Is She Too Cute?!?

Okay, I know that I’ve got a static “page” here on this blog for the latest Avila pix, and these will go there eventually as well. But, gosh darn it, it’s been a while since I’ve posted any new pictures and she’s just too cute.  So I’m making this a regular “post” as well, just so all the people who have been complaining about out-of-date pictures will see the new ones!

Hmmm… which ones to even choose.  I realize that as “Grandma” I probably have more interest in seeing them ALL than most do, so I’ll try to be selective.

I can't crawl, but I stand up just fine!

Like many babies today (now that they no longer are put to sleep on their tummies) Avila has been slower to “crawl” than was true when our kids were young. But certainly not a sign of “slowness” in general, she stands up quite happily and in fact took her first steps just before the new year (at only 8-ish months), so it seems the whole “standard list” of when babies do what is starting to change.  We don’t care to compare, just as long as she’s growing, evolving, and she’s just oh-so-happy!

A baby’s first Christmas, of course, is often a very big thing for the family — but also, of course, not-so-much of an event for baby who has no idea what’s going on, and couldn’t really care any less.

Helping with the present wrapping!

Avila was true to form, but did seem to get into the spirit a bit, helping Mama wrap presents, and having a good old time on Christmas day.

Santa Avila

The little Miss Santa suit has been in her closet since before she was born, so it was great that she finally got to wear it — and was as cute in it as we’d all imagined!


Well, it looks a lot like crawling...

Daddy, can I drive?

So, while Avila seems to be skipping the crawling phase, she’s making up for it by moving right on to the “Daddy, can I borrow the car keys” phase.

Still a little hard to see over the wheel, so maybe Larry will have to hold on to those keys for a bit.

Playin' the piano

It seems only reasonable that between her daddy’s musical inclinations, and her great-grandma being a pianist, that Avila should be at home with her first piano.  A marvel of modern kid’s toys, the keys not only play a “note” but the note is actually a voice “singing” the name of the color.  This took us a while to catch on to when we Skyped on Christmas morning, while she was standing at said piano, but couldn’t figure out why we kept hearing this melodious “green”, “green”, “green”… going on in the background while we talked.  Avila is delighted with her new piano and just giggles and giggles as she makes a dazzling array of sounds.  Once we get up there to Salt Lake, she’s have a grand piano to play around with, too, but I suspect that for some time to come she’ll be very happy with her 5-key piano that sings out the names of the colors of the keys!

Her first cell phone

It’s a new era, and kids these days are just hard-wired to technology. So, of course, Avila got her first cell phone.  ;-)  No, of course not a real cell phone, but she enjoys it as much, or maybe more, than the real thing. Now we just need to get up there and get our own cell phones.  We only just learned to “text” last year, and the whole “iPhone” type of thing is pretty rare down here in CR, so we’re in for a bit of technology-shock very soon.

In the meantime, we’re busy packing away, planning on sending our stuff back to the U.S. by container in a couple of weeks, and looking forward to the not-too-distant time when we can enjoy this precious little gal in person rather than just by oh-so-cute pictures!


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6 Responses to Is She Too Cute?!?

  1. Martha B. Higgins says:

    She is adorable, Arden! I’m sure you will have lots more pictures to show as she grows and lots of adventures with her once you move to SLC. Bon chance et bon voyage!

    • arden says:

      Hi, Martha,

      Thanks!! Yes, we really can’t wait! And I’m quite sure more Avila pix will find their way onto this blog now and then. Who could resist that smile?!?

  2. Sally_Oh says:

    No such thing as too cute! She’s precious. So this is what brought you back… I can understand!

    • arden says:

      Hey, Sally,

      So nice to “see” you here. Yes, if it hadn’t been for her, I’m not sure it ever would have occurred to us to go back. But, I will say now that we’re OH SO EAGER to get back up there. We’re in the throes of packing and will be living there in less than three weeks. We’re ready. (Well, no, nowhere near ready from a packing standpoint, but from an emotional standpoint, YES!) She’s such a happy baby, we just can’t wait to get some of those smiles in person. ;-) And, interesting, since our own kids were already grown and had moved away before we came here, we just didn’t “get” the whole “I miss my family so much” thing. But now that we’re going back, it’s really wonderful to know that we’ll be back in *their* lives on a more day-to-day basis too. We’ve more fully realized how much we missed *them* so it’ll be a good thing all around.

  3. Jan Telaroli says:

    Hi Arden! Yes , she just looks like the happiest little gal ever! So enjoy these pictures, and I can sure understand why you’re headed for SLC. Also have enjoyed keeping up with you via your posts. Wish you all the best with the big move and all!

    • arden says:

      So nice to hear from you! Yes, she really does just seem happy almost all the time. She was sick for the first time last week, and that we one of the hardest things, Jen said, to see her so UNhappy! While we’ve loved it here, and definitely look forward to being back for future visits, we really can’t wait to get up there. Seems like every month that goes by is time lost forever of her growing and changing. We’ll be “settled in” up there (well, camping out at the house waiting for our container of stuff) in less than 3 weeks now!

      Love to all. Give your mom (and everyone!) a big hug from us.

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