Wednesday, March 31, 2010

RENT

Okay, so Tuesday....um. I... assume I did some stuff.... uh... Oh, right, Mom got so excited about a Birthday card that came for me that she LET ME OPEN IT EARLY. Though frankly I think she just kind of got caught up in the moment. Fortunately my party pooping father was there to bring us all back down to earth... and take a few pictures.


My first official Birthday card came from Great Aunt Suzi and Great Uncle Dale. They encouraged me to smear frosting in my hair now since I won't be able to get away with it in the future. EXCELLENT IDEA GAS & GUD!


Tonight we met a bunch of our friends out for Mr. Hulsen's birthday! (Birthdays, so hot right now.) We were also there to say Bon Voyage prior to MH spending a magical year in AFRICA... with his Guard unit. Looking forward to your Welcome Back party MH!


I felt like I was pretty tired while we were out but once we got home, I was energized and decided to try and STAY UP UNTIL MY BIRTHDAY! I was almost able to make it to 11:00 but then Dad made me go to bed. He said something about Santa not coming if I'm awake but I think he was confused...



Remember, you can't take it with you, but you can lick it so no one else can take it when you're gone.

Until Later,
Avery

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

S.A.T Prep

Pop Quiz:
On Sunday, Mom, Dad and I went where?
A. Babies R Us
B. Target
C. Sam's Club
D. All of the Above



I know the smart money was on D, All of the Above, but this ain't TRIVIAL PURSUIT For Kids Nick Edition it's more like ORIGINAL GENUS. No messin' around, 1981 version.

Anyway, Sam's Club was a mad house. Surprise! We picked up a bunch of stuff that we only moderately needed, including some new Pampers that have replaced my old version. Of course at SC, the only size is the 160 count which we'll get to after we go through the UNOPENED BOX OF 160 of the old version that's sitting in my closet. Way to keep your heads in the game M&D!

Oh, for the record, Mom did go to Target by herself a little later so if you answered B. Target, I'll go ahead and give you half credit.

On Monday it was back to Miss Anne's - YEA!! I don't think Dad was too in touch with the forecast though because he sent me over in SWEATS! Hello old man, get with the program.

On Monday night, Aunt Abby and Grandma Herbert came over to do some wedding planning. Actually AA and Mom did wedding planning because I pretty much canobolized canabalized canabolized cannabolized cannobolized cannobalized (ooh, on the right track with two N's but two I's never crossed my mind. Yikes!) cannibalized all of her time. I imagine she was okay with it. I even tricked her into rocking me to sleep just like M&D always d-- HA, I couldn't even finish the sentence. Thanks GmaH!


AA didn't want her picture taken so she tried to hide. Is she new here? That's gotta be the surest way to get your pic taken and of course, put in the blog. Though with Mom's goofy pose, I'm not sure anyone would even notice AA if I didn't already tell you she was there.


Remember, you can't take it with you, but you can lick it so no one else can take it when you're gone.

Until Later,
Avery

Monday, March 29, 2010

Got any Mustard?

Okay, we left off on Friday night so we'll pick it up with Saturday. (I better be careful or I'm gonna get completely caught up and I've completely forgotten what that's like.) On Saturday morning I played with Mom because, of course, Dad was sleeping in. Then Mom had to do some work for Paper Mill Designs so she passed the batton baton to Dad who took over. (Anyone else see the irony of using a running analogy in reference to MY parents?) After my late morning/early afternoon nap, M&D and I met Aunt Darty, Uncle Dave, Grandma & Grandpa Davenport at Coach's to watch K-State's Elite 8 game against Butler.

The game was a total bust. I don't know if the kids were tired, nervous or if Butler's defense is really that good but KSU did not play well and my life long dream of KSU in the Final Four ended just one game shy. Despite the poor outcome of the game, I still had a lot of fun with the fam. Here are a few pics of the fun we had.









Remember, you can't take it with you, but you can lick it so no one else can take it when you're gone.

Until Later,
Avery

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Who Does Not Want to Wear the Ribbon?

