How has it already been 2 months since Ava was born? Things are still exceptionally busy at our house, but we are really enjoying our kids and are finally beginning to settle into a nice routine. Brian is finally finished traveling for a while (we hope) and we are just a couple of days off of taking a week long vacation. We're not going anywhere this summer, but since the daycare is closed the week of July 4th, we're going to take some time off as a family and do some fun things locally. We're planning daytrips to a water park, the zoo, and the lake as well as another redneck slip and slide party.
Ava is finally getting big enough to fit into some 0-3 month size clothes. This is a huge deal for us because we have lots of cute things for her to wear in those sizes and only have a couple of really cute newborn outfits. Ava spends more and more time awake these days and is pretty regularly giving us big grins. Unfortunately, when she's tired, she isn't a fan of having her picture made. This week I woke her up to take her picture before I put Eli to bed and she flat refused to smile for me.
Eli is becoming more and more protective of his little sister, especially at daycare. We're told that he doesn't like for other people to touch her and has even fussed when the teachers are holding her a couple of times. The teachers are good sports and don't get too upset about Eli being super protective. I let them know that at times he doesn't even want Brian and I to hold Ava because he wants to be the babysitter. Typically at least once a week, Eli wants to sit by Ava on the couch or on the floor and fusses if we get too close. He is taking care of her and wants to do it himself.
This week I've realized that we are raising a little redneck! Like when we came home and Brian turned on Monster Trucks the other night. Eli loved it and when he saw Gravedigger he had to go get his Gravedigger truck and run it around the house.
It didn't help my picture taking at all this week. I wanted to get a picture of him with his truck, but I couldn't get him to look away from the TV. He was super excited to watch the monster trucks and he wasn't about to look away for a picture.
Eventually, Eli realized that his small truck wasn't doing enough damage when he was running it around the house. So he had to go get his BIG dump truck. Now he could do some real damage!
Then last night when we got home our little redneck boy kept saying "Buddin' Buddin'" trying to tell us that he wanted to drive something. Fortunately, Eli and Ava have a daddy who loves to play outside too so Brian took Eli outside and got the tractor out just to ride Eli around for 15 minutes. Eli was in heaven riding on his tractor!
While the boys drove the tractor, Ava and I hung out in the shade watching them drive and enjoying the sunshine. It made for a great afternoon enjoying some redneck fun.
So that is it for our little redneck family this week. We hope that you are getting geared up for the upcoming holiday and are able to enjoy some of this beautiful summer weather without getting too hot.