Mama’s kissy lil helper

Ava has turned into such a wonderful helper over the past couple months. She loves to stand at the dryer and put the wet clothes into it as I hand them to her. And she loves to help unload the dishwasher. I tell her what a good helper she is and she repeats “hewp-ewr.” It’s my hope that she’ll continue to enjoy these “chores” and helping mama out as she gets older. (Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?) ;)

The other fun thing she’s doing lately is actually puckering up when she gives kisses. Up until a couple weeks ago, she’d stick out her bottom lip for kisses, but didn’t have the whole puckering thing down. Her new kisses are so much more fun, even if they can be a little slobbery at times. :)

Going to the highest bidder

That’s right, we listed our one-bedroom Las Vegas Summer Bay timeshare on ebay!

If you are interested in getting a timeshare for way below what you’d pay for it from a developer, check it out. If you know someone in the market for one, please feel free to forward this onto them.

Here’s a bit of the description from the auction:

This is a deeded property, with Summer Bay – Las Vegas

A very nice resort adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip located at 100 Winnick Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89109. A short one block walk and you are in the middle of the Las Vegas strip putting you at the Flamingo Hilton, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Bally’s, Harrah’s, Imperial Palace, and Mirage. The resort also has direct access to the Las Vegas Monorail through Summer Bay’s private elevator, or Harrah’s Casino. This is a one bedroom unit with a full kitchen and bath.

Thanks. :) And wish us luck!

Nice lil weekend and plans for the week

This weekend was pretty darn nice. We had things to do, but not so much that it was overwhelming.

Yesterday we went out and got Jody a new outfit to wear to the holiday parties this year. I guess since I got something new (and Ava got a new dress a few weeks ago), it’s only fair that he gets something as well. He hardly ever gets new clothes so this is a bit of a treat.

We also stopped by Target to pick up some dog food and I picked up an Aquadoodle for Ava for Christmas. I’m so behind on holiday stuff this year, that’s the first Christmas present I’ve bought her!

Then we headed home so Ava could get a nap in before we met friends downtown for the annual parade of lights! It’s the first year we’ve gone to it, but it was pretty nice. Ava enjoyed all of the lights, but even moreso each and every dog that passed by us. ;)

After the parade there was a small fireworks display. Ava was interested in it for a bit, but then she started getting overwhelmed (they were being shot off a building about 100 yards from us) and saying, “No, no, no, no” in her scared voice. :(

From there we all walked over to a maternity/children’s resale store (where we know the owner from one of our Yahoo! Groups). Ava got to play there a bit with her friends Creed and Julia (and warm up from the cold), before we headed back to our car, picked up some dinner and went home.

Today we went out and picked up two more Christmas presents for Ava – a new book for her Little Touch Leappad (because we’re about to throw the one and only book she has out the window, we’ve heard it soooo many times – LOL) and a big thing of Duplo blocks. I might get her a couple books as well, but I think those three presents we have for her now are plenty.

Then we hit the grocery store since it had been a few weeks since I’d done a full on shopping trip. Ava was her usual friendly self, greeting shoppers throughout the store. :)

The wee one is napping now and I just got done reading another “lesson” on this free online photography course a friend told me about. I also went outside and took some pics for my first “assignment.”

We’ve got a fairly busy week planned too. Tomorrow Ava and I are meeting a woman I used to work with for a walk to the park. Tuesday we might have a playdate with some friends. Thursday is a Mom’s night out movie night. We’re watching a couple of birth videos. One is called “What Babies Want – An Exploration of the Consciousness of Infants.” It’s described on the website as “an award winning documentary film that explores the profoundly important and sacred opportunity we have in bringing children into the world” and is narrated by Noah Wyle. The other is called “Birth into Being: The Russian Waterbirth Experience” which contains footage of five births, all natural and underwater, and includes women birthing in the Black Sea (“where the water is tepid and the women are very comfortable”)! Both movies look really amazing and I’m excited to see them. :) Then on Saturday we have Jody’s work holiday party and Sunday is the Cherished Children holiday party. Shew!