On Thursday, my rash was pretty much gone but my skin still didn't look quite right so it was snow day number three. Dad took the day off again to help me convalesce. For lunch we headed over to Grandma & Grandpa Davenport's. On the way there, we saw the car in the picture below. I think it's clear that Dad needs to put the diaper bag and thus the camera out of reach while he's driving or it may end poorly. Still, what is this "ribbon" showing support for? I think having Piano Ribbons really downplays the significance of Yellow Ribbons (support for the troops) and Pink Ribbons (breast cancer awareness) and all of the other ribbons that show support for something real and meaningful. And I really like pianos! What's wrong with people?


During all of these snow days, I've definitely missed Miss Anne and all my buddies but it was pretty cool to have lunch with Aunt Darty and G&G D. You can see we were all decked out for the KSU game Thursday night.


Unfortunately, I didn't actually get to see any of the K-State game because it started so late. I was able get an idea how the game was going though because I could hear Dad's heart beat from all the way up stairs. K-State pulled out a win in double over time -- and I missed it. Thanks for nothing M&D!

Friday was one of Mom's off Friday's but Dad still nabbed me for lunch with AD, G&G D at First Watch. Because seriously, when am I ever gonna get to go to FW again? Lunch was pretty awesome. I got to show GmaD how awesome I am with some crayons AND she fed me some poached eggs. I even actually swallowed some of the white parts this time. AD was trying to spread anti-egg propaganda but I wasn't falling it. Next thing you know, she'll tell me cheese isn't delicious either!

For dinner Friday night, M&D and I went to Jose Pepper's for 99 Cent Espinaca (Hey, now I get a nickel for every reader. Tell your friends!) I considered filing a complaint though because my high chair didn't sit level. That was until I discovered I could make it rock by leaning back and forth. Uh, FUN! Good thing Mom fastened my high chair seat belt or I may have rocked out... onto the floor.


Remember, you can't take it with you, but you can lick it so no one else can take it when you're gone.

Until Later,
Avery

Friday, March 26, 2010

Through the Laughing Glass


Let's see... on Monday I went back to Miss Anne's and heard all about their spring break trip. It sounds like they were VERY busy. Regardless, I think Logan was happy to see me and I sure was happy to see all the kids again. I mean, I love my Grandmothers and even Mom & Dad but despite how hard they try, they're just not as entertaining as kids can be. Sorry!

When I woke up Tuesday I had broken out in a bit of a rash. And by a bit, I mean on my head, back, chest and tummy. I guess at least my arms and legs were spared? When Dad noticed he SPRUNG INTO ACTION... by calling Mom for a consultation. Despite Dad's initials being MD, he is not a doctor (neither are you Grandma Davenport) so Mom came home and they took me to see the doctor. Dr. Shanker took one look at me and diagnosed me with one of the SIXTY EIGHT different varieties of Enterovirus. Fortunately for me, it was NOT one of the varieties that results in mouth sours sores. Ouch! See also: Yuck!


So, I didn't feel bad, a little tired maybe, but DS said that as long as I have the rash (or a fever) that I'm contageous. SNOW DAY! Wait, I don't WANT a snow day from MA's! That's okay, I did get to spend the day with Mom which was pretty sweet too.

On Wednesday, I still had the rash so it was another forced snow day but this time Dad stayed home with me. Or I guess more to the point, I stayed home with him. On the way to lunch, Dad thought it would be entertaining to video tape me a la Taxi Cab Confessions. You think people drive poorly while they're on their phones? How do you think they do while trying to set up a video camera? Whoa. I found this video pretty entertaining if you can get past the first 30 seconds where apparently someone is stepping on a cat in the front seat. Oh wait, that's Dad singing along with Avril Lavigne. (Sorry other babies, this Dad is TAKEN! That's right, he's all mine! I'm so so lucky.)

At the end of his singing, I couldn't hold it in any longer and just flat out laughed at him. I think he thinks I was laughing with him but that was NOT the case.

See larger yet equally embarrassing version at YouTube.

Remember, you can't take it with you, but you can lick it so no one else can take it when you're gone.

Until Later,
Avery

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Let's Make a Junk Deal

My last post left off with the girls and me at Nordstrom Friday evening. When we got home, we were greeted by Dad and Grandpa Davenport piling junk at the edge of the driveway for giant trash pick up Saturday morning. What's weird here is not that we had a rather sizable pile of junk but that it had actually made it to the driveway from its various homes of the basement, the garage and the patio. I for one am SHOCKED!

