Fun Friday!!!

Happy Friday!

We are so done with rain up here.  Seems like we got one sunny day, and 6 rainy ones this week.  So how do I tame my rambunctious three year old, and have some fun!??  Chalk hats in the garage…
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I did the crown first, and then Avery got the idea and started making hats for himself (the first one is bunny ears he made), and then he made some for me…IMG_6817

I don’t let Avery play with my phone very often, but he quickly figured out how to use the camera.  Fun times!  After a few days of this, the garage is now a giant mural of drawings.  I’m really amazed at how Avery’s ‘artwork’ is actually more than just scribbles now.  He made a fish, a spaceship, and a cloud recently at school for me, and they actually almost resemble something 🙂

When it is sunny, we take advantage and bring the fun outside!  Mimi was painting the front doors on the house, and Avery wanted to join in and paint too, so I had him paint something not attached to the house…IMG_6780

My parents gave me a canvas and artwork box full of paints, and I haven’t used it yet – I was so happy to have Avery break it in.IMG_6782

He concentrated so hard, and wanted to try every color in the box.IMG_6785

Towards the end of painting, he started mixing colors.IMG_6788

And he was so proud when he was done.IMG_6790

I hung it up with my artwork in our room.IMG_6792

And thankfully, Grampy took Avery and I fishing last Friday down at the falls before all this rain hit.

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It was nice and sunny, and Avery worked on casting and slowly reeling in his line.

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Avery loved picking out his worm and washing it off to see it.IMG_6747

Avery pulled in his line and we didn’t realize it had a fish on it!  He caught the only one that day.

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Grampy got the hook out because the fish swallowed it, but once it was out, Avery held the fish and let it go back in the river.

After he caught his fish, he was over fishing – his short attention span is understandable for a three year old.  He did some ‘rock climbing’ as he called it and threw some rocks and sticks in the water.IMG_6756

Grampy kept fishing….IMG_6761

And when the container for the worms fell in the water, I tried to snag it with my fishing pole, but slipped in…  IMG_6762

I did save it though!  Grampy got a kick out of it and we called it a night.  Avery wanted to go check out the falls, so we did some more ‘rock climbing’ and my soggy camera snagged some photos.IMG_6767

We had fun climbing the rocks and seeing the rushing waters.IMG_6768

The past couple days, this area they are standing on has been under water because of all the rain.IMG_6776

Oh and we can’t forget the play date we had with Avery’s (second) cousins.  We tagged along with Grampy to my cousins house for a couple hours on Sunday.  Grampy was helping them finish the basement.  Avery and his cousins went to the park, shared some snacks, and played toys inside.  So nice being close to family we can have play dates with!

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We had a busy week…we also went to a baby shower (congrats Jenn and Michael – my cousins –  They are having a little girl).  Mimi and I had fun shopping for a gift for them – it was practical tho!  Avery played with his cousins and I got to chat with ladies on that side of the family.  We also went to a graduation on Thursday night for Joseph, another cousin (I have so many cousins, lol – gotta love having a big family!) so proud of him and happy to celebrate with him.

Let’s hope some nice weather is ahead for the weekend.  We have have pizza and a movie tonight, grocery shopping and a birthday party tomorrow, and who knows what else!?

Happy Friday!

❤ Meghan

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Playing Catch Up

If there’s anything that keeps me going when I’m down, and puts a smile on my face when I’m on the verge of tears… it’s Avery.  I promise I’ll get to all of Avery’s birthday festivity photos and recap soon.  Before I do, here’s a fun mish-mosh of outings and activities with Avery this summer that I’ve been meaning to post but not sure how to mash them up in a cohesive post.  It’s only fitting that when I’m up at 2am in the morning, unable to sleep, that this little guy will get me in good spirits for tomorrow…

National Night Out – Milton, VT

My friend Kate invited us to this event in her town (right next door to us) back in August. There were exhibits for safety and the community and lots of fun stuff for the kiddos.  (more info here at their website)

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We walked around and got lots of goodies…
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…like this cool hat… and Avery and Kate’s kids toured the ambulance.

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Avery’s favorite activity was the dunk tank.  He played twice, and dunked they guy both times on the first shot!

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And it’s not a party without bubbles…!!!IMG_2577

Kat and Hannah got their faces painted and all three kiddos scored some yummy treats…

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They had a great K-9 unit demonstration, and while we were watching, Kate snapped this…

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LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Fave pic of Avery and I.  And what’s even better about it, minutes later the skies opened and it downpoured! haha.  Fun times, even running back to the car and getting in soaking wet, but Avery didn’t have a drop on him… Momma’s are good like that 😉

Stowe Bike PathStowe, VT

Mimi, Grampy, Avery, and I took a ride down the Stowe bike path.
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The bike path is 5.3 miles long.  We started on one end, and came back.  The weather was gorgeous.

