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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Good Times

Yet another wonderful beach trip.
Last weekend was really fun.

Ava didn't sleep through any of it,
well maybe a few little parts.
She missed some of the late night antics where a box of
oranges met it's demise among fruity vodka martinis.

It was a very good family bonding evening : )

That was the first night.

The next evening we were joined by Billy, Missy, Rachel,
Ryan, Jon & Victoria.

I had convinced Jon to come enjoy a beach trip with us
and make us sushi! Yay!!

Who makes the best sushi??
This guy!
Jon truly is a master sushi chef, he almost makes it
look easy, almost.
It was so delicious!!
I wish I could eat this picture.
Norah liked his hat, she's not too in to sushi, yet.
I got a kick out of taking her picture in it.
She was cracking my up.
You can bet if I am having fun taking pictures of
Norah, Ava is sure to jump in, which is an
added bonus in my opinion. : )
It was so nice spending some time with old friends.
I love these people!

We headed down to the beach for some fun in the sun.

Some Zumba may of happened,
it was exhausting watching it :)
Funny friends


It was the perfect weekend, filled with good times,
family, friends and SUSHI.
Who can beat that??

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mean Baby.

Ava, silly little Ava.
Norah thinks shes nuts & also the coolest person, EVER!
Quite the pair.
Poor little Noria has been sick for over a week now.
Consequently she decided to quit nursing, completely,
with no warning.
I tried everything, she was very sure of her decision.
Just in case I wasn't getting the memo she would
clamp down on my nipple as hard as she could just to be clear.
I am in some very serious pain.
Ibuprofen, ice packs & cabbage leaves in my bra, doesn't this
sound fun? I can't even hold my baby or let anything even
brush against my body.

But the worst part?
I'm really sad. I wanted to nurse her for at least a full year,
just like I did for Ava.

Norah acts like she never nursed at all, like I had imagined
the whole thing. It's the strangest thing.

Not fair, my last baby should let me have this one little thing.
RUDE.

At least she is cute.

The other consolation?
If I get really hungry I can just reach down my shirt...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Photography

I'm having all kinds of fun taking pictures of everything
around me, like this:
Ava's Happy Meal : )
I love taking pictures of flowers too.

And bees
Or bugs

Humming birds

Ducks

Oh and food too,
but I will save that for another day.

I have been cooking all kinds of things lately.
It's really nice to get back into it.
I remember when I was pregnant and it was
hard to imagine ever enjoying cooking again.

I am happy to say I LOVE IT again! Yay!


2 Videos : )

This first one is in the bath & I'm pretty sure it makes
NO SENSE.

But I still think it's cute, so there.


This next one can't help but make you laugh.
What's better then a giggling baby??


I know I haven't been blogging much lately.
Blame it on Pinterest.

I am a total addict, and I'm okay with that.

I can't even tell you the amount of new recipes it has
inspired me to try!!

Here is a link to my boards if you want to see just
how out of control my problem has become.

You too could become an addict too,
let me know if you want an invite : )

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Daddy's Little Girl

Yesterday was a big day for Miss Ava.
Daddy & Daughter Day.
Ava just about drove us over the edge just to see if she
could get her special day cancelled.

I'm sure that wasn't really her goal but for some reason
unbeknownst to me she decided to get up at 8am.

Now for most children 8am sounds like a pretty pleasant
time to rise, right? I have heard that some parents are
tortured by their sweet little angels as early as 5am!!!

Well for Ava, 8am is not good.
In fact her head spins around and evil radiates from
her at that particular hour.

Little chick needs to sleep in until at least 9am or 10am
to make her the slightest bit tolerable, and really?
I'm okay with that.

Anyhow, we pushed through it, with lots of threats,
tears, and time outs. And eventually they got to start
the nice part of their day.

First they headed to the park, they played for awhile
and when the action was slowing down they went to
ANOTHER park! After that he took her to the pet
store to visit the animals, the dollar store for some treats
and ended it all with a trip to McDonald's to play and
get ice cream!!

As if that all wasn't awesome enough, when they got
home he built her, not one, but several tents in the yard.

She really couldn't of been more thrilled or excited!!
They set up camp and slept out there all night.
They read 100 books, Ava put on a shadow show
for dad and they told stories.
When it was evident that she may never fall asleep
dad pulled out the big guns and got the laptop
and streamed a movie for them to watch together.
Here they are in the morning,
John plotting his escape and Ava happily
sleeping away. She slept in until 10, like a good
little girl! : )
She happily recounted the events of yesterday and
told us how much fun she had sleeping in the tent.

John told her that he needed to take the tent down
and she freaked out!

She threw herself in front of the sliding glass door
and says "I'm never going to let you by dad!!"
We agreed to let her play in there a few more hours and
she finally left her post.
Last night she put this on her head and says
"I guess I'm doctor Ava now."
Little Norah wasn't really involved with the daddy
& daughter day.
But I would bet she has some great fun in her future,
who wouldn't with an awesome dad like John??




Friday, August 19, 2011

Left Behind : )

These people here?

These are my people.

My Sister, Mom & Aunt Linda.
If I need anything, someone to talk to, support, love, a good laugh,
a friend, an opinion, an sympathetic ear, a co-participant in the oohing and
aahing over the amazingness of my children, these are the women I call.

And they left me, Every. Single. One. Of. Them.

It's not like they wanted to leave me, they wanted to take me
with them. Right? RIGHT???

Here is where they are:
The island of Mauritius, set 500 miles east of Madagascar.

"Welcome home

Mauritius will enchant you, will uplift your soul, making you feel that you belong to the chosen few. Every visitor enjoys personal attention. Every encounter is an opportunity to discover a friendly face. Behind each smile lies the promise of a unique holiday. The contrast of a multitude of colours and tastes, the island, set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Mauritius, a melting pot where past and present are smoothly blended together, offers an essential beauty that will compel to return to its shores time and time again. May your stay with us remain engraved in your memory forever."


Seriously??
Are they taunting me????

Pretty sure.

It's like the pictures aren't bad enough.

The reason this all came about is Vashi, a wonderful, beautiful, very close friend of my sister who is getting married there, where she is from. The whole thing is perfect and amazing. And truthfully I couldn't be happier for my core group to be able to take this trip and enjoy such an amazing experience together, even if they must do it without me.

Because really??

My place is here:
And here:
These people own my heart.
Wherever these people are, that is where I really want to be.

And I have about zero desire to travel half way around the
world with these beautiful children, somehow I am certain
that 23 hour plane ride would suck everything cute out of them,
and there really isn't enough liquor in the world to get me
through that.

Now Mexico?

Yep, now we are talking.

Enjoy your trip my loves!! Take lots of pictures, come back and
entice me to return with you next time, when these girls are a
wee bit older and ready to appreciate the extravagant life
we all deserve : )