April 18, 2014

Ava 17 months

I am always amazed at how much change happens in such a short amount of time with these little people, but I have to say that the months since Ava turned one have brought the most change in personality, development, etc than I ever remember before the age of 1.  And since she has turned 1, these months have also gone by the fastest to me! Looking back, I'm not gunna lie, the first year feels like it took forever! Now I just want to capture every single day....which doesn't explain why I have less pictures of her this month but maybe that means that I am behind the shutter less and really playing and being with her like I want to be.

These are a few of her favorite things:
 
Horses
   It's been her most recent animal sound - "clop clop"- and whenever we're at a store that she sees one of those toy riding horses she freaks out and has to get on it.  So I was thrilled to find one at Goodwill for $5 and then that night at our church party they had another one for the kids and she was in heaven...she practically rode it all night.  When she wakes up in the morning she comes over to her horsey, gets on by herself, and rocks for about 5 minutes straight making her horse noise or clicking the button for the horse to make noise, she loves it!

Dirt
I think we may need to dig another dirt pile once we plant our garden so that Ava has somewhere else to dig and play.  She looooves sitting in the dirt, scooping it, and feeling it fall between her fingers.  I love it because it seriously entertains her for a long time.

Slides
We've been going to lots of parks this last month and her favorite thing is the slide. As long as I help her go down the first time and then find the stairs to climb back up after I can go back to the grass and watch her and she'll just go up and down forever!  Swings come in 2nd place and she loves to give me kisses when she swings towards me. 

Getting hurt
Ava has gotten lots of scratches from playing with the kitty (just the cat pawing at her hands, but the claws just naturally get her) but she doesn't even blink - she'll take the battle scars for the fun of playing with her!  She also tore her maxillary frenum - the little skin thing under her top lip - when she was trying to climb on her high chair and slipped.  It bled a ton but it's really not something to worry about and is already healing just fine, in case anyone is wondering or has this happen! She also does this ridiculous thing where she bangs her head against the wall or on the ground when she gets mad and then comes whining to me, tapping her head which means that she fell or bonked it. Drives me crazy! lol

She's becoming a little more picky about food but she will always eat scrambled eggs and toast, broccoli, and...anything dipped in syrup or chocolate. She's definitely found her sweet tooth.

And last but not least, she's repeating a lot more things we say.  Usually it doesn't sound much like English but it's really cute and I can tell she wants to be talking.  And thankfully, she has still never said the word "no" which I'm not complaining about! Instead she just shakes her head back and forth when she doesn't want something that I offer her. 
She's added the following words to her vocab: sorry (nah-nee), door (doe), bike, hat, baby (bah-boo), milk (mih)...and she tries to whistle because her favorite book is a Snow White "Whistle While You Work" pop up sing along book that I had when I was little. She tries to whistle along with me :)

and...ONE MORE MONTH TIL NURSERY aka freedom at church :) Pin It

April 16, 2014

Birthday Tree

A PEACH TREE!
For Devin's birthday...because he's such a peach.
Last time I asked, Devin hadn't told his sister about this so here you go Heather!  She sent Devin a Home Depot gift card for his birthday (she is so thoughtful!!!) and we used it to get a fruit tree for our backyard.  We got a variety called "New Haven".   Ava thought the whole planting process was awesome and loved helping us fill the hold back up with dirt. 



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April 9, 2014

We're Having a BOY!

Old news to most, as of two days ago, but I am feeling the need to share on all platforms :)
Healthy, and still due: August 25th
He measured about 6 days ahead though, we'll see... I won't get my hopes up

FAQ:
Did you want to have a boy or a girl next? - Initially we wanted boy because we've been surrounded by girls and have friends/family about to have boys.  But then we got kind of set on wanting another girl for Ava to have a little sister so close in age.  We're perfectly happy though and can't wait to see the difference that everyone talks about!
What did you think you were having? - As in mother's intuition....I seriously could not decide one way or the other but kept leaning boy because of the fact that I haven't been a single bit nauseous with this pregnancy and  emotional/hormone-crazy that I don't remember feeling with Ava.
Does Ava understand anything about it?  She's clueless. She kind of gets excited about seeing babies but doesn't understand anything about my belly or what a brother or sister means yet.  
Have you thought of any names yet? Somewhat...we definitely had more girl names than boy.  We like getting to do the name picking to fill the time between 20 and 40 weeks.  We're not in a huge rush and don't feel like picking and telling anyone this early anyway. 

Fun fact - The Neil Harper family will finally have an heir with the last name Harper.  After 10 grandchildren, this will be the first Harper boy. 

We can't wait!
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March 31, 2014

Books and a Birthday

A few more pics from last weekend in Declo...
 
It's always fun to read new books and to be read to by Grandma instead of Mom for a change :)

 ^^All the kids paitently waiting for cake :)
 Playing with cousins that weekend really wore her out! That, and only taking one nap every day we were there.  Too much fun to be had!

We had an early birthday celebration for Devin while we were there.  His birthday is this Wednesday, I can't believe he'll be twenty-nine! Such a fun, young-spirit at heart :) And if he's turning 29 then that means I'm turning 25 this year and THAT can't doesn't seem real. Pin It

March 27, 2014

Grandpa's Playground



As soon as we got to Declo on Friday night Devin started working with his dad on filling the square with gravel and leveling it out for the next day of hard work putting the rest of the play ground together.  Devin, his dad, and Kyler all worked out in the bitter cold and wind for probably 6 hours getting that thing put together (and Neil and Laura had already done most of the assembling in the garage that week!).

The kids were so happy when they could finally go out and play on it! My favorite is the pic of the three girls sitting in the bottom trying to hide from the wind.  Ava stood at the doorway opening and closing that door a hundred times!  She has also become obsessed with slides and trying to climb up them once she slides down. 

We're excited to try this out all summer long and so thankful for all the hard work it took to make it happen! Pin It