Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Avery's 1st Manicure

When we found out we were having a girl, thoughts of all the girly things I was going to get to do with her immediately ran through my mind. One of those things was painting little fingernails pink. That happened the other day and it was sweeter than I ever could have imagined!

I never paint my nails, so when I asked Avery if she wanted to paint hers, I don't think she fully understood what was about to happen. I let her pick out a nail polish color. Of course, she picked pink. Then we went home and got started. She sat so still the entire time, in awe. When I was finished, she gasped and exclaimed, "It's so pretty!" Then came the difficult part of waiting for them to dry. She helped me blow on them, even her toes. For the most part, she did a good job sitting still. We only had to touch up a few ;)

The days after having them painted, she became a little OCD about her nails. She would demand that any little chip in the paint be fixed immediately. Thankfully, she has accepted the fact that they are going to get chipped and her mother is terrible at keeping up with them.

A Fun Saturday

We had a really good Saturday a couple of weeks ago. We started the day off with donuts, which is always the best way to start any day. Avery requests pink with sprinkles every time. She basically just eats the icing and sprinkles and then says she's done. HA!

We celebrated our friend's son's 2nd birthday that afternoon (you can see a video of Avery singing Kai Happy Birthday here). First stop was the Children's Museum. Avery and I had only ever been once and we just stayed in the "tot spot," which is a big indoor playground for little ones. I didn't realize just how big the museum is! There is so much to do. We are looking forward to going back...just not on a rainy Saturday because, boy was it packed!

After the Children's Museum, we headed to Mia's Table for dinner. This was our first time eating there and it definitely won't be our last. It was so good and very family friendly.

Our last stop was the Houston Rockets game. It was a lot of fun. My favorite moment was when Avery kept trying to get Kai's attention in the sweetest ways, but he was so into the game, he didn't even notice her. Such a guy. 

Happy Birthday, Kai. We had so much fun celebrating with you!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2014 NYE

We rang in the new year at our friends' annual New Year's Eve bash. Avery managed to stay up well past midnight with very few meltdowns! We had a great time hanging out with everyone. We did a few little fireworks and sparklers. Avery was a big fan of them last year. This year, not so much. They were "too wowd" for her. Our friend did another little photo session of each family. Nothing can top our picture from last year (which you can see here), but it's still pretty good :)

Happy New Year!

Monthly Randoms

Here are a few pictures from the month of December that didn't make it to Instagram. Enjoy!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas was pretty special this year. We started an advent calendar at the beginning of the month. Every night after dinner, Avery would open the bag and find a scripture and some candy or a little gift. We'd read the scripture and a story out of the Jesus Storybook Bible. It was really neat to hear her talk about "baby Jesus" and the star and the "sheep" that went to find him.

Christmas Eve, we attended the candlelight service at our church and then headed over to Gammy and Pawpaw's. Gammy and Shelby made the cutest Christmas themed desserts beforehand and I really wish I would have taken a picture of them! Avery received the sweetest little doll house. And Gammy got an awesome bike!

Christmas morning, Avery woke up at 5:30 complaining of a "booger" and then refused to go back to sleep. (So now I totally know what my parent's felt like when we would wake them up a 4am, ready to open presents. Sorry Mom and Dad!) After we were all fully awake, we read the story of Jesus' birth and then opened our gifts. Avery received several appliances. She's going to be quite domesticated! We also transitioned her into a big girl bed (twin size). Pawpaw made the cutest headboard for her. We are still working on getting her to love the new bed. The first night, she exclaimed, "I don't like dis bed! I want my udder bed!" She's been doing much better, however. We all got a full night's sleep last night. Woohoo!

There is no story behind this mask, other than it is completely hilarious.

Making us breakfast and doing our laundry. She's the best.

Avery's new bed!

How did this end up being the only family picture we took?!

After our little Christmas, we headed to Granny and Pops' to open gifts and eat lunch. We did a calendar exchange with my extended family. It was pretty entertaining...especially when Goober ended up with a Chippendales calendar. HA!

Avery painted this little penguin for Goober.

Cody making tater-tot casserole. So good.

My mom does such a good job with the big family lunch every year.

Ben won.

Our last stop of the day was with Papaw and Mimi. We ate dinner and then opened our gifts.   Avery received an Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) dress, complete with purse, earrings, necklace, and crown. She refused to take it off after we put it on her. There is also glitter EVERYWHERE now. So. Much. Glitter.

It was long day filled with family, laughter, and food (oh, and A Christmas Story). I am so thankful for all that God has blessed us with. I pray that we would never take it for granted. What a wonderful Christmas it was!

You can see last year's Christmas here, here, and here.