Spoon Full of Ava

  • millymill | March 10, 2016

    2 Years Old Already?!?

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    Almost 2 years ago our grasshopper was born. These last 2 years have flown by unbelievably fast. We are expecting baby #2 and our baby is turning 2! This last year I have learned a lot about myself and about life all through our daughter. She has taught me patience, she’s teaching me to go with the flow(the hardest lesson thus far), she’s taught me forgiveness and most importantly how to love unconditionally.

    She, herself is a character. Her personality is out of this world. Her brain is a sponge that takes in every single thing in. She observes everything and everyone. I like to step back and watch her observe people and things. Right now Russian is her 1st language but she understands English very well. Baby girl loves to dance and listen to music and loves family! Which is the most important thing to us. Face-time with her great aunts, great gmom, and cousins is an everyday thing. Books and stories are her favorite out of the million and one toys she has. Bed time stories are a must before her naps and bed time.

    Most bittersweet thing about this birthday is, it’s her last birthday being the only child. I am ecstatic for her to have a sister and celebrate all good things with. I look forward to her sharing her good times with her sister and can’t wait to help them build an unbreakable bond.

    Lastly! When she was born I told myself I will take professional photos pf her every holiday and birthday. Well, we tried out a newborn photo-shoot and we were not impressed. It wasn’t expensive but it was defenitly something I could have done myself. Therefore I started taking photos of her all on my own and in the convenience of our home.

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  • millymill | January 13, 2016

    TTC Baby #2 & Week by Week

    Well! My life is a big fat planner. Everything that I have accomplished in life has been planned from the age 13. I’ve always known I wanted to be married by 24, have my 1st child at 24, finish school by 24, be settled by 25 and comfortable by 30. I have also had a very specific plan to have kids since i want 4!! Yes, I want 4 kids! Will I actually have 4, well only time will tell. I hope we can afford and grow our family to whatever number we want and whatever number is meant for us. That bring me to this… I wanted to get pregnant in August because I just did not want to be pregnant in the summer. Well, things don’t always work out as planned if God doesn’t want it for you. I actually believe I had a chemical pregnancy because I had a few very faint positive tests. Anyways, it didn’t go as planned. Now being as though my husband is an OTR trucker it’s hard to DTD on specific days. This is all new to me because with Ava we were just like “Okay, today is the day we will make a baby” and BAM! A few days ago I told Curtis “I don’t want to try anymore. If it’s meant to happen it will happen.” WELL!!!! I am 8 dpo, i have been so hungry, my breasts are soar…sooo I decided to take a test (or 10). Which are all coming out POSITIVE. Faint, but they are 100% positive. _________________________________________________

    Aunt Flow was supposed to arrive on October 25th. Well, it came and went and at the moment I am 12 Days late OR 6 weeks pregnant. I have had one appointment where the doctor just basically confirmed the pregnancy. Up until yesterday I haven’t had any strong symptoms of pregnancy. All my symptoms were present before aunt flow was due. After I actually missed my period the symptoms were gone. There were a few days where I was just annoyed and frustrated. I notices i had no patience with Ava and everything was irritating me. That lasted about 3 days. Now, yesterday(November 5th) was the first day i had nausea and an extremely bad head ache. Over all I have to say so far so good! _________________________________________________

    By the time you all read this I am more than likely at the end of my 1st trimester. Very few people were told just because I have had a miscarriage before and wouldn’t want to go through telling people and then telling them “nevermind, I misscarried.”


    _Week 8

    I had my 2nd appointment. They did blood work and actually scheduled me for an early ultra sound. Reason being for that early ultrasound is because I have been having pains in my right ovary(so i think). I felt this pain when I had a cyst so it did concern me. I told my doctor and she did an exam and didn’t seem too concerned. Anyways, other than that I’ve been pretty good as far as symptoms go. Minimal nausea which was my biggest fear. Just this week I’ve started feeling sleepy in the afternoons by sleepy I mean IF Ava goes to sleep so do I. I noticed my self becoming much more calm and relaxed. I remember being pregnant with Ava I was so nervous and paranoid. I didn’t drink coffee, have seafood, or eat lunch meat. This time around I am just going with the flow. I am having everything but in moderation. I plan on telling everyone on December 26th. My parents will have their birthday dinner and will have all of our family there. I will probably take photos of Ava and frame them and gift them to everyone. In the photo will be the announcement.

