Let me just say that Avery was never a climber. Looking back, Avery never did much of anything that she was not supposed to. :) She never got into much and she certainly never climbed on everything like her sister does. I hope the crib is not next! Nevertheless, she does entertain us. Here are a few pictures of her climbing and another couple of her other favorite thing to do…sit in things. Whether it be a cake pan, a basket, or a box, if she can get her hiney in it…Bailey will sit in it!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Craig hung all of these balloons above the island and I thought they looked awesome.
The beehive cake was for all the guests. The hive was a yellow cake with buttercream icing and the bottom layer was chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream. The little fondant bees were all around the hive and some were flying on the ends of floral wire.
This was Bailey's little smash cake. She LOVED it!
Enjoy looking at these bee cake pops because you will never see cake pops at one of my parties again. :) They were terribly time consuming and not easy. They turned out cute and tasted great, but I just can't justify the time it took next time!
Each family took home a goody bag of honey (what else?) surrounded by some yummy Bit O Honey candy. I haven't had this candy in years and it was SO GOOD!
Bailey did great making a huge mess of her cake which is of course what we all wanted to see! Check out these adorable messy cake pics for yourself!
More party pics:
On Bailey's actual birthday which was Thursday, January 14th, Avery and I sang "Happy Birthday" to Bailey with a candle in her banana pancake. Bailey LOVES bananas and calls them "nanas."
She could hardly take that knuckle out of her mouth.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010
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Friday, January 15, 2010
OK you're in for a doozie of a post. Get ready to catch up on the Alexanders' Christmas of 2009. It was Bailey's first Christmas! She was really good to stay away from the tree for the most part. I was afraid she'd have the whole thing knocked over quick, but we spent some time trying to train her not to touch the tree and she did pretty well. Our tradition is the Saturday after Thanksgiving (and Sunday if needed), we get out everything from the attic and put the tree up and all other decorations. If possible, Craig tries to get the lights up that same weekend. Here's a slideshow of us decorating. (Remember you can always click on the slideshows to see them bigger.)
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A little before Christmas, Avery was drawing at the table and told me she had drawn a picture for her friend Chloe. She insisted she wanted to mail it to her, so I encouraged her to add a letter with it. I spelled out the words she came up with and she wrote all the letters herself. I am so proud of her writing abilities at her young age and her reading ability is already out of this world for a girl not even 4 years old. I've always known this girl was a smartie, but she still continues to blow me away!
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Even Mimi braved it and went on the hayride!
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Well apparently these are the only 3 pictures I took on Thanksgiving! We stayed in Tulsa this year and had a nice relaxing day spent at Craig's parents with his brothers, their wives, and their kids. It's a full, crazy house when all 4 of the brothers and their families are all over at his parents' house, but in a way, I love it. The kids love playing together and I love visiting and eating--and boy, did we eat! There's always way too much food so we munch and munch and then eat more of it for dinner. In between that, we're all in and out getting slices of this dessert or that dessert. It's fun and so begin the holiday pounds... :)
When Bailey woke up from her afternoon nap, she actually sat very still in Grandpa's lap for like 30 whole minutes! Then Grandma got her and she sat with her for the longest time, too! I guess she was mesmerized by all the football! Grandma, this might be your football girl.
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This year we did something new and I think it might be a new tradition! A few of Avery's cousins got to spend some extra time at our house the few days before Thanksgiving. Craig had been asking me to make gingerbread cookies for a while so I thought this would be a good occasion. I gathered together a lot of different decorating things like different sprinkles, raisins, mini chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, etc. Avery and I made the dough ahead of time but the kids helped me roll them out, cut them, and bake them. Ashley and I piped on some frosting while the other kids put on the decorations. It was really fun and I think the cookeis turned out so cute! We will definitely have to do this again!
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Well again this year, on the night of the Harvest Banquet at church, Avery's Sunday School class sang a couple of songs in front of the church. They sang Jesus Loves Me and The B-I-B-L-E. Let me just say I was SO relieved this year when Avery actually sang! If you'll remember, last year she just stood there and stared and didn't sing a single word! I was aggravated mostly because she knew every word to those songs. But thankfully this year she came through and sang really well! Actually they all did. I guess one year makes a big difference. Here are a few shots of the kids. Unfortunately the video we took was on our video camera so there are only pictures to put on here.
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Monday, January 11, 2010
Avery is quite the silly dancer when she gets into it. I hope she doesn't get mad later on when she is older, but I have to post these videos of her dancing. One of them is sideways, I'm sorry. Later when Craig finds the right program, I will turn it and repost. But for now I have to plunge forward in my blog updating!!
This song is a YouTube video "Crazy Frog." It's been one of Avery's favorites to watch and dance to since she was a baby...weird, but she loves it! Check out this fancy footwork...and Avery, when you read this one day...I'm sorry. :)
This dance is mostly to document the flower pajamas, tutu, and sparkly Sunday shoes all together in one outfit! It also might bore you unless you are one of Avery's grandmas. :) I thought it was a cute little dance with some hiney-shakin' and hopping-on-one-foot thrown in for fun... Again, Avery, I'm sorry...I love you :)
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On November 15, 2009, we dedicated Bailey to the Lord. Craig and I vowed to raise her in a Godly way and to do everything in our power to turn her heart towards God. We love this little girl so much and our prayer is that she (and Avery, too) would come to know the Lord at a young age and that it would be genuine. We pray they will follow the Lord all of their lives and never turn from Him!
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When I first got this out for Bailey a couple of months ago, she really was not into it. You can see in the first picture she was getting frustrated and didn't want to mess with it. I am really surprised she was not walking early. As busy as she has always been, and since she crawled so early (army crawling at 5 1/2 months), I really thought she would walk early as well. But she hasn't yet. She can now walk with her push toy pretty fast. So fast that she keeps running into walls and I have to help her get it straight again. Lately she has been standing up a lot on her own and she'll lean forward and put her foot out like she's going to take a step, then plop down. She doesn't have the confidence yet to walk, but I have no doubt it's just around the corner! She will walk really well on her own if she has just one of my fingers to hold on to. I can't wait!
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