We were very fortunate to have Nana and Papa come down from Montana to spend the weekend with us. It's always a party when Nana and Papa are around! Papa helped Tim with building Ava's birthday present from Mom and Dad and Nana and Papa: a new backyard playset! They started the construction on Friday morning, but then we went out to lunch (vodka gimlets and burgers at Coopersmiths . . . YUM!) and to do some shopping and errand running and . . . ear piercing!! In case you haven't seen the pictures yet, our little girls are pierced! It's super cute.
On Saturday, Daddy and Papa really got busy working on the playset (after our tasty brunch of bacon, eggs and mimosas that we enjoyed on the patio). At first we had planned to try to hide the construction of it from Ava, but you just can't keep the girl away from her Daddy, no matter what he is doing. :) She didn't really have any idea what it was until the basic frame was put together and they put the little door on. Then she started referring to it as "my house" and went in and out the door about a million times while the guys continued to put it together. They were able to finish it while she was *supposed* to be napping. We brought her outside to see it after she got up and she was so excited! She kept saying, "It's beautiful!" and, "It has swings . . . and a slide!" She started swinging right away.
|Ava being a big helper.|
|Even Nana made a few trips down the slide!|
|She was a great playmate.|
|Eating snack on the bench by her "house"|
with her new snake. :)
|Swinging with Nana.|
|Junie grilling with Papa later than evening.|
The party was sort of themed "Pizza Time and Cookie Dough". Ava used to recite that phrase all the time and we are still not completely sure why. We decided that pizza and cookies were good ingredients for a party, so that's what we had; pizza for dinner and a giant 12 inch decorated cookie from Eileen's Cookies as our "cake". Ava's face lit up when we sang "Happy Birthday" to her (because, as you know, she believes that to be the actual birthday part). It was cute to see how happy it made her.
|Yummy Eileen's Colossal Cookie!|
|"Happy Birthday, Dear Ava!"|
|Mmm . . . delicious . . .|
|She's getting pretty good at tearing that paper.|
|Junie thought the paper was fun. |
Later she started filling Skylar's car seat with it.
|Putting on some princess shoes!|
|Helping Sydney put on some princess shoes. :)|
|Practicing walking like princesses!|
|A little piano time for the two princesses.|
|Papa Ernie was having some fun with the balloons.|