Sunday, August 12, 2012

Next Size, Please!

It's never an easy task to do the "switch up" of clothes to the next size.  Luckily, we've been blessed with a ton of cute hand-me downs from Scott's cousin, and I washed and organized everything into storage tubs with the sizing labeled, etc.  But, it's still a task to get all the old stuff out, and the new stuff arranged.  However, now I can see where we have gaps in clothing (um, shoes!) and shop accordingly for the upcoming year.

I've been putting off this task for a while now...I figure, it's summer...Ava can wear dresses and shorts, and no one could really tell how small her clothes might be getting.  Except for her! It got to the point where she'd ask our daycare provider to check the sizing on her clothes, and if Debi told her it was 3T, Ava wasn't happy with it.  And then Ava started giving me a hard time about putting her in clothes (even though they really did still fit ok!) that had a 3T label.

So, this past Friday we didn't have daycare, and while Ava was occupied watching "Fireman Sam" (again) on the iPad, I got this task all taken care of.  Good grief, that girl has a TON of clothes!  It's ridiculous!  And when I did a count of her inherited 4T jeans, she has at least 15 pairs. This kid has more clothes than I do!  Crazy!

Oh, that Fireman Sam saves the day again!


Ava fell in love with this vest instantly, and didn't want to take it off.



The growing pile of clothes.  Inside her room is the outgoing 3T's...and the trail outside her door is the new 4T stuff.



This morning we went out to brunch in Woodbury, and Scott put Ava in a new pair of 4T jeans. Her comment?  "MOM!  These are too long!"  I will never win.  Never.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

School Supplies

Lots of activity over the last few weeks...every night we've had something going on, so you'll have to excuse the fact that I don't have many pics of Ava.  But, we HAVE been having a lot of fun!

Last weekend, Scott was out of town, so Ava and I had a great girl's weekend.  On Friday night, we picked up pizza from the new Little Caesars (yum!), watched the opening ceremonies for the Olympics, and had some popcorn with gummy sharks!  This was a pretty exciting night for both of us, and the perfect way to end the busy week.  The next day, we went to the splash pool in town, and had a blast cooling off - I was surprised that it wasn't very busy, but I'm not complaining!  That night I let Ava choose a movie, and we relaxed on the couch and enjoyed some more mommy/daughter time.

When Scott got home the next day, I headed out to go to my first Twins game at Target Field, with my friend Emilie.  We had a GREAT time, even though it was REALLY hot.  And I mean HOT.  Like meltdown hot.  I don't remember much of the game (I do know the Twins won) as I was doing everything I could to stay cool.  We took the light rail back home, and I honestly thought I was going to pass out from the heat.  Hot!


My friends: Chris and Emilie



This double serving of Lemon Chill was great, but...it made both of us a bit sick after we ate it so fast!


Two HOT ladies!


This past Monday, the three of us checked out a new preschool that's opening this fall.  It's right here in SSP, and it looks great!  We've loved having Ava go to Debi's house for the last four years - she has an amazing level of patience, and we love everything that she has done for Ava.  However, we decided to put Ava in full-time preschool for the next year, so she'll no longer be attending daycare in the neighborhood.  I have mixed feelings about this, but overall, I'm super excited for Ava to be in a classroom environment, with so many kids her same age.  I think the classroom setting will be great prep for Kindergarten next year.  As a bonus, we get to buy school supplies!  I don't know why that makes me so happy, but I'm just thrilled to do that!  Ava's asking me about going to preschool already, so although we will all miss Debi, I know we're happy to have this new opportunity for her.

This past Friday kicked off a few months worth of wedding activities for us...we have 4 weddings to go to between now and November. It's odd...we haven't had a run of weddings like this in years!  To help celebrate, we attended a bachelorette party for my friend Renae.  It was a great way to kick off this weekend, even though I'm still tired (I didn't get home until 2:30a.m., which is way too late for this old girl.)

The BI work girls at the bachelorette party...Alyssa, Kelli, and Tawynia



Dee, Emilie, and Lacy


Lacy, Renae (the bride), and um...two girls...I don't remember their names


We each had dares to perform at the bar...Renae just finished hers (it involved the bartender) and she looks quite pleased with herself!


My dare was to find a guy with a floral print shirt, and do the hula with him.  As soon as I said, "Where am I going to find that?!?" in walked Gunnar (behind me), his two sons and their friend.  Let's just say I was the first one done with my dare!


Nothing classier than a self portrait taken in the bathroom.  But it was a cute one, so why not?


We also had an open house this afternoon, and were able to spend a few hours with Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey.  We had five groups come through, and then had a great chat with our realtor.  We may drop the price just a bit, but not too much.  We've had quite a few hits from people looking at our house online, but just haven't found that one buyer yet that this house belongs to.  Although, the woman that Scott bought this house from 12 years ago, came through during the open house today...she knows someone is in the market!  I'd love to know what she thinks about all of the changes we have made to this place...it was definitely a different house when Scott bought it!

My lone picture of Ava from the past week...Grandma and Grandpa gave her an adorable dress and barettes, so she's modeling (kinda) them for us!



I'm hoping this coming week is a bit slower than the past few...the weather was gorgeous today, and I'd love it if we could actually have a chance to enjoy it after dinner in the next few days.  Before we know it, winter is going to be here!