Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Seventh Generation Giveaway

I ususally only post all the kids cute stuff on my blog to that not only I can remember it, but its so much more fun when you can share it with your friends and family. Besides...I'd forget to tell you! and I'd for get myself! Sorry kids. See...I love you...I blog about it...sometimes.
  Anyways, I usually don't post giveaways, but today I read AnotherTeenMom 's blog review for envibum. She did a fabulous job, mentioning points that were very practical...plus stated that she would use an envibum for a pillow she loved it so much. Her blog was complete with a video and pics.
  Anyways, again, I was looking around her blog and saw a giveaway for a seventh generation kit. Part of me though, oh, I shouldn't enter, I should let someone else win...uh, then I remembered that I haven't bought any cleaner since, uh, (pause) (crickets chirping). yeah, that's about right. I've been using vinegar, vodka (yep, that's right), essential oils, and a teeny tiny bit of rubbing alcohol. While avoiding buying consumable products (mostly meaning money, yes, environment too though) and avoiding chemicals, which really do bother me and aren't at all safe for the kids, I have missed the pleasure of products that really, really work well. I know seventh generation does indeed work well. I am envious. sigh. especially seeing how I was just cleaning and didn't make a dent...and yes, my counters and mirrors have streaks. so...back to cleaning...seriously.   you can check out the giveaway if you want!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

sweet things to remember...best buds

these are in no particular order...I just haven't wrote them down and don't want to forget, so you get to share them with me...please add if you have any you remember!
May 2010

-Ava frequently says, "I love you, Asa" in the most sweetest voice
-Asa use to give Ava huge licks for kisses.
-They both cuddle with each other and laugh so much.
-If one if crabby, or both are, I can just put them together and they start laughing and make each other happy.
-Ava has wanted to be a cowboy for, heck, I don't remember, around when she turned 2. I can't remember what inspired it...actually I think it was the cowgirl hat Aunt Rachel gave to Ava...which she paid a lot of money for initially...which was loved so much in was in smithereens. and I do mean smithereens.
March 2010 bedtime

-The first time I have EVER heard Ava say that she wanted to be anything else but a cowboy (she has been very, VERY adamant about that...even to say, no, mommy, remember I'm going to be a cowboy!) was 2 weeks ago...she said she wanted to be a balloon maker (balloon artist) when she grows up. 
-When filming some envibum clips, I asked Ava if she wanted to work for envibum and she said she was going to be a cowboy, but she could ride to mommies houses to deliver envibums. She frequently reminds me that she will do this..."I'll just ride my horse to a mommy when she has her baby and give her envibums".
-She also reminds me she already works for envibum, because she does special jobs for us.
-Upon meeting you, Asa may just want to give you a hug. I think Asa's favorite person has to be Papa (my dad). He gets thoroughly excited when he sees him and immediately wants to hug him and not leave his arms...which is a big thing considering he doesn't like to be held much...he'd rather explore.
March 2010 bedtime
-Asa broke my sister's child locks on her kitchen cabinet(s)...he really wanted to play with the pans. He LOVES getting into everything....I really didn't understand that phrase fully before Asa.
-He calls me mama and mommy and I love it He calls Ava "Aba"
-When Asa sucks him thumb and holds his ear, its the cutest thing ever!
-Asa loves to sing. His faves to sing, La, la, la, la,la...elmo song, E I E I O...old MacDonald part, and his fave to have sung to him is Jesus loves me. It's really funny how excited he gets.
-Ava and Asa's fave place must be there room.
-Asa takes his big stuff animal caterpillar that's I don't know how many feet long and wraps it around his neck and cuddles with it.
-Asa love peekaboo, but love hiding, especially if it involves putting something over his head (and body) like a bucket. He thinks its hysterical.
-Ava still loves Woody, her cowboy doll from Toy Story that her Uncle Matt gave her. He's really the only thing she's been attatched 2 though she had to minky baby blankets, one from Uncle Matt and one from Bridget, that she really loves too.
-Ava loves to learn new vocabulary words. If she were a super hero she would be Word Girl...then again, if she were an animal, she would be Martha from Martha Speaks...maybe we watch too much tv. Some of her fave words, exquisite, veracious (hungry), loquacious (talkative), temporary, permanent, etc. I don't know where she gets the energy to talk so much!
the superhero team

