Abigail Joy is 4 1/2! She wears 4 and 5T shirts and mostly 4T pants (very few of which actually stay up on her poor hiney). Her favorite colors are pink, purple, blue, and “golden” (aka yellow). She likes those because they are princess colors of course.
Our little miss is extremely thoughtful and careful. She is ever observant and loves to learn. She wants to know everything about everything!! “What kind of tree is this?” “After spring comes summer and after summer comes fall and after fall comes winter, right?!” “Why do the leaves on our branches crinkle up and fall off?” “How do people make clothes?” “Why is it getting dark outside?”
Quotes from our big girl (the first few are imitated from me):
“It is what it is!”
“You get what you get and you don’t get uh-set!” – upset
“But it’s her choice. It’s not my choice. It’s her choice. She can do whatever she wants to. Either way. Doesn’t matter.”
“Your choice! It’s your choice if you want to eat your food or leave it. It’s not Mama’s choice” (She’s not trying to be disrespectful, but will use this if she knows it’s something I’m leaving up to them haha).
“Evie can do the top part of the buckle herself now, Mama! Just so you are aware.”
“Look, Mama! I have a twirl-twirl on!”
“Yittle” – Little
“That kind is gooder than the other ones.”
Caleb was going to make us eggs and Abby exclaimed, “Our daughters really like them, don’t they Daddy??!”
Hymns at church, “He will hold me past!” (fast) “All underground is sinking sand!” (other ground) “I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but Holy God is Jesus’ name!” (but wholly lean on Jesus’ name)
Abigail has always been my personal quoter. If I say it (EVER), she is sure to repeat it later. She almost always will use phrases with perfect context, although humorous. I have often calmed Abby down over a broken toy (usually done by Evie or friends) by reminding her, “Toys aren’t the most important thing. You can’t take toys with you when you die.” We’ve been looking for a house for quite a long time now. We really have outgrown our rental and it would be nice to have a final place of our own. However, I know I am prone to desiring this too much, and in many ways it has been good for me not to have it. One day, I was out for a walk with the kids and I was talking excitedly about going to look at a house later. Abs gave a quick shrug and didn’t miss a beat, “It’s fine if we do buy it and it’s fine if we don’t. You can’t take it to heaven with you!” I had to nod and smile. I need to listen more when I speak…
I asked her if she’d like a chicken sandwich with cheese or without. She goes, “I want my chicken on the side with cheese, so I can dip my bread in the apple dip.” *pause* “That’s what I would prefer.” I think she added the last little part to sound more polite. Plus it was hilarious as her first time using the word “prefer.” ha Also…. who dips their bread in apple dip?! Ew.
Baby Boy is physically quite slow, to put it nicely. He is finally starting to figure out crawling, but is far from being able to get down the stairs independently/safely. Every time we head out for anything, I have to cart him down the two short flights of steps. I was in the process of lugging him and other necessary items down the stairs the other day and Abby cheerfully piped, “You get what you get! We got a baby that can walk and a baby that can’t, but it doesn’t matter. You get what you get!” I couldn’t help laughing.
All of our kids enjoy books at times, but our Abby Joy has been an avid book lover forever. This is such a typical scene to walk into when she’s back in her bedroom. Books are the best!
Abs started really figuring out reading a few months back, but has been more and more excited about it as time goes on. We’re borrowing a McGuffy reader from my mom and she is obsessed with it. She is always begging us to help her read another story. She has learned so many words with it and will proudly offer to read any story she knows to any visitors. She will scour the pages in her other books and excitedly call out when she sees a word she knows. It’s the cutest. 🙂 There is such excitement with learning to read!
Our tot learned to ride her “big girl bike” (no training wheels, and pedals!) at 3 1/2 years. Since then, she has been working on outgrowing that bike. When we were at my parents a few weeks ago, she figured out she could ride one of the girls’ old bikes and this was the smug expression that produced. She has been unstoppable ever since! ha!
