Friday, April 30, 2010

Our Little Lady

I sent Ava to bring me some pj's and a diaper the other night and she came back with these. This is the second time she has worn them and I knew we were in for a treat because she gets pretty hilarious when she wears these jammies.

You see the pants are super silky and she has never worn silky pj's they get her all excited.
The shirt says "Little Lady" so she calls them her Lady Pants.

She runs around the house saying things like
"Look, a little lady over here!"

This little lady make me smile.

And she IS turning into quite the little lady.

Even before she started wearing Lady Pants.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Texts from last night....

You may of seen some of these. They are usually really funny, well this one really touched me, it made me cry.

I have loved Bayli forever. She came into my life at the age of two, a brand new two. She didn't love me the first day but I think by the second day I had her.

I used to date her dad a million years ago, he was never much of a dad so at some point I took over. I have had visiting rights ever since.

I never really felt like her mom appreciated what Bayli and I had. It made since, I would have a hard time with it too.

But last night, for the first time ever, she told me.

Something I have never expected but ALWAYS wanted to hear.

What a gift.

Here it is, the text messages, as they appeared on my phone. (I must share this because it means the world to me and I want to remember it forever.)

First a little background...earlier today Bayli made a strange comment on facebook saying she is really disappointed in her friend for the terrible choices she has made. She called me to explain and said that one of her friends had smoked pot and she was really disappointed in her for doing so. (by the way Bayli is 13)

So here is the text her mom sent me (keep in mind we have not always had the most amicable relationship)

Brandi: "Not sure if you are still awake but OMG. Can you believe lil Bayli is old enough already to have friends that are starting to openly get stoned? I'm so not ready for this. Aaahhh!!!!"

ME: "Yeah that is crazy! Good thing she has such a good head on her shoulders!"

Brandi: "I know. I'm so lucky. Well really luck has nothing to do with it. She's a smart kid with good family and support system (that'd be you). It is funny when I have conversations with people that I don't know very well and they say...Where's Bayli...I say oh she's at Sarah's. Explain who you are and the reactions are funny. I always say I think the more adults in my children's lives that I trust the better, it is for them! I know I probably don't tell you very often but I'm very glad that you are a big part of Bayli's life and that you two have the bond that you do. Thank you for maintaining that bond through all these years."

ME: "Thank you. That really means a lot to me. That made me cry. I love her like she is a part of me."

Brandi: "Don't go trying to tear me up too. lol. I know you do. And I'm glad for that. It may sound weird but I always brag about you. And the relationship you've kept with Bay. She is the well balanced great kid that she is largely because of you. Mothers and daughters always have times of head butting. We have not had too many (yet) but it helps me to know that she always has had you and always will continue to have you to turn to in those times."

ME: "I always tell her I AM her dad. I have always been a better dad then Brett so she is MINE. lol."

Brandi : "lol. I agree."

Again, totally make me cry, and so proud. I really needed this. I love you Bayli & I am so happy your mom "gets us".

You are my heart.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


The other day when we went to the beach for the night we decided to invite ourselves to dinner at Matt & Rhi's house. Really that wasn't our intention, we wanted to go see them and it just happened to be dinner time. They didn't seem to mind too much. They are very gracious hosts.

While we were there Ava discovered something she loved...


Look at that look!!
You can see why Tyler looks scared.

This next set of pictures is from our trip to The Children's Museum.
Billy, Amelie and Ben joined us.
The kids had a great time playing together.
I think we stayed for over 2 hours, more then we can usually handle.

Brushing the alligator's teeth.


Just being cute!

Driving an ambulance

Getting their checkup

Playing in the water

Directing the show

Getting a massage

Very fun to play with friends.
Wish we could have a play-date everyday!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bedroom Facelift

I was pursuing through this weeks Target ad
when I came across this bedroom 8-piece set:

It was only $65 and I HAD to have it. Not just because I LOVE brown & blue together but the biggest and best reason is that I have had this same comforter for about 10 years.

Yes, 10 years, that just seems sooooo wrong when I think about it.
I did buy one other green one but I think my dog ate that one.
I didn't love it anyway.

