Category Archives: Ava Joy

4 months…. and Ballet

It’s never a good thing when you log into your blog site and it has an updated look and you can’t remember what the last thing was you posted. I don’t even know if I could do a brief synopsis of what has gone down with the Munsons for the past 4 months. Epic blogging fail here. I’d like to tell you it’s because I have been über tired because we are preggers with Munson little #3 or that we have just been busy…. but to be completely honest the blog just has not made it on the To Do list therefore it gets left undone. So with that explanation may I present to you one thing we have been up to:


IMG_1212We (I mean Ava) started taking Ballet this year. It is something I did from age 5 well into my mid twenties. I love love love dance and wish I could take up a class here in the near future as well… but for now we will chat about Ava. Ava is pretty much the tiniest person in her class and she couldn’t be more excited each week when we pull on her tights and leotard and drive off to Dallas for class. It’s been fun to watch her body develop in class. If you don’t know my daughter well, you may not realize that she does not have the strongest legs… she walked on her knees until she was 18 months! But this class has improved her strength and I love watching her rise up onto her toes.

IMG_1387Her studio recently put on the Nutcracker and Ava loved every minute of it. I am pretty sure she found performing quite exciting because of all of the people and she is incredibly extroverted which fueled the energy.

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We were very proud of our sweet ballerina. I love watching her do her best. It makes a momma proud.


the flower girl


You know those moments that your heart is snagged (in a good way) and you just fall in love with someone all over again? Well today Ava got to be a flower girl in Brandon and Kailey’s wedding. We have been talking about this event for months. We practiced on Tuesday night as she would toss and pick up. Toss and pick up. I honestly wondered how today would go. Not only was it ohhh 95 degrees out but my baby was going to be a flower girl. Now she is only 3 years old and at the age of 3 you can’t bank on how the situation might go.

Will there be tears because you don’t want to wear your cute flower garland in your hair?

Will you make it down the aisle?

Will you know what to do?

I know what you thinking… sheesh she is only 3 years old, and I sure hope you didn’t put all of that pressure on your poor little 3-year-old. Nope. I think I did a good job at not doing this. It’s just stuff you hold inside. Just wondering. And Hoping that things will go how you somewhat expected.

Well it was Ava’s turn and I watched from the sidelines. I couldn’t have been more proud. I know she was just a flower girl, but little miss  melted my heart so much today. She really pulled at my heartstrings. I really wish I would have captured it on video because it’s one of those precious moments that I will play over and over again in my mind.

The sheer glee on your face as you pranced down the aisle today was so wonderful. You pranced and tossed those flowers so well. I know you were not there to perform for anyone. But today you truly gave your best and the Joy that beamed out of you, well it melted my heart. I think it melted God’s heart as well. You had no worry or care in the world. You were determined to do the job you were called to do and you did it with more Joy then I do most of my life. It’s funny how much you can learn from such a quick instance. From such a tiny person. But you put your best foot forward, grinned, and proceeded with Joy. Oh how much fun you have when you/ we proceed with Joy. Anyhoo…

I’m sure other people thought oh what a cute little girl, but honey you were wonderful and I am just so proud to be your mommy! Someday you will prance down that aisle again and when that happens you will be given away to a man. I guarantee I will see you as a flower girl and remember this day and your Joy will radiate from your sweet face once again.

I just hope you know what a gift from God you are to me and your daddy. Know that you will always be our little girl, no matter how old you get. The joy of the Lord spills out of you and I pray that you continue to radiate the Glory of Gods Joy all the days of your life. Thank you for giving me so much joy today and once again I love being your mommy and am so proud of you!

The Happy couple!

And the exhausted hot family. Time for bed!

This week at a glance…

 So I am trying to commit as one of my new goals, to blog once a week. We will see how this works. I often have many “blogish” ideas or things I would just like to remember in life and never get around to blogging them. So here’s hoping that I can accomplish this. Other goals that I have are:

Read a new book each month.

Read the Bible in a year.

exercise 3-4 times a week. (Hoping that this gets easier this summer, also another goal that stems from this was… exercise regularly before getting preggo again, here again we will see.)

Read more books to my girls daily.

Make coffee, chai, and ice tea at home. (Am I addicted to caffeine, I’d say yes. Am I addicted to Starbucks, I’d yes once again. Do I go to Starbucks all that often, no. When I found out the grande caramel macchiato is now $4.05, I wanted to barf in my mouth. That is $16.20 a month if I went each week… I get $50 for fun money. So because I also have a longing for addiction to be a shopper, I’d rather use my $50 on clothing or some other item… we will see what happens. *side note, I have this stove frother that makes awesome foam, so if you too are in the same dilemma as me, I advise investing in one such product. 🙂

I’m sure I could add more to the list like get my craft on more often or bust out the guitar that’s collecting dust in the garage… but for now the above list is just fine.

So onto the Happenings of the week…


We went to Afton Field Farms. It is this awesome Farm down in Corvallis that is all about organic practices and sustainable living. Right up my alley. They also do a meat/eggs/raw honey CSA which I will be splitting with a friend. So excited. I know it sounds obnoxious, and to some it might be, but I’m stoked to have found this place and be able to eat food that I know is not full of other stuff. Anyhoo…. Ava, Charis and I took a little field trip down to visit the place. We got to hold baby chicks, saw piglets, and coveted the old farm-house on the property. (If you want to know one of the items on my wish list, it’s a house that was built in the 1930’s or before, specifically farm-house with a red barn out back.)



Want me some chickens!

Later that night was a bit sentimental, at least for me.

