Ava Grace's Closet: Randomness

Monday, January 6, 2014


It is Monday right?
My kids keep asking me what day it is every day since it seems when we are all on holiday break, every day feels like a Sunday.
Love that.

Isabella has an EXTRA week off. Her high school had a small electrical fire {no one was in the school when it happened} over the Christmas holidays and they need some more time to clean it up. As you can imagine, she is just sick about it. 

I finally bit the bullet and upgraded my iphone to ios 7. I know, I know. The verdict is still out but for now, I kinda love the new font and how fresh everything looks. My brother is somewhere smiling, nodding and thinking, I told you so.

On that note, what are your favourite photo editing apps for iphone? Right now, I mainly use picfx and a few apps that allow me to prep my photos {square, collage, mirror} for sharing on instagram. 
Nothing crazy. 
Share your recos in the comments if you're so inclined.

Ava and Isabella were playing on the bedroom rug the other day and at one point, Izzy picked up her sister and had her semi-suspended above her. 
Ava looked down + said "Izzy, you need your eyebrows done".
She's three. 

Should I be concerned?
And, while we're on the subject of facial hair...Julian is growing what appears to be the first signs of a teeny tiny mustache. He also recently asked me to buy him some "Abercrombie cologne". Then, in what can only be explained as a small miracle, he asked to take a shower. 

They told me this would happen but I never believed them.

This happened earlier this week.

I couldn't be more thrilled to have been recognized by parents.com as one of their top 10 mommy bloggers of 2013. 
How crazy is that??
all photos taken with my iphone. Just a few of my favourties from this past year.
And lastly, I am dedicating today's post to a girl I didn't know too well but who I really liked all the same. 
Renee died suddenly on December 30th. A virus. 
She was the same age as me, had 2 small boys + a husband who adored her. 
At the visitation he told me that he felt like he was having a nightmare that he would never wake up from.
My heart breaks for their small family. 


  1. Heart, thought and prayers going out to your friend Renee's family... another -sad- example of how quickly life can change.

    Happy New Year my friend ... hope you are staying warm during this cold spell!!! ... great photos ... gotta love Ava ... Your babies are growing up ... wait till Julian starts asking for the car keys... it will come. Wishing you a great start to the year and all the months ahead. hugs, C.

    PS - thinking about upgrading my Samsung smart phone to an iphone ... great timing of your post.

    1. Do it! Are you with Rogers? They have some great deals right now. Good luck with your decision.

  2. Im so sorry about Renee and her family - that life can turn like that in second...how very sad. My heart goes out to them!

    your children are adorable Susan!

  3. Oh - that is so heartbreaking.

    But I AM excited for you and the news of being chosen as a top ten mommy blogger - so fun!

  4. That is so heartbreaking!!!!!! That was a wake up call to me...I almost never go to the dr. and I have been so sick...I am going today!!!

    On a happy note I am so excited about you and the top 10!! and lol about your boy!!

    so funny about the eye brows!!

    and finally I have not upgraded my phone...yikes...i am scared.

    1. Go! I am so glad that this sparked a visit. Hope you feel better girl. xo

  5. Dearest Susan,
    Lovely tidbits about your family and it is also telling us how quickly their childhood is moving onward to being young adults. Even Ava is making grown up remarks!
    So sad to read about your friend Renee, may God bless her family that she left behind.
    No wonder you were in the top 10 Mommy Blogger list of 2013!!!

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your friend. But on a lighter note, I am so happy for you being recognized as a great mommy blogger!! Hope your staying warm up there, we are in the minus temps today!

    1. Thanks Lisa! Yes...it is minus 40 with the windchill here today. It's crazy!

  7. A recognition well deserved! Your blog is beautiful and amazing. :) I'm thankful to Parenting.com so I could find it! Your kids are adorable and I think you just convinced me to update my phone. Finally.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's passing. Thinking lots of good thoughts for her family.

    ~ Lauren (of Run Salt Run)

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Lauren! I sincerely appreciate it. And congrats again! xo

  8. Your family is just gorg!! Like model material!! We are the same way in our house...for the past two weeks every day has felt like Saturday or Sunday! All that changes tomorrow. And I am planning a post for my favorite apps and photo ones will be included!! :) So many great ones!!

    1. Lol! Thank you so much Shanna. I will look out for your post! I have a few good ones that were reco'd starting with Afterlight which I am LOVING!

  9. I am so sorry about Renee! My thoughts will be with her family. Congrats on parents.com! You are fabulous.

  10. You have wonderful children, Susan! A well deserved recognition too. Congratulations to you!
    BTW often my son, 21 needs more time getting ready in the bathroom than my daughter,19 (and she does take her time...)

    My thoughts are with your friends. We have to appreciate every single day with our families!

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  11. I so enjoyed your randomness and those beautiful children. Life is just full of random isn't it. Good and bad. So sorry about the loss of your friend.

    1. Isn't it though? I never want to forget any of it. Thanks so much.

  12. That's devastating!! Congrats on your Parents nomination!! You deserve it;)

    1. Thanks so much my friend. I sincerely appreciate that! xo

  13. Oh that is just so sad Susan & gives us all a wake up call to never take it all for granted! Sending love & sympathies to you & Renees family! Love the snippets of the kids & well done you! <3 Ax


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