Saturday, August 18, 2012

Wine Fest, Flea Market, and Vitamix

Bryce had Thursday and Friday off so we went to a Wine Festival on Friday in a small town about 45 minutes away. It was very small but really fun. I had the BEST wine cocktail ever!!! I am not a big wine drinker but man, it was delicious!

Silly girl already ripped her bow off! She did great at the festival! She always does great around a bunch of people. She was waving and smiling at everyone that passed by!

We got there a little early before a lot of people got there. Before we left, there were a ton of people there.

This was our food! Mine was a pepperoni pizza...or so I thought. This pizza had real peppers on it. Not sure what kind. It wasn't that bad though. Bryce got a piece of garlic toast! It was SO good! We split our food!

This is how they serve wine at wine festivals.

 Going back a day..on Thursday.. we were out and about so we stopped by the BX to look around. There was a lady there giving a presentation over the Vitamix blender. Have you heard of it? It isn't JUST a blender. It can make ice cream, soup...yes, soup!, baby food, peanut butter, crushed ice, smoothies (seriously, the best smoothies), salsa...anything!! We were convinced to get one. I had been looking for a blender for awhile but didn't want to get one that wasn't good. I have a friend that has a Vitamix and she loves it so I already had my eye on it.. the thing holding me back? The price. It has a HIGH price tag!! WAY more than I would EVER pay! Well, we got $100 off the blender from the sales add and our military card. So, we were convinced...

Was it worth it? I can't tell yet. We have used it about 10 times since we bought it and it has only been 2 days. I have made ice cream, smoothies, and chicken salad. I plan on making my own peanut butter soon! So far...I LOVE IT!!!!

Today, there were several Flea Markets going on around the area and I found a few things! I have been looking for a walking toy for Ava for awhile but haven't found one for a reasonable price. This one is in good shape and was only 7 euro. Ava loves it!

I also scored these little shoes. They are brand new and I have had a really hard time finding good shoes that are small enough for Ava. She still wears a size 1 and its hard to find shoes she can walk in that are that small.

I have had a thing for baskets lately. The small one was free from the Airman's attic and the big one was only 3 euro at the Flea Market. (The Airman's attic is a store on base where people donate items and Airman can go and take anything they want for free. Airman are the young-ins in the Air Force...aka poor ones!! ha!) And yes, these are in my bathtub (classy, right?) never know how dirty a basket is until you start to clean it.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I have a small blog. Why would I worry about someone stealing my pictures and using them as their own?

I never thought it would happen to me. Well, apparently I was wrong. It did happen to me. Some of my Paris pictures were stolen. They were put on someone else's blog and they used them as their own. 

It may sound like I am selfish...caring about people taking my pictures. What if Ava's pictures were stolen and someone tried to display them as their own child?? That is what I worry about. So? I will now watermark all of my photos. 

I know, I kind of ruins the picture. But if it saves me from having some pictures of Ava stolen, I will do it. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ava is 10 months old!

Ava you are 10 months old! Only two more months until your first birthday! I need to start planning!

Its impossible to keep you still for a picture these days.

As of two weeks ago, you weigh 14 pounds 2 ounces (0%) and you are 26 inches long (4%). Head circumference is 43 cm. 

You wear 6/6-9 month clothing and some 9 month stuff. You haven't been able to wear most of your cute 9 month summer clothes because they are all still a little big and it isn't warm enough to wear them! :( You wear a size 2 diaper and a size 1 shoe.

You nurse 4 times a day and eat at every meal. For breakfast, you have oatmeal with strawberries. For lunch, you usually have turkey, bread with peanut butter on it, cheese, a veggie and fruit. For dinner, I try to give you something that I have fixed along with bread, cheese, veggie and fruit. You are now an independent eater. You don't like me feeding you baby food anymore. You are a pro at the sippy cup! You can also drink from a straw. 

You are a great sleeper. You go to bed at 8pm and wake up at 9am. You take two naps a day. They range from 45 minutes to 2 hours each. 

You can wave hi and bye bye, clap your hands, open and close doors, turn pages in books (you have been doing this for several months). You can say hi, bye-bye, ma-ma, da-da, and okay (sounds like "ah keyy"). You understand commands like "come here" and "no no". 

You are walking along the furniture now and can stand alone for a few seconds but as soon as you realize you are doing it, you lower yourself down to the floor slowly. 

You LOVE books and will choose to look at books over playing with toys any day! You flip the pages and try to talk so it looks like you are actually trying to read the book. Its so cute!! You love giving your stuffed animals kisses but you refuse to give your mommy and daddy kisses...

You still don't have much hair but we are hoping it will start to really come in soon! You finally got your first tooth this month!! You have been really fussy the past couple of days so I wouldn't be surprised if another one decided to pop out soon.

You never stop moving! You are constantly crawling, standing, or pulling up on things. We constantly have to keep an eye on you because you are always getting into things you aren't supposed to.

Here you are at 1,5, and 10 months old.

We love you so much Ava and can't imagine our lives without you. You have been a joy and we love you more than you will ever know!!!