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Archive for June 2007

Staying cool by the pool

Thursday, 28 June 2007

A couple of weeks ago, Ava made a new friend. We took her to see friends of the family and take her for her first swim in a real pool. There she met a new little friend. Little C is the same age as Ava and the two of them had a great time splashing and playing.

Both Ava and C were a bit hesitant to get into the water, but after a couple of minutes they were having a great time. When we pulled them out of the water they were not happy.

It was so cute to watch them play together. Ava found him very fascinating as you can see from the pictures.

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Who is this kid?

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

I am amazed. I decided to look back at pictures taken this time last year. I can't believe the difference. Ava has gone from this little baby who we couldn't find small enough clothes for when we brought her home from the hospital and couldn't do anything for herself to this funny little stair climbing adventurer who can crawl up onto the couch and into my lap. She has become a determined, affectionate little girl who can drench me from head to toe splashing in the bathtub one minute and the next minute is pulling out hair accessories and messing up her hair immediately after I brush and clip it. She likes to blow kisses and will giggle like crazy when the dog licks her toes. It's hard to believe the difference in only one year.

Last week - 14 months old...



June 24th, 2006 - 10 weeks old...



Thanks for looking!

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Another one from last weekend

Monday, 25 June 2007

This is a picture of Ava that I took last weekend at the barn at our family Father's Day celebration. Quite a few generations of McDougalls have grown up on this farm and it's my new favourite spot for pictures. So many possibilities. Thanks for looking!


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Now she's just showing off

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Ava is starting to do new things almost daily. She is already walking pretty well and in the past day or so has decided that she really doesn't want to crawl anymore. Almost everywhere she goes, she walks. So now that walking is easier for her she has set her sights on the next level - yep, she is starting to climb. Going up stairs is no problem if she can get at them and I am told that when Jason went to pick her up from the babysitter at the park today she climbed two stairs, walked over to the slide and slid down all on her own. I can't believe it. This is the same kid who wasn't even walking two weeks ago!

Anyway, here is a new picture of Ava and another picture from Father's Day. Please meet Casey, the new addition to the crew out at the McDougall family farm. She was a very nice host and I look forward to taking lots of pictures of her this weekend when I go out to do family pictures. Can't wait guys!

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One from today

Sunday, 17 June 2007

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. ~Dr. Seuss

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Two little monkeys

These pictures were taken yesterday. Ava and her cousin were playing on the trampoline at Grandma & Grandpa's house. They both had a great time. I wasn't sure how Ava would react to the trampoline but she had a great time giggling and squealing.

Ava would try to crawl around and Emma would jump, causing Ava to fall over. Then Ava would laugh her head off, sit up, and they would start all over again. This went on for about a half and hour.

Once they got tired and needed a break, Ava would go right up to Emma and give her a big hug and kiss. She had such a great time and really enjoyed playing with Emma.

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Nap time

Saturday, 16 June 2007

Yesterday around 1:30 I put Ava down for an afternoon nap and went into the computer room across the hall to check my email. I turned around and this is what I saw...



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Blog Guelph

Thursday, 14 June 2007

How cool! One of my pictures is featured on Blog Guelph today. It's a blog I read regularly and all of the images that are posted there are so inspiring. I am so honoured to be featured there today. Click here to visit Blog Guelph.

Here is another image taken the same day last summer...



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Hurricane Ava

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Well, she's everywhere. Now that she is getting the hang of walking, she is starting to climb and explore. It's very fascinating to watch but gone are the days where you could plunk her in one spot and she would stay entertained. She is constantly on the move now. The pictures below are just some of the new things she's doing.

Climbing the stairs on Nana & Grandad's deck...



Emptying the cupboards which have since had child restraints put on them... On that note - I could use some advice. How do you block off a lazy susan can cupboard? We can't figure that one out.



Tackling the dog as she tries to sleep...



Scattering shoes at the front door all over the room...



Turning on the stereo and ejecting the tape decks (I can hear her five years from now - "what the heck is a tape deck?" She'll give me a blank look like my sister and I did when people talked about 8 tracks). ...



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Look who's walking

Monday, 11 June 2007

We will never be able to rest again. Ava is up and around walking quite a bit totally on her own without any help. This new found freedom is accompanied by never ending curiosity. Hurricane Ava as I like to call her is into everything she can find. Yesterday I turned around to find her standing on the seat of her tricycle trying to climb over the arm of the couch. She almost gave me a heart attack. Anyway, she has a new lease on life now that she is totally mobile. Here are some pics from the weekend...

Having a rest with me on the grass (photo by my sister Melissa)...



Playing with Auntie Melissa...



Ava's first freezie (photo #1 by my sister Melissa). Am I strange because I searched through the cooler at the convenience store for the best looking red freezie? I dug around until I found one that was frozen evenly and not bumpy in spots. I think I need professional help...



Thanks Mel for taking some of the pictures. It is greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking everyone!

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Play Date

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Yesterday we went to a friend's house for a play date with her kids. It was so nice to spend the afternoon catching up. She had this amazing shed that I fell in love with. She also had a great barn, gardens and a really cool playhouse that would be great for pictures. Unfortunately shortly after I started taking pictures it started to pour rain. I wish somebody had taken pictures of us running like crazy for the house - it was hilarious. If I didn't care about my camera I would have taken some while we were running, but since money doesn't grow on trees it was already safely tucked away in my backpack. Anyway, we scooped up the kids melting popcicles and all and started running. Then the wind blew Ava's hat off and I had to backtrack. We ended up getting soaked but it was so much fun.

It's pretty cool - down the road when Ava starts school, my friend's daughter will be in her class. So we are getting them acquainted early. :)

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Pool party for one

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

This weekend we bought Ava a pool and a new bathing suit. She loved it and was pretty upset when she had to get out. Her lips were turning blue but she was having so much fun she didn't want it to end. Here are some pictures...



Our next door neighbour came over to see Ava. Then she started taking her laundry off the line and little Miss Nosey had to see what she was doing...





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Last weekend

Sunday, 3 June 2007

Happy weekend, everyone! Here are some pictures taken last weekend at my parents' house. Hope you like them.

What happens when Mommy leaves Ava for two minutes with Grandad and Uncle Craig. Don't worry - the can of Canadian is UN-opened...





Riding on Grandad's new lawn tractor...



Ava and her Auntie Melissa...



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