Sunday, July 22, 2012

Long Summer Days

I'm having a hard time believing it's going to be August next week.  August?  When did that happen??  It seems like this summer has flown by, but I don't feel like we've done a ton of really fun things.  It feels like it's been a lot  Lots and lots of work for both Scott and me this year.  And not nearly enough fun!  I can't believe we haven't even gone swimming with Ava yet!

Ok, enough of that.  Time for a change!

Yesterday, Ava and I helped celebrate her friend Kelsi's 5th birthday.  Kelsi's mom (Amy) and I have been friends for 12 years, so it's been fun having girls so close together in age.  Kelsi's party was at the Edinborough Play Park in Edina, which is an indoor park with a monster piece of playground equipment, plus a swimming pool, and a huge room where kids can run and work out their endless supply of energy.  It's a pretty cool place!

The kids played for about an hour, then settled down for BLUE Brave-themed cupcakes, and a quick present opening...and then back to playing!  It's a great idea for a party, and fun for both the kids and the parents.

Hanging out in the toddler area...this is the last year for that, Ava!  Next year, you're too old!

What's up the tree?

She circled this trunk so many times, it made ME dizzy!

Wheeling around the big room!

Time for treats!  (Kelsi, the birthday girl, is the one looking right at the camera)

Kelsi's little sister, Kourtney

Brett was having some issues lighting the #5 candle!

The blue-tongued girl (Sydney) next to Ava made me laugh!

It's like she was wearing blue lipstick...

Gift opening time! Lots of cool things for Kelsi!

After we finished up with the birthday party, Ava spent the remainder of the day and evening with Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey.  They went to a fun car show in Farmington, and it sounds like Ava got her face painted...with a pretty butterfly!

Scott and I took advantage of the free night and went on a date.  We had dinner in Woodbury, and then went to a few local bars.  We ended the night at a bar on the Mississippi River, overlooking a marina.  It was really low-key, which was the perfect end for a busy day.

Ava came back home this morning, and couldn't wait to watch Fireman Sam on my iPad.  I found myself humming the Fireman Sam song this afternoon, and have decided I need a break from our "hero next door!"

She loved her Ring Pop (thanks, Kelsi!)  (And look at those pretty earrings!)

Scott smoked a full turkey today, and we had an excellent family dinner.  Everyone is now in bed, and it's somewhat quiet. :)  I'm getting ready to read for a bit, and will be enjoying the solitude.  We both have busy weeks coming up, and I'm already cringing at the thought of all of my meetings I have - I think for tomorrow, I'm already scheduled in FOUR hours of meetings.  When can I get my work done?  Sigh.  Oh well, this too shall pass! 

Sunday, July 8, 2012


This past week we experienced some ridiculously hot temps...we probably had at least four days in a row where the heat (and humidity) pushed the temps into triple digits.  Everyone looked a bit miserable, but honestly, in the back of my mind, I remember the frigid and cold winters that we have, so I will not complain (much) about the heat!

The only bummer with the heat for this week was in regards to the 4th of July,  We were going to go as a family to Eagan's Fun Fest days, since they have rides, music, food, and a great fireworks show.  Except...Ava ended up getting a fever Wed-Fri, and the last thing we wanted to do was drag her out in the heat.  So, instead, we had DQ at our house on the 4th. :)  On the plus side, she was still awake (in bed) around 9:30pm, and some neighbors were setting off fireworks, so we took her outside and she got to see a mini-display.  Ava was still pretty happy to see the little show - I love how easy it is to make a kid sure doesn't take much!

We do want to see fireworks at some point, so we think we're going to have to catch the Inver Grove Heights display at their Star City days in September.  Something to look forward to!

We've had a pretty great weekend...lots of time spent with friends, and the weather even cooled off enough that we could spend some good time outdoors.  Ava was with Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey yesterday/last night, and they had a wonderful time together.  And that means that Scott and I had a leisurely morning before Ava came back home...we had breakfast on the patio, and even got to stay in bed till 8:30!  Today should be a good day, too, even though I need to work for a bit.  Hoping the work won't take too long, so we can enjoy the day as a family!

(Sorry no pics this week...they wouldn't have been great anyway...we all would have looked melted!)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy #4!

Four just happens to be my favorite number, so I've really been looking forward to this birthday for Ava.  That, and it means that we're out of the horrible three stage.  It's not like there's a magic switch that happens on the 4th birthday to make Ava behave better, but at least when I say, "Why are you acting like this?!  You're a BIG girl now!" I can really get behind my words!

Since we had so much going on in June, I didn't feel up to planning a big birthday celebration for Ava.  I figure that once she gets into school next year, we'll have plenty of chances to really do it up for her!  Plus, we had been back from Colorado less than two days when her birthday rolled around, so honestly, I didn't even have time to manage a big event for her.  And she was okay with it!  It was a hot, sunny evening...we had family there, great cake and cool ice cream, and gifts!  Overall, it was exactly the low-key birthday I was hoping for.

We ended up getting her a bunch of artsy items, plus a few educational toys...and then the big gift was her bike.  Scott parked the bike on the other side of my car, and then asked Ava to get him a beer from the fridge (on that side of the garage.)  She was already dolled up in ALL of her bike gear (gifts) so once she saw it, she was ready to hop on and go!

And she was pretty excited!  Somehow, she managed to tip it over in the first five minutes, and she was struggling a bit with the pedal motion (she does fine on her tricycle), but after a few adjustments, we made it a bit easier for her to ride.  I think we need to start going on daily rides to build up her confidence, plus that's a great family activity we can all do together.  In fact, I think we're going to go out for a bit tonight!

Lots of little gifts to open...

Pajamas are so fancy least they were a decent price at the Disney Store!

So happy with her new wings!

Ava still hasn't mastered the jump rope yet, but I give her an A for effort!

ALL dressed up/protected...but she doesn't know why yet!

So happy to get on that bike and go!

There's even room for Dolly to sit in the princess carriage basket in front.

Getting tired of all of the pics...and I'm not sure why we didn't take off her helmet for cake and ice cream!

That last one just wouldn't blow out!

Getting ready to go out again!

She was pointing out the chains to me, telling me that's what made the bike work.  It would appear that Tinkerbell has worn off on her a bit!

Later that week, we headed over to Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey's house to celebrate Kaposia Days.  The first event was the annual parade.  Ava managed to collect a ton of candy, and we even saw a few new floats...they had a dance school in the parade, so I need to call to get Ava signed up for classes.  She's pretty excited to get to dance around.  And I'm excited that she'll get to dance with other little girls in the area.

Setting up for a great view!

A plane! I couldn't believe it when a plane came down the street...

Grandma Deb and Ava dancing for the SSP cheer squad.

After such a long week, it's no wonder she fell asleep right in the middle of reading.  And we LOVE Pinkalicious!

Update on the house: we've had four showings in the last three weeks.  We've received really positive feedback on how cute the house's just a little more pricey than other homes in the area.  We're just not ready to drop the price yet, especially since we know how much money we've put into all of the updates!  Please send positive thoughts our way - it would be great to be able to move before she starts school next fall!