Thursday, October 23, 2014

Little Miss Chit Chat

While trying to get some overalls on Ava - "I don't want to wear oberalls...they hurt my nickels." - weird.

"I don't want to count backwards anymore, it hurts my arms. Let's dp the alphabet; that doesn't hurt my arms."

"Let's go home and get chocolate milk and twizzlers. That is two good ideas!" - we have lots of "good ideas" right now.

"If I have deer corn, I bet the deer will come up and eat it out of my hand!"

"SHHHH. Be quiet my baby is sleeping!" - Ava is loving her new baby doll.

These days, we have a constant stream of Ava chatter.  When watching tv, the closed captioning is a must. You just never know what she'll say! Such a big girl.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Food in the Family!!

It's been a while since I've done a post about food. Admittedly, I spend less time in the kitchen during the summer since we spend much of our evenings outside playing. But I did make some fun meals recently that incorporated some cooking items we recently acquired from our grandma's. I love having family items in and around our kitchen. :)

We got hungry and creative one weekend morning...

Breakfast pizza! I added a salsa flavored greek yogurt dip as pizza sauce. Yum!

Some cinnamon toast, using my grandma's cinnamon sugar blend and shaker. Lola approved! This is also on my grandma's kitchen island which now makes it's home in my kitchen! We LOVE it.

French Onion Soup (from Trader Joe's), in those old soup crocks that not one, but two of our grandma's had! I love having these to use when a warm cup of soup is calling your name!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Day on the Town with Girls

Several weeks ago my mom and dad kept Ava and my nieces on a Friday night. The next day I met the girls in town. We had lunch, we painted pottery, then we topped it off with delicious ice cream. If you haven't been to Elle's Patisserie in Springfield, yet, go there and get some lavendar ice cream. Thank me later. :)

Pretty girls, all getting so big!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Camera Roll: End of Summer Fun

Cool or rainy weather has started rearing it's head here and there, and the sweaters, boots and pumpkin goodies have hit the stores. We have been squeezing all the summer fun we can into the schedule in the recent weeks. Here's a few pictures.

Building blocks and an a ear of corn. Two of this girl's favorites.





Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mommy and Me Days

Some days, this mommy just loves a good morning and afternoon spent all with her girl. A good dose of cuteness does a body good, ya know?

Like most of our Mommy and Me days the morning started with coffee and donuts.

Then a little retail therapy, followed by Ava's first lunch at Olive Garden. Sometimes a soup and salad is just calling my name. On this day, the Ande's mints our waiter kept bringing were calling Little Miss' name.

Then an errand for Daddy. What kid doesn't love Bass Pro? It was a good day. :)


PS, yes I know different clothes in some picture...I promise this was the same day. Two year olds and messes...that's all I'm going to say. ;)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Camping with Toddlers

We knew this summer would be our first summer to take Ava camping, and we decided to do it in style with two other two year olds in tow! We booked a camp site and met our friends the Wassons down by the river. One of the couples brought a pop up camper, that sleeps six. Our group included six adults, three two year olds and a full size dog. So just in case we brought our tent, and that's a good thing because Ava is just not ready for that kind of quiet before bed!

We let the kids play and get dirty, we played with glow sticks way too late, we found that the best toy for toddlers while camping is just an empty tent to run around in, Ava crashed and slept on the floor of our tent (!), got in the river and paddled around in boats all afternoon, we chased frogs and crawdads, we fried up fresh caught fish for dinner, served alongside an AMAZING grilled pork tenderloin, and finally we made a mad dash out of there during a crazy lightening and thunderstorm. At the end of the weekend, we all agreed that camping with toddlers is a heck of a lot more work, and that we couldn't wait to do it again! Such fun memories. :)

Doesn't Bennett just look ornery here?

Oh corn...the kids loved the corn.

See? And who says two year olds can't share? :)

Who knew this empty tent would provide probably 30 minutes of uninterrupted fun and giggles?