Biggin’ still has her love of bug collecting/observing. She will spend tons of time with her bucket and her bugs, studying them and trying to provide good environments for them. While it is definitely cute to watch her enjoy this hobby, I like to think it springs from her lack of an actual fun pet. haha I still can’t wait until we can get a puppy! 😀 I also decided a while back that a sugar glider would be the perfect pet for our Abby. Everything about them sounds like it would be her perfect fit. So, if anyone wants to give us a friendly one for free….. we’re available.
Aside from bugs, Abigail and Evelyn both enjoy gathering”treasures” for their buckets. Abs is always so excited when she finds a flower she can pick (our landladies spray our yard, so there aren’t usually too many available). She is such a careful little body and flower picking has always fit her personality so perfectly. She would be more than happy to spend a long afternoon in a field of wildflowers!
Feeling drop dead gorgeous in the grass jewelry her auntie Liz made for her.
I finally gave Abby her first haircut a few months back. It was a long time coming, but I just couldn’t bear to cut it since it would curl so beautifully in the summer. Her hair was just so uneven though and really needed it.
Abigail grew her bangs out quite a while ago. A few months ago, she was thinking about wanting them back. Then, I got bangs. That was a little startling to the children and when I asked her, “Do you want to get bangs too, like I did?” she looked at me and then said, “Uh…. no thanks. I don’t want bangs anymore.” hahahahah
After the initial shock wore off, she decided she did actually want bangs back, so being the professional hair cutter I am (FALSE! Just cheap… haha!!) I gave her back some bangs. The good news is, I’ve heard she looks much younger with them. The first two are what I typically get when I ask Abs to smile cute for a picture…. *sigh* haha
I have to say, she was looking WAY too grown up with no bangs.
This girl has such a creative mind. It’s so much fun to see what she will come up with next. That is one thing about her that reminds me of myself as a child. She makes all sorts of creations with her pipe cleaners and beads at Quiet Time. That is often her favorite time to make stuff. She has made horse halters/leashes, jewelry for her babies, jewelry for her sisters/me/herself, headbands (as pictured), and probably other things I can’t remember.
For a while, Abs was on a kick using her clothespins and notebook papers to make hats and other accessories for her dolls. It was pretty sadly adorable because they were so hideous and impractical. Awww. haha! I love her so much. Speaking of hats, she also had a hat business going for quite a while.
She was getting orders left and right from the relatives and could hardly keep up! haha! Here she is showing off her Christmas model.
Legos are another perfect outlet for our creative little daughter. She is always building interesting, unique creations. One of my favorites was her Lego candy store she made. She was wishing she was a Lego so she could pay her store a visit! I kind of was too!
Drawing phases happen off and on around here. We’re currently in a bit of a lull with it, but this snowman she drew this past winter is still one of my favorites. It’s just too cute, although the eyes are pretty frightening. Funny comment, but Caleb totally still makes all his drawing characters/animals with creepy eyes like that!! Why?!
Abby is ever our constant chatterbox. The girl never runs out of things to say. You’d think she would, considering I am with her every waking second, every day, but nope! If she’s slow on material, she just rewords things and says it again on the off chance I didn’t quite catch it the first (or second, or third, or fourth…) time around. Gotta love it.
As our shy, super quiet girl in public, people always quizzically believe the previous paragraph. She can’t even answer my question, “How old are you?” and you’re telling me she talks nonstop at home? Yes, yes she really truly does! I have videos to prove it! Abby is very shy. She continues to thrive on knowing (and talking out) everything possible before we do it. She really likes to know what is coming so she can mentally prep herself beforehand. The more familiar she is with people, the faster she is to loosen up around them.
Abigail can easily get emotional when she is stressed out. She has known how to buckle herself for a while, but oh my goodness! If she has a dress on or a bulkier jacket and she can’t get it, BWAAAAAH!! The tears start rolling fast and furious as she goes into panic mode. A missing piece from one of her Lego sets? NOT okay! If a visiting friend takes a toy from her or *gasp* breaks one of our toys that she is always so careful with, tears and sobs will occur. Not optional. “Will you throw it away?!” Lately, she has been better about quickly tuning into the positives, “*Sniff!* Toys don’t matter anyways. *sob*” Oh my little Abbins.
