have i mentioned how much i love my family and how i wish we were closer than a (very expensive) plane ride away? probably only a few times on this blog. anyway, my mom and sister came out to visit last week and we had such a good time hanging out with them. avery's been asking for 'ma-ma' and 'ax' every since and that first day that they left was a little rough for both of us. of course i took zero pictures with our 'good camera' but we did take a bunch of iphone pictures. i love when people come out over the weekend because they i end up with three days off that we can do things.
while we didn't really do anything huge while they were out here it was nice to have them around and i know that avery loved having them play with her.
on friday afternoon after i finished work we went to the pool. i actually love going at this time because it's right before the friday evening crowd comes and it get's really crazy but it also tires avery out before bed. although she's playing with alex in all of these pictures she mostly wanted to just play by herself by climbing in and out of the pool countless times. pretty boring if you ask me, but she was pretty impressed with herself.
on saturday charlie and my mom took avery to her 'gymnastics' class. this is probably one of my favorite times of the week because it's the one hour that i get to myself. i wouldn't complain too much if they made the class more than 45 minutes long. after we got back we all headed to the denver aquarium to take advantage of our season passes (we try to go once a month) and the guest passes that came with them.
they had a petting zoo right outside the aquarium so avery and i went in there while charlie and alex watched some 4D movie. the petting zoo was awesome and probably one of avery's favorite activities that she's ever done. she's really into animals so it was really cute to hear her call them all by name. they had goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, a horse, a calf, a pig, and ducks. i think the pig and the goats were her favorite although she wanted to pet the chickens pretty badly but they weren't nearly as friendly as everyone else. we stayed in for quite a while and she was pretty sad to leave once charlie and alex came back.
on saturday night after avery went to bed we got some use out of our fire pit and made smores in the backyard. we don't do this often although we really should take advantage in the warm weather a lot more than we do. i love sitting outside and we had a really pretty sunset to watch.
sunday we packed everyone, dogs included, into the jeep and headed to union reservoir. we used to come all the time with the dogs but lately it's been less and less. they both had a great time swimming, dunkin especially, and avery wasn't thrilled about the water but had a great time playing in the sand.
on monday we hung around the house. my mom put the first 5 coats of paint on our nightstands that i've been talking about repainting for the past 5 years, which was amazing. i was able to finish them on tuesday night and now we no longer have bright blue nightstands in our room. thanks mom! i'm always sad to see them go, especially because the next time that i see them won't be until this baby is born, which seems so close and so far at the same time. it was really nice to have them visit in the summer. they usually come for christmas, which is really nice but it's so much nicer to be able to do things outside instead of being limited to indoor activities or short walks like we are in the winter.