Saturday, January 30, 2010

Girls Weekend Checklist

After a very disappointing Vikings game last weekend, the rest of the week didn't get much better.  We've been really busy lately, and this week it was hard to bounce back.  We had a trip planned to WI to stay with Tiffany's parents for an annual ice fishing tournament.  There were going to be a lot of people there, and last time we went, we had an absolute blast...but this time, I was just too worn out to go anywhere.  So, Scott packed up the truck and headed up north while Miss Ava and I are in the middle of a girls' weekend.

So far, we've done the following:
  1. Warm bubble baths - CHECK  (Both of us!)  (Let me clarify...separately!)
  2. Good beverages - CHECK (well, she guzzles milk like cows are going extinct, and I had cherry Kool-Aid today, so what could be better?)
  3. Yummy chocolate - CHECK (thin mint-like cookies and Halloween candy (yes, Halloween) for me, and chocolate Goldfish for Ava)
  4. Fabulous books - CHECK (we read many, many books this morning and afternoon AND evening, and I'll be reading something a little more intense than Dr Seuss later this evening.  Although, There's a Wocket in my Pocket is a little creepy - what other creatures are lurking around the house?  The Jerten in the Curtain looked a little suspicious.  Scott, come home soon!)
  5. A nice long nap - CHECK (well Ava took a 3-hour nap today, and mine was about 30 minutes - but it's better than nothing!)
  6. Gettting peed on by Lucky - CHECK (Oh wait, was this supposed to be a positive list? Fortunately, Ava avoided the mess, but my right leg took one for the team.  Even Ava started saying, "Gross!")
So, you'd think I would have taken some pictures of us doing these fun things (except #6), but I didn't.  Instead, here's a photo from last Sunday's dinner of meatloaf and mashed potatoes.  I'm learning to let my independent little girl eat everything on her own...and while food ends up everywhere, I just take many, many deep breaths to calm myself down.  But, boy, she sure did love that meal! 

Notice how her hair is styled with potatoes...these pictures just don't do the mess justice, though!



And did you notice how bright the moon was last night?  That was the brightest the moon will be in 2010 - and if you looked just to the left of the moon last night, you could see Mars.  I really wish I had a fancy camera to capture it, but my little point-and-shoot was all I had available.  Obviously, the bright part of the image is the moon, and the little orange-y squiggle to the upper left of it is Mars.  It's hard to take non-shaky shots at night - and I even had the Image Stabilizer turned on.  We were fortunate enough to have clear skies, so we had a great view.  Very cool!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Crazy Hair

We give Ava a bath at night, and usually her hair is a little wet when we put her down for the night.  The other morning, her hair was sticking up in all the wrong places.  When I went to get the camera, she started jumping in her crib, so inertia was causing the hair to be even more wild...  Crazy kid with the crazy 'do.

This pose doesn't even show the craziness - but she looks so calm here.



Side shot - still not doing it justice.



Here we GO!



She's also been enjoying running around naked before her bath every night.  I like how Lucky is giving her the evil eye in this picture.  It's a love/hate relationship for Lucky...she loves that Ava gives her food, but hates her when she comes near.  I don't think it's hate as much as it's "the unknown" (I mean, c'mon Lucky, she's been here for 19 months - you should be used to her by now...she's not going anywhere.)



Mommy had a fun day yesterday.  I went to a baby shower for my good friend Ali who is due on March 10.  She's such a cute pregnant lady!  This is a picture of Emilie, Ali and me.  We had a very fun time catching up!



Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey took Ava for the night, and Scott and I had the chance to go out on a date.  We went to Sunsets in Woodbury for dinner, and then went to Drac's to play darts, and the Cro to play bar games.  Scott and I made a pretty good team - we actually beat some of the high scores that Tiffany and I set almost a year ago!

Today's the big game for the Vikings!  We're one game away from the Superbowl - they haven't been there since the '70s, so it's time!  YEAH!

Things Ava should NOT be Touching

I think the title of this post says it all...don't worry, we were watching her the whole time, so we wouldn't really let her get into trouble. :)

Daddy's stinky sock - ewwwwwww!



Books are ok to touch, obviously...but she pulled them all out.  FUN!
(I remember doing this as a child - just so I could re-shelve them all.  OCD started young with me, I think.)



The fridge...again, this is ok.  She was going after her teething rings - or maybe my wine.  We're not sure.



Forget the wine!  There's Daddy's BEER!



You think Scott would give his beer to a baby?  No.  So, here's a butter knife.



"Ahhhh...I think I'll take a break."



Back at it again!


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Christmas in January

Since we were in KC for the holidays this year, we didn't have a chance to celebrate Christmas with Scott's mom's side of the family.  So, last weekend, we went to Scott's mom and stepdad's house, and had fun watching Ava open her gifts.  She approached the whole process with the non-hurried way she did in KC, and since she had so many wonderful gifts to open from Grandma and Grandpa and Great-Grandma, it took quite a while!

