Thursday, December 30, 2010

christmas run

My favorite part of Christmas was running around the Marina with my family. It was a warm winter day and Tim made me run real fast.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

not ready yet

Am I supposed to blog about christmas? Oh man. I'm still on holiday. Family and friends in town for another week. So maybe next week I'll have some pictures. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

gingerbread house

I am not typically a gingerbread house maker - which you will believe as you see my pictures - but I decided it was time for Grant and I to try our hands at a little Christmas house. Graham crackers, frosting, M&M's, and "mushrooms" (gum drops). The craft went a little like this:

Get the stuff

build a roof and take it off

put in a door

gum drop the new roof

watch the house fall down

push the wreck into a single story house

And fun is had all around! It's been a good snowy day!

oh my babes! I love you!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

a glimpse of grant

Coming home from grocery shopping Grant says, "I am gonna be a paleontologist and look at the King Crabs. Also if I have a sword I'm gonna cut their legs off!"

Saturday, December 11, 2010

it's christmas time

We cut our first Christmas tree today! I've heard some terrible stories this season but we went in after a big snow melt and we had no problems at all. Our favorite family the Bjurs came with us which makes things all the more fun. Our tree is perfect for our little house all decorated. Now the season has begun for us. I think we have a tradition here!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

little trouble maker

Things heard repeatedly this week:

"Daddy, put the babes in her room cuz she's eating my toys."

"Daddy, put the baby in her room cuz she's in the way of the TV."

"Babes, don't look at me when I'm eating, alright?"

"Babes, I love you but you have to do what I say."

"Mommy, put the babes to bed cuz she's screaming too loud."

"Daddy, put the baby in her room cuz she's coming over and gonna eat my food."

"The babes is gonna fall over!"

"Babes, stop doing that!"

"Mommy, get the baby outta here cuz she's touching my toys."

- Grant

Monday, December 06, 2010

splash time

Bath time is fierce these days when you add Calli to the mix.



8 months. My baby is advanced! (I think) I have a video of Grant crawling at about 10 months. If nothing else she's cute!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

bad mom!

I totally just woke Calli up from bed to cuddle her but she wouldn't be cuddled. She only uses people to get to things she can put in her mouth. But we rocked for a while anyway, smiling and butting heads, and then I put her back down, for which she thanked me and went promptly back to sleep -blanket in hand and thumb in mouth. Oh Cal, how I love you and your calmness in the face of your crazy Mother.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

not so good thanksgiving

Well we've been cooped up for days at the house as I've been SUPER sick with some kind of flu. I guess it's good to pile up sick days with holiday days since there's too much work to do otherwise but....THE TURKEY! I missed my 6 mile run I've been training for the last 4 months and we didn't make it to my parents for turkey and fun. It was sad for sure. At least my mom sent dad with a box of food that helped lighten the blow and I love Tim so that helped too. We've had a week of sick saturdays now and things are getting a little too blurry. The only appointment we had was Grant's soccer class and....we missed it this morning. It's been a week of many ups and downs and frankly I guess I'm just thankful to be alive and semi-happy. I keep hoping my stomach will get better soon and I'll be able to eat a heap but it still hasn't happened. After four days of optimism I'm about dried up and ready to never eat again. The snow is coming down outside as the night approaches us again. At least I can get some computer work done and tomorrow I swear - I'm leaving the house come hell or high water!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

hospital time

My nephew is in the hospital this week with severe Asthma. I've been there a lot playing trucks and reading books. It's exhausting following a 2 year old around with an IV stand! But at least he's feeling better and playing even though it's not ideal in such a tight, stuffy place with cords hanging all over him. He gets to go home when he can sleep with a normal oxygen level....hopefully tomorrow. I LOVE my sweet little buddy and their poor, poor, sleep deprived parents. May God send recovery tonight!

Monday, November 15, 2010

a loud eater

Well it took me about 3 months to get batteries for the camera so I could put this up but here's a clip of Calli's signature eating screams. She doesn't do it anymore but for the first month of eating solids this would happen with EVERY spoon full. Oh I love my baby girl!!

Friday, November 05, 2010

new hobby

Alright, this is now my new hobby...

photoshopping my baby's craziness into appropriate situations.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

fall kids

Our cute kids -
photos by Daddy
smiles by Mommy jumping up and down yelling

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

my first glass

Last weekend Tim and I went on a much needed date - and unlike most that rate 4's and 5's - this one was a TEN!

Reason one: Brugo's Pizza. No crowds, no wait, nice music, great pizza! We happily pretended we were far far away from Reno and talked of things around the world.

Reason two: I ordered my first glass of wine. That's right - I hate wine. I think it's terrible! But Tim loves it and I want to enjoy it with him someday so last week I bought a bottle of "starter wine". Yep, Arbor Mist! I drank the whole bottle by myself in a few nights and I was ready for our date. I ordered a White Zinfandel on the advice of another wimpy-wine-friend. It was kinda good! That's big for me! But the new adventure of it all helped our date go fabulous - the alcohol itself didn't hurt either. We managed not only to not talk about the kids and work but we didn't even think to go there! Wow!

