It kind of seems like I just wrote Abby’s 5 year old blog. I realize I probably somewhat overdo it with the child updates, but I honestly really enjoy it and it helps me stay somewhat organized with my photos, etc. It’s also good motivation to take photos, because it’s getting harder to make time to whip out the camera. haha Anyway, I have been thinking I might go down to a once a year update for the kids once they hit 6, so this may be Abby’s last mid year update. *sniffle* I figure the first years have so much more constant change and then they sort of slow down (ha) somewhat. I’ve been planning to drop down to one yearly update at some point, so this is my warning (or breath of relief) post that it may just become a thing once the kids hit 6.
Yes, it’s true, my little Abby Joy is probably considered the terrifyingly old sounding, “school age” now. What even happened?! She was just my only little baby a blink or two ago! ❤
My big girl weighs 38 lb and is 3 feet 8 inches tall. She gained 2 pounds and 2 1/2 inches since she turned 5! I don’t know if that is actually a lot or not, but it sounds like it.
Bigs is still an avid biker. She loves to act like I never let them get their bikes out when in reality they typically ride them every single day. Girls add drama to life to keep it exciting I guess. Biking is definitely a skill I’m glad our kids learn early because it provides SO much fun!
I sure do love this biker babe. ❤
Scootering is pretty fun sometimes too!
Abigail grew her bangs out, as you can see, but she claims she wants them back. I’m having her think about it for a little while first though. I mean…. they are FINALLY grown out now and you want me to cut them again and start over?? haha Side note, but she’s got some of the hair highlights too. They’re harder to notice on her darker hair sometimes, but when I braided it the other day I thought it showed up more.
Abby Joy continues to love her gaming. Especially when Daddy plays with her! ❤
I asked her what her current favorites are and she responded with this barrage of words as per her style. haha
“I like a lot of games, but the game I winned that was super hard – Daddy loosed and I winned – when you were gone I fink and I played somefing with Daddy and I winned. I don’t remember what it was called. It was somefing like King. Not Kingdomino……” “Kingdom Builder?” “Ya!! And I winned it, but we didn’t do the horses jumping stuff or we didn’t do the boats. We just didn’t want to do all that. I winned actually. He didn’t get any mountains. I was getting the better stuff than he was getting.” (complete with her classic hand waving) etc. etc. etc., but I stopped writing it down because this entire blog would be her response. ha
I wish I had gotten a picture of Abs swinging, because one of her favorite outside activities this spring has been finding and pumping on any and every swing she can! She is dying for us to get her a swing set!
Smirky Abs after she got herself all dolled up.
I had a weird desire (pregnancy) for mozzarella sticks a while back and let the kids each try one after the cheapo frozen kind I bought was pretty much terrible. Ya…. I really needed me some Applebees. Booo….. Normally we go there once every time I’m pregnant, but I guess there’s still hope for that to happen. The kids thought they were amazing though. Trust me, they looked a lot better here than they actually were.
Goony pictures have been this girl’s favorite lately. Which is fine, except when she’s the oldest one and not smiling for a sibling pic. Grrrr……
Photobombing is also her favorite. That kind of goes for all our kids though. They don’t want to be in the picture until I want them out of it. Then they’re all about getting in it. Really, guys?
Abs hasn’t done as much artwork, etc. lately since we spend about 90% of our day time hours outside now, so most of these are from a little while ago. They are gems in my book though, so I’m putting them here to lovingly laugh at for years to come. ❤ These are a sample of her horse drawings. Oh my word. I can honestly hardly admire them to her without busting up. They’re so hilariously cute. Also, HOW did she come up with the creepy hollow circle eyes her Dad does on his drawings?!?! Seriously!
This was one of our favorites from months ago. We tried to get her explaining it on video, but Cabz accidentally bombed it and didn’t hit record. haha She had written her first ever story. It was about our chickens and a raccoon who was trying to get them or something. We were super impressed she spelled raccoon so well on her own! You can spell it either, “raccoon” or “racoon” actually. haha You can also see she was writing about our 5 hens. Funny.
Nearing Elly’s birthday, Abby was making these adorable kitten birthday cards for her, since Elly wanted a kitty birthday. We just had our own real kittens (Nipsy, Oreo, and Stripey) and you can pick out a couple of their names in there. It’s always kind of fun trying to find words. haha It’s like a word search/unscramble/decipher all in one kind of game.
I loved this one. Abby had made me a birthday card and hidden it. I kept teasing her, saying I was going to find it before my birthday!! She was having a terrible time not just telling me where it was. Actually, she did once and then had to quickly rehide it. ha! But, my teasing inspired this gem of a clue. Your card is either “downstairs or upstairs”!! WHAT!? No way!!! Who’da thought?? hahaha
Here was my birthday card when I finally got it. I think the top had a maze (she was super into those for a while). It was a really hard one, according to her and trust me. It was. Completely unsolvable I’m convinced.
