Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Annabelle at 10 Months

Our sweet baby girl is now 10 months and 8 Days. I can't believe how quickly she has grown!

Things About Annabelle:
  • Annabelle weighs just under 20 lbs. (43 percentile) and is 29" tall (90 percentile). She must have a high metabolism and we call her the "model baby"!
  • Annabelle walks everywhere and has been since 8 1/2 months! I think we have a determined little one on our hands:)
  • She can say four words: Dada, Mama, wow, and ball. 
  • She is a little climber! Annabelle tries to climb on anything she can find: her stroller, the couch, my bed, up and out of her crib, stairs, Grandma's piano bench, and inside my kitchen drawers!  
  • Annabelle has several nicknames: Bunners, Bunny, Bear, Annabaluzza (Our friends the Kings), Squmper Muffin (Grammie's creation) and Mater (Uncle Keith's contribution). 
  • She can clap her hands and play patty-cake.
  • Hide-and-Go-Seek is her favorite game! She just grins and jumps every time she finds us:)
  • She loves, loves, loves books! She will bring me a book to read to her at least every 20 minutes. Her favorite book is "Brown Bear Brown Bear" and when Grammie was here, Annabelle made her read it 5x in a row! 
  • She understands 13 words: bite, more, milk, book, no (although she gives me a grin when I say "No"), kisses, come here, ball, park, up (hold her), down, and drink.  
  • She knows two words in sign language: milk and more. We are working on a few more.
  • Annabelle can do a squat for forever, a pull-up on the edge of the piano, Daddy's pull-up bar, the bathroom counter and anything else she can find. And... she has learned to throw a ball! I think she's got the athletic gene:)
  • She knows how to push herself down the slide and absolutely loves it! Again and again.... I have yet to out play her on the slide:)
  • She has six teeth and has moved up to finger foods! She eats squash, sweet potatoes, yams, green beans, peas, carrots, cream corn, chicken, ground beef, chicken noodle soup, spaghetti, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, baby cereal, applesauce, strawberries (her favorite food), peaches, pears, bananas, watermelon, and occasionally ice cream (when Daddy's not around)!
  • Her favorite toys are a purple walrus (which Danielle named "Ernie"), BYU ball, and cell phones;)

Funny Things She Does:
  • She LOVES to unroll the toilet paper all over the bathroom! 

  • She climbs under my kitchen sink and practices getting in the cabinet and coming out

  • She unloads all of my kitchen drawers, especially the tuperware.

  • Anything I have recently folded or put-away she goes to destroy right when I'm finished.  

  • She spits at you when you annoy her. It's quite hilarious, but we try to not encourage her;) 

      • If you lay out an assortment of toys: a ball, rattle, and a doll, but then throw in some headphones or a cell phone.... she ALWAYS goes for the technology items! She is definitely her Daddy's child;)

      Our sweet girl is always full of surprises! She is amazingly good and Aunt Danielle calls her the "Magical Baby". Enjoy some recent pictures of Annabelle at 10 months.

      The destruction of the toilet paper!

       My Pink Ballerina:)

      Eating bark at the Park:)

       Annabelle is a water baby!

      Ernie, her purple walrus!

                                       Two Proud Parents;)

      Tuesday, August 23, 2011


      Annabelle now has 6 teeth! Uncle Keith came over for dinner... laughed and said Annabelle looks like MATER! 

      Needless to say, it's true...

      Just thought we would give everyone a laugh! Annabelle now has acquired "Mater" as a nickname;) We love our little girl!

      "My name is Mater."
      "Mater?"   -Lightning McQueen
      "Yeah, like tuh-mater, but without the tuh."

           Team Tolman

      Monday, August 22, 2011

      All Things Redneck

             Definition: hick/ an uneducated white farmer, especially from the South

             Synonyms: bumpkin, country boy & girl, hillbilly, rustic, and backwoodsman 

      You're a redneck if... You had to remove a toothpick for your wedding pictures.

      You're a redneck if...You have flowers planted in the toilet
      in your front yard.

      YouYou know yer a redneck when... you take a load to the dump and bring back more than you took.Y

      You're a redneck if... On your first date you ask your Dad to borrow the keys to the tractor.
                                              Ya Gotta Love Jeff Foxworthy! 

      Travis was a 12-year-old boy again shootin' guns! It was a blast shooting skeet thanks to Keith; and seeing Mom shoot a gun was definitely worth the trip;)   (video to come)

          Team Tolman



      Saturday, August 6, 2011

      Introducing Team Tolman!

      Welcome to the Tolman Family Blog! I have had intentions of starting this blog for almost 3 years....and today is the day it begins. Life is precious and my favorite quote for this month is:

      " In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time."   
                                                                      President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

      Our family motto is "Team Tolman." Travis and I want our family to be close: a team. We want our kids to see us as their best friends, to learn from each other, enjoy life, and love spending time just being the Tolmans.

      Our Family Began December 20, 2008

      Travis & Brittany Tolman- A Family "For Time and All Eternity"

      Just a few Engagement Photos

      Just the 2 of Us....

       Honeymoon in Cancun & Cabin on the Lake

      All Things Texas!


      Next Adventure: Washington DC for the Summer!

      Back to Utah!

      Kneaders, BYU, exploring IKEA, Cash Flow (Travis' favorite game) and sleepovers with friends!

      Our Second Christmas: Gingerbread houses, Crafts, Maple Snickerdoodles, & still Just Us:)

      The Next Step...
      Travis and I spent our first year loving life and loving each other. We had fun "Just the 2 of Us", but after the holidays we felt something was missing from our lives... or someone. Annabelle Kay Tolman was the next step. 

       Two days before Annabelle was born!

      Annabelle Kay Tolman
      October 24, 2010
      7lbs 7.6oz       18 1/2 in.  

      "You're going along doing everyday things, and out of the blue, life surprises you with something amazing, something you had no idea how much you wanted."

      Parent's At Last! 

      Behind the Scenes:
                 Travis and I had some interesting conversations our first year of marriage on when and how many children we would have. I was determined to wait a couple of years and having max 5 kids, while he was ready from "I do" and wanted 12! Needless to say, Heavenly Father knew what was best for us on the "when" and we felt our timing was right. However, concerning the "how many" still hasn't found a conclusion. We have decided on "one at a time". Although, after this determined, fiesty, active, little addition to our family, I think Travis is ready to lower his number:)

       Annabelle is a precious, perfect addition to our family and I know our adventure has just begun. I wouldn't change any part of our journey... . life has happened the way it was meant to, and Team Tolman is happy:)