First, I have to thank Abby Lou for her wonderful blogging. It's nice to take a break, especially since she is such a talented writer for her young age.
We have been outside enjoying this beautiful weather while it's here. It might feel like spring but we know that it is still winter and you never know when the snow might return.
I think I read that Abby told of her love of cookies in the last blog. It is a very strong love. She will often say cookie or graham cracker in a very low voice.
Here she is helping me make some Valentine cookies.
Another word Abby loves to say is ball. I brought up the basketball hoop and she loves it! She spends lots of time throwing the ball into the hoop.
She can't say swing yet but she can say and sign more. Any time we come home Abby toddles over to the swing set and says/signs "more". When I push her and say, "more swing" she just laughs and kicks and smiles. Her new favorite thing to do is play head, shoulders, knees and toes while swinging.
Ben enjoys shooting BBs and archery in the basement with the targets Daddy made. One of the things we enjoy because of Cub Scouts.
While Ben practices, Abby likes to bounce on the trampoline or be pushed on the trike.
Sam also likes to bounce. He isn't as excited about archery or target shooting just yet.
Another word Abby can't say yet is pizza but she LOVES it! I think she will be able to keep up with her big brothers.
Finger licking good!
Ben and Sam still love pizza.
Another new activity Abby loves....coloring!
Abby was so proud of herself. She got into Sam's Valentines and pulled out a sucker. She got the wrapper off all by herself. Here she is enjoying her candy.
This is another sight we see of Abby...naked baby! I know she will NOT be happy with me when she's older but I couldn't resist!
Sam is really growing up. It's had to see but he wrote No Sam, Ben, Mom, Dad on the chalk board. He's always asking how to spell things and has no problem trying to write something and wants to read. He enjoys coloring and crafts at the library and preschool.
Abby wants to be just like her big brothers. Whatever they are doing, she is right there with them!
Just love my new ruler! Now I need to go back and add previous heights from the kids.
Abby isn't quite big enough to ride the trike on her own without help. But that doesn't stop her from playing on it with her Bubba. Luckily she hasn't figured out how to step on it and try to ride it with him. Both boys are such great big brothers with her. They do an excellent job of being patient with her.
Look out for the ninja turtle!
Just out enjoying the beautiful sunshine!
Coloring with Grandma waiting for the pizza to cook. Could life get much better? Maybe with a cookie.
Love that sweet smile!
On Sunday we went exploring at Clegg Gardens in Lafayette. We took a quick mile hike through the woods. Be prepared for lots of pictures of Sam. He was my hiking buddy. We had to bribe him with candy but he walked the whole way without begging to be picked up or complaining that his feet hurt. I had a great time talking to him and enjoyed his slower pace.
Sam looking at the "bear cave".
Ben is ever the outdoors boy. He always wants to run ahead and explore.
Abby enjoyed the ride in the backpack with her graham crackers.
After I took this picture, Sam smiles and says, "I made an angry face".
After our hike, we headed to Prophetstown State Park. It's been a few months since we checked out the farm and we thought Abby would enjoy it.
Abby checking out the chickens. When we left she kept waving and saying bye-bye to them.
Abby loved the tunnel slide.