Monday, June 8, 2009

It's a Heat Wave!

Well, sorry for the long hiatus again (and this is a long post--sorry). I haven't posted in part because my camera has not been working for a while now, and I haven't had any pictures to post :). There has been so much going on that I really don't even know where to start! I guess I will start with Avi. She is just turning into a little girl so quickly...no more baby around our house! She is saying phrases fairly easily these days and seems like she is just going to bust out some sentences any day now. She's something else...it's so amazing how much she understands and is able to comprehend. Her personality is blossoming, and she is really beginning to get upset when she doesn't always get her way. When she doesn't get her way, and she feels it worth getting upset over, her new thing is to arch her back, start crying (completely fake), and plop down on her rear end. The other day I took something away from her and she plopped down and then gently lay her head back on the hardwood floors and then proceeded to start crying about it. It was quite a site!

Avi has also become quite the copycat. She tries to do everything we do and say everything we say. It is so cute. I love to tell her she is a copycat; of course she says, "topeetat." It's too funny.

Drew competed in the Heatwave Triathlon in Jackson on June 6. He did great...it was a 1/2 mile swim, a 24.5 mile bike ride and a 6.2 mile run. He did it in 2 hours 5 minutes and came in 42nd out of about 475 people. It is called the Heatwave, but actually they had GREAT weather that morning, very low humidity and lower temps than usual in June!

Avi wasn't too interested in taking a picture. There was too much going on for her to look at the camera! Drew will probably kill me for posting this picture, but it's the only thing I have to document the race!

After the race, we went out to Clinton to visit with Memom (Drew's grandmother). Isn't she adorable? We had so much fun. 
(Left to Right): Laura Leigh, Cory & Walt, Vicki & Zach, Memom, Drew & Avi Grace

We tried hard to get a good picture of eveyone at Memon's house, but that was difficult!! The above picture was the best we could do! The kids had a great time running around and playing together. And, somehow they got out of order, but there are more pictures below of the kids playing!

Before we went to Memom's house, Avi and Laura Leigh pulled out the water toys. Avi LOVED it. She thought it was the greatest thing! I'm thankful small things can amuse her! She had a little routine that she went through...there are pictures of it below.

1. Avi steps into the water and tries to "part" the water with her hands!!

2. Avi got in the middle of the water and clapped for herself!

3. Avi headed out of the water.

4. Again, she clapped for herself!

Look at me!


Oh how much fun this is!!

Avi is pretty obsessed with pacifiers. She never really took one except when she was a tiny baby and she hadn't found her thumb yet. However, anytime she sees another child with a pacifier, she automatically says, "paci," and points to it. Walt takes a paci, and Avi pretty much spent the whole weekend fetching it for him and giving it back to him!

Yep, he needed help with his paci again :)

Uncle Cory is so much fun to play with.

This is one of Avi's favorite things...Uncle Cory holding her shirt as she tries to go forward!

Jumping on Laura Leigh. Glad she found someone else to do this with! It just about kills me!

Let's just say getting Avi to take a picture with Memom wasn't the easiest thing. She was a little shy. So here's the first try!
Here's the second try! I'll sit here, but very still and I won't get any closer!

Okay, I'll give her a kiss if I can have my banana!

Finally as we were about to leave, she reached over and gave her a very sweet kiss!

Back Row (L to R): Cindy Lochart, Arma Salazar, Paula Yates, Mary Paige Huxford, Charlotte Cox, Meredith Martin
Front Row (L to R): Lynda McReynolds, me, Jamie Perry, Shannon Barrett

Finally, this is what has been pretty much consuming my life: tennis. My tennis team (I co-captained a spring 3.0 league team with a sweet friend, Paula Yates) won our local area, so we got to go to the state tennis tournament. We competed this past weekend, Thursday-Saturday in Jackson. It was hot and we didn't win too much, but it was a great learning experience and so much fun! I got to know many of my teammates better and I truly enjoyed the experience. Fun times! Mixed doubles matches start tomorrow night! Whew.

Avi Grace's first haircut (before & after!)