This can be kind of annoyingly funny when it follows a loss of privilege/toy consequence. “Well, at least I can still have this one! And that’s pretty good! I don’t really mind too much!”
Someone was incredibly proud of the gingerbread house she helped make last winter. My older brother made the mistake of teasing he was going to eat it and she about died. I told her we would have to eat it at some point, but we could take a picture first to remember it. That was key.
Winter in general was a pretty fun time. Abby enjoyed being out in the snow more than the other tots. Evie was okay with it sometimes, but was still at that “I can barely walk in all this stuff you bundled me in out in this slippery white crud and I keep slipping and getting stuck!” stage.
Abs really enjoyed building her snowman. This was a much anticipated activity!
I got a kick out of this next picture….. Her snowman had started melting and its eyes, nose, and arms fell off. Abby fixed them herself. It’s a little tricky with those big, chunky gloves on. haha!!
While Abby and Evie play together much more now, there’s something Abs loves about her independent play during Quiet Time. It’s always good for her to take some time to quiet down and have a little space. She usually comes out very refreshed and cheerful again. She will often cycle between books, Legos, little rubber dollies, her baby dolls, and some kind of beads/buttons/paper crafting. Her “Baby Rose” (gifted to her when Evie was born) is always her special favorite. She made Baby Rose’s headband. 🙂
Daddy keeps his gamer girl gaming! Playing a little Long Shot. She always enjoys a game night with her Dad. ❤
My girl still likes a good puzzle too! Here she is working on her 100 piece candy puzzle. It’s a tricky one!
The girls enjoy playing “picnic” together. It’s pretty cute when all three are playing together without fighting (rare).
These two can be such nutheads!
What is more fun that playing in the rain with umbrellas?! These two have been dreaming of this for a long time and finally got their warm summer rain without lightning. Hurray!
When Abby is in a pleasant mood, she can be the sweetest big sis! I love listening to and watching her interact with her little sisters.
She was so thrilled when she realized she could pick Elly up and carry her around. Elly went with it for a while and then decided she was way too big for that foolishness.
Abbins can be such a gentle helper with the other kids.
This is her, “Awww, look at little Toby (cousin) wanting to help me. Isn’t that cute?” face.
These close ups are kinda funny, but this girl’s eyes!! So big and beautiful! ❤
Free cone day at Dairy Queen! Need I say more??
We always have lots of fun at the park! While there is a park with swings we can walk to, it’s a little further away than our most frequented park. Abby wishes we could go there more often though as she is really wanting to learn how to pump. I know she’d get it if we ever spent consistent time near swings, but oh well. It is what it is! 🙂
Swimming pool days are her fav.
These make me laugh so much and love my little girl to pieces. haha She can be so awkward sometimes. This is what I got when I asked her to smile cute for the camera and she was actually trying. Awwww! haha!!
This is normally what I get when I ask for a cute picture….. Intentional goofball followed by her laughing at herself.
Apples and Abby. An apple a day!
Abby is inquisitive CONTINUALLY. I hope you gathered all the emphasis I tried to place on “continually.” I not only underlined it, but capitalized it, made it bold, and italicized it. haha! Seriously though….. this girl loves to learn and loves to ask questions. She genuinely wants to know about everything. As an example, she already knows more driving rules than I did going into drivers ed. I mean, it’s not even a contest. She’ll talk them all through too as I’m driving around running errands. “Why’d you have to stop on a green light, Mama? Oh, it’s because it was red and then it turned green and so cars were already stopped in front of you.” “Why can you go even when the light is red? Oh, that’s because you were turning right. So you have to stop and check and then you can go, right, Mama??” If there’s ever something new that pops up, she is quick to ask for an explanation of what is going on. The latest was, “Why did you turn left even on a red light?” In case that confuses you, I was already committed. Committing to the intersection is basically my bff in driving. I’m not missing that light!
