Saturday, March 31, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt


Today was one of my favorite days at the our local Community Center-  the annual Mayor's Easter Egg Hunt.  I first brought Avery to this Easter Egg Hunt 3 years ago.  Ronnie was still in public accounting and working every Saturday and I thought this would be fun for Avery.  We had a blast then and we had a blast today.

We started out at our favorite spot: face painting.  Last year Avery got her face painted like a tiger.  This year she wanted something different.  She was so sweet sitting in the chair getting her face painted! Such a big girl!


This is what our girl was transformed into.


Okay, so maybe transformation isn't exactly the right word.  But the face painting artist did this butterfly in all of about 90 seconds.  She's pretty awesome and we never try to miss face painting at any event at the Community Center!

Next up was the big event, the Easter Egg Hunt! Ellie was dying to get out there and hunt eggs but Ronnie wouldn't let her. 


See?  Ellie is pouting. She can really stick out that bottom lip.

Avery did get to hunt eggs and she had a great time.  Ronnie gave her multiple pep talks while we waited.  I guess they worked because Avery filled up her basket with eggs!


We caught up with our friends and neighbors after the hunt. They have twin girls Avery's age and they are the sweetest friends (most of the time). The girls couldn't wait to get to the bouncy castle.  I'm not sure if Avery was more excited to being going to the bouncy castle or that she was getting to see some of her favorite friends.

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I love this picture!
We ended the fun with lunch at a diner across the street.  Everyone filled up on burgers and fries (and tater tots and onion rings) and declared the morning Easter Egg Hunt a success! 
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I love how Avery is holding on to her friend Natalee's arm.  Such dolls!
We love going to events at the Community Center!  Avery always has a great time.  We can't wait until Ellie is big enough to hunt eggs too!  It will such an adventure!

More adventures to come!

1. Please do not judge Avery's fingernails in the opening picture.  Her manicurist has been a little busy (that's me and by busy I mean lazy). Also fingernail polish looks good on a 3 year olds nailsfor approximately 42.8 seconds.  And then it starts chipping.
2. Disregard my childs belly in the picture of her holding up her Easter basket.  Her stylist is still working on her spring and summer wardrobe.  Avery has been plagued with having to wear things from last year.  Oh the horror!
3. Yes I realize that there is only 1 picture of Ellie in this entire post.  I am still finding my groove with 2 kids.  While I am proud on most days that I can have them both fed and dressed by 9 AM, taking pictures of both of them is still a challenge.  I'll get better and promise to do better next time! Thank you for your understanding!  

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Saturday Morning

On most Saturday mornings Ronnie is on Daddy duty.  Of course he doesn't mind.  On this particular Saturday morning, there was an impromtu photo session with the girls still in their PJ's.  Broozer even makes an appearance.

Here's something you may not know about Avery.  She LOVES wearing skirts.  I mean LOVES wearing them.  She cries if we make her wear pants and whines if she happens to have to wear a dress.  I don't get it.  She even wants to wear skirts to bed.  So we have a few skirts that are a little too short for the day but perfect for wearing to bed.  That's what she has on in these pictures.

Broozer had to get in on the action.  What I love is that Avery has already adorned her hair with not one, but two headbands.  Girl has fashion sense!

I've said it before.  Avery is so in love with her little sister.  She is always in Ellie's face giving her hugs and kisses and telling her she loves her. She loves to make Ellie smile and can't wait to teach her everything she knows. These two girls are going to be the best (and worst) of friends and I can't wait!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I'm busy...washing my hair.

Avery doesn't usually get a bath every day.  She's 3.  She doesn't really need one every day.  At least not during this time of year.  The summer is a different story. 

Anyway, she usually gets a bath every other day. Although,  Avery's hair can get pretty gross at times and the other night Ronnie couldn't handle it.

So he plopped her up onto the sink and washed her hair beauty school style.  Avery thought this was hilarious.

It was pretty humourous to see her laid out on the counter and Ronnie washing her hair.  So of course I had to pick up the camera.

So next time you call and we tell you Avery is busy getting her hair washed, she's really busy getting her hair washed!

More adventures to come!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ellie Abigail: 3 months

Ellie Abigail,
Things were much better this month.  We think you have finally turned the corner and things are starting to calm down.  We love all the smiles we get and all the things you have to "say".
At three months you:
  • eat right around 4 ounces at each feeding, every 3 hours
  • go to bed between 7:30-8 PM and will usually sleep until around 3 AM.  Sometimes I will give you a dream feed before I go to bed and you will last longer.  Last night you slept until 4:45 AM! 
  • usually ready for the day around 8 AM.  You always wake up happy!
  • still sleep swaddled on your back.
  • are usually put down in your crib drowsy but awake at night and you can usually put yourself to sleep.
  • typically nap every 90 minutes for about 45 minutes.  Today you gave mommy a 2.5 hour nap in your crib!  If I could have given you ice cream for that I would have!
  • wear 0-3 month clothes and size 1 shoes.
  • wear size 1 diapers during the day, size 2 at night.  We really are going to start cloth diapering soon.
  • have discovered your hands!  And you love reaching for your toys on your play mat.  You are such good friends!
  • still hate being on your tummy...just like your sister.
  • have started hanging out in your Bumbo chair more.  You even join us at the table during dinner!  We love having family dinner!
  • have started taking your paci more.  Usually just for sleeping though.
  • love your parrot friend on your bouncer.  You can even reach out and play with him. 
  • hate the car.  It's rare that we can take a trip in the car without your screaming.  We are hoping your will outgrow that.  Really soon!
  • still have most of your hair although you've lost some in the back.

  • you still have those dimples that we can't get enough of.
  • still have a sister that can't get enough of you. There's not a day that goes by that Avery doesn't say "I love my Ellie!"  She is so proud of you and wants to show you off to all her friends.  She is the best big sister!

We are so happy that God gave you to us.  We are the perfect family with you and can't wait to see what more you will be able to do soon! We love you and those squishy little cheeks!

I couldn't finish the blog without some goofy pictures of your sister Avery.