Last week was Ava’s official “fall break” so we didn’t have to do any homeschooling. You would think that it make this little kindergartener happy. Far from it. She insisted on doing school work during her fall break like a good little nerd. I think she is doing great so far with her learning. We are even completing some first grade level workbooks. Man, this kid loves to answer story problems. Her biggest issues so far are writing some numbers and letter backwards and confusing the little ‘b’ with the little ‘d’.
Ava decided some time before the previous Halloween, that she was going to be Sally the Rag Doll from Nightmare before Christmas this year. Yesterday we stopped by the fabric store and she got to pick out eight different pieces of fabric that would complete her rag doll dress.
The ‘handmade’ costume that she wanted me to make actually wasn’t too tough. Since I did not bring my sewing machine with me, I bought her a polka dot dress from Target and we cut out patches together. Ava placed them in the exact configuration she wanted and then was off to babysit Luka so I could have my arms free for a bit.
In the Airstream, our space is obviously very limited. Ava’s babysitting involved holding Luka on the couch, feeding him or giggling together on the bed. But not at Carrie’s house! Ava got to clean the floors as Luka got a magic carpet ride. I wonder if she is strong enough to pull me around too?
Then something happened that Dan and I have been dreading. Her first tooth was loose. Ahhhh! We were dreading this big milestone because our oldest baby was growing up… but more so because neither one of us want to be in charge of doing anything with that tooth as it hangs on its last little string. Gag! Not it!!
To get our mind off of loose teeth, we headed to a pub called The Irish Rover. It is located in the friendly and historic Clifton-Crescent Hill neighborhood of Louisville and sits in a 150-year-old building which began its life as a saloon.
Here is Dan not interacting with me or the camera. We are still ‘fighting’ about the loose tooth. Maybe he will be brave enough to pull that sucker out with his bare bands after a few more of those Black and Tans.
After stuffing our faces with some yummy Irish food and washing it down with some beers, we headed down to the Highland district for a little shopping. Ava noticed one of these cut-out things and stuck her face it. One side was a circus strong man which she refused to be because she isn’t into looking like a dude. The other side was a lady in a pretty pink dress. Perfect, she thought. (Please don’t tell her about the gray beard. It is a ‘scarf’. Haha)
The best local shop in Louisville is WHY Louisville. It is full of souvenirs and things made my local artists. Ava and Mila both have t-shirts from this shop courtesy of Carrie so it is only fitting that Luka gets one too.
The store also had lots of cool items. From old school looking face masks to all things horses to bourbon chocolate balls to this awesome scratch-off map of the USA.
We thought it would be pretty cool so scratch off the cities and states that we have been to but alas decided against it. Something about how it looked afterward reminded us of a losing lottery ticket. The hunt is still on!
Once all the kids were soundly sleeping in their beds, I finished up Ava’s costume for the big day tomorrow. It took no time at all because the patches were supposed to look crappy and I guess I am really good at crappy sewing.
I hope Ava likes the dress. And I really hope she discovers the little surprise I sewed on it just for her.