Tuesday, June 26, 2012

You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

May 31st was a Thursday and we invited David & Margot to play at the Thursday Night Free Concert at Park Place.
Despite it almost being June, it was COLD. Weather Underground tells me it was barely 60 degrees and that doesn't even include the 20 mph wind rolling in from the North. No worries, we just bundled up and tried to stay warm. Miss Mary Anne help by initiating a game of ring around the rosie. I'm not sure how much fun she actually had but we loved it!
MMA bailed after just one Ring but the three of us stayed strong.
For a little while anyway.
Then David bailed so Margot and I had to hold down the fort by ourselves.
No problem here, as long as I'm falling down I'm all good!
Also, being on the ground helped keep us out of the wind so it was definitely a win-win. There were multiple times I considered turning our picnic blanket into an Avery blanket. Brrrr!

When we got done playing RATR we decided to go dance in front of the band which eventually lead to just running back and forth between the band and base camp. I have a feeling M&D were pretty pleased I was wearing a bright pink jacket so they could pick me out of the crowd easily - seriously, cut the cord already!
I think my dino sweatshirt helped them keep tabs on me as well. I'm just tall enough to look like a shark trolling through the water. If I were a bit more computer savvy I definitely would have overlaid the Jaws theme to this video. (side note: John Williams totally rocks!)

Brody was 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

Monday, June 25, 2012

Six Word Post XV

OOPS, I FORGOT THREE LUAU VIDEOS


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Day Tripper

On Memorial Day Mom, Grandma & Grandpa Herbert and I took a day trip out to Beloit. We packed up the car pre-dawn, or maybe it wasn't, but it was definitely early enough that my eyes weren't fully open so we're splitting hairs.
The upside to leaving so early was that we got out there while the sun was still throwing morning shadows and our fist order of business was to drop off some flowers in remembrance of Great Grandma Chapman.
We had lunch with Great Aunt Janyce and Great Uncle Tim at the Mexican Restaurant. I'm sure it has a name but in Beloit I imagine it's the Mexican restaurant so I'm not worried about it. After lunch we stopped by Chatauqua Park which is pretty awesome - and huge! The playground is top notch too. You see that giant yellow slide - LOVED IT. And as much as I loved swinging with GpaH I think I liked this other swing even better. I have no idea what is going on with this thing but it has to be THE safest swing in existence. Crazy eh?


After the park we went back to the house to gnash on some brownies that GmaH and I had made. And they were delicious!

The next was back to business as usual... and as usual I talked M&D into dinner at Red Robin - YUM! The weather was nice so we ate outside which is becoming increasingly rare these days as summer in KC is now in full effect. Yea (read as boo.)

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, June 20, 2012

What Big Eyes You Have

On May 27th we were fortunate enough to attend the 10th Annual (2nd Annual for us) Batliner Luau. There were a lot of the same attractions as last year but this year I got to check out a lot more. SWEET!
I think we had been there for about 8 minutes when I talked Mom & Dad into taking me to the first bouncy house/slide. As you can imagine I had a blast on this one. Actually, you don't have to imagine - it looked something like this.
Now watch that about 20 more times and you'll get an idea about how much time I spent there.

When M&D were finally able to drag me away we didn't make it far before I saw the NEXT bouncy house. And it was a big one.
I was a little tentative on this "ladder" but eventually I got over my fears.
I'm not sure that Dad and Grandpa Davenport did though. Something about seeing me scale a two story inflatable ladder had them a bit unsettled.

Next I checked out the kid sized house. Kid sized but still with a second level and air conditioning. Sure, why not.

Spent some time at the swing set but M&D refused to push me so we moved on.

We took a little respite from the sun and found the 4&Under bouncy house/slide/ball pit in the warehouse. Also ran into a big bad wolf. Red Riding hood was nowhere to be found though so... that's probably not good.

