Sunday, April 24, 2011

[Catchy Title]

Happy Easter everyone! As is tradition for us, we spent time with family for the annual egg hunt and lots of good food. Kira and Avey spent hours in preparation for the festivities by saving, dyeing, and filling the eggs with delicious treats. It's been our luck for the past couple of years that it's been very cold during our egg hunts, and this year was no different. Luckily Avey's adventurous zeal (or perhaps her sweet tooth) kept her from getting discouraged, and we pressed on.
Avey really loves to be around family. She doted on her baby cousins, played with the older cousins and her uncles, and performed for grandparents. While we were at my mother's house, Avey said out of nowhere, "Maybe when I am older, I could live with Nana and be her daughter!" I empathized that it would be fun, but lamented that I wanted her to be my daughter even when she gets older. She quashed my concern as she informed me that "It's okay. You will just have another daughter, named Ava." She then went on to explain how we would spell our other daughter's name; A-V-O-E-... [trails off]. She did reassure me that I could still be her daddy, even if she becomes Nana's daughter. That blunted the blow a little.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Contrasts

Obviously, the biggest thing that happened this week was deciding to attend more school in Texas this Fall. This move comes with mixed emotions;
  • On the one hand I'm excited to continue my education, but on the other hand I am dreading homework.
  • I'm glad to be able to leave my job (which I haven't liked very much), but I really enjoyed having money.
  • I'm thrilled to be closer to family I've not lived near for most of my life, but I'm quite sad to leave family I have lived near most of my life.
  • I'm excited to be so close to exotic Mexico, but concerned I'll get kidnapped and murdered.
You know, the usual emotions that come with change.
Seriously though, we know this move is yet another investment in our future, we've survived moving before, and El Paso is one of the safest cities around (Juarez, however, is another story).
We'll adapt to this change, as we've always done in the past.
On another note, Avey made a big step in her cognitive development in the past couple of weeks. For the last year or so, she's used the number 5 as basically the biggest number in the universe. In her mind, 5 was equivalent to infinity. For example, she might estimate that there were 5 blades of grass in our lawn, or 5 hairs on her head. I can't really blame her; after all, once you reach 5 you max out the number of fingers on one hand. How else should one continue to count? But now she's been using the phrase "an hundred of..." to describe large quantities of things. For example, she'll want "an hundred of crackers" with her lunch. Anyway, I was pretty impressed.

Also, she has been acting out the same scenario in several places lately. The general storyline is that a male something meets a female something, they have to dance with each other briefly until the male dips her, they kiss, and then Avey pronounces them married. She also usually adds that the female is suddenly with child after the kiss. I guess that's what we get for teaching her everything about biology through Disney movies. Ignorance is probably okay at this age though.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Go Miners!

This week I accepted an offer of admission to the University of Texas at El Paso. I will begin their doctoral program this coming August! In the meantime, be prepared for lots of whining about finding housing, moaning about packing, and venting about moving. Here we go again!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Sampler

I apologize for the delay in posting; last Sunday we were driving home from out of state, and I did not manage to make time to write. We had a delightful trip visiting family, and were sad to leave (I was even sadder to go back to work). Avey did amazing on the drive, and had zero potty accidents! She set a great example for me...

Now, for some scattered tidbits:

  • Unfortunately, we came home to find that our newest betta fish, Elmo (Avey copied the name from her aunt's betta) had died. Honestly, I wasn't very surprised; we had adopted him about 5 days before we left, but for some reason he would not eat, no matter what food I tried. I think we may wait a bit before trying another one, much to Avey's dismay.
  • We also came home to find our trees blossoming, and our grass green and growing! That, in turn, meant that we purchased our first mower yesterday! Ah, the joys of playing "house..."
  • The other day, Avey had been watching Sleeping Beauty, and shared her commentary with Kira. She said, "And she lays on the bed asleep, and she doesn't suck her thumb because she's an adult - she just lays there." Interesting what things stick out to us depending on our reference point.
More to come as it happens to us...