Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Our Latest Adventures

Our most notable adventure was some time away at the glorious, upscale, all-inclusive Riggall Resort in beautiful, sunny Drums, PA. Yes, we went to Jeremy's parents house...

We were there for five days over the Fourth of July weekend and, for us, it is indeed a nice place to go to get away. There is a pool to relax in, a big house for Jaron to run in, a fireplace to sit by, a pool deck to sunbathe on, a big yard for Jaron to run in, a fire pit to roast marshmellows in, a driveway for Jaron to ride his tractor down, an enclosed deck to grill on and a riding mower for Jeremy to ride on. We really did have a nice time, and in fact, Mary and the kids stayed there another few days since we were going to be right back up there the following weekend for a get-together with some friends out of state (Craig and Molz put that together). So Jeremy went home for a few days to work then came right back up for the weekend.

The videos and photos say it all:

Jaron picks a swing....

Driveways are a new concept to Jaron - apparently you can have so much fun on them!

Having a blast at the pool! Abigail is very pretty at the end of this video...

Jaron doesn't really like noise.

Jaron and Abigail are cooking up some soup...

We were able to spend some time with cousin Emma while we were up there. The two girls had an enjoyable time together. We think they'll get along quite nicely in the years to come.

We are actually going back up there again this weekend; the entire Riggall side of the family will be there for a little reunion. It is going to be one chaotic house ... but yes, oh so much fun!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hello Blog World!

So, we've been on vacation, if you haven't been able to tell from the many calendar pages that have been torn off from our last update. Tomorrow, we hope, will be the day where we update our blog with pictures, videos and stories of our vacation, family that is in town, what we did last weekend and what the kids are up to.

For those who are curious, Abigail is doing really well. I think it is safe to say that she has recovered from her surgery almost in full. The eye that has not completely opened still has not opened but we have a follow up with the eye doctor in a few weeks and are anxious to see what he has to say about it. Technically, we have another month before the "swelling period" is complete.

More tomorrow ... we hope ....
For now, a video of our Abbie Kat (Abigail Kathryn).

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Eeaoobodee dada

I just asked Jaron what we should title this post and that was his response.

It is difficult to believe it was only a little over a week ago that we last posted - it feels like it was three weeks! That is a measure of how much has happened over the last week. We'll get into some of the highlights and pictures below, but first an update on Abigail.

There are still a few stitches hanging on that will eventually dissolve and pull out. The scar itself looks really good and her head is a little fuzzy as the hair is starting to grow in. All seems to be well except for her right eye, which still has not opened all of the way. To us it seems as if there is no progress there, but we are trying to do our best to not think too far ahead before the "swelling period" is complete. She also is behind in her body coordination, particularly with rolling over from front to back and back to front. Some babies are thinking about crawling around this age! We figure she has spent a lot of her life laying in a hospital bed and trying to heal and not as much time in building body strength so we are certain she will catch up at some point.

In other news, Jaron has decided that it is a good idea to go pee-pee on the potty, just "like Eli," his cousin. So Jaron goes pee-pee on the potty every night before bed without us forcing him to! Yesterday, during the middle of the day, he told me he had to go pee-pee, which turned out to be accurate. We are not making him go on the potty because potty training really needs to be their idea anyway if you want to be successful, but we greatly encourage him everytime he goes. Perhaps this isn't great Blog Material but we're rather excited about it. Go Jaron! The sooner we can stop buying diapers for you the better!!!

Speaking of new developments, Abigail has now started on solid food! At first she refused but will now easily put down 4-5 jars a day. Our little baby girl is growing up ... sniff, sniff....

The first set of photos below is of a walk we took on Father's Day - yes, we are one of those families that drag their kids around in a wagon now. Abigail did quite a nice job sitting up and staying balanced. She also really enjoyed chewing on the strap...

This set of photos is from last Saturday when we spent the day at Ocean Grove, NJ.

Curently, we are on a vacation, taking a few days to relax as a family at Jeremy's parents house. We'll post an update upon our return.
Congrats Brooke and Angel upon your newest addition!
Everyone have a terrific Fourth of July!