-Ava loves reading Bible stories out of her children's Bible. But her favorite Bible Story is "The Wedding Story"...just because she loves weddings and has been talking about them since her Aunt Rachel's wedding 2 years ago....what is the wedding story all about...Jesus turning water into wine and all the guests thought it was the best wine of the wedding...yeah, that's all. Her favorite story is about wine. We ready it at night at least 3 times a week.
-Ava, "I really love you mommy" Mommy's heart melts.
-When I tell Asa to shake something (toy in hand for example), he gets really excited and starts shaking it...I think he got it from when would shake his bottle.
-by far more than "mommy", I am Buzz, Woody, Jesse, Slink, or Rex according to Ava...It's pretty much CONSTANT that we are playing toy story no matter if we are eating breakfast, taking naps, sewing, reading books...its constant pretend play...almost exclusively toy story. Asa plays too. He is Buzz and Rex a lot...sometimes Ava says he is Bo Peep (Little Bo Peep), but I got his back....I tell her he wants to be a boy part. This has been happening for a very...very...very long time.
December 2009 Best Buds

-Ava refers to the last apartment we lived like this, "mommy, you know the tiny, tiny, tiney, tiny house we use to live in?"...I feel the same way about it. She actually had a hard time moving and try to convince me of the great stuff that was there so I started referring to it as the really small house and I guess I convinced her.
-I never expected Ava and Asa to love each other and play with each other so much at such a young age!
- On Halloween or Harvest Fest, or whatever you want to call it, we went to trader Joe's in the morning where they had a petting zoo (Ava had turned 3 the month prior) Ava dressed up like Jesse from Toy Story and Asa like Woody. Ava was petting a lama and asked the worker, "Can I ride him? I'm a cowboy?" in a very serious and hopeful voice. 
-Asa screeches like a pterodactyl, but we are working on that : )
-Asa's nicknames include, Ace, JAM JAM (we can use this to talk in code so he doesn't know we are talking to him...its his initials), there are more, but I guess I listed them in the last post.
May 2010
-Asa get's excited when he sees the toy story characters and he definitely recognizes them...at the grocery store or the dolls at home, etc. Its quite cute. When he gets excited he smiles his big cute, bright smile and gasps and bounces up and down.
-Asa isn't much for toys when there is so much to explore..but he does love his alphabet train he got for his birthday from Uncle Jay, Aunt Rachel, and gang. He also loves the pool...his nana and papa got him a cool floaty thing so that it actually makes it possible for me to take the kiddos to the pool. He also likes a fire truck and ambulance we have that drive by themselves and big, squishy school bus he can push around...he is very much into the putting things in and taking thing out of something stage...this includes my kitchen cabinets and whatever else he can find. He love to play in the "house" section in our house...kids table and cradle with a baby and pretend kitchen things. He also loves anything electronic and buttons
-When we walk into a new building, Asa immediately looks up and is thoroughly fascinated...is it the lights, the structure of the building? I'm not sure but its really cute. He points and gets really excited as he inspects it.
-Asa gives and mostly blows kisses and its the most adorable thing...when I am laying him down he immediately starts blowing me kisses with the biggest smile on his face. tear.
-Yes, Asa is 1 and I need to post a blog about his birthday, updates, etc....because I haven't recorded it any other way...except some pictures
-Ava has been wanting to do school work and read for a long time. I finally sat down with her and taught her some word families and words from word families and constanent blends. I'm kind of guessing on what and how I'm suppose to be teaching her at the moment and remembering how my mom taught me, but she makes reading look like baby stuff.
there are more memories I want to...uh...remember...and more cute pics...so this is just the first installment...I wish I was better about scrap-booking or keeping records or something : ) Thank goodness for blogs. This was really for me... : )
Ava wanted to wear socks on her hands just like little Jordan Asa...she did that quite often