Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bad Durkheim

Last weekend, Bryce had Sunday off work so we decided to go to Bad Durkheim after church. We left at around 4pm and took two of Bryce's work friends with us. We had a lot of fun and Ava was great the whole time. Bad Durkheim wine fest is the largest wine fest in the world and draws more than 600,000 visitors each year. It is HUGE! We spent 4 hours there and I don't think we covered the whole thing.

Biggest iron skillet I have ever seen!

Ava road on her first ride!!

I think I had more fun than she did! ;)

Best. Dad. EVER!!

This picture was taken back in 2010 when we went to the festival for the first time. You can read about our first experience here . It is HUGE!!! 

Ava is 11 months old!

I am way behind on blogging! I even forgot to take Ava's 11 month pictures yesterday...I think its because I am in denial... How can it possibly be that she is going to be 1 YEAR OLD in a month? It blows my mind. People say "It's time for another one". But really, I just want MY Ava to be little again and stay little forever. I know its selfish to say I don't want to love another one but I want to just love Ava and spoil her. Don't get me wrong, I do want more kids but right now, I am content with just loving my little girl and giving her all my love. Well, most of my love anyway...Bryce get a little bit of it, too! ;)

Back on subject..

Ava, you are 11 months old!!! Am I really typing those words? It makes me want to cry!!

Is she not the cutest? I just die!

At your WIC appointment a couple of weeks ago, you weighed 15 pounds 4 ounces and were 26 1/2 inches long. (Both >5%)

You still wear 6 month clothes and some 9 month. Unfortunately, you weren't able to wear many of your cute summer clothes because they were either too big or it was just too cold. It never got above 90 degrees this summer and it usually stayed in the 70s most days.

You wear a size 1 shoe and sometimes a size 2 depending on the brand. Your feet are finally growing! We just moved you to a size 3 diaper since we ran out of size 2. They are still a little big but they still work! :)

You nurse 4 times a day and eat at every meal. Not much has changed since last month. You still eat oatmeal and strawberries for breakfast, cut up lunch meat, a veggie, cheese, bread, and a fruit for lunch, and a jar of a meat and veggie and cut up fruit for dinner.

You go to bed at 8pm and wake up anywhere between 8am and 9am. You still take 2 naps a day that are two hours each.

You are a talker and you talk from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. You haven't said any new words yet but we are working on it.

You have 4 teeth now!

This is how most of the pictures turned out. Its impossible to keep this girl still for a picture. I was bribing her with cheerios (hence the cheerio in her mouth).

You are cruisin' so fast now.  You can walk across furniture and stand on your own for about 10-15 seconds. I kind of got you to take your first step yesterday but I am not counting it as a step. I was helping you walk and then I let go and you took another step then lowered yourself back to the ground.

You are so scared of dogs. I have no idea what the deal is. You used to like dogs but all of the sudden, you have become scared of them. I hope you get over this real fast because your daddy wants a dog when we get back to the states.

She is done!

We got you a tooth brush a few days ago and its your new favorite chew toy.

You love to "read" books by yourself. You flip the pages and move your finger along the words and pictures and make sounds like you are "reading". Its too cute.

You are the FUNNIEST baby I have ever met! And I am not the only one that says that.

You love giving your toys and your bunny kisses.

You are a genius!!  You get that from your daddy. This morning, your daddy was using the controls to change the channel on the tv and you would look at the controls and back at the tv and you had another controller in your hand and you would push the buttons then look at the tv. It was like you knew what you were doing.

You get SO excited when daddy is around. When I get you out of bed in the mornings, you immediately call for Dada. You LOVE to wrestle with him on our bed. When Bryce gets his uniform on, you immediate start waving your hand and saying Dada. You know its time for him to go to work.

Lately, you have been chocking yourself on purpose. You will stick your fingers down your throat to choke yourself. I don't know WHY you do this!! I have had to thump your little hand a few times but you will just look at me and giggle. Crazy girl! I guess I don't have strong enough fingers!!

You are great at playing by yourself. You could play for hours on the floor by yourself if we let you!

One last good one.

These last 11 months have been a JOY!!! I don't know what we ever did without you, Ava Drew. It makes me SO sad when I think about you growing up! I want to keep you little FOREVER!! But I am also excited to see you grow and explore new things. We love you Ava Drew!!!!