Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
For Halloween we went to the Trunk or Treat party at the church. Averi was in her cute cupcake costume, Doug was the Geico caveman and I was Flo from Progressive. I think most people got it but some needed a little help figuring it out. I made my pumpkin chilli for the chilli cook-off and took 2nd place! We had tons of fun as we do evey year. Averi was still a little shy the whole time with all of the commotion going on but she had fun getting candy from people and seeing some of her friends.
Here is my handsome caveman and my adorable cupcake. Doug got swindled (by me) into wearing MY wool pants that were quite slim fitting on him...much like the real geico caveman would wear :) Too bad theya ren't really showing in the picture.
A blonde Flo
I tried to get Averi to pose for the pic but I guess she just wanted to dance with Daddy.
About to go trick-or-treating. Averi got excited when I informed her that we were going to go get candy from the neighbors.
Averi did really good in the beginning walking, knocking on doors and holding out her own bag for them to put candy in. But after a few houses she wanted us to hold her bag for her. I was still quite impressed that she actually walked the whole time without asking to be picked up (or insisting to be picked up like she normally does). Maybe the sugar gave her the energy she needed.
Averi goes to a moms-day-out babysitting group one morning each week. She loves it and they always to fun things with the kids. She got to paint mini pumpkins the week of Halloween. She LOVES to paint and do any sort of craft so this was right down her alley. So cute.
When we go done trick-or-treating, we watched a little football while Averi did Doug's hair. You can see by her face here that she is quite proud of the bow on his head. This has been a recent hobby of Averi's (doing people's hair) and we love it because she is so gentle that is it actually feels really good!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
My friend Whitney and I hosted a small Halloween party for some of our friends' kids. The theme was owls as you can tell from the invites and refreshments. We played a modified version of hot potato (with a pumpkin), had a doughnut eating contest, and decorated caramel apples. The kids were all so darling and I think they all had fun.
We had two heats: Over 3 and under 3. This is obviously the little ones, and they didn't quite get that you had to keep your hands behind your back. :) So dang cute!
The kids playing Hot Potato. Averi sat in between two older boys which was probably good since she wasn't really into the game. She had fun watching the other kids pass it around anyways :)
My little cupcake eating a cupcake! She was ALL ABOUT the sweets at the party and there was no shortage of them either. I was surprised she didn't get sick from all the sugar.
Everyone decked out in their Halloween costumes at Gardner's Village. Averi just stayed in her stroller the whole time. Usually with Averi the options are: be held, or be in the stroller. She doesnt usually like to walk on her own which makes it extra fun for me!
Macy was awesome at keeping Averi entertained while we were there.
Here is Macy helping Averi decorate Halloween cookies. So fun!
Doug and I flew seperate on the way there but together on the way home. Since Averi refuses to walk, I have to get a little creative when I am by myself. I always use a wheel chair and pile my luggage on it and then put Averi's car seat (with her in it) on top of all that. When we were on our way back it was obviously a lot easier since I had Doug to help. I kept reminding him that I had to do this all by myself just to make sure he was impressed :) Here is Doug pulling Averi's car seat like a leash on our way to customs. Why dont I get that kind of treatment?!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I took Averi to the Childrens Museum a while ago and she loves it every time. I took Katelyn with us (the 1st grader that I watch sometimes) and we met up with some friends so the kids could all play. Averi had a blast as usual.
Here she is playing house with her dishes all lined up in a row.
Averi and Ezra on the motion activated floor fan. She loves that thing.
Just running around being crazy
I took Averi to a pumkin patch/corn maze/etc a couple weeks ago with her friends Braxton and Kylee (and their parents). She had sooooo much fun so now it looks like its going to be an annual event for us! She loved playing in the corn kernal boxes, riding the "choo choo" and just running around exploring. But her favorite thing as usual was the animals. She could have stood there feeding scraps of hay to the horses the whole time! She is an animal lover just like her parents :)
Here she is petting the goats with no shoes on. She took them off for the corn box and then refused to let me put them back on her. Oh well!
Playing by herself in the little red house and having the time of her life.
Going down the tube slide. I thought she would be too scared like some of the other young kids but she loved it and went on it like ten times.
Playing in the corn box with Kylee
Showing the other kids how it's done :) She was the bravest of all the kids when it came to dealing with the animals.
Riding the train with Brax. I thought she would be too scared for this too but I just kinda threw her on it and hoped she didn't try to jump off. I think she actually enjoyed it :)
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Our computer has been on the fritz for quite some time now so now I get to play catch-up. Doug and I had the opportunity to spend a few days in San Deigo last month. The weather was still pretty hot here so it was a nice escape from that! I drove down with my friend Whitney on a Tuesday since her husband was already there for work. Then Doug met us there on Thursday and we stayed at their parents house. We had a blast just laying low and hanging out on the beach most of the time. The kids had tons of fun at the park that is right there by the water too. Doug and Mark were the only ones to brave the cold water though. Doug tried his hand at boogie boarding while Mark showed us his mad surfing skills.
A Gorgeous California sunset
I think this is the cutest pic of Averi and Ezra walking together when we were at the street fair on evening. They thought they were so cool and grown up that they wanted to walk by themselves up ahead of us. I love how Ezra hauled around his cars in his Elmo backpack the whole time too :) What cuties!
Averi running at the park by the beach
The beach/park we spent most of our time at
A not-so-roomy car ride!
The kids making their silly faces at the park
We also got to meet up with Doug's cousins Michelle and Frank. They live in a gorgeous neighborhood right on the beach in Solana Beach. That was the first time I had met them and they were super nice. I wish we got to spend more time there with them. Of course we forgot to get a picture!