Spider-Man Sheep

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tonight while I was putting Brandon to sleep ...

"Mommy, did my Spider-Man blanket come from Spider-Man sheep?"

Seriously, love this kid. How cool would that be?

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Saturday, December 14, 2013
Me + You. Xoxo

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A Caped Crusader!

Friday, December 13, 2013
Brandon spent the night at Papa and Grandma Booba's last night
we couldn't tell Luke
He would have been jealous.
Brandon had a great time
and here he is
our Caper Crusader ready for school today!

5 Year Old Problems

Nicky has a lot of girlfriends
it can be hard for a 5 year old
Facebook is making my life easy
it just posted a section called
Year in REVIEW
this was one of my top 20 moments
I love it.

Dear Abelingland

Dear Abelingland,

Back in May I lost some of my spirit and needed to focus on  my family, work, and priorities. I put my blog last. But coming up on year end I realized that I will never forgive myself if I stop documenting the boys ADVENTURES and continue to make those blog books like I promised. I may not be able to keep it up forever and once they get to high school, I am sure there isn't a lot they will let me write about. But for now, while they are little, I will continue.

I've made some progress, but I've completely missed, May - November. I have a lot to catch up on.
I have to get through the boys birthday, their joint mass party....

I have to get through Mother's Day and  Finley's visit

Nicky's first LOST tooth and then his second one...

My trip to Arkansas and my first attempt at Paint Ball....can you see me in all that camo?

Luke growing up so fast, turning 2 and climbing out of the crib...

and Father's Day...

and this is just June! I have to document birthdays and babies, and trips, and family time. I'll get there. And some will be redundant for those that follow me on Facebook and Instagram. But I have a book to make!

So much more to go before we ring in 2014.

Secrets of Abelingland - MY WORLD

Usually when people find out I have three boys they say 2 things

1. I don't know how you do it
2. followed by - Ages and Boys or Girls?

When I tell them that I have three boys ages 5, 4, and 2and a half, they look at me and say 2 things

1. I don't know how you do it
2. Did you try for a girl?

Those of you who know me, you know how badly I wanted a girl. And if you didn't know that. I DID. Badly.

I respond saying, I tried every time. I probably cried at every ultrasound too. I just really really REALLY really wanted a girl. I joke that Dan can't make girls. I think it is true. I think it is pay back...or maybe God knows what he is doing...because I have three B O Y S....and I wouldn't trade them for the world.


My kids never had any interest in their thumbs
they preferred their "bays"
their ninis
their blankets
that was OK with us
however, breaking up with NINI was impossible
with a lot of angst, blood, sweat, and tears.
but we made it past the pacifier stage when Luke was 9 months old
and then...
a year later...
after Brandon's 4th birthday, the unexpected happened!
He came home one day and told us a little boy at nap time sucks his thumb
and he showed us
- see mom, like this!-
at first we didn't know it was going to be a "thing"
it just happened
and at 4?
we let it go for a while
constantly telling him to take his thumb out
At first I was a little embarrassed "I have a thumb sucker"
But not really sure why
lots of kids did
and for Brandon, who has a history of needing things to comfort him
it wasn't THAT unusual I guess
we were successful over the summer, about 2 months after it started
we got that nail bit STOP and put it on his nails
it was horrible, even I tried it.
it worked -  for about a month
and then it happened again!
and it hasn't left
right now we have an agreement
only suck your thumb at naptime and bedtime
sometimes listens
sometimes we find him alone sucking his thumb
he finds comfort, it self soothes, he needs it right now
we've asked his therapist and the Dr's if we should be worried
about his teeth, his speech, etc.
they both say to let him grow out of it and it will get better
for now, the war wages on.
Daddy and I are planning and plotting
until next time thumb!

Tangled Up

Thursday, December 12, 2013
I'm helping!

A Promise Kept

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
They kept their P R O M I S E
3 little Rattles
in a baggie
came last week
and all was right in Abelingland
for now.

Papa Vic & Grandma Ellen in Austin

In November, Grandpa Vic and Grandma Ellen came to visit
the boys had not seen them in years
and didn't come with me when I went to visit them earlier in the year
My Dad had back surgery he is up and walking
good as new!
better than ever!
Nicky was so excited a real life Marine was coming to visit.
He couldn't wait to talk guns.
he couldnt wait to talk rattle snakes.
It was a lovley visit
Lots of football, wine, and chaos.
I think Ellen can personally confirm now why I drink
Unfortunately, the weather turned cold and an artic freeze hit and we had to cut the trip short
before they left we had a great lunch at the County Line to celebrate and couldn't pass us feeding the turtles
and enjoying the company
Before they left they promised to send Nicky 
the rattles of of some dead rattlesnakes they had killed over the summer.
Nicky was beside himself with joy and excitement.
what could be better.

we miss them already and we love you!!
we hope you are enjoyign the OBAMA toilet paper. 
{thanks Grandma Booba}


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