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We made a pit stop at the end before turning around (potty training while out and about it tricky… but doable!)

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On our way back, we stopped at the Stowe Farmer’s market.  There were yummy goodies, so we sat down and added some treats to our packed snacks.

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Avery loved the brick oven pizza, and he had a real fruit icee… it was soooo good!IMG_2984

The views of the mountain were gorgeous!  Avery was so occupied… lots to look at, bridges to go over and small hills up and down.IMG_2987

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We stopped to feed some animals at a corn maze and petting pen.  And right before we were back to the car, we stopped so Grampy could take Avery in the river.

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Avery was thrilled.  They threw rocks and waded around.

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It was a fun family day!  If we have a free weekend day before it gets too cold, I’d love to take Avery again.

Johnson Family BBQ – Westford, VT

Out of the blue, Mom and I had the idea to have her side of the family over for a summer BBQ.  And after all this great end of summer weather.. well, it poured.  That didn’t stop us though!

The ‘adults’ hung out in the garage while all the kids (Avery’s generation of second cousins) played in the basement with Avery’s toys for hours.

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Honestly, it was so great having all the kids together, playing.  Since Avery doesn’t have any siblings, Me, Grampy, or MiMi are his playmates.  So, it was great to kick back and talk with my cousins, uncles, grandparents, while the kiddos had fun together and they were all in a safe place to play that I didn’t have to keep an eye on Avery every second.

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After a while, they all settled down to a movie.

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Too darn cute!

And finally, the rain stopped and the badminton net got some use.  And it’s last use too… cuz someone drove over it with the tractor later on in the week…IMG_2969

And here we all are!!!  Even the latest addition, baby Peyton!  She makes the count of Great Grandkids (Avery’s generation) up to 7!

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We’ve grown up quite a bit…
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cousins circa Christmas 1997.  

So glad we got that side of the family together.  We are planning to do it again around the holidays… can’t wait!

Fishing & First Movie WeekendArrowhead Lake, Milton VT & Williston, VT

Avery, Grampy, Aiden and his Poppi (aka Michael Eyes, to Avery) took the boat out on the lake for some fishing on a nice summer afternoon.  Avery and Aiden were so excited to spend time together!
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Grampy caught the first fish…IMG_2891

Aiden walked on water…IMG_2893

The weather was gorgeous.  The sun eventually came out and the boys fished away…

Avery had fun looking out the boat and occasionally fishing.

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Grampy caught this little guy.

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Avery tried to hold it but quickly got grossed out when he touched it.  Aiden showed him how to hold a fish…

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Michael Eyes showed Avery the worms…IMG_2907

Avery does love his bugs…

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And this time out in the boat, it didn’t die on us! (Camping on the 4th, the boat died and we were stranded in the perfect fishing spot, thankfully)  So, this time, Avery got to drive!

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I’m on top of the world!!!

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Avery and Aiden had fun spotting animals (birds, turtles, etc.) and looking in the water.IMG_2916

Although only two fish were caught, these kiddos had fun!IMG_2917

That night, we jumped in Michael Eyes pool, had some yummy pizza, and a bon fire.

The next day, We took Avery to his FIRST movie at the theatre!IMG_2920

We saw hot to Train Your Dragon 2 (Aiden had wanted to see it, and invited Avery, but as a Mom, I had to have Avery see the first one to make sure he would sit through it.  We rented it earlier that week and Avery like it).  The boys sat together munching on popcorn and candy.  Aunt Denise, Uncle Mike, Grampy and I chaperoned… and thanks to Aunt Denise for bringing so much candy!!!

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Back to Mimi and Grampy’s, we had dinner and the boys settled down for the night together… a little elephant movie…IMG_2927

And then Aiden read Avery books before bed.IMG_2930

These guys had a fun filled weekend together 🙂  It’s crazy thinking my cousin and I grew up together, and now our kids are having fun together.  Time flies!

Okay, that made me feel better.  This kiddo, and our family is so much fun.  More fun to come.  I’ll recap Avery’s birthday festivities next week.  This weekend we’re off to a baby shower BBQ in NH, and I’m cranking up the running schedule.  My long run this weekend is 4 miles, eek!  I did 3 yesterday and didn’t die, so I can do it!

Happy Friday!

❤ Meghan