Well, more than one person has complained that there aren’t anywhere near enough pictures of our grandbaby, Avila. So, I aim to please! I’ll update this page periodically and put newer pix on top. So if you want to watch her “grow” you’ll want to scroll down to the bottom and go “up” from there. Or if you’re just checking for the latest, start here at the top.
Hmmm… I’m being beaten by technology and not having success “inserting” some pictures earlier in the sequence here. SO a couple here “up top” that are a few months out of order. Oh well.
What can I say — is she just too cute for words? The pix above are very recent ones (late November 2011) and as you can see, she’s a happy little thing. I’m sure there must be times when she’s not cute, but I think they must be in the minority. How can you not be cute when you’re just so darn happy!
While Avila won’t remember any of her first Halloween, we definitely had treats, not tricks. The pumpkin girl and pumpkin dog were a gigantic hit with the neighborhood kids.
Grandma and Grandpoppy had a great time helping Jen hand out treats. This was good old-fashioned trick-or-treating — the kids were in creative, home-made costumes, the parents were with them, lurking out on the sidewalk, to a one they all said thank-you, and most (somewhat to our surprise) all said “I like your dog” and even refused to leave until they’d reached over the gate and petted the scary big black dog. (Okay, it’s hard to be that scary wearing a pumpkin costume, but even after the costume came off he seemed to be an unusually big “hit” with the neighborhood kids.) Go figure.
Other than Halloween, the little LuLu just keeps being too cute for words. She’s eating solid food now and we experimented with spinach while we were there. She seemed to like it okay, but Grandma proved to be a not-terribly-neat feeder.
We also were able to enjoy seeing Avila in the little dress we’d brought her from Costa Rica. It’s in the “traditional” style and is probably meant to be a “summer dress” but it worked fine over tights and a long-sleeved shirt.
We figure, come summer-time, it will still fit fine just as a sundress. There’s also the issue of trying to take pictures of the darling grandbaby while grandma is holding her. Well, you know what, grandma simply isn’t as photogenic as she once was so those pictures tend not to come out so well. Oh, heck, who are we fooling — grandma was never photogenic — even in her youngest, sleekest youth. (What can I say — I’m one of those who always ends up in photos eating or talking and doing something crazy with my mouth, and now that I’m plumpish I seem to have an alarming set of double-chins — what’s up with that?!?)
But we did manage to catch the little purple girl looking cute as always with grandma looking not too scary, so that’s been a good picture to have….
Also, although Avila seemed destined to be a pumpkin since, I don’t know… before birth?… somewhere along the way Jen came across the Sweet-Pea outfit, which seems especially fitting since I’ve always called Jen, herself, Sweet-Pea. In that “thing” that parents simply can’t stop themselves from doing (oh, and yes, we grandparents are full accomplices in), Jen dressed Avila in the Sweet-Pea outfit solely so that we could enjoy it and take pictures. Oh my, what children put up with. It’s a good thing that they don’t remember what they were subjected to at 6 months of age.