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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Enjoys long walks on the beach...


Free baby.

So she isn't getting any better yet. Just working on testing our nerves more. She IS sometimes cute and snugly like I let on in the last post but since I had to go and write that down she has of course changed that to annoying and demanding.

We were planning a little rare family outing this morning and she totally blew it.

She even woke up and STAYED UP at 5:30 AM!!!

So like I said, free baby. Let us know.

We need a date night.

Friday, January 29, 2010

A Little Sicky


"I'M NOT SICKY MOMMY!!"

She get's that from me. Never admit it, whatever you do.

Nothing too serious just a terrible sounding cough and a little bit of a fever. Pretty sure she is going to live.


We still manage to have fun & laugh. I must admit that I LOVE how crazy-snugly she gets. It's a great excuse to just sit around hugging and loving on each other all day. : )

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Great Outdoors!

John and Ava took the new trike out on it's first outdoor spin (she has been riding around in the house since her birthday.) She looked so cute in her helmet which she wasn't super thrilled about wearing. She loves to put in on but not a big fan of keeping it on. Here she is in all her glory:


Ava has been begging to go outside when ever she gets the chance so I gave the outdoor toys a good cleaning and sent her out to play in the water tub, something we used to do in a swimsuit but now the rain coat seems like a pretty perfect solution.


This is her "say cheese" cheesy smile, eyes closed, perfect. Thanks for that Ava.

Here are few other shots of her, I am loving the hair!!



For one of our favorite indoor activities we headed over to get some play time with Colton:



I love this mid-air action shot!

We love Grandpa!!!

Linda with Grandpa at Christmas

I adore my Grandpa Don, he is the last of my living grandparents and very dear to my heart. He went into the hospital last week and is home now feeling a little better. I have been on a quest this week to find him a comfy place to live a bit closer to us (he currently resides in Salem). I think I have found the "dream spot" or The Ritz as I like to refer to it. The place has the best feel to it, I am sure the whole family is going to love it and want to gang out there with him all the time! I am getting really excited to help him move into this next step in his life. I am certain that this is going to make things much better for him and his true happiness is just around the corner.


Me, Scott, Grandpa & Kim

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Meet George:

And they say money can't buy happiness, clearly "they" have never been to Build-A-Bear.



It all started with many promises to Ava that if she was a cooperative participant in the shoe buying process we would in turn take her to "play with her friends" which meant that she would be able to go to the kid-crazy play place at the mall. She was dying to go there so every time she started to become a bit naughty or annoying I could wrangle her back in with the threat of canceling her plans "you do want to play with your friends, right???" Then try on these shoes!!! My manipulation was working wonders.

With a darling new pair of shoes on her feet (thanks Grandma!) we ran off to fulfill our part of the bargain.

When we approached the play area the security guard was coaxing all the children out and dragging the sign out in front that says "CLOSED FOR CLEANING".

Perfect.

Ava was absolutely devastated. So was I. I hate promising her things and not being able to follow through. Oh well, such is life. The security guard gave her a sticker and she smiled at him through her tears. I shuffled her into the nearest place that looked appealing to kids and it happened to be Build-A-Bear.

I have never actually experienced this place myself but I do have many preconceived notions about how crazy overpriced it is.

So we watched other kids get bears and the whole thing looked pretty cool. When I noticed that they actually had a bear for $10 I was totally sold. Ava got to pick out the color of her bear, help them fill it with stuffing, put a heart in it and watch them hand stitch it up. She even got to give him a "bath" and register him with a birth certificate. She also got to pick out ribbons to put around his neck and ears and he came with a little bear house that he can live in. Not bad for ten bucks. Meet George, Ava's new love and my answer to guilt-driven parenting:



More Video Attempts:

The videos were not working on this site for a few days but I think they are up and running again so we shall celebrate with a few more videos! The first is Colton singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (scroll down a few days to see Ava's turn, they sometimes share, even the spotlight)






My favorite part is the taaa-daaaaa!!


