March 23, 2015

2 year old Ava

Ava is almost 2.5 years old and I haven't documented much of what this smart little cookie is like!
I know toddler independence can be a love/hate thing but so far it's been pretty great. She can dress herself for the most part, including underwear or pullup - which is sometimes very funny if she hasn't magically found the right holes on the first try. She's also playing for longer periods of time by herself with things like blocks or other activities I set up for her but those are few and far between and she really just plays so much better when she has a friend over who is interested in her toys. Otherwise she is ALWAYS asking "I play ma phone?". "I watch yiyeos".

Ava helps with everything - washing the car, changing Owen's diaper, measuring/stirring/pouring, unloading the dishwasher (her job is putting silverware in the silverware drawer and she actually puts it all in the right spot!), she feeds the cat, picks Owen's boogers, helps put the wet laundry into the dryer, puts the fruit in our smoothies, gets in her swing by herself, and gets the mail. She also likes to drag her little chair to any place she can't reach something like the dvd player and starts her own movies. But that has resulted in her favorite one getting really scratched so we're done with that!

FOOD: Her favorite vegetable is broccoli and she always drags the tub of coconut oil out of the pantry and gets a spoon out of the drawer then asks me for some "cococut oil". Her morning requests are always "smooeys" (smoothies) which usually have kale or flax seed or chia seeds in them or "muttins" (muffins), which are some orange-bran muffins we made a bunch of one day together and froze. Green smoothies and raisin bran are about my only hope of getting some really good stuff in her. She's a soda girl and won't pay attention to anything else if someone's got a soda they're not sharing with her. She always asks for "two drinks".

Whenever I tell Ava we're going to church she says "I play toys, I cry" - basically telling me she's already planning on crying when I drop her off at nursery. But lately when we talk about it, she comes to the realization that "mom came back!" and it'll be ok which has also helped with babysitters. She's scared of large walking stuffed characters but loves to touch bugs and lizards and snakes and ginormous dogs and the list goes on of things that she's NOT afraid of that she probably should be.

The other day she brought me the broom and mop shown above and held it like that and said "I made an x!". She's really impressed me with her letters and numbers lately. She can identify all the letters of the alphabet and sing most of the ABC song and can count to 12 independently and is always counting things around her. When I go to write her name on a project she'll tell me what letters to write, luckily here name is easy! She also loves to categorize things as mommy, daddy, baby, grandma, and grandpa. Like when she swings she always says stuff like "mommy tree, daddy tree, baby tree", etc. The funniest is when she does the same after going potty. Just replace the word "tree" with "poop" and there you have it.

^As soon as she hears the organ start to play at church she gets out the hymn book and flips from page to page while we sing. If she can make out the words we are singing she will copy after us.

Favorite Ava sayings:
-"I have fruit snacks? Yeah? Okay!", "Owie you want binky? yeah? okay!", "kitty wanna go outside? yeah? okay!"

-"I say NO socks!, I say YES socks!". This came about one day when Devin told her to put socks on and she said no and he got silly and asked what did you say? and she said "I say no socks" and he said "I say yes socks!" and so now Devin will just randomly say to her, "I say yes socks!" and she responds like above and they go back and forth :)

-"My awake". Whenever it should be "I'm" she says "my".

-"I go crazy!" - she always says this when she's being silly or she says her hair is crazy and it cracks me up everytime. Mostly because she says crazy like "greazy"

-"Witty wah" = She wants me to sing Mary had a little lamb. She loves that song, along with twinkle twinkle, itsy bitsy spider, and Elmo Song (I recently was able to download a customized sesame street theme song that elmo sings and he says Ava's name in it).

-"I not go pee underwear evermore" (As she shakes her index finger). She says "evermore" about a lot of things when she means anymore

-Devin has been teaching Ava to say protein and complex carbohydrates to where she can now have the following conversation:
D:"What do eggs have?" A:"protein!" D:"What do beans have?" A:"Compex, carbo, hydrates!"

-She asks "Why??" after everything - usually when we ask her to do or not to do something

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March 19, 2015

Cat Dog

Anyone remember that show "Catdog"? I just remember hating it...but it's the best description for this post because we HAVE a wanna-be-dog...that's a cat.

Here are the dog-like traits he possesses:

1. Plays Fetch

Crumpled up pieces of paper are his favorite. He chases it all around the house, batting and flinging it with his paws/claws and then carries it back to you in his mouth and drops it at your feet!
   The best story was when we went to bed late one night and it was finally midnight when we had lights off and were falling asleep when I hear this rustling and the cat has jumped on our bed with a paperball in his mouth and drops it right in between mine and Devin's head.  He even started nudging it towards Devin's face. So Devin threw it off the bed and he went crazy for it and brought it right back, nudging Devin's hand with his nose to throw it again - unbelievable.

