Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Crafting time is coming

Because I said I would, and because I think you absolutely need to know, I am telling you that the Let's Stitch Together event is happening at the Argenta Library.

Argenta Library
6 p.m.
Stitching fun

See you there!

Typo Tuesday: The Politics Edition

When attempting to call out the sitting President of the United States of America through a medium used by millions of voters, it's important to check your spelling.  Especially when you are a presidential candidate.  Especially when you're addressing an issue that's supposed to be pretty important to you, a person who no doubt uses a phrase like "the dignity of human life" a lot in debates, interviews, and campaign speeches.

If you don't check your spelling, your tweets could look like this.  And that would be embarrassing for someone running for the highest office of what is (supposed to be) the greatest nation in the world.

Undiginified, even.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Monday night library date

Forget Fridays, we took over a quiet corner of the Maumelle library and spread out this past Monday.

Evelyn kept herself occupied with my keys.

 I kept myself from thinking about key germs by browsing parenting books and admiring the pretty library.

I love going on dates with these fun kids.

Then we picked up cheap pizza on our way home.

It was a perfect night.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Yesterday afternoon

Hey, do y'all want to watch a grainy video of a shaggy-haired baby eating a toy frog, pulling toys out of a box, trying to eat my knitting, then putting a pacifier in her mouth and then pulling it out--all the while talking, drooling, crawling, and pulling up on furniture?

What kind of a silly question is that?

Of course you do.

Watch it all the way to the end.  That's when she does my new favorite thing while making my new favorite face.  She does this all the time and I love it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Capitol in the sunlight

January 24, 2012

Today's pretty dark and ugly, but yesterday was nice.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

McClard's pictures and captions

Nearly all photos by Jessi.  And one by Jeff or Faith.  Here we go:
Evelyn wore pigtails for the first time ever for this event!

This is her trying to eat a French fry, probably moments before choking on it and throwing up. She was fine after that.  The incident only added to her reputation among our friends as a hardcore party girl.  "Puke and rally!" we told her. She complied.

Jarrett's half-spread.  Evelyn kept sticking her fingers in the meat.

She had to make do with her banana baby food. I ate ribs.

If they have a picture slideshow at their wedding and this isn't included, I just don't know what I'll do.

Jarrett, still eating.  Evelyn, still reaching for people's BBQ and glasses of water.

And still just getting bananas.


Sadly, they'd turned off their sign. So no pictures of that.  But here we are in front of the wall!
We loved it!  Even Evelyn!  Promise.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cody and I went on a date

We took Evelyn to her Gram's house and ate at a fancy Italian restaurant we've passed a million times in the past 3 years.  We've always said "We should eat there some time" and then we wouldn't because it's expensive.  But we wanted a date and so we went and it was delicious.  And yes, expensive.   

I wore my date dress and Cody wore an ironed shirt.  He had a glass of wine and we laughed and talked and I think I might have even tried to flirt.  Then we picked up our girl and I picked up some coffee on the way home. 

We also celebrated 8 years of being together.


Pork chop.


Settling in for the night with Downton Abbey on DVD.

There was a lot to celebrate, and I'm glad we did.

It's been a big year.


We've had a baby, bought furniture, and enjoyed the good things in life much more than I thought we could.

Things like a baby, a cozy home, and coffee dates make life very good indeed and make me glad I've spent the last 8 years with Cody.  I look forward to many, many more.

Happy anniversary to us!

Friday, January 20, 2012

friends and family

I intended to write a post about Evelyn's first trip to the legendary BBQ joint, McClard's, last night and I was going to tell you about our madcap efforts to get there barely on time and how much fun we had and how much we loved it but then I looked through some of the pictures (most of which were graciously taken by Jessi because my hands were smeared in grease and sauce) and I got a little teary looking at this:

Evelyn and Jarrett playing with a cereal container at Starbucks.

I'll write up a whole funny post about last night at some point in the near future.  Really.

