Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Everyone needs a hobby

Evelyn's new favorite thing to do is to scoot around and touch everything.  The couch, cookbooks, boxes, bags, shoes--anything beyond the realm of her quilt and toys is utterly fascinating.

And then there's this:

She probably spent a good 10 minutes doing this last night and had an absolute blast.  I can only hope your night was as fun as mine.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Animal adventures, pt. 2

(Part I of Evelyn's animal adventures.)

There were deer at Dallas's birthday party!

Fine.  There have been deer at Dallas's house since some time in early 2007 or so.

But Evelyn's never met them until now!

So I introduced her to the deer.

Evelyn looked at the deer.
These are the deer.  And their little calf friend.

Evelyn and a deer stared at each other.

This deer wanted to be very close to me.

Uncle Levi asked her what she thought of these creatures.

She loved them!  She's so brave!  And adventurous!
Even in the face of this.
(DeerDear Aunt Leah: I'm really sorry you saw this.  I'd like to remind you that you checked out some deer in this pen last year, so you know that Evelyn was never in any real danger from the unspeakable evil of killer deer and their malevolent plans.)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Animal adventures, pt. 1

Cody introduced Evelyn to a horse.

They were immediately friends!

The horse was interested in my camera, but Evelyn called it back to her.

It went back.

She patted its nose.

The horse tried to follow her.
Parting thoughts:
  • Evelyn is fearless
  • Horses have soft noses
  • Horses love Evelyn
  • Evelyn loves horses
  • My child is clearly a gifted horse whisperer

Monday, September 19, 2011

When babies attack

Birthday Party Recap






Obviously, Dallas had a very successful birthday party.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Evelyn is 6 months old!

Evelyn has been here, named and with a face, for half of a year.


She slept on my chest a view evenings ago and I realized she wasn't curled up with her feet in my belly like she used to be.  One foot was somewhere on my leg and the other was hanging off of me and resting on the couch like she was some kind of big kid.

She's long.

She's chubby.

She can crawl on her belly.  We had to set up play pen paneling across one wall of the living room because she was getting too interested in our books.  She kept touching my Brockmeier and Byatt novels, so really I'm just telling you this to brag.

She still can't sit up by herself, so we're not introducing solids just yet.  But she's getting better at propping herself up with her hands!

She likes to read books.  She likes to turn the page and hold the book herself and her face lights up when she sees the new pictures on a page.

She also does this fake coughing thing so much that Cody has finally decided to go to the doctor because that's how he clears he throat and he's been doing it allllll theeeee tiiiiiiime.  Sometimes she'll do the fake cough after a real cough just for good measure.  She smiles and laughs after every fake cough because it's like she's pulled this amazing joke on everyone.  "Ha ha! I'm not really sick!  Look at me imitating things!"

She growls like some kind of weird creature. It's cute and I need to capture it on video before it becomes another one of those things she doesn't do any more.

She waves "bye bye".  She doesn't do it every time, but she does it a lot and it's fantastic.

She usually smiles whenever she sees a camera or a cell phone.  Whoops.

She went to Oklahoma on our first big trip as a family.

She got pigtails.

She had a play date.

We went to Romance and Searcy one afternoon.

She went to Oklahoma again.

She came to visit me at work on my anniversary and charmed everyone she met.

She went to play with Grandmother and Mooney.

Man, she made a lot of new friends this month!

She likes to go to the farmers market.  She likes the library.  She likes the grocery store.  She likes the restaurant.  She likes being held and playing in the floor by herself and being outside and taking baths.  She likes a lot of things and she's a happy girl.

These six months have been incredible, and this last one has been absolutely lovely. I'm so glad she's here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dallas is TEN

Dallas used to be a baby.

Now he hangs out with my baby.

He can read long books.

We took some field trip adventures this year and he entertained Evelyn really well.

He's a gift-giving champ.

He sends us texts sometimes.

He's just a really big deal, and I can barely believe that he's a decade old.

I'm excited that all three of us are going to his party this weekend and I'm really excited that he's 10.

Happy birthday, Dallas!  I hope you have a great day!