Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Water Table

I've been eyeballing water tables for a while now and finally decided to get one.  Ava had a lot of fun with it.  She wanted to swim in it though!

She loved filling the bucket and letting the water run out the bottom.  She was good at keeping it over the water table, but eventually learned she could let it drain on the cement which included her feet!

Ahh fresh hose water

Our strong girl, she tried so hard to push and pull the table

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

The company I work for sponsored the Boy Scouts again and brought back the Flags For Freedom display.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Picnic in the Park

We recently squeezed in a picnic at the park play date with Chloe before her baby brother arrived! The girls had fun sharing snacks and running around the park. Ava is becoming quite the social butterfly. She tried to crash another families birthday party and she also had no problem taking a seat next to people on the park benches.

Hurry we are hungry!

MMM Snacks!


Ava's Favorite - The Twirly Slide

Spin spin spin

Friends, so cute!  Ava's giving her 5.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NE Road Trip

Jon and Avalyn had a fun trip to Nebraska last weekend to celebrate Kates birthday.  I stayed behind for some much needed R&R.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Last of Mothers Day

Some final pics from a visit to my moms for Mothers Day.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mothers Day Brunch

We had Brunch at Renee Kelly's Harvest. It's a refurbished Caenen Castle built in 1907. Old English trestle tables and high-back tapestry chairs, a grand staircase, limestone walls, and hand-carved European fireplaces gives it a real castle feel.

Caenen Castle

Playing the drums, with her happy face
The food was really good.  Everything was home made.  It's a farm to table restaurant so everything is high quality and fresh.  Ava actually ate!  She enjoyed the fresh fruit, bacon, potatoes, blueberry french toast, and cinnamon roll.

Trying a little of everything

Mothers Day 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

21 Months

You are getting more independent.  When we walk into a store, etc.  you like us to hold your hand when we walk instead of carrying you.  You are learning to take off your clothes.  There have been mornings when we go get you are you are sitting in your diaper.  You are now walking up and down the stairs instead of crawling (while holding the rail of course).

New words: Milk, juice, silly, papa, meow, up, Foofa (Yo Gabba Gabba), socks, shoes

Not only talking more but learning common questions like, “wheres your doll?” You are also in love with books. I find you sitting in a chair pointing at the pictures, “Cat Meow” “Dog woof.”

You like me to pretend I’m a dog and chase you. While holding you, you like to lean back until your hands reach the floor and do a backflip. You like to tickle people. You love me to turn you really fast, like a dancer. You have started singing with your toys and to your favorite cartoons.

You love to be the center of attention. You “perform” and then want everyone to clap for you. When we are done clapping you say, “Thank you!” It’s funny, like you are giving a speech because you won something!

You are still a Momma’s girl.  Always at my legs.

Favorite toys – Loving books more, sidewalk chalk, talking Dora, moms cell phone, drum set
Fun things this month - First school field trip, playing outside, playdates, Mothers Day

Last funny story from this month.  Dad went outside to grill and you locked him out!  We didn’t realize you knew about the lever on the sliding glass door.  You little sneaker.  He had to walk around the house and go in through the garage.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mothers Day

I had a lovely Mothers Day.  A yummy brunch, pretty flowers, and a sweet card.  But most of all I had a wonderful time with my sweet little girl.

Friday, May 10, 2013


This is from a while back but I decided to post since it was a "first" for Avalyn.  I wasnt sure she'd sit in it once it started moving but she surprised me.  It's so cute, she's even spinning the steering wheel!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tickles & Singing

I love this video because it shows Ava's silly personality. Recently she's been into tickling people! She'll walk right up and tickle your feet while saying, "tickle tickle tickle." Cracks us up. Of course, when you play along like it's really tickling it gets her laughing pretty good.

Another thing she's been doing lately is singing. During her favorite shows she'll sing and in this video she is singing with her Dora Doll. Her words dont make sense but she's just babbling to the melody. Super cute!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Spring Pictures - The Funny

Behind the scenes on what was really happening during the photo shoot!

The last picture of the day.  Gavin after he fell in the mud (notice his knees!) and Ava was just ready to go home.