If there’s anything that keeps me going when I’m down, and puts a smile on my face when I’m on the verge of tears… it’s Avery. I promise I’ll get to all of Avery’s birthday festivity photos and recap soon. Before I do, here’s a fun mish-mosh of outings and activities with Avery this summer that I’ve been meaning to post but not sure how to mash them up in a cohesive post. It’s only fitting that when I’m up at 2am in the morning, unable to sleep, that this little guy will get me in good spirits for tomorrow…
National Night Out – Milton, VT
My friend Kate invited us to this event in her town (right next door to us) back in August. There were exhibits for safety and the community and lots of fun stuff for the kiddos. (more info here at their website)
We walked around and got lots of goodies…
…like this cool hat… and Avery and Kate’s kids toured the ambulance.
Avery’s favorite activity was the dunk tank. He played twice, and dunked they guy both times on the first shot!
And it’s not a party without bubbles…!!!
Kat and Hannah got their faces painted and all three kiddos scored some yummy treats…
They had a great K-9 unit demonstration, and while we were watching, Kate snapped this…
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Fave pic of Avery and I. And what’s even better about it, minutes later the skies opened and it downpoured! haha. Fun times, even running back to the car and getting in soaking wet, but Avery didn’t have a drop on him… Momma’s are good like that ;)
Stowe Bike Path – Stowe, VT
Mimi, Grampy, Avery, and I took a ride down the Stowe bike path.
The bike path is 5.3 miles long. We started on one end, and came back. The weather was gorgeous.
We made a pit stop at the end before turning around (potty training while out and about it tricky… but doable!)
On our way back, we stopped at the Stowe Farmer’s market. There were yummy goodies, so we sat down and added some treats to our packed snacks.
Avery loved the brick oven pizza, and he had a real fruit icee… it was soooo good!
The views of the mountain were gorgeous! Avery was so occupied… lots to look at, bridges to go over and small hills up and down.
We stopped to feed some animals at a corn maze and petting pen. And right before we were back to the car, we stopped so Grampy could take Avery in the river.
Avery was thrilled. They threw rocks and waded around.
It was a fun family day! If we have a free weekend day before it gets too cold, I’d love to take Avery again.
Johnson Family BBQ – Westford, VT
Out of the blue, Mom and I had the idea to have her side of the family over for a summer BBQ. And after all this great end of summer weather.. well, it poured. That didn’t stop us though!
The ‘adults’ hung out in the garage while all the kids (Avery’s generation of second cousins) played in the basement with Avery’s toys for hours.
Honestly, it was so great having all the kids together, playing. Since Avery doesn’t have any siblings, Me, Grampy, or MiMi are his playmates. So, it was great to kick back and talk with my cousins, uncles, grandparents, while the kiddos had fun together and they were all in a safe place to play that I didn’t have to keep an eye on Avery every second.
After a while, they all settled down to a movie.
Too darn cute!
And finally, the rain stopped and the badminton net got some use. And it’s last use too… cuz someone drove over it with the tractor later on in the week…
And here we all are!!! Even the latest addition, baby Peyton! She makes the count of Great Grandkids (Avery’s generation) up to 7!
We’ve grown up quite a bit…
cousins circa Christmas 1997.
So glad we got that side of the family together. We are planning to do it again around the holidays… can’t wait!
Fishing & First Movie Weekend – Arrowhead Lake, Milton VT & Williston, VT
Avery, Grampy, Aiden and his Poppi (aka Michael Eyes, to Avery) took the boat out on the lake for some fishing on a nice summer afternoon. Avery and Aiden were so excited to spend time together!
Grampy caught the first fish…
Aiden walked on water…
The weather was gorgeous. The sun eventually came out and the boys fished away…
Avery had fun looking out the boat and occasionally fishing.
Grampy caught this little guy.
Avery tried to hold it but quickly got grossed out when he touched it. Aiden showed him how to hold a fish…
Michael Eyes showed Avery the worms…
Avery does love his bugs…
And this time out in the boat, it didn’t die on us! (Camping on the 4th, the boat died and we were stranded in the perfect fishing spot, thankfully) So, this time, Avery got to drive!
I’m on top of the world!!!
Avery and Aiden had fun spotting animals (birds, turtles, etc.) and looking in the water.
Although only two fish were caught, these kiddos had fun!
That night, we jumped in Michael Eyes pool, had some yummy pizza, and a bon fire.
The next day, We took Avery to his FIRST movie at the theatre!
We saw hot to Train Your Dragon 2 (Aiden had wanted to see it, and invited Avery, but as a Mom, I had to have Avery see the first one to make sure he would sit through it. We rented it earlier that week and Avery like it). The boys sat together munching on popcorn and candy. Aunt Denise, Uncle Mike, Grampy and I chaperoned… and thanks to Aunt Denise for bringing so much candy!!!
Back to Mimi and Grampy’s, we had dinner and the boys settled down for the night together… a little elephant movie…
And then Aiden read Avery books before bed.
These guys had a fun filled weekend together :) It’s crazy thinking my cousin and I grew up together, and now our kids are having fun together. Time flies!
Okay, that made me feel better. This kiddo, and our family is so much fun. More fun to come. I’ll recap Avery’s birthday festivities next week. This weekend we’re off to a baby shower BBQ in NH, and I’m cranking up the running schedule. My long run this weekend is 4 miles, eek! I did 3 yesterday and didn’t die, so I can do it!