Saturday, December 31, 2011

Merry Christmas Baby!

For Christmas this year we headed once again to Atlanta to be with family. This Christmas we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby Zac, Ava's cousin. We were hoping we would be there if he decided to make an early appearance. We would celebrate our own Christmas once we were back home. In the meantime, we would gladly visit the Georgia Aquarium, eat loads of good food, visit with family and celebrate the holiday! Oh, and we checked out Papa's newly finished barn and the addition to the Clarkesville house.

The big gift for Ava this year was her guitar from her Grandmamommy and Papa. She strummed and sang for anyone who would listen- which was, of course, everyone! We try not to put too much expectation on her musically. We know that she comes from a very musical family but we want to be sure to encourage with out suffocating. So far, she seems to love music and playing the guitar...and the drums...and the piano...
A few days after Christmas we finally decided Baby Zac was going to wait until his due date to show up and so we headed home. He surprised us all and arrived the very next night! We missed him by a day and Ava was heart broken. Now, every time we ask Ava where she lives, or "where are they going?" Her response is: Atlanta!

Enjoy the photos...and hopefully we'll be a bit better about posting in 2012. Merry Christmas from Team Johnson!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Cheer!

Sorry for the late post friends! But it's been another crazy, busy month for Team Johnson. You would think we would have adjusted by now, but things are constantly changing around here as Ava learns more and more. She amazes us every day! She sings songs, knows her alphabet and can count to ten! She also knows her colors- at least the primary ones. She has also been learning her shapes. So far, she has mastered triangle, square, circle and star.

In early December we visited the Festival of Lights with some of our friends. The girls saw "snow", met Santa and ran around the grounds checking out Christmas lights.

Ava and Ava Grey up to some mischief.

In December we also visited Grinchmas again. We were hoping Ava would get more out of it this year but actually it was far busier than it was in the past and you could barely walk through the park much less enjoy any of the holiday attractions. Oh, and the Grinch really, really frightened her. Ava doesn't do "mean."

So, after playing in the ball pit for a bit and riding one ride, we decided to head to Downtown Disney to check out their Christmas display. Of course it was awesome- it's Disney! But it was also crowded. And after nearly 30 minutes of hunting for a parking spot we weren't much in the Christmas spirit. We left pretty quickly and vowed never to do it again...Well, at least not until next year!