Thursday, August 3, 2017

Birthday Photos

I decided to try taking Abi's birthday photos myself. I learned a lot... But I think they came out pretty well in spite of my noob-ness. It helps to have an awesome subject!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Joyful First Birthday

Abi is officially a year old today. She had a rocky start, but you'd never know it now!

She is EVERYWHERE, chasing those brothers of hers. They adore her - Jon even burst into tears when she had her shots today, because he was so upset that she was hurting. She's got the right name: "My father's joy." That man can't get enough of his little girl. I love having a female buddy around! The boys are fun, but I enjoy having somebody who likes going shopping and eating chocolate with me.

Abi is always smiley and laughing. Her favorite pastime is dancing. She has a mischievous streak, but snuggles her way out of trouble frequently.

We've got a tradition of picking characters that represent our kids' personalities for their first birthday theme - Isaac was Curious George, Jon was Godzilla, Kai was a mix of Pinky and the Brain, and Abi is most definitely Rainbow Dash! (From "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic") She's sassy, athletic, and just plain fun!

Gotta be honest - Abi has thrown us for a few loops in the last couple years, but we are overjoyed to have this little girl in our family!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Jon is seven today. He was super excited for this birthday, and we were super excited to celebrate him. He is definitely his father's son (his temperament is ALL Mark), but he has a style all his own. He has a crazy mop of hair that he rocks! He is insanely creative, which meshes well with his desired career path: mad genius (his words, not mine).

Grandma and Grandpa Wallace got to be here for his special day, which made him feel pretty special.

This year's cake request was pretty low key: a cake with Snickerdoodle buttercream, with PacMan and Max (a superhero Jon created for a school project - complete with rocket boys). Luckily, he had a picture of Max I was able to trace with salted caramel.

 Jon is a great snuggler, and an incredible cheerleader. I love watching him play with Abi, as he's always gentle, but engaging. He is a brilliant mathematician, and a great reader. He has quite the flair for the dramatic. Our lives would definitely be far more boring without him! We still love our Jon!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

11 Months!

Still loves kicking headbands everywhere...

Still an awesome eater! (That's salmon, broccoli, and brown rice. Also, Kai was in trouble because he refused to sit down for prayer, because he was too excited about eating broccoli...)

I think she does this on purpose, just so she can get a bath.

Aunt Brittany went with us to the splash pad. Abi LOVED it! She was a little upset with Brittany for holding her back while I took a picture.

Mark thought she'd look cute with a flower in her tiny bit of hair. It lasted about two seconds. (So did the deck of cards...)

She loves snuggles more than this picture indicates...

A new favorite food: fresh peas. I can't shell them fast enough!

Oh, and she dances constantly. Whenever we turn on the blender or the vacuum, she rocks out. If it could possibly be perceived a having rhythm, it's dance music!

A Jon moment: One of our neighbors is constantly working outside without a shirt on. He tends to wear khaki shorts, which are similar to his skin tone, so he looks totally naked from afar. I happened to look out the window, and said "Man, he's out there naked again." Jon's response: "Yeah. He's gotta be on drugs."

A Kai moment: We have a fan in the boys' room, and they were experimenting with a balloon in the air stream one night. After lights out, Kai came down. His complaint? "I can't sleep because Jon is disturbing the vortex!"

Isaac's moments this week were not overly exciting. He caught strep again. In June. That kid is good.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Doing that thing that I hate again

I hate posting by just dumping pictures out there once a month, with few captions. I feel like it's not a very good representation of how we do things (Baileys are FANTASTIC at talking!). But, Mark is sick (possibly headed to a sinus infection after his surgery), Isaac is either having an allergic reaction to something, or a super weird case of the chicken pox (the doc said it's totally possible, since he's vaccinated, and it presents strangely in the 2% of vaccinated kids that still get it), Jeeves peed an ocean in my basement (big dogs have big bladders...), school is out for the summer, I got glutened, and it made my hands swell up and develop a rash that feels like a burn (autoimmune disorders are so weird), and Abi hasn't been sleeping well. So I'm tired and busy. And yes, this post is heavy on the Abi pictures, because I missed posting for her 10 month day. Anyway (see, FANTASTIC talker...), here's the pictures:

He wasn't crying over having a bow in his hair. He was crying because he wanted a different color...

Isn't this how everyone's family scripture study looks?

Jeeves got a coat. He LOVES it! (Also, a huge tennis ball. He promptly ate it...)

Abi's favorite thing to do with her headbands is dump them all out and use her feet to kick them all over.

He really wanted a hat.

Abi's reaction to the hat:

When she's asleep, she looks even more like the boys did.

This kid just looks old. He's awesome. I love him. (I love the others too, but he's old and doesn't snuggle anymore, so I just have to tell him I love him more often.)

Learning to use a spoon:

I LOVE the hat. She's not so sure.

But she does love her blanket.

And beef jerky...

Jeeves LOVES it too...

These guys were supposed to be getting ready for bed. (You're never fully dressed without a smile, right?)

Abi has the best responses to their antics.

She did better at going to bed that night.

First day of summer! You can't tell from the picture, but Kai and Jon were fighting downstairs, Isaac was screaming because he had injured himself, Abi was screaming because she didn't want to be in the Exersaucer anymore, and Mark was grumpy because his face hurt. I was so excited to have everybody home!

This girl still loves books.

How 80's is this kid?!

This face usually precedes mischief.

And frequently involves this one.

Didn't even get groceries put away before these two broke into the blueberries.

This poor kid has been injuring himself a ton lately! I was trying to get a picture of his swollen cheek, but it didn't come out. I like the picture though!