 These lovely ladies have been coming to my house all year long. Love these ladies so much. The last 20 weeks we have been doing a bible study called, “Breaking Free By, Beth Moore”. It is an awesome study based out of the book of Isaiah which is also so so so rich with truth. Anyhow we completed the study! I know this doesn’t sound all monumental, but it really is. It is a blessing that these girls, and myself crossed the finish line and completed it. The study touches on a ton of deep-rooted issues, which if I didn’t have Jesus I would have bailed (ok well actually this is the almost 3rd time I have done this study… so back in college I attempted it but was not that intrigued so I never finished it, then I did it over last summer and loved it and then had the opportunity to do it with these young ladies.) Needless to say they started it and monday night marks the night we finished the entire study. And it was so so so good. *sigh*


End of the year BBQ for our CRU group.


Charis so wants this hot dog.

Ava loves Crusade and all of the students. And they love Ava!


Just chilled… Charis is loving sitting in chairs now.


We painted nails and braided hair. That’s what you get to do when you have little girls.



Went on a crazy adventure with my friend Dana. We drove to Portland and got a FREE piece of furniture. Not sure where it will go in this small house… maybe it’s a sign that we need to move ;). Then we tried out the new Starbucks “Trenta”, 30 oz’s of black tea goodness (just for the record this beverage is under $3! Holla!) Then from across the parking lot we spotted something… Awesome. Hanna Anderson outlet! Had no idea this existed. Don’t worry I didn’t go crazy…. remember I only get $50 a month. Charis got a brand new best friend though: cutest stuffed dog ever (will make a separate post for him later). seriously she will not let this guy go. Finally wrapped up our little escapade with a little PF Changs action, mmm mmm mmm lettace wraps. (Not gonna lie, I felt like I was living the life on Thursday, definitely not a normal occurence for me.) And I topped off the evening with a birthday party sushi style outing. (High life people, high life.)

This weeks been good thus far and the weekend has just started.

Such a great week. Love. my. life. (And it’s all thanks to Jesus!)

A child, her sweetness, and love for Jesus.

So tonight we got home from Crusade before Steve. I had the pleasure of putting both girlies to bed, which is usually tag teamed by the hubs. I placed a reusable shopping bag full of snacks and other things in the kitchen and ran off to get Charis nursed and put down to bed. We have quite the routine with both girls and I don’t ever want to skimp on it in the least bit. I usually get Charis and nurse her, sing a few songs to her and finally pray for her. Ava gets a story, songs, and prayer with daddy. Tonight however I asked Ava to sit on the couch while I helped her sister and then we would read her bible and do our bedtime thing. As I was singing away to Charis, I kept hearing loud banging noises from the kitchen. I would then stop the singing, call out to Ava and ask if everything was ok. “I’m just putting my sippy in the sink” she would say. Then it was Charis’ sippy so on and so forth. Finally I was ready to read to her and help her to bed. After she was down I went to the kitchen to remove the contents from my bag and realized my sweet almost three-year old had done it for me. She had placed the Tupperware on the counter, placed the bag of apples on the shelf with the other food, and finally hung the bag back up. My heart just melted. What a lovely little lady this little girl of mine is turning into. I was reminded how blessed I am to have this sweet child. That she is my blessing from the Lord. And what a blessing she is.

Not only does this girl have spunk but she also has heart. She loves people, she loves Jesus, and she just plain loves life. I often hear her belting “bind my wandering heart to thee, let thy goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee, prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love….” My heart is forever changed when a child shows fondness or love towards God.

This last weekend Steve took Ava to the park for what we like to call a “daddy date”. This consists of swinging for sometime. As she was pushed in the air she yelled out “look God I’m swinging”. She has started saying these sorts of things, often. The weekend before she was showing God how to blow bubbles. It makes my heart melt every time and I am certain God is just beaming with Joy. Oh the simplicity of child like faith and even a relationship with the Lord. I mean I know my child is a sinner and don’t let me mislead you,  I definitely see plenty of sin, but when I see such kindness and love flow from my child I am just moved to love my Jesus like her. She didn’t think twice about helping this evening put stuff away. She was so innocent in her actions. She expected nothing. And I was blessed by her actions. Oh how much I can learn from such a small little person. Thankful this evening for the ways the Lord blesses me through my sweet family.

38 1/2 weeks pregnant and a 22 month old.

Some days I think I might be going a little crazy. I have a toddler running around, definitely shineing her terrible two’s,  and I am getting so close to my due date! Only 11 days to go until the EDD (estimated due date.)

Here is a wonderful belly pic at 36 weeks. I have honestly been horrible at taking belly pics this time, just like I am great at updating my blog :). But here it is. For the most part I have been eating fairly healthy. Our birthing teachers tell us 80-100 grams of protein everyday. I am pretty sure it is a good diet, because my first pregnancy and birth went as well as I could have expected. I am attributing it to the protein. Except for the evenings I let loose and have a bowl of sugary cereal, like this evening (I know pretty wild right?) I don’t know what was up when I went grocery shopping yesterday but some of my items included: Captain Crunch, Cadberry Chocolate eggs, and Tazo Chai. Perfect pregnancy diet if you ask me.

Anyhow back to the craziness. I know all pregnancies are different, but this time around I feel so moody. I really don’t like the way I react and act sometimes. It is very ugly. I honestly feel like a crazy lady sometimes… maybe it’s all of the sugar I’ve been consuming.

Anyhow here is my crazy toddler and her crazy dad. I think they are pretty cute and they look more and more alike all of the time.