Oreo has been feeling left out of things lately.
Sure he gets to be crawled on, sat on and harshly
petted on a regular basis, but for some reason
he wants more.
So I obliged him by treating him like one of my
children, and what else do you do with kids then
take their photo??
There. My work here is done.
Here's a few extra photos that have nothing to do
I just like them.
Now back to my favorites, the REAL kids.
I tried taking Ava on a test run/walk today to see if she
could hang. The answer is NO, to the fifth degree.
Not because she can't keep up, just because she
refuses to try. She is at that wonderful age where
the majority of the things she does is deliberately
just to test me; my patience, my love for her,
my ability to choose her over every single other
person or thing.
I have failed that test.
Thankfully, as parents, I'm pretty sure we are not
supposed to strive to pass this particular test. So there is that.
At least they are cute,…
I have been inspired.
Oh by a million things, but in particular,
as of late, the IDEA of running.
It seems all these people who claim to be
"non-runners" around me are now running.
And not just running, but running 5k's and
half marathons. WTH?
I thought you said you CAN'T run?
Now I actuallybelieve I can't run.
I haven't run a day in my life.
I always had a slip that got me out of it in school.
I still die from asthma on a regular basis.
I've even had hip surgery.
Do you see how many awesomely perfect
excuses I have??
But then I get to thinking, if THEY can do it,
I am very competitive. That might be what this is.
My husband today was like "WHAT!!? You are
not just walking? You CAN'T run!" So now I pretty much have to right?
Well I am going to try. Right now I am starting
with a 1.5 mile route that I alternate between
walking fast and running. I'm pretty slow but for
now I am just trying to get u…
I super can't get over the cuteness of this dress
on little tiny Noria.
So much so, rather then just showing you one
or two cute photos of her wearing it, I will
But really? What else is new.
I love digging out the Summer clothes.
Although that nice hot day was short lived,
it's already cold and rainy again.
But there is hope...
I also want to share a little video of Ava skiing on
her own. This is on Buttercup, so not a super steep
hill but a good notch above the bunny hill. She is so
good at turning!
Please excuse how shaky the video is, I took it on
my phone, skiing behind her. I was more concerned
with watching her then actually making a good video.
I love how that guy almost takes her out.
She didn't even flinch, such a trooper.
This whole skiing thing is pretty crazy.
I am not a skier at all, unlike the rest of
my family, which are more like ski racers.
That level of expertise is a bit intimidating
to a non-skier like me who basically just wants
to become proficient enough to ski with my
4 year old daughter, not start racing anytime soon,
or ever, truthfully.
When we started this I was perfectly happy
staying on the bunny slope where there are
no scary chairlifts. Thankfully I have gotten
past that stage, my daughter was ready to move
on way before me. She had mastered going
down that hill with no harness, on her own, the very first day.
I'm perfectly happy with her staying on that
harness forever but can tell that my mom is
WAY over it. Turns out it's a lot of work
snowplowing behind a child for hours on end.
Mom was ready to let her off the leash, I was
worried. Mom kept saying this while we were
on Mount Hood Express, which has all sorts
of steep parts that are well past Ava's level
It is not exactly easy for me to leave either
of my kids, but when an opportunity arises
to spend some real quality time with
one of them I really try to make it happen.
We wanted to take Ava skiing and I wanted to
be up there on the mountain with her, which
really gets tricky with Norah so Auntie Linda
volunteered to watch her overnight on Thursday
with John picking her up the next day, but me
not seeing her until Saturday!
That is the longest time I have ever been apart
It was bitter sweet.
It is amazing how much simpler things seem
with just one child, no naps to juggle, stairs
to block, night wakings, needs to be met...
But I missed her terribly. I just kept thinking
about her, whether she was having fun, if she
was sleeping well, getting spoiled, missing me.
It was great spending that time with Ava though.
I talked up the whole thing, telling her it was going
to be a Special Ava, Mommy & Grandma Day!!
That we would go skiing and Auntie Jessica …
We brought out the old bouncy house,
princess ball pit thing that we've been
storing in the attic for awhile.
I'm not a big fan of princess-y things and it
always seemed to get balls everywhere,
But we saved it because it was always a really
big hit with Ava and we suspected baby #2
might love it equally as much.
Ava seems to LOVE everything we bring
back out for Norah, she has played with this
thing non-stop. She turns it into a million
other things which really equals her destroying
it as quickly as possible, all the while plotting
what to do with it next. She has drug it all through the house, turned it
upside down to make a fort and flipped Norah
out of it over & over which she assured me
Norah LOVED and judging from her laughter
that seemed to be accurate.
Norah loves it too. She loves getting in and
out of it a million times a day. She loves all
the games Ava makes up with it and she
enjoys just sitting and hiding inside, peaking
Ava loves preschool. She brags to her friends that she goes
to school now, counts down the days
until Monday rolls around again and
just in general won't stop talking about it.
One of the added perks to her attending preschool
is that she gets invited to the schools field trips.
I think they go on one each month.
Today we got to go to Commonwealth Lake Park
with her class, they are studying all things to do with
ponds this month so this was a good way to wrap up
that lesson plan.
We got there a little early so we had an
opportunity to walk around and feed some
of the ducks.
Oh and take pictures, that's what we do. On a side note, we went to the park the otherday and this mom took pictures of her3 kids ages 5, 10 & 17 the entire time with her phone. The kids were barely allowed to play at all.All they were allowed to do was pose for 1.7million photos their mom wouldn't stop taking!It was bugging me so much! (Yes I do realize the irony in that, I swear I am …