Saturday, October 21, 2017

Our Week Away

We recently spent a week on the beautiful Gulf coast of Florida. It's so peaceful and relaxing there.

The first night Ava was a bit uncertain about the water. I think the waves scared her a bit. But after that first night she ran straight for the water every time we went to the beach.

We had to keep an eye out for jellyfish. They were washed up on the beach and were in the water too. It was definitely not something any of us wanted to step on.

Ava's other favorite pastime besides playing in the water was playing in the seashells. She would have sat like that all day if we had let her.

And of course there were so many beautiful seabirds all over the beach. This heron was just one that let me take its picture.

Here's one of the many beautiful sunsets we got to see during the week. If you look to the left of the pier you can see the band of rain that had already passed over us earlier.

We were fortunate enough to have an outdoor shower where we were staying. They had a lower faucet too for just washing off your feet, and it became Ava's favorite thing at the condo. We started calling her the faucet hog because she'd never let any of us in to wash our feet off! lol

Monday, August 7, 2017

One project done

I got Ava's birth sampler stitchery done in the nick of time. She'll be one year old next week and I promised myself I'd have it finished before her first birthday.

This is the rose I dug and brought with me when I moved. I kept it in the house all winter and it's doing great on the patio this summer.

I have a pot of wildflowers I planted from seed, and I bought the lavender to go in the pot when the wildflowers were done blooming. But they haven't stopped yet so the lavender is still sitting there. It sure does look pretty though and it smells so good.

At the old house I had a water garden with fish in it. This is a much smaller water feature but it's so much easier to take care of. It sounds so pretty and Ava loves to put her hands in the water.

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.