Sunday after church we went to Kilker Park in downtown Austin. We had a picnic, played, and road a train. It was another beautiful day outside. After the park we went to Amy's icecream. Alyssa and I shared a large dark chocolate icecream with reeses peanut butter cups crushed in. Alyssa got really upset and said I eat it all and she wanted her own. So Blaine got her another large dark chocolate with peanut butter cups crushed in. She ate it slowly enjoying every bite.
We spent Saturday and Sunday night with Holly and Oscar in Manor, TX. The girls dressed up in Holly's left over St. Patrick's Day apparel. We went to the San Antonio Zoo Saturday afternoon, but we were really too tired to enjoy it much. Ashlyn and Alyssa did love the butterfly exhibit. They were so good and patient waiting for butterflies to land on them that the zookeeper helped a little so they both got to "hold" a butterfly.
No one wanted to walk so Ashlyn rode on top of the stroller. That didn't work too well, so I ended up carrying Ava most of the time.
Alyssa holding Ava on the riverwalk boat tour.
It was a perfect day for the riverwalk. Not many people were there yet Saturday morning because there was a parade that afternoon.
All the little girls (with Aunt Kimmy and I) played hide-n-seek outside the restauraut.
Uncle Grant "getting" Ashlyn and Kayleigh.
Mike (Blaine's 1st Cousin) with Blaine and sleepy Ava
Ashlyn, Kayleigh, Paige, and Alyssa playing like they had been best friends for years.
We met Uncle Grant, Aunt Donna, cousins Mike and Kim, along with Mike's family at "The Almo" a mexican restaurant. We followed the Garmin's instructions and took an hour detour. The restaurant was only 5 minutes from our hotel, but the Garmin thought it was south of San Antonio 45 minutes from our hotel. Oops! Dinner was lots of fun though, and it was great to see everyone again.
At the 4D Pirate Show Ashlyn wouldn't wear the glasses, but Alyssa liked it until the bees came after her. She was swatting at the bees flying around her. Leaving Sea World. It was fun but it was time to go.
Alyssa was very proficient at climbing the ropes. Ashlyn needed a little reassurance.
Riding the kiddy rides
Ava was such a good traveler. She cut her first tooth on the first day of vacation.
The Shamu Roller Coaster was Ashlyn and Alyssa's favorite activity at Sea World. They each road it about 8 times. Blaine and I taking turns riding with Ashlyn or Alyssa and watching Ava. On Friday we couldn't ride as much because there was a long line.
I feel a sense of awe even as an adult watching these amazing creations.
We went on vacation for the first time with all three girls. On Thursday, April 23rd, we went to Sea World in San Antonio. Ashlyn and Alyssa wanted to see killer whales and dolphins. Ava just wanted to be outside and get held. Alyssa's favorite show was the killer whales and Ashlyn's was the dolphins. We had a wonderful time there for 2 days at Sea World. The weather was perfect in the low 80's, mostly cloudy, and a little breezy (just like I like it). The dolphin show was even more exciting than usual when the power went off to the entire park.
Checking out the baby alligators in the back air conditioned office.
Ashlyn's brave enough to hold an African "ball" snake.
We watched the lizard have a white mouse for lunch. Sandy put the mouse on his back so he would have to move around to get it. He needed some exercise.
On our way down to Austin we stopped off to see my Aunt Sandy. She and Keith own a reptile store in Copperas Cove, TX. Keith wasn't there, but we had a fun time visiting Sandy and meeting her "pets". Thanks for everything Sandy!
10/17/10 Ava loves baby dolls. Lately, she wraps them up and puts them to bed, then tells me, "Shhhh, baby sleeping, I momma."
10/6/10 I walked into the kitchen to find an half of a dollar on the counter. I asked Ashlyn and Alyssa why they cut the dollar in half. Alyssa said, "Ashlyn didn't have one, so I cut mine in half." They were so sweet, I just had to give them another dollar. I taped the cut one back together.
9/12/10 Ashlyn knows all of the primary program songs and loves to sing them. Today in primary I could hear her above the entire junior primary. I was at the back of the room and she was facing the front, in the front row. Her favorite song right now is "I Know that My Redeemer Lives." I was also happy to see Alyssa singing today at church, usually she saves her singing for at home.
9/5/10 Ava has started talking more. Here are a few of the things I have been able to understand: "Mooow" (No), "I done", "Baby" and "I mommy", "By" (said very loud, her voice carries like Ashlyn's), "Cheese", "DADdy", "Grandpa", "I poop" (meaning I want to sit on the toilet, she goes pee in the potty, but so far no poop)
8/1/10 Ava runs, squeels, and dances when she's excited to see you. She makes your feel so good.
7/28/10 Ashlyn and Alyssa were asking how much I loved them. I answered. Then they both said I love as much as the world (meaning as big as). They can be so sweet.
Ashlyn and Alyssa were doing cartwheels. Then I noticed Ava doing "cartwheels". She stands up with her arms straight above her head, then falls down on her side. Then she looks at us with a huge smile on her face, and claps.
Mom: Ava do you want...?
Ava: Sss. (That's yes)
Alyssa: I want some butella.
Ashlyn: Alyssa, it's not butella, it's nutella.
Alyssa: Can I have some butella?
Ava: We were at my mom's house, and Ava was trying to sit up on the toilet, so I took off her pants and diaper and sat her up there. I couldn't believe it, but she tried to go to the bathroom and three toots came out. She smiled like she was proud of herself.
Ashlyn: That's freakin' me out!
Mom Thinking: Where did she hear that?
Ava's Words: Eye, Dog, most other communcation is pointing at what she wants then hits herself in the chest
Mom: Do you want ...?
Ashlyn: Of course I do.
Alyssa: Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom...
Alyssa: I love you.