Ava Grace was born May 26 at 11:33 am. She weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz. and was 20 inches long. At eight days overdue, she was ready to see us so the birth was pretty quick! We are so excited! Mason is a great big brother and is loving the fun we have here in Portland.
3-9-09 We had just finished breakfast at a new place and Ro was talking about the cheap price for his steak and eggs. He said it was ridiculous. Mase (from the backseat): How ridiculous was it? Just TELL us fatty! 2-26-09 Mase: When I grow up, I want to be TALLER than Shaq... And gray like him, too! 12-23-08 Ava: On Christmas, I'm going to get candy, and I will share it with ALL my sisters! Me: Uh, just how many sisters do you have? Ava: FOUR! Me: Oh really... what are their names? Ava: (with no hesitation) Peach, Princess, Pizza Dragon, and Reindeer! 11-16-08 Mase: Look, I'm drinking GAY milk! Me: What? Mase: It's GAY milk! Me: (Wondering who had made a joke about homogenized milk to my four-year-old and what kind of conversation was about to go down...) What do you mean? Mase: I mixed GAY-torade and milk to make GAY-MILK!
11-02-08 Mase was practicing his addition skills out loud and then asked me, "Mom, what's 2 +2?" Me: Four Mase: Great job! I gave you some low numbers so you would be able to get it right... 10-27-08 I had just returned from work and the kids were just getting out of the bath... Me: Mase, you smell clean and nice. Mase: You know what you smell like? OLD PEOPLE!
10-27-08 Mase:Mom, when you look sideways you can kinda stretch out your eyes... that's call per-if-EYE-al vision.
10-24-08 We were watching a familymovie where a man and woman were talking to each other... it was in no way a romantic situation. Ava: They gonna KISS right now... WATCH!
9-25-08 The kids were in the bath and Mason turned off the water with just a few inches... Mase: Ava, look how much water I'm saving for our CONTINENT! 9-22-08 I was looking at Halloween costumes online with Mase and we found the PERFECT one, only it was very expensive. Me: I love this costume, but we have to ask Daddy because it costs a lot of money. Mase: But mom, I really want it! Please!!!! Me: I don't know... Mase: (Leaves for a minute and comes back from his room with six grimy quarters.) We can buy it with MY money! 8-6-08 Ava, from her bed this morning: Hello PEOPLE... HOLA!
8-5-08 Mase: I can't WAIT until Ava gets old enough to have babies in her tummy! Me: That will be fun (I think)... and maybe someday your wife can have babies in her tummy and you can be a Daddy. Mase: (Looks at me for awhile and then, fighting tears...) But I'm going to marry AVA. When we are both grown-ups, right? I don't want a different wife.
8-4-08 Ava, rocking her Polly Pocket in her arms and singing: Rockabye, and goodnight... go to sweep witto pow-wy...
7-7-08 Taking a bite of his dinner, Mase says: I sure LOVE salmon! Me: Yeah, I like fish, too. Mase: WHAT???? Salmon isn't FISH! Me: Yes, it is buddy. Mase: WHY did you cut him up?! Next time you need to leave him in the ocean instead of putting him in the OVEN! (We may have a future vegan on our hands...)
7-7-08 Ava's First Prayer: Bless Mason, and Honey Bear, and Mason, and Ava... oh and Mason, too! 7-5-08 Mase: Mom, I know that usually four-year-olds are not anyone's baby, but I'm your baby. 5-1-08 Ava (counting earrings): 1, 2, 3, 4... 7, 8, 9... Me: (trying to demonstrate correct counting because she always skips 5 and 6): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10! Ava: Oh! Good counting, Mommy! (while clapping) Me: Thanks! Aves: You welcome! (At least we are teaching her to be polite...)
4-24-08 Mase: Mom, do you know what "created" means? Me: Yes, do you? Mase: It means to put sand all over something, like Sandman does. Me: Oh... who created you? Mase: Jesus. Me: Did he put sand all over you? Mase: No, he put SKIN all over me!
4-22-08 Mase and Ava were both sitting on Ro's lap and Ava wanted Daddy all to herself. Ava: (with an angry look in her eyes) Mase, you go TIME OUT!!
4-21-08 Me: Mase, what'd you learn about at school today? Mase: Animals... like bulls. Me: Once, when I was little, I got cornered by a bull when I was in a pen with some cows. I was scared, but Grandpa rescued me... Mase: (very wide-eyed) Was Grandpa on a VINE? (Like Diego when he rescues animals)
4-17-08 We were sitting in the movies with the kids and the lights starting dimming. Mase looked up and said: Jesus, are you there? Ro: Are you praying, Mase? Mase: Well, this might be a scary movie and Jesus saves people, right?
4-15-08 Mase: Mom, why does Lisa always wear her glasses? (Lisa is Jon's cute new wife.) Me: I don't know... don't you like her glasses? Mase: (with a dreamy look on his face) No... I like her EYES.
3-31-08 Me: Mase, I love you so much! You are the best person I know. Mase: (in power rangers outfit with serious expression) I know. I save people.
3-30-08 During sacrament in church... The water is being passed out... Ava: Want Diet COKE!