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Our journey from a married couple to parenthood…..

Happy Halloween

This year Ava dressed up for Halloween and we headed out with the “crew” for some trick or treating.  The “crew” was our good friends kids; Ethan, Gabe, Isaiah, Bella, along with Bryant and Caleb.  We certainly had a pack.  Here are some pictures.  Ava was Alice in Wonderland.  She made an adoreable Alice, if I don’t say so myself!

All ready to go, chilling with Daddy.

Twirlling and bouncing in the dress.

Freedom!  Running in the front yard.

My favorite picture of the night!

Out Trick or Treating.  She loved holding her trick or treat bag.

One of the houses had this inflatable Mickey.  She saw him and ran right up saying “Mee Mou!”  She didn’t want to leave him.  Does this mean it is time to take her to Disney?

Asking the ladies for “Nummies”

She was so good.  We are thrilled!  We went to a neighborhood nearby that welcomes outsiders for trick or treating.  It was great beacuse they basically close the roads down, no cars…it is just overrun by kids.  She thought she was so big.  She carried her candy bag on her shoulder and was on the go.  She did crash out in the stroller to rest of a few minutes but she was back at it again.  All in all, she brought home a LOT of candy for her.  Thankfully, the people give the little kids less candy than the big ones.

So, Halloween 2010…a success.

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October 31, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Show me love:

The sign for love.  As you saw from the video we posted last week, she will put her hands on her chest and say “ahhhhh” when we had her to “show me love”.

October 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

18 for the 18th

Ava is 18 months old today.  I have high hopes of doing a little ” I am 18 months old” photo shoot tonight, but this post should keep everyone happy until I can get it done.  Hard to believe that 18 months ago that big girl tearing up my house was just a tiny nugget of person.  We were at the neighbors house for a little bit on Tuesday night and one of them said “Gosh, she isn’t like a baby any more.  She is just like a tiny person walking around.  Like a normal person in tiny form!”.  I think that about sums it up best.  She is my little toddler tornado, or destructasaurus, but she is the light of our life.  Nothing makes us smile that she does.  So, to keep everyone up to speed with her:

Here are a few tidbits about Ava and what she is up to these days:

1.  Hair color: blonde

2.  Hair style:  mullet, a la Billy Ray Cyrus

3.  Eye color: Blue, blue, blue…oh, with a little hint of…blue!

4.  Sleeping: from around 8pm to 7am.  If it is a week day a little after 7, if it is a weekend…a little before 7.  Heaven forbid we get some extra sleep!  🙂

5.  Words: Lots!  Her favorite seems to be monkey…as of today.  And a word funny, Ava will tell you what a rooster says leaving off the “a doodle do”….so, if a rooster says “cock a doodle do”, you can only imagine what Ava runs around saying.  Really nice, right? 

6.  Favorite parent:  Daddy.  Mommy is cool when Dad isn’t around.  If Dad is around, forget about it!

7.  Shoe size: 6, or giant.  She has no hope for cute dainty feet!

8.  Pant size: 18 months, with only a cloth diaper to hold them up.  If it weren’t for the cloth diaper she would have to wear 12 month pants!

9.  Shirt size: 24 months/2T…somebody has a long torso!

10.  Teeth: 12.  4 top, 4 bottom, and two top molars with two bottom molars.

11.  Favorite food:  This is hard to tell.  She loves veggies and fruits.  I would guess her favorite food is cucumbers or whatever we are eating.  We have ourselves a little food mooch!

12.  Favorite drink:  Milk!

13.  Favorite time of day:  “Baff” time. (Last night she asked for a “baff” three times before she actually got one.  I am NOT going to give Ava a bath before she eats her dinner, I am no fool!)

14.  Favorite toys:  Puzzles and books

15.  Favorite characters:  Elmo and “mee mou”, aka Mickey Mouse

16.  Favorite activity: going outside to “wink”or swing, if you don’t speak toddler!

17.  What she wishes she could do: turn door knobs!

18.  Latest trick:  Making that funny face we shared in video form with you.  She was just doing it yesterday to Emily, our good friend who is watching her this week.  Emily got a good laugh out of it, too.

There is so much more, too.  It is really hard to sum her up on a blog page.  She is so full of personality it is…scary!

October 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

She gets her coolness from her Dad.

Yes, that is a swim diaper. 

Yes, she is wearing it as a hat.

No, we have no good reason for this.

Need I say more?

October 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The numbers are in!!!

Today was Ava’s 18 (wha???) month well baby check up.  According to the doctor she is right where she needs to be.  She even tried to suck up to him by handing him a dinosaur book and asking him to read.  Ahh, she is hard to resist!

Her stats:

Height: 32 3/4 inches. (80th percentile, and up 3/4 inch from 15 months)

Weight: 24.6 lbs (40th percentile, and up 2.6 lbs from 15 months)

Head: 47 cm (65th percentile, and no chance from 15 months)

The doctor asked if she was walking (yep!), copying us (yep!), climbing (yep!), throwing fits (yep!) and if she had at least 10 words (yep!).  Jon and I were discussing tonight the words Ava has.  We would guess she has about 70 or so she uses on a regular basis, and then other ones she throws out there randomly.  (Today it was “walk”.)  The doctor thinks that because she is so verbal we will have less tantrums. … He hasn’t been to our house.  Either that, or I think she is having a lot of tantrums and I just don’t know the real wrath of an 18 month old!

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our little Colts fan.

I asked my parents to get Ava a Colts outfit, they are a little hard to come by down here.  Turns out, there wasn’t much selection for them either.  My Dad got her the only one in her size. 

She could really care less about the game.  It is books that have most of her interest.  Oh, and the dogs.  More pictures from this day to come!  🙂

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Getting caught up…

I am going to have some posts going up regularly over the next week or so in order to get caught up!  I have to say, though, we have been so busy we haven’t taken a whole ton of pictures. 

Lets go with the oldest first. 

Can you tell she has an obsession with bows?

Just a bit excessive.  Too bad she STILL doesn’t keep them in her hair!

(side note, super cute outfit from Aunt Bekah, thanks!  😉  )

October 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Make that TWO videos…

for your to smile!  (this one was with my phone.  score 1 for technology when your kid is being cute!)

October 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Been a while…

But here is a video to hopefully make you laugh.  We have no idea where Ava learned this, but it sure makes our days brighter!

October 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments