Sunday, August 22, 2010

Salsa and Splashing

Our massive tomatoes plants have produced an amazing amount of crop this year - and there is still a ton to come.  Last Sunday, Scott canned the first 20 jars of his salsa...I remember the first year that we canned it, and we had no idea what we were doing.  Now, he has a process in place, and I stay out of the way.  It really works best for everyone!  This year's salsa has a little more heat to it, but it still tastes fantastic.

Ava and I were finishing up lunch last Sunday when he was starting to chop up the veggies.  She was NOT happy with the food processor, and finished the rest of her lunch with her hands over her ears.  It was best for all when we left the kitchen!

Examining a piece of cheese...looking bored.


Still bored...eating the piece of cheese.



And then the noise started - and she didn't eat any more.


A few random pics from the week:

All three dogs watching Ava and Scott look for the bunny in the front yard.


Posing for the camera


Hm, she didn't take her nap yesterday...and I came into chaos in her room.
The bed should be against the wall you can't see in this pic.


Yesterday, we went to the SSP Splash Pool.  We had been talking about it all summer, but just never seemed to make time for it.  Since it closes for the season today, we HAD to do it this weekend.  Ava's still not a fan of getting her face wet, and it took her a little bit to warm up to being in the water (she must get that from me), but once she found some friends at the pool, she became more adventurous. 

The hardest thing that I had to do was send her down the waterslide on her own.  Scott was at the bottom to catch her, but I was terrified to let her go down on her own.  But she did, and she loved it!  I guess this is where I start learning to let my little girl do new things, even if I don't think she's ready for it.  Deep breath in, deep breath out.  Ahhhh....








It's going to be a beautiful day - the sun is shining, the sky is bright blue, and well, we don't have to go to work!  Enjoy the Sunday!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

HOT Summer Days

The past few weeks have been incredibily hot and humid here in Minnesota.  To keep things cool, we've brought out Ava's little pool for her to splash around in.  She loves to scoop up all of the water from the pool into her toy bucket - most of the time, the water ends up on the grass, but as long as she's happy, we can always add more water!

Ava also received a vertical sprinkler toy for her birthday, and it looks like she's still not a fan of getting her hair and face wet.  So, instead we used it to water the garden!  The monster tomatoes enjoyed it.

Today we're going to try to go to the Splash Pool in So St Paul.  Grandma Deb took her there last month, and surprise! She didn't like getting her face wet, but it sounds like she had fun playing in the water.  I'm just hoping the weather is super hot and sunny, so we can really enjoy cooling off in the water.





It looks like she's been hanging out with the beagles too much...


She was very...precise in her placement of these letters.


Not a huge fan of vegetables, but we keep trying. 
Salad was definitely not an interest - she just kept licking the dressing off!


Hanging with Daddy...


Say cheese!


In addition to the splash pool, Scott is hoping to can his first batch of salsa today.  SO excited to see how it turns out!  Yummy!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Look Who's Sassy...

My, my, my.  This week, Ava's sassy personality really came through.  I can't count how many times I have been hit, kicked, yelled at, and told to go away.  There might have even been an order or two to put me in timeout.  In addition to these fun new features, she's also copying everything we say.  And I mean EVERYTHING.  Sometimes the end results are pretty cute.  I asked her to choose between banana pudding and brownie pudding, and somehow when she chose, it came out as "bunny" pudding.  Hm.  That's a new one.  We opted to skip the bunny flavor, and went with the banana cream pie instead.

Last night over dinner, Ava was getting extra sassy and the end result was a serious staredown between Scott and Ava.  I was an innocent bystander, and felt like I was at a tennis match to see who would break first.  Ava eventually popped out her lower lip and started to "cry" (at the age of two she is already a master of fake crying).  That was it - Scott started laughing, and once she saw him smile, it was done.  Ava had won this battle.  Scott often makes me laugh in the middle of an argument - apparently, she has inherited his same tension-breaking skills.  So hard not to laugh sometimes...

Since I'm usually the one holding the camera, we don't have a lot of pictures of Ava and me.  This week, we tried to remedy that a bit.

Ava wanted to watch the Disney Channel...and of course I got sucked into it, too.  I think I was supposed to be making dinner instead of watching Hannah Montana - but how could I turn down this cuddle time with my girl?



This was a fun one.  Ava and I were hanging out, taking self-portraits, and out of the blue, she hit me.  I started to lecture her about not hitting people, and as I was talking to her, she whispered, "I want Daddy..."  I think we need to teach her about internal monologue.

I laughed, regardless.

And then she put herself in timeout.


All done being naughty!  Or is she?


Nope!  Now we're dancing topless on a chair. 
I'm already worried about her going to Mexico for Spring Break...




Do you know how hard it is to do a self-portrait, without looking at the camera, turned away, with closed eyes?  She was full of kisses after her stint in timeout.


I was summoned upstairs last night to look at our little girl, channeling Al Bundy.  Nice.


We're looking forward to a relatively quiet week - Scott's got lots of side work scheduled, so Ava and I should be able to get in some quality mommy-daughter time!