Monday, July 30, 2012


Watching The Backyardigans and sharing some goldfish crackers.  

My mom and I were watching them with the biggest grins on our faces.  

They are too cute!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hello Goodbye

Ava is always after our cell phones so my sister got her a princess phone.  She loves it and its fun to watch her put it up to her head and talk in it.  Thanks Auntie KJ!!

I think I'll Call Grandma

Hi Grandma

Bye Bye

Little Monkey

Avalyn has always liked to jump.  She does somersaults on the bed too.  So it was no surprise that she could climb right up her new slide!  She even slid down on her tummy.  We are looking into a gymnastics class but most don't start until 18 months.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Glamor Girl

Since Avalyn has been showing an interest when I put my make up on I got her this really cute vanity set for her birthday.  Only thing is, I couldn't wait until her birthday to give it to her!!  She seems to really like it, especially the lipstick.  She'll put it on her mouth and smack her lips.  She'll also try to comb her hair!

Thanks for the early birthday gift mom!

Ahh, lipstick!

So cute how she sits with her legs crossed

Which color should I put on?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Around The House With Avalyn

She loves playing with her Little People.  Here she is playing with the farm.

 She is getting pretty good at the shape sorter.

Getting Close

Got it!
Oh!  I found a drawer.
I wonder whats in this trunk

Let me see

Ah ha!  Diapies!
A new thing she has started..playing with her food.  She will squish each pea one by one, lol.

"Avalyn, what are you doing?"  "Nothing mom"
Maybe if I push it quick no one will notice

Queen Avalyn.  She is so cute.  She tries to put the crown on all by herself.

Give me the camera!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lemonade Stand

You might remember the lemonade stand my dad built for Ava's birthday party.

Well, it's painted and has a few extra touches on it! 

Pretty cute huh?

Monday, July 16, 2012

11 Months

Still sleeping great. You have been sleeping consistently from 7pm-6am. I honestly don’t remember the last time you got up in the middle of the night. You are almost down to just one nap a day.

You are starting to eat more and more finger foods and even some cut up grown up food. You are also using your sippy cup more but you still like the bottle before naps and at bedtime. You LOVE yogurt bites. We have to get after you a little because you have started to play with your food instead of eating it. For example, you’ll take your first finger and squish all your peas one by one, lol!!

About 20 lbs

29.5 inches

Diaper Size:
Size 3 diaper.

Clothes Size:
Mostly 9-12 and 12 month clothes. You wear a few 18 month clothes.

Hair Color:
Dark brown. It’s getting curly curly! Like little corkscrews sticking out all over your head. I’m a little sad that we are not able to use clips and headbands now, at least for a while. You have learned to yank them out and you like to chew on them. For now we are sticking with the hair tie rubber bands.

Eye color:
Dark brown

Funniest moment:
We thought we were being slick by using some laundry baskets to block off part of our room (the part with the computer and cords). Well, it didn’t take you long to figure out that you could just crawl under the bed to get over there! Another funny thing this month, You always come stand next to me in the morning when I’m doing my make-up. So I always put chapstick on you. You even have your very own power brush that I tickle your cheeks with. After that I tell you how beautiful you look!!

You stack blocks, wavy bye bye, cruise the furniture, stand up by yourself, and talk lots more. Your latest words are, “I Yi Yi”, “Zhu Zhu Zhu”, and “Daa Dee.” You can crawl up steps. You also stand for a brief period of time without holding on to anything (about 10 seconds). You haven’t tried to take any steps though, except with your walking toys. You are quite the dancer, swaying side to side and shaking your arms. All we have to say is, “yay” and you start clapping. If we say, “spirit” you lift your hands like a cheerleader! You laugh a lot. You think it’s funny when I pretend to be a dog and sniff around your ears. You always play “catch me” when Daddy gets home. He’ll say, “I’m gonna get your” and you take off crawling as fast as you can. You let out the biggest squeal when he catches you. You are a pretty good little girl, but lately you have been testing us. Take the TV equipment for example. You’ll look at us and grin and then push the on/off button really fast. We had to put black electrical tape over it. So far so good! You’ve also learned to open cabinets and drawers. Recently, when you don’t get your way, you have started throwing little tantrums, lol.

Your favorite toys:
You love your swim raft. You walk all over the pool in that thing! Swimming is one of your favorite things to do. You still like the Little People sets, elephant ball popper, the kitchen, and play house. This month we’ve been playing music, dancing, singing, and reading a lot. We’ve also started putting away some of the baby toys, like rattles, to make room for birthday presents.

First Fathers day
First July 4th
First Baby shower
First time waving bye bye
First time standing up without pulling up on something
First time standing for short periods
First time going to Monkey Business
First time using a straw sippy cup
First time eating big girl food – Italian, Mexican, watermelon, cubed avocado, tomatoes, pieces of cheese, pasta, ground beef, hot dog, green beans, fish stick, grapes, cauliflower, and strawberries

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Work It

Look At This Big Girl!

Someone is getting good at standing on their own.  Without pulling up on anything.  No steps yet, but I have a feeling it wont be long!

A little wobbly, but getting the hang of it

Taking a rest