Monday, October 28, 2013

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013."

Quarante-trois :: A sick baby spending some extra time with Petit Ours Brun.

Avienne was running a moderate fever for most of last week.  It got pretty high one night, so we took her into the doctor the next day where we discovered she was fighting a double ear infection.  We've been very lucky that Avienne has been so healthy for all of her life so far (except for a couple minor colds after she turned one), but we knew it was only a matter of time before she caught a big bug.  She was such a trooper despite how bad she must have been feeling all week, and I let her watch a few more episodes than usual of her beloved Petit Ours while snacking on cereal.  I should have known there was something really wrong with her when she opted to lounge on the couch instead of playing in the yard. It's hard to see my baby feel so crummy - harder than I thought it would be - but, it was nice getting few extra cuddles from her this past week. She seems to be on the mend, and we hope she'll be back to 100% Avienne in a couple of days.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.

Let's celebrate pumpkins!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I miss big-city life, but sometimes, it makes me so happy that we can hop in our car and get to the middle of nowhere in 30 minutes or less.  During the month of October, farms all around Austin host pumpkin patches and festivals where kids can run wild and parents can get some great photos. ;) Avienne is at such a fun age right now, that going a few extra miles out of town seemed worth it for her to have some fun on a farm.  

The Elgin Christmas Tree Farm hosts a pretty grand pumpkin festival for kids that includes a petting zoo, pony rides, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, rubber duck races, mazes, dancing, and of course, a pumpkin patch.  It was a perfectly crisp fall day when we were there and Avienne was in hog heaven, running wildly across the open field, playing with trucks and tractors, throwing beanbags and climbing pumpkins.  She was a little apprehensive about the petting zoo, but she was content with looking and pointing at all the animals she recognized.  We met up with friends and their babes and pretty much followed all our kids around while they did their thing. 

Before leaving, we snagged some Elgin sausage wraps (so good!) and corn on the cob to make a quick picnic in front of a field of Christmas trees. It was a truly perfect day. Well, up until that flat tire we got while leaving the farm. But, even that wasn't so bad (Avienne was passed out through most of it, and it turned out to be pretty painless). We are really looking forward to going back to the farm later next month to cut down our Christmas tree!  


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013."

Quarante-deux :: My forever smiling girl.

Gui had Columbus Day off last week, but it was pretty rainy and gross all day.  We caught up with some family, hit up our favorite coffee shop, and finally retreated outside when the skies cleared. The joy! All that enthusiasm Avienne has for exploring outside and around her world is what keeps me in check when days seem full of gloom and gray.  I sure love being this girl's mama.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Quarante et un :: Trying to capture fleeting moments of this girl's childhood.

Avienne has reached the point in her toddlerhood where she very apparently changes every single day.  It's so hard to savor every new milestone or accomplishment these days because she'll learn something completely new only hours later.  It's amazing and fulfilling and heartbreaking.  Last week, she learned how to say the word "purple," after I tried to explain the color the day before.  Then one day, she blurted out a real and meaningful "papa" followed later (and more scarcely) by "mama."  She's been making sounds and saying words without giving much meaning to them for some time now, but until recently, she had not been speaking brand new words in both languages.  Her first French word was "chat" (typical), which she still says often, and her very first word, "eyes" is also still a favorite (she pokes her eye every time she says it, so we try not to encourage her to say it too often).  It is incredible how quickly she's evolves right now, and I hope I am able to both appreciate and document these terribly fleeting moments while they last.

Linking up with Jodi's 52 project.

It's October. Let's bake!

Early one morning last week, when we didn't have much to do, and I was feeling hungry (and lazy), we decided to bake some pumpkin bread (I used a mix of this and this recipe...I can never choose one!). As soon as October rolls around, like most folks, all I can think about are gourds and spices. It's almost instinctual. I haven't been feeling much in the mood for ultra-sweet holiday lattes this year, so I'd been waiting for a good day to get my spicy, pumpkiny bake on.  

It was so much fun (and took so much longer) to bake with Avienne! I started off with giving her the pretty menial task of filling the muffin tin with paper wrappers, but she pretty much called me out on making it too easy for her, so I put her on stirring duty. Let me tell you, this girl likes to stir. She would stir, stitch hands, stir some more, take a peek in the bowl to make sure she was still stirring something, and then quickly stir again.  I had to bribe her with walnuts and dried currants to get her away from the bowl. Then, she lost all interest in helping me bake and focused all her attention on eating as many currants as she could before I put them all into the batter. 

It was such a good time (except for the part when I ran out of flour and had to make a quick run out to get some, hence, the wardrobe change), and I'm looking forward to more baking sessions with my girl, especially as the holidays approach. I remember Gui telling me how he baked with his mom almost every week as a kid, and I do hope we can start the same tradition in our family.  

A few moments with Nana to be remembered

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

: : Margaritas en terrasse with plenty of sunshine . . .

: : Lots of backyard swinging . . .
 : : A few mandatory tourist stops . . .
: : Plenty of walking and exploring . . . 

: : The sweetest goodbye kisses . . .


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"A portrait of Avienne once a week, every week, in 2013"

Quarante :: Peek-a-boo never gets old.

Avienne couldn't have been happier this past week while her Nana was visiting.  They spent loads of time outside frolicking in the yard and playing games, like peek-a-boo around the trees.  I'm not sure if she'll remember anything from this age when she's older, but I hope when she sees pictures like this one, she'll know how much joy she brought into our little world.  

Linking up with Jodi's 52 Project.

Hey, hey, it's the weekend

Friday, October 4, 2013

This week has flown by, but I'm still as happy as ever that it's the weekend!  It's going to be crazy-town all weekend around here with ACL festivities (part one) in full swing, but we opted out this year and are actually hoping to avoid the crowds.  We might hit up the Texas State History museum for an IMAX show, maybe even run around Pioneer Farms if we get a chance.  Gui's mom is heading back to France on Sunday, so we'll be cramming lots in on Saturday.  

This past week, we checked out the Blanton Museum and spent some time on my old college campus.  It feels like a whole other lifetime since I was living at the dorms and running (late) to classes.  I feel so much nostalgia and relief for that part of my life to be over, and being back there made me wonder about the future and how different my life will be when the time comes for Avienne to head off to college. It's so weird to think of being a mom to a college-age kid.  

Anyway, I have a ton of photos to share from Nana's visit, but I'll save them for the next post. Here are some photos from our time at the museum. Avienne loved her some modern art (tonton Seb will be proud), but it might have had something to do with all the open space there was in that section. Before we left, we chased some of those brave college-campus squirrels and then skipped back to the car. I'm thinking museum visits will become a regular thing around here.

Enjoy your weekend!

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