Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We Are Thankful For...

Grandma Time! (Mimi/Nanny Time)

Family Movie Nights


A Warm Bed

Great friends

And snow (well, only one family member is thankful for that - can you guess who?)

Once again, this past year was filled with health, happiness and prosperity. Sure we had our sick days, our stressful days, our grumpy days. But when I look at the big picture I feel incredibly fortunate. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Life is good.

Monday, November 10, 2014

memories i don't want to forget

avery is saying and doing so many funny things lately. i tell myself that i'll remember them forever - but i have a feeling as time goes on i will forget. i feel like pregnancy brain never really left me!!!


I will give Walt Disney the credit on this one. Avery is 100% obsessed with anything princess. Even her panties have princesses on them! Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Frozen, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast are her favorites. She walks around singing, dancing and twirling. She calls Daddy her prince, she asks me to sing along with her....we are having so much fun with this! 

The top photo is of Avery sitting outside my parents house just singing her heart away in her Cinderella dress. She is so happy just letting her imagination run wild with singing and dancing. I did the exact same thing at her age. And the last photo is of Avery wearing the Sophia dress my mom bought her. She wore it for 4 days straight to daycare....and God forbid - we could not forget the amulet that goes with that dress!

Lately she's been walking around the house saying 'prick her finger, on the spindle of a spinning wheel!' (from Sleeping Beauty). When we clean the house she sings 'Sweet Nightingale' from Cinderella (because that's what Cinderella sings when she cleans). She also gets really creative with what she considers a princess dress.....

Yes, our daughter wore a blanket wrapped around her body to Home Depot on Saturday. And she wore it with pride, too. She gets so frustrated when it gets loose and falls off so Greg or I have to tie it back on. But when it's on she'll say 'Mommy, do you like my pretty dress?' or 'Daddy, I'm a princess!' 


I was painting Avery nails last week (she gets so excited when we do nails) and as I was painting she looked in to my eyes and said "You the best mommy I've ever seen". It was so stinking sweet and heartfelt.

Drawing her Olaf snowman. Love her.


Just a forewarning - these photos are not complimentary in the least BUT Avery has been wanting to take photos of everything we do! A couple of weeks ago I took her to Hobby Lobby and I said 'wow Aves, look at the Christmas trees! Stand by one and I will take your picture!' So i took it and her response? 'Ok Mama you go over there and say cheese!' So then she took my pic!

Then this past weekend, the three of us where laying on the bed and out of nowhere she asks for my phone and tells Greg and I to get together and say cheese! LOL! 


Avery discovered a 'wild animal' in the backyard, according to her. Opossum. Except she was calling it a panda! Greg got rid of it but she cannot stop talking about it for the life of her! She explains that they aren't cute, they can bite us, they have big white tails, that his eyes were closed when we found it (and makes the cutest face) and that daddy threw the opossum in the trash!

But in all seriousness, that opposum was freakin gross. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

trick or treat!

the last few weeks of october were dedicated to everything fall/halloween! the best! the pumpkin patch, spooktacular at the zoo, a hocus pocus-themed dinner club, fall family photos, octoberfest beer tasting party, annual pumpkin carvings and of course - trick or treating were just some of the fun things we've been up to! i wish i would've taken pictures of aves halloween party at daycare! the kids had so much fun and tam's house was decorated to the max!

we've decided this is the most fun age for holidays. we can't wait for thanksgiving and christmas!

Probably our last evening bike ride of the season. Cruised to Hy-Vee!

Hocus Pocus Dinner Club which featured different soups and a s'mores bar! Hosted by the Elder's.

Avery making special treats for her friends at the Octoberfest Beer Tasting.

Our annual visit to Spooktacular. Avery didn't really care about the candy - just wanted to see the animals.

Avery's first trip to Vala's with the Ryan family!

Beautiful weather = fall craft day with mommy!

Annual pumpkin carving at the Derby's in South Bend!

The park across the street from our house has the most beautiful fall foliage. 

Avery made me a grass pizza while Daddy mowed the lawn :)

Annual pumpkin carving with the Richter's! And no, Avery still would not touch the pumpkin guts.

Fall family photos with Nanny and Poppy!

The week leading up to Halloween we read Halloween books every night and sang her favorite Halloween  song (five little pumpkins). I see traditions being made ;)

Halloween night! Avery and I prepping the house! It was a chilly 40 degrees outside...

Avery kept saying 'you think this looks good, mom?' such a good helper!

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf!

Haunted House in our neighborhood

Handing out candy was another Halloween fave for Aves.