Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ahh Sleep!

Not too long ago we had a little girl who who didn't sleep. I am so happy and rested to report that BOTH girls have slept all night long, 3 nights this week. (Ava actually slept all night every day, but once in a while she gets "lonely" at 3am or our favorite is when she ran into our room in the middle of the night, flipped the lights on and told us to get up it was time for breakfast!) Three nights may not seem like a lot to some people, but it is huge for us! Three nights off full sleep, I was even up 1/2 hour before the girls, eating breakfast in peace! Ahhh, lets just hope it lasts.

Side note- Elizabeth sees the doctor Friday, so I will have a new weight to post and I am also working on a post about her language development.

Here are some pictures of Elizabeth playing in flour. What a mess!!! Not sure what I was thinking, but it kept both girls busy so I could make dinner - but then I spent all night get flour out or off of everything!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Ava!

Ava is turning 4, hard to believe that so much time has passed us by.

Ava has grown into such a sweet and loving little girl, we are so proud of her. Her preschool teachers tell me that she is kind to all of the children, although Ava tells us she doesn't play with boys! Ava is so loving and protective of Elizabeth. Ava makes sure that Elizabeth is safe and will alert us if she sees any danger, this of course does not hold when Ava herself is the one causing the trouble! Ava also makes sure to give us lots of hugs and kisses and has recently become more generous in giving them than she used to be.

What else is she doing?

She is beginning to read- Ava can read many books word for word from memory and is starting to read simple 3 letter words as well as familiar environmental print words (stop, McDonald's, cheerios, etc).

Ava can write her name and a few other letters and is able to spell mommy, daddy, pie, and Elizabeth. She is starting to do simple addition and subtraction as well.

Ava is as she always has been- BUSY! She is in constant motion, doing flips and flops around the house, jumping, and generally not keeping still. She loves soccer and gymnastics both of which we hope to start up again in the Spring.

Ava is into- being "Little Mouse", she pretends to be a mouse and this extends to the whole family, anything princess, Sleeping Beauty being the favorite. Angelina Ballerina is also a big hit lately and was her Halloween costume this year. Dress up, playing with dolls and "activity characters" (which are little plastic Disney people) take up most of her day at home.

We are so blessed to have this special little girl in our lives.

Here is a little video I put together of Ava's 3rd year. Hope you enjoy it.
Happy Fourth Birthday Ava!

Monday, January 5, 2009

We're tired

Elizabeth has been a little wild lately and her sleeping has been terrible. No clear reason as to why, but regardless of the reason Matt and I are exhausted!

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Yes that is a trampoline on Matt's truck! The wind was so strong the other day that it blew it over the neighbor's 6 ft fence and onto the truck taking the gutter out along the way. The truck only had ad few minor scratches - the trampoline is ruined (it later blew into a lamp post after it was taken off the truck).