What a whirlwind week we've had...I was trying to get everything wrapped up at work so I could take my 5-day "furlough" from last Wednesday, through tomorrow. Wednesday was my first day at home, so Ava and I had a ton of "fun" getting everything ready for the upcoming activities. I did have a wonderful massage, so that started my vacation off very well...
Gramma Karen and Grampa Doug drove in from KC on Wednesday afternoon. We had a great evening catching up, and enjoying the nice weather (until the downpour that happened right as they were leaving our house!)
On Thursday, Scott, Dad, Mom, and I drove down to Cannon Falls and Rochester to check out the areas for potential future homes/land for us. At some point, we'd like to move south of the Cities. Ava was a very good little girl, especially considering that she was stuck in a car for most of her FIRST BIRTHDAY!!! We went to Applebee's for lunch, and the wait staff came out singing to someone else...I wonder what Ava would have done if we had them sing to her!
On Friday, Mom and I took Ava to get her 1-year photos taken, and then we met a few co-workers for lunch. Look at how cute she looks in her fun little dress! Since both of my parents are turning 60 this summer, Scott, Ava and I took them out for a birthday dinner at Mama Maria's in Hudson on Friday night. It was SO yummy!
On Saturday, Scott and I had a wedding to go to, so Gramma and Grampa had the chance to baby-sit Ava for the 1st time...overall, she did good (until it was nap time, and then she fought it like crazy.) Scott went to the reception, and I came home to spend time with my parents. We went to the Burger Emporium in Woodbury...I would highly recommend this place. It was great food, plus they had free refills on beer and wine! Who does that???
On Sunday, we had Ava's first birthday party! All of our closest family was there to see Ava in action...she had so much fun unwrapping the gifts, as well as smashing her cake. I have never seen her so sticky and full of goo...but she loved it! We got hit with a little rainstorm in the middle of the party, but we stuck it out. It was so wonderful that we were able to share this milestone with the people we love. :)
That night we had to say good-bye to my parents, but we know we'll see them again soon.
Today, I finally had a chance to relax...and wash those darn high chair straps! It was incredibly hot today, so I set up a baby sprinkler in the yard for Ava. She was really hesitant at first, but eventually, she was brave enough to put her hand in the water. And then she would lick her fingers. Crazy kid! Check out her new bikini from Grandma Deb! We can't wait to set up the pool so she can play with all of her new pool toys!
I'm looking forward to tomorrow...Ava will be at daycare, so I'll have the day all to myself. Ahhhhh....so much to do, and never enough time!