Saturday, September 24, 2011

Super Princess Ava!

We just can't seem to get enough of dressing up as a princess...Ava even gave herself a new name: Super Princess Ava!  Ironic, since her Barbie costume actually comes with a little cape...of course it's shiny gold and bright pink, but still...!

With Halloween coming up, we've been trying to decide what Ava should be.  She was stuck on Santa for a while, and then we hit the insect track (butterfly, ladybug, bee), and I think we've finally landed on Alice in Wonderland.  I found a really cute costume for her and now we're reading the AiW story at night, so she knows who she's dressed up as.  I'm just happy we escaped the princess theme this year...especially since EVERY day is princess day at the Goers' house!


She's got the over-the-shoulder look down!


Life doesn't get much better than this!



I checked on her last night before bed...looks like she fell asleep right in the middle of reading.  I feel a little bad for Black Bear...she's got him firmly by the nose.  Of course, as soon as I turned off her pink flower light, her eyes popped open and she wanted to read some more.



She's begun to say the sweetest things, like, when I tell her that I love her, she kisses me and tells me that she loves me the most.  However, with the sweetness comes that sass again...today I peeked in on her while she should have been napping. 

Instead, I found her playing with her Little People set, and when I asked her to lay down and take a nap, she just looked at me and said, "Bye!"  And she fully expected me to close her door and leave her alone. 

Every day it's something new with her...and we totally look forward to laughing (or try to hide our laughing) along with her!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Coming to a Close...

Labor Day marks the end of summer...and I think this year, we did get cheated out of a full summer!  It didn't get warm until late June, then we were blasted with high temps and humidity, and then the last few days have been almost chilly.  I'm still happy it's not snowing...but I don't think snow is that far off, unfortunately!

We've been trying to squeeze in a few last summer activities before fall hits us hard.  We enjoyed a last day at the pool, a few outings to the MN State Fair (sans Ava), another round with the water table, and a few more cookouts.  It's 8:15pm, and it's already dark.  I think...it's really over.  Sigh.

In preparation for the fall, I've been asking Ava what she wants to be for Halloween this year.  She's told me Snow White a few times, but tonight she told me she wanted to be Santa.  Huh.  Wonder if you can buy a Santa costume for Halloween.  I'm pretty sure we'll end up with a chiffon dress and tiara of sorts, and not a red fuzzy suit with white trim.  I could be wrong, of course...!

Notice the plethora of pink...and the tiny princess audience watching her play.


Big squeeze from the little cheese!



Our squash and pumpkins have completely taken over the side of the house...and are creeping around to the back!  I actually found one vining onto one of the little petunia plants!



Sometimes, it's hard work getting a picture of the kid - notice the sweat!


Focused on the water table...



And then dunking her head in the water table.  She tried to climb into it, but I stopped her.


On the back of a Harley - that's a first for her!



Happy Summer - enjoy the last few days before the snow flies!