Sunday, January 30, 2011

babes of 2010 !

abbi is famous!! :)
every year the Herald Journal does a insert of the babies from the year previous...
i have always enjoyed looking at all of the pics... names and birthdays!
for a small fee of $15 i submitted abbi's pic and info for this years edition!!
and guess what...
made the front page and everything!
(that is her on the bottom with the green bow)
she won a $25 gift card to Lee's market!! i am so excited!! what a babe!! :)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

rest in peace...

a co-worker passed away this week. she was a single mom of 5. she was nice, quiet and kind. it is such a shock! we have rallied the last 2 weeks in raising money for her family. we held a bake sale at sam's club and raised almost $1300!! we will miss you colleen...

Colleen Barton (1965 - 2011)

Colleen Barton, age 45, of Logan, Utah, died Jan. 25, 2011, at the University of Utah Medical Center from complications related to acute respiratory distress syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia.
Colleen was born Dec. 14, 1965, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the fifth child of Clark and Cherrill Barton. She had a happy childhood in Bountiful, Utah. Colleen was always very active in church and was especially fond of Girl's Camp and other youth outings. Colleen moved during her high school years when her father's duties with the U.S. Air Force initiated a move to Avon Park, Fla.; then Holbrook, Ariz. Colleen is a graduate of Holbrook High School. She always enjoyed music, singing with numerous musical groups. Being a member of the Holbrook High School Flag Team was a highlight of her earlier years.
Colleen attended Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, and Utah State University in Logan, where she met her future husband Kelly Dale Kemp. They were married in 1986 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They had five children, Nathan, Kyle, Allison, Gary and Mellissa. They lived in Kearns, Utah, and Logan, Utah; they later divorced and Colleen continued to raise her family in Logan.
Colleen was a deeply spiritual person who cherished and served her Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. Her children were her life and she worked tirelessly to teach them honesty, love for others, faith in God and devotion to family. Her loving example and teaching has made her children unbelievably strong, resilient and united.
While living in Logan she was a very active member of the LDS Church, extremely involved with school and music for her children. She received and gave much support through her affiliation with Heart to Heart.She was a devoted friend, always willing to lend a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. She was universally loved because of her ability to accept and understand others without judgment. It is doubtful Colleen realized the extent of her enormous influence in the lives of her children, family and friends.
Colleen is survived by her children, Nathaniel Merrill Kemp (23), Kyle Riddell Kemp (21), Allison Kay Kemp (19), Gary Allen Kemp (16), Mellissa Rose Kemp (13); her parents, Clark Laws Barton, Cherrill Kay Barton (Oyler); her siblings, Jeffrey Clark Barton, Laurie Kay Anderson (Barton), Alan Glen Barton, Julian Dale Barton; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, family and friends too varied and numerous to mention.
The outpouring of love and support to Colleen, her children and family have been truly humbling and oh so appreciated. Colleen is with her Father in Heaven and knows without a shadow of a doubt that she was loved by all.
Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Logan 6th Ward Chapel located at 94 W. 600 South in Logan, Utah. Viewing will begin at 10 a.m., Funeral service at 11 a.m. The graveside service and burial will take place at 3 p.m. at the Lakeview Cemetery, 1640 E. Lakeview Drive, Bountiful, Utah, 84010. Services by Lakeview Mortuary, (801)298-1564.
Online obituary at

Thursday, January 27, 2011

6 month photo shoot....

we took abbi to jcpennys for her 6 month photos!!

love them so much!!!

this one is my favorite...
A ... is for Absolutley Adorable Abbi!!!!

this on is Kevin's favorite...

really really love this one with her holding on to kevin and my hands!! so darling!

this was the very first pic he took!! love it!

look at her cute little toes all curled up!

that is my abbi!!

i was very impressed with the pics! i will go there again!

what a sweetie!! she did sooooooooooooo well!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

6 months old...

6 months!! so crazy!!

here are some of abbi's wonderful highlights at 5-6 months old!!

* she loves to play peek-a-boo! we put a burp cloth over her head and she can pull it off!

* she has the most beautiful little hand gestures. so gentle and soft.

* KICK KICK KICK!! she moves those legs soooo fast! we are gonna be in trouble when they hit the floor! she kicks so much, sometimes she kicks out of her jammies!!

* santa brought her a play mat that has a criss cross arch over the top for Christmas! she enjoys playing with the chain that links the 2 sides together and the pictures that hang from the arch.

* if she is fussy she will quiet down when she hares music. her singing pillow is the best!!

* abbi is starting to take longer naps every now and again. wahoo!!

* abbi loves to touch momma's hair. she gently strokes my hair...

* she giggles at lots of things! ... tickling & teasing ...

* her favorite toys right now are: the colored link chains, the fabric crinkle toys and pinkie (little stuffed bear that has a ring all the way around it and rattles)

* binky as been a huge comfort ... and play toy. she is not sucking her thumb as much.

* abbi loves to chew on everything! she is enjoying her teething/cold toys.

