Sunday, August 21, 2011

Happily Ever After?

Lately, I've been adding to the Disney Princess movies in our collection.  Last week I bought Beauty and the Beast for Ava.  That was never a favorite movie of mine, but now that I've seen it several times in the last week, it's growing on me.  I figure this is a good chance for me to catch up on some of the stories that I missed out on!

Watching all of these princess movies has me thinking about fairy tales...why is it that it's always the evil stepMOTHER?  Or the mom is dead, and no one has taken her place?  Very rarely is it the father who is evil, or dead.  This has actually come up as a topic in more than one conversation lately, and has me a bit intrigued.  Fairy tales are often not very happy - and usually someone dies at some point. 

I was a giving an overview of Snow White to a friend of mine, and as I was going through the story, both of us were horrified at the message - mom dies, evil stepmother wants to murder her pretty stepdaughter, and when she doesn't succeed, she dies from envy.  WOW!  Talk about cheery!

More than once lately, Ava has had to comfort me as I was bawling while watching the Disney movie! I did try to have her watch Cars with me a few weeks ago (no one dies there!) and about 45 minutes into it, she lost interest, and had no desire to continue!  Can't say I didn't try...

Scott had never seen Beauty and the Beast, so while they were watching it, it appeared that he was pretty interested in the story.  Ava kept sitting up in front of him, and he kept telling her to move out of the way so he could see the tv. Made me giggle.

The viewing - look at the intensity!

We finally got Ava's room her walls aren't bare!  Ikea has great kids items, and they aren't too expensive!  Check out the new wall light we bought for her - super cute, provides just enough light for her to read, and is easy to turn on and off. 

Ava's fasinated with the color of her tongue...she was pretty excited about it turning green!

If the weather holds today, we're supposed to go swimming with some friends - I think today's the last day the pool is open in So St Paul.  Hard to believe that the summer is drawing to a close already.  Where did it go?  Doesn't help that we didn't get warm weather until July, of course!  Oh long as it's not snowing, I'm happy!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fun at the Fair!

We haven't taken Ava to the Minnesota State Fair yet, as we feel that she is still too small.  That, plus, we both get irritated by the strollers that continuously run over our feet, hit our heels, and take up too much space in an already crowded venue.  We both agreed that we wouldn't take her to the state fair until she was at least 5 years old, and could actually enjoy (which means that we wouldn't have to carry her the whole time - because we were NOT going to bring a stroller there!)

However!  A county fair is a completely different story! Yesterday, Ava and I met up with my friend Tina, her two kids (remember Spencer from the July 4th adventure?  "Spencer!  Spencer!  Carry me, Spencer!"), her niece, and a neighborhood friend.  2 adults and 5 kids is what I consider to be beautiful chaos.  Especially when one of them is a sassy 3-year old. :)  We ended up going to the Dakota County Fair, which was definitely a county fair, but fun, nonetheless!

We sorta ate our way through the fair (not as good as the MN State Fair), but I found my new love - cookie dough on a stick!  My creation was 3 balls of sugar cookie dough, dipped in butterscotch, and dipped in rainbow sprinkles.  Ava also took one bite, and wanted nothing to do with Sepncer's mini-donuts after that! We both had just a bit too much sugar yesterday - but really, what else is a fair for??

Oh, we saw some animals - swines, cows, chickens, and bunnies.  We completely missed the bunny agility contest, which in retrospect, might have been interesting.  We met a chicken who was 2 weeks away from being on your plate at McDonalds.  And I got a kick out of the pork chops on a stick right outside the swine barn.  That, and the guy who was eating a hot dog sitting right next to the pigs.  I love irony!

Most importantly, we hit the rides!  Luckily, they had rides appropriate for Ava, so we were were able to enjoy the fun, just like the big kids.  Now, my parents very rarely let me go on midway rides when I was growing up.  I never thought about it too much until we were stopped at the top of the ferris wheel yesterday, when the weather started getting nasty.  As I was the adult in the group (Tima stayed on the ground), I tried not to look too concerned.  But when Spencer made a comment that the jerky movement of the wheel springing back to life was "different", I allowed myself a little panic. I actually had an internal question of how many people have died on ferris wheels!  (I have yet to google it.)  And now I know why I never went on those rides as a kid.

In any case, Ava loved it, and she did NOT want to go home!  The cookie dough on a stick was an excellent way to lure her away from the rides.  Tasty, and useful!

Looking cute for the fair!

Catching a ride on Spencer's shoulders


Holding on for dear life on the carousel

On the ferris wheel!

Riding the puppy ride - really annoying barking included!

Doesn't this thing move any faster?!?

This was totally a sneak peek into the state fair in a few weeks...good times ahead!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

What's the Big i-Doody?

So it was just a matter of time before Ava's favorite word (dude) turned into doody.  Partly because it was an easy transition to just slap a "y" on the end, and partly because she's three, and words like that make her laugh.

We hear the word doody in a variety of sentences:
  • In the song she sings as she washes her hands - hum the tune to Frere Jacques: "Top and doody (bottom), top and doody (bottom), in between" etc...
  • She started saying, "What's the big idea!?" recently...and today, she switched it up to "What's the big i-doody!?"  This happens to be my personal favorite.  Makes me laugh, every, single. time.
  • Mommy-doody, Daddy-doody, Darlie-doody, etc.  Nothing's funnier than tacking on "doody" to the end of a word.  I guess.
Of course I can't think of any more, but seriously, if I had 5 hands, I still couldn't count how many times she has slipped "doody" in for another word.

Of course, as a three-year old, she has funny questions and sayings, in general.  Yesterday, she asked me if my vitamin wrapper (it's a calcium chew) was Kelsi's shoe.  Huh?  I tried to explain that a 1 inch x 1 inch foil square is highly unlikely to be a shoe.  Today, she corrected me and told me that indeed, it was NOT Kelsi's shoe.

I was also informed that sugar is not hot.  It's cold.  Glad to know.  It might come in handy at some point.  For something.  Good observation, Ava, but technically, the sugar was room temperature.

And as I was encouraing her to go potty today, she gave me a dirty look.  I asked her, "Did you just give me a dirty look?"  Her response, "Yes.  It was a dirty look for you."  Gee, thanks.  Just trying to help keep your pants dry, kid.

Tonight, we learned about spatial relationships.  "Mommy, can I fit into the clock?  The light?  The tub?  The sink?  The toilet?"  The toilet?  I had to say no to that one.  It's bad enough that I catch her wearing her potty seat as a hat at times.

It's always a treat when she opens her mouth - we never know what's going to come out. And that's how we like it.  Predictable is boring!