The down side - What, we spent $14 on two glasses of wine!? It's a whole new world.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

God is

I feel as though my life on this earth has one goal for me - to make me forget God is the ruler of all.

Not everyone who reads my blog believes in God - the True God - but I believe God is as much as I believe if I drop a bowling ball on my foot it will hurt like hell. Through the work of Jesus Christ, God is in my soul now and I can't shake Him. And more then God is - He is the King of me and (although not all bow yet) the world around me. But even though I have this tie to God so deeply in my soul it is still so hard not to forget it. I mean, how do you make pulling food goop out of the kitchen scrub brush spiritual? Sometimes there are hours I don't eat or pee because I can't bear the thought of taking the time so do you think I take time to read the Bible much? The life I live is out to get me - and yet I feel no call from God to abandon my lifestyle. I can go nun now! But I need to stop my secret assumption that life should go well all the time. Life is a fight. There are trials, frazzled emotions, and sometimes in my life right now there is poop and spit up and wedding invitations everywhere and it takes all my strength to keep them apart! But God is. Whether I acknowledge it or not, God is. And I am thankful to have a God that is so big and that when you open the door just a bit for Him to come in - He does! To see God even just for a few minutes in a world of chaos is so wonderful. Although Life wants me to forget Him, He desperately wants me to remember. I am thankful that He loves me so much more then I love Him. And no matter what happens in my life - God is. So I keep fighting - to do what's right, to remember God's love in my life, and to not strangle my children...or my wonderful husband.

James 4:8 - Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Isaiah 41:10 - Do not fear for I am with you...I am your God.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

grandma and grandad morton

Grant and Calli are currently half of the great grandchildren of this lovely couple's legacy. On their couch rests a pillow that reads, "here lives a great fisherman with the catch of his life." It's possibly my favorite pillow on earth. Happy Anniversary to a beautiful couple.

Announcements: Richmond Business Marketplace Announcements & Corrections - Anniversary / Sid & Roberta Morton

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Last night at Awanas it was Parent night. Cubbies is crazy but blessings on leader Jane who had it all figured out. She's amazing. We finally received Grant's patches from the last few weeks which I was happy about, until I got home.... I just want to share this with you all that don't have facebook - or me on your facebook. Obviously there's a lot of support out there for this problem.
(p.s. this is the funniest blog post ever and has to do with Awana)

Abby Lange Morton How the hell am I supposed to get the cubbie patch on the cubbie vest?
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  • Rebekah Schroeder likes this.
    • Athena Buller ha ha ha.. been there.. I think my hubby stitched it on?
      21 hours ago ·
    • Nick Timko huh?
      21 hours ago ·
    • Jennifer Jones I'm with Nick....huh?
      21 hours ago ·
    • Ali Jones Ball are they not iron on?
      20 hours ago ·
    • Amanda Bartlett recite a verse at it- see if that helps...then sew it on. Even if it is iron-on, mine ALWAYS came off during games. :) Me as a Cubbie...kinda cute huh?
      20 hours ago ·
    • Abby Lange Morton Grant is in Awanas - a church kid program like cub scouts. Patches!! Ack!

      Ali - I put an iron on it but no sticky was happening.
      20 hours ago ·
    • Nick Timko wouldnt it be an awana patch then? lol how bout supper glue
      20 hours ago ·
    • Erik Bjur One word...stapler.
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    • Ali Jones Ball I can't believe they wouldn't make then iron on. I think maybe we should earn a patch for sewing it on.
      19 hours ago ·
    • Amy Staley Bird LOL! Abby I love you. I ironed Jonah's patches on his vest but we were told to stitch it as well. Did you try ironing it from underneath the vest? The patch is too thick for the sticky to melt if you iron on top of the patch. If that doesn't work, try trading it in for another patch. Maybe the one you got is defective.
      11 hours ago ·
    • Shiloh Muller Annalita's cubbie leader always puts the patches on for us. I think her patches come with some kind of really sticky backing.
      11 hours ago ·
    • Jenni Saake I just use super glue. ;)
      10 hours ago ·
    • Rebecca Mixon Abby.You can buy iron on sheets at a fabric store and cut it to size and iron it on.No sew and it takes seconds.:)
      10 hours ago ·
    • Liza Martinez Munson We tried hot glue not knowing that would it would "expire" shortly afterwards!
      10 hours ago ·
    • Abby Lange Morton
      AMY- yes I think you're right - iron on from the back and then stitch. I'll try that. They couldn't come with directions??

      Thanks for all the support everyone.....I figured I might not be alone here. I got two out of three on and they only l...See More
      9 hours ago ·
    • Lindsay Spencer I stitched all Paul's, that might be why only half of them made it onto his vest.
      9 hours ago ·
    • Nick Timko Lol did u expect this much response
      8 hours ago ·
    • Ronda McCormick hot glue gun!!!!
      3 hours ago ·
    • Ronda McCormick Have your mother help you!!
      3 hours ago ·