Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quints

Hey there, some of you may recall that I used to write a blog. Well, after my extended hiatus, I'M BACK! If you notice the numbers next to the Blog Archive on the right side of the page, you'll notice they sum up to FIVE HUNDRED (assuming you read this before I post again...) That's right, this is my 500th post and while I knew I wanted to do something special, I kind of waited until the last minute to start (SHOCK!)

If you recall from year one, I created a few videos comprised of the memorable moments of my life but stopped after just two. I've been thinking about starting up again recently but haven't due to the work involved. Well, I figured this was the perfect time to bite the bullet... and boy did it bite. In following with Murphy's Law, nothing seemed to go right.

I started by downloading all of the pictures from every post since the last video left off. Sounds like a lot of work but really wasn't despite there being OVER THREE THOUSAND! At a second a picture, that video would have been close to an hour long. You up for that? Me neither. So I started to ween the pictures down until I got to 1000 (in part by combining several pictures into a collage so look fast!) Still about 15 minutes but if you break it down over a few videos it might be alright. So that's the route I took but despite the love I have for all things Google, Picasa apparently hates me. I FINALLY got the first one to work, AID Part III. I got the second one to work as well but YouTube must hate me as well because they removed the background music since technically I don't own the copyright to The Kinks Photo [UPDATE: Picture] Book. Ugh.

So I had to pick another song which has always been one of the most difficult parts about doing this and when I settled on another one, Picasa wouldn't work again. This is where you envision me staring up at the sky, shaking my fists and yelling, "PICASSAAAAAAAA!" Yet, for some reason the song that worked for Part III was accepted by Picasa so... I used the same song for Part IV and Part V. Just pretend it's an Iron Butterfly song...

Also, I think the only reason this song wasn't muted by YouTube is because SME, the owner/administrator of the copyright said it's okay if they can sell advertising in my montage. So, if an ad comes up, you can just click it off and enjoy. Below are the fruits of my labor, beginning with the first two from back in the day just so you get the full effect.











I haven't paid my last bounty yet due to a dispute over the validity of Mom's verbal answer, which took place prior to Aunt Patty's comment answer. The former was first but the latter was the correct medium so I'm stuck. NEW GAME: A dollar to anyone that tell me how much money I got for my piggy bank across these five videos. GO MENTAL MATHLETES!

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, December 11, 2011

Top Chef

Grandma Davenport had Wednesday the 23rd off from work so she asked if we could have a play date. Obvs, I was all about it.
Our main task for the day was to bake, and more importantly, decorate cookies. Aunt Darcy came over to play as well... and maybe to stand by with a fire extinguisher as well. I guess GmaD doesn't exactly have a perfect record when it comes to baking (or cooking!)
Grandpa Davenport was milling around too but something tells me he was more interested in the end product.

For the most GmaD handled the frosting which allowed me to focus on my strength, SPRINKLES!
I was pretty awesome at sprinkles but some of the little cans didn't have governors on them and I may have dumped an entire can on the D cookie. I felt pretty bad about it but GmaD assured me it was okay.
After we cleaned up my mess we took a moment to admire our artwork...
...then dug in!
We had a lot of fun and I think the general consensus was that they were DELICIOUS!

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

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Catwalk

On the 22nd Dad and I headed to dinner at Greats Aunt Nancy & Uncle John's house along with Great Uncle Frank, G&G D, GGD, Aunt Kelly and Aunt Darcy.
GmaD brought over a few toys for me to play with. Not Dad, mind you, but GmaD. Guess that just goes to show you where I rank with each of them. One of my faves are my "paper" dolls which are wisely made of wood so I have a harder time destroying them. GGD wanted to know what I was doing so I had one of my girls work the runway for her. I'm not sure whether GGD is petting me or trying to fix my hair (good luck there!) That's the nice thing about having all of these curls; pretty low maintenance, or at least that's how Dad approaches the situation.
After Dinner I took a position between GmaD and GGD and showed the latter My Sticker Book. I'm always entertained when people try to follow the "rules" of MSB because they don't really interest me. I'm more of "think outside of the box" kind of kid. Actually, I'm more of a "play with the box" kind of kid -- because there are no rules!
At some point I either crawled onto GGD's lap myself or was invited over. I don't think it's going to be too much longer before she has to sit on my lap! In fact, at the end of the night she tried to pick me up for a hug. Uh, hello, I'm weighing in at 3 Dimes these days (that's 30 lbs to you squares) so GGD quickly figured it best to bend down to give me a hug.
Anyone out there remember this old pic? That old pic is from 6/28/09 and was from the same night as one of my favorite old videos which eventually led to this video from earlier this year. Memory Lane - so fun!

BTW, click to enlarge the pic on the left (and every pic in every post) and let me know if you can figure out what's wrong with it. $1 grand prize to the first respondent. Also, GpaD, can I borrow a dollar??

Even though I had eaten my weight in lasagna (and bread, oh how I love bread) I still managed to squeeze in some pie with GpaD. Overeating during the holidays? That's crazy!

