Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lectures Galore

Fianlly...pictures!  The other morning I was getting ready to go to work, and I heard Ava lecturing Scooter and Black Bear.  When I peeked in on her, I saw both of her laptops set up, and she was giving lessons to the bear and the cat on how to use them!  They'll be pros in no time!

Actually, we've noticed that she's entered a lecturing phase - and she is very serious about it!  Yesterday afternoon, she put Scooter down for a nap, and kept going in to check on him...and lecturing him for crying and making too much noise.  To hear her mimic us (and the things we say) was hilarious!  It also makes us take a closer look at how we speak to her...we say "no" an awful lot - and I think it's time to put a more positive spin on our interactions!



We never know how much we're going to have to struggle when we leave the house.  This time was NOT easy.  She was quite content to lay on the floor...she had no interest in standing up!


I gave her some glow-in-the-dark bracelets this morning, and she had so much fun with them! 




In addition to the bracelets, I also had some helium balloons for her (I went to a friend's birthday party the night before, and there were a whole bunch of fun things for the kids in attendance.  I brought some of them home for Ava.)  We also loaded her up with temporary tattoos this morning, so she's had a fantastically fun morning so far.  And it's not even 9am!

What better way to start a new week!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What a Slacker!

Just when it comes to this blog, of course!  Spring has seem to bring an endless amount of WORK that both Scott and I are trying to get through.  My replacement for my travel job started a month ago, but she started right in the middle of the busiest time of the year - and I haven't been able to extract myself from the job completely.  I think the end is in sight, though - I'm hoping that April brings many new changes...one of which consists of me having just one job!

Scott's been incredibly busy getting his business set up - and scheduling side work whenever he can.  It's funny, he used to give me a hard time about being on my laptop, and every single night, he's glued to his now.  Maybe he would be willing to post a few blog entries!

And little Ava.  Sweet, sweet Ava.  She's doing great! Well, except for the two visits to the doctor within 2 weeks.  Strep and the flu have been going around the community, so she's been tested for strep twice, and the flu once.  All 3 times, we have lucked out, and the tests came back negative! 

Ava and Scott had an excellent time today playing outside - the chalk is out of the garage, and we have fresh designs in the backyard! I think all of us are counting the days until we can go to the park and burn off some energy.  I'm already thinking of the fun places we can go this summer - the museum, the splash pool, the zoo, etc.  Ava's finally at an age where we can take her places and she "gets" it.  Lots of fun things to look forward to in the future!

For my new" job, I was sent to Denver this past week for a business meeting.  How convenient!  The meeting was on Tuesday, but I flew out on Saturday morning (first class...ahhhh....) and spent 3 great days with my parents.  It's the first time I had visited them without Scott or Ava in many, many years - and it was fantastic!  The weather was beautiful in Denver...I needed a break from the Minnesota cold and snow.  Sunshine and vitamin D has an amazing effect on the mood!

On Sunday we went to the Denver Museum of Science and Nature, and there was a great view of Denver from the 4th floor.  I'm already looking forward to my next trip back!



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I promise, there will be pics of Ava one of these days...I'm still floored when I look at her hair now, and realize how long it's getting.  She sure ain't a baby anymore!  Can't believe she'll be three years old in three months!  Yikes - where did the time go?!

Happy Spring!