This next one is an old one that I came across the other day that I just LOVE!! My favorite part is when she randomly kisses John's knee, so stinkin cute!! The quality isn't great on this one but I think it still has it's charms...







Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Camera Challenged.

John has been using our camera for work these days and I feel like all I have done is miss shot after shot. STOP BEING CUTE AVA! Ok, maybe that is not the solution : ) Anyhow I thought I would share some recent favorite photos in the time being until John fixes this travesty...

These two are from Ava's birthday:


I LOVE how absolutely TWO she looks in this one:


Colton, Ava & Tyler


Her new thing: Ditch the jammies. (Notice them lying on the floor next to the crib)


Daddy Snuggles:


Uncle Chris:




Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A little singing, a little dancing...


Here she is singing:




...and dancing:





I didn't say we thought that she was super talented or anything, I just thought you may want to see what we are working with. : )

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Planes, Trains and Automobiles...

Ok so there were no planes but we did start the weekend off by playing our favorite train game.

Friday, Dad and Angi came over and brought a wonderful Zab Thai feast which was followed by Angi's first run at Ticket to Ride. I wasn't sure Dad had been bitten by the bug or not until I got a phone call from him wanting to come over and give it another try (he looked frustrated and angry through the first round a couple weeks ago) and sure enough I think we may have him hooked. We will see when the next call comes in. : )


Next comes automobiles...the longest trip to a baby shower ever! I love Meka and wanted to go to her baby shower, but Tacoma, seriously? Sure why not?

Ava.....Enough said.

We survived though, it wasn't too bad. I am not sure I have ever heard her say "Mommy" so many times!!! Or her other favorite phrase "I need something else" What does she need? I have no idea, but we definitely didn't have it.

The shower was a lot of fun and I was so excited to get a melting Ava into the car where she would instantly fall asleep which would lend to a quite, peaceful ride home. Nope, it took her another hour and a half before she gave up. She is a bit stubborn, wonder where she gets that from?



John, Erik and Matt got some tickets to see a motocross event at the Rose Garden and rode the MAX downtown to enjoy a much needed guys night out. They ate hot wings at Fire on the Mountain, stopped by the Widmer brewery, went to the show, played pool and ended the evening at Matt's with video games. Tiffani & I stayed in and had a nice evening with the kids.

Fun weekend, now it is time to start my work week (all 3 days of it!) : )

Speaking of planes though, can't help wishing we were taking one somewhere cool. I want to go to Aruba again, however I could settle for some other tropical white sandy beach...

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sharing is HOT!


One of the many things I love about Ava is the way she is with other children.

At Pump It Up the other day a set of two children were putting their coats on ready to leave and Ava waves to them & says "Bye friends! Thanks for coming! Drive careful!"

We were at the park the other day and a little girl who was just about 6 months older then Ava kept going down the slide. Ava would wait patiently at the bottom of the slide and encourage her saying "Good job!" She then would get right in her face and say "IT'S MY TURN!"

There is a good balance to this kid. Erik says she will do well in the corporate world.

She also gets crazy excited about peanut butter. A food she has not been allowed to have until this week. She jumps up and down giggling and laughing, chanting about peanut butter. Just wait until I give her coffee. She really has her eye on that too.

Tea party with Colton & Elmo!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Is that funny??

Ava loves asking me that, "Is that funny mommy?" Yes, Ava, you ARE funny. She also loves asking me "mommy what doing??" and she has started picking up some of the things I always say. One of my favorites is "rabble rabble", she also has begun the use of something else I happen to say quite a bit, well sort of, it comes out "what eber". Cute & funny...so far.


Our Little Fashionista!

Big thanks to Billy & Amelie for passing down so many cute outfits to Ava! Here are just a few of the recent wardrobe additions (that coat kills me!) :

(Thanks mom for the trike too!)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

One of the happiest places on earth, for now.


