Family Time

I love the holidays- mostly because it allows for much for time with family than normal. There is so much to do this next week, but we will get to spend quality time with family and that makes all the running worth it. Since we won’t have a ton of time to update this next week, I thought I would give a snippet of what we will be doing as well as recap the last week or so.

Avery’s 2 bottom teeth have finally made their appearance. After months of sitting just below the very thin skin in her mouth, she managed to pop them through. Avery will be 11 months old next week. It is hard to believe how fast time is flying. We have started the preparation for her 1st birthday party. I think we will tentatively do it on January 28, 2012 around 6 or so. I am hoping to have invitations done this week so we can get them out when we see family this weekend. Avery is just about ready to take her first steps by herself, but she needs to gain confidence in her balance first. She has been cruising furniture for months and she walks behind toys, but only takes steps if she does not realize it is happening. She eats pretty much everything in sight and is not too picky in terms of trying and eating new foods. We are almost through the “stranger” phase and she has begun to go to other people again. I am so glad that is almost over- my arms were getting really tired of being the only one to hold her.Avery spends most of her day looking at books and pulling them off the bookshelf. She loves when Daniel and I sit on the floor and she will bring a book over and crawl up on our lap. She also loves to play with the big, chunky wooden puzzles that Savannah has. Avery does not go anywhere without her pacifier. This is much different from Savannah who would not ever take one.

Savannah continues to amaze us daily with her ever increasing vocabulary and grasp of syntax. She is working on colors, numbers, and alphabet right now, but she is also very into princesses and loves to watch any of the Disney princess movies. She asks daily to go to Yats! to eat chili cheese etoufee- her favorite meal right now. Some days it is all she can talk about. They are beginning to know her well at the restaurant! She eats almost anything and loves to try new things- Daniel got her to try chicken liver and brussel sprouts the other day.  Now I have to admit, I eat neither or those foods, but I am glad she is willing to try! If she had her way, she would spend every day, all day, in her princess dress pajamas her TiTi Vallie gave her for Christmas.  Savannah enjoys playing alone and does not like when Avery tries to play with her. She is very independent when it comes to playing.

Last Sunday Savannah had the chance to play with a lot of kids at the Dougherty Christmas, but she opted to play by herself most of the time. I think she is used to playing by herself, so she does not know what to do with all those other kids around. It was nice to see, and catch up with, that side of the family. There are always several functions a year, but the Christmas one, with packing boxes for soldiers, is my favorite. We had to leave early this year to get naps in, but we still had fun while we were there.

We will spend most of this week trying to finish wrapping gifts, moving the gifts to Dan’s parent’s house, and putting together the “big” gift for the girls. We still haven’t figured out what to get each other, so as of right now Daniel and I won’t have gifts, but that doesn’t really bother me. If we figure out something we may run out, but I don’t know if I have any desire to go to stores this week. We are staying overnight at Dan’s parents house Christmas Eve after we get back from the Stubb’s Christmas in Bloomington on Saturday. We decided to stay the night to give Savannah the best experience for her first Christmas that she understands what is going on. We didn’t want to have to wake up really early and put the girls in the car to drive over on Sunday morning, so we decided to stay the night. We are so excited for her since this is the first Christmas that she really “gets” the whole Christmas thing. It has been fun to start family traditions of our own that we hope will last through the years.  There is so much to get done between now and Sunday, so hopefully the girls cooperate and let me get work done!


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