Thursday, September 30, 2010

one year

:::Happy, happy birthday to Ava!!!:::
Can our sweet Ava Ruby be 1 year old already?! Time flies when you're having fun....
What a blessing she is to our family. She makes us all smile every single day. I have so much love for her I don't know what to do with all of it! Like my Grandma Ruby says,
'my cup runneth over'. And it's true. I so love being a mom.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

take a look!

check out what my sister made! she's so talented!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

the acorn patch

After church today we walked the one block to the acorn patch. The girls loved running around and, of course, twirling!
It's a beautiful acorn patch in the Summer and Autumn seasons...not much now since we are just coming out of Winter. However, today was the first warm day we've had in months - in the upper 50's! Hooray!

Miss Haylee doing some exploring....
Ava wondering whether or not she shouuld eat bark

Gracie running from Daddy the lizard - as she calls him :)

Grace twirling!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Little tiger

Ava's a smarty pants :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

a day at the fair

It's Springtime, so you know what that to the fair! We went with our friends, the McCartney's who also have three girls. Between the six little girls, baby animals, fairy floss (cotton candy), kiddie rides & perfect weather, it was a fantastic day!

Haylee, Sienna, Ava, Lily, Isabella & Grace

Bruce was more than happy to "have to" ride all the rides with the girls :)

The favorite ride of the day...the Fun Slide (not to be confused with the boring slide). Don't know just how much money we spent buying tickets for this. Totally worth it!
The girls were in heaven holding all of the baby animals!

Seriously in heaven....their faces say it all

Back at the slide....the girls couldn't get enough :) And, clearly, Bruce had a good time, too!

Bruce, Ava, Tim & Isabella....Just say no to strollers in crowded areas! It was great.

I really enjoyed the tiny actually smelled similar to my kids :)

LOVE these! How cute are these girls?!

Loved all the sheep and lambs. Just so sweet.
And there's the black sheep of the family ;)

And, we're back at the slide....Me, Grace, Lily & Lauren

Isabella Grace & Ava Ruby

Lauren & me

Haylee was just in love with the animals and wasn't at all afraid of them, which is a very big step for our cautious little fairy!

Monday, September 13, 2010


Ava has a toothie!! Yay! A cute little tiny tooth finally broke its way through yesterday. Poor little girl is really struggling with teething - Grace and Haylee didn't even skip a beat when they teethed. Ava is a miserable little cupcake ;(

I went to the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist what he could recommend for teething. (Very different medicines in Australia vs. the US.) I was so annoyed at him when he snapped at me and said, "Teething doesn't hurt babies. Research has shown it doesn't hurt." Oh, really?? So is that what babies tell the researchers? If any part of MY body was purple, swollen & flaming hot red, - like her gums are - I'm pretty sure I would be in pain! Argh...I was so annoyed at him. It also annoyed me because he was telling the wrong false information to the wrong person....I just happen to know just a smidgen about pediatrics.....

I am probably over-reacting.....maybe I'll go toilet paper the pharmacy tonight....
Anyhow, we are proud of our big girl and her tiny toothie :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

strawberry girls

Haylee calls these dresses their "strawberry girl dresses." It's super cute. My girls are cute. Really cute. This first picture makes me laugh because Ava is a bit concerned about her sisters attacking her with kisses. Ah, I love these girls!

Friday, September 3, 2010

painting in the shower

This afternoon Gracie & Haylee made some beautiful artwork in the shower! They started off painting with the brushes and ended smearing paint everywhere with their hands. They had a ball & it didn't matter how messy it got :) I used Crayola finger paints because they wash super easy. I actually left all the paint on the shower walls and just rinsed it off in my shower tonight. So easy and it kept them busy for a long time.

Haylee's face cracks me up here...

I loved that they painted the knobs....even the appropriate colors!
yes, that is a granny shower cap above grace's head. i'm a granny. hey, sometimes i don't want my hair to get wet....bruce always teases me