Ava and I have had quite a bit of quality together time this week. Baton twirling, extra hours at home on Wednesday morning (no daycare, unexpectedly), all day on Friday and Saturday, and then out both Friday and Saturday nights together. She continues to impress me, and drive me crazy, all at the same time!
On Friday morning, I was recalling how Ava covered up G's ears when the smoke alarm went off for the first time this past fall. I will never forget coming down the stairs, and catching sight of her, hunched over his swing, her little hands covering his tiny ears. And she did it all without prompting - she was just worried that it was too loud for him and would scare him. I reminded her of this, and let her know how special she is, and what a very good big sister she is to Garrett. I told her we are very lucky to have her in our family, and that we love her so very much. She looked at me, leaned over to give me a big hug and told me how much she loves me, and that she's so happy that I'm her momma. It was incredibly sweet, and made my entire morning. I've filed that away so I can reference it during one of her many exasperating times!
We were supposed to go to the zoo on Friday morning, but it rained a ton, so instead we went to Target. Wheeee! Almost the same, right?! A trip down the toy aisle and a stop at the food court made for a fun adventure! That night, she and I met up with my friend Emilie, and joined some of her family for pedis/baby shower. Overall, she did pretty well - and then was rewarded with a trip to McDonalds, where the toy Gods were smiling down at her, and she managed to get two toys in her Happy Meal. Lucky girl! It was a late night, though, as we didn't get home until around 11pm. And she slept hard, which was a good thing because...
...on Saturday, she had a birthday party at a trampoline park. Lots and lots of jumping for hours, and there weren't any broken bones. Hooray! After that, you'd think she would have been a tired little girl, right? Oh no, she managed to rally enough energy to then spend several hours last night at the neighbors (different neighbors than last week) for a bonfire and s'mores. All of the kids had so much fun with the s'mores and then playing restaurant...lettuce soup was the special of the evening. Bleh! But, it was another late night - we probably got her to bed around 10:30 or so. I was there much, much later...it was a great night to sit outside by the fire. Clear skies, and no breeze...just awesome after the downpours earlier in the day!
I just need to keep reminding myself that she's only 6, and I think I have really high expectations for her. Sometimes, I need to relax a little and just let her be a kid. The last several days with her have reminded me what a great little person she is! Love that girl with all my heart!