November 10, 2014
Holy cow! It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my blog. So I’m mashing together three random topics to get you updated ASAP.
First, here are a couple cute pictures from Halloween. It was the same drill as previous years… Trick or treating with cousins in Maple Grove followed by trick or treating in our neighborhood.
The second big news is that Ava lost her first tooth! The tooth losing process was a lot more dramatic than expected. Her adult tooth started coming in behind her baby tooth. I guess this is fairly common but if the baby tooth does not fall out in a week or two, the dentist wanted to pull it. This freaked Ava out. So for two weeks she was a wiggling machine.
After two weeks, it was a little more loose but not enough to fall out. So Erik stepped in and, with a piece of floss, they got that tooth out! I love this picture because it shows her excitement as well as her relief for not having to have the dentist pull it.
The third thing to share is that we got a dog! After many years of talking about it, we finally took the plunge and adopted a cute puppy. His name is Eddie and he is a wonderful dog. He was rescued from a high kill shelter in Ohio with three of his siblings. He was just nine weeks old when we got him. Since he was abandoned, we don’t know what breed his parents were. Everyone seems to see a different breed in him. We just think he’s cute.
Eddie has already mastered a party trick. He loves to army crawl. Usually after he in crawls out from under a piece of furniture.
So that’s about it. You are now caught up! Oh and we got our first snowfall today. I think we are supposed to get six inches. Here comes winter. Yay.
September 30, 2014
Ava really wanted Erik’s cake and presents to be a surprise. After Ava and I made the cake last night and Erik came into the kitchen, Ava said trying to hide the cake, “Don’t pay any attention to that daddy. It’s just a random pie.” Erik and I had a good chuckle about that.
Happy birthday, Erik!
September 28, 2014
September 28, 2014
September 27, 2014
We made our annual trip to Minnetonka Orchards today. Ava affectionately refers to the orchard as an “apple park.”
This was our fourth time visiting Minnetonka Orchards. But this was our first time picking apples. You have to pick by the peck (10-12 pounds). That always intimidated us so we would buy a small bag of apples at the orchard store and call it good. Especially because the orchard has so many other kid-friendly activities (corn maze, barrel train rides, face paint, petting zoo, mountain of hay, big slide…you get the point).
But this year I planned to visit on the first day honey crisp apples were available to pick because I knew we would have no problem eating and baking all of them.
This is probably my favorite fall tradition with our family. Ava is already looking forward to going back to the apple park again next year.
September 25, 2014
My cousin, Stacy, passed away two weeks ago after a courageous year and a half battle with cancer. She leaves behind a young family of four children — three of which are still living at home. My mom and I attended the memorial service and burial in Joliet, IL last week. Both were very sad because her life was cut way too short. And also because her children lost their mother way too early. Here are a few family pictures of Stacy.
September 25, 2014
We went to a Gopher football game last weekend. The University of Minnesota is Erik’s alma mater so it’s fun for him to head back to campus for an afternoon. He also likes to plant seeds in Ava’s head like, “Wouldn’t you like to attend this school too?” (I make sure to give Augsburg a plug when we drive by it on the way to the game. Haha.)
We left at half time. Ava was antsy and a thunderstorm was quickly approaching. But we had a great time in the first half cheering on the Gophers!