Door and Names

Well, this is it.  The end of an era.  I’m closing up shop here at RR – I’ve been here almost 4 years… but it’s time to move onto the next chapter.

They say, when one door closes, another opens.  And that is so true.  With my divorce, a door closed – a lot ended, and with that was using my married name.  It took months of deliberation, whether I wanted to keep my married name, or go back to my maiden name (I had to decide before the divorce was finalized).  It was mostly a tug of war between having the same last name as my son, and associating with a married name I wasn’t married to anymore.  In the end, I decided to go back to my roots, and use my maiden name.  It’s just a name right?  I don’t think it’ll affect Avery in any negative ways, having a different last name than me.  Plus, it’s sooo nice to be back where I grew up and have the name everyone here knew me as.

Speaking of which, that’s one door that opened right up – moving back to Vermont.  It’s been nothing short of amazing, moving back home and having friends and family here to support us, and spend time with.  Avery is growing into such a wonderful little boy, and I know much of it is because of all this fresh air, outdoor activity, and presence of family and friends.  And in just a few months, we’ll be able to move into our forever home, a place Avery will always call home and grow up in, creating so many memories – something I wouldn’t have been able to give Avery back in Boston.

So, it’s only fitting, we start this new life in Vermont with a new blog – I know we’ve been up here a year already, but we’ve been in ‘limbo’ for a while now, first living in an apartment in Boston during the divorce – not knowing if we could move to Vermont, and then we moved, but we’ve been living the past year with my parents so I could save money.  With buying the house, and finally having a direction and putting down roots, we’re finally moving out of this limbo state and getting a fresh start.

As you know, I always sign my posts ‘<3 Meghan’, so that’s where the idea came from… leaving the door open for me to write about everything and anything happening in our crazy little life here in Vermont.  No worries, all my old posts and pictures are there too.  We’re not erasing any memories in the past, just building on them under a new roof 🙂

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Our next chapter begins with our latest adventure….camping last weekend.  Check it out on the new blog.

www.LoveMeghan.com

❤ Meghan

Avery Turns 3!

Avery turned THREE!  As per family tradition, we had to throw a big bash.  The first means of business was picking a theme.  If you follow this blog at all, you could guess what theme Avery would pick… and so the invitations were born:

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I knew there would be questions about what to get Avery, so I made a Birthday Wish List on Pinterest:

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Next, tons of shopping and party planning (which by the way was quite difficult because Ice Age is not a new/popular movie, so finding any decorations for the theme was near impossible!) and cake making!

Avery picked out a blue cake mix, so I used my Grandma’s giant cake pans to make an epic cake…

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And after two nights of frosting…

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The iceberg was finally made! IMG_3262

My parents had taken Avery to the store so I could have the night to make the cake and when they came back, my Mom loved the cake and asked how I designed and made it, and I have no idea!  I just took a really big knife and chopped away at it until it looked like an iceberg and I could put a waterfall down it (like in the movie).  I topped it with Ice Age characters!

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A little work from some paper and a sheet and we made this fun display for the party!

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Some balloons, snowflakes, streamers.. and it was party time!

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Avery had loved the bouncy house at a party we went to this summer, so it was only fitting he had one at his party!

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It was a hit!

And so were the Ice Age games… First, acorn hunt!  We acquired alllll these acorns from Uncle Todd the week before…

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We spray painted a few of them, and had the kiddos search for them!IMG_3341IMG_3345

Next, dinosaur excavation! (dinosaur’s frozen in ice)IMG_3347

It kept the kids occupied for quite a while… and the kids were quite creative, using the spoons, smashing them on the ground, or licking them!

Avery opened his presents… (which took me days to put them all away – Avery is very loved and now has an even bigger college fund)

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We ate yummy burgers and hot dogs (and the delicious dishes everyone brought to share!)

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Each kiddo took a whack at the acorn pinata (Thanks Mimi)!IMG_3355

Everyone got a goodie bag of dinosaur stamps, figures, tattoos, and noise makers (per Avery’s specific request)

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After going thru three rounds of hitting the piniata, and a little help from Jeremy… there was candy all over!IMG_3358

Avery blew out his #3 candle…IMG_3361

And he opened his big present from MiMi and Grampy… a tractor with wagon!

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Needless to say, Avery wasn’t too graceful his first time at the wheel.

And what do you do with a wagon?  Carry other kids of coarse!  Avery wasn’t driving the tractor for more than a minute before another kiddo jumped in the wagon for a ride.  Both of them fell out (nobody was hurt!)

The party came to an end, but the after party continued that night and the next morning. Avery’s cousins spent the night and they had fun together…IMG_3364

We put Avery’s new quilt on his bed (Thanks Nana!)IMG_3366

And we displayed all of Avery’s fun birthday cards on his book shelf!IMG_3365

And to follow up with Avery’s THREE post update, I’ve got Avery’s annual checkup details. We met Avery’s new pediatrician, took a fun test (I had a list of things to ask Avery to do and questions for him to answer, and he did great!!!), and Avery got his height and weight checked. 

