May 17, 2015

Great Sunday

A couple weeks ago was just one of those Sundays where we didn't have anything pulling us away from home before or after church and the weather was beautiful. Our neighboring neighborhood has a grassy common area that was perfect for relaxing and playing with the kids.






This picture cracks me up because it was our best attempt at getting a "cute" pic of these two together. Ava is really mastering the fake under bite smile thing these days. And Owen's poor eczema has been worse with teething and wind and forgetting to be diligent about putting his cream on, whoops!


Our church doesn't start until 1:00 on Sundays so in an effort to keep Ava from going stir crazy, we thought it'd be nice to go walk around the Boise temple grounds. It was a beautiful day!



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April 8, 2015

Darrington Zoo




Ava had been asking to go to the zoo all week long but since we were in Declo we decided to show her some farm life instead. We actually thought we were just going to see the bunnies at the house of someone at Devin's parents' church. They also run a dairy and we happened to get there right in time for "chores" so we got to follow Val around the entire dairy and see all the animals!



He let Ava pick all the eggs out of the little boxes where the hens lay and they filled a perfect dozen container so he let us take them home! Here they are, fresh as they come:





Ava's pretty fearless around animals. Loved being in there with all those chickens (they could have cared less that we were in there with them), almost let the bunny nibble her finger off, and loved their huge friendly dog!



See that smiling face up there? First of all, this guy is so so nice. Second, I'm sure it made his day to see us girls walking through the milking house (yes I just made that up) all over a floor covered in manure in our cute shoes. I should have shoveled some up to bring home to our garden.



Then we got to follow him over to the pig stall. Luckiest pigs I ever did see - those buckets full of fresh milk were for them!







Making a fun stop like this on the way home from the movies is definitely a small farm town perk! Ava still talks about the pigs and the bunnies and the eggs :) Pin It

April 5, 2015

Spring Break 2015

Even though the kids aren't in school yet, we had our own little spring break and went to Declo on a Wednesday night so that Devin could take off early the next morning with his Dad to head to Moab for a couple days of dirt biking with Garrett and Derek. Meanwhile, the kids and I stayed and hung out with Laura. We hadn't even seen them since the beginning of January so it was a sweet reunion, especially with how much these kids have changed and grown!




We had some beautiful weather for playing on the play set and joining Grandma on her morning walk.





Owen lasted longer than I thought in the gravel before he tried to eat it. He loved lifting it up and letting it fall between his fingers. It was once his hands started getting sweaty that he'd see gravel stuck to his hand and didn't know any other way to get it off than to try eating it. He is also the most flexible fat baby I've ever seen. He is always bending himself in half from sitting up to face and tummy on the floor (like he's almost doing a couple pictures up)! 




The Guys in Moab:


^^Is it just me or does Devin look like a power ranger? :)




They had fantastic weather! Got down there Thursday afternoon, hit up some trails, then repeat all day Friday. It was so fun that Derek was able to get the day off to join them on Friday and Saturday morning. They even fed themselves well with breakfast burritos and dutch oven 7 up chicken, impressive! Marissa and her family happened to be down there at the same time and let the guys come shower at their hotel Friday night - lucky! This was a great way for Devin to finish year 29!

We spent Thursday in Pocatello and Friday in Twin Falls. The kids were troopers during all the shopping and long car rides. I think bribing Ava with ice cream helped ;) We got to try Culver's hamburgers and ice cream - delicious!! We had the turtle sundae and their caramel was so yummy.

Saturday

Not a great quality picture but I had to include this because Ava warmed up so much to Great Grandma Harper this trip and kept sitting in her lap to read books. On the way to her house Ava kept saying "I love Grandma Harper" and was just so happy to be at her house. 




We also made a stop in Burley at Gossner's - my favorite! I love going in and trying their sample cheeses and spreads with crackers and different flavored milks. (Did I mention I like dairy?) I usually leave with a bag of cheese curds and this time we also got some ice cream (thank you Grandma!). 

Cinderella
After we ate some lunch at home we went back out to Burley to catch an afternoon showing of Cinderella. Well, the kids both fell asleep on the way to the theatre so Laura carried Owen's carseat in and I carried Ava's car seat in - with her still asleep in it! It fit perfectly next to me in the theatre and she stayed asleep for about the first 45 minutes. When she woke up she was very still and just stared wide-eyed at the movie without saying anything or looking over at me. This was about 5 minutes before the fairy godmother did her big transformation, then right after the old, ugly, fairy godmother turned herself into a beautiful sparkly magical lady, I hear Ava's cute little voice say "wooow!". 

I can't say enough good things about that movie - loved loved loved the messages and scenery and acting. "Have courage and be kind." I can't think of a better motto for life.
Sunday






The kids had a fun little Easter egg hunt in the back yard - Wynn and Ava getting their own little corner of the yard to seek :) Laura also found a bunch of fun mugs to give to each of the kids. Ava loved the monkey one she got and Owen loves his soft little wind up car.




This pic of Owen and Mitt is priceless. Can you tell Owen isn't used to a lot of kids all around him?

We also got to celebrate Devin turning 3-0! 



With his request of "lemon dessert", like a mix between lemon bars and lemon meringue pie. Whatever it is, it's a Lion House recipe so you know it's good!



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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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