Saturday, December 25, 2010

One blessed little girl...








This morning Abigail did very well for Christmas. She received many wonderful toys (kitchen set from Santa, kitchen accessories, doll house, dolls, puzzles, shape molding set), clothes, and books for Christmas from her family in Minnesota!! All the new things are keeping her very busy!!

Today has been very nice and peaceful Christmas at our new home. We began the day with wonderful yummy family breakfast. Then onto opening all the gifts, which took almost two hours for Abigail, she had so many. We also received very nice gifts!! But so much fun watching Christmas through your child's eyes.
We are very blessed!! Thank you to all our family and friends!! May God bless each and everyone of you!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree


It seems like years since we have put a big Christmas tree up, so I am loving it!! I love decorating and seeing all the Christmas decorations everyone does. This year since Ab's is old enough to start understanding we thought it would be the perfect time to start the tradition again. Next year we will be adding outside lights, etc...can't wait!!

90% of those gifts under the tree are for Abigail, hmmmm...can you say she is one blessed little girl!! I think it will take her a good hour or two to open all of them. She also has two other larger gifts, that don't fit under the tree. I can't wait till Christmas to watch her open all of them.

Also remember the reason for the season, CHRISTmas!!
Happy Holidays love the Woelpern's!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Home Sweet Home







We are all moved into our new home and loving it! So nice to have all this room, though I haven't figured out how to clean such a large home yet. Of course still doing some organizing, need to work on Aidan's room, and have a garage sale. Ryan is working on organizing his garage/man-cave! But for now, taking a few days to enjoy our new home and most important ~ Christmas time!!

Abigail loves her new room and her new big girl bed. She sleeps very well in it and loves to sit and read in her bed. I know I am a lucky mom!! I am so blessed to have such a happy girl!! Because of all the extra room we have in the house she goes to bed each night exhausted, there is so much room to run around now.

We put our Christmas tree up the other night and Abigail just loves the tree, when she goes by it she says ohhhh treeeee. Also Christmas gifts have started to arrive from our families in Minnesota and I have to say, someone is spoiled little girl and it isn't me this time. :)

Looking forward to having family and friends over to visit, so be sure to come soon, always welcome!! Here are a few pics of our new casa!! Front of house, Abigail's room, formal living room, and Aidan's future room, which we will be painting gray and accenting with blues and browns.

Thank you God for all the blessings in our lives. Thank you to the wonderful friends here in Bellville that have helped us during the move, words can't express that gratitude I feel (especially the Hoffman girls for cleaning & unpacking, Tracye for taking care of sweet Abigail, the boys that helped Ryan with moving, Michelle and her parents, and all the prayers and good thoughts from others!!). Thank you to all of our family and friends, having you as a part of our life is very wonderful! Let's not forget the most important part of Christmas, is the day Jesus was born to give us forgiveness and eternal life! Merry Christmas to each and everyone!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

December Update

Wednesday we found out we are having a boy!! We are very excited, Aidan William's expected date of arrival is April 12, 2011.

December is a crazy month for us, not only is it the holiday season, but we also sold our house or should I say traded houses with a friend and closing December 16th. I have been busy making moving preparations, packing, and all the fun things that go along with moving (ok not so fun things). I am so happy today I finished shopping for holiday gifts, so that is one big check mark off my mile long to do list. But we are so excited that we will be in a new home in time to celebrate Christmas!! Abigail is getting a new room and big girl bed!! Aidan will have his own room when he arrives, plus we will have room for our family and friends to stay at when they visit. Well actually they get there own separate room and bath detached from the house.

Over the weekend Abigail and I have been enjoying time with one of my besties Salinda. We went craft and Christmas shopping, checked out the holiday parade, and tonight watching Eclipse. Sure has been a few fun days of girl time!! Hubby was even home to catch the parade this year too!!

I realize it is only December 4th as I write this but it already feels like the month is flying by with all the things going on.

That is a quick update, now back to packing....

Monday, November 29, 2010

More Thanksgiving Blessings....




Here are a few more pictures of Abigail and with her Grandpa & Grandma Cogley.

