Friday, December 19, 2008
OK I seriously doubt I will be posting anything else until after Christmas, so here's wishing you and yours a very merry holiday season! Take time to read the Christmas story in one of the gospels and be sure and tell your children all about the birth of Jesus Christ if you haven't done so already! It doesn't matter how little they are, tell them anyway!
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tongue out in concentration :)
Yay! Finally done!
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OK I meant to get these posted way back when we did this and somehow it got overlooked. Here we are decorating our tree and Avery "helping." All of her ornaments seemed to be hung on the same two branches and by the end she had like 20 ornaments all bunched together! It was so funny. We decided to start a tradition of eating a fun (read: easy) dinner on the night of decorating for Christmas, so we had pancakes from scratch (they were hardly any more work than Bisquick, really!), sausage, and fruit salad. It was delicious! Avery had the great idea of eating on the floor by the tree (since it was already halfway up) so we did. She had a blast and cried when it was time to take a bath and go to bed!
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About 5 years ago Craig and I went with some friends to see The Christmas Train in Dry Gulch, USA. It's a town about an hour away and we had a great time back then, but haven't been back since. This year some other friends invited us and we knew Avery would have a blast! She did! The Christmas Train is put on by a large church in the area. It's basically like an old western town with restaurants, gift-shop type stores, vendors selling hot chocolate and even funnel cakes! They have redone a ton of stuff since we were there last and now they have a huge playground area and even a carousel! Santa has his own house and he was there if you wanted to wait in the long line to take a picture with him. There's a western musical show, and the best part is a real train that runs around the town with pictures along the sides telling the story of the bible basically. It begins with creation, moving to the birth of Jesus and finally his death and resurrection. After the train ride, they have a theater that you go in and you hear the testimony of the pastor of the church telling his life story and how The Christmas Train got started. They even give you a CD to take home explaining "The Gift." Everyone that works here is dressed in old western clothing and they have carriage rides and everything. It's pretty incredible. Despite the temperature being in the 30s (granted, I was not cold at all with my own personal furnace in my belly!), we bundled up and braved it. Avery had the best time and it was worth getting home and getting her to bed at 11 pm that night!
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
OK to get a third entry into her contest, I had to make another post with her button, so here it is, Tyne! and again, a link to her contest: http://tynerbock.blogspot.com/2008/12/yeah-makeover-giveaway.html. But don't too many of you enter because I want to win this! :)
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I follow an awesome blog by a very hilarious mother of almost 4. I know her husband and his family from my hometown and church, but that is our only connection. However, her witty stories always keep me coming back for more! She is starting a new blog design business and is running a giveaway to get it started! You can enter by going to http://tynerbock.blogspot.com/2008/12/yeah-makeover-giveaway.html. Check it out!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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Saturday, December 6, 2008
While looking through the Thanksgiving pictures, I realized there were a LOT of people making funny faces! Aunt Staci was letting Avery take pictures with her camera, so some of these are her asking people to make a funny face, but some are all on their own! I thought it would be funny to do an "outtakes" slideshow of the weirdos in our family! :) (Don't worry--that includes all of us!)
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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Dear Bailey Mae,
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Monday, November 17, 2008
This past Saturday my sweet friends threw me a shower for Miss Bailey Mae. It was really fun and we got lots of cute things! Avery was really excited to go to a baby shower (her first one) and she talked about it all day the day before and was still talking about it today! She got a couple presents herself and felt really special. I can't wait to welcome this new little girl into our family so her big sister can finally meet her! I'm sure Avery thinks I will be pregnant forever since we have been talking about it for so long! Will Bailey ever get here??? I am 30 weeks today so we are on the downhill stretch. Avery was born at 37 1/2 weeks, so we will see!!
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Friday, October 31, 2008
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Avery and I always go to Stay and Play at Jenks on Fridays. She loves it! Today they had a "Pumpkin Party"--can't say "Halloween" in public school, you know. :) The kids got to dress up and have snacks. I'm not sure, but I think this was Avery's first Oreo! I can't believe I haven't given her one before, but I can't remember that I have! She especially enjoyed drinking out of the juice box. It's the simple things when you're two. (Oh, in case you're wondering what happened to the ladybug costume, nothing. We borrowed two from Avery's cousin Hayden and since she wore the ladybug twice already, we thought we'd do the bunny today!)
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The other day we finally bought two large pumpkins for the porch and tonight after dinner Craig, Avery, and I all carved them. Well, Avery helped dig out about 3 seeds, then she just ran around the yard while Craig did most of the work and then he and I each carved a face on one. Avery's too little for knives anyway! But she did enjoy the candle part and at first she thought it was someone's birthday. I guess she thinks candles are only for birthday cakes. When I told Craig we were ready for the candle, she went inside and got a birthday cake candle out of the pantry and brought it to me! It was so cute. Then she just wanted to blow them out because that's her favorite part of birthdays! Anyway, here are our two smiling faces to grace the porch on Halloween.
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just had to show this comparison of my baby from 8 months to 32 months (ok 2 1/2!)