So I went to Target on the first day of their ad, ready to buy that little brown and blue number. Guess what? They only had one left and it was for a queen bed.
I tracked down a guy who worked there to help me and he looked up other Targets that might carry it. Get this, first day, not one single target had even one in stock?!! WTF?
Is this even legal to use it IN the ad?

So I basically stood in the aisle for about 2 hours and pondered what would be my second choice. I always try to think about the reason this sort of thing is happening, like the plus side to not getting my way.

I came up with a reasoning's.
First off, our wall is orange. Orange, blue and brown, not so much.
I like that wall and don't want to re-paint it.
Maybe the print is too girlie?
Maybe the felt like part to it would attract pet hair?

Anyhow I finally settled on this one:

(It came with two huge square pillowcases too but who has
two giant square pillows lying around?)
Same price, similar color scheme to what we already had going.
I like it, so does John, so we are happy.
It makes me feel like it matches the rest of the house.
And being that is an actual set which I have been lacking FOREVER, it makes me feel like an adult. Which in a time where I like to hold on to my youth makes me strangely happy.

It wouldn't be ME if there weren't some pictures of Ava being a total goof-ball, so here is Ava trying out the "new" bed.

See? Everyone is happy.
Now if I could just get my grubby paws on that blue & brown one
I could switch back and forth between the two : )
A girl can dream...

Sunday, April 25, 2010



Friday, April 23, 2010

Sorry Lily...

Notice the "necklace"

That is Lily's collar.

Ava wishes I would let her wear it every minute of the day,
including when we leave the house.

That is not happening...
no matter how good of a dog she is.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


We decided to take off today for a quick over-night trip to the beach.
Just for fun I told Ava to go pack her suitcase.
This is what she came back with.

A suitcase full of diapers.
Not clothes, not toys, just diapers.

Apparently she is not planning on giving these things up anytime soon.

Clearly I need to work on this.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"Take my picture!!"

Well she doesn't have to tell me twice...

Cute new shoes, thanks Grandma!

I am here for her.
A girl after my own heart.

Monday, April 19, 2010

We Love Tyler!

This is Tyler.
He came to play for the day on Saturday.
I was worried at first he wasn't going to get over Matt leaving.
He was a little sad and really clingy.
He kept asking for "Da-Da"

So different from Ava who is ready to ditch us the second she gets a better offer.

Once he let me set him down he was able to move on a little,
he resolved to looking out the window for his daddy.
Ava told him daddy was out there working.
She meant her daddy.
He found this comforting even though he didn't really get which dad was out there.

Tyler was a little angel.

The two of them were just so stinking cute together.

Serious cuteness.
Ava LOVES Tyler.

But really what is not to love?
Matt told me that when he was ready for a nap he would tell me.
Um. Sure, yeah, right.
Well Tyler started going over to Ava's crib and telling me "night-night"
at about 10:30. Then again at 11:00, and then 11:30.
I wasn't sure he should go down that early so I stretched him until 12:15,
he kissed me and Ava goodnight and then looked happy as a clam to put down for a nap.

What the WHAT??

This would NEVER of happened with Ava!

(Just so you know Matt & Rhi, this IS NOT NORMAL!! You are just really lucky)
Well in truth, maybe Ava was just nuts but I consider you lucky none the less.

3 hours went by and I began to worry so I sneaked in there to check on him.

This is what I found:

Pure happiness. I had to go get Ava to show her what is possible in the world.

Next we headed outside to check on John's progress out front.
He borrowed Erik's tractor and was making a mud garden on the side of the house.
At least that is what it looks like so far...

Ava begged to sit in the tractor.
She loved it.
Tyler wanted nothing to do with it.
He kept saying "no, no, no, no."
He was pretty sure.

So instead I took the opportunity to do a little photo shoot with him by the flowers.
I LOVE the result.
This kid is seriously photogenic.

There are many more but I know you can't handle this much cute.

Aside from the ridiculous competitive poop contest between the two of these diaper-wearing little monkeys we had a super fun day, Tyler can come play again anytime!