Thursday, March 24, 2011

Avery's 3rd Birthday Party

I just realized I haven't upload the pics from my camera from Avery's 3rd birthday party. She had a blast running around at The Children's Museum. It went by in a flash, but I'm glad she had fun. :)

Hands down, her favorite part is the cafe...


Digging in!

The loot!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Our Weekend

We've had a great weekend. I got caught up on lots of cleaning and organized Avery's playroom, once again. I had 2 bags full of stuff to get rid of. Boy, that is so hard for me. Seems like I have a memory attached to everything she has - esp. stuff animals! Charlie wanted to get rid of everything so we are a good balance for each other. It is SO hard for me to throw away her stuff. After all the cleaning, we took Avery to the new Chick fil A in town with an indoor play area. She LOVED her chicken nuggets and was SO excited when she realized she got to play after eating. She has never gone up a 'big kid' slide where you have to climb up lots of levels to get to the slide, without one of us with her. This time, she was SUCH a big girl. Definitely a first time mom, I never took my eyes off of her and when she disappeared into the slide I was pretty nervous. There were lots of big kids playing in the slide and i just didn't want her to get smashed! I heard a loud "Weeeee!" and out she came. Success! One time she came out crying and when we got home I asked her what made her cry. She said "a big boy spit on my head!" Just so happens, while she was playing, I heard another kid complaining to his mom about someone spitting. YUCK! I just don't know how I'm going to handle some nasty kid spitting on Avery. Of course, she cried much bigger tears when it was time to go!

I just love this adorable outfit that my grandma got Avery for her birthday. Avery was very upset with me today. She kept begging to "go see Grandma & Bogie" (Grandma's dog). I kept trying to explain that Grandma lives very far away and we have to get in the car for a very long time before we can see her. But she kept pulling on my leg saying "C'mon Mama, lets go see Grandma!!!"

The weather is fabulous here and Charlie grilled BBQ chicken and sausage. It was SO great. Avery loved being outside with her daddy in the gorgeous weather.

Looks like she's up to something... 
Chasing the neighbor's cats...

On Sunday, we were having yet another discussion about pooping. The 'discussions' are just not doing the trick. As Avery was squatting on the floor attempting to do her business, I questioned her about what she was doing and she replied, "Leave me 'lone, mama!" I know that response usually means one thing. I told her to go to the potty and when she refused she ran to hide from me! Thinking quickly, I told her that if she would use the potty, she could paint. She immediately came out from hiding and ran to the potty! She knows EXACTLY what she is doing! I took out the little paint set thinking it would be good for her to understand the reward she would get for using the potty. She tried and tried but to no avail. She was DEVASTATED that she couldn't use the paint. If it hadn't been for Charlie insisting I would've stood my ground. However, his theory is that it is 'pure evil' to hold something in front of her and not let her play with it if she's trying to use the bathroom but can't. I guess you can see who won...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Memory

Lately, if I'm calling Avery I can find her one of two places - hiding behind the curtains in my room or under her easel in her room. She LOVES to hide! Hide-n-seek is her favorite game, although she also loves Memory, Don't Spill the Beans, the Very Hungry Caterpillar Game and playing cards. She is very competetive and I try to only let her cheat a little bit. :)

I love that she says "Good night night, mama" before going to sleep and "Good bye bye, mama" when I drop her off at the sitter's house.

She is also obsessed with school busses. She loves counting them on the way to Tina's house and always says "Mama, when I get big, I go school and ride the school bus. I say 'Good bye bye, mama'" (if that isn't cute enough, she blows a kiss at the end!)! I know that day is fast approaching, but I am definitely not ready for that yet!

Well, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I am recovering from the flu. Thanks to Nonna and Poppa, Avery was spared and spent part of the week at their house having a blast!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday Memory

Hi y'all! Long time, no see! I have no good excuse for my lack of blogging, so let's just get started, shall we?

I had a blast meeting up with friends from high school this weekend for our "First Annual Girls Weekend". I am determined to do that once a year, even if we eventually have to rent a house and come with kids and husbands in tow! We picked up right where we left off and talked for hours and hours. Oh, and we ate for hours and hours too. (LOL, not really but we did our fair share of eating!) Eating out is a totally new experience without sippy cups and toddlers! Pics to follow :)

I am also deterimined to start blogging more. Seriously. Even if it means staying up past 8:30! I know that one day I'll look back on the blog and wonder why I didn't type just a little something each week. So, these may not be the most exciting or picture filled posts, but I just want to be able to remember all the adorably cute things Avery does!

So, here is today's Monday Memory (yes I totally just made that up!):

I am in LOVE w/ all the Bradford Pears in full bloom around town. (Btw, when did I get old and start noticing the beauty of trees and sunsets?) I've decided the next house I buy needs a huge one in the front yard (although Mallory would advise me differently!). Avery and I call them "Snow Trees" and every day on the way to drop her off at the sitter's she says, "I see snow tree!" and we play a game to see who can find the most. Every time she calls one out she says, "I beat you, mama!" Any time I say "I see a snow tree!" she responds, "Mama, don't beat ME!"