Yesterday we signed purchase offer contract and are hoping to close December 16th. I know three weeks away, but we all want to be settled in our new homes in time to celebrate Christmas!!! Looking forward to having family and friends visit us in our new home, plus there will be plenty of room for you to stay with us too!! Of course if you like to volunteer to help with packing, moving, unpacking, etc... we won't say no, we would love it!!!

Three days till we find out what Baby A will be!! Will Baby A be a boy or girl? What's your guess?

We are so truly blessed, thank you God for all the amazing blessings!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving Blessings



We had a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving week. Time with family! Good Food! Beautiful weather! Plus we found a home we love and also received an offer on our home. Well..... actually we are swapping houses with a friend. We are all hoping to close mid-December to be moved into and settled into our new homes in time for Christmas!

We are now half-way through my pregnancy and excited to find out Wednesday what we are having. Be watching for news of Baby A to come mid week!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hodge Farm Tour







Our neighbor took Abigail and I, along with our visitors Grandma & Grandpa Cogley out to her friend's farm, Hodges Farm. A wonderful 1860 log cabin all done in primitative Texas antiques and New Egland pieces. Beautiful home, felt as though you inside a home out of magazine in Country Living. They also raise and make many of their own foods. Twice a year they feature an antique show & sale filled with many one of kind items and homemade local items. Abigail enjoyed the horses and chickens and of course the cat and dog.

Friday, November 5, 2010

ACORNS!!


What to do on a lovely fall day? Pick acorns of course!!

Can't believe November is here!! We are enjoying the cooler weather in Texas!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween fun!!






What a month of fun Halloween activities. A couple week's ago we attended our church's Fall Festival. Abigail played games and won some fun trinkets. Yesterday we headed to the Halloween Pet Parade at the park. Tonight I enjoyed heading out the door with Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, aka the lovely Abigail!! We headed to a local church for Trick and Treat fun, where Abigail played games to win prizes, she did very well and had a lot of fun!! Then we visited a few neighbors where she got some special treats!! She really got into getting her treats!! Well time to retire Dorothy to bed time. Happy Halloween!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Perfect Fall Weather





We are having some wonderful fall weather here in Texas. With that we have been spending lots of time outdoors. One of Abigail's favorite things is collecting acorns. Of course she loves going to the park and going for walks also. Daddy has been teaching her to skip rocks.
Yesterday we enjoyed the Austin County Fair Parade! I remember last year we were dying of heat, this year had to wear long sleeves. Love this weather!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fall is here, finally


Ahhhh the cooler weather is finally here and we have been enjoying spending time outside everyday! Playing out in the back yard, checking out the cows across the street, walks around the block, and feeding the horses down the street.

Yesterday Abigail and I checked out market days and then headed to Brenham for lunch and errand shopping. As I was having lunch with my little girl, I was thinking how relaxing and sweet this is to have this one on one time. Then I thought, girl you better take advantage of this while you can, baby number two will be here and then there will be two of you. But I know it will be just as enjoyable, but maybe not as relaxing. Will have to make sure Ryan and I both take time to bond with the kiddos one on one, as I feel that is also important as being together as a family too!

I am now three months pregnant with Baby A, still feeling the all day nausea and tiredness. I was hoping the nausea wouldn't last as long as it did when I was pregnant with Abigail, seven months. But at least I am healthy and we are all doing great! Plus only six months to go!!

Time to get out and enjoy that beautiful weather and head to church!! Have a wonderful day, much love to all my family and friends!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Two Year Check-up

As the lady at the front desk at the Clinic said, I can't believe she is two already, where did the time go? Exactly!!

Ab's had a good checkup and didn't even cry when she got her shot! Now she doesn't have to go back for a whole year, loving that! She is now 25 lbs 14 oz and 32 1.2 inches, so that puts her in the 25-50% for weight and 25% in height, she is growing and is good portion.

