Thanks to Jeff for updating you all on the last few weeks in words... now I'm going to show you the last week-ish in pictures! I'll also be sharing some really random quotes that have come out of my daughter's mouth in the last couple of days that I find humorous!

Jeff had last Friday off of school, so we took the opportunity to go to a farm up by Boulder and have some fall fun! It was crazy windy, so Avery didn't really enjoy being out in a wind-swept field and actually picking the pumpkin-especially when she could see the play-land off in the distance... so that job was really left to Jeff and I. No pictures about that.

At the play-land, they had six huge, inflatable jumping things, a petting zoo, hay rides, a straw-bale maze, a hay jumping pit- it was great! So Avery got into the harvest spirit on these straw bales.... she really just crouched down on her own... Being a go-getter and going down the giant slide all by herself....
Climbing on stuff....
Looking a bit mischievous in the hay-jumping pit....
Looking wind-swept and peaceful on our private hay-ride... we apparently picked a good time to go- between school groups and before the after-school crowd!
More hay-ride fun....
Goofing around with daddy....
And that about sums it up!! Our knowledgeable friends told us we can't carve pumpkins yet because the crazy-dry Colorado air shrivels them up really fast... who knew??? Then we had a lovely day of 75 degree weather where we went on our first family bike ride. It was great.

Then this day came!!! The next day it was in the low 30's all day and lots of snow! Avery got all bundled and was excited to go play in the snow! This was monumental, folks. Last year, she used to cry when she had to walk on the teeniest bit of snow just to get to the car!!! She NEVER wanted to go out and play in it! So we were iffy on how long it was going to last... but alas, she surprised us again by loving it! Avery making her first snowball...
Who knew sand toys were so useful year round??? Avery did! Check out the background people... This is October 21!!!!
Making her first snowman that never progressed beyond the first level....
Forcing out a smile for the sake of mommy.... but really, she wants to be concentrating on her snow-task at hand....
And finally, progressing all the way to full-blown playing in the snow with daddy! We have some great video of her making her first snow-angel... but I don't get how to put video on, so Jeff has to do it!
And now for the random quotes:

Here's the scene: I'm trying to get Avery to do something- get dressed or something, I can't remember....she really, really needs some completely random object in her hands before she can even think about attempting my request- and really, she just doesn't feel like complying in my time frame... she's walking down the hallway away from me-with a little too much sass in her step- glances over her shoulder and says, "lax, mommy". Yes, those of you who speak toddler got it right- my 2 1/2 year old just told me to 'relax, mommy'!!!! Yikes, 13 years old, here we come!

Scene: Anyone who knows Avery knows that if she could have an IV of milk into her arm, she'd love it. So, we've been cutting her supply down to morning, nap, and night. So today, I'm bustling around getting ready for Erin's visit tomorrow (YAY, can't wait!!!) and Avery is bouncing around me verbally trying anything she can do to get some milk. Repeatedly she says, "mommy, we'll have some lap time, some chill down time, some tv time..." Over and over again she says she needs some chill down time. Now that I see it in print it doesn't seem very funny- I guess it's funny because we don't say chill down time- never have- we've told her to chill out, but not chill down-she just made up that little expression on her own.

Scene: Mommy on couch, Avery on ottoman. Playing catch with choo-choo ball. Every time Avery makes me stick my hands out to catch the ball- she apparently doesn't know my skills- and every time asks if I'm ready. Then, one time she bust out with this one... "you ready, mama-riffic?!!!" What??? Are you kidding me? Again, not an expression that has ever been said in our home- ever... where does she come up with this stuff??

Well, its very, very late and I got really wordy- so to borrow from my hubs- congrats if you actually made it to the end of this post!


  1. James M on October 24, 2007 at 5:17 AM

    This post was blog-ariffic!

  2. on October 24, 2007 at 6:10 AM

    good one james ...

    love the photo telling. she's getting sooo big!

    yay for snow!

  3. Stacey on October 24, 2007 at 7:52 AM

    Awesome quotes/scenes! And what fun photos! I love you guys :)

  4. Kelly on October 24, 2007 at 9:22 PM

    Dangit James. I wanted to use an a "rrifc" word. you beat me to it. I really cant belive that you guys had that much snow already! Glad Avery enjoyed it!