Halloween, Lost Tooth & Eddie

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.

Ava and her cousins

Ava and her cousins

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Ava was a witch this year. I think the sparkles on the dress just caught her attention. And she really liked the big hat.

Let the candy gathering begin!

Let the candy gathering begin!

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.

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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.

Ava and Eddie the first night we brought him home.

Ava and Eddie the first night we brought him home.

He is so cute! Look at that little face.

He is so cute! Look at that little face.

He felt comfortable in our house right away.

He felt comfortable in our house right away.

I took this photo right just today. I got him this adorable bandana on Etsy. He didn't care for it so I took it off. But I will try again tomorrow. My dog will wear stylish bandanas!

I took this photo just today. I got him this adorable bandana on Etsy. He didn’t care for it so I took it off. But I will try again tomorrow. My dog will wear stylish bandanas!

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.

Random Pie

September 30, 2014

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Erik turned 39 years old today. I took him out for a birthday lunch this afternoon and we made homemade pizzas for dinner tonight to celebrate.

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!

Ava and I went to Target today and she found her Halloween costume. But not before trying every one on to see if she liked it. Here are some of the funnier ones…

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After all that she decided to be a witch. You’ll have to wait until closer to Halloween to see that costume!

Shed Progress

September 28, 2014

Just a quick update on the shed Erik has been working on. The roof is up! And it should be shingled this weekend.
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If you think it looks large, that’s because it is. Erik has a lot of toys….errrr…. I mean tools to store in the shed. Stay tuned for more updates.

Apple Park 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.

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Good Bye Stacy

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.

A family holiday (maybe Thanksgiving) probably 1982. L-R: Uncle Paul, Aunt Leslie, Me, Kim (in the high chair), Stevie, Stacy (in blue), Grandma Glumich, and my dad.

Christmas probably 1982. L-R: Uncle Paul, Aunt Leslie, Me, Kim (in the high chair), Stevie, Stacy (in blue), Grandma Glumich, and my dad.

Christmas with the Pollach family (my dad's sister) 1985ish.

Christmas with the Pollach family (my dad’s sister) 1985ish.

Stacy and her sister, Stevie, at a benefit they held for Stacy last October.

Stacy and her sister, Stevie, at a benefit they held for Stacy last October.

Stacy and her kids (and two grandkids) last summer.

Stacy and her kids (and two grandkids) last summer.

This is how I will remember Stacy. Smiling and so beautiful.

This is how I will remember Stacy. Smiling and so beautiful.

Go Gophers!

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!

Daddy's little gopher

Daddy’s little gopher

It was a beautiful day! Until the dark clouds arrived...

It was a beautiful day! Until the dark clouds arrived…

Hooray! Ava loves the excitement of the game.

Hooray! Ava loves the excitement of the game.

They have poster stations where you can make your own posters. Of course Ava had to do it with a little of Mommy's help.

They have poster stations where you can make your own posters. Of course Ava had to do it with a little of Mommy’s help.

Ava got her first light rail ride from the East Bank to the West Bank where we were parked. She looks like a pro at train riding!

Ava got her first light rail ride from the West Bank to the stadium and then back. She looks like a pro at train riding!

 

Ava was done posing for pictures.

Ava was done posing for pictures.

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