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 So I’m making this a regular “post” as well, just so all the people who have been complaining about out-of-date pictures will see the new ones!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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!