Sunday, December 14, 2014

Further Avery Brag

I need to add more to my brag from last post! Avery and her Occupational Therapist, Ms. Bridget, work on a Christmas art project every year to enter in a contest at the therapy company. It's a pretty large company with many therapists and clients, and Avery has worked on something every year for the past 5, maybe 6 years! This year SHE WON! She had her art work featured on the front of the company's holiday card, and they had it framed for her. I'm so proud of my love! 

They traced her hands for the wings, and she practiced her scissor and glue skillz.

And here is my sweet little giggler at Thanksgiving.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

All About Avery

Well, I blinked and November went whipping on by. Just to summarize, the weather went hot/cold/hot/cold, the girls got runny noses, we took fun family pics, raked a ton of leaves and made lots of delicious pumpkin bread. Then I was Thankgiving party mom at Avery's school, hosted 30 people for Turkey Day, went to the Aggie/LSU football game with Bub the hub and got to hang with Uncle Drew!! Whew.

NOW, I really need to do some bragging on my Avery! She's had a great start to this school year. I kept hearing from her teacher about how well she was doing on all of her goals, which always puts a huge smile on my face. I knew some of the things they had been working on, but when it came time for the teacher/parent conference, the hub and I were so blown away at what she had mastered. 

Avery correctly recognizes her name, age and gender by using sight words. She also now recognizes numbers 1-10 and capital letters A-G. She has 16 other sight words she has also mastered. Sight words!! This just gives me so much hope for future communication!

Avery also knows her colors, having already mastered RGBY and pink, she's now recognizing white, black, gray and currently working on purple :).

She is so much happier than she was earlier this year (sure it had something to do with this) and beams that big, beautiful smile every morning at me when I go in to greet her. What I really love though is the very end of my sweet girl's day, after dinner, when we have our special mommy/Avery cuddle time on the couch. She curls up and still somehow fits in my lap with those crazy long legs. Sometimes she "talks" to me, and giggles. But mostly she is super tired from long days of working hard on her goals, and every once in awhile she falls right to sleep under my chin. That's my fav.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

State Fair 2014

As usual, we had great fun at the Texas State Fair! The girls were really good and I feel like I was able to be more relaxed this year than I've been in a long while--  since having kids I guess. It's no secret that Avery's special needs have changed me in a lot of ways, but especially my stress level. That's a whole 'nother post though!

We started the trip off right with a great nap and an introduction to headphones, plus a little movie (not sure if you've heard of it) called Frozen. All of these things made the time pass by ever so pleasantly!

For the first time in many years, Avery did NOT have a meltdown for the very last 30 minutes of the car ride! I believe our girl is growing up. 

We stayed with the very wonderful Rob & Christine Patterson, who were perfect hosts and doted so much on my sweet girls. We also got to visit with Granddaddy, which is always a special treat. AND we had the most beeee-autiful weather for Fair day, after two years of cold and rain! 

Putting the girls in matching outfits always gives me quite the thrill. They looked so cute. Some of you might notice that Uncle Rob is acting pretty silly right behind us. He thinks he's pretty funny ;)

One of the first things we did was visit the "Little Hands"Farm, which teaches kids about life on the farm. They get aprons and baskets and do things like gather eggs and veggies and pretend-milk the cows!

Both girls highly enjoyed riding on the Farm's little tractors.

We got to visit the cows, sheep, horsies and some very nice goats. They even tolerated some petting.

Avery liked the chickies!

 I always enjoy seeing the baby piggies. Maddie really wanted to pet them.

The car buildings did not disappoint this year. Maddie would stay and just pretend-drive cars all day if we let her.

We got to sample the award winning "Fried Sweet Texas" in one of these buildings. The official description:
"Fresh pie dough filled with crunchy pecan pie, juicy peach cobbler, and creamy buttermilk pie. It is then deep fried until the crust is golden brown and flaky, and then served up with a side of Texas’ own Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream."

My description: Yum.

I thought Maddie did a great job walking all day. Avery was in her stroller but we didn't take one for M. She managed to hitch a few rides though.

We always save the games and rides for last. Maddie played the pick-a-duck game and won a prize. I tried to flip chickens in the pot but no luck. Mike tried the basketball shot game and won a huge stuffed animal doggie. Just what we needed!

I was excited because Avery rode the choo choo train with me and ended up liking it :))) Maddie rode the most rides. She got to do the elephants with me, then another ride with Aunt Shannon, one with daddy and two with Uncle Rob! She's a brave girl.

We didn't get any good family pics this year with Big Tex, but we did get this gem. Technically it is with Big Tex.

And this one is pretty awesome too.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

We had a really nice Halloween! Lots of pics to share... like my sweet pumpkin Avery

She had a fun party at school today while Maddie and Mommy visited Daddy at work! In costume, of course. This expression just kills me.

This afternoon it was time for some pumpkin decorating and Maddie was intrigued, but not so excited about the "insides" of the pumpkin....

You want me to touch what?

Like mother, like daughter! Thankfully we have a Bub the hub that will handle that business. And great at carving too.

Avery joined in the fun too

Maddie was super psyched about our finished products. The pure joy totally overwhelms me. I just love my littlest bub pumpkin. 

Having said that, neither of my pumpkins are interested in taking posed photos for mommy right now. Avery could care less and Maddie refuses to even look toward the camera most of the time. I end up begging and jumping around like a crazy woman. Sigh. Bub the hub tried to take some for me today and here are the results. 

Pretty awesome if I do say so myself.

And the best I could get of Princess Jasmine and Supergirl, drum roll...

We didn't do a lot of trick-or-treating but the girls still got some awesome goodies. Watching Maddie hand out treats to the kids at our house was definitely the highlight. I can't believe we didn't think to video it! She would run full speed at the door every time and yell trick or treat! and throw enormous amounts of candy into every kid's bag. She'd say "Hi, Elsa" or "Hi, Skeleton" and then, "Happy Halloween everybody" as they walked away. It was priceless.

My favorite by far was when a group of junior high girls were walking away and she told them, "say bye Jasmine" as in for them to say bye to her, and they all chimed in a big, "Bye, Jasmine!" just as she had asked. This girl is something else.

I can't believe it's all over, again. I love celebrating the holidays with my little family. Last year, Maddie only asked for about 5 months whether it was time for Halloween again. Can only wonder how long it will last this time!

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