Uggh… I have been a super lazy blogger lately. As in, I have not been. Last Thursday, we took up and headed out to the AZ to see my family. We left about 12:30pm, and away we went. Ava did SOOOO good! We managed to make it there without a stop. Ava slept, and played, and spaced out, and whined a little, but she did it. We brought so many toys, and so many snacks. Thank God for Veggie Stix, which are like vegetable french fry things. She loved them. And we loved them because she loved them. Of course also in tow: lovey bunny, water cup, baby, Violet doggie, Baby Einstein rattle, squeezy bottle, books and books about animals, 2 silky blankies, and endless snacks. We went through Palm Springs this time which I loved because it reminded me of out weekend getaway, and did really feel shorter. Having driven out to Arizona many times, every minute counts on that God forsaken drive out there. Finally we got there about 6pm. Tired, and in need of moving our buns. It was soo good to see my family again. Ava gets to see them on Skype, but has not seen them in person since her birthday. It took her a while to warm up, but then she was so good. Plus, they have 2 dogs, which magically makes everything better.
First order of business was hugs, and then laundry. That is correct, we lugged our dirty clothes 326 miles to use my parents washing machine. I am not above that, people! They have a sweet front loading washer and dryer that I like to drool over while I am at their house. *sigh* Ok, then we got Ava’s area ready in the room we were staying in attempting to make it look just like home. Then some hanging out and eating, (a salad, yay me!), and off to bed.
Joey in his sleepy stupor gets up and brings Ava into our bed. Terrible idea. She wanted to play. The next 2 hours consisted of being poked in the eye, covered in a blanket, and getting it pulled off with a baby saying “BOO” at us, and general making sure she did not fall off of the bed while being good examples of what sleeping looks like. She fell back asleep at 4am. (Aside: When I asked Joey why he brought her in our bed, he said he thought it was morning. It was morning, I guess, just super early morning. Ok.) The next day (Friday), I hung out with my sister in the morning, and then back home to chill. And by chill, I really do mean chill, because it was 110 degrees outside – EVERYDAY. Anyway, the only nice thing about the heat is it is warm at night. So we would let Ava run around outside naked in the back yard to get her sillies out and play with the hose, and inch near the pool if she wanted to. She eventually got in later in the week, but Ava is slow to warm up to large bodies of water. Saturday, Joey really wanted to go to the Goodyear swap meet. What a party, huh? It is a kitschy little place where they have weird odds and ends and weird people selling them, but unfortunately, when we pulled up to the gate they were closed. So we went to the next best place – World Market! I love that place, and it was near the swap meet area, so that won. We picked up 2 throw pillows for the *new* couch, a shower curtain, and some place mats for the table. While we were there we also picked up some stuff for my sister’s room. When we got home, my sister was at school, and my mom and I gave Sarah a total room makeover, complete with cleaning it. That was the worst part. It took us about 3 hours to clean it and then sort through the stuff covered in cat hair to organize it. I took a Claritin before that venture. I am soo allergic to cats. I muscled through it though!
Sunday, we went to Old Navy with my mom, and she bought Ava a bunch of clothes, and then we went grocery shopping. Not so much there, but Monday was the World Wildlife Zoo. Never do you realize how lucky we are to live by the San Diego Zoo until you go to the World Wildlife Zoo (WWZ). Let’s just say the WWZ is for the animals the did poorly in high school, and did not get ready for college. Ok – #1- It was 110 degrees outside. #2- It was so hot your feet were hot through the bottom of your shoes. #3 – None of the animals looked happy, and we totally felt for them. Bright side – They had some good Icees that we definitely took advantage of. Plus they had an aquarium that was indoors, so we hung out in there for a time. My step dad even went up to a monkey and held it’s little hand. But I bet it just wanted a cigarette.
That day we also went to Toys R Us and Ava got to pick out a new baby and a stroller. So sweet. She loves those babies. Plus my brother Matt found some old beanie babies in the garage so I threw them in the washer and they were good as new. Ava now has some doggie babies who also hang out in the stroller.
Tuesday we came home. Left about 9am and headed back. We were ready to be back in our own space, back to normal. Ava was a stellar passenger on the car ride back as well. I think she was a little more tired though, so was a bit more cranky, but she is a baby, what do you expect?
This week has been pretty normal. Just catching up on things and celebrating my best friend’s birthday.
Happy birthday Mindi! We love you, and are so excited for what big 3-0 has to bring for you! You are the best! <3
Happy travels everyone!
Tonight for dinner I made shrimp fried rice. It was good, and easy. I love that.