After all of the gifts were opened, we enjoyed a very yummy pizza dinner from Old World pizza.  Nothing says Christmas like a sauerkraut pizza! :)  This was our first time having dinner in the newly remodeled kitchen...and it looks fabulous!  Ava looked so little in her high chair next to the big snack bar.

Peek-a-boo...I see you!  Those words kept coming from this package...



It's a doll that plays peek-a-boo all on its own. 
Luckily, there is also an off-switch.  It kept talking at Great-Grandma's house for weeks before Ava received it!



Grandma and Great-Grandma supervising the opening process



Scott playing with the peek-a-boo doll. :)



Great-Grandma and Ava opening their gifts together



So determined...



Ava loves the light-up shoes she received from Grandma and Grandpa - if she's not wearing them, she will hit the bottom of the shoes to make them light up.  Clever little girl!

One last thought for the day...GO VIKES!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Entertainment Galore

The first week back after Christmas vacation wasn't too bad...both Scott and I are busy at work, so the days flew by this week, and then at night, we've been so busy with Ava, house stuff, etc.  One of the projects we had was to switch our family room and living room TVs around.  I needed to make sure all of the components were connected correctly, so I decided it would be a fine time to play a little XBox.  We're not big into gaming in our house, so we only have a few games to choose from.  Ava helped me with some practice battles in Soul Calibur II - and she actually did well!  Really, I think she just enjoyed pushing the buttons on the controller...

After I realized that perhaps that was a little violent for our toddler, we moved onto Karaoke Revolution.  Boy, give that girl the mic, and you'll never get a chance to sing.  If the music wasn't on, she'd sing and talk into it, but once the music started playing, she just ran around with it, and every once in a while would squeak out a note or two.  After we listed to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" five times, we decided that a driving game was in order.  So, we pulled out The Simpsons Hit & Run.  I'm horrible at driving games, but Ava sure got a kick out of it when my car kept hitting trees, garages, random people, etc.  I think we need to practice that game just a bit!



We also had our annual friend's holiday party last night - 8 adults, and 5 kids, and very little drama!  The three younger kids did really well playing together (and it was good practice for sharing toys, too.)  Dinner was so good (thanks to all for bringing everything - we left our contribution at home accidentally.  Real nice.)  and after the kids were in bed, we had the chance to play an adult game, and have a modified version of parties in the years' past.  It's so nice that we are all still friends and enjoy each other's company so much.  And our kids seem to like each other, too...whew!

Corinne, our lovely hostess, made each of the kids a really cool gift.  Ava and Isabel each got tutus (Ava's is lime green and pink, while Isabel's is light pink and blue), and Dylan got a really neat cape.  I'm sure that each of these gifts will be used for years to come!  In fact, this morning, I decided that Ava need to wear it while she was playing.  I do have hope for a girly-girl!  She loves her little purse, and she was twirling a little with the tutu. Yeah!





After all the fun and games were over, Scott decided to make the entire family beg for a treat.  Seriously.



This afternoon/evening, we are having a late Christmas gathering with Scott's mom, stepdad and grandma.  We're looking forward to seeing them, as well as their almost-finished remodeled house!  I'm thinking there might be some more cool toys coming Ava's way today...:)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A New 'Do

Welcome 2010!  We have had a very busy week since Christmas, and we're looking forward to a calm day tomorrow before we all return back to work/daycare. 

One of the things on my to-do list for this past week was to take Ava in for her first haircut.  She was beginning to get a fuzzy, fly-away mullet, so we needed to put a stop to that ASAP.  Since I don't trust myself with sharp scissors and a squirmy child, I took her to Kids' Hair in Woodbury.  It was an excellent choice to take her there - they are professional stylists, who really like working with kids, and have the perfect setup to make it a pain-free experience (i.e. barber chairs with straps for little ones, crayons and paper, videos and toys...lots of them!) 

After we strapped Ava in, she was a little restless, and got extremely ticklish when they started to brush the hair around her shoulders.  About halfway through, she decided to turn on the waterworks, but luckily they work VERY fast, and she was done in no time, and was running around laughing and chatting.  And instead of a mullet, she now has a cute little bob.  MUCH better!

Before the haircut...



During the process...







Afterwards...and so much happier!





We gave Ava a Sit-n-Spin for Christmas and instead of sitting and spinning, she likes to use the column to sit on to spin.  More than once she has spun herself right off of the toy.  At least it's not so far up that she can hurt herself...





Scott was working on installing a new kitchen faucet today, and Ava so badly wanted to help him out.  Whatever she did must have worked - the faucet works great!



And the best part of the week...Ava has a new word!  We were driving somewhere, and all of a sudden she started repeating "Awesome!" over and over and over.  It's so darn cute to hear such a big word come out of her mouth.  Her all-time favorite word to say is "cookie" so tonight at dinner we were trying to get her to say "Awesome cookies!"  No such luck, but we'll keep working at it.  That girl definitely got her sweet-tooth from me. :)