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Ava Turns 2!

Ava held her second birthday party at the Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview. Family and friends joined in wishing this loving, sweet angel a happy birthday.

We enjoyed pizza, salad, Mac and Cheese from Fatso’s and an Elmo cake from Lutz Bakery.

Elmo even stopped by to say hello!

On Ava’s actual birthday, we celebrated with a cupcake from Sweet Mandy B’s.


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Blueberry Picking in Michigan City, IN

We kept the Jacobs’ tradition going with this last outing. We went to Billy Boy’s Blueberry Farm and picked blueberries. Dave’s grandparents took him here as a kid and now Ava’s parents and grandma took her.
I have a new appreciation for blueberries! It’s a lot of work filling a bucket full with the little berries!

We continued a trip down memory lane with Dave by having lunch at the Tree House.


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Pony Ride

Ava rode her first pony this weekend. Dave and I took her to West Fest and she was thrilled to get on the pony. I know this is not the last time she will be riding!




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Great America

Dave and I wanted the end the holiday weekend on the up swing, so we headed to Great America! Wow , did Ava love all of the rides! She laughed and smiled the entire time. We wanted to introduce roller coasters to her at an early age. She rode alone and with Dave like the best of them!


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July 4, 2014

We started the holiday weekend off with a trip to the Highland Park carnival. We then headed to the Naperville Rib Fest. Ava loved the rides! We ended the night at Dave Matthews Band and the fireworks! Ava was more than happy to party with us!


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Lil Kickers!

Ava went to her first soccer class today. She kicked a goal and ran around with the other toddlers. Grandpa Brant would be so proud!


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Elmo Bouncy House

Ava’s face lit up when she saw the Elmo bouncy house in the courtyard. She kept yelling “Ellllmo!” It was our neighbor, Olivia’s second birthday party. Ava bounced for over two hours, played in the water table and ran around with her friends.

The evening was topped off with an appearance by Elmo! Ava was scared and excited!


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Family In-Town

Betsy, Tim and Evan came for a visit this past weekend. We met them at Montrose Harbor and had a picnic and fished.

Ava and Evan stopped the ice cream truck and had a refreshing cool treat.

The evening ending a bit early because of a storm that rolled into the city!


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First of Many Camping Trips

We successful completed our first camping trip. We drove to Rock Cut State Park and let nature take over. The Rojas, Grace, Sanchez and Raul families completed our group.
Ava is meant to be in nature. She played, ate and slept hard! We hiked, grilled, played at the park, waited out a short rain storm, made S’mores, laughed and gained a couple of new owies. It was non-stop fun. Ava slept the best she ever has while in the tent. It made me and Dave think about how much energy she needs to expend in order to pass out!


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Scooting Away!

Ava use to steal other kids’ scooters, so we decided it was time to buy her one. She started by standing in it while me or Dave pushed her around. Now she is starting to scoot by herself. She’ll be 23 months next week!

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Cleanup After Camping

Dave and I did a stellar cleanup job after the camping trip. I was very impressed with our motivation to get everything washed and put away right when came home.

Ava was a big helped and carried her weight. She washed her car and entertained herself for most of the cleansing process. She is just too cute!


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Father’s Day 2014 (#2 for Dave)

Ava loves Dave as much as her loves her. Both of their faces glow when they see each other in the morning and when he comes home from work. Dave’s adoration for Ava shows every waking hour of the day. He rushes home to see her and spends all of his free time with her. Ava has the best daddy in the world!

We celebrated Father’s Day with breakfast at Sarkis, a stroll through the zoo and Dave is now enjoying a movie solo.

Next year there will be another daughter for Dave to goo goo over!


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Garfield Park Conservatory

Ava and I needed to get out of the house! We have been sick for the past week and needed to get some air. I took her on a peaceful walk through the conservatory. It was perfect!


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Sick Puddin’ Face

Ava has been sick for the past few days. She had a high temp for two days, fine for two and now a cold. She’s stuffed up, has a runny nose and a cough. Dave and I feel horrible for her. Here’s to a speedy recovery!

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Memorial Day Parade!

Ava had a fun short visit to Northbrook to see the Memorial Day Parade. The morning was really nice but a little warm to spend too much time outside. Ava loves flags and there were plenty of them to look at and enjoy.
Memorial Day Parade

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Millennium Park

We are starting off Memorial Day weekend downtown. We are breakfast near the Bean and walked around on this beautiful day. Ava loved splashing around in the water fixtures. Nap and then off to the Graces for a BBQ!


Family Trips

Miami May 2014

Fun Mother’s Day trip to Miami to reveal the sex of Harlow! We got to spend some quality time with Brother Rick and see lots of animals.