Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Round 2

More snow!  Ugh!  Another 10 inches and two more days stuck in the house.  This time it began with freezing rain so it was heavy on the trees.  I'm really looking forward to spring.

Snow creeping up on the mailboxes

Huge snow drift in the back yard.  It's almost as tall as Avalyns house

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Digging Out

So after the pretty snow comes the fun part, digging out!  We say we are going to buy a snow blower every year but never seem to get it done, lol.  Poor Jon has to shovel the old fashion way.  He was sore the next day.  Ava came and tried to help but was more interested in eating the snow.  This was Avas first snow experience and we were surprised how quickly she took to it.  She only got to stay out for about 15 minutes and there was quite a bit of protesting when it was time to go inside!

Here I come dad
Dad's little helper

Better taste test this before anyone notices

Uh oh, busted

Fallen and I cant get up!  She tried but her arms just kept sinking

Monday, February 25, 2013

Snow Days

We were hunkered down a couple days last week due to the snowpocalypse.  Only in the midwest would you be at the park one day and snowed in the next.  So much for spring.  We even had "thundersnow."  How nuts is that.  It was very strange to have a blizzard with lightening and thunder.  When it was all over we had 12 inches.

Welcome home

To the left

To the right

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Avalyns new favorite place, The Park. She keeps me on my toes for sure. She's a little dare devil. Trying to get her to go home is also an experience!  Just imagine us driving that little care home and she's throwing a crying fit!


Ava will climb all over you if you are on the floor.  Her favorite playtime game is Fly.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Last fall, Ava liked to go down her small Little Tikes slide.  Now, we've upgraded to the BIG slide!


What a big girl!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentines Day

We had a fun Valentines Day this year. Ava's preschool celebrated and she brought home a bag of Valentines goodies (does this stuff start early or what?). I got some pretty flowers at work. Jon surprised me with some French Macaroons. He went to the French bakery only to find out they were closed! As in shut down. So he scoured around town until he found another place that sold them. Mmm, they were heavenly. Thanks to Grandma D and Aunt K Jon and I were able to celebrate.  We went to the movies and then out to dinner at a Japanese Steak House. 

Ava's Valentines

Ava's Valentines Goodies


Friday, February 15, 2013

1 1/2 Years Old

Since 18 months is a big milestone, I thought it would be fun to take some "chair" pictures this month.  But then I was quickly reminded why we don't do these anymore!

1 Month vs 18 Months

18 Month Stats


You started preschool and are the youngest in your class. You picked up quickly to the change and the new routine. Every day I pick you up and the big kids are playing with you. I overhead one little boy say to you, “You are so funny Baby” because you are the smallest one! It’s so cute, I think you look up to them. Your teacher says you are doing well developmentally and are “one smart cookie.”

Fun things this month:

Attended a Teddy Bear Picnic, Valentine’s Day, playing outside since the weather is nice, and you are now free to roam the entire first floor of the house.


You crawl up steps really fast and scoot down on your butt. You can walk sideways, run really fast, and gallop.

You are still tall for your age, at the Teddy Bear Picnic you were as tall as some 2 year olds. You are wearing just a few 18 month clothes, mostly 18-24 months and even a few 2T pieces.

You seem to have full conversations with the cat daily. I wish I knew what you were saying!

Two more teeth came through, for a total of 11.

You’ve started helping me put on your clothes and take them off. Sometimes you’ll bring me shoes or your coat, I think you are trying to convey that you want to go bye bye.

You have a “fake” cry when you throw little fits. You make huffing/puffing panting noises. Like you just ran a marathon and are short of breath, lol. Drama queen!

You’ve started saying, “NO.” Ugh, I knew this would come eventually!

You started saying, “I Ok” when you fall down.

 Favorite Toys

You still like dolls, kitchen set, tricycle, books, blocks, stuffed kitty, little people, and the Little Tikes Car

I always find funny things around the house that make me laugh. Like a pair of socks in Cinderella’s Carriage, A princess in the pig pen on the little people farm, and blocks in your snack bowl


If I say, “how much do you love momma?” you’ll open your arms wide

I’ll say, “big hugs for momma?” and you’ll hug me, set your head on my shoulder, and even pat and/or rub my back. So adorable!

You love attention from mom and dad, always wanting to climb on us and sit on us. If we are lying on the couch you’ll climb up and lay right on our tummy.

Sometimes you’ll look right in my eyes and say some jumbled jibber jabber and then squint your face and laugh at me! What are you saying?

You like to put things on our heads. For example, a Tiara or an empty bowl. You always want to put the tiara on dad, lol. He lets you but he always asks, “why don’t you go put this on mommas head?”

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Spring Is Coming

It's starting to get warmer out and Avalyn loves to be outdoors.  Everyday I pick her up from preschool she's outside swinging on the swing set.  We've been able to get some walks in each day and go play at the park.

Come on Mom!!

Goofy Girl