Archive for March, 2011

We were very lucky that today Emmy invited all of the Robinsons to Reidsville to enjoy corned beef and cabbage. Because Aunt Cathy, Cousin Mary Bedford and Pee-Paw were all in Winston-Salem, it was a perfect meeting point for everyone. (And hey, who can turn down corned beef?)

This was the first time that Pee-Paw, Aunt Cathy or Mary Bedford had met Abby and she was very patient with everyone getting to hold her and love on her. Here are a few pictures…

Pee-Paw, Abby and Daddy

Lots of Robinson women...!

Sibling love


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Since Erin is staying home with Abby in the coming months, Grace and I ride by ourselves. After I did the handwashing drill (Erin usually assists there), I completed the check-in sheet. As I waved goodbye to Grace, she said, “Wait Mama, Dada!” A close friend of Grace’s (perhaps Jay Foster!) provided gentle clarification to Grace that I was indeed a Dada.

— Grace indignantly replied: “NO! THAT’S MY DADDY!”, and she rushed to hug my leg.

It’s good to belong to her. I smiled all day long.

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Oak Island Park!

This morning, Grace had the opportunity to visit the park to work off some energy (Mama & Daddy’s grand plan to get Grace good and tired so that she’d nap, and we could watch the ACC championship). She had a great time climbing up and sliding down!

Playing hard!

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This weekend, the Robinson family was able to take a quick trip down to the beach to visit with Grandpa, Uncle Chris and Uncle Chris’ girlfriend, Megan. It was Abby’s first long car ride, as well as her first trip to the beach, but she did beautifully, sleeping in the car, and even doing pretty well sharing a room with her sister. Grace got to sleep in a twin sized bed for the first time and really enjoyed her time in the big girl bed.

There was lots of basketball to watch this weekend, and so while Duke played today, Grace, Mama and Abby took a trip to the Nature center. It was a previously unexplored spot, but Grace really enjoyed seeing an iguana, a chinchilla, a rabbit, two ferrets, doves, an owl and various other birds. She also got to color and explore the water down by the dock, where we looked (unsuccessfully) for crabs. It was a fun trip and was just the right amount of entertainment for a two and a half year old.

Talking to the blue jay

Trying to wake up the ferrets

The girls outside the nature center (note Abby's head in the bottom right)

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“Daddy, I’m trying, but I just can’t kiss my elbow…”

“Well, Honey, let Daddy know when you can.”

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One game that Grace and I share is “got your nose.”  For those of you not versed, it’s a process of gently swiping your fingers along somebody else’s nose, placing your thumb between your index and middle fingers, making a fist, and demonstrated to the other person that you have their nose.

Daddy: “I got your nose.”
At first, seeing my thumb in my right hand confused her to say the least.  She responded indignantly.

–I thought the most appropriate reply would be to immediately return it to her by reaching to touch her nose with my same hand.  As I replaced it, I made a soft popping nose.
“There you go, Grace.”
“Thank you, Daddy.”

<5-10 minutes pass>

“Daddy, I got your nose.”
— Wow.  This caught me off guard.  How fun!
“Honey, do you have my nose?”
“Can Daddy have his nose back?”
“Why can’t I have my nose back?”
“I put it in my pocket.”

–Yep, she’s upped the ante.  Let’s see how far this goes.
“Honey, what’s Daddy going to do without his nose?”
“I got your nose”  [said with a musical and sweetly mocking tone.]
“Grace, please give Daddy back his nose.  I need to smell sometime tomorrow.”
–With a big fist, she waved her clenched fist back and forth in the air.

“Honey, is Daddy going to have to take his nose back?”
“No.”  <still waving hand>
“Honey, could Daddy have *your* nose?”
<a pause, asif she’s weighing her options.>

“Well, put my nose back into your pocket, and I’ll get it back by bedtime.”
“Okay, Daddy.”

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A new picture

We have had a request for a newer picture of Abby since her face is changing so quickly…  Here you go!

In her favorite outfit

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