* she is eating cereal 2 times a day. we added veggies to her diet: sweet potatoes and carrots.

* she is getting soooooooo close to sitting up on her own!

* laying on her back is still much for enjoyable for her... not liking the tummy too much!

* she loves to stand and walk around the room holding onto our fingers.

* "talks" with her jaw... getting ready for baba and dada

* if there is a toy in front of her she will pick it up and start playing with it!

* abbi smiles alot! she is a very happy baby! and we are so happy to be her momma and daddy!

* she really enjoyed the wrapping paper at Christmas! loves that crinkle sound!

* i love to show abbi what she is going to wear... she smiles and kicks her feet! it sure feels like she likes the outfit too!! :) so fun!

* she is eating very well! and is on a 3 hour schedule for her 5 oz bottles

* abbi is such a sweet little girl! while she is nursing she will rub my arm or play with my shirt. she sometimes will lightly pinch my skin. she also will raise her hand/arm that is on top high into the air! so dang cute!!

* "talks" while nursing! "MMnnnn NNmnnn NMnnMn" GASP!! and then do it all again! silly...

* she has a little bit of a rash on her neck from ... SO MUCH SWABBA!!!! :)

* she is starting to reach her arms out to us when we reach for her... love love love that!!

* when momma is drinking from a cup she thinks that she needs to have a drink too! :) she puts her mouth up to the cup and thinks she is drinking! sometimes she will lick it up like a kitty!

* this girl LOVES her bath!! she really gets in to splashing her little legs and feet in the water! momma and daddy usually end up just as wet as she is!!

* daddy loves to wiggle her mouth as she talks... abbabababbbaaabbabababba... pretty fun!

* her toes are still her favorite thing to play with!

* she thinks its fun to flail her arms all around...

* we have to be careful what we put in front of her... because she will grab anything she can!

* she is getting more hair... kinda a honey color!

* her little arms can just barely reach to the top of her head! every now and again she will just scratch her head... it is pretty cute!

* she loves to read books! well... flip the pages!

* it's a good thing she has lots of darling clothes, because some days we go through several outfits!! swabba, spit up or messy diapers!

* she is an amazing little girl! we love her more and more every day!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

momma moment...

this little girl is amazing!
i am so humbled to be her momma! tonight, while i was feeding her before bed, she was so sweet. she just sat there and rubbed my arm up and down as she ate. such a sweet little girl!
i love you, abbi.
you are my favorite part of today!

Saturday, January 01, 2011


last year a very good friend of mine told me about a project of service they were going to do a as a family! i loved the idea and decided we would do it this year too!! with her help, i compiled a list of projects i thought would be good for my little family.
i want abbi to learn how to love others and be a compassionate person. i want to be more Christ-like as well. i want my sweet husband to feel the joy of sharing with others.
so i now present to you our plan of service...
The Little Project- 2011
Our Family Mission Statement: “A family with a purpose is a family who knows who they are, what they stand for, and what they want from life. They have goals and dreams and plans to make them happen. They are families who live their lives with a purpose.”
We want to be a family with purpose. We believe that because we have been given much we too must give. We hope that as we find fun and creative ways to serve that we will learn to be more thoughtful and caring people. By serving we recognize and are grateful for all the many blessings that our Heavenly Father has given us.
We know that some of the most rewarding activities our family can take part in together are those designed to help others. We want our family to feel closer to each other as we work together for a good cause and share the satisfaction that comes in helping others.

January~ Donate time and food for a Bake Sale for a co-worker who is fighting for her life. Make different treats to bring and spend the day working the bake sale booth.

February~ "Heart Attack" a friend, neighbor or church leader who has blessed our family. Cut out paper hearts in a variety of colors and sizes. Write special messages on the back. Scatter the hearts (possibly with a treat) on a front door, vehicle, etc. for the person (or family) to find .
March~ Contact the Child and Family Support Center and see what we can do to help them this month. Paint, move furniture, pull weeds, make thank you notes etc.

April~ We will each keep $25 in $5 in the glove compartment and drive-thru any fast food and give the attendant a $5 bill towards the payment of the next person in line. My motto has always been … Random Act of Kindness

May~ Look for a particularly happy or well-kept yard in our neighborhood. Write an anonymous note of thanks and mail it or leave it secretly on the doorstep. Express appreciation to this resident for adding beauty to our community.

June~ Take trash bags with us as we go for walks or go to the park and pick up all the trash we see.

July~ Make “my stuff” bags for foster kids so they have something to call their own.
August~ Donate Food. Each time we shop for groceries, add a few items to our cart to donate. When we’ve collected a bagful we'll deliver it to our local food pantry. We all need a variety of food to live healthy lives and that not everyone gets the nutritious food they require.

September~ Pack school lunch boxes for children in need. I’ll contact a local elementary school.
October~ “Boo” neighbors and friends with anonymous treats.

November~ Contact the Soup Kitchen in Brigham City and volunteer to work one day.
December~ Make Christmas a little brighter for at least one child by helping Sub for Santa.
may your year also be filled with love, happiness and service!!