Monday, October 4, 2010


I'm not talking about the American Automobile Association
 (although I do love them...they get us great discounts).

This post is:
...& you finally turning 3!
How does one even begin to describe such a child?
Here are a few awesome facts about You, Miss Avy:


-Kitty, also referred to now as Kit-Kit or Big Kitty, is your most prized posession.
-You still call for us to come in & get you out of bed in the mornings
-You always wake up so happy
(this morning you were yelling from your bedroom at 6:30am,
"do we get to go trick-or-treating yet?"
I said not yet.  Then you said,
"how about go get our pumpkins today?"
-Your dream meal consists of orange juice, cottage cheese, Mickey nuggets, zucchini, & all the desserts you can handle
-Your buddy Aaron moved away last month & you still ask me about him all the time :(
-But you do love to play with your other friends as well.
-You've been telling me you want to have a "real live tea-party" with your girlfriends soon.
-You LOVE Dora & know all your verbs & 1-10 numbers in Espanol.
-You love "I Am a Child of God" & believe there is only 1 verse.  You get a little frustrated when people "make up other words that aren't part of the song" meaning the other verses that you don't know yet :)
-You still nap about 4-5 times a week.
-On the off-nap days, you'll lay in your bed, fake snore REAL loud for a few minutes, then hollar at me that
"I'm awake from my little nap!"
-You love to decorate for holidays, parties, or just because it's Monday, Tuesday, Wed....
-You love your Pre-school teacher & tell me all the time that you're "calling" or "texting" Mrs. Vargas.
-But you for some reason don't pronounce your "V's" super well so you call her "Mrs. Bargas."
-You change your clothes about 4 times a day on average.
-Statistically speaking, about 75% of those outfit changes are not, in fact, real clothes, but dress up attire or costumes of some kind.
-Ever since you heard the airplane toilet flush on the way to Maui, you've been extremely sensitive to flushing toilets & always ask me when presented with a new toilet,
"It's not gonna be too loud of a flush, right Mom?"
-You love to perform on your "stage" fireplace.  You've got moves & lyrics that the world has never seen.
-You love to read books.
-Lately you are addicted to Fancy Nancy & the Delectable Cupcakes & you know all the words.
-You really, really love your Uncle Austy.
-Whenever something is not right, you're really good about not freaking out or getting impatient.  Instead you say,
"We have a real problem.  How are we going to solve this problem?"
or, "We have a mystery.  How are we gonna solve this mystery?"
-You're still on the case of the sparkly dress from church & remind me about it every Sunday in Sacrament mtg.
(We sat down in a bench several weeks ago that had glitter all over it.  Avy deducted that a girl with a sparkly dress must have sat there.  Since then she's been on the lookout for the girl with the sparkly dress.)
-You love animals.
-Often when I come in to get you in the morning you'll say to me with your peppy morning voice & bright blue eyes,
"How was your sleep, Mom?"
-Speaking of funny Avy phrases, you don't just ask for a drink, you always ask for a "fresh, cold drink of water"...or apple juice, or whatev you're after.
-You love little Buddy & are actually pretty good at sharing with him.
-You've learned to tell people "thank you" when they compliment your gorgeous red hair, & you're even pretty patient when they touch it.
-You have a sensitive gag reflex.
-Your favorite pastime is to fill up big bags with all your kitchen food, or trinketty toys & schlepp them around the house, transferring them from bag to bag to bag.
-You ALWAYS, without fail, find "special treasures" (formerly known as "feshal treasures") when we go on walks.

-You LOVE to get mail & will often ask when it comes, "did anything come in the mail for me today?"
-You love to work in the garden with your daddy, or do any other fun project with him.
-This past week you've been into parades & have had us all take turns marching around the house throwing out random things to the person who cheers loudest.
(by random I mean things like toys, or Buddy's old baby food jars, or hair bows, or name it)
-You think Elder Uchtdorf is handsome & once told me you'd rather look at him than the other guy.

& although I could go on & on & on about how hilarious, beautiful, smart, are, I'll pause here.

-But last but not least, nothing makes my day brighter than a big hug from YOU! 
You give some smashing hugs that melt my heart.
Life is so much better with you!
We love you!!!

On the real day of your 3rd Birthday, this is what we did:

You immediately put on Blues Clues costume upon waking up & then we opened presents.
You're a no messing around kind of gal.

Went to preschool.

I got to help in your class that day so we brought these awesome cupcakes that you picked out.
You really wanted Mrs. Fields yellow smiley face cookies, but that would have set Dad back $2.39 x 15 way.
(blasted "no homemade policy")
So you were totally fine choosing these from the Safeway bakery instead.

You & Mrs. Vargas

You had your 3 year old check-up with Dr. Kandel.
This was the nicest you've ever been to her!
You love her at home when we talk about her, but never like her in the office.
Today was different. Obviously you're becoming more mature. 

Then we went to Baskin Robbins for some tasty treats.
We brought some home for Kaari who came over to play.
Whit-Whit came over & gave you some awesome gifts!
Daddy came home then Austy came home.
We ate dinner.
We had cake & ice-cream.
It was definitely a thumbs-up kind of day for a 2 thumbs-up kind of girl. 
Happy 3rd Birthday, Avycakes!


LJ, DC and ML said...

Wow, who told these babies they could grow up so fast? Happy Birthday sweet Avy! I hope it was your best birthday ever.
PS. Hi Dr. Kandel! Love her! My OB chose her for us.

Ashley said...

I could comment about all of those sweet and hilarious things she does, but this post really just reveals what a darling and loving and enamored mom you are. That Avy is one lucky little girl!

whitethunder said...

Hands down Avy is my favorite niece. She is one funny girl and most of all I'm glad we can enjoy strawberry shortcake ice cream bars together. They are our favorite but not mommy's. I had so much fun at your birthday party and will work on taking more pictures with you so next time you get a post from your mom you won't have a baby picture with me. Love you happy, funny, wax and wicker girl.

Johnson Family said...

She is just so ADORABLE. I loved all the pictures and reading all about little Avy. Happy Birthday AVY!

Tennille Butler said...

She is such a cute girl with quite the personality go along with it. I love that red hair, gorgeous.

candace said...

any is too funny! she does seem to have very good taste in though :)

McDonalds said...

Hilarious...I am so glad I am not the only mom with a 3 year old who changes at least 4 times a day and most of the time is wearing a costume. She is adorable and your family is fun. You make me want to be a more creative mom...espeically when it comes to holidays...I am spontaneous and adventurous...I am not so good at holidays.

Matt and Jessie said...

I kinda got a little sad reading your post! She has grown up so fast! She is such a cute and sweet little girl! I love the picture of the 2 of you at preschool. So sweet!

Heather Teuscher said...

I miss her! She has enough personality for 5 people and I cant wait to hear more Avy stories! The parade cracked me up, I can totally see her tossing randoms and you - and I bet you were cheering the loudest because you are the funnest mom I know!