We went to Pump It Up today. Ava LOVES it there. She can hardly stand how fun it is, running, jumping and just going crazy, kid style. Today her good friend Sammy and her handler Tracy met up with us. Ava absolutely adores Sammy. She talks about her non-stop. The girls had a great time letting off some steam and Tracy and I enjoyed chatting (I love Tracy much like Ava loves Sam). The only problem with this place is you often run into wild, poorly managed children that pose real threats to your own child's safety & well being. This time there was one very problematic child, well he had a brother much of the same temperament but the older one was MUCH worse. I was torn between feeling really sorry for their mom or getting the cute little family kicked out of the joint permanently.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Letter to Ava...



I wrote this to Ava when she was nine months old, I intend to add on to it sometime soon but for now I thought I would share this:

Dear Ava,
You are nearly nine months old and I thought I would take a moment to give you a glimpse at what it is like raising you, a bit of insight into my world of motherhood.

The first thing I did right for you was made sure I picked a man that would love and cherish you and teach you how to grow up to be a wonderful person that knows what to expect from the man you will eventually choose. You are absolutely blessed to have John as your father, he is wonderful.

I always knew that I wanted children. I knew when I met your father that he was “The One.” When we got pregnant with you we were ecstatic. The days of pregnancy went by so slowly, riddled with worry over what could go wrong. I just so desperately wanted a healthy little baby to carry home from the hospital. I warned John not to expect a good looking baby, most come out looking like a creature, but when we saw you, when they first handed you to me I was stunned at your beauty. Your tiny little perfectness absolutely blew me away in that moment and to be honest it still does every single day.

You were an absolute handful for the first three months, a real monster of our creation. You were held and passed around from person to person and grew to expect nothing less. There was no setting little Ava down, oh no, she would not have it! We rocked and coddled and bounced you endlessly each day, for three whole months! That was about the time I reached my breaking point. The only sleep I was getting was fragmented through you sleeping right up against my chest (AKA the all night buffet) and me worrying that I was either going to suffocate you or wake you up which would led to more eating, something I could not sleep through either. I was a walking zombie, which is funny because I have never needed much sleep and I really couldn’t go another day without some. I was determined to get you out of our bed and into that cute little crib I just had to have but wasn’t at all using.

Well I did end up getting my way. With much persistence on my part and much resistance on yours I implemented my new system of forced independence. As it turned out you were as exhausted as I was! It was then that I realized that the baby that was so grumpy and crying all the time and so demanding actually needed me to leave her alone. I was convinced that we had ruined you. I kept saying “well the next one will be better.”

At that point everything shifted. You got sleep, I got sleep, everyone was happy. The change in you was miraculous. Such personality, every time anyone would look at you you would flash them a huge smile. You are always literally jumping with joy. Everyone is constantly telling me that you are the happiest baby they have ever met.

As for your milestones, you smiled for the first time when you were one month old and boy did I need to see that. It was the first real encouragement you gave me. At three months you really came out of your shell with that new foreign thing called sleep. The day before you turned five months old you began sitting up. You woke up that morning able to do it perfectly like you had been doing it forever. When you first learned to crawl you started out going backwards and it was very frustrating for you. When you finally got going in a forward direction it was as if you had been inventorying the entire house for eight months as to what you wanted to get into first. You went from room to room sticking your hand in the VCR, playing with knobs on the stereo, sticking your head through the dog door and splashing in the pet’s water dish. You have grown quite strong now and are crawling all over the house. You pull yourself up on everything easily and can stand independently for a few seconds. You love to walk holding my hands and just today I started making you only hold one hand to help build both your balance and your confidence. You have your two bottom teeth now and you love to eat. We really haven’t come across anything you don’t like. I hope that pattern continues and you don’t become a picky eater.



I love this letter, it makes me tear up when I read it. I hope to continue this throughout her life & this blog is largely to remember precisely these kind of moments : )