Monday, August 22, 2011

guess who's back...back again...

today was ava's first day of FIRST grade!  our sweet little girl was so excited!


we had to take a few mandatory photos before we left this morning!


i even got her to agree to a few poses before we got in the car :)


then it was time to head to school!  ava got really quiet when we set foot inside.  you could see the nervous excitement written all over her sweet face. 

 [i love that i was able to get another picture of her and her daddy walking in together :) ]

we walked her to class, put away her things in her locker, and then got her all settled at her new desk! 


i have a feeling is going to be a very different year for our little miss!  1st grade is a big transition year, and i can't wait to see what is in store for her!

Here's to a great school year!

Friday, August 19, 2011

gearing up for FIRST grade...


on monday, this little big girl will start 1st Grade! i will be back on monday with first-day pictures and lots of details!

have a great [last] weekend of summer!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

top ten tuesday...

1. crystal-light.  i was house/dog sitting this weekend for my sister-in-love, and she had a pitcher of this goodness in the fridge.  i may or may not have finished the entire thing.  soooo good.



2.  fish-tail braids.  i think they look so cute!  i just need to figure out how to do one!



3.  chevron.  still obsessed with this pattern.  wanting a new bedspread or pillows with this print!



4.  commander-in-chic.  i love painted nails, and this color pretty much goes with everything!



5. the help.  i finished this book on my trip to ohio, and i cannot wait to see the movie!  i may have to go see it this weekend!



6.  erin condren.  she is new in my life, and i cannot wait for another plum district special so that i can buy her life planner!



7.  retailmenot.  i have found some great discount codes recently that have saved me quite a bit!

8.  SYTYCD.  so sad that it is coming to and end.  also sad that every last one of those dancers have more talent in just their pinkie toe than i do in my entire body.



9. j.crew.  anyone want to contribute to the "candace needs better clothes" fund?

10.  friendship.  i have some amazing ladies in my life :)

what are your top-tens this week?

Monday, August 8, 2011

hair today, gone tomorrow...

little miss was way overdue for a haircut! we kept it long this summer, mainly because we had a wedding she was in in July.  but with school just around the corner, we went ahead and made an appointment with the girl who cuts my hair [ava LOVES her] and decided to go quite a bit shorter! no more pony tails for french braids for this girl!

here she is one week ago....

and here she is today!!!




she loves it, and i think it's pretty cute too! 


Sunday, August 7, 2011

splish, splash, a birthday bash...



for the big birthday bash, we went low-key this year and hosted a swim party for ava's friends and family at the apartment.  it was hot, but so much fun!




as far as decor goes, we kept that pretty low-key too. hot dogs & cupcakes were served, and pool noodles & squirt guns were given as favors :)





a majority of the party-goers spent time in the pool,











while the boys manned the grill [a big thank you to brad, who handled most of the cooking!]



sweet girl got so many wonderful gifts, but she was ECSTATIC about her new DS from nana & papa!  the proof is in the pictures...just look at that face!



preston wanted in on the present action too :)



finally, it was time to eat [cup] cake!  ava is not a cake eater, but she insisted on one this year!




here she is taking one of two total bites ;) 


preston, on the other hand, was in love :)



it was a great party filled with family, friends & fun! 


Monday, August 1, 2011

It's sweet to be SIX...







SIX years ago my world was turned upside down when the sweetest little bundle of pink was placed in my arms! Sweet Ava, I cannot believe you are SIX years old today! Then again, I also cannot remember my life before you were in it!






You are my biggest joy, my greatest accomplishment. Your funny, smart, beautiful & kind. I love you more than I ever knew was possible!!!!





Happy SIXTH birthday sweet girl!!!

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