Kadence actually took her first steps around 13 months. She took 9 steps in church (in tights on the slippery gym floor) over 3 weeks ago But it wasn't until recently that she has actually used walking as a main mode of transportation. She still crawls about half the time but she is getting more and more confident in her walking skills and it is SO cute! :)
A few weeks ago we camped out in the yard in a tent. Averi walked all over the yard with Kadence trying to get her to walk.
Kadence has also become quite the climber and thinks she is pretty cool in this pic when she climbed up on the chair.
Averi recently completed her swimming lessons for this summer. She liked it a lot more than last year since she is now more confident in the water... maybe a little too confident! She did really well and progressed a ton. However her teacher commented on how stubborn she can be. :) She would sometimes do what she was asked, but sometimes when she was tapped on the head to come up and take a breath, she decided it would be much easier just to swim faster so she could make it to the wall. That girl can hold her breath for so long!
I think she is trying to tread water in this pic :) On her 2nd day of lessons she randomly threw up all over in the swimming pool. I'm talking chunks everywhere! So sick. Poor Kimber jumped out to get the net and got out as much as she could then had to vacuum the rest. We think she must have just swallowed too much water/air or something because she never got sick. I feel bad for the class the went right after us! Haha!
Practicing her skills in the community pool. I took her out one day to specifically practice just jumping into the pool. She saw me dive in one day, and apparently decided that she could dive too and would do that instead of jump from then on. Then, at swimming lessons the next day, she was supposed to jump off a 3 foot wall through an inner tube "like a pencil". She decided to go head first and gave all of us parents quite a scare when she almost bounced off into the wall. Crazy girl has no fear. She was asked to do it a second time and did the SAME thing. I literally had to DROP her into the tube to show her what she was supposed to do.
Here she is jumping in. She was supposed to jump in (not at Kimber), come up for a breath, then swim to the edge. Not the best listener, but she CAN do it, and I guess that's the important part. :)
Here is Kadence enjoying the show. She loved exploring the yard and stealing kids' rings when they put them on the edge.
We have seriously been so spoiled this year with all the visitors! I LOVE it! My mom came down from Boise last week to play and help out. Averi was in Heaven the whole time, if you can imagine! She was on non-stop showing-off mode so we never had to worry about entertainment.
My mom was SO nice to give us a day off on Wednesday so Doug and I went to Tempe and shopped, ate, and hung out. We stayed overnight at a Days Inn and were so excited to jump in the hot tub when we got there. We asked the Hotel manager where it was and he pointed us in the right direction and gave us towels. We got all dressed and ready, headed out to the pool / hot tub area. I dipped my foot in the hot tub and it was stone cold! Why the manager didn't tell us ahead of time that it wasn't working, I'll never know. When we went back to the office to ask him what was up, he just rubbed his face and sheepishly replied "oh we are just waiting for the heater to get fixed". Haha! Good to know! In the morning we ate a fabulous continental breakfast... or more accurately... we ate about 3 breakfasts' worth of food each, then had a nap, then hit up Bashas to get some groceries and headed home. Doesn't sound like much but trust me, it was awesome!! So fun just to get away for a bit :)
The kids had so much fun playing games, doing stickers and crafts, and reading with Grandma. We all enjoyed the warm (normal people would say hot) weather out at the pool too.
Averi havin a snooze with Grams
Averi showing Grandma her "chocolate face" while licking the beater.
Those are the only two pictures I took all week! how sad :(
Averi woke up on Easter Sunday to learn that the Easter Bunny had paid her and Kadence a visit! They each got a basket full of goodies, and then Averi realized that the Easter bunny hid some eggs all over the living room. She LOVED discovering that most of them were filled with candy!
Averi showing off her Ariel doll that was in her basket.