I just liked her little swing picture she made. Cute.
She drew me and her under our deck (“the littler one is me and the bigger one is you”).
Here’s some eerily hyena-like dogs. haha
Abby is always full of creativity. Here’s a “kite” she made. Too bad it was so cold out, so we never got a chance to try it out….. I’m sure it would have flown great.
Okay, here we go! This one is a little more recent. I think it was from about a month ago and it’s one of my all time favs. I was trying to do a Friday afternoon science lesson on whatever animal the girls picked out because Abby is incessantly interested in every animal ever and I figured that would be a good outlet. I would have kept this up, but our printer won’t print my lined pages I whipped up and I didn’t have the motivation to trace writing lines every single Friday…… soooo as soon as that’s fixed I will get it going again. Anyway, they picked giraffes the first Friday and AHHH!!! LOOK at her giraffe!! It’s SO funny and cute and hilarious all in one!!! Check out it’s big tongue eating the thorny bush!!! haha!!! I could stare at this for way too long….
As far as school goes, we mostly worked with Abby on her reading from her birthday until about a month ago. She’s been reading really well and loves it too (which always helps). If there’s an audience, reading is that much better!
The pictures I have of her reading are all her Dick and Jane books, which she is way past now, but she enjoyed them for a while. Lately she has been reading level 3 books as well as some that aren’t leveled but are more early reader type chapter books. I found her a few fun ones from garage sales this spring. One of her favorites is an old book called, “Terry and the Caterpillars” by Millicent E. Selsam. She LOVES it and I was so excited to find it because it screamed Abby. It’s about a little girl who find a bunch of caterpillars and raises them to be moths, learning all about them in the process. Hello. Who wrote a book about my child? haha Abby has started to love reading independently and is often found enjoying a good read.
Reading to siblings has been a fun activity too, and one I’ll gladly encourage!
Working diligently on her letters.
We bought Abby and Evie a couple summer school activity books that I’ve been doing each day with them. Abby has an all inclusive as well as a math only (because we knew we had been slacking a bit with her math knowledge) and Evie just has one all inclusive. It’s been great for both of them! As Abby was learning to read and write better over the winter, she began to love copying words down on paper from her various books. She was SO into that for the longest time. ❤
This is how all the cool (nerdy) kids do it, with a pencil behind their ear. “See, Mama? I stuck it behind my ear. I saw it in a book and fought it would be a funny idea!”
Speaking of nerdy….. here’s my last “kid wearing my old glasses” picture I have to share. Yes, we can finally move on now. It almost makes me wish one of my kids needed glasses. hahaha
Bugs are still this girl’s life. She is SO fascinated by them and wants to learn everything about every bug ever. Of course, I was telling Cabz that there is actually nothing that doesn’t interest her. Seriously. I have never brought up a topic that she hasn’t had an endless supply of questions about. Anything from how toilets flush to what inch worms like to eat is all fascinating to her. You’d think SOMEthing would bore her, but I have yet to find it. Anyways…… bugs. She loves them. Although she continued to find (and make pets of) bugs in our house over the winter, this was her first outdoor find of the year. Fuzzy caterpillar for the win! She was giddy.
She has been on a major monarch roll lately. We have milkweed all over our ditch, which is their stomping grounds. For a while, we were finding tons of caterpillars, but lately (I think with the wet weather) they have slowed up quite a bit. We raised two to butterflies (Sampson and Rosie), we found two caterpillars for church friends to raise, and she raised another to a chrysalis and gave it to some other church friends. They didn’t have milkweed available, but still wanted to see the fun transformation! She still needs to find two more for church peeps, so we’ll see if we can find them soon! She’s been checking at least once a day. haha I love seeing her in her element. ❤
Sorry this next one is blurry. Still need our new camera’s focus set up. Still cute though. Showing her Daddy. ❤
My little nature lover has been enjoying weeding around our little lilac sprouts too. She often will say things like, “It’s not so fun to do this alone, but it’s fun to do it together, isn’t it Mama? It’s kind of like a Mama Time!” ❤
Finding soybeans! This was right after she told me, “I can’t smile for the picture, Mama! I’m trying to focus!”
Abigail loves hiking and exploring, which is one of the reasons I love taking the kids camping. It’s fun to see them enjoy it so much. This picture was just from one of our winter mile walks. A glimpse of what our “normal” walks look like. hahaha
She loves tree climbing! Good thing we have a fun one right in our front yard! 🙂
Although I wasn’t as ambitious as normal with getting the kids outside every split second this winter (morning sickness, guys), we did make it out a decent amount. Abby was always whining to go outside and play in the snow. She soaked up every minute of it!
