Tuesday, May 29, 2012

13 Months Old



Well, long time no see followers! I've been busy relaxing with Avery on my summer break from teaching. Since we're over the 12 month mark and my cute little monthly stickers all ran out, I decided to try out a new idea...a chalkboard sign. 
It was getting harder and harder to put Avery in the same rocking chair each month, so I knew I needed something that would allow her to move and go (as she likes to do). The only question was, would she hold the sign long enough for me to snap a picture? Let's see...


 Happy 13 Months Old Girl!
  
 It wasn't easy though, every time we would hand her the sign...


...she would throw it!




"What can I say? I like to make photo shoots exciting!"


"I like to laugh too."

Wonder what life is like for Avery now that she's 13 months old? Here's some of her favorite things:

1. Favorite food: strawberries
She has them for breakfast nearly every morning. Yum!

2. Favorite word: noodles (Avery pronunciation: "no-nos")




Noodles everywhere!

 3. Favorite book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell (or as Avery calls it "ow-buk")




4. Favorite activity: watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse


Every morning after breakfast we watch a little Mickey
Mouse Clubhouse. She loves to dance and wave at all the
characters.

Then it's on to more books!

5. Favorite move of the month: Hands up asking "Oh?". Anytime you ask Avery where something is ("Where are the dogs? Where is Dad?") she'll put one or both hands up like this and say, "Oh?" as if to ask, "I don't know, where?" Too funny.

Swinging won't stop her from "Oh?"


Other favorite move: blowing kisses!
Every time we say "goodbye" to someone, or even "hi" it
usually will come with some blown kisses from Avery!

Here's some of the highlights of the last month. First up was Mother's Day, and although it was my second Mother's Day, I was the first one where I actually felt like a mom. Aside from feeling like I "put in my time" with Little Miss, I truly do feel like a mom this year. In the past year she has given me feelings of  love, worry, pride, patience, and joy and many more...and I love her for that.


Gotta show some love for my mom! I couldn't do it
without you! ( :

So many choice...to swing or not
to swing?


Playing peek-a-boo with Grandma and Uncle Austin.



Another fun thing that happened this month is that we got a fun, pink tent for Avery (thanks to my friend Erin, for passing it on to us!). And boy, has she loved it!

She loves to stand in it...

...read books in it,

... hide from Mama!

...and of course, be silly in it,
As I said at the beginning of the post, I finished up with school this past month, which meant that Avery finished up with daycare. Granted she was never in an actual "daycare" since she was with her grandma three days a week, and a friend of the family for the other two. But that didn't stop me from taking some pictures to document the change I knew would take place between the nine months!

Here she is on her "last day of daycare" this May.

Now remember what she looked like when she started daycare back in August at 4 months old, compared to what she looks like now at 13 months the difference is pretty shocking!



I think it's safe to say this girl has gotten "BIG!"

"See I'm a big girl guys!"


Now since some of the big milestones are over and done, like rolling over, crawling, walking, saying that first word...I feel a little bit at a loss of words of what to post about this month. Don't worry though, I've got lots of pictures. So here's some more fun stuff we've been up to this past month.

We put our "fancy clothes" on and went to a wedding.

Someone always has time for kisses with Daddy.

We also managed to get away from Avery for one of my New Year's resolution's on going on a date night every month. This month's date was simple with no frills as we just went out to eat at a new restaurant. If you have followed my blog for a while you know that one of my favorite types of restaurants is Mongolian BBQ. This type of restaurant rocks for people with special diets, like me who's a gluten-free vegan. Our restaurant choice was Genghis Grill.

My bowl had: brown rice, tofu, broccoli, carrots, onions,
mushrooms, green beans, and their Sweet N' Sour sauce.


They had a similar format to most Mongolian BBQ restaurants where you get to choose your own veggies, noodles, meat or no meat, seasonings and sauces.  Genghis Grill has one of the best allergy-aware environments I've seen. I was able to tell our waiter I had a gluten allergy and he wrote it on my "order card" that I gave to the chef once I created my bowl. With this card, they then made my bowl on a separate gluten-free grill. Sweet!

'On top of that, they listed all the ingredients to the sauces above each of them...so that made it much easier to choose which ones I could have. You can read more about their menu and ingredients in their brochure here.

Skateboarding on the hot pink
skateboard she got for her 1st
birthday.

Swinging, as you already saw above. 

Swing time= Happy time.

Ever wonder what Avery likes to do in the back seat while
we're driving? Read books! Well, not literally, but you
know what I mean. That girl is a book lover.
Another favorite thing to do in the backseat? Smile and
make silly faces.



 Pinterest craft of the month: "Chalkboard Sign"

Inspiration: Technically this wasn't something I found on Pinterest, just something I saw on Etsy (here) and thought, "Hey, I bet I could do that!"




Supplies:
  • 1 large sheet (poster board size) of black foam board
  • 1 can of Valspar Chalkboard paint $15, I figured I'd use it for other projects as well
  • 1 small container of white paint (I use soy paint)
  • 1 roller and a small paintbrush
The Valspar Chalkboard paint I used.

Steps: (I enlisted the help of my Mom aka "my project assistant"!)

1. We painted the foam board with the first coat. Then waited
24 hrs. and painted a second coat. (instructions per the paint can)


2. Next we (my crafty mom) drew on the quote bubble shapes
I liked the best from some Google searches.

3. We painted a thick, white border around each quote bubble.
This took a few coats.
4. The quote bubbles were then done and ready to be used!



See you guys next month. Until then, you'll know where I'll be. 


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