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, December 7, 2011

Cruis'n

I think Grandpa Davenport must have missed me while he was in Florida and hadn't caught up on his QT with yours truly so Mom & Dad and I had dinner with G&G D on the 21st. And they let me pick the place so naturally I picked Red Robin, though any restaurant with a driving game would have worked for me.
I'm sure you'll be shocked to hear this but GpaD also gave me some monies while we were at dinner though I was not forced to spend my newly earned money on the cars. So now that I was flush with cash, I decided to scope out a few of the other offerings. I'm not really sure how this game below works but it has a Prize Door. A PRIZE DOOR! That indicates to me that I could potentially get A PRIZE! I think the "potential" part is the rub.
I think Dad saw the gears turning in my head because he quickly ushered me out of the game room. So quickly in fact, that I managed to COMPLETELY MISS this candy grabbing crane game. Well played old man. Well played.

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, December 5, 2011

And it Begins

On November 19th Mom and I went to tumbling and got a few tag-a-longs. Grandma Herbert even came dressed as Sporty Spice (though the wind crossed in a bit of Scary Spice as well.) Spice girls, SO TOPICAL!
Mom & Dad went to see a comedian with Maddie's parents so I spent the night with G&G H and in the morning we went to church.
After the service Mr. Diebold let me play the organ again and I was a hit. Looks like one of the ladies in the choir took a picture too. I assume she'll blog about it as well so if I come across it, I'll let you know.
After my performance we headed to lunch at First Watch Corinth Square with Donna Lane. As if the day wasn't fun enough, after the transition back to M&D, we headed to dinner at the Dodge City Distillery.
In addition to Grandma & Grandpa Davenport we were joined by Great Uncle John, Great Aunt Nancy, Uncle Tim, his... friend Caitlin and as a begin to Thanksgiving - Great Uncle Todd and Great Grandma Davenport!

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, December 4, 2011

Abracadabra

On the 17th Dad and I headed over to Grandma Davenport's for dinner. No, No, she didn't cook - silly. We headed out for dinner with Aunt Darcy & Uncle Dave but before we did, GmaD and I played with my "paper" dolls.

We tried to go to Coach's South but it was JAM PACKED so we rolled over to Salty Iguana; I do love me some chips and salsa! SI was delicious, naturally, and we even saw Evan & Zack (and their parents Brett and Shelly) when we got there - FUN!
Silly UD! There is kind of some weird camera stuff going on in this pic but it's kind of fun. Actually, that night wasn't Dad's best work behind the lens. I mean, here was the original pic from above - not a gem to say the least. Better step up your game old man!

I spent Friday the 18th over at Grandma & Grandpa Herbert's and Aunt Abby came over to play.
AA showed me this sweet spot in GmaH's pantry. I liked to pretend I was taking a shower and washing my hair. It was awesome.
It was kind of scary when the door closed though. I actually half expected a secret trap door to be in the back where I could then escape to the garage like in some magic act.
SUPRISE! No trap door, just lots of fun!

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, December 2, 2011

Six Word Post XIII

MOM MADE DINNER, I MADE ROLLS

Thursday, December 1, 2011

All Rights Reserved

On 11/15 Grandma Davenport and Aunt Darcy took me to Family Tree Nursery. They have an INSANE Christmas setup, a wonderland if you will, and we went to check it out.
First stop was an end cap of ornaments... and GmaD bought me one. Well, that was fast; may be a new record.

Naturally there were a lot of trees but this purple one was probably my favorite. It's like K-State + Christmas! The only thing missing would be a bunch of KSU Football ornaments... which would be slight more impactful if this picture were in focus but you get the gist.
This tree had me a bit perplexed. Is that what they have to use as Christmas Trees in warmer clients? Also, if it's warm there, they wouldn't need fireplaces which leads me to my next Christmas question... actually, I'll table that for now.

It wasn't all Christmas Wonderland though...
... unless koi ponds serve some function in far East Christmases -- OOOOH, Koi-stmas. TRADEMARKED!

Not a bad back drop though!

In addition to the marine life there was a fair amount of faux wildlife as well.
Though once again, not all of it was CW related.
For the record, I did NOT bring home this bunny... or break it, which is nice.

I assume GmaD took this picture becuase I imagine AD was on the other side of the store just trying to avoid this fake bird.

Saw these and thought of this.

I could have stared at this train all night but we were hungry so we headed to Nordstrom Cafe, naturally

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, November 30, 2011

Term Paper

Merriam-Webster defines POST as: something (as a message) that is published online after the fact. Okay, I added the last three words because I really expected M-W to have my back here. I mean, ex post facto is after the fact; how'd I miss here? Seemed like I was gonna start this term paper PROPER! For reals, I may have to email the editor about this...

On the 13th I went to church with Donna Lane, Grandma & Grandpa Herbert.
Afterwards we enjoyed some cookies and coffee (not all of us indulged in both) and took a few pics.
And how about this; it was mid November and still nice enough that I didn't need a coat or even a sweater. Though I feel like the longer it stays moderate, the harsher the winter we're in for.

Holiday season is coming up (in blog time) so I've got my work cut out for me but I'm gonna work my boots off to catch up by the new year. Anyone out there a betting man?

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