Friday, July 29, 2011

Typical Summer Day

Ava's typical summer day consists of the following:

Every day we have to go to the park down the street. Ava wakes up telling me she wants to go to the park, and she would honestly live there if we would let her. A neighbor girl came over the other day on her little princess bike, and was wearing a bike helmet. Ava wanted to keep the little girls helmet on all night and threw a fit when we made her give it back. So off to the store we went the next day to get Ava her own helmet. She loves it, and wants to wear it to the park everyday, even if I am not taking her in the bike trailer.
Safety first!!

Ava also wants to wear her parents shoes all the time. She looks hilarious and trips often, but continues to wear them. Lately her dad's indoor soccer shoes are her favorite choice.

Picking raspberries is also a daily ritual around here. Ava would eat these non stop if we would let her. The problem is she does not know which ones are ripe and ready to pick - she just grabs whatever she can pull off and tries them out. Her face is so funny when she eats the non-ripe berries.

It has been pretty warm lately, so we try to let Ava take a dip in her little pool each day.

She loves the water and making any water toy or ball splash.

I cannot believe that summer is almost half over. Where does the time go?

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Ava's friend Kade turned 3 this month, and Ava was invited to attend his birthday party. He had his party at a Jump and Play center (which is basically a bunch a blown up bounce castles, obstacle courses and slides. I was not sure if Ava would like it because she was pretty little compared to the other kids there and the bounce toys were rather large, but she LOVED it. In fact she did not want to leave.

Looks like we will probably see more of this place in our future.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Look What I Have Been Doing...

Ava is growing up way too fast these days. It seems like everyday she is trying something new and saying a new word in the correct tense and meaning. She is talking up a storm and it is fun to actually understand what she is saying.
If you ask her what her favorite color is - she will say green.
If you ask her what her favorite number is - she will say nine.
If you ask her what her favorite letter is - she will say the letter "O". And she means each statement - they truly are her favorite.
If you ask her a yes or no question, she will answer "no" for no and "K" for yes.
She loves to water any plant outside or in with her little watering can (our plants are seeing more water than they ever have...hopefully they survive), and she says water without the T sound -- Super cute to hear.
We honestly cannot get enough of this kid.

Ava learning that she is able to climb the banister (Her mother is not happy about this).

Decorating the window for the holiday.

Driving her friend Henry's tractors on their farm.

Ava, you light up our life, make us complete, and bring a smile to our face every single day.

We love you!!

Warm Holiday Fun

This last 4th of July we spent the day at Joel's parents house for a BBQ and time with Ava's cousins. Ava loved splashing in the water, playing with her cousin Cole, watching grandma and grandpa's cows, and eating lots of yummy food!

Playing with cousin Cole.

Enjoying the water toys.

It was nice to spend time with family and enjoy the beautiful weather we had.

Maybe next year Ava will stay up to watch some fireworks.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Silly Hat

Ava loves the song from Barney called "A Silly Hat". She loves to put hats on her head and dance around to the song. Whenever we put funny objects on our heads around the house we always say "silly hat, silly hat" and dance around with it on our head (I know...we are weird, but Ava loves it). The objects that are not hats usually are anything from books, blankets, and toys to anything else that we feel would look silly on our heads.

Recently, this practice has backfired. The other night this is what I found...

We have been EASING into the whole potty training thing. She is just getting use to sitting on her potty chair (she was afraid to sit on it for awhile), and has actually never gone potty in it yet.

Looks like we have some work on our hands. I definitely do not want her thinking the inside of her potty chair can be used as a silly hat.