Thursday, December 17, 2009

and what has Ava been up to you ask?

I don't know what it is, but somewhere in the past couple of months I feel as though I blinked . . .and Ava was this grown up little girl.

She's such a fun kid - incredibly thoughtful, too smart for her mom's liking at time and has a huge inclination to tease (wonder where she got that from?!?!). It's so fun to feel like she does more and more alongside me and to watch her independence grow.

Well who am I kidding.

That independence thing is fun MOST of the time. ; )

Despite the reason we were there, it was really special to get to be with my whole family in Michigan for my grandma's funeral. Ava LOVED the time with her cousins. Since Amy and her family can't make it home at Christmas, we took advantage and snapped a quick shot of mom and dad and all the grandkids.

Ava was quite excited to have a party in Grandpa and Grandma's room one night.
Since my mom usually does gingerbread houses with all the grandkids, I was on the look out for something fun to do with Ava that didn't involve lots of work on my part. : ) I found this really fun gingerbread TREE kit. It's less intensive than the house (which was great for Ava's age) and really let Ava get pretty involved. It was the perfect size.

Have I mentioned Ava likes frosting? This is in case you've never noticed. I'm going to start sending all of Ava's uneaten cupcakes, cookies and cake to Ava's Grandma Prevo to eat (she only eats the frosting off and hands the rest to me EVERY time). I have a feeling Ava got her love for frosting pretty honestly.

Hey - it's only Christmas once a year. I let her go to town. : )

Putting decorations on her tree.


Almost finished. Waiting for the "snow."

Ava loves to get completely dressed (coats, shoes and all) and take her baby shopping. This is a regular scene in our house. Except yesterday I caught her as she had the door to the garage open and car keys in hand trying to take her baby to the store. Heaven help me.

Playing church.

Monday we headed up to Morton to spend the afternoon making Christmas Cookies with some good friends and family. Ava had lots of fun.
Of course, you ALWAYS start out eating.

Making a cookie for Daddy.
Daddy likes sprinkles. Ava wanted to make sure there were enough on his cookie.

Ava's Cousin Brynne and Claire, a friend, starting putting on a dance and singing program for us. Ava wasted no time taking part and I think even added her own second act after they were done.

After Christmas Caroling sunday at church, Ava was quite ready to share all the songs she knew.
Having fun with Daddy.

You can never give too many kisses.

Helping her sisters practice "SOOOOO big"

Ava loves to help push her sisters on the scooter. I love how this picture really shows how much of an effort Ava was putting into pushing them "gently."

Ava also recently took up babysitting.

There is nothing more fun for Ava than a baby for her to fuss over, hold and take care of (that isn't her sisters). Poor Alexa is the gracious recepient quite often.

I was actually so impressed at how Ava handled Alexa fussing a little bit. She rocked her, "shhhhushed" her and kept whispering, "It's ok. It's ok." She just stayed so calm and was so big.
(no babies were harmed in the making of these pictures)

And her absolute favorite? feeding Alexa a bottle.

Let me know if you'd like her number. I'm sure the Red Cross offers babysitting certification classes to 2 year olds!


Brooke said...

Oh, Ava. Such a character and so grown up!

mom Bahr said...

The Christmas tree Ava decorated was darling! - and there is a gingerbread house at grandpa & grandmas just waiting for her to have fun with along with the other kids!! We will also have to have the Illinois versions of all the kids Christmas program songs! You might have to stay 2 weeks to get all our special times and fun in! Dad has some new fun ideas also for the kids. Ava's photos are wonderful - you do an incredible job of being a mom AND with blogging!!! A precious Christmas gift for a grandma's (and mother's) heart! with love & gratitude, mom

amy said...

these are to cute amber!!! the ones of ava playing church bring backs so many memories - love it! you are so awesome with sharing priceless moments! xoxo

Minders said...

Ava you are so funny! I love that you capture so many of her busy moments. :)

One afternoon I ran downstairs when Noah started yelling "OH NO! Mommy, come down here FAST!" Noah had opened our garage door and Levi was running around the garage barefoot laughing hysterically. Mommy didn't think it was quite as funny. ;) Note to self: BOLT the garage door lock.