We had the most amazing and most successful day yesterday. It all started at 6:30 when I got out of bed, got dressed, made final touches on cleaning the house, and then Michael woke up. Once I was ready Gabby woke up and we fed her to make sure she had a full tummy and was happy, which of course she was. By 8:30 the photographer was here and he set up his traveling studio in my breakfast area. Gabby had a two hour photo shoot where we constantly were changing her positions and outfits (I swear she had at least 8 to 10 wardrobe changes that day). Somehow Gabby managed to smile throughout the entire process and she never complained more than a few moments even though we interrupted her nap time. Then Gabby was passed around from one family member to another, until it was time to go to the church at 1:30. She took a few "cat naps" throughout the day, but never got her beauty sleep. Once at the church, we sat down along with 19 other families. (When I initially learned there were so many babies being baptised at the same time I wanted to change the ceremony date so it would just be my family to make it more intimate, but that wasn't possible because the date was already set and plans were already made by the time I figured out the enormity of the baptism party.) It was the largest baptism the church had had in years! All of the babies did quite well throughout the ceremony (although at least one baby was crying at all times). I really enjoyed the baptism because it reminded everyone of what baptism represents, life. There was more innocents and angelic little babies in that room than some people will meet in a lifetime. It was chaos but fun chaos bringing babies closer to God (if that's even possible). All in all, I think it was a very successful day. I don't know how Gabby did it, but she was a perfect angel all day long. I don't think there is a more tolerate baby in the world. Thank you Gabby for cooperating on your special day. It was a big day for such a little baby!
*Gabby wore the same dress my sister and I wore for our baptisms.
Gabby's party was everything she imagined it. The 22 girls enjoyed getting their hair and make up done. Then they all put on their head set microphone and then headed onto stage and enjoyed performing their favorite songs. The girls seemed to really like the party that Gabby planned. After cake and gifts the girls went back to the stage for an encore (or 5). A few of the moms at the party even attempted to escape from one of our escape rooms. Gabby seemed to love having the run of Escape Artist and showing off the rooms to all of her friends. It is amazing how many people love and care for Gabby. We are so grateful for all of the friends and fun that was had at her party!
Father's Day was a relaxing day. Michael has been working extremely hard building things at the escape room. We decided to spend the day with his best friend. It was a fun and relaxing day enjoying the kids and cooking burgers. I think these pictures depict our day:
I think Gabby knows that she is so blessed to have such a loving, caring, involved fun Daddy. I know that I am lucky to have such an amazing partner sharing this crazy life of parenting and making memories. We love you Michael and we both feel so blessed for the ways you choose to so your love. You make our lives amazing. Love you.
One evening while eating dinner at Texas Roadhouse (our
usual on Friday nights so we can see Daddy for an hour while he’s working)
Gabby saw Olympic swimmers on the television and said I want to do that. Michael and I have been wanting Gabby to become
less fearful of the water and a stronger swimmer so we immediately agreed that
becoming a swimmer was a great idea. Two
weeks later I had all of the information needed and we were signed up for the
neighborhood swim team. Little did I
know how intense summer swim team would be!
To be allowed on the team you must be capable of swimming
across the entire 25 meter pool, there is no time limit and you are allowed to
hold on to the rope as much as you need.
Gabby made it across the pool in about 2 minutes, 20 seconds with a lot
of encouragement from the coaches and a lot of holding onto the ropes and
taking breaks. I must add that the
evaluation was in April and it was cold, but she never even mentioned the
temperature of the water the…