We made it last night! Ava and I got to the cottage late Tuesday night and the gang was up waiting for us. Ava slept the entire way. We unloaded our stuff into Grandma's and Grandpa's cottage and made ourselves at home. Ava had a bottle in her sleep and then slept great the whole night in her moses basket without waking up once. When she did wake up she was all smiles and cooing. Grandma and Grandpa loved it! Mornings with Ava are the best. She had a bottle and snuggle time and then was back down for a nap.
We had a nice relaxing morning with the gang. Uncle Todd put on a big breakfast which is my favorite. Ava had lots of cousin time, aunt and uncle time, and grandma and grandpa time. She is spoiled rotten people... Just rotten. I had more coffee and kicked my feet up while Ava was being passed around. Then the sun came out and was shining bright for our cottage day. So we got ready and headed down to the beach!
Beach Beauty! Look at my new swim suit... I love the ruffle butt. I had fun hanging out with Grandpa. He sings in my ear.
Playing on my tweeter beach towel. I had fun playing with all of my toys. Look at how well I am filling out!
Emma played with Ava in warm bath water. The lake water was pretty cold for her little bum to get in. Maybe next year.
I had so much fun today... I needed a nap. Nothing better than snuggeling into mom's legs. Out like a light. I love to sleep in the shade. Life is good!
Road Trip... Ava and I are packed and ready to head north! We are leaving tonight to go to the Barron-Hinds Nichols Lake Adventure. I can't believe how much stuff I had to pack for one small person. Wish I took a picture of my Dodge Journey... But all I have is this one of Ava relaxing before the 2 hour ride. She looks so "Sweet!"
July 5, 2009 is Rob's Birthday... I am not sure what happened to the documentation of his day this year. There is literally not a single picture of Rob on his birthday... All I can say is hummmmmmmmmmmm??? We did celebrate... we did.
This year for Rob's birthday gift he went on a fishing trip and he seemed to have a great time.
He also did get some new clothes from the girls. Tweet-Tweet! He had a good day of sleeping in, cinnamon rolls for breakfast, relaxing, snuggling Ava, lunch served on the couch, more relaxing, we went to the Outback for dinner, my parents came over after dinner to give him his gift of new ECHO work boots, and then we had cake. The only picture taken on his birthday is this one of Ava waking up for her nap??? Next year we will need to do better in the Rob picture department. hahahahha. Poor Daddy.
Ava looked all red, white, & blue for the forth of July! We had a great breakfast with Grandpa Kolkman at the Cracker Barrel. Then we met up with our neighbors and friends at the Barksdales for the parade. It was fun taking Ava into Grandville for her first parade because it was also my first parade! Traditions need to be set early.
Not sure how Ava slept through the entire parade... It was so Loud! Next year she is going to be diving in the street for candy. I just know it!
We had a great lunch at Rick and Sally's after the parade. Thanks Barksdale's for having Ava and I over for your independence day lunch. It was delicious. Rob had been gone on a fishing trip this week so we were excited to get home and see him and hear about his trip. We spent the afternoon relaxing at home before the evening festivities.
We ate dinner cookout style at the Arnoldink's. Then, Rob and I took Ava to the Allendale fireworks with our friends and neighbors of Cozy Acres. I didn't think she was going to like them... So we cuddled up in Rob's Ava-lanch and she fell asleep. Mom's arms are magic! She never made a peep the entire firework's show. Can I say out like a light. We took her home and tucked her in. Sweet dreams. All in all... Ava's first forth of July was a hit!
Practice... practice... practice... Ava is trying to sleep in her bed for nap time. Again... Some days she sleeps great and other days not so great. She loves to be held when she sleeps. Go figure... How did that get started? As much as I love holding Ava twenty-four-seven... I really need to get her to sleep in her crib. How am I ever going to get anything done when I go back to work and start my master's degree this fall? Not to mention it won't be long now before Ava will not fit in the bassinet. Today she woke up three times in twenty minutes. That's it... How is my Ava ever going to sleep in her crib at bedtime? Boppy to the rescue. She loves to nap on this birdie pillow. So be it... She just needs to practice once a day to get the hang of sleeping in the nursery. I'll try anything once!
Ava met her friend, Bianca Palazzolo, for the first time today. Katie Riemenschneider Palazzolo and I have been friends since Junior High. Our April babies are only one day apart! The girls had a great first play date and looked adorable. I think they are destine to be good friends. I also had a great time catching up with Katie, Dave, and Mrs. Riemenschneider. The Riemenschneider household really rolled out the red carpet for us. Thanks Katie and Bianca for being such great hosts.
Ava's favorite lovie is Lily Mae Leap... We played dress up today and Ava got dress up as her favorite... Love her pond pants. What great detail in this little outfit! Thanks Barb Cooke for such a perfect baby gift. LOVE IT!
