Sunday, December 18, 2011

Countdown to Christmas!

Another full week filled with fun Christmas activities...Ava helped me make fudge this past Friday night, we had a great drive last night looking at all of the Christmas lights in the area, and today we visited Santa (after a wonderful brunch at Tavern on France.  Where Mommy had a mimosa in preparation for the long line to see Santa.  Thank God for planning...)  After that nice, long event, Scott and Ava took a trip around the mall on the train...I never thought I'd see Scott squeeze into a little train car - but look what he does for his girl!

We've also been having fun counting down the days until Christmas using Santa's beard and cotton balls (there are circles on his beard with a date in each circle - each day, we glue a cotton ball to the beard, and on the 25th, the last circle will be filled!)  This should come in handy as EACH day Ava asks me if we can open presents.  It's never too early to learn patience, right?!

So, Ava did great with Santa today (after our hour+ wait in line.)  Santa asked her if she liked the Princesses (Disney, of course) and when she said yes, he wanted to know which was her favorite.  Her response: Barbie.  WHAT?!  Have we learned nothing over the last year?  Even Scott knows that Barbie is not a DP.  After some more thought, she then changed her answer to Sleeping Beauty.   Next question from Santa: "Have you been good this year?"  Dead silence from all three of us.  And then Ava looks at me to answer.  I wisely kept my mouth shut, but let it be known that Santa didn't miss that exchange!

Oh!  Someone I haven't mentioned lately...George!  George the Elf, that is.  Ava's been having fun searching for him every morning, and reciting the rules back to me (she can't touch him, etc.)  Not sure if she believes he really talks to Santa every night, though...

And BIG news.  We now have a son-in-law.  Apparently Ava and Hermey the Elf have plans to get married.  And she is pretty darn excited about it.  All of his friends have been to our house (and sitting in MY chair at the dinner table.)  And today, Ava was holding my hand, as well as Hermey's, and when Scott tried to displace Hermey so he could hold her hand, she told him no...Scott was instructed to hold Hermey's other hand.  So cute and so funny...and I'm really hoping this isn't what it's like when she really meets the human (or elf) that she will marry!

Enough chatter - bring on the pics!

Two things I like about this - she's gripping the headboard with one finger, and both Cinderella and GloWorm have their arms in the same position.


Crazy static lately!


She barely stood still long enough for me to take this while waiting in line for Santa.


Now, I'm clearly a city girl, but this looked like Ava was helping to deliver a baby from this bear.  I giggled to myself and Scott rolled his eyes at me. :)

Also, the little boy next to her kept asking her what her name was.  After the 5th time, she fondly referred to him as her "little brother" (because he was annoying her?)


Choo-choo!


Naughty or Nice?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hermey! Hermey!

We are in full Christmas swing here at the Goers' house!  All the presents are wrapped (with just a few left to buy), Nutter Butter Santas have been made (see below for picture!), and the annual viewing of Rudolph has been completed.

Let me tell you a story about our red-nosed friend.  I asked Ava (before we watched it), if she knew what the story was about.  She told me he was a deer (pretty good)...and then I explained to her that he's a special deer that pulls Santa's sleigh through the sky, and that his nose shines bright red.  As I was saying those words, I thought to myself..."Huh, that sounds really...weird."  The look Ava gave me and the complete silence that followed confirmed that thought.  However, never fear!  She thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie on Friday night!  And since then, Hermey (the elf who wants to be a dentist) has been a permanent fixture in our house.  He's eaten all of our meals with us, spent the last few nights/naps with Ava, took a bath with her, BUT, politely exited the house to go outside and work for a bit when Ava had to use the potty.  Santa must have known that Ava was going to get so attached to Hermey...one of her stocking stuffers just happens to be about Hermey!

We also had the great joy of taking our picture for the Christmas card this year...I won't include the final picture below, but instead, a few of the outtakes.

Hanging with Saint Darla here...


So hard to keep the eyes open!


And here we go...

Smile!  No, really, SMILE!


Helps to look at the camera


Stay in one place, young lady!


I actually really love this one!


Scott wanted to use this one and label it: "I have to poop!"



The Nutter Butter Santas...yum!


This week, we'll be making fudge, looking at Christmas lights, and visiting Santa.  Hard to believe Christmas is just two weeks away!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sweet Angel...?

Don't let this sweet face fool you!  Ava is continuing to be a little naughty at daycare AND at home...especially with not listening.  I'd say she's mastered the ability to ignore those people around her!  Argh!


On a funny note...our daycare provider puts up winter-themed items in her bathroom at this time of the year.  For example: snowman towels, snowflake shower curtain, etc.  One day this week, as Ava was sitting on the potty, she noticed all of this new decor and kept telling Debi "How a-DOR-able!" everything was.  It makes me wonder if Ava's really an older woman trapped in a toddler's body...

Well, the tree is up, but I didn't get a chance to wrap the Christmas presents yet...BUT!  I bought everything we needed to make fudge, as well as Nutter Butter Santa cookies.  Today, I ran into a lady in the grocery store who was making the same fudge recipe that I use, so she kept asking for my advice.  It's not too often that I can give baking advice! :) 

And we're going to make time to look at Christmas lights and check out the Holidazzle parade in Minneapolis!  Ava and I have a few fun little Christmas-themed craft projects to do this week.  So far, it's been a fantastic holiday season! Cheers!