Sunday, January 24, 2010

Valentine Gingerbread Houses

Ava helped make gingerbread houses by ... sleeping. Now doesn't she look happy.

Ashlyn, Kate, and Alyssa dressed in my old t-shirts to eat icing and candies and yes, decorate gingerbread houses. I've never used a gingerbread house kit before, but now I highly recommend it. Also, I applied the icing and they applied the candies. I guess I'm a little controlling?

Kate doing some serious work.

Ashlyn spent most of her energy on decorating the yard.

Alyssa worked on making her half of the roof beautiful. After that, she pretty much just downed sugar.

Everyday Life

Ava is cute as can be, busy as can be, and many times stubborn as can be. Saturday night every time I tried to put her to bed she threw a huge fit. I finally got her to sleep at 11:00 PM. That makes me want to throw a fit, so I worked on a little scrap booking and she "painted" with water. She loves to do this and it kept her occupied for about 45 minutes. I think that's a pretty good attention span for 15 months old.
The other day Ashlyn dressed as a ladybug (Ava's Halloween costume) and Alyssa dressed as a princess. Ashlyn pretended to be Alyssa pet ladybug for almost 2 hours. They play dress up almost everyday. I think it's cute and creative, but sometimes the mess drives me a little crazy!

Ava weighed 23.4 pounds and has 31 1/2 inches tall at her 15 month appointment. That's just a little above average. We still call her our "fat" baby though because she has the cutest little belly and leg rolls. Here she is busy pushing her baby in the stroller just like her big sisters. Ava doesn't talk much yet, but she's communicates want she wants quite well. She says Dada and Mama but only when she's mad, and she says "heyo" when she pretends to talk on the phone. She did manage to dial 911 on Friday, so we got a friendly policeman visit. Mostly she looks at what she wants, holds her hands out palms up, and says "uh". Lately she's added hitting herself on the chest after the "uh" and says "me".

The Day After Christmas

We went to the church to try out Blaine's and Jonathan's new flying machines and Ashlyn and Alyssa's hopper balls.
Everyone hopping around Grandmama's

Ava wanted a hopper ball too.

We spent the day after Christmas at grandmama's. We had a wonderful time playing with new toys and Uncles and Aunts.