They are twins. All Ava needs is a hat and a pair of open peepers. She is all tuckered out from dress up!
Here is a picture of Ava taking her first nap in her big girl bed. She has spent the majority of her life sleeping in arms. Mostly mine and Rob's. She sleeps great in our arms. But it is time to start having her take some naps in her big girl bed so she gets used to it before she outgrows the bassinet. I know all about SIDS and the back to sleep rules... but she naps so much better on her tummy. I am watching her like a hawk out side of her door. So much for getting anything done. But she loves her tummy and is sleeping like a baby. Good job Ava!
August 29, 2009 It is what it is people. I am two months behind on keeping this page current. How can this be? It feels like I just finished catching this site up. Ugggggg. Story of my life I guess at Home Sweet Kolkman. I feel as though I can do one of two things with this page. One... Sit in front of this computer feverishly jotting down all of our adventures big & small. Or two... I can just live them. Savor all of the moments created at Home Sweet Kolkman in the moment and just fly by the seat of my pants. I guess I pick somewhere in between these two options. I will do the best I can with what time I have to dedicate updates to this page. I promise. I see a trend readers. I fall behind. I catch up. I take a break. I fall behind and the cycle repeats.
This time I fell so far behind I don't know where to begin. How can I possibly update all of you on what has been happening with what is happening? I have one solution for this problem. Trust that it is true a picture is worth a thousand words. I will post pictures with small blurbs of what we have been doing over the past couple of months. I have to call it good with picture postings or I will never catch up. Then I will do my best to add something each week. I know I have made this promise before readers... but this time I really mean it!
Mom... I need a break from all of your stories. Shhhhhhh... I'm trying to sleep.
Ava's 2 Weeks Old!
Check me out.
Ava's 1 Week Old!
Ava's Birthday 04/15/2009!
I made it safe and sound. Tweet-Tweet!
Ava Elise Kolkman
April 27, 2009 Ava had professional photos taken at our nest... Rob and I had this set up for Elise but were never given the chance to experience this joy with her. So this event was bitter sweet at Home Sweet Kolkman. The beautiful dress that Ava is wearing was given to Elise in the hospital but she never had the chance to wear it. Ava looked beautiful in her big sister's gown. I am glad she was able to have her photos taken in something of Elise's... which is not always easy for us to do. With love and tears... Rob and I will keep our daughters connected in all of the ways we can. Tweet-Tweet... Our second daughter, Ava, is a wonderful addition to our family. We are so blessed to have her in our lives.
Ava & Levi meet!
04/26/09 Elise & Annika are so proud of our smiles...
Elise Renee Kolkman
10/13/2007... Forever in Our Hearts
To Elise on Mothers Day
A Mother's Day Gift From God-
Lord today is Mother's Day,
but my heart is split in two.
Half of my heart is still here,
the other with Elise, who is there with you.
All the lovely presents are a nice surprise.
But the only thing I want most is missing,
and tears fill up my eyes.
I know when you sent her Lord,
You didn't promise how long she would stay.
All you said was to love her and treasure each and every day.
But Lord it crushed my heart,
when you called for her return.
I really feel like half a Mom, as I ache, weep, and yearn.
But Lord Please tell Elise that I Love her
just as much as I did before.
And could you please make a window,
so she can see through heaven's floor?
Let her see that she is missed and thought of with every breath.
And that a Mother's love begins before life,
and does not end with death.
So on this Mother's Day,
She's the Greatest Gift I Give To You.
For Lord I know you missed her,
and you Love her too.
From Elise on Mothers Day
Dear Mr. Hallmark,
I am writing to you from heaven, and though it must appear a rather strange idea, I see everything from here.
I just popped in to visit your stores to find a card. A card of love for my mommy as this day for her is hard.
There must be some mistake I thought. I saw every card you could imagine. Except I could not find a card from a child who lives in heaven.
She is still a mother too, no matter where I reside. I had to leave, she understands, but oh the tears she's cried.
I thought that if I wrote you, that you would come to know... That though I live in heaven now, I still love my mommy so.
She talks with me, and dreams with me, we still share laughter too. Memories are our way of speaking now, would you see what you could do?
My mother carries me in her heart, her tears she hides from sight. She writes songs to honor me, sometimes far into the night.
She plants a tree in my garden, there my living memory dwells. She talks to other grieving parents, trying to ease their pain as well.
So you see Mr. Hallmark, though I no longer live on earth I must find a way, to remind her of her wonderous worth.
She needs to be honored, and remembered too... Just as the children on earth will do.
Thank you Mr. Hallmark. I know you'll do your best. I have done all I can do... to you I'll leave the rest.
Find a way to tell her, how much she means to me. Until I can do it for myself, when she joins me in eternity.
Adapted from the I-Village.com website