Sunday, July 20, 2014

Avery's First Haircut

It's true. I finally got Avery's hair cut. It was more of a bang trimming, but still, hairs were cut! Her hair was constantly in her eyes and she refuses to wear a bow or clip for an extended amount of time. Most of the time she walked around looking like this:

Saturday, after she watched me get my hair cut, we put her in my lap and the stylist snipped away at her bangs. Avery surprised us all by sitting so quietly and still. I didn't think she was even going to let the stylist get near her! But she was awesome and looks just as cute as ever!!

Museum of Fine Arts

For my birthday on Thursday, we went to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. This was our first time to go. As soon as we walked in, there was a giant exhibit, called The Houston Penetrable by Soto, straight ahead. It was 24,000 hand-painted PVC tubes hanging two stories high from the ceiling to the floor. We walked through it several times because it was just so neat! It was definitely our favorite. We also like the tunnel of light that connected the two museum buildings. Here are a few pictures of our time there.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Donut Picnic

Saturday morning, we headed to Houston to get breakfast from a food truck called Doughmaker Doughnuts. We are food truck fanatics so we were very excited to try a new truck. The donuts we chose were peanut butter banana, maple bacon, and honey butter chicken. We got them to go and then headed to Herman park and had a little picnic on the hill. These donuts were insanely good! Seriously, so good! I picked the peanut butter banana for Avery, but she went straight for the maple bacon (smart girl). It was such a sweet morning (literally!). Its always fun to do something out of the norm. I'm thinking breakfast picnics need to happen more often!

Cow Appreciation Day

Avery and I absolutely love Chick-Fil-A. We go every Thursday after toddler time at the local library. So, there was no doubt in my mind that we would be celebrating Cow Appreciation Day with them. Cow Appreciation Day happens once a year and if you dress up like a cow, Chick-Fil-A will give you a free meal. Since Avery and I normally share a meal, I made her do all the work ;)  She helped me lay out her costume the night before...I cut the spots and she put them on her pants and shirt. The day of, she helped me tape all the spots to her clothes. She kept mooing as we were putting the spots on. I could not get enough of her in her little outfit! She was adorable. We got a free meal and Avery got a cow balloon. It was such a fun little memory and we plan on making this an annual thing! Here are some pictures of Avery, the baby cow.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

4th of July Weekend

We had planned to have a big 4th of July bash on Friday, but the weather reports were calling for rain that afternoon so we decided to push our party back to the 5th. The 4th actually ended up being a rather nice day. We stayed outside the majority of the day. Avery went swimming and ate popsicles. That evening, we went to our favorite hot dog joint in Houston, Happy Fatz. Then we drove to the top of Cody's parking garage in downtown Houston so that we could watch the big firework extravaganza at the Freedom over Texas event. Unfortunately, it had been raining so all of the performances were delayed, which also meant the fireworks were delayed. By the time we realized this, we had already been sitting in the back of our car for about 45 minutes and there was just no way we could entertain Avery for another hour. So we decided to head home. Even though the fireworks were a bust, we still had a good time sitting cramped together in the back of our car and it was neat to see downtown from the top of the garage.

Thankfully, our neighbors are rebellious and were setting off fireworks when we got home so we did get to see a few. We also tried to get Avery to do a sparkler, but she didn't want any part of it. She definitely is not as big a fan of fireworks now like she was 7 months ago during New Year's Eve.

Saturday was when the real celebration happened. We were a little worried at first because it had rained ALL day. Thankfully, it stopped about 30 minutes before party time. Other than the grass being a little soggy, it was perfect! We had a bunch of friends over. Cody grilled hamburgers and hot dogs (which were amazing! We bought a new grill a couple days ago and this was his first time using it, so I was very impressed with how well the burgers turned out. Great job Cody!) . We played cornhole, made epic s'mores (which involved chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers and peanut butter cups instead of chocolate. YUM!), and even had a little firework show (yes, we were the rebellious neighbors this time!). This was seriously one of my favorite get-togethers we've had at the house so far. Such a fun night!