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This past weekend we were in Texas for a visit and Avery got to attend the Harvest Moon Carnival at Sabine Elementary! This is where I went to school and my sisters and I went to the carnival every year! I'm not sure that Avery was really into the games, but she did like giving the lady her ticket and getting the candy! This is really the first time she has gotten to have candy on Halloween and I think she was really excited by the amount of it!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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Monday, October 20, 2008
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Monday, October 13, 2008
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Sunday, October 12, 2008
Last week, Craig took half a day off and we took Avery to the fair after her nap. Let me just say that we had the best time ever! I enjoy the fair just because of the food and some of the exhibits, but I haven't gotten to experience it through the eyes of my daughter before! This is the first year she was old enough to enjoy it and did she ever! Of course Mommy couldn't ride any rides because of my baby bump, but Avery and Daddy got kiddie ride wrist bands and enjoyed several rides! Avery had so much fun and she enjoyed (with Mommy & Daddy) a corn dog, a big corn on the cob, french fries, a funnel cake, and a big apple dumpling with ice cream on top! YUM!! We stayed until about 9:30 and even though my feet and back were killing me after walking around for this long, it was totally worth it! Avery is still talking about it and I can't wait to take her back next year! They really did have a lot of areas that were just for kids and she asks to go to the fair about every other day! It's hard to explain to a 2 1/2 year old that the fair only comes once a year! Bummer!
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Recently our church had a Family Fun Night at the Jenks High School softball park. They had Jupiter Jumps for the kids and even had a T-ball inning for them to play in! We ate hot dogs and pizza and the kids had a blast running around and jumping their hearts out! We had a good time visiting with our friends and the brave ones went out and played some adult softball! We just love our church family and can't imagine life without them or our friends there! Here are a few pictures of Avery and some of her friends.
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Having a frosting beater is the best! (Or as Avery says "crosting"!!)
I hope you can see in this picture how white her face is from flour!!
OK, I was finally able to offload all the pictures that have been piling up on the camera, so we're going to have to go back about a month to catch up on posts! Ignore the date on the pictures because somehow it is wrong.
September 12th was Craig's birthday and Avery and I made a few special things for him! That morning we made him cinnamon rolls (yes, Pillsbury from the can--one of Craig's favorite breakfasts!) Unfortunately he had to go to work, but that afternoon, we made Craig's favorite cookies...Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies. He likes things plain and that's what these are! We added frosting and sprinkles to jazz them up a little bit, and here are a few pictures of Avery helping Mommy make them. She tasted flour that day, too! I warned her it would not taste good, but she had to try it for herself (imagine!) and it ended up more on her face and apron than anywhere else! For dinner, we made chicken enchiladas, Nona-style, (actually Nona was there to help, so that was even better!) and enjoyed birthday cookies for the next couple days. Craig is now 28 and that scares me a little--that's not too far away from 30!!
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Monday, September 29, 2008
well, I am not sure where the cable is to offload pictures from my camera, so more pics will have to come at a later date. I just wanted to take a minute to write down a few of the funny things Avery has been saying latey so I won't forget. She has been hilarious the past few weeks and one thing she says a lot is "I NEED to ____" (fill in the blank).
For example, "I NEED to eat some Cheerios right now."
"I NEED to wear my lello (yellow) panties today!"
"I NEED to watch a movie right now!"
Where did she get that?
Another thing is she cracks me up when she talks in compelete sentences.
I will ask her, "Do you want oatmeal for breakfast?"
Response: "Yes, I do want oatmeal for breakfast!"
Question: "Do you want to play upstairs now?"
Response: "No, I do not want to play upstairs now."
A simple yes or no would do, but she usually repeats the whole sentence back to me. Cracks me up! One more thing I cannot forget...When we say our prayers at night, she has gotten pretty good at saying her own things without having to repeat after me. So I get her started with "Dear Lord..." and this is her newest phrase after we bless our family members..."...and bless Mickey Mouse, Little Lamb, and Stinky Dee-Dee." The first time she said this I burst out laughing... I just couldn't help it, so now she laughs everytime she says this. As serious as I try to make prayer time, it's so hilarious! For those of you who may not know, Mickey Mouse is one of her stuffed animals that someone gave her that she just recently right before we moved got really attached to. Maybe because all her other toys were packed in the truck, but anyway, he goes everywhere with her and she always sleeps with him. Little Lamb is a lamb beanie baby with a purple tutu on that Grandma gave her and she has been attached to her since around the time she turned two. And if you don't know who Dee-Dee is, then you have not met Avery! Dee-Dee is her purple blanket she has slept with since she was like 4 months old and it usually stinks since she has it around her mouth so sometimes we call it "Stinky Dee-Dee." I realize not many of you have made it this far down the post and stopped reading a while back, but if I did not record all of this, I would soon forget! Thanks for those who stuck it out!! :)
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Saturday, September 20, 2008
Well, we are officially in our new house! We spent our first night last night and are headed to the bed for the second night. Our old house is cleaned out and we said goodbye to it yesterday, and our new house is a MESS, MESS, MESS! You know how it is after you move in...where is this, where is that? In a box? What box? Where is the box? No one knows any of these answers! But a ton of work has already been done and we could not have done it without the help of our family and our good friend Bart Ives! Even though most of the boxes are not unpacked and the house is a mess, all the bedrooms were painted today which is a huge task done! And after these nasty curtains were all taken down, the rooms looked 100% better! Too bad wallpaper is not as easy to take down.
