Gerrit and Elise

Gerrit and Elise

Friday, January 28, 2011


I'm sitting here typing this listening to my darling daughter not sleep. 2 days in a row of no nap, I thought for sure she would go to sleep early tonight.... not so much. What are we going to do with her? Good thing she's so cute. Today she started calling me "cutie pie". As in, "what are you doing, cutie pie" or "I love you too cutie pie"! Love her!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Big girl happenings....

We now officially have a big girl on our hands. She is fully into her terrible 2's, but just when we think we are at our wit's end she does something so cute or amazing, that you can't be frustrated for long. Like when she tells me "I love you too mommy" before I've said it. Or how she sings everything, most conversations are set to song. She loves band-aids right now. We have a lot of "owies" most days. Last, but not least, (drumroll please).......... we are in a big girl bed! It has been the easiest transition. We were dreading it and for no reason. The first night she was so excited she asked if it was time to get in her big girl bed. She hasn't quite figured out that she can actually get herself out of her bed when she wakes up. She still calls for us when she wakes up. It's really cute and not such a bad thing. Oh yeah, and she likes to have "piggies" in her hair now too!

Enjoying some ribs.
Here's my big girl bed!
One must always wear pig tails when playing with play dough.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Christmas was great this year. Avery understood what was going on and was so excited for Santa to come, and more importantly, Baby Jesus! Because Christmas is Jesus' birthday, she received a nativity scene on Christmas morning. The big ticket item was her Cinderella princess doll. She loved it, but of course loved the princess coloring book she got just as much. Everyone was very generous to her. We spent the rest of the day just relaxing and not driving all over Michigan! We even spent time at the playground. Grandpa Johnston and GB came later that night and spent the week with us. It was a lot of fun and Avery really enjoyed all the extra attention. We even got to go out on New Years Eve! We really enjoyed their time here. We're ready for more visitors any time!
*The photos are from newest to oldest.

Holding baby Mallory!

Snack picnic with Bennett

Showing off her cute new do and trying out the new finger paints.

Opening her new slide from Grandpa and GB

A bald eagle sighting on Christmas day. So cool! He was flying over the water for about 10 minutes.

The playground on Christmas day. Every 2 year olds dream.
Checking out her new Cinderella.

Sporting her new hat from Aunt Alissa and "Uncle" Tom.

After Santa came

Getting the "cookies" ready for Santa. She wanted to leave him the pretend cookies and eat the real ones!

Got the goods for Santa and the reindeer!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Funny lady.

I promise I'll post Christmas photos and videos soon. Just wanted to share this blog with everyone. I found her blog from Shauna, and now find myself looking for a new post from her every day. Hope you enjoy as much as I do!