Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Funny Little Girls!

 Ava is not quite ready for high heels,
yet that doesn't stop her from trying them on.
 Or semi twisting her ankle.  Poor girl,
I guess it's not too young to realize fashion is painful.
(Little kids shoes that have heels?  Bugs me so much!!)
 Trying on Daddy's glasses!

 I think she looks pretty cute!!
 Even in terrible lighting her pictures steal my heart!
 Norah is such a silly, funny little girl!
 When ever music comes on, even the slightest beat,
she wiggles her little butt.  It's the cutest thing ever!!
Her hair is pretty funny too : )

Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekend Fun

 We had a nice weekend.
 On Friday we took the kids to Dawson Creek to ride
their bikes.  This was perfect, Ava is still getting the hang 
of it and Colton really inspires her to keep going.  He is a 
little rock star on his bike with NO training wheels!!
  They rode and rode for at least an hour and a half.
Ava would of never went that far, but chasing Colton
made it fun!  There were even lots of hills but she did it!
 Where is Colton??
 At some point we realized we had lost Norah's 
shoe, so the Shoe Hunt began!
 We retraced our steps looking all over the place.
We eventually found the shoe, both kids rode right
by it, big help they are : )
We saw a nutria:
Colton taking a little rest.
 Goodbye love.
 On Saturday John & I took the kids to OMSI.
 It took us approximately 42 years to find a parking spot.
 It was REALLY crowded, we were over it pretty quickly.
But the kids loved it!

 Norah likes sitting on little chairs.
 Norah LOVES standing on little chairs,
the more dangerous the better.
After we left OMSI I got to go out on a date with my sister!!
She and Mike broke up so I got to be her plus one for the night.
We went to an all you can eat crab dinner at the Greek church
downtown, then we had box seats at the ballet.  We saw
Giselle, it was pretty amazing. After that we went out drinking 
with my newly turned 21 year old brother.  There may or may not
have been many drinks, a lot of laughter and strippers involved.

It was a super fun night.  It is such a rare occasion when I get to 
get out of the house and super rare to be able to hang out with
my brother and sister!!  I love my family!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Thrill of Getting Mail

Do you remember how exciting it was to get mail 
addressed to YOU when you were a kid???
Well just in case you don't, here is a little reminder.  : )

I think I am going to have Ava start sending letters 
to people just to see if they write back and make her day!

Thanks again Matt & Rhi, I can't tell you how cute and sweet
I think it is that you would see something Ava would love and 
send it to her. That's pretty awesome!!  

Love you so much, you might be getting a letter soon,
just please, write back : )

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hat Tricks

 It's not really very tricky to get Ava to wear a hat.
the girl is in a constant state of dressing up like 
something or other. 
 It's quite a bit trickier to get Norah to wear a hat,
she usually just takes it off.
 Sometimes she surprises me though, 
like on Valentines day when she wore a bow in 
her hair, nearly all day. 
 I like how wearing a hat seems to make things 
funnier for them.  : )

 Ava is a little weird, I'm not going to lie.
 I can't get over how grown up Norah seems all of a sudden.
 Her hair is really filling out and getting curly, it's so cute!
Norah is still just taking a few steps at a time and falling.
Being sick set her back, she had no balance for several days
but you can tell she is about to really catch on.  

Watch out, little baby Norah is growing up!
Hats off to her.  : )

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Back to The Springs

Nearly every day we drive by The Springs
where Grandpa used to live.

Ava always points it out to me, 
"Look Mom!!  That's The Springs!  Where Grandpa used
to live!!"  Then she gets quiet, "But he died.  But we can 
still go there and visit the other old people, Linda is going
to take me back there some day..."

For eight months I have had that same conversation, 
over and over.

So yesterday Linda was coming for a visit & we 
decided that this should be The Day.  

"Ava, Linda is coming over today, we are going to go to 
The Springs and have lunch"

She looks at me like I have completely lost my mind.

"Mom, I'm so sorry, you can't go with us."

