28 November 2009

The last milestone of the weekend

The end of November usually signals the beginning of Chris' basketball season. In the past, I've tried to go to as many games as possible, even traveling across the state with Chris. But I think that might be a little more difficult this year with Miss Avery tagging along. I was feeling brave today, so Avery and I went to Daddy's afternoon game, which thank goodness was very close to home. It helped to have four grandparents and one great-aunt helping me carry Avery and all of her accessories and keep her entertained!
She really enjoyed herself and actually watched some of the game.
In fact, the action on the court temporarily distracted her from eating her delicious puffs.
Avery noticed Daddy on the court and waved at him. Unfortunately, he couldn't wave back! :o)
Oh, yeah...and Chris was at the game, too!

27 November 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Maybe it's because my birthday is always around Thanksgiving and each year as we sit down to enjoy our turkey dinner, my family reminds me how my birth interrupted their Thanksgiving meal so many years ago. Maybe it's the special memories Chris and I have already created together after only eight years. Or maybe it's simply all the food, fun and family crammed into one or two days of celebrating. Whatever it is that makes Thanksgiving so great, we had a wonderful time watching Avery experience her first Turkey Day. Since Thanksgiving is all about the food, we let Avery taste her first table foods at our two Thanksgiving meals. Besides the traditional mashed potatoes and applesauce, we also gave her some of Mommaw Clark's homemade chicken and noodles, a tradition started by her mother, Fern. Avery wasn't too sure about the slippery texture of the noodles, but she ate them. We'll try them again at Christmas. Any family gathering on my side always includes a game or two. This year's game was Apples to Apples. I really like this game filled with nouns and verbs. Plus there aren't any hard and fast rules, which is a good thing for my family members who like to argue about the rules! So here comes the busy holiday season! This year is sure to be extra special now that we have a sweet little girl to share it with!

25 November 2009

Avery's first trip to The Children's Museum

Our city is home to the world's greatest children's museum. As lifelong residents of central Indiana, Chris and I have been to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis many times. So we knew Avery would have a good time at her first visit, even though she's pretty young compared to many of the other museum attendees. Our first stop was the Indy 500 race car. I had my picture taken in a similar car when I was about 8 years old. Look at her grab the steering wheel! She knows just what to do. Playscape is a special place for the youngest children. There are lots of activities that the younger kiddos can participate in without competing with the older kids. Once Avery is crawling, we think she'll enjoy Playscape even more. Avery loves turning the lights off at home, so she had to play with this light switch in Playscape, too. A maze of mirrors is on the fourth floor. Avery loves mirrors. She especially loves to kiss the baby in the mirror! What's a trip to The Children's Museum without riding on the carousel? Avery loved the music, the lights and the people on the carousel. And being the mushy, emotional mom that I am, I teared up a little bit because I got to see how delighted she was as she enjoyed her first carousel ride. After Avery turns 2, we'll probably buy a family membership to the museum because we're certain that we'd get our money's worth out of it. But until then, we'll enjoy a few more trips to the museum while Avery gets free admittance!

22 November 2009

Celebrating a milestone birthday

Last Saturday, we celebrated Chris' dad's 60th birthday at a special surprise party. Not only was the party a surprise for Mike, many of the guests were a surprise, too. Out-of-state guests included Mike's two living brothers, Larry (and wife, Jerri) from Alabama and Charlie from California, as well as niece Kelley and great-niece Tyla from Florida. I still don't know how everyone was able to sneak into town without Mike finding out!

Surprising the guest of honor

Time to eat!
This picture was featured on the invitation and inspired the music-themed party. This is Mike during his radio days in the Air Force. Can you recognize him with all that hair? :o)
Singing to the birthday boy
On Sunday, the party continued when we spent the afternoon with extended family.
Chris, Avery and Uncle Charlie
Avery was not shy about giving lots of smiles to everyone
All of the living Clark siblings: Judi, Charlie, Mike and Larry
Aunt Jerri with Avery

19 November 2009

Presidential congratulations

We are the farthest thing from Obama fans. But after Avery was born, I couldn't help but submit a request for a greeting card from President Obama. (We also received one from President Bush when we were married.) I think it will be a neat memento for Avery to look at in the future. The note says: Welcome to the world! Your arrival is a cause for great celebration for your proud family. We wish you a long and happy life filled with chances to learn, ideas to explore, people to love, and dreams to fulfill. I'll keep my political comments to myself. :o)

17 November 2009

A taste of the sweet stuff

Last week, Avery tried fruits for the first time. Daddy selected her first taste: strawberry-apple-banana. He said that if she didn't like it, he'd eat all of it! She seemed to like the fruits as much as she likes the veggies. I wonder if that will continue when she gets older!

Avery will be jumping in these leaves next year

The unseasonably warm weather we've experienced lately inspired Chris to mulch the leaves in our yard one more time before winter comes. Although he sometimes complains about doing yard work, I can tell that Chris really does enjoy it. Working in the yard is one of the ways he relieves stress. And he's always so proud and satisfied when he looks at his cleanly mowed yard!
Can't you just see Avery riding on the mower with Daddy next summer?
I sure hope this enormous pile of leaves in the backyard decomposes over the winter!

02 November 2009

Cute little bug-a-"boo"

For Avery's first Halloween, she dressed up as an adorable lady bug, complete with wings and antennae. Her trick-or-treating consisted of visiting the grandparents' houses and receiving practical Halloween treats (clothes, cereal puffs and books). Next year will be a lot different, that's for sure! Enjoy these pictures!

The grandchildren of Mommaw and Pappaw Clark's neighbors always stop by.