Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Finally some stitching

Would you believe that I'm actually doing some stitching? Before Ava was born, I told Emily that I would stitch a birth announcement for her. Well, one thing led to another and after she was born I just never got around to it. Last week I got it traced and backed and started stitching! I have a ways to go, but her birthday isn't for three weeks so that gives me lots of time, right? lol


This morning Ava and I had some errands to run. I got dressed then got her dressed. As we were getting ready to leave, I suddenly realized our outfits matched! She was wearing plaid and I was wearing stripes, but the colors were all the same. I couldn't have planned it better if I had tried! lol


Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Glowing Good Time

Every year I go to a nearby balloon festival to watch the balloons fly. This year they had a contest to win tickets to the balloon glow they do in the evenings, and I won! So Saturday night I headed out and had the best time. The balloons were literally only 10 feet in front of me, and it was so great to sit there and relax and watch them inflate and then glow once it got dark. The colors were just amazing! I hope I get the chance to do it again next year. :0)










Monday, June 5, 2017

Mother's Day fun

I know Mother's Day was weeks ago, but I'm just now getting a chance to sort out pictures. Brian was over and decided to put batteries in every toy that Ava had that could make noise. Thankfully the one toy had a wiring problem because even with new batteries it wouldn't work! lol


Then Brian was trying to show Ava how to walk behind her new push toy. He tried to show her how to crawl one time too but she wasn't too impressed.


She was impressed however when he took her out and showed her how to play in my water fountain. I wasn't so happy about it. I'll have a job keeping her out of it this summer.


The other day I got the rocking cow out of the garage and gave it a good washing so Ava could play with it. My kids played on it when they were little, so it's kind of cool that Ava is playing with it now.


Today Ava's cousin from Connecticut came by with her mom and dad. Sarah is only about two months older than Ava is and the two girls got along great. 




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ava at nine months

Miss Ava turned 9 months old today. She's been pulling herself up and when she's in her crib that's not a good thing. So we lowered her mattress now and she'll be safe even if she is standing up in there. Which she does every morning until I get her out of bed.


Ava normally sits in her stroller when I take my shower. This morning she got quiet all of a sudden and when I peeked out at her, she was sound asleep! It's the first time she's done that. She only slept about 20 minutes but any time she's sleeping is a good time.


I bought this rose the year before last and when it was time for me to move, it's the only thing out of all my flowerbeds that I brought with me. It nearly died but eventually last year it came back and had a few blooms. I kept it in the house over the winter and now it's back outside and blooming again. The only strange thing is that when I bought this, it was pink. Now it's a pretty coral color. 


That's about all for now. No sewing lately but I do need to start embroidering a birth sampler for Ava. I figure I'm OK as long as it's done by her first birthday, right? lol

Friday, April 14, 2017

Our holiday at the beach

The first week of April was spent with my two favorite girls at my favorite beach. We had great weather and the beach was beautiful as always. It honestly was the best vacation ever. 



The cottage we stayed in was literally right across the street from the beach. It was so cool to be able to look out our front windows and see the waves on the gulf. This is my Jeep parked at the cottage we stayed in and behind it you can see Cortez beach and the Gulf of Mexico.


Of course there were lots of sea birds at the beach. I especially like this pic of the seagulls with the water behind them. It was a rather blustery day so they had their heads hidden away. I got to see pelicans diving for fish too.


I went for a short walk the one evening and saw this guy perching on a post. I love pelicans!


The waves were beautiful all week. We had a lot of wind so the waves were pretty big for the gulf. Our last day there I even saw some surfers out trying to catch a wave.


Ava loved the water, except when a big wave came in and surprised her. 


She also loved sitting and playing in the wet sand. Unfortunately every time we looked away for a second she tried to eat it too! lol



We had beautiful sunsets every night. 


This was our last morning right before we left to head back home It's the only picture we got of me and Ava together. It's definitely one of my favorites.



And this is the only picture we managed to get of the three of us together....our shadows on the pier.


Coming home we had a lot of stop and start traffic to deal with. The first day was supposed to be a 7 hour drive and it turned into 10-1/2 hours. Same with the second day. Thankfully the last day traffic wasn't an issue and we got home right on time as planned. One of the traffic slowdowns on day two was due to these hot air balloons tethered beside the highway.

I have to say I was a bit concerned about travelling so far with a seven month old baby, but all in all it went really well. We did have some minor issues with Ava but even those were worth it when we got to spend a week at the beach. Now we can start planning for next time! :0)