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Avery is 31.75lbs (50th percentile, up from the 42nd last year), and 38 inches tall (70th percentile, down from 78th last year).

He checked out very well, got a flu shot (and band-aid), and two stickers, which he proudly displayed on our way out.

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And we did our annual height mark on Avery’s giant ruler.

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It’s official… I have a three year old!  And he’s awesome!!!  We had such a fun party, and birthday celebrations – thanks to everyone for making it fun and special!  Until next year…

❤ Meghan

THREE

My baby is three today.  He’s grown so much in the last couple months – really gaining his independence, talking up a storm, and he’s no longer a baby, or a toddler, he’s a preschooler!

Avery started his first day of preschool today.
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I dropped him off, and he gave hugs and kisses to Joey and I and went off to play.  He didn’t cry or cling.. he’s all grown up!  He was so proud of his new backpack (a hand-me down from cousin Aiden), and wouldn’t let go of his ice age characters from his birthday party this weekend.
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There are so many things about Avery that I just want to bottle up and save forever because I know he will continue to change and grow.  But for now, here are a few things I’d like to store away and look back on someday…

Things ‘I can do myself’ :

    • Put on & Take off my shoes.  I’m working on taking off my socks, but since I demand to wear big long white sox like Grampy that practically go up to my knees, I get too frustrated before I can pull them off completely.
    • Sing the ABCs. I like to sing when putting the alphabet puzzle together with Mommy and when Mommy asks me to read anything, I recite the ABCs.
    • Use the Potty. I’m ALMOST potty trained… I just have to remember to tell Mommy I need to go, BEFORE I go.  I  can pull my pants down and use the step stool to get to the potty myself!  Oh and I stand up like big boys do 😉

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Avery was sooo excited when we went shopping for big boy pants – he took them out of the bag and laid them all out like this, silly kid!

    • Wash My Hands.  If Mommy asks me to wash my hands before dinner, I can go into the bathroom, turn on the light, pull up the step stool, turn on the water, get the soap and wash my hands, and put everything back.
    • Count to Thirteen.  I can count very high, but after 13, I tend to go back down to 8.
    • Ride a Trike and my Bike with Training Wheels. My favorite time to ride my bike is when we are visiting Great Grandma & Grandpa.

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  • Pick Clothes Out of My Dresser.  Mommy can ask me to go pick out clothes and I can get them all by myself.  Sometimes I come back with Pajamas or long shirts and I have to make a second trip, but I am learning!

Avery’s favorite things change pretty often now.  He has a short attention span and moves from one activity to another after a few minutes, and he could like one food today and hate it tomorrow.  But here are a few consistent favorites…

Favorites:

    • Fruit: Strawberries & Apples
    • Meat: Sausage & Hotdogs
    • Vegetable: Corn on the Cob

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    • Meal: Tacos or Spaghetti
    • Books: Thomas book from Sarah T
    • Candy: Jelly Beans & Sour Patch Kids
    • Snack: Popcorn & Fruit Gummies
    • Songs: There’s a Hole in My Bucket, Rain Rain Go Away, and the commercial song ‘I’m a Big Kid Now’
    • Color: Blue! or Red, or Green, depending on the day, haha.
    • Movie: The Elephant Movie (Ice Age)
    • Outdoor Activity: Riding his new tractor, playing in the garden, playing in the garage
    • Indoor Activity: Thomas Trains, Cars, Play Doh

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There are some quirky, distinct, and particular things we do every day that not many people know about but Avery never lets me forget and reminds me if we don’t do them.

Routine:

  • When I pick Avery up from school, he likes to wear his (heavy and full) backpack outside to ‘Show my kids’ (classmates) as he says, because he is ‘Big and strong’ and ‘Im a Superman!’
  • When Avery says goodbye or goodnight to Mimi, she gets 2 Kisses and 1 hug… every time!
  • Avery gets the mail every day after school.  He sits in my lap in the car at the mailbox, reads off the mailbox numbers, gets the mail out and brings it in the house.
  • When we go for walks, on our way back, Avery races us by going down Tom’s driveway (the neighbor, which runs next to ours) and beats us home.
  • We get jelly beans every day after school at Joey’s work
  • We stop and look at the ‘broken house’ every day (It’s a house they are building, but Avery has called it the broken house, haha)

Personality:

Oh Avery.  Words to describe this kiddo… Energetic, loving, caring, fearless, stubborn, persistent, determined, athletic, clever, daring, polite, bold, handsome, entertaining, bright, confident, curious, thoughtful, happy, and healthy.

Avery has his 3 year check up on Wednesday, I’ll be back to give his stats after that, and post pictures and video from Avery’s birthday party!

❤ Meghan