Archive for December, 2009

My Christmas “fat” Cat

My furry baby Milton loves sleeping under the Christmas Tree. He has done this since he was a baby each year when it first goes up! This was a welcome change, for a few nights I did not have to keep shooing him away from Ava’s door where he paws hoping for a snuggle in her crib!

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OK so when the cookie shoot was a bust I decided to tempt Ava with a new yummy.  She LOVES mints so I found these giant candy canes at Walgreens.

During this shoot I learned 5 things:

1.  Candy Canes are sticky and we have pets.  They were coated in cat hair within minutes.  I had to keep switching them out for new ones.

2.  The red of the candy cane does leave marks…it also can be washed out.

3.  Even with a candy cane Ava will NOT sit still!!!!

4.  Even these giant candy canes can brake…and make a toddler cry in the process!

5.  Ava is definitely a Peppermint Monster.  We had to start hiding the candy canes it was all she wanted and they are MESSY!

Who me?

A messy face is a happy face!

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So I could not wait to attempt the Santa Cookie photo shoot this year.  I could just see the pictures with Ava in her adorable red checkered gingerbread man PJ’s, I mean how could this not be cute?  OK so there was one thing I failed to consider… Ava wanted NOTHING to do with the cookies!  Are you kidding me??  Here are the only four pictures I managed to get before she put the cookies down and was off!  I still am lost sometimes with my external flash sometimes it rocks and other times it is overly apparent that I have no clue to what I am doing!

Mmm...what are these?

OK maybe one..

Testing: one, two, three...

A BITE!!! Kinda... then she was off! Maybe next year!

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The Tree Whisperer

I wonder what he is telling her???

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“I do not know how to cut down a christmas tree. When I look at it , I hope that it just falls down.” Sally Brown, Charlie Brown’s sister

As I have mentioned before I LOVE to name things, it is my quirky obsession.  So it makes sense then that our Christmas trees are also provided with a name.  It is actually how I find them at the tree farm.  Larry and I decide what the name of our tree is before we begin the hunt, that way I know who I am looking for.  After all a Fred hardly looks the same as an Alfred.  In the past we have housed several trees; Everett (before we moved here, how ironic), Cornilus, Rupert and Sebastian have all joined the ranks as honored Fleckenstein Family Trees.  This year it was Octavius that we searched out and found!  What fun!  Ava’s first Christmas Tree, since last year we were in Michigan.

Now I am not going to lie and paint this as a “perfect” family fun day although we will have wonderful memories.  A toddler in an open tree farm just means constantly on the go, go, go.  Which means we follow, follow, follow.  Larry and I were often in several opposite directions, and taking pictures chasing after a toddler is not always fun or easy.  In the end, it took much longer than usual to track down our tree.  But when it was all said and done Octavius was perched proudly on our car roof, Ava was smiling and tired and the memories were documented, whew!

What fun pics but as I look through this set I am once again reminded that I MUST train Larry to use my old camera.  After all as I continue to document and blog these memories I would like for Ava to look back and see me and her together!!!!

Daddy’s Little Girl

Daddy's Little Helper

Winter's Cutie

Such a lovable face!

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Elmo’s Mama

My goodness Ava loves that red, furry monster. I always joke that someone sure did their research when it came to Elmo after all what kid does not LOVE him. Parents however often have slightly different reactions!! HAHA! But Ava is deffentily attached. She carries her Elmo everywhere, sleeps with him and now cares for him. She feeds, tucks Elmo in for naps and makes sure that he has a paci just like her. It is precious.  So much for the adorable vintage bunny I thought would be so cute as her favorite toy.  They have a mind of their own… especially my little munchkin!  Cheers Elmo and thanks for all the smiles you give my darling girl!

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Boy Loves Peanut

My brother is so amazingly cute with Ava, or the peanut as he calls her. He LOVES her! Our last trip home to Michigan was spent almost entirely filled with quality Uncle time; parks, cider mill, pumpkin patch. I just ate up every smile, giggle and squeal. We are hoping Uncle Kiss makes it out west soon for a visit!!! Here is a record for Ava of some fun Uncle moments captured on camera!!!

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Kissizm #2

This is in honor of my brother-in-laws recent engagement!  Congratulations and welcome to the family Auntie Kate.  We are so very happy for you both!

“Diamonds are a girls best friend, what does that mean? Girls like things that sparkle bright but have no real value. Diamonds are abundant, the only reason they cost so much is b/c one savvy family controls the market. When you put a diamond on a ring then on your wife’s finger what you are really saying is here is a ridiculously over-priced piece of carbon, a false treasure to represent my real love.”- Uncle Kiss

Yes all true but that carbon rock sparkles bright and is so very pretty!!! Cheers!!!

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My Scouts

I was so excited to head back to Michigan this fall so I could capture all the wonderful colors and piles of leaves. So imagine my disappointment when I arrived to a large expance of green trees. After about 48 hours however, I was reminded of the aw of nature as everthing seemed to shift overnight painting the trees with red, yellow and orange and decorating the ground with crunchy fun.  I enlisted my mom and Ava as fellow scouts as we searched for the perfect place for Ava’s fall photo shoot.  I had been wanting to check out the grounds of a local private boarding school, Cranbrook, so off we went…

I just love the colors in this series…and could these tights be any cuter?

This door was my favorite. I just love the texture and she had so much fun with that leaf…

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Kissizm #1

My bother Chris, AKA Uncle Kiss, is always posting random thoughts on Facebook. I love them and they always make me smile. So I am no introducing a new blog topic I call Kissizms. Ava can look back and enjoy her uncles random wittyness! (and yes I am aware that wittyness is not exactly a word but neither is kissizm so it works!!)

“Every snowflake is unique, just like every other snowflake.”– Uncle Kiss

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