Our 3 little kittens have been a continual hit ever since they were born. Once they were old enough that I started letting the kids hold them, it was even more exciting! Abby named “hers,” Nipsy. This was her first time holding one.
Pony rides with Emmy! After this, Abby decided that her kayak fund was maybe for a kayak or maybe for a pony. A pony would be more fun, but a kayak would be more practical for her fishing plan. It’s just a tough call really.
What’s more fun than playing in a giant puddle? It started out all cute and innocent like this, but by the time they were done I had to scrape mud off everyone and carry them one by one in to the tub. Disaster. haha
Water is really pretty great. Abby loves swimming pool days. This was one of our first pool days of the year and you could see she was a little excited.
Baths are fun, but don’t quite compare….
These two are always up to something (usually trouble! haha!). They play together really well for the most part, although there is still daily spit spatting. I know when things aren’t going well because I’ll hear Evie’s piercing screams as Abby is “being a bo-wee!” (bully) Why did I ever introduce that word into their vocabulary…….. *sigh*
My little spider hunters, taking care of the pesky spiders on their park.
It’s so fun when they get to the age of playing imaginative games for decent periods of time. Her and Evie usually do pretty well over Quiet Time with their little dollies, etc. It’s GREAT!
Lately, Evie and Abby like to fight over who gets to have Obie as their kid in games. Mostly because it’s so fun to drag him around by the hand and he tends to be more obliging than independent Elly. He has been picking up on Elly’s attitude though and getting a little more feisty.
Abs loves playing big sister role and helping me take care of Babykins whenever possible. She can be pretty helpful, which is nice!
Although Elly is often very resistant towards older sisters and their help, she will perk up to their attention at times.
Eating out for my birthday (a major rarity for us) was a big hit as far as Abs was concerned. She was downing the complimentary chips and salsa like there was no tomorrow and chattering about how great it was. Best part was her going on and on about the friendly man who kept checking in on us (yup, our waiter hahahaha). Seriously. She couldn’t believe how friendly he was, etc. etc. We didn’t have the heart to tell her he was paid to be nice to us. ha!
Some Abigail Quotes I actually remembered and wrote down:
-I told Abby once that I go in to check on them all before I go to bed and she assumes that is at midnight. Not quite, although with my body’s lack of sleep ability I probably could/have.
-Evie, “I’m gonna be a mom soon. I’m taller than Elly.” Abby, “You are taller than Elly, but you’re not gonna be a mom soon. Mom’s are past 10 and 11. Are you 10? No. You have to be 11 first.” She’s always been the voice of reason in our household. I should just let her take it from here…..
-“sue-ol” (school, it’s 2 syllables with her haha)
-Constant cry is, “Can I read you a book?? Will you read me a book?”
-As I mentioned above, she was on a roll with constantly copying words down from books. One day she was practicing writing words on her own and said, “I’m trying to think of words that aren’t in my books that I can spell because that’s good for me!” She was busy writing ‘November’ and ‘January’ and was really close! haha
-“I probably won’t get married unless God gives me a man.” (that’s one of my favs hahaha)
-Abby, “I wish I had texting so I could text whenever I want.” Me, “Who would you text?” (Yes, I already knew where this was going….) Abby, “Lots of people.” Me, “Uh huh…. Like who?” Abby, “People from church.” Me, “Uh huh….. which people from church?” Abby, “People….” Me, “Like who?” Abby, “Like Cowie.” (Callie) Truth is out. She still responds with “Cowie” when I ask her who she enjoys spending time with the most from church. (This is my adult friend, guys. And this is totally not surprising from my 5 year old either.)
-One “winter” day that should have been spring, I was waking the kids up and said, “Look outside, it’s a winter wonderland!” I was trying to stay positive, guys. Abby, “Awwww, I was hoping for a spring land.” (ya, me too)
I always know what I’ve been saying lately based on what my kids start saying. These next two definitely came from my unintentional modeling….
-“News flash! Evie was going to the bathroom and didn’t have the light on!”
-“For one, it’s raining out. And for two, we wanted to play inside anyway.” The best is when she starts with “First of all” and follows it up with, “And for two….”
Abigail Joy, you can be such a helpful oldest at times and make me laugh at your overly mature mannerisms. Your goofiness and chatter remind me of myself, but your insatiable thirst for knowledge is definitely your dad. I love when you sweetly help your little siblings. It’s so exciting to listen to you read and see you growing up! Praying God will turn your heart to Him and give you a love for Him unlike any other, and that you will become a selfless, godly woman. We love you! ❤