    Stay TUNED for that!


    __Week 15

    I know I am not consistent but that’s because this pregnancy has been so different than my 1st. My first pregnancy something new was happening every week. This time around my first 14 weeks were very smooth and different. Not this week has been complete hell! I have had migraines to the point i had to vomit. I have had to throw up if I don’t eat as soon as I am a tad bit hungry. Also, I have just been exhausted!

    I have also been feeling a bit guilty. When I was pregnant with Ava I was so excited and focused on my pregnancy. This time around I feel like it’s just flying by and i am not paying it any mind. 🙁


    Ladies how did you feel during your 2nd pregnancy?


  • millymill | December 1, 2015

    Elf on the Shelf

    He’s back!!
    Well, she in our case and not really back but HERE.
    This is the first year we are welcoming her into our home. Ava is a little over a year and a half (21 months) so I am not quiet sure if she will get the idea but I am sure we will still have fun.

    The elf is actually already hanging around the house. Literally!


    (Day 1)

    Just hanging off of our kitchen ceiling fan. No big deal!

    (I have to think of places where Ava won’t be able to reach the elf)



    We have not named her yet so suggestions are welcomed!


  • millymill | August 19, 2015

    Affordable DIY Teepee

    Hello Lovely People!

    Welcome back to my blog!

    I have been going through this redecorating stage and have been doing lots and lots of research. My focus is on Ava’s room and then the rest of the house. I want to decorate her room to last a few years. Therefore I am staying away from animals, characters, etc.

    One thing I’ve been dying to get her is a teepee for reading. LORD!!! Have you seen the prices?!? I think every single one I looked at was $150-$250 and most were pretty small(Curtis & I wouldn’t fit in there with her). Well, I am pretty handy when I want to be so I figured why not DIM(do it myself)?!?!?

    I went to www.HomeDepot.com and purchased the following items. 11874013_10152936800796493_1727270267_n

    *Canvas Drop Cloth

    *Rope like yarn

    *Hardwood Round Dowel (4)

    Total of $43.44 (Before taxes & S&H)

    I purchased a glue gun but ended up not using it.



    Step 1:

    Start by tying 2 poles together at the height where you want your teepee to be. Remember the spot where u tie it is where you will tie the canvas as well. 11868656_10152936811941493_772909198_n


    Step 2:

    Add the remaining 2 poles and tie them all together. You don’t have to tie them tight because you will also drill holes through the poles to permanently keep the poles attached and in place.


    Step 3:

    Draw dots where you want the holes to be drilled. Then drill through the pole and stick the yarn through the holes.


    (Curtis drilled the wholes. I don’t know how to and also was afraid to crack the poles being as though I only bought 4. )

    Step 4:

    Tie the poles together tightly and make sure they are all set evenly apart. I didn’t want it too wide and low. I had to keep tightening the yarn to make it stand high and wide enough for one of us and Ava to fit. Adjust the size accordingly to you and your little one/s.

    Step 4:

    I wrapped the canvas with the center leaning against the back of the teepee base, where the yarn starts. I cut 2 small(enough for the yarn to go through) slits in the canvas and put the yarn through. Then tied it right around the part where our yarn is. I used a safety pin to pull the yarn through the canvas.



    Step 5:

    Make sure the poles are standing straight, even and tight.

    (Also if you know how to sew you could sew about an inch of the canvas that is tied right down the front. )


    11910919_10152936811881493_3724296_n11913029_10152936811891493_1962385137_n11903481_10152936811921493_1852643516_nADVICE: Iron the canvas before you do anything. I forgot and when I realized it was too late.

    You can decorate the teepee however you want. I saw this cool, light up A at target and thought it would look awesome on the teepee.

    I will post updated pictures of her room and the teepee in there once it is all complete.


    If you wish to order a teepee feel free to email me @ kilishayeva@yahoo.com

    If you have any questions comment and I’ll respond.

    Enjoy this teepee with your kids!

    Perfect little spot for QT!!!