Sunday, July 24, 2011

Father's Day

Since Daddy wasn't home this father's day, we wanted to send him a VERY special package!!! Avery has the most incredible Daddy she could ever ask for. She has no idea how much he loves her. He is so special to us, so we wanted to make sure he knew how much we love him... and cherish and celebrate him on days JUST for Daddys! Here are all the goodies he got from his little princess!!! (all these pictures were sent to him as well... to show how she helped or made EVERYTHING!!!

We made a bear for Daddy!! It looks just like him. 

Here are some pictures of the process of HER making it for him...

The lady let her put 2 hearts in Buggy Bear... one for Avery and one for Mommy. Avery and I gave each of the hearts kisses just for Daddy's heart! 

These are some pictures of Avery painting a picture for Daddy... (our left handed baby)

This is the book I made to show Daddy all Avery did

A picture of the bear, and on the bear's hand it says "push my hand" We recorded Avery saying "Da da da da" which E knows means I LOVE DADA... she's said it that way for a looong time!! 

The heart we sent him to keep in his pocket. This is on one side... 

This is the one Avery and I keep with us

This is the size, and what they both say on the back



Avery has a few favorite play place!!! DOODLEBUGS!!! We will be taking daddy here when he comes home... he will LOVE seeing how crazy his little baby is!!!!


Many of you may be asking... "Who are you???" and "Have we seen you around here before??" Well, as a matter of fact you have, My name is Alex Polk... and I have a hard time remembering to come and update our family blog. I am very sorry to those who read this, and I am pretty sure I say this very time, I realize it's been a while since I have been on here. My brain is filled with all sorts of craziness lately... so for that, I appologize for being so ding dang forgetful!!!

So, lately Avery and I have been all over the place- and getting stuff done, while being torn in so many directions.

Update on our soldier:
He is doing a WONDERFUL job, and I am sure no one doubted that he would. He has been so incredibly busy lately. This past week our internet was struck by lightening. So between his internet being down, ours being down... it was a little over a week that we didn't talk. Many people don't seem to understand how hard that is sometimes. We have gotten the hang of getting our day to day stuff done without our daddy here with us... but I definitely count on those phone calls... hearing his voice, and seeing his handsome face on Skype. I know I definitely talk to him more than anyone else... as instructed by his family- They wanted him to call home first... and pass along information on how he's doing. But, I know it is always a treat to hear from his family as well... timing just tends to be off since he is going off naps- and there is no set schedule to tell people when he will be online. But generally, we talk about 5 mins a day... sometimes more... sometimes less- so we are thankful for the time he does have to call home. And I know Avery enjoys it as well! We are still not sure when he will be home for r&r. it keeps switching, so we aren't sure when Avery's birthday party/ Daddy day will be. But once we know- I will pass along information to each family to spread to anyone in the family interested in coming. I know he would love to see everyone!!!

MY school update:
Many people know that Avery was a "surprise" to our family. I had been in school a couple years and changed majors from Early childhood education to dental hygiene (mainly because my school was giving me the run around, and ruining my desire to teach. ) After finding out our little Avery was on her way, I decided to go back to education and finish up. While I was pregnant I told myself I would be going back to school right after she was born (slightly niave to the whole situation) When reality set in, Avery was born August 2... and school was supposed to start the 15th. Who was I kidding?!?! Women even get maternity leave... I would not being going straight to school... I couldn't. So Ernest and I talked, and we wanted me to be home with her for the first year of her life. Which, I enjoyed so incredibly much. I am so lucky to have an amazing husband who is such a wonderful provider to his family. Needless to say, I was all set to go back to school this past semester (January 11). Once again, Ernest and I talked... and decided that with him deploying, we didn't want to change everything in her 1 year old world... daddy leaving, and mommy going back to school, sending her to daycare all at once. SO, i talked to the teachers at school. One of them was a military brat growing up. She encouraged me as well to stay home with her another semester. We decided it was best for our family to again, wait for me to finish my degree. Keep in mind, I only have 2 semesters left. But, Avery is of course first on our list, and we felt it would be best for me to stay with her during this deployment.

We talked about me going to school this coming semester- I went to the mandatory meeting at school, Avery has started daycare... and I had my heart set on going, and finally finishing school.  Avery LOVES her daycare, and so do I. My heart was comfortable with this adventure in our lives. I said big prayers... that God provide us with what He feels is best for our family. Little did I know, he had a different plan for us. Our school has a "sign up" night  at 10 o'clock for the school/time you wanted classes. I needed a school close by in case of an emergency with Avery, and one close enough that I could get to on time after taking Avery to daycare. (being a solo parent isn't easy) WELL, there was a computer "glitch" and I drew the short straw. we were told we would get the school information after successfully signing up... which I did... so I printed this page as my "confirmation". I later thought it was strange that it didn't say "CONGRATULATIONS" or anything, so decided to call the school and confirm that I had signed up correctly. I WASN'T ON THEIR LIST. Out of over 200 students, 12 other students and I had this same issue. In tears (because I just knew this was what I was supposed to do at this point in my life- finish school) I talked to the teacher and she said "well, you need to sign up for another school so you are on the list, then submit a "request to change" form and wait to hear whether it was granted. I prayed hard- not that my request would be granted, but that He would make my heart at peace to whatever decision he felt was best for our family right now. After weeks of waiting... she granted me a closer elementary school, but with classes at  KSU at night. Obviously daycares aren't open at night... so this wasn't possible.  But, surprisingly- I was at peace with this decision. I want to finish school in May so bad... but He knows this will benefit our family. There were pros and cons to both outcomes... If I went this semester, the con was being in school 3 days a week while E comes home on R&R, being in school when he gets home in November for good. A pro was I would graduate in May. Cons for not going this semester- since I will be in elementary schools, they don't have summer classes... therefore, I won't graduate until December. Pros- more time with our soldier when he comes home both times... and more Avery time. Overall- point is, I will not be starting school until January, and while everyone seems to have their opinions, some positive, others negative- I am comfortable and excited about this plan!! Ernest knows how important it is to me to finish school, so he is being supportive, but is frustrated with all the trouble they have given me lately. He is happy with whatever my heart is happy with. It's for ME to get my degree... I want it!!! So he is being a great husband and allowing me to finish, paying for classes... sending Avery to school... but is willing to wait until the timing works best for us all!

Avery's school update!!
Avery has started "school" at Sunbrook Academy" and LOVES it!!! She has been going on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week. Tuesdays are Water Park days. They said it usually takes kids a couple weeks to feel confident enough to run through the water park (jets that shoot up water). But of course our wild child was the first one out there!!!  She is such a social butterfly... we knew she would thrive there!! Here are some pictures from her first day!! 

Now to do other picture and event updates... MORE COMING TONIGHT