Saturday, September 27, 2008

I do it!

On the first chilly night of the season Ava and I played on the front porch. Her new pink jacket fits perfectly. Ava was excited to see the "big moon" that night. We were thankful to Hurricane Ike for jacket weather!

Oreos with Daddy and a new Thomas shirt...does life get any better than this?

Okay, I know Dr. Brandon Chiropractor is going to shoot me for this one. Ava was teething and GRUMPY on Sunday afternoon and I wanted to clean house. Nothing was satisfying her, so I thought I'd try this old trick from when she was tiny. It lasted about five minutes. Neither one of us could handle it. It's hilarious to me that her feet dangle down past my knees. Also, that's not a roll, my shirt is just bunching from the strap and 25 pounds of toddler:)

Saturday lunch at Rudy's during college football season. Absolutely perfect.

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

My perfectly swaddled sleeping toddler. After taking this picture I kissed her about a thousand times. What is it about a sleeping child that is so precious?

We were so lucky to have a brief lunch with Aunt Sarah and Uncle Brandon (or Uncle Hat) on Sunday after church. Ava was very excited, despite her funky face in this picture.

After a hard day in a new nursery room (thanks to promotion Sunday, grrr), lunch with Sarah and Brandon, and grocery shopping at HEB Ava was tuckered out. She fell asleep on the way home while munching on her perfectly coordinated sucker.

Ava has become SUCH a helper around the house. She loves to do any chores we do. I see it as an opportunity to modify (my teacher friends will appreciate that word) them in order for her to be successful. She will carry laundry past Josh and say "I helping Mommy!" When the dryer is empty she signs and says "more clothes". We want to enjoy this willingness to help while it lasts.

It was time for the toddler mullet to go, so Ashley H. came to give Ava her first haircut. We were so lucky that she was able to have her hair cut at home in her own highchair while watching her favorite show. Ashley expertly hid the scissors so Ava never knew what was happening. That face she's making above is because Ashley spritzed her with the water.

Watching Signing Time and waiting so patiently

The finished product! Our beautiful girl has perfect toddler hair, instead of looking like Billy Ray Cyrus.

The reason I named this post "I do it" is because that has been Ava's phrase of the week. She seems to have completely surpassed Erickson's self-doubt and embraced the autonomy. Whether it's getting dressed or buckling into the car seat, she wants to do everything herself. I love that she's independent and confident. Pray that we'll have the patience to encourage her to keep trying things on her own:)
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k and c's mom said...

She looks just like you did when you were little, Autumn! I love watching her "grow up" online.

Lindsay said...

Her haircut is too cute!!