Sunday, May 29, 2011


So, no new news on the potty training - Ava goes when she wants, and she may or may not let us know when that is.  However, we did pass a milestone this past week - she was able to pick two items from her "potty treat bucket".  Normally, that's not a combo of words that I would usually use together - but in this case, it works!  When she goes at least 5 / 7 days AT HOME in one week, she gets to pick a bigger "treat" out of a bucket.  Last week, she picked a fancy-schmancy lavender headband with a huge flower...and at the same time, she scoped out what other items were available.  Ava saw there was a pink purse in there, and kept that in mind for the next round!  There's also a set of pink and red nail polish, so I'm hoping that she picks that next time.  All I have to say, is thank goodness for the $1 bin at Target!

Ava helped me bake some yummy brownies last week - and she actually DID help!  She followed my directions, and got everything stirred up, nice and well.  FINALLY.  She's beginning to give back to the family.  Ha!  Had I only cooked the brownies long enough, they would have been perfect.  At least someone followed directions well...

And her latest, positively most annoying thing that she's picked up lately is a new word.  Dude.  As in, "Later, dude."  "Thanks, dude."  "Bye, dude."  O.M.G.  If I have to hear that word one more time, I might rip my ears off.  Oh, and then she added it to our names - I'm now Mommy-dude, and Scott's Daddy-dude.  Cute the 1st 10 times.  Not so cute 201 times later.

Hiding before making the brownies.  Not sure why.  BUT, notice the headband?

I asked her why she lined up all of her Little People outside of the house.  She told me they were watching the fire.  I was never able to clarify if the house was burning down, or if they had a fireplace inside.  In any case...creative!

Yesterday, my friend Tina and I went with a group on a winery tour in WI.  We had a great time - and I bought my first bottle of port.  Yum!  After the tour (and our drinks), we went exploring on the grounds.

This is the main building - they hold weddings in the field we were in, and also polocrosse games.  It was a lovely place - can't wait to go back again!

I do believe this is our sampling of the port...

So, dudes, hope you had a most excellent weekend.  This Mommy-dude is off to do a pedi, and some relaxing.  Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I'll Take Terrible Twos Anyday...

I have no pics this week.  Partly because we, once again, were too busy to have a lot of fun.  Also partly because Ava's been a real handful, and had there been any pictures, they would have been of me getting angry, Scott losing patience, and Ava bossing everyone around. 

I don't know what happened to my sweet little girl. This intruder who has taken over my child's body is demanding, bossy, sassy, and downright mean at times.  More than once this week, I've heard, "Get away, Mommy.  I don't like you.  I only want Daddy."  I can only imagine what she will be like when we hit the teen years!

One tiny, fun little story from this week - we did manage to make it to the playground one night after dinner.  It was packed with kids - running around like they hadn't been outside in FOREVER!  Oh wait - this is HAS been months since they could play at the park! 

Ava quickly made a little friend, and they had a grand time running around.  At one point, we heard the other little girl introduce herself to Ava.  Peyton (the little girl) then asked Ava what her name was.  Ava's response?  "My name is Jessica."  At which point, both Scott and I gave each other a weird look.  Jessica?  Ava doesn't know anyone named Jessica. 

5 minutes later, we saw the little girl running after Ava yelling, "Jessica, Jessica!"  And then a random little boy ran by, pointed at Ava, and told us "That's Jessica!"  I tried to correct the misconception, but, it was all in vain. 

Later that night, I asked Ava if her name was Jessica.  She gave me the oddest "you crazy" look, and said, "No, my name is Ava!"  I asked again a few nights later, and still got the same response - so I thought Jessica was gone. Until the other night, Ava pointed at me, and told me that I was Jessica.

The only possible explanation is that they play with dolls at daycare, and sometimes Savannah (a little girl who goes to daycare with Ava), names her little baby, Jessica.

The rest of the stories I have from this week are not fun.  Or cute.  They often end with tears, and an increase in blood pressure. 

Here's to hoping for a better week - with the weather, and the attitudes!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Like Mother, Like Daughter

We had a wonderful Mother's Day last Sunday...after we picked up Ava from Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey's house, we were able to spend the afternoon together as a family.  That night, we went back to Deb and Whitey's house for a Mother's Day dinner.  It was a relaxing way to end a great weekend!

Ava and I managed to dress alike on Mother's Day totally by accident.  We actually had similar shirts to wear that were bought specifically for Mother's Day, but it completely slipped my mind after the busy weekend we had had!  Ava wore her adorable Mother's Day shirt this past week, so we were just a few days late - sorry Mom!!!

Sometimes it's hard to get people to look at the camera.  Notice Ava's tongue.

Well, one looking is better than none, I guess!

There we go!

Rockin' out

The weather is GORGEOUS right now!  Sunny blue skies, in the high 70's, with a slightly cool breeze.  And Ava suggested we come inside to watch The Little Mermaid.  Sigh...  We watched Tangled yesterday (took us 3 tries to get past the first 45 minutes, but we did it!), and we watched Tinkerbell this morning.  I might be done with Disney movies for a bit...!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Adventures at the Museum

Last week we purchased an annual membership to the Children's Museum in St. Paul. We had been there once before, and realized it was a great place to bring Ava - any time of the year.  We were only there for a few hours on Sunday, and we still had several exhibits to visit.  I like the idea of the membership, so we don't have to squeeze everything into one visit!

The current rotating exhibit is a Legos display - set in medieval times!  There was an area where you could joust, sit on thrones, peer into a spooky dungeon, and even get your picture taken with a dragon!  We also built a little pink (of course) Lego castle!  There was a big box of dress-up clothes, and while I know Ava would have loved to wear the purple princess cape, I also know we would have had one heck of a time getting it off of her.  Sometimes, avoidance is the easiest route!

I told Scott that this year, I want to do MORE with Ava.  I don't want to just go to the park.  Or just play with her sandbox in the back yard.  It's important to me that she gets out, sees lots of other kids, and learns about things, while having fun.  The Children's Museum is an excellent place to start.  We also have a few upcoming play dates to the zoos in the area, which I think we're all excited for!

I'm going to sign her up for a Tiny Tots tumbling class which starts in June - since I never mastered a perfect cartwheel, I'm hoping that she can learn that skill at an early age!

We're on our way to "see him"!  (Ava speak for "museum"...)

Those are some BIG Legos!

A pink castle!  And she found the one flower piece to put on it.

What is that thing?

Considering how scared she is of ants, she had no problem going into their display!

Back to the castle's dungeon...this thing would light up and make scary noises when you'd lift the key.

Helping move blocks

And a few non-museum pics from the last few weeks:

We came to check on her one night, and found her covered by all of her friends!

Playing with her toy baskets...silly kid!

Hiding under her blanket

Everyone should wear heels with polka-dot pjs!