Sunday, June 26, 2011

THREE (and other joyous things)

The terrible twos have officially passed - we now have a three year old!  I've been looking at her baby pictures lately, and have a hard time believing that she's not my little baby anymore.  Every once in a while, I stop and really look at her - and I can see the little person she's growing into.  I'm happy - but sad at the same time.  There are times I would love nothing more than to have her be more independent, but...then I want to cuddle with her and never let her go.  I have a feeling I'm in for some pretty emotional years ahead!

This is a pic that we took for Scott's Father's Day present - man, who knew it'd be so hard to have a little kid keep a sign facing the right way, and a somewhat decent smile on the face!?


On one of our non-gray/dreary days, Ava was helping to water the flowers in the backyard.  She was trying so hard to fill it up with the little sprinkler...at that rate, it would have taken her all night!





For her birthday, we went to Chuck E Cheese with the Winfields...the girls had a great time running around, playing with all of the games, and being kids!  Actually, Scott and I had fun playing all of the games, too, so really, we all had a good time!




After Chuck E Cheese (and a small intermission), the Winfields came over, and the two little princesses commenced their playtime.  They also watched The Little Mermaid and Tangled, while Tiff and I had a chance to catch up. 

My not-so-favorite moment of the night was when Ava came running at me full-force and hit my glass of red wine...which got all over the couch, and my khaki shorts.  All I'm going to say is...thank goodness for Scotchguarding furniture, and Kids N Pets for clothes!  No stains!



The next day (Sunday) we had family over to celebrate and open all of those gifts!  She received some wonderful presents that she is going to have so much fun with...especially if the sun ever comes back to Minnesota...



Every one needs to know how to mow the lawn while wearing Cinderella heels...


Spanky also wanted to eat the lawnmower...


Playing t-ball...we need to work on that eye-hand coordination!


She eventually decided to attack the balloon...


We got an awesome Princess cupcake pull-apart cake...so good!



Who doesn't want a little spit with the cupcakes?


She didn't really want to participate in tumbling last week...I think they were waiting for Ava to do something here.  Not really sure why everyone was looking at her.


Getting ready for the Kaposia Days parade this week...so much candy, and lots of new floats!  The weather held out, and we actually had a really nice night!



Hoping for some sunshine this week so we can burn off all of that excess energy! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summer? Where?

So...not really sure where summer is.  We've had weird weather for the last 10 months.  A very long, snowy winter, a non-existant spring, and 1 day of HOT (100+ degree) temps.  In fact, there was a 40+ degree difference between Tuesday's and Wednesday's temps.  So...not really feeling like summer's actually here yet!  However, we are trying to make the best of it.  When we do have some warmer weather, we're trying to get outside and either play in the backyard, go to the park, go to the zoo, pool, etc...
...and, enjoying all of the baby animals in the neighborhood!  In the tree right outside of our kitchen window, we realized there was a nest with 4 little eggs.  They've all since hatched - and we're not really sure how many survived.  At least two very hungry baby birds!  Ava is very interested in checking on them everyday - and she understands why we can't touch them...a lesson that's never too early to be learned!


Love these begonias!


Throwing sand at me, and getting it in my beer.  Naughty Ava.



This made me cringe...sand in the hair!


We spent last Sunday morning at the Como Zoo with Scott's sister, her husband, and their two boys.  I made the mistake of parking by Como Town (the amusement park) and that's all that Ava could focus on.  She didn't want to look at any of the animals, and actually refused to even look at the tigers and lions.  It's funny how early girls learn the "hair toss" manuever.  Of course, as we were getting ready to leave, she started whining about wanting to see the animals! 

If we both make it through her third year, it will be a miracle...just sayin'.



This captures the attitude of the morning perfectly! 
Hunter (4) and Aidan (1) were fantastic!  Ava was not.



Although, she did enjoy walking on the bench as we were trying to leave.  Notice there are no shoes...they were 20 feet away where she threw them!



We're in the midst of a bathroom remodel - new tub and surround...resulting in lots of sheetrock dust!  Next up...the bathroom floors!  I forgot how much I dislike remodeling mess...ugh!  But, I know the end result will be worth it.  And the shower this morning was divine...ahhhh.

It's hard to believe that in less than a week, my little monster sweet princess will be THREE!  We're going to have a family party on Sunday and a fun party at Chuck E Cheese with the Winfields on Saturday.  As I was wrapping all of her gifts (98% Disney Princess), I started to wonder if there was something as TOO much princess.  And then I decided no...the best birthday (or Christmas?) that I had as a kid was when the majority of the gifts I received were Barbie items.  I know she won't be obssessed with the Princesses forever, so might as well let her enjoy while she does!