Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fangs and Tennis Shoes...?

Scott and I had a date night last night...yay! We went to dinner, saw a movie (The Proposal - it was cute!), and then went to the Cro for a night cap. Ava stayed with Grandma Deb last night, and I think we both slept so well...until the beagles woke us up at 6:45 this morning. Oh well, at least it wasn't 4:20am like during the week!

When I was in Northern WI last week, I bought Ava a cute purple cat for her to sleep with. She LOVES it! Here's a close-up of the kitty (and Lucky checking it out!)

Ava's been pushing the other kids out of the Cozy Coupe at daycare, so Debi was nice enough to let us borrow it overnight. All Ava really wants to do is get in, shut the door, and sit there. She hasn't quite figured out how to make it go, but she makes a big show of slamming the door! Scott and I are going to check out a Cozy Coupe we found on Craigslist this afternoon, so hopefully, Ava will have one of her own before the day is over!

Our garden has EXPLODED! The squash has taken over everything, and it battling for the ground with our tomatoes. As most people know, our tomato plants usually overrun the garden, but this year, they've met their match with the squash. In fact, the squash is now starting to make its way down the garage, into the alley, and even into our neighbor's yard. We have so many squash on the vine right now, it's crazy. One of them is so big it looks like a watermelon! We have NO idea how to tell when it's ripe...these are turning green, when we usually see them as yellow in the store.

But, I digress. Before the squash took over, we had several corn stalks that were producing, thriving, and loving life. (Needless to say, they are no longer thriving, as the squash is trying to eat them.) Scott pulled 6 ears of corn last week, so we had grilled corn on the cob for dinner one night. As Ava was eating it, we noticed that two well placed kernels made it look like she had fangs. And don't blame that realization on my obsession with Twilight or True Blood...Scott noticed it first!

My headband was starting to hurt my head, so Ava wanted to wear it to give Mama a break. It just looked so darn cute that I needed to take a picture!

I put tennis shoes on her yesterday for the first time, and while she wasn't sure about them at first, now she loves them. She RUNS when she wears them - there's no walking anymore! We were running around the Petco parking lot this morning while we were waiting for the store to open, and we (I) was trying to avoid the puddles. Ava stepped into a puddle right as her shoe came off. Nothing like a soaking sock to start the morning off right! And thus ended the parking lot walking adventure.

It's nice that Ava's big enough to feed herself, so I wanted to be able to give her a snack cup that she wouldn't be able to tip over and empty everywhere. I bought these cups that have a flexible lid on them that is supposed to keep the snacks in. However, our brilliant little baby discovered that all she has to do is pull a flap aside, and then all of the snacks can be poured out. Grrrr! So much for THAT idea!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mommy's Night Away...!

This weekend, I went to a wedding in northern WI with my friend Tiffany. This means that Scott had his first overnight alone with Ava! I have to admit, I was little nervous, but he's such a good dad, that I didn't really think there would be any problems (and there weren't.) It gave them a chance for some really good Daddy/daughter bonding time.

But, it was pretty great to come home today and see Ava's smiling face and get a huge hug from her. I bought her the cutest little purple cat (yes, a cat - we have a million puppy stuffed animals, so I thought I would mix it up a bit), and she's been carrying Roller (that's his name) around with her all day. Last I saw, she was holding onto him in her crib as she was falling asleep. :)

I didn't bring my camera out for the wedding, but I couldn't resist taking a few shots at the hotel this morning. What a great view of the bay (feeds into Lake Superior)!

Have a good week!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Where is the Summer Going?

Ava's really been paying more attention to her environment, and how she interacts with her toys, us, her friends at daycare, and loud noises (her first reaction is to run to the nearest adult and grab their legs - but once she knows what the noise is, she wants to watch it.) Over the weekend, Scott was mowing our lawn, and running the leaf blower...both loud objects. Once she saw it was Daddy doing it, then she couldn't take her eyes off of him. She even said, "Dada"...and I know it wasn't an accident!

In my last blog post, I commented on how she's been putting her dolly in the stroller and she's feeding her puppy her Cheerios! Unless she's really hungry, and then she doesn't share!

On Sunday, Ava and I went to River Falls to visit with Lisa and Dylan, and Tiffany and Isabel. The kids were so good together - it seemed whatever toy one child had, the others wanted. Ava was quite fond of Dylan's cow and blue elephant. After lunch, we went on a nice walk, and ended up at a park in town. There were several slides, steps, and sand to play with!

Isabel's on her way down the slide!

Ava wasn't really sure what to do with the sand...I think this might have been the 1st time she's played in sand. I cannot believe how much of it she brought home with her in her diaper!!

Peeking out from behind a pole...peek-a-boo!

It was rare to get all three kids together in one shot...I think Isabel caught Ava off-guard in this one!

On the walk back to Lisa's house, we stopped at DQ - Isabel and Tiff shared a dipped cone, with very messy results! Ava and I shared a cherry float, but I had strict control of the spoon and straw!

Last night, our friend Megan stopped out for an impromptu visit, and it was great to catch up with her! She and her husband moved west of the cities, so we don't see them on a weekly basis like we used to. :( Megan even supervised Ava's bath time...but even with 3 adults in the bathroom, Ava still managed to take a pretty hard fall in the tub. But this morning, there wasn't a bump in sight! Those kids are quick healers!

This weekend should be fun - Tiff and I are headed up to northern WI for a wedding, so Scott will be all on his own with Ava on Saturday night. This is his first overnight alone with her - but I know he'll do a great job!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July! Hope you had a safe, and fun celebration! We didn't stay up late enough to watch any fireworks, but it seemed like everyone in the neighborhood was having fun setting them off. The dogs did really well, and didn't freak out, and even though there was one that landed by one of our bedroom windows, Ava didn't wake up at all!

It's been pretty nice here, so we've been taking advantage of the warm weather to let Ava use her new pool. I think she's really liking it! The toys help to make it a little less scary for her.

Ava's newest thing is to say, "Uh-oh..." after she's dropped something. I have no idea where she learned that from - maybe daycare? It's really cute, though, to hear her vocabulary expanding each day.

"I'm not really sure about this pool thing..."

Toys make it all better!

Scott thought it would be fun to put goggles on her for a few minutes. She did really well with them and didn't even try to pull them off!

All dressed up for the 4th! I love the little bow in her hair in the 2nd picture.

Ava's learning more and more about sharing. Her dolly now gets to go in the toy stroller, and Ava was even putting her in the exersaucer and holding her up to play with all of the toys on it! It's never too early to learn about sharing with others...:)