Apparently this was an "Ava & Linda" thing, little 
did I know.  She is always looking for ways to 
get away from me, which I really can't blame her.
So many days I feel the same way : )

But I did want to go.  There were so many people that lived
at The Springs that we grew attached to in the time 
Grandpa lived there.  I also knew that it might be hard
on Linda to go back to such a place filled with bitter sweet 
memories, the last days of her father.

Finally Ava acquiesced and I was "allowed" to join them.

It was weird being back there.  The place looked just the 
same but he was not there.  The place doesn't really 
represent Grandpa to me, so much of the time he was 
kicking and screaming through the process.  But then it 
also does represent him in other ways.  There were so many
nice days we spent together there too.  I miss him so much.
But I am also glad he has peace now.  

We got to see many old friends and you could see that the 
joy Ava & Norah brings to them is still just as strong as ever.

I really should bring them in there more often, they are like puppies
for sick people.  They can change the whole day of someone that
just gets to look at them.  Maybe I'm too close to them to see it, 
that charm is a little lost on me.  Don't get me wrong, they are 
cute and all and there are moments when I can't imagine them not
melting every heart around them.  They can really ham it up and 
delight even the most skeptic non-kid person.  

But this was different, just their littleness and cuteness was
bringing joy to people they wouldn't even look at, the ones
they were shying away from.  It makes me remember the 
fact that it was always this way when we used to go there
a million times each week.  It almost makes me feel guilty 
for not bringing them in for the last 8 months, like I have 
been withholding what they all need.  

So maybe I will try to work The Springs back into my routine
a little, maybe a lunch here or there every now and then.  

That is if Ava lets me join never knows : )

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I love shopping, AKA leaving the house.

I figured I would write about shopping since I am 
missing leaving the house, ever.  Well that's a lie, we
did go to Ava's swimming class and Norah's "well
check up" which holds a bit of irony since she really 
isn't well.  

So anyhow, these pictures are from last week, way 
back when my little baby was happy and not quite so 
needy.  (don't get me wrong, still super cute, just grating
on my nerves)  

Look at what a relaxing place Costco is!!
They even provide lots of appetizers.
They do however need to work on their beverages,
I don't think they have ever offered me a margarita
or wine or anything fun like that EVER!!

 Doesn't  she look like she needs a drink with a straw & an umbrella?
 So anyhow, last week when we were at Costco, 
Ava came across this GINORMOUS moose and 
of course, she wanted it, badly.

To my mother's shock I told Ava she could have it.
It was all hers!
With one condition... long as she could pick it up, and carry it, without 
dragging it, the entire time we shopped.  

Guess what?

The moose has been reunited with the rest of it's family
in a giant box full of other moose that I would hope no one
would ever buy, ever.

 What the heck would anyone do with that 
thing anyway???

I really hope we get to leave the house again soon, 
I miss torturing Ava out and about. : )

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Silly Baby

Our little Norah is starting to come back to us.
She isn't all smiles yet, but she was far happier today.
I was even able to capture a few funny pictures
of her cutest moments.  
She was playing with this shape sorter box,
so naturally the next step would be IN right?
 She thinks so.
 Look at that face.
I couldn't love her more.
 Norah is at a funny stage right now, she must have at least
one hand on me at all times.  She may crawl away for 2 
seconds but she will inevitably come right back and put
her little hand on my knee or wrap her arms around my legs.
 Mostly she wants to be held and I will take it because
I know from past experience that these stages are fleeting.
Not that Ava doesn't want to be held or crawl all over me 
every single day, but it's a whole different kind of attachment 
then this baby needs to be near momma thing.

Here is someone who rarely gets photographed, Oreo.
It usually takes being in close proximity to the kids to get in the shot.
I love how he keeps his paw over his eyes to express his disinterest
in any interaction with anyone.
 Although that doesn't seem to deter Norah from harassing him.
 Here she is getting stuck between the table and the couch.
 But right back to me then right back to Oreo.  
She loves her peeps or her cat in this case.

 Poor kitty.  Still with the paw over the eyes,
even though she is sitting on him, he still doesn't 
 Love this girl!!
She cracks me up!!