We finally made our way to the Pooh bouncy house and since it was limited to 5&under (or maybe 7) it was pretty awesome. Once again, Dad was a bit tentative but I loved it and told Aunt Darcy exactly that!

There was a really nice breeze that afternoon and it's a good thing too because I'm betting that wolf can get pretty warm with all that fur. That can't be comfortable...

... no words... other than 'click to enlarge'

At some point we got in line for face painting and I watched in awe.
When it became my turn I decided to go as a 'Mermaid' (like Ariel.)
M&D immortalized it with a family pic via front facing camera (love it!) and AD immortalized it with a trip to the photo booth. AD's way was considerably more fun!
Complete with souvenir!

As the sun was dimming I crammed in some more Pooh bouncy house.
Oh, did I mention the whole party takes place right next to a little lake complete with fountain? Not too shabby.

I'll leave you with a few videos of me dancing, kind of. Last year's dancing vid's were a bit better but that's probably the photographer's fault because I had just as much 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

Monday, June 18, 2012

Photo Shop

On May 26th Mom & Dad and I met Aunt Darcy, Uncle Dave, Grandma & Grandpa Davenport for breakfast at First Watch Shoppes at Corporate Woods.
When we got done eating, GmaD took me for a walk but before we got too far, I asked if we could read a book I knew she had. It took some arm twisting but eventually GmaD gave in.
After a while though we had to head to tumbling but before we did it was a round of hugs for everyone!

Since it was the last day of tumbling for that session, G&G D came to see me get my "award." Oh, and we witnessed what was perhaps my favorite part of the whole day (and it was a fun day.) A family was walking out as we were walking in and a girl, maybe a little older than me, asked her mom what a 'competition' was. The mom responded, "It's a contest to see if you're better than everyone else." MOM OF THE YEAR!

Anyway, we got to tumbling a little early so we checked out the playground. Sweet.

Coach Julie stopped by to help me out. Classic CJ.

Here's me getting my award. I PARTICIPATED!

That night Dad and I were playing over at G&G D's along with AD.
AD wanted a pic of the two of us on her phone so she used the front facing camera (for which I'm a sucker.)
I asked AD if I could check it out and somehow she said YES!
And I we had a LOT of fun.
In fact, I took over 100 pics similar to the one below.
They may not be "great" pictures but I had a lot of fun taking them... and I thought I'd share.
And as per usual, video conveys so much more than pictures do.

AD also showed me how to use the regular camera and after I got my sea legs, I took some decent enough pics. Good eh?

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, June 17, 2012

Bird's Nest

When Dad came to wake me up on May 25th, he found that not only was I already awake but I had grabbed a book to read in my bed.
You can't tell due to the flash but the lights were actually out which made reading a little difficult but when you're just "reading" pics, it's not really so bad anyway.

At this point in my life there aren't a lot of "firsts" still left to happen but that afternoon was a big one. Most kids my age went through this milestone long before I did so I guess that makes me behind the curve. Se la vie!
To be fair, these two pics have been altered (HDR-ish; Google it) to highlight what a mess my hair was. Mind you, the altering didn't make my hair worse it just makes it clear exactly how badly I needed a haircut.
We hired Grandma Herbert for the job (payable in hugs!) and to make the cleanup a bit easier, we did it outside.
I kept VERY still and followed all the directions GmaH gave me... especially after Grandpa Herbert told me all about ears getting knicked!
Turned out pretty darn well eh?

After my day at the spa GmaH and I showed Mom where we found some tiny strawberries out back. Cute right?
Dad helped me put them on the bird feeder so some birds could enjoy some strawberry deliciousness.

Before we left GmaH helped me get a look at my new 'do. LOVE IT!

For dinner M&D and I met Grandma & Grandpa Davenport for dinner at Ruby Tuesday.
I don't know what I said here but I'm sure it was HILARIOUS!

After dinner the five of us headed to Green Apple - an old time fave!
After ice cream I got to take GpaD's Corvette for a spin. 10&2? Who needs 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