This morning....

This morning I turned around and to my surprise the girls were holding hands- so I had to capture the moment and I'll remind them of this when they get older- at one time they liked each other....:) Too cute!

Abi in her new jammies that Daddy bought her- and she has worn them every night since! I hate to break her heart but they are needing a washing really bad,so she may have to do with out one night!

We had fun at Jacob's Birthday party last weekend. It was at the Childrens Museum. This is Abi's card .... she's doing so good on her letters.

And here is Avri AFTER Jacob's birthday party- Party animal finally got tired!

AND lastly, this is so great! This is Abi's Christmas wish list. Keep in mind Tony wrote while she did the wishing- so he wrote EXACTLY what she wished for. I love it!!!


For some reason I cant get the pics to enlarge so that you can see them more clear...but the first set is Abi's pre-school pics- adorable! And then the rest are of Abi and Avri about a month ago. Too cute!
I have tried and tried- but very UNsuccessful to get a good pic of the girls in front of the Christmas tree..
Just some is Avri playing with the garland for the tree....
And running from me as I am trying to GET my garland on the tree...:)
Our princess...
The girls are not camera shy!

Abi and I love our smores when we go camping...BUT who says you have to be camping to enjoy one-

Normally, playing in the snow with Abi is Tony's job- I hate being cold....but he was busy putting the Christmas lights on the house, so I couldn't say No. Avri was down for her nap- so I toughed it out and went out with her. I had so much fun! It had been way too long since I had built a snowman! We got Daddy to stop for a little bit and join us in a snowball fight.

See who Avri looks like... DADDY! She's not the mini- me Abi is.

Over vacation, we enjoyed a day at Lisa's house (Tony's sister) in St Louis. Everyone was able to make it- and we had a nice time. Below are pics of the girls...yes, ALL girls! no boys- but don't
look at us to change that!! LISA!!!
They dressed up as princesses and entertained us with a princess parade.

Blog vacation

I'm still alive! I not only took a vacation from work but my blog as well. Sorry! Once I get caught up I'll be back in full force. I have so many things I want to share so keep checking back. I spent my week off getting the typical Holiday things done. We bought a new Christmas tree this year- I finally got a pre-lit tree- its so pretty! I love it! Abi really got into putting all the ornaments on- so keep this in mind when you see how bunched up and low the decorations are:).

Avri is keeping me busy- she is simply a "Monster" right now. 13 months old.... yeah, that's the busy stage! She never tires too much either- amazing- why do I? She made that baby to toddler transition somewhere around Thanksgiving. She no longer takes a bottle! Sad day sort of to pack all the bottles away. I still get her to sit in my lap though for her bed time sippy cup of milk.

I baked/decorated sugar cookies, spent a day X-mas shopping with my mom in Bloomington, worked on a play area for the girls in the basement, took Abi to see her first movie- Madagascar 2- ( I forgot to tell her the part about not talking loud :) , more Xmas shopping, night out with Tony, a Mommy & Avri day, built a snowman with Abi, and much much more.

I'll leave you with a few Abi-isms for now. She is so funny!

*Keep in mind this was said in a that's not fair voice!!
*The girls were in the bathtub and Abi hollered

"Avri is getting big girl boobies and I'm not!"

*Abi is so into the Santa belief right now and yes we are guilty of using it to bribe her with good behavior...and she whispered "Can he hear me if I talk real quietly?"

*Abi told me she didn't love anyone else but regular Gma( this is what she calls my mom).. I told her YES you do! You can love more than one person, etc. etc., and she said "No- Regular Gma takes up all the space!"

Have a good evening!


Abi had a small meltdown this morning--I bought her some new Cinderella gloves yesterday and she could not get her fingers in the right holes this morning. Poor thing- she struggled all the way to school. She was so upset over it. So.....mommy will be on a Cinderella MITTEN hunt!

Abi is not only a smart cookie- but has a good sniffer too! She recognized I had on a new scent from Bath and Body Works a few weeks ago. AND this morning, Tony went to give her a hug and a kiss goodbye..and she said "Daddy! Whats that I smell?" with a big grin--- She caught him! He had just eaten a couple of her chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. She is something!!

A local tattoo shop was advertising on television they will give free tattoos for donations for toys for the "Toys for Tots" drive. She didn't hesitate to ask us if she could get a tattoo. Thankfully she was satisfied with the Tinkerbell and dog paw tattoos daddy put on her then.

My personal baker

Abi made us the best chocolate chip cookies ever last night! Since she was old enough to sit on the counter she has been helping me in the kitchen- and now she loves to bake!

Avri being honry while Abi was busy baking.....
and a pic of Baby Luke Doolin- so sweet!

new baby in town...

Its a cold Monday morning, and sorry I have no new pics to update my blog with. Life is good- everyone is healthy in the house ( knock on wood). Tony has been working a ton of hours- and me and the girls have been doing our thing. We spent the weekend visiting family and friends. That's about all we did. Started with my gma, then to Aunt Lorie's, then home for naps and then to my girlfriend's Sheila's house for pizza. Which brings me to.... the new baby!! Sat. night after we left and the other couples left, Sheila's water broke! She had a precious baby boy, Luke, 6lbs and 9 ozs. CONGRATS DOOLINS!!! We love you guys! And Drake is officially a big brother now! Then Sunday me and the girls headed to Springfield to spend the afternoon with my girlfriend, Julie, and her family. Abi had a ball playing with her two boys.

Soon I'll get the camera back out. Hugs to you all- Tammi

Soaking up the warm weather

Who would have thought on November 1, we would be enjoying the entire day outside?

Abi and Daddy caught 6 butterflies and saved them in her bug box. Abi took Avri on MANY trips around the house in her jeep ( sorry Avri for the whiplash) and we spent some time at the park!

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We took our lunch to the park and had another picnic.....I dread the thought of being cooped up in the house this winter!

And on Sunday, it was just as beautiful out! The girls enjoyed lunch at their picnic table. This was Avri's first time sitting and actually eating at the table. It was so cute, she fell backwards once and laid on her back with her food in hand and continued to eat! Nothing comes between her and her food!

Wedding reception

One of my cousins got married a few weeks ago on the white sands of Panama City Beach, FL. ( is that not awesome!!!)

Congrats Eric &Jill!

Saturday was the reception.

Unfortunately, all my pics from the reception came out blurry. But I had to share this one. Abi met this little girl, Carli, at the reception and they danced the night away. Here they are slow dancing. Too cute!

A, B, C's

Lately, Abi has been so interested in writing. "How do you spell Laney, Mommy?" "How do you spell Fishy?" "How do you spell snowman?" She is blowing our minds at how good she is doing at writing. ( remind you, she is only 3 yrs and5 months) She can sit down and write a few words with out even asking because she has practiced them so much. Mommy and Daddy both. And now Halloween because she has done it so much! I caught her in my room below, copying words from a Halloween book- ( priceless! with my shoes on)

This I took this morning on our way to Sharon's. She did this without even asking how to spell it! ( it says Avri in case you cant read it!)

Trick or Treat

Ok,.. I think Halloween may be up there for one of Abi's favorites. She had so much fun! The weather was great which made it so much more fun for the girls (and us!) I normally stay back and hand out candy- but it was to nice outside to miss out, so I pulled Avri in the wagon as Tony and Abi went up to each house on our street. Then Abi spent the rest of the evening eating her pizza in the entry way passing out candy. Her and Daddy had a system down, he did the boys and she got to do the girls. She enjoyed this as much as trick or treating.

They sure were cute!! Abi has already decided what she will be for the next 4 years: Peter Pan, a unicorn, a rainbow, and Snow White. :)