Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter! (Weekend Wrap Up)

Today is tied with my favorite holiday besides Christmas!  We were blessed to have my parents in town for Avery's first Easter!  Here's a little look into our weekend...

We had a lazy morning and just hung around the house until after Avery's nap from 11-1.  After she woke up, it was shopping time!  Little lovely needed some spiffy shiny white shoes for her Easter dress, and- of course, Target came through for us.  I've never doubted you Target- ever.

Peekaboo....I see a little lovely ready to go shopping with her momma, Gigi, and Granddad!
(Side note- how precious is that tunic?  I mean really.  Old Navy.  Clearance.  All.over.this.)

Another lazy morning (Avery slept until 7:15!).  After getting ready in record time, we tried to take pictures outside.  Key word: tried.  For some reason, Avery was not really having anything to do with the whole picture taking business.  Doesn't she know it's her first Easter??  Doesn't she understand that she's wearing a magnificently pouffy dress?  Alas, she didn't get it so we gave up on the picture attempts and vowed to try again later. Even with the picture debacle, we left for church with time to spare!  I do believe that makes 2 weeks in a row that we've left for church early.  Write that down in the record books's historical.

Again, she was over it.

I sang on the praise team this morning for church so we had to be there early for sound check.  Avery and Jacob usually come early with me when this happens and she usually just roams around the sanctuary (under watchful eye, of course) while we sing and before she goes to her Sunday School class.  This morning, however, Gigi and Granddad were in tow and Avery saw fit to walk them around the church.  I'm sure they had really important conversations.  It was the cutest thing I had seen in a while, not going to lie.  After we got home, Jacob grilled our first hamburgers of the season for Easter lunch.  Not your typical Easter lunch, but- hey, totally delicious.  We also got some solid pictures with Avery after we got home...sans bow.  Oh well, you pick your battles.

...I'm glad someone told me my necklace was turned the wrong way.... ;)

While my parents were here, Jacob and my dad baby proofed the kitchen.  Avery has recently discovered how to open our cabinets, even though they don't have pulls on them.  She's one smart cookie.  Knowing how much she enjoys opening and slamming the cabinets shut, I didn't feel right about latching allllll of them.  I figured we needed to leave one open for her to be able to play with.  An Avery cabinet if you will.  Success.  Success was written allll over this.  There's only tupperware in the cabinet, don't worry.  

Where's Avery??????

There she is!! 

I have a feeling this is going to turn out like Randy in A Christmas Story....remember this??

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Avery's First Easter Egg Hunt

This morning at school Avery had her first Easter egg hunt.  It went about as well as could be expected for any 12 month old.  Avery was thoroughly confused as to what we wanted her to do with the eggs and the enormous basket....even with the practice session at home before we left.  Most of the hunt she walked around holding tightly onto one egg and would not let it go.  Above all, she was absolutely adorable...that's all that matters. :)

"Wait wait...these go where?"

On the move.

....the same blue egg....the whole time.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up

Since I have a little extra time in my life right now, I figured what better time to start the viral "Weekend Wrap Up" posts.  Let's be honest- our lives are just that interesting and I need to share them with you.  :)


Avery and I headed out to the park to hang out with our Sunday school class for a picnic.  A few things we learned while at the park: Avery is mesmerized by tennis and Avery loves purses.  Both of which I'm ok with.

Chilling at the park

Intrigued by the tennis courts....purse in tow.

Yes.  We love tennis....and purses.

Naturally we had to go get a purse of her own.  Mrs. Lauren's lunch box couldn't come home with us.

Are you ready for this?  We left for church 10 minutes early!  Early!  Who are we!?!?!  Avery demonstrated some separation anxiety like a champ when we dropped her off at her Sunday School class.  Talk about gut wrenching.  When little arms reach out for you and are screaming "Mommmmmma", it's so hard to just walk away.  She survived and from the joy on her face when we picked her up, she had a good time.

We matched!

...and she's over it.

Sunday night Jacob won major points with Avery and I and went out and found Frozen on RedBox.  Avery watched about 3 minutes total of it, I watched it twice.  She'll understand.  One day.  So good.

Avery's 12 month appointment (...and shots) are late this week, as well as her first Easter Egg hunt.  Don't a positive activity and a negative activity cancel each other out?  Isn't that how life works?  :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Avery's First Birthday Party!

This past Saturday afternoon we celebrated our sweet little love with 40 of our closest friends and family!  The theme for Avery's party was a vintage tea party.  The inspiration came from the invitation..

I figured if it's a vintage tea party, it must include Alice in Wonderland.  Must.  Avery's official colors were rose pink, cream, and robin's egg blue.  I couldn't have dreamed it would turn out as well as it did.  It was fantastic.

Of course I had to add a Cinderella aspect.  Had to.

Avery's smash cake which was too perfect for words.  It turned out exactly as I wanted it.

The cupcakes were 2 flavors: Almond cake with raspberry filling and Vanilla with lemon curd.  

We had fruit and veggie trays, chips and salsa, and cake batter rice krispie treats.  It can't be a tea party without tea too!

If you've been following the blog monthly to see how much Avery has grown, you know that we took her picture every month with the same headband.  I used those pictures to make her banner for the mantel and I think it came out just splendid.  I loved looking at the changes she's gone through in these short 12 months.  I think the most difference was between 2 and 3 month's pictures.  It's like she sprouted into a little lady over the course of those 30 days!

 The banner was a labor of love so I think it may stay up for a while.  I'm ok with it. 

Avery loved helping opening her gifts.  She can definitely find her way around some tissue paper.  :)

"Adda, open my new cell phone!  I need to call people!"

Another phone from her boyfriend Jackson.  They are obviously planning on talking to each other a lot.

Forget reading these books, they're tasty!

Giving her brand new lambie lovie a kiss.

Finally getting the hang of ripping paper.

Yay presents!!!!

Legos!  (I may or may not have already stepped on all of them a few)

After opening presents, I whisked Avery away for a quick outfit change to get her ready for her cake smash.  I had already come to the realization that she may not smash it at all and may cry....and I was fine with it.  It's her birthday, she can cry if she wanted to.  :)  We got her dressed and in her high chair out on the front porch.  Everyone sang her Happy Birthday (which confused her more than anything) and then cake smashing began.  She did AWESOME.  She wasn't quite sure of it at first, but quickly got the hang of it once we took her hand and smashed it into the cake.

Little Princess in her rose tutu, custom headband, and custom necklace. (Custom in that I made them....)

Adjusting her headband, she wanted to look perfect.  :)

"You are all singing for me?? Wow!"

"You want me to do what with this?"

"Oh my gosh this is so good!"

"Do I have anything on my face?"

"Who wants cake!?!? I'm sharing!"

"You want cake?"

The damage...

Avery Grace-  what a year little love!  It has been so much fun to watch you grow and learn.  You change every day and we wouldn't have it any other way.  You love people and love to laugh.  Don't change that- it'll come in handy as you grow up.  Your independent spirit is a gift as well and your "adda" and I have learned so much from you through it.  Your eagerness to start each day with a smile on your face has challenged me more than you'll ever know.  I think you're bound and determined to make me a morning person, and- just between us, you're succeeding.  I can't wait to see what the next year holds for all of us!  Here's to many many many more birthdays my little love, 

With love to the moon and back, 

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