Our little Avery Grace has been a trooper through it all. I could sense a few days ago that she was really needing some normalcy once again, but though she has had her whiny moments, she has been great. She has slept in a different place for just about every nap and nighttime, but as long as she has had her dee-dee, she has been fine. Thankfully tonight we found "Elmo Horsey" a DVD she has been begging to watch, but we just couldn't find it! As much as I hate to sit her in front of a DVD, you need a distraction for a 2 year old when you're trying to unload boxes and unpack! She is excited about her new house and the most excited about her new "stairs!" I had to buy a baby gate to keep her from going up the stairs because I am afraid she will fall down them when I am not with her!
Hopefully we will have some new pictures to post soon of all the updates of the house, but for now just wanted to post an update of our status!
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Thursday, September 11, 2008
I finally made the time to get out the toddler rail to Avery's bed and put it up. I wanted to do this in our new house, but since we are moving next week, I thought I would give her a little while to get used to it in the old house before making two changes on her at once. I will change the bed to a double bed probably around Christmas before the baby comes or whenever her bedding is ready. I am calling her toddler bed her "little girl bed" so when we change it to a double bed, we will call it her "big girl bed." Hopefully she will be comfortable sleeping in it the way it is for a while in the new house that way she will feel all settled before we make another change on her and then a huge change when the baby gets here! She has slept in it for 2 nights now and has done so well! I was afraid she would get up to play with toys, but she hasn't gotten up once! Even after naptime and nighttime she stays in there and calls for me! I'm so proud of her.
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This was my old spring horse from when I was Avery's age! It's still getting good use!
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
OK I know I have been lazy this week and have been meaning to post pictures of our Florida Vacation, but I am just now forcing myself to sit down and do it!!! We had a blast in Destin as usual. This is the place where Craig and I got engaged 7 years ago and we have been back several times with family...we just love it! Avery has gone every summer since she has been born and this year was definitely the best with her. She loved digging in the sand and playing in the pool, finding treasures on the beach (seashells, rocks) and putting them in her bucket. She liked the ocean ok after she got used to it, but if it splashed up in her mouth, she was revolted and had a terrible look on her face! The first day we went down to put our toes in, she asked me, "Mommy, what is that noise?!" It was the ocean waves crashing onto the shore! She just never hears it and had no idea what it was! This year we went with Craig's brother Chad and his family. Avery absolutely LOVES her cousins and Ashley (9 yrs old) was like a little mother to Avery and took care of her so much for me! Thank you Ashley! They played and walked down the beach and swam in the pool and played in the house a ton! We enjoyed some delicious seafood the whole time whether in the restaurants or meals we ate at home. I just love good fish and shrimp and Craig has come to love them, too, over the years, even though he used to think he didn't like seafood! Can you imagine?! :) All in all it was a wonderful week of relaxing, sleeping, and eating! What can beat that? This has got to be a yearly tradition!
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Friday, August 15, 2008
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
OK I thought it would be fun to copy my friend Emily and put up a baby poll. This Thursday I have a doctor's appointment. However, I do not think I am going to have an ultrasound. They usually don't do the sex check until 20 weeks and my doctor is pretty strict about sticking to the schedules. I am 16 weeks this week and I am going to beg and plead for one, but if they say no, my mom is going to be my savior. She is actually retired from her job as a mammogram technician, but she is filling in for a girl who is on maternity leave right now. Her friends at the clinic (they also do sonograms) told her to bring me in and they will let me know the sex if the baby cooperates THIS FRIDAY!!! So if my doctor says no on Thursday, hopefully we will make it down to Texas for an ultrasound Friday! I am super excited! So here is a poll to vote whether you think it will be a girl or a boy. I have absolutely no feelings one way or the other, so I am going to be no help guiding your vote! If we do find out on Friday, I will update the blog shortly after!
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Well, most of you know, but some do not that Craig and I decided to sell our house and look for a bigger one! With the new baby on the way, things are going to get very crowded and I really like to keep a guest room. Plus we would love to have some sort of gameroom/playroom for the kids so toys are not overrunning the rest of the house! Well, we had planned to wait on putting ours up for sale until we found a house we wanted to buy. So we found one, then put ours up for sale so we could make an offer, and our house sold in 5 days!!! Isn't that amazing? The problem is, our other offer did not get accepted and we decided we weren't crazy about the neighborhood anyway. So...the time crunch is on because we have to be out of our house by Sept. 15th and right now, we have no place to go! If we have to, we will find an apartment or something in between, but please pray that God will bring along just the right house and QUICKLY PLEASE, LORD! :) We are trying not to worry about it and trust that God sold our house quickly for a reason, but we do covet your prayers. So bye-bye 119th Place...bye-bye best friends living all around us...bye-bye house where Avery took her first steps...we hardly knew ye. (well, 4 1/2 years is not that long!) By the way, we are staying in the Jenks area because I cannot be too far from my friends/babysitters and our church!
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