2. Begs to go outside/takes a leash

    Devin seriously has to "take the cat out" (on a leash) once every day. It's his own fault...I warned him what would happen if the cat ever got let out. He meows constantly next to any door, especially when he knows someone is outside and he didn't get invited.

3. Steals food
    Most cats I know eat and sleep and aren't too picky about what they eat either. This cat is kinda finnicky about his dry cat food. It's like he will eat it if there's nothing better around...which leads to another good story.
   Devin was making a turkey sandwich on the counter and turned his back. When he turned back around the cat was pulling turkey off of his sandwich and darted off the counter, the little sneak. If he wasn't so fast he would've gotten a whoopin.

4. A man's best friend
    He loves Devin. Devin's been putting Ava to bed a lot of nights lately and the cat follows them upstairs and just sits in one place by the door to Ava's room and meows until Devin comes out, which means I usually have to go up a couple times and carry him back downstairs. One time I tried to barricade the hallway and ended up having to guard it myself to keep him from going up. He also is just like Ava in that he whines and whines after Devin comes home from work until he finally gets some attention from him.

And let me tell you how almost every time I walk into a room, one of the heater vents looks like this. He just pulls them out and leaves them like this. 

Thankfully, he doesn't shed much or stink and he's definitely not fat. His agility is impressive and fun to watch when he's playing around the house. He likes to be around us but doesn't always beg for attention. But I'm sure he'd be pretty pleased if Ava didn't exist...

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March 2, 2015

February Wrap Up

For being a short month, February was pretty jam-packed for us! We've had amazing weather and I haven't had a church calling this month, giving me some extra time to focus on my family, the house, and even serving others in ways I have control over and it's been a nice little break. I can't believe how much these kids are growing and changing, I can't keep up! So here's a recap of the month so I can hopefully start a little better at regular documenting from here on out.

We got a cat named Pharoah, he's kinda crazy, very cool. Devin was on Craigslist one day and found himself in the cat section and found this little guy and couldn't help himself. Ava's obsessed but over the course of the month she's changed from chasing him because she wants to hold/pet him to chasing him to get him to run away from her or her food or something she thinks he needs to get off of. She still loves him, she's just realized she has power over something and she's exercising it at any chance she gets.

We've been doing lots and lots of Facetiming! We've also kept the playdough stuff out on Ava's table all month long and she's gotten so much better at independently playing with it. She always makes me "pancakes" and sticks toothpicks in it for candles :)

I've been budgeting our groceries and stuff this month which has also made me think more about not wasting any food and turning ingredients into multiple meals and using leftovers and also trying to eat more fruits and veggies so - I've been making a lot of smoothies lately and Ava loves it! This is my favorite one because it uses things that are in season: pears, oranges (oj), banana, kale, spinach, and we get awesome nutrients from the greens we (mostly Ava) wouldn't eat otherwise.

We don't really eat out unless we have a coupon and we also haven't had Chinese food here the whole 3 1/2 years we've lived in Boise (besides Panda Express) so when a coupon came for a Chinese buffet we've been dying to try we were THERE. It was such a fun random night out after work one day during the week. We also discovered that buffets are the BEST place to take kids! Ava loved picking out exactly what she wanted and having the food ready to eat as soon as we got nice. We actually went to Sizzler the very next night because of a gift certificate we had and Ava was so good there too, thanks to the kid salad bar! Devin also had a killer stache for a week.

We've had some milestones like Owen getting his two bottom teeth the weekend he turned 6 months AND rolling over!  Ava is also officially potty trained! It's been way smoother than I ever anticipated.

We toured the Old Idaho Penitentiary on Valentine's day - so romantic(wink)! We really weren't planning on doing anything else but we saw a Groupon for this, making it so inexpensive that it was worth paying for a babysitter to get out. We were pretty amazed by the solitary confinement building which Devin is peeking into in the pic above. So desolate and the doors were SO heavy. The buildings were full of so much metal, giving everything a really cold feeling. Sounds miserable but it really was interesting to see everything, even if Devin ignored me the whole time because he's like a kid in a candy store at these kind of things.
   We've managed to leave the kids with a babysitter about 3 or 4 times this month! It's almost addicting once you do it once and everything goes smoothly, it's like what have we been waiting for? Even better, we now know that our kids can be put to bed by someone else! Pin It