Salt Lake for the Holidays 2013

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Ava is in love with the cat, dogs and the mountains. She hasn’t showed real interest in the snow, but that could change when we go sledding or cross country skiing. We are here for almost three weeks and this kid is having a ball!

Table for Ten 12/25/13

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After spending an afternoon at church, we came home and had a delicious holiday meal. My parents, Dave, Ava, Dan, Rhonda, Seanna, Elysa, Sherry and Nick ate a home cooked meal and then went sledding at Sugar House.



Christmas is for Kids 2013

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We spent our Christmas with my brother and his family and my cousin. Ava’s cousins, Seanna (7 years) and Elysa (5 years), we perfect little angels. They played, entertained and loved Ava. The girls called her baby Ava. All
of the cousins shared their new toys with each other. The biggest hit? A kids’ karaoke machine called Rock Star. They sang their hearts out all day and night.


Frito the Cat

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Ava is in LOVE with Frito. As soon as she wakes up, she searches for the cat. All she wants is this cat. The two dogs, Sydney and Athena, have taken a back seat to this feline. I wonder if she dreams about this Siamese?

St. Hoober of May Street

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Ava has developed a strong relationship with Hoober. She plays with him every day, shares her food and just plain old loves him. He allows Ava to do anything to him and she takes advantage of it.


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My angel has said the word I have been most wanting to hear. She says a few versions: mom, momma, and mommy. Her voice is so cute!

Hanukkah is in the Air

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We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at the Botanical Gardens. We visited the Wonderland Express, which was stunning! They had snow falling from the sky, trains and winter scenes from all around Chicago.
We ended the afternoon with a Hanukkah concert. Ava really enjoyed the live music.


Thanksgiving 2013

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We hosted Thanksgiving this year. Miranda, Dola, Amani, Jasmine, Papa, Nana, and Francine celebrated the holiday with us. It was a busy Thursday!


Best Friends

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There isn’t a day that goes by where Ava shows here love for Hoober. He shares EVERYTHING with him. Hoober’s patience with her is beyond what we ever imagined. Ava pulls is tail, ears, rides, climbs and “pays attention” to him all day long. He just lays there and allows her to have fun.
She especially loves to share her food with him!

The Tent

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Every night we give Ava sometime to relax and wind down from the day; this happens in our bed. She copies me when I put lip balm on my lips and loves to use our sheet as a tent. She watches Elmo while she is in the “tent.”

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