday party/egg hunt

The day after Abby's birthday, we went down to Albert Lea after church to celebrate Easter and the girls' birthday with Dave's family.  Everyone gathered at Gerald's assisted living home for an Easter lunch, presents, and cupcakes/ice cream.  Dave's mom had chosen a Shopkins theme for the party, and had printed out Shopkins cupcake holders to tape around the cupcakes.  Tracy made the cupcakes.  It was nice to catch up with everyone!






After the party, we went over to Betty and Ron's for the egg hunt.  Dave's parents had gone over a little earlier to hide the eggs.  It was windy, but the air was warm, so it was perfect for being outside.  Everyone found lots of eggs and had fun opening them inside.  We stayed for a little while to chat with people before heading back home to get ready for another week.  Fun day!







Saturday, April 2, 2016

Abby's 8 year interview

Favorite food:  shrimp poppers
Favorite color:  blue
Least favorite color:  black
Favorite toy:  Barbies
Favorite fruit:  canteloupe
Favorite TV show:  Arthur
Favorite movie:  Maleficent
Favorite lunch:  popcorn chicken
Favorite thing to wear:  dresses
Favorite game:  Clue
Favorite snack:  Goldfish
Favorite zoo (fair) animal:  zebras
Favorite song:  Call Me Maybe
Favorite book:  Amelia Bedelia and Bad Kitty
Best friend:  Avery, Olivia, Orelia, Alex, Mitchell
Favorite cereal:  Apple Jacks
Favorite thing to do outside:  play house
Favorite drink:  Kool-aid and Capri Sun
Favorite holiday:  Easter
What I want to be when I grow up:  a traveler
Favorite thing to do with Mommy:  play outside
Favorite thing to do with Daddy:  wrestle
Favorite store:  American Girl
What makes me happy:  playing
What makes me sad:  when I get really bad leg aches
What I like about Daddy:  when he holds me
What I like about Mommy:  when we play outside together
What I like about Norah:  when we play Barbies together
What I like about Sadie:  when we cuddle each other
Now that I'm 8:  I almost get to go out of my car seat (booster)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Rainbow birthday party

We were so excited this year that everyone was healthy for our joint birthday party for the girls!  We had everyone come up for lunch on the Saturday before Palm Sunday.  Lots were able to make it:  my parents, Greg, Rose Mary, and Jenny; Dave's parents; both of my grandmas; Miriam, Mara, and Gavin; and Lori, Jon, Dave, and Lea Ann.  This year's theme was a rainbow theme.  I had made some tissue paper decorations and rainbow tutus for the girls and my parents brought rainbow flowers as well.  We just had sandwiches, chips, pasta salad, and an assortment of rainbow veggies and fruits for lunch (plus M&Ms, Starburst jellybeans, and rainbow Goldfish to munch on).  Rainbow cupcakes were the birthday dessert, and those didn't turn out quite like I had hoped, but still tasted yummy and looked fun on the inside.  The girls were given lots of nice gifts, and we really enjoyed the time to catch up with family.  They loved having Gavin to play with!  Unfortunately, the roads were pretty bad in Iowa for everyone's drive home, so we were happy to hear that everyone had made it home okay.


























We went out to supper at Davanni's with my family, swam at the hotel that my parents were staying at, then came back to play a couple of games.  Greg and Rose Mary spent the night at our house, and we drove them back up to Burnsville to ride up to the airport with my dad.  Greg and Dave took the girls swimming once more before everyone had to leave.  We loved spending the weekend with family!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Poetry jam

Abby's class had a poetry jam at school in March--they'd been working for a long time on writing poems and reading poems with actions and expression.  The kids served the invited guests snacks and lemonade, then put on a little program.  Some students introduced a types of poem, then we had time to write on butcher block paper that was on our table and time for some groups to share what they had written.  Intermixed were poems performed by Abby's class that they had been practicing.  It was such a fun event, and I'm glad I was able to take the afternoon off to be a part of it!