Monday, December 20, 2010

More Avery Funnies

**Trying to get everything 2010 in before the New Year, hence all the posting as of late***

#1-  Being Grateful
(pic i had of Avery practicing with Dad for Santa's lap)
Precursor-- Avery has asked me lately why the bell ringers are standing outside stores we've been to.  I explained to her that there are some people who don't have anything and this a way we can help give to them.  Then I've really reiterated that we should be grateful for what we have and not always asking for more and more.  I think she may be catching on because--

A few nights ago I was leaving for a girls night and Ansley was crying.  I laughed and gave Joey a hard time saying, "see ya & have fun with that".  Joey quickly responds to me by joking back saying, "well if you're going to leave like this at least give me your boobs!"  (Ansley is not too fond of the bottle yet...)  Avery was standing nearby, overheard and quickly retorts, "No Dad you can't have mom's boobs!"  Avery then pats Joey on the chest while telling him, "you just need to be grateful for what you have Dad!"
(Avery & Isabelle watching the primary kids sing.  They are VERY excited for Primary)

#2-Daddy's Occupation

Avery had one of her buddies over the other day and this is a conversation I overheard while they were playing Doctor with her toy Dr. Kit-

Isabelle (as she is using the toy stethoscope to listen to Avery) :  Avery, did you know my Daddy is a Doctor?

Avery :  Oh, my Daddy is a Hottie.  That's what my mom says.

Yes, I about lost it...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Follow Up

4 1/2 month stats: 
Weight: 14 lbs 1 oz (25%)
Height:  25 1/2 in. (50%)
Head Circumference:  16 1/2 in.  (15%)

Ansley had her 'Follow Up' Appointment that the Dr's had scheduled for us from when we left ACH.
We met with the Developmental Therapist who evaluated her as to where she is in different developmental areas
Here are the results: 

Gross Motor Skills: 6 months
Fine Motor Skills: 5 months
Visual Perceptual: 6 months

Needless to say we left this appointment ALL smiles! 
She is such a delight and sweet addition to our home :)
We sure LOVE her!!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Family Photo Shoot

Family Pics (Special thanks to Joey's Dad for doing these for us!)
 My top 3 favorites below

Miss Photogenic

 'Caught in the Act'



The Bloopers:
 We were right next to a fountain and could not get the girls attention for anything...
& I tell Joey to make sure to keep his shoulders back and this is what I get:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Girls

**Warning:   (Parental Guidance Suggested)  

I had all the laundry folded and put away- except my things on the corner of the bed.
I get out of the shower and look everywhere, I mean ALMOST everywhere for my bra, before giving up!
 This is where I EVENTUALLY found it...

Funny thing is she had the straps over the shirt but the actual cups were pushed under the shirt.
Nothing gets by her!
Us trying to wake her up (I'm thinking good blackmail pictures for the future...) ha ha ha ha

Our little Chatterbox as of late!
I love watching her day to day- her little personality has really come out within the past couple of weeks!
She loves it when we sing songs to her, lots of kisses and the crinkly sound the wipes package makes when she fiddles with it !

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Georgia Thanksgiving

Last Sunday after church we left for Georgia.  We left at about 1:30pm.  This drive out when we moved took about 9-10 hours.  We quickly found out that Ansley is not a fan of long car rides.  After about an hour she whined/cried all the way to Birmingham.  (and that includes taking pit stop breaks every so often for her to get out of her car seat)  We pulled into Athens at about 1:30am.  It took 13 hours to get there!!!!!!!  I was not looking forward to the ride home (which ended up being about the same maybe worse cause both kids were sick)! 

Joey woke up the next morning and went fishing with old friends while I took the girls to my favorite park (Memorial Park) and fed the ducks. We also went to our old complex and saw our old landlords (who are like extra parents to us).  Sadly Avery didn't remember our old place:(  She did recognize her little butterfly house she made with Joey that was still hanging on the outside balcony.  I can't believe its been 6 months already since we moved!!!  

Later we met up with more friends, Brian and Claibourne and got to see their baby Evie!

We were due 2 weeks apart but our babies ended up being a month apart.
Ansley and Evie 
 Avery loves dogs so much!  I'm glad she can get her pet fix at other peoples homes cause it will take a lot of convincing for mommy to even consider...
We did not get to be in Athens near long enough!  We did not get to see all our friends we wanted to or eat at some of our favorite places... Guess we'll have to go back soon!

Next we made our way out to Marietta for the traditional weenie roast.
Avery got real territorial over Aunt Jeni when her boyfriend came over-
Avery told me when we got back, "Mom, Phil is Jeni's boyfriend, and my boyfriend is Jeremy(from the show Phineas and Ferb)."  I think I can handle a cartoon character for a boyfriend :)
 Thanksgiving morning we ran the Marietta Square Gobble Jog 5K 
We girls have decided to make this a tradition and next time we'll line up at the front  with the non-walker/stroller/pet people!!  That first mile was an obstacle course!!!!
Mr. Turkey also came to visit and all the kids were very excited!!!

This is one of my favorite traditions that the Graham family has:)

 Yummy T-day dinner- had to get Karl in a pic (he flew in from Utah)
 Friday afternoon Joey's grandparents made the drive down from Columbia, SC to see everyone!  Anytime Ansley was not being held G-Grandma would quickly come and scoop her up.

Getting more of her pet fix by taunting the cat

There were also foosball tournaments  
& Hannah and Jason surprised everyone when they announced they will be having their first baby in June!!!!!  WE ARE SO EXCITED for them!
 Kimi and Jill were the champs
 Then we split teams up
 Ansley and cousin Taylor

 Avery got to have a sleepover at Aunt Kimi's high rise in Buckhead and she loved that place.  She kept telling me that Kimi lives in a huge hotel where all the lights are.  They went and saw the new Disney movie Tangled and she loved it!
 Some of the other things we did include:
Black Friday shopping after plotting out our plans of attack (& of course Target and Kohls rank at the top of my list)
Shopping with Dad for Mom's anniversary gift
Dad took family pictures for us and I love them! (Sneak preview at top of blog)
-I am saving my favorite for Christmas cards :)
a few games of Oh Heck
LOTS and LOTS of football watching  - & so glad UGA won cause we are bowl eligible!!! 
The guys had their turkey bowl and traditional game of jumpball where MY husband is always the one that ends up hurt!

 This along with 2 sick kiddos on the ride home!  FUN FUN FUN!  It was worth it I just wish it would have lasted longer.
Our week was NOT near LONG enough!!!!!!