Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
My friend Jen makes very cute bags, bows, headbands, scripture covers, capes and more! (I really want to get a headband for Abby:) You should all visit her website for a chance for a free giveaway and to see her great stuff.
(I've seen a ton of it in person and it is darling!)
Posted by The Wessman Family at 8:52 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here are 10 things about Abby that I think are great:
1. Abby is a talker-and-a-half. Especially in the car, she can talk like no other and we love hearing her cute voice.
2. Abby has a ton of energy. She wears me out and doesn't sit on our laps for long but I love her exuberance and busy-ness.
3. She is very friendly. I am glad that she is social and enjoys talking to and meeting new people.
4. Abby loves to read. We spend lots of time with books and a common phrase is, "I need to read!"
5. Abby is quite a happy kid. We all have sad moments, but I am grateful that we can generally count on a big smile from our girl.
6. We think that she is very cute.
7. Abby likes reading the scriptures. She loves finding pictures of Jesus and Alma (her favorite Book of Mormon character) in her story book. (She also has a very exuberant "Amen" at the end of prayers!)
8. She is very fashion conscious. Sometimes it can be pretty hard to convince her to wear pants instead of dresses. I always love it when she tells me she likes my clothes and then proceeds to pick out shoes to match them.
9. She is quite the smarty pants. She counts to 4, knows several shapes and colors and is learning letters. I also laugh as we drive through the neighborhood and she tells me who lives in which house.
10. We love that she is ours forever!
Here are a few pictures of our day today (Wheeler Farm--I think I could just eat that little piglet up--not literally, cake, presents plus a visit to grandma):
(That is a smile.)
Posted by The Wessman Family at 12:06 AM
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Most of you already know our little “situation” of late. For those of you who don’t…here it is…
Mike’s job has been great! He’s worked with great people and had fun being involved with a small startup pharmaceutical company. He got his hands into many different projects. One of his main interests for his career is the design and construction of pharmaceutical facilities. He certainly wanted to help his company with a large facility, but not knowing when that would happen, he’s been looking for a new job for some time now. He really picked up the pace a month or two ago.
Then…a few setbacks hit the company (pretty much all unrelated, but all at the same time—not good) and they needed to do layoffs! Last Wednesday 70% of the company was laid off. Huge! It was really sad and we felt bad for all involved. Unfortunately, we are unemployed. Fortunately, we had already started the process of finding a new job. We consider ourselves very blessed to have been prepared in this way.
So now Mike is searching full time. We have some excellent leads and prospects. Unfortunately, none so far are in Utah (as anticipated). We expect to be moving within the next few months:(. We’ll miss home here, but look forward to new opportunities and adventures!
A couple thoughts:
- If you know anyone who might want to buy our house (with the plan that we’ll live here until we leave…within reason), have them give us a call.
- We have the chance to renew our AWESOME University of Utah gymnastics season tickets before Oct. 31. If you want them, let us know (otherwise we’ll just let them go). It will cost $65 for the two. There are six meets (January through March) and the seats are very good. I will miss them:(
Posted by The Wessman Family at 4:41 PM
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Abby's birthday is October 27th.
We had a little party yesterday at Jungle Jim's Playland. I question whether or not she really is my child because she seemed to enjoy the rides much more than I would've as a kid. It was great to see her having so much fun!
Posted by The Wessman Family at 5:45 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Posted by The Wessman Family at 11:41 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Last Friday Abby and I went downtown. We didn't have any specific plans other than I needed to make a quick stop at the FH Library. Next door is the Church History Museum. It was cold outside and so indoors was appealing. I am sure that many of you have already discovered the museum and I certainly had pre-kid, but they had a fun little exhibit just for kids entitled I am a Child of God that Abby really enjoyed. She played with baby dolls, gave them bottles and changed their "nammies" (jammies) in a mock hospital nursery. She built temples with blocks (for not very long) and really liked coloring stained glass windows. They also had a little reading area, a few places to watch videos, other building things and a wall where you remove wooden pieces to reveal scripture stories. We stayed for 45 minutes or so which isn't very long, but was perfect for her. (She would've stayed longer.)
We also added to "fun and free" by parking on the street a few blocks away and taking the train (within the free fare zone:) to the library/museum (much easier than trying to park by Temple Square).
Posted by The Wessman Family at 12:15 AM
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The book show was fun. So many fun and varied books to choose from. Really I'd like to have them all! Anyway, if anyone (in state, out of state or somewhere in between) wants to order a book online, you have through this weekend to do it! Just go to this website. Several of us made a nice dent in our Christmas shopping:)
Posted by The Wessman Family at 11:53 PM
Monday, October 6, 2008
5 days without internet is good for me...
Here are a few little updates from us.
Posted by The Wessman Family at 5:37 PM
This past week/weekend, we took a little trip down south. We camped two nights at Bryce National Park...
A couple memorable things:
- Mike got 5 stitches in his hand 3 hours before we were supposed to leave for using scissors inappropriately at work:)
- Abby likes make believe--she turned a piece of concrete in the campground into a horsey and refused to eat the two cinnamon bears she was playing with in the car
- Abby is talking in complete sentences! It is so fun and an exciting part of her development (most of the sentences start, "I need..." or "I want..." :) It is very cute
- I really like Pollo Loco
Posted by The Wessman Family at 5:30 PM
We spent conference weekend in St. George at Mike's parents' new place (lovely home). It was a great weekend and here are some thoughts. I only have notes from the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning sessions.
Laugh in the face of adversity, maintain an eternal perspective, understand the principle of compensation, always trust in our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. --Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
During our morning prayers, reflect on our struggles, express remorse and plead for strength. During the day, keep a prayer in our hearts to overcome the struggles we face. Then, in our evening prayers, report back, express gratitude for strength and repent. --Elder David A. Bednar
Say gratitude-only prayers on occasion and pray for others sincerely and with intent. --Elder David A. Bednar
Seek and qualify for unity with those around us (in various settings) and always be aware of how we talk about others. --President Henry B. Eyring
Responses of silence, meekness and forgiveness take Christian courage. --Elder Robert D. Hales
Be humble enough to ask, "Is it I?" as the apostles did of Jesus in the face of contentions or conflict. --Elder Robert D. Hales
The temple is the reason we do all things. --Sister Elaine B. Dalton
Never let a problem to be solved be more important than a person to be loved. --President Thomas S. Monson
Posted by The Wessman Family at 3:25 PM
I am hosting an Usborne Books show at my house on Thursday (10/9) at 7 PM. These are really fun kids books and are reasonably priced. If you'd like to come, I'd love to have you. (Let me know for planning purposes.) It's a good time to think of Christmas presents for your kiddos! (Abby loves the Usborne books she has!)
Posted by The Wessman Family at 12:10 PM