Friday, February 24, 2023

February fun!

We had a few fun activities in February this year after celebrating Abby's Sweet 16... 

Brian took me to our first opera, which was 3 hours in Italian. I'm so happy I got to experience it, but I think plays and musicals are more our speed!




Ben's half birthday was celebrated with the disco lights and a dance party with the neighbors!


Our friend had a fun birthday party at her house, and everyone loved the saran wrap ball game! My family members may have been the most animated... I have no idea where they get that from!?!?!?!?!









We also celebrated our annual superbowl party with neighbors with our fun shirts, but I was the only one who wanted to pose for a picture this time... We might have to get some new ones for next year!


Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Field Trips are back!

We haven't had any field trips in 3 years, due to Covid, so everyone was SO excited to see their return this spring! The first one I got to chaperone was Ben's 5th grade field trip to the Life & Science Museum. 



They loved exploring all of the space exhibits...


And did a lot of experiments on force and motion, which they are learning in school.



Ben & his buddy loved playing around with the stop motion animation videos!


Of course the big hit with the boys was still the world of dinosaurs!



He can't wait to see what his next field trip will be!

Sunday, February 12, 2023

Happy Sweet 16 Abigail!

It is unbelievable to me that my baby, the one who made me a mother, is now 16 YEARS OLD! I can hardly remember life before kids, and yet it seems like I have blinked, and here we are. 

Abigail has made us so proud of the young woman she is becoming. She is smart, creative, funny and loving, and we know she will go on to have so many awesome adventures in the exciting years ahead of her!

This was the perfect time to take a little stroll down memory lane... and man did I get sucked into the many years of memories (4 days later, I'm finally getting around to posting...)!!!

Check out my highlights through the years:

Right from the start, this sweet, little girl stole my heart...







She has brought so much sweetness & energy to our life!






Her love for reading began VERY early on, and it has never died down...












And her love for learning hasn't stopped at reading...

Her first day of preschool (with freshly cut bangs by none other than... herself!)


She loved learning ballet...


Every year the first day of school was so exciting!


She loved learning about computer servers at Brian's "Take your daughter to work day"...


And she loved hanging out before I taught my classes, and showed me everything she's learned about birth from me...



Learning clarinet in middle school band was so much fun to watch...


And learning to drive scares the crap out of me (that's why Brian does most of the teaching), but she is a WONDERFUL driver, and is looking forward to getting her license in April!


She has always been goofy and fun-loving...









She has always been an amazing friend...














She has always loved cooking & is an awesome chef when she feels like doing it!









Her adventurous spirit is contagious & so much fun!









Her creativity has always been second to none...





Despite her allergies to them, she has always been an animal lover!








And she is the best first daughter and oldest sister that ANYONE could have... 
We love you so much Abigail, and are blessed that you are in our family!






















My days-long journey of walking down memory lane, also brought up some fun video clips- some of which I barely remember, and many not often seen, and a few definitely forgotten! In 30 second clips (with only a few exceptions), feel free to step back in time with me and see Abby's journey over the past 16 years...


Now, with all that sappiness & reminiscing out of the way... here's a glimpse into how Abby celebrated her sweet 16 this year with family and friends!


We went out to one of her favorite restaurants in downtown Raleigh for the night...



And ended up with some profound fortunes!


We then came back for her favorite lemon/raspberry cake from the bakery, and a chance to share our gifts with her!



She was so excited to get her honeycomb to try from Ben...



This girl always has a book theme going on!


She may not have gotten her own car this year, but she got a new keyring & wallet, with her own AAA membership so we know she can stay safe on the roads...


My favorite gift was this light that has her birthdate, time & location so she can see exactly where the stars were in the sky on the night she was born...


We invited neighbors over for dinner, cake & a night of games...



We had fun decorating together, and it was fun to see pictures of her birthday every year!



We had awesome sparklers for her cake...


... which of course set off the smoke alarm, but luckily we have tall neighbors to fan it out!


So many friends came to join in the celebration with her, and we are so thankful for each of you!



Our good friends and neighbors always get Abby her favorite drink as part of their gift each year... raspberry lemonade... and this year they showed up big with 16 different bottles & cans of it!


We are game players in this house, so I made up a special "Catch Phrase"/Charades game all with clues from 2007, the year Abby was born. Everyone had a blast, even though some of the clues were pretty tricky!


Some of us got into the game more than others, but everyone had an awesome time! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with Abby!
Part 2 of the sweet 16 celebration was a night for her two best friends to sleepover and go see the 25th anniversary of the Titanic in the theatre! I even found some fun Titanic relics for them to go through!















What an awesome week celebrating this beautiful, smart & talented young woman! Happy birthday Abigail! We love you so much!

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