They weren't even done adding junk to the pile of junk when some... hmm... how should I phrase this...Junk Dealers... started hauling it away. It was a bizarre spectacle, one I was not happy to miss once Mom and I went inside. Apparently Mom & Dad didn't want to miss it either because they ditched me in the family room while they went to spy on the JDs. Towards the end, I get fed up from missing all the action. Nice work parents of the year!

It's not any more interesting at YouTube... but it's larger.

On Saturday, Mom, Dad and I went to breakfast at LePeep. It was kind of a big deal because like my mother before me and her mother before her, I had some poached eggs. It wasn't bad but I didn't really love the white part... which I mostly just spit out. LePeep was pretty awesome all around because they gave me some Crayons and M&D actually let me play with them. See my first piece of artwork below. I assume it's on the fridge but M&D don't really let me play in the kitchen.

The above version is more representative of how it looks live but since you can't see it too well, I did an enhanced scan that you can see here.

On Saturday night, Patty & Stu brought Porter over to play with my sisters and me. I didn't get any pictures of play time but here is a picture of the outfit I was wearing. Mom calls it a jumper. Note the KSU themed baby legs. KSU beat BYU in the NCAA Tourney is is now in the Sweet 16. Sweet.


Remember, you can't take it with you, but you can lick it so no one else can take it when you're gone.

Until Later,
Avery

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Nordstrom Fits

Okay, my last update was through Tuesday of last week so I'll pick it up with Wednesday.

It was day three with Grandma Davenport and she came to pick me up as per usual. I think Oak Park mall must have some sort of special gravitational pull on GmaD because we went straight from our house to the mall - and we had just been there on Monday! None of the stores in the mall are really open this early which made me ask why the doors are even unlocked. That question was answered rather immediately as we started walking because we were surrounded by herds of "mall walkers." These people go to the mall and JUST WALK. I consider that a front to people like GmaD and me who actually SHOP at the mall. They should be ashamed of themselves! We walked around long enough for the stores to finally open and when they did, we made the rounds. He hit Dillards and Macy's, Forever 21 (I think they should have a baby spin-off named Forever 21 Months - gold right?) and Nordstrom yet shockingly we left for lunch rather than hitting the cafe. Instead, we met Dad, Aunt Darty and Grandpa Davenport at Houlihan's in Olathe. I had a delicious bottle! After lunch GmaD and I headed to the Grand Opening of Stein Mart's new location. Holy cow, that place was a mad house. I think the only reason we didn't get anything is because the lines were insane. Come on people, the store just moved across the street, get a hold of yourselves!

After my afternoon nap, Gmad hooked me up with some pears (which are awesome.) She also happens to have some decorative pears but they weren't as delicious.



On Thursday, I rotated Grandmas and spent the day with GmaH. The weather was FINALLY a little Spring like and GmaH and I went on a few walks, one of which was to visit Donna Lane. Sweet. I love Spring!


On Friday it was back to GmaH's for some walks before the weather got cold again. Boo snow!

In the afternoon, we met Mom at... wait for it... wait... NORDSTROM to visit Aunt Abby. Awesome!



Remember, you can't take it with you, but you can lick it so no one else can take it when you're gone.

Until Later,
Avery

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Too Slow Buffalo

I've been doing a lot of research lately to learn more about one of my new tricks: The High Five. Naturally, my thirst for knowledge has led me to the fountain that is WIKIPEDIA. And I've been drinking it up. The only thing more ridiculous than the written content of the High Five article are the pictures that a few of the "authors" added to help demonstrate High Five variations. I must emphasize that I do not know these people; they're just helpful citizens of an online knowledge bank. Yep.

First we have Too Slow:
Here an initiator engages in a High Five with the would be victim. (Be sure to mouse over the pics to get the full effect.)


The initiator then lures the victim in with an offer of a Low Five.


The initiator then pulls back his offer of a Low Five prior to the victim making contact.


The initiator then takes the opportunity to taunt the victim.


The second section demonstrates the Air Five:
Here an initiator expresses interest in a high five but due to her proximity to the other participant, they cannot physically touch. The participants then "pretend" to High Five which is often accompanied with a "mouth-noise" imitating a slapping sound. In this instance, the initiator has accessorized her Air Five with a "Shooter." This is a rare combination and is seldom captured on film. Bask in its glory!


