Monthly Archives: August 2009

Barb and Tom got hitched!

So a few weeks ago Steve, Ava and I drove to Couer d’Alene Idaho. Steve’s step sister Barbie got married and we got to participate in the festivities! I love seeing Steve’s side of the family. They are so much fun and we have a ton of nieces and nephews too! We got there just in time for the rehearsal dinner. Steve and I left the night before and drove through the night in hopes that Ava would make it through longer stretches of driving if we did that. Needless to say we were exhausted and I think are still catching up on sleep from that fun filled weekend! When we got to the dinner our sweet nieces and nephews came out to greet and meet their newest cousin for the first time!

Niece #1 Kyla, I am just in love with this little spitfire of a girl.

Niece #1 Kyla, I am just in love with this little spitfire of a girl.

Miss Abbi, she is the shy one.

Miss Abbi, she is the shy one.

 

Mr. Alex, Abbi's little brother

Mr. Alex, Abbi's little brother

Mr. Mason

Mr. Mason

Miss Ava was very content in her sling. I think she was a bit overwelmed meeting a ton of family members for the first time!

Miss Ava was very content in her sling. I think she was a bit overwelmed meeting a ton of family members for the first time!

Tristan

Tristan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It all started with the tongue!

Ava finally warmed up to her new family members and decided to break free of the sling once dinner started! It all started with the tongue!

 

Then our eyes got big and our arms started to go wild!

Then our eyes got big and our arms started to go wild!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we took a minute to show off the smile we've been practicing.

Then we took a minute to show off the smile we've been practicing.

I hung out with Aunt Carla

I hung out with Aunt Carla.

 

 

There was one last bright eyed look at the camera...

There was one last bright eyed look at the camera...

then it was back into the sling for me...

then it was back into the sling for me...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had to dress warm from head to toe

The next day was an adventure all of it's own... The wedding of Steve's step sister took place on top of a mountain, which we had to take a lift up to the top in order to view a very amazing scene.We had to dress warm from head to toe

and all you could see of Ava was her big blue eyes and button nose.

and all you could see of Ava was her big blue eyes and button nose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks for this wedding did not matter as you can see that I am wearing pants!

Looks for this wedding did not matter as you can see that I am wearing pants!

 The view from on top was extraordinary!

                The view from on top was extraordinary!                                  

 

The wedding party was pretty good looking as well.

The wedding party was pretty good looking as well.

Barbie looked amazing

Barbie looked amazing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tristan was very excited to see the knot get tied for these two!

Tristan was very excited to see the knot get tied for these two!

 

The decor at the reception was fun

The decor at the reception was fun

Ava gave her usually camera look

Ava gave her usually camera look

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we all hung out late into the evening... Congrats to Barb and Tom once more!

And we all hung out late into the evening... Congrats to Barb and Tom once more!

Small disclaimer: I am still figuring out this inserting photo thing… obviously.

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Ava’s new love

So Ava has a new toy and she in content in it for up to an hour. It is pretty nifty if I do say so myself. I wanted to upload a video of how excited she is when she is in it, but it didn’t work so here are a few photos of my cutie pa tootie!

IMG_0614As you can see Ava is very content. This toy is some leapfrog thing that her aunt and uncle gave her. It has 3 animals hanging down in primary colors (apparently this is good for their brain…oh she will be a genius because if this toy!) If Ava hits, lets say the “red bird” (which she hits a lot and Steve and I are convinced she is a lefty because red bird is hit over and over again,) the toy talks to her and says things like “red bird, touch my wing…” then there is “blue fish” and “yellow lion.” Anyhoo… Ava gets so excited in this toy, she kicks and coos. I love listening to her and watching her in this thing.

IMG_0615I can rarely distract her from her touching the red bird, red bird…it’s the new soundtrack to my life.


my note to jess

Dear Jessica,

You were my first inspiration to blog. I have tried so hard to muster up something great and when I thought I had it, it was gone! Here are my thoughts on what went down yesterday in your town…. you’ve already seen this because I posted it on your blog, but here is a penny for your thoughts per se…

Awe, I agree with Chad. you are a great mom! You inspire me to do fun things like that and write a blog, which I am horrible at…by the way…. the pics I took yesterday because I want to be like you and blog about good times…well my hubby deleted all of the pics by accident.. 😦 So I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind emailing them to me….:) I was sad, because I thought to myself finally this will be a great blog and then the pictures were gone! And I want to look back on these days remembering that you were and (will be at that time) a great friend… I dont want to forget… and having photos like that… makes me think and feel like maybe we hang out more than we do… so there it is Jess. maybe I should just copy this and place it in my blog… 🙂

So I did just that… here is my post and that is that!


It’s always fun with the Johnstons and Balints

Last night we got a call to go over to the Johnstons for dinner. We had steak and vegies. We really love the Johnstons and have known them now for about 2 years. They have 3 boys and the newest is Baby Jack who was born at the beginning of Feb.

IMG_0583This is Jack Jack trying to fall asleep… which is sometimes hard for the babies because of these 3…

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Steve and Toby!

Steve is so great with these boys, but he does get them wound up and bouncing off of the walls. He throws them around and tickles them. It is very cute and I have realized that is going to need a boy someday!

The Balints were there along with Miss Lydia who is only a month and a half older then Ava.

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This is Lydia’s mom Lisa who I hang out with all of the time

IMG_0588and this is Jacob the dad playing on his I-phone, He is our worship leader at church.

The last time we were at the Johnston’s we went swimming and it was Ava’s first time in a pool.

awaiting the cold water

awaiting the cold water

and we are in!

and we are in!

And she loved it!

And she loved it!


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Today I decided to get my self some flowers to decorate my home with.

IMG_0568You see they were in a field. And Ava was sleeping so I thought I’d make a run for it and cut as many as I could…

IMG_0566She seemed really excited.

IMG_0569I used these to get some of

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IMG_0571The big guy didn’t make it. 😦

IMG_0572This was the end result!