|A short piano session with Daddy, sans pants :)|
Lately I have just been trying to enjoy all the little moments that are strung together that make up life. Often times it isn't the big picture moments because we place a lot of pressure and hype on them (like a first birthday or crawling for the first time, first steps, family photo shoot or first bath/first taste of food). I find it is all the little sneak moments that you don't plan for that can warm your heart and make you laugh at the end of a long day. I have to say that right now having Aven is so fun! She is at such a great age and it is really entertaining. She is so verbal and able to explain herself in words and actions that it just makes life fun. The following are some pictures from the past months but I think they show the range that this child is capable of. One moment she is silly and dancing with the dogs. The next she is helping make food (in her underwear no less). Then she is running around the house in nothing but her rain boots....and she's carefully playing the piano alongside Daddy with nothing at all! Sometimes she is so contemplative when she is trying to problem solve or figure something out, she gets this cute little pouty face and concentrated brow....I love it!
|Aven discovered she can crawl into the console and then close the door. For some reason she thinks it is absolutely hilarious!|
|What can I say, the girl loves to take care of her dollies. She wraps them up in her blankets and takes them everywhere.|
|Sweet uninhibited spirit of a child- dancing the afternoon away with an audience of one: Ethel.|
A few weeks ago we went on a solo camping trip. It was our first camping trip as a family just the three of us. It was challenging sleeping in a tent together and she never did take a nap in the afternoon in the tent....just didn't work. But Aven did a nice job of being careful around the fire, hanging out with Mom & Dad and just spending time together. Of course there are many moments that are filled with chaos and interruptions and teaching our child about manners (please say "excuse me" and then wait if you need to say something).....(don't scream in the tent so loud, there are other people here), etc. But the moments seem mostly filled with hugs and stories and laughter and giggles and sweet conversations and little pockets of things I will hold dear as my little one grows bigger every day.