I really enjoyed this Wikipedia article so I thought I'd share. I'll leave you with a video clip demonstrating one of the more intricate "Fives" out there. Cheers.


Here's a picture of me "fiving" my high chair. After all, this blog's supposed to be about me right?


Remember, you can't take it with you, but you can lick it so no one else can take it when you're gone.

Until Later,
Avery

1.21 Gigawatts

Miss Anne's kids are on Spring Break this week so she and the rest of the family got outta Dodge to celebrate. Normally this would totally bum me out but when I found out I was going to split time between my Grandmas instead, my frown turned upside down. (too cliche? Don't mock me, I'm not even ONE remember!)

I think there was a flap in the space-time continume continum continueum continioum continuom continuome continueme continoum continuem continium continyoum continuum (gave up and spell checked. I'd have never gotten there. Two u's? (insert your own My Cousin Vinny joke)) early Sunday morning because we apparently sprung forward in time. And it's not like we were doing 88 miles per hour or standing in a phone booth or sitting in a sleigh type thing with a spinning umbrella at the back or anything. I mean, it didn't result in me running into Morlocks and Eloi but it has kind of thrown off my sleep schedule because I slept in nearly an hour later than normal on Monday. Coincidence? I think not. (I hope you olds (that means 50+ in blogosphere parlance) have enjoyed these last few references.)

Because I slept in late, I wasn't ready when GmaD came to pick me up but that just meant she was there to feed me a bottle she would have missed out on otherwise. When we left we were off to do some glamorous shopping at..... WAL-MART. Awesome? Fortunately the next stop was to Nordstrom for lunch with Dad, Aunt Darty and Grandpa Davenport.


After lunch, those other poor saps had to go back to work but GmaD and I did some more shopping. How old do you have to be to get one of those Nordstrom Cards?

After I got home, Mom tried to violate one of my personal rules: Nothing goes on my head. She took one of her headbands and tried it on me. It kind of fit which raises quite a few questions about which one of us has the abnormal head size. Hmm. As far as head wear goes, it wasn't the worst but I still wasn't a huge fan. The bad news is that Mom thought it was pretty cute which means this probably won't be the last time I wear some version of it. The good news is that Dad is sympathetic.



On Tuesday, we had lunch at G&G D's but not before a trip to World Market and Target. Do you think GmaD bought me anything? Bullseye! (Sorry, "target" jokes are few and far between.) GmaD got me some sweet new kicks. Have you ever played with Velcro? Love it! After Lunch, GmaD and I headed out to stimulate the economy some more. Two words for you: Shoe Carnival. Sweet.



Remember, you can't take it with you, but you can lick it so no one else can take it when you're gone.

Until Later,
Avery

Monday, March 15, 2010

Green Monster

It's been so long since I've posted that I practically forgot the web address of my own blog. You'll have to excuse me but my teeth have been really hurting lately and I haven't been in much of a mood to blog. It's really hard to type when you're chewing on your fingers!

Okay, let's just run through some pictures before I start chewing on the computer.

Dad ditched us girls a LOT the over the last five days AND he took the camera with him which kind of makes it hard for Mom to take pictures of me... or, you know, whatever else may be picture worthy. Where's the fable?


Mom had the day off on Friday and we met Grandma Herbert at First Watch for lunch. Dad was there too for about 17 minutes because he had to get home to wait for some heavy equipment. Unfortunately, I'm not just trying to be punny (pun+funny) there.


Mom had ordered some more printing presses and we had to have a forklift to help get them into the garage.


I got a new book of the month book and of course had a blast opening it. It was confusing though because I knew it was a book but it was soft and squishy so I was a bit perplexed.

The book came with a little dinosaur finger puppet. Awesome!


Dad cleaned all of Penny's toys so when I eat them, he feels less guilty.


We had brunch with G&GH at First Watch on Sunday. I've never seen that place so packed. Brutal!


Miss Anne is on Spring Break this week so the Grandmas are sharing babysitting duty. I can't wait to tell you all about it!

Remember, you can't take it with you, but you can lick it so no one else can take it when you're gone.

Until Later,
Avery