Bigs has two moods. Super helpful, kind, obliging, sweet with the others, and teasing, lying, looking for trouble at every turn, sassy (this has just started happening. I’ll tell her something to do and will be met with a snarky, “No!” or “I don’t want to!” if she thinks it was somehow optional), disobedient, and doing things halfheartedly. We all like the first mood better. When she’s in her super chipper mood, Caleb and I get a kick out of asking her to do things because she will respond with a super obedient, “Yes, Mommy! Yes, Daddy!” as she races off eagerly to get it done. It’s really not funny as it’s the epitome of self righteousness at work, but at the same time it kind of is.
I don’t know if you’ve ever read Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss, but Daddy has been getting that quoted to him quite a bit lately (probably as a result of us quoting it to her haha). “Daddy! Why didn’t you put cashews on top of your Chinese??” “Well…. I don’t think it’s my favorite really….” “Put some on, Daddy! Try them, try them and you may! Try them and you may, I say!” I get such a kick out of this. He actually feels slightly guilty when she does this and has even tried a few new things. hahaha
The blank stare…. (aka, too many pics, Mama)
There were three in the tub! 🙂 🙂 🙂
My little goose.
This kid has always been the best sleeper. She’s out like a light at bedtime and sleeps through till morning every time, unless she’s sick. So grateful for this. When she gets really sick, (usually with an ear infection – poor kid has had at least 30 in her lifetime) she will sometimes pass out on the couch. Or, an even more rare occurrence, in my arms. Although sick kids are tough, I kind of treasured that moment because there are so few chances I get to hold and rock my 4 year old “baby.”
The kids all had the actual barf flu for the first time this past winter. It definitely made me thankful it had waited this long to strike!
I can’t even remember the last time Abs got to sit her hiney in a stroller, but trust me…. it has been a LONG time. The kids all had the flu for days and we HAD to get out of the house, so we made it happen. Daddy with a carrier and Abby in the umbrella stroller, me with the double stroller holding Bud and Evelyn. It was a sight, but then again, we always are. haha!
Legos were our go-to when everyone started having enough energy to play for a few minutes at a time.
Abigail is a lover of fun, new adventures! Especially with those she knows and loves well. There is nothing she likes more than something new with her family all there to enjoy it with her. ❤ We took the girls paddle boating for the first time a couple weekends ago and her and I were in our element! Water, outdoors, family, ahhhhhhhhh.
Posing in a cave we found while exploring Wildcat Den State Park!
Being outside is Abby’s favorite.
Getting the farm work done!
Although our girl learned how to ride her bike at a super young age, she isn’t exactly an all around athlete by nature. This is one of her “tricks” that she thinks requires incredible talent. It is exactly what it appears. She puts her hands on the ground and lifts one leg in the air. Watch out. Future Olympic gymnast in the making, folks!
Usually, the rule at meal times is “Eat it or leave it.” I got really sick of fighting with the kids to take “this” many bites before they were done. Here’s the truth with my kids. Some days they are growing like weeds and lick their plates clean, asking for seconds every meal! Other days, they just don’t want or need it. They eat a few bites and you wonder what they’re running on all day. Once in a while, I’ll have a “You Choose” day. This basically means, they get a choice. haha Sometimes this will mean if we’re having spaghetti they can choose if they want sauce or no sauce, and cheese or no cheese. Other times I’ll give them an entire meal choice. Alfredo or pb & j? “You Choose” days are Abby’s favorites. haha
I love what a helper this girl can be. She is always excited to learn a new task or “help” me with any and everything I’m doing. Her company makes life sweeter. ❤
This picture sadly turned out blurry, because the girls were all moving almost nonstop (unlike it appears). But I have to share it anyway because it’s still one of my favorites! ❤ I love these people so much!
I love all these girls of ours!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
I’m a sentimental mom soooo, here is a side by side of Abby just about 3 years ago and now (in the same hat of course). Can you tell it’s the same girl? She hasn’t grown up that much, has she? It’s okay to say no!!
Oh, this girl! My beautiful, sweet, sneaky, LOUD, talkative, quiet, creative, helpful, troublesome, bookworm, bug collecting, observant, smart, careful, adventurous, tree climbing, water loving, bike riding, thoughtful, oldest, big girl Abigail Joy. How I love you, Sweets! Even when you drive me crazy. We are so thankful for what a blessing you are in our lives. ❤