Saturday, July 30

Turns out Ava has been holding back on us, not revealing a wonderful talent until the other night.

She makes the most amazing and delicious omlettes!!!!

We put her talent to good use Saturday morning when she made omlettes for our full house: Teagan, Auntie M, Gramma, Gramma's friend Missy, and (of course) herself!

I could eat her omlettes any time, any day!!!

Beautiful Evening at the Park

What a glorious evening!

Gotta love the view from our community park...the valley with the Cascades in the background. Lovely.

Tuesday, July 26

Local Entertainment

How to keep an (almost) 6 month old...and (almost) 65 year old entertained?

Bring in Ava Celeste, the music video producer and choreographer!

This went on for more than an hour. Dante was fascinated (and, I think, slightly confused!). I had a hard time not laughing hysterically the entire time!

Monday, July 25

Country Village

Last summer, Ava discovered The Country Village, a collection of shops in a country setting, complete with random chickens and ducks roaming about and a stream and pond. And lovely flower beds. I got some wonderful pictures of Ava there last year.

Ava's favorite thing about the Village was that several stores carried American Girl Doll clothing and accessories. Sadly when we returned today, those stores had gone out business.

And though I forgot my camera, I still got a few pretty shots with my phone. (What did we do before cell phone cameras?!?)

Thursday, July 21

Noodle Nose

So...yesterday, at lunch, Teagan announced loudly, "Watch this!"

She then grabbed a a noodle from her plate of macaroni and cheese and.....

....wait for it....



                                        ....shoved it right up her cute little nose!

She then  got this look on her face that looked like, "Oh crap! What did I just do?"

Ava, Gramma and I burst out laughing! Hysterically...til we realized that the noodle was truly stuck up there!

Her little eyes began watering and she tried to get it out, but her little finger just shoved it further up her tiny little nostril.

We couldn't get her to blow it out despite trying. So off to the pharmacy went Auntie M in search of  something to suck the noodle out of her nose.

I returned with an infant's ear syringe and 2 kaleidescopes. Teagan adores Ava and will do most anything she asks so I figured if Ava lay on her back looking through a kaleidiscope, Teagan would too. And then I could suck the noodle out without her fussing too much.

As it turns out, Teag was so desperate to get the noodle out of the her  nose, that she didn't care about having the syringe bulb being put in her nose. She actually seemed to welcome it! I sucked as much noodle out as I could, as she cuddled on Gramma's lap, and Ava cheered her on. We thought we got it all out.

Teagan's eyes stopped watering and she bounced down from Gramma's lap and returned to her usual bouncy self. Victory!
(Or so we thought...)

She and Ava went on to have a fun-filled afternoon.

Our house once again became a bustling cafe~

Teagan had so much fun, that she cried when her mama came to take her home...and out came more noodle! For such tiny nose, she really had it jam-packed!

This morning I heard from my sister...last night in the bathtub, even more noodle came out of Teagan's nose! We believe she is finally noodle free!

Tuesday, July 19

Cowboys and Cafes

...and that great American pasttime of baseball.