Off to make dinner now – hummus, falafel, pita and cucumber sauce. :) Mmmmm.

So excited!

Let me start off by saying it’s hard finding good babysitting options for your child when you don’t have any family nearby and your closest friends live at least 30 minutes away.

Because of our lack of options, I can count on ONE HAND the number of times Jody and I have gone out together as a couple, without Ava, since she was born.

We’ve been to ONE movie when my parents and sister were visiting for Christmas LAST YEAR.

We tried to go to Jody’s company holiday party last year and leave 6-month-old Ava with our good friends (Brandy, Dax and their son Creed who’s 7 months older than Ava), but she started bawling about 5 minutes after we left and I went back to get her right after I got the call that she wouldn’t calm down despite everything they tried. So that doesn’t really count.

We’ve also run a couple of errands together (so not exactly a date) when family were in town or while visiting family.

That’s it. No monthly date nights for us, not even quarterly date nights. And that’s been fine. We definitely lived, but I think it would’ve been nice to have a few more times to go out together just the two of us.

Anyway, that brings me to why I’m so excited!

We’re going to attempt to go to Jody’s holiday party again this year and leave Ava with the same friends we left her with last year. So today Ava and I went over there for a dry run. We hung out for a little while, then I told her I was going to the store, kissed her good-bye, and I left. She wasn’t concerned in the least.

I was gone for an hour (did a little shopping for myself and bought an outfit to wear to J’s work party and to another holiday party our Cherished Children API group is having the next night, because all of my dressy clothes are too big). Brandy said Ava asked for me about 10 minutes after I left. She told her I went to the store and would be back in a while. And Ava was TOTALLY FINE! She played with Creed and Dax (who was home for the afternoon) and had a grand ol’ time. No tears, no crying at all. What a relief!

I think she did so well because she’s older now and can understand that mommy will be back and since she’s interested in toys and playing with other kids now it’s easier for her to be distracted and have things to do.

So I’m very excited that Jody and I will be able to go to this holiday party (alone!) next weekend. I don’t think we’ll have anything to worry about with Ava this time. Hip, Hip, Hooray! :)

My own Thankful Thursday list

Every Thursday for as long as I can remember, Running2Ks aka True Blue Semi-Crunchy Mama writes a blog about the many things in her life she is thankful for and many of her readers follow suit and add their own lists.

I think it’s a wonderful tradition she started and a great way for us all to take pause each Thursday to remember the good things in our lives. :)

In addition to adding my list to her blog today, I decided to do it over here as well.

I’m thankful for:
– my amazing, sweet, smart, beautiful daughter who just fell asleep in my lap;
– my hubby who doesn’t complain when he has to take the bus most days, and doesn’t complain when he helps out around the house and who is such a great daddy to our lil sweetie;
– my family who loves and supports me;
– snuggles on the couch between my hubby and baby when it’s so cold outside (or even when it’s not);
– wool socks;
– health;
– having made amends with an old friend;
– good friends – both in the blogging world and in real life;
– pumpkin spice cookies (see recipe below);
– drives to see holiday lights and the “wows” from my daughter that accompany them;
– sales on my cafepress store – i like to see that others in the world support attachment parenting and of course, i am looking forward to receiving my first commission check later this month;
– getting a decent start in the photography business and having friends who are willing to let me practice on them and their children. :)

Pumpkin spice cookie recipe (aka the easiest cookies I ever made)

Halloweenlover asked for the recipe, so here it is. :)

I got this recipe off AllRecipes. They truly are the easiest cookies I’ve ever made. The cookies are very cake-like. If you want them to be less moist, bake a few minutes longer and make sure they cool completely before you put them in a container.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie

Yield: 2 dozen cookies


* 1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix
* 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin (or 2 cups pureed pumpkin)
* (optional – add in chocolate chips or nuts and to “healthify” it a bit, add ground flaxseed and wheat germ)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix and pumpkin until well blended. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

The last batch I made were with chocolate chips and they were dee-lish (and did I mention EASY??)! :)