Welcome to our adventures. I try as best as I can to document the happenings here in our family - everything from the shenanigans to the spiritual, from the kid to the kitchen, from the cat to the catastrophes. We believe that adventure can be found in everything we do...even in the mundane tasks of the day. When we set our minds on things above in gratitude to God, we find the strength to approach life with a sense of purpose & adventure. The adventure may not always be what we have planned...but isn't that what adventure is all about?

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Saturday, February 24, 2007


Today we were outside doing some things in the backyard. Abby was playing in and out of her playhouse. She came out of the playhouse with her hand to her ear - clearly having a conversation about something. I whispered to her, "Who are you talking to?"

Her response, "Aubrey's dentist.....she is going to put the chair down slowly so Aubrey won't be scared." And she went right on talking...

If this seems like an odd thing to say, see the next post.


Well - we waited a little too long to take Abby to the dentist for the first time. But, we are thankful that "Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill" took our insurance AND recently visited Abby's preschool class with a 40 minute presentation about going to the dentist! I've never seen anyone so EXCITED about going to the dentist - but hey, why rain on her parade!

The only "nervous" moment she had was when the hygenist started moving the back of the chair down. The chair moved and Abby stayed in mid air (she's got really strong stomach muscles!). We were able to get her down so the hygenist could clean her teeth. Whew!

Abby got her X-rays done (with the "camera"), her teeth cleaned (with the tickle brush) and counted (yeah, they're all there) and came home with about 382 stickers! The dentist reported after examination that she has AWESOME teeth - that they are being well cared for! The spacing she has is making room for all those big girl teeth, which are twice the size. We saw her permanent teeth clear as day in the Xray (they do digital now, so we saw them the minute she pressed the button!) The doctor told us that her bottom two will most likely be the first to come out...in the next year or two.

Overall - it was a great experience for Abby...she is excited to go back in 6 months for another visit.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Abby had to be taken in her room for a "disciplinary action" today. Of course she didn't just fall off the turnip truck, she knew what was coming. The whole way down the hall and into her room she was saying to me, "this is no fun!!!!!!!".
Friday, February 16, 2007


I remember going through my "baby" box and looking at my very first drawings. Lots of stick figures and squiggles. Then, right around the age of 4, I started drawing houses. Although my houses looked more like a box with wheels and windows.

Well, yesterday Abby showed me a drawing on her doodlepad....it was a house. It's the first one I've ever seen her draw! And, I must say, it's a mighty nice one! For heaven sake, there's even smoke coming out of the chimney....

So, I guess 4 is when you start drawing houses...either that, or there is some gene that Abby inheirited from me.
Monday, February 5, 2007
"Mom....c'mon......I can put my pants on all by myself. I'm 4, I just can't drive", said Abby with a slight bit of sassiness.
Friday, February 2, 2007


Abby loves a good tea party...

She loves getting her girls - you know, Aubrey, JoJo, Agnes and Suzy (you can see JoJo there sitting in the blue chair) - and setting up tea for them. This particular tea party set that she has is more like a picnic set - hot dogs, chips and fruit. So, when Abby serves tea you always get a hot dog and 2 chips.



Meet Harry Elophante.

Harry is the grey thing that is tucked in the crook of Abby's neck. He is a "herbal animal" friend filled with goodies such as lavendar, pepermint and what-not-all.

Abby loves Harry...so does Mom and Dad. In fact, the 3 of us fight over who gets to hold onto and smell him during prayer time.

Yesterday, Abby took H.E. to school for "share day". She passed him around and let all the kids smell him.