As some of you know our preschool experience did not go very well. At this time I will not go into details or what my observations and thoughts are. It was just shocking to us, as Abigail loves people and enjoys going to church childcare center and did so well at vacation bible school. Anyhow, as we were talking with Abigail's doctor about what happened, she said there have been some other parents with complaints, so that relieved us knowing we are not the only one's. She said one of these days soon she would be butting heads. Got love Ab's doc!. I am actually relieved she said that because as a mom I was questioning myself and having my own doubts, wondering did I do something wrong, did I miss out on teaching my child something or not preparing her? Sure I still have questions and wonder what exactly happened or why, but right now I am ok with it and am moving on. So what does this mean for us now? We are enjoying time at home playing, learning and preparing for new baby together.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Baby Swing


Today we received something for the new baby to be. A baby swing, and here is Abigail testing it out with her baby. Thanks Tracye, and yes it does work great!!

Last week my parents gave us a cute frame to put Baby A's ultrasound in. So here is a little peak at Baby A. We should find out the first part of December if Baby A is a boy or girl.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Baby A update

This morning I had my follow up OB appointment from my blood tests and ultrasound, everything is good and normal. Abigail was there this morning with me at my appointment, so she got to hear the heartbeat with me. Baby A's heartbeat this morning was 169, so good and healthy heartbeat! I believe that is the same as Abigail's. The wise tale is a higher heartbeat over 140 means girl, a lower heartbeat means boy. But remember that is just a wise tale, really doesn't mean anything except a good heartbeat!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

8 Questions

Heather tagged me last week and I am now getting around to the game of 8 Questions. The rules are simple: Answer the 8 questions, come up with 8 new questions, tag 8 people. So here I go :)

Here are Heather's 8 Questions:
1. How much time do you spend on your blog or viewing other blogs daily?
on an average about 5 to 10 minutes
2. What would is your dream job?
already do it~yoga teacher, but would love my own studio
3. What is your hobby?
reading and when feeling creative I like to paint and bead
4. What is one bad habit you have?
caffeine, but that isn't really that bad~
5. What is one thing on your bucket list?
travel the US and go to Australia
6. Do you prefer the lake or the ocean?
lakes of Minnesota
7. What TV show are you embarrassed to admit you watch?
Rachel Zoe for me and I enjoy watching Dr. Seuss with my daughter
8. Do you have a phobia? If so, what?
snakes and heights

Here are my 8 questions for the below blog's I tagged:
1. What is your favorite book?
2. If you had a million dollars what would you do with it?
3. What is your favorite childhood memory?
4. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
5. What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
6. Who is one person that is no longer alive that you would like to have dinner with?
7. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
8. If money didn't matter, where/what would you do on your next vacation?

Tracye
Jennifer B.
Jennifer C.
Courtney
Leslie
Bobbie
Ginny
Liz

Sunday, September 5, 2010

More Birthday Celebrating!!






Abigail sure is one lucky little girl, she received some very special gifts from her family. She now has her own table/chairs, many new books, clothes (though she wasn't happy opening those, she threw those aside to go for the goodies), 4-wheeler, Elmo video (loves Elmo!), very cute art smock which her Grandma Woelpern made, fun paints, piggy-paint nail polish, new baby doll with diaper bag, and lots of money for her savings!! Thank you our Minnesota family, we love and miss each of you!! Also Auntie Rachel, Uncle Melvin & cousin Dezbah in Arizona, and our many, many friends throughout Texas!!

Happy Birthday Sweet Abigail


Our baby is two years old today!!!!! The festivities started last night and will continue today! Here she is enjoying one of her presents from her Grandparents(Wobschall's). Today we continue enjoying our time with my parents and opening more presents! I am not sure who is more excited Abigail or I?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Firsts...


Abigail had her first day of preschool today, looking beautiful as ever and always happy!

I had my first OB appointment for our 2nd baby on the way yesterday! My doc is on board with my beliefs and super sweet. Plus I have a doula already lined up too, I know how helpful it was when Stacy was my doula for my last birth. Feel free to check her out: http://www.freewebs.com/gentlehandsdoulaservices/index.htm All is good, I go back Monday for ultrasound, find out more details and get a look at little Baby A! Unfortunately I am dealing with the same all day nausea I had when pregnant with Abigail and this time I am really tired. As the doc says this is all normal everyone and every pregnancy is different. I just hope for the same easy labor and birth!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

EXCITING NEWS!!

