Gunnar was here the night of Aug 28th- to morning of Sept 9th. It was glorious!! Wow, I love that man!!
Monday we went to the Aquarium, so maybe it is not as nice as Monteray Bay's, but the penguins were fun to watch and Avi loved seeing all the babies around, oh, they had a big octopus and a big turtle...not too shabby. We went out to the Bombay House for dinner- Oh, my word! Heaven. It was sooo delicious!
Tuesday we went the Thanks Giving Point. We went to the Barn yard. Avi rode a pony, looked at animals and had a blast feeding the pigmy goats. Then we got 50 cent ice cream cones- do not let anyone know (ha ha ha) that maybe Gunnar had Avi try ice cream for the first time. She of course enjoyed it, and I watched that she did not get too much, so she wouldn't get sick. (This does not give license to anyone else to feed my baby sugar!!) After we went to the Dinosaur museum. Avi's favorites included crawling through the little tunnel with the 'big' girls that were pretending to be dinosaurs, playing in the water and sand area, climbing on the rocks that were by the guard rails in the hall, and cuddling with a little triceratops. We went out to eat at Rodiozio Grill- it was Gunnar's first time to go to Brazilian grill like that. It was a fun experience, but boy, go for lunch-it saves a ton!!
Wednesday we went to the temple. We got to be the witness couple :). We did some shopping and had dinner with Teresja at Thai Ruby- use to be good... sadly not anymore...
Thursday, Gunnar was sick from some food poisoning :(. I dragged him out to my mom's Junior High to use her picture package (she had said she didn't want it, and offered it to us) so we got school family pictures, and Kjerstina said going to her JC Penny was ghetto. We shall see how they turn out... It was rather funny getting them, Avi turned out to have a mouth full of pretzel.. so it was a trick to A. get her to smile B. get her to smile without showing pretzel. We drove up to Idaho.
My days blur in Idaho..
Friday to Sunday- Avi loves to swing. She can swing by herself on the big kid swings at grandma and grandpa's. She really enjoyed swinging with Gunnar because he was exciting. We took some walks, played some games, read all the jokes in "Readers' Digest", went to church, watched some "Pirates of the Caribbean", played a little frizbee, Avi said "tickle" for the first time, played in the irrigation a little, feasted on apricots, corn, and watermelon...
Monday we went to the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Avi loved the horses. She said "horsey" about five times! She petted them and watched them. They were her favorite. She also saw goats, cows, chickens, rabbits. We went to the cake displays, flowers (not much there), photos, and art work. Avi's grandma got her a purse, because we found out Avi was a natural with them. At grandma and grandpa's house, Avi found Lilli's purse (Lilli was gone camping). First thing, Avi put the purse on her shoulder and went cruising with it. She was sooo cute. She loved that little purse!! At the entrance we went to there was a huge blow up cow- Avi was fascinated. Oh, we went into the McKees' (spelling?) petting zoo. Avi was so funny because there were sheep and and a goat out where we were walking but she didn't pay much attention to them, because she was busy looking at the animals that were fenced off (that is what she is use to) finally she saw several sheep that were next to her. She tentatively stuck out her pointer finger to touch one, when it "ma"ed at her. It startled her. It was entertaining to watch. We went over to the puppies. Avi loved the puppy we got to hold. She gave it hugs, she wanted to hold it, she was petting it, trying to grab at it. She was sad to when we had to return it (I see trouble for my 'no pets' allowed rule... it was hard enough with just fighting Gunnar on it)
After the State Fair we played Frisbee golf with Natasja, Don, Siriana, and Jeremy. We were pretty bad. There was one time when I did not throw my frisbee the shortest... But it was fun to play :).
Tuesday we played a game or two with Siriana and Jeremy then drove home. We stopped in Brigham City. We tried the "destination dinning" Maddox restaurant. Well, to begin with, we have never seen so many handicapped spots for one location. As we were walking in -judging by the other people walking in- I wondered if they allowed anyone younger than fifty in. The food was okay, the best thing was the raspberry honey butter on a fresh roll- no wait- it was the corn on the cob! We all really enjoyed that. But to make up for the food, they had good service- Avi dropped the corn on the floor, and they got us a new one, and then when they asked how dinner was Gunnar was just honest and said it was not as good as expected, and they gave us free dessert- peach pie. So they were really nice. After dinner we stopped by a fruit stand and picked up peaches, corn, cantaloupe, and a watermelon- I told Gunnar he better be hungry!
Wednesday we went to the zoo. Avi was excited to see the camels, she really watched the armadillo, the monkeys were very active- so easy for her to watch, but her favorite were the giraffes. She waved at them, and said "hi". She so wanted them to come closer. It was soo sweet to watch her watch them.
After the zoo, we went to Erin's for a bbq. We had the corn we had bought in Brigham city- soooo good. The watermelon proved very juicy, but not as flavorful, but the cantaloupe was pretty good. Avi took six steps in a row that night- the most she had done!
Thursday we were able to go to the temple again. Teresja watched Avi for us. So she also came with us for an ultra sound. It was to check my cervical length- which is really great, thankfully. I am so glad Gunnar was able to be there, since this is the only chance he had. At only fourteen weeks the doctor said to 'keep our receipts', but it looks like it is going to be a boy. We are very excited.
We drove up the canyon to Cascade Springs. It was beautiful! We saw two dear about a hundred away. Avi was excited to be outside and wanted to walk everywhere, but we did not have time so she was not very happy being carried around for the most part. We drove down the dirt trail by the springs to see a beaver home and dam. I felt like we should be able to go down into it and be offered some tea and crumpets by the kind old beaver couple.
That night we drove up to Salt Lake to stay at a hotel because Gunnar was leaving in the morning. We tried to go swimming in the heart shaped pool, but poor Avi was too cold. It ended up being probably about five minutes in the water. We had pizza and hot chocolate- I forgot how good hot chocolate is. Avi was hilarious- there was a mirrored closet that opened and connected to the bathroom, Avi went round and round- she thought it was great. She also thought it fascinating that she could see herself on one side on the closet, but not on the other (mirrored side vs. no mirror). She was a doll!
Friday morning we dropped off Gunnar... We went back to the hotel got breakfast and had time before check to get a morning nap. We checked out and went to Temple Square. The grounds were beautiful, and Avi charmed her way around, and made a friend of a sister missionary.
Avi has started
- Make kissy faces (though most kisses are still open mouthed)
- to blow on her food when it is hot- She even blew on a dandelion
- not wanting to be held- let's just say shopping with her is hard- she might have ended up crawling around a store or two-ugh for those who know I hate germs!! and if anyone heard a screaming baby- it was her...
- she snores- thank you genes of Gunnar. The other day I tried ear plugs so I could go so sleep... I don't like ear plugs, thankfully she stopped... for a while
- making a "vroom" noise when she plays with cars (she has done that for about a month.
- Sonja said the other day she said, "What's this" and "Look at that"- I haven't heard that many words together- but I am excited to.
- She took about ten steps by herself today.
- Something that is not great, that she has been doing for a long time- when she is done eating she throws her food on off her tray onto the floor- did I already write that?
- She defiantly says "nana" for banana.
- She loves balls.