Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Summer!


Hmmm...it's been months since my last post. I guess it goes without saying how busy life is. Little Miss Wonderful has transformed in so many ways. She's really into rollerskating, hula hooping, swimming, 100 piece puzzles, back bends, and doing the splits. She has a little joke she likes to share whenever possible, "Don't tell anyone about this news, when cows laugh - milk comes out of they (should be their) nose!" She just thinks that is so funny.


At the end of the school year Abbey made a little treasure chest in her preschool class. Her teachers filled it with sweet treasures like a lei, seashell, gold coins, etc. There was one odd item that didn't seem to fit, a plastic ping-pong ball type eyeball. I didn't like it and so Abbey made a special point of always hiding it in places where it would surprise me or pop out on me. For two weeks she took it everywhere we went. Then she drew a very interesting picture that looked like an eye with rainbow stripes in it and eyelashes all around. She taped it up on the wall in my bedroom so that it would be right in front of me when I was in bed. We had to go to my eye doctor to get contacts and she was fascinated by the whole examination process. Then we had to go to her Dr. for a routine vision and hearing screening. She wasn't seeing well out of one eye and we were referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist. After this visit many people prayed for us as we were referred to a pediatric retinal specialist. We are so thankful that the Dr. told us she had a small congenital abnormality that did not need treatment. We got some sweet little pink Juicy Couture glasses that Abbey now wears.



In May Abbey went through Infant Swim Resource. It is a six week program with a ten minute swimming lesson each day. They teach a sequence of swim-float-swim and teach the children how to find a way out of the pool after being disoriented (being flipped over, having a wet piece of clothing dropped over their face, etc.) The last week they have to practice their survival skills with summer clothing and with winter clothing to simulate accidentally falling into water somewhere and having to find a way out. I was so proud of Abbey. It was so wonderful to watch her confidence grow and I could have never taught her all that she learned from her teacher. The program is for 6 month old's to 6 years. You can check it out here.


In June Abbey had her first ballet and tap recital. It was wonderful and she loved it. She's already asking about when she can get back up on stage. It was such a dream come true to have a sweet little girl up there beaming and dancing.


We are really enjoying a great book entitled More Milly, Molly, Mandy. These are such sweet stories set back in England in the early 1900's. If you are looking for a great chapter book to read with your little girl we highly recommend it. It's so fun to have extra time in the summer for lots of library trips and stacks of books. Abbey's favorite picture book right now is such a fun one, How To Get Married...by Me, The Bride. She just loves pretending about weddings.
We are enjoying lots of everyday moments like riding bikes in the park, eating breakfast for dinner, and having play dates with friends. We are expecting a busier month in August as we will be moving to a new home in our area and getting my class ready for a new school year. It's so exciting that Abbey will be starting Kindergarten at my school in the fall and that we will be right near each other each day. We are both so happy about that.

Tea at the Four Seasons

Church with mommy







36 comments:

k1 said...

So great to see an update. You sure are leading busy lives. Abbey is growing up so much! Seems like yesterday, yet it's been almost 4 years since we were in China.

Keep instructing her in the way of the Lord.

Eliza2006 said...

Such a cute, sweet girl! Loved the update and can't believe she's old enough to be starting school! How fun that she will be near you all day.

Sandra said...

It is so nice to see an update, Christi! Abbey is growing up to be a very lovely young lady.

Shauna and MacLean said...

So great to hear from you and to know that life is good!!!

Bailey said...

So, so happy to see an update from you. Abby looks so happy and seems to be enjoying a wonderful summer. Happy to hear that her eye problem is not bad, her glasses sound so cute.

We just returned from China and daughter #2. She is so precious and a very dear blessing.

Miss you lots dear friend! Bailey :o)

M3 said...

Wonderful update -- looks like you guys are having an awesome summer and Abbey is learning/doing so many fun new things!!

Have a great rest of the summer,
MM

Joannah said...

Reading your update and seeing so many pictures of sweet Abbey has made my morning! I'm glad you girls are having so much fun.

:)

Lisa and Tate said...

Love the update! What a beautiful and funny girl you have!

Kolleen said...

I've missed you! What a wonderful pair you are! I always feel so blessed to hear about what you are up to...wish you lived closer, I think we would have a blast together with our girls! Abbey is so beautiful, full of joy! I am so happy to hear she is doing well. I was praying for her eyes.

Christy said...

So great to get an update. Abbey is growing up so much. I miss our 'camera' moments when she loved my camera and hers and taking pictures when I visited you in China.

Truly Blessed said...

Christi, it's so great to see an update and see photos of your GORGEOUS daughter! I was hoping for a photo of her in her new glasses...

Hey, the Stelly's from our travel group are visiting us at the lake this week. We're having such a great time with Emily and Luke. We want you to come next summer - do you think you could do that?

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Salome said...

Christi,
I loved reading about how you and Abbey are spending your summer (since I'm not on facebook anymore I love seeing updates on your blog ;))!
I'm amazed at how Abbey is growing and I especially love the picture of you and her together...! So beautiful. :)
Lots of love,
Salome

Kimber and Chris said...

congrats on all Miss Abbey's accomplishments! She looks adorable in her glasses. That is next on our checklist- routine vision check. We are moving again to Atlanta. chris got a job after a solid year of unemployment. I love all the fun things you two have been doing- tea at the four seasons!! :) oo la la!
Love, K.x

Teacher Mary said...

I love all the pictures, especially Abbey on her bike! She is getting so big & grown up. I love that girl & her Mommy! Lots of Love and Prayers!

Sean and Mic said...

So great to finally see an update!!! You have fans, you know! :>)

Seriously though, you guys look so happy- and she is becoming such a little lady. I cannot believe she is starting kindergarten already.
Glad to see you have been having a great summer. Cannot wait to see pics from the first day of kindergarten, etc... (hint hint!)

Enjoy the rest of summer.

-michelle

Gemma said...

Awww the cycle pic and the infant swimming pic are absolutely adorable! Abby looks like a great child =D

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