Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Two big accomplishments in our household:

1) Our kitchen is now complete!! As of last Monday, our new counters, sink, faucet and microwave were installed. We now have a fully functional kitchen again, thank goodness! How sad is it that the first night that we had the kitchen back, we had McDonalds for dinner? We were actually out and about that night-that is the only reason why we ate out! I am thrilled with the results of our kitchen and must give a TON of credit to my handy man hubby, Aaron. He did most of the hard work with his own two hands, with help from his grandpa and grandma (tiling) and his dad (installing cabinets, microwave, etc.). Thank you to all of you who helped!

2) Ma-ma-what a beautiful word! Ava finally said Mama as of yesterday!! I am thrilled she can finally say it and she thinks she is big stuff too. (Although she does wonder why I get so excited whenever she says it!) Da-da was her 1st word, Nana was her 2nd word and Mama makes number 3. It is amazing how much she is changing everyday. We are expecting her to start crawling any day now. She saw that her cousin, Drew, crawls and she wants to join in on the fun!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Future heartbreaker!

I just got this picture of my nephew, Drew from his mommy. He will be seven months on September 2, hard to believe. He is so adorable and this is an awesome picture of him! Lots of hugs and kisses Droopy from Aunt Katie!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Festival time

This Sunday, we went to the St. Joe festival in Wright, Michigan with Dad, Julie, Matt, Amanda and Drew. It is a big festival to help raise money for the church and we always have a great time every year we go. Ava was feeling a little under the weather and was beginning to come down with a fever. While we were all enjoying our chicken dinner, Ava threw up all of her apricots, that she had just eaten, all over my lap! Thank you Amanda for the wipes! Ava slept off and on while we were there.
Kylie had fun playing in the kids tent and she got to ride Lucky, Uncle Wally's horse. That made her day to ride Lucky-she always looks forward to seeing the horses at the festival. Kylie helped Dad and Julie with a couple of games and ended up winning a new Barbie and a box of groceries for Ma Goo Goo! She was their good luck charm! I took a lot of pictures but will have to add them on here later. I don't have them downloaded off the camera yet.
On the home front, the tile is done in the kitchen and the counters will be installed this Monday!!!! I cannot wait to have the kitchen all done-it already looks amazing! I am so excited!
My parents are off to their third trip to Alaska in two weeks-we will miss them but hope they have a good time. They will be back for Kylie's 5th birthday. I can't believe that a month from tomorrow she will be FIVE years old!! Well, that is all for now. More to come later.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Gulliver Family Update

Our two goofy girls!

Ava Grace-8 months old!! (She put the balloon up there by herself!)

She sure loves to bounce!

Ava with her Great-Grandma Bair-she just loved her!

Ava, Kylie and Drew (Aunt Minnie bought the two younger ones matching shirts-Drew has puppies and Ava has kitties on her shirt)
I haven't updated in awhile-sorry! It has been a little crazy around the Gulliver household lately. First of all, we are in the process of remodeling our kitchen. Aaron installed all new cabinets and just ordered our new countertops. We bought a new sink and facuet as well but can't install those until we have the counters. Let me tell you, I miss my counters and kitchen sink! I do not like doing the dishes in the bathtub! We have been using a lot of paper plates and such as it is easier to just throw them away after our meals. We are also tiling our kitchen floor. Aaron and his grandpa and Dad will be starting this project tomorrow morning, bright and early! So needless to say, we are somewhat without a kitchen and although it is a mess right now, the end result will be worth it! I will post some before, during and after pictures as soon as the kitchen is all done.
Kylie is enrolled in Tumble Bugs at a local gymnastics center, which my sister takes her on Kylie's "Tuesdays with Tia" day. (Tia is aunt in spanish and what she has always called my sister.) She is phenomenal at gymnastics and several times the teachers have told my sister that Kylie has a natural gift and will go far in gymnastics if she sticks with it. Kylie loves to show us all of her little routines and everyday I watch her, I feel like she is growing up more and more right in front of my eyes. In just about 6 weeks, she will be 5 years old. As Kylie tells me, "That's a whole handful!" (As in how she shows someone how old she is with her fingers!) She will be starting preschool again after Labor Day and will be going Monday-Thursday mornings. She is anxiously awaiting going back to school. I'm sure one day when she is a little older she will not feel that way anymore!

Ava is now 8 months old as of July 30! Seriously, where did the time go? I swear I was just pregnant with her. We actually found out a year ago on July 30th, that we would be having another baby girl, hard to believe it was a year ago already. Ava finally said her first word as of last Saturday! And the word........"DA-DA!" Yeah, I have been trying for 8 months to have her say Ma-Ma but Da-da is what I get! I will tell her, "Ava, say Ma-ma!" She will look at me and just laugh and say, "Da-da, da-da, da-da." That silly girl! She is becoming more vocal everyday and isn't close to crawling yet. She would rather just roll to where she wants to get to. That's okay, I'm not in a rush for the crawling stage to begin just yet.
Aaron and I are busy with the kitchen project and taking care of each other and the girls. We are looking forward to our tubing trip with our cousin, Amy and her fiance, Justin and others next Saturday. It should be a nice and relaxing day. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for us. Well, that's about all at the Gulliver household as of now. I will try to do a little better at updating this blog more often!