Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rainbow Splash Party - Part 2

After gifts and cake the kids were ready to get outside. I had been stressing over the weather for the week leading up to the party, and at one point there was an 80% chance of rain. Thankfully, we had a BEAUTIFUL day! Warm with a few clouds.

For the splash party we had a slide, a splash pool, water guns, slip and slide, water table, chalk, and bubbles.  The slide, water guns, and bubbles were the kids favorite.  It was so fun watching them play on the slide and have water gun fights.  Avalyn played her little heart out and I loved every minute of it.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Rainbow Splash Party - Part 1

Ava's birthday this year was a rainbow splash party. It was FUN! She was so so excited for all her friends and family to come over.   She got lots of nice gifts including a TMNT night light pillow, clothes, toy veterinarian set, games, princess story books, and an Elsa dress and crown.

Rainbow decor and food.

The macarons were soo yummy.  Raspberry, apricot, lemon, pistachio, blueberry, and blackberry lime.  Loved them all.

Fun drinks

Party favors filled with rainbow goodies.

Ava was shy while we were singing happy birthday to her, but she was excited to blow out the candle.  We've been playing "birthday party" over the last couple weeks, lol.

Rainbow cake of course! 

The birthday girl

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ava's Year 3 Video


Ava had a fun birthday.  This is the first year she kind of "got" what a birthday was.  So, she was very excited.  First we had a little party at school and that was very sweet.  Then Jon, Ava, and I celebrated again later that night.  Ava got some new books, an Elsa dress, Elsa jewerly, and an Elsa doll for her birthday.  Her favorite gift though, was the balloons!

Friday, August 15, 2014

3 Years

Oh my Avalyn.  My Aba.  My pure beauty.  How can you be three?  I can’t believe how much you have changed this year.  This year we’ve said goodbye to the baby gate, high chair, diapers, and baby crib.  You are potty trained (except night time), sleep in a big girl bed, and ride a bike with training wheels.  You clean up little messes, wash your hands, and put on your coat and shoes.  You can feed yourself, drink with a cup, and express your feelings and frustrations.  You are such an independent little girl now. 

You are so girly and tom boy all rolled into one.  You now have an opinion on your outfits, and are going through a dress phase.  You would prefer to wear one every day.  You love to listen to music and dance. You love kicking and throwing balls.  You like to watch me put on my makeup and ask me about each step of the process, and play with my hair.  You love to play dress up.  You love Queen Elsa as well as the Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles.  You love pretending you are a ninja.  Recently you have become obsessed with the minions on Dispicable Me.  “Can we watch aliens?”  you’ll ask.  You love animals and dinosaurs.  Recently at the balloon festival you wanted to see the “robot” (star wars stormtrooper) more than you wanted to see Princess Belle and Snow White.

You love both your Daddy and I.  You are my little mini me and want to do whatever I am doing.  You are my little shopping buddy and do a good job walking with me instead of getting in the cart.  First thing you say when Dad gets home from work is, “Cant catch me!”  And you run around the house until he catches you.  You love cuddling with him in the chair and watching cartoons.  You love Leo.  You lug him around everywhere.  You’ll give him a big hug and look at him and say, “OHH WEO.”  You tell him to give you a kiss and giggle when he licks your chin.  “That tikows”  you say.

You are doing wonderful in school.  You can count to 20, sing your ABC’s, count backwards from 10, name all your colors and shapes, draw the letter “A”, and sing more songs than I can count.  For the most part your tantrums are over, but we are working on sharing, listening, and patience. 

Although it’s hard to believe how much has changed this year, and sad it’s going so fast, it makes us excited to see what the next year will bring.  We love you so much Ava.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My Big Baby

As we are nearing Ava's birthday, I can't believe how fast 3 years has passed.  And, how much she has changed. No matter what she's always my baby girl.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Johnson County Fair

We took Ava to the Johnson County Fair and it was a blast.  She LOVED it.  She was not scared of any of the rides.  She had to work on her patience a little bit while waiting in line, but she did really well.  It was a really fun day.