Been an eventful last few days here in the Woelpern household. So much to be thankful for, thank GOD!!
First I have been enjoying time with one of my besties Salinda. Salinda is here visiting for the week!! We have been out and about all over Bellville. We went to see Eat, Pray, Love, went to Lavender Fest, and out and about to the local cafes and shops.
Thursday night was my Thirty-One bag party. It was fun for me until little Abigail fell off the kitchen chair and hit her head. She started throwing up, so off to the ER we went. She continued to throw up there and they had a CT scan done right away. Thankfully just a concussion, but it was a long night. I was so happy the next morning when she woke up, chatting away and called for Ju (Junior our dog) and said EAT right away. Children make fast recoveries, I think I am still recovering from it all. Thank goodness for the wonderful friends that were here for the party, they all helped out and still had a good time.
Also more exciting news, though probably a bit early to announce, but we are all so very excited!! The Woelpern clan is expanding, Ab's is going to be a big sister!! Looks like the due date should be April 16, 2011!!
Thank God for watching over us, our wonderful friends & family, and our new addition on the way!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Going on to be 2 next month




Wow how the last two years have flown by! So hard to believe out little girl is going to be two years old next month!!

This last week has been full of new adventures for us. She is finally getting tall enough to get up onto the kitchen table chair all by herself. She loves playing Ms. Potato Head and is very good at putting the right pieces where they belong. This week she wore her Vacation Bible School shirt she made, it is so cute, for sure a keepsake!

Tomorrow I am off to college to go take my THEA test for enrollment. I am excited but yet a bit nervous! But if I want to be enrolled and ready to start August 30th, I better get a move on. Abigail starts preschool August 27th, three mornings a week. I know she is going to love it. So during that time I will be either busy taking online classes or attending college classes. I say wish us both luck, but I think we will both be great students!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Golf practice & VBS fun!!




Abigail has been practicing her golf swing, this day with a football! Watch out daddy, she might actually be better then you! Ab will ask for her golf club to play with, as for now we have to keep them up because at this time a golf club can have many more uses for a toddler then just hitting golf balls.

This week Abigail and mommy have been busy with Vacation Bible School at our church~Bellville United Methodist! It has been an amazing blessed week! I am assisting with the 3rd-4th graders and Abigail is having fun with the 0-2 year olds. She has been making new friends and looks like she may even have a boy-friend. I went to get her from her room the other day and he was holding Ab's hand. It has been great watching the children learn all about God while doing crafts, music, games, stories, etc... Tomorrow is our final day and will end with special program with all the children for their parents. It has been a Galactic Blast!! Praise God!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Bubbles


Abigail and I had fun playing with bubbles in the back yard yesterday! I am so thankful for the large yard we have and the wonderful big trees we have for shade. It sure does help to keep the hot sun off and make it somewhat enjoyable to be outside on a 90-100 degree day!

In another week, I will be assisting at Vacation Bible School for our church, Bellville United Methodist and Abigail will be having fun and making friends. I will be working with the 3rd-4th graders. Then in another month Abigail will start preschool at St. Mary's Episcopal Day School. So hard to believe that her first day of school is coming up! Then not too much after that she turns two. Wow how fast time flies!

Treasure every moment and live in the present fully!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July


Happy 4th of July America!!

What a beautiful HOT day here in Texas!! This morning Abigail and I enjoyed the Star Spangled worship service this morning at church. Abigail loves going to church and playing with the children in the childcare center. She greets everyone we walk by saying hi and waving and when we leave she says bye and blows kisses. I just love how she says the word CHURCH, too cute. After church Ryan was up from working all night and got the needed sleep he needed, so the rest of the day we have been able to spend a nice family day together on a holiday. Which is rare when your husband works for the railroad.

Abigail turns 22 months on tomorrow/July 5th, can't believe just two more months and she turns 2!!




My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountainside let freedom ring!
~Romans 13:1-7