For now I just wanted to say that we love our friends who love Evelyn like we're family.  

Because we are.

We're so glad you enjoy being in Evelyn's life.  


And thanks to Uncle Jarrett for spending his last night in Arkansas playing peekaboo and discussing the important matters with a certain baby who couldn't leave his hair alone.


You're truly the best. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday traditions

We live across the street from tornado sirens.

Every other Wednesday, they are tested for 2 or 3 minutes at noon.

It was something I'd forget and try to put Evelyn down for a nap and then they'd go off a few minutes later.  I learned to remember pretty quickly.

If she's already been sleeping for a while, the noise doesn't even wake her.

If she's nursing, I just put my hand over her ear and we smile at each other.

And yesterday?

(I should write posts all the time about how great ear protectors are.)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Taking lovely stock

And this weekend I played with my yarn.

I searched around and realized, sure enough, that I played with yarn around this time last year.

It's fun to see how much of last year's yarn is or isn't in this year's pictures, and to make plans for what I still have. Plus, I just like recording my inventory and it's fun to arrange everything prettily.  I don't know if I just need to see pretty colors during the ickiness of January, or if we just have too many pretty things.  Either way, this is the dumb stuff I do when Evelyn naps and I feel like taking stock of our treasures.

I hope you liked it, because I did.


We'll see how things look next year.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Evelyn June is 10 months old!

Oh Evelyn.  She is so big.

There's been a lot of peekaboo-ing and clapping this month.  Lots of sitting up better and standing up stronger and eating more tidily and lots of adventures.

She met Santa Claus.

She had her first Christmas.

She got a new sleep schedule.

She's started wanting to read books herself.  I'll sit with her in the pile of books she strews everywhere and try to read a book and she'll take it for herself.  She'll play in her pile of books for a pretty good chunk of time.

Part of it's her increasing independence, and part of it's because she more well-rested, but she's not so clingy these days.  Yes, she'll follow me into the bathroom every single time I need a break but she won't cry while she does it anymore.

She's done a lot of cute things this month, but I can't photograph it as much these days.  She spots me and then this:

quickly turns into this:

So yesterday, when she just sat in her dad's lap and chattered to him and did adorable things with her hands, I sat and enjoyed the scene.  It's so fun to watch her be with people she loves.  She's an effusive girl.  Things and people that make her happy usually bring on a round of applause.  So she's not only a happy girl, she's a celebratory one. Clapping makes everything a little more exciting and festive.

She still grunts and growls and whispers, but her sounds seem more articulate. When she jabbers these days, she says a lot of "Dadadadaadadadadada."  When she's fussy or hungry or unhappy, she says a lot of "Mamamamamamamamama."  Everything else yields an "Oh!"  She says "Oh!" in a lot of different ways.  They're all pretty emphatic and adorable "Oh!"s. 

Thanks be to God, shrieking has subsided a lot.

She understands "No." and hears it a lot.  I feel like we're a lot closer to the toddler stage than I thought we'd be.  But she puts things on her head, and she constantly puts her hands over her eyes until we say "Where's Evelyn?" and surprises us with her face.  She dances to music and has certain favorite books.  She tries to climb up the back of our couch and our window.

She loves watching cars drive by, pieces of cereal, pacifiers, and drinking water from our glasses.  She can turn pages in her books like a champion.  She looks a little chubbier these days and I'm not-so-secretly hoping she's not gearing up for a growth spurt because she's just so lovely at this size.

I know she's getting bigger and stronger (and holy smokes, she is strong!) and smarter every day, but she's just so lovely right now.  Just as lovely as she can be.

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's the beginning of a long weekend

And I'm starting early--with my mood, anyway.

I couldn't think of anything to tell you, so I'm just going to relax instead.  At least, in this sense of the word while listening to this.

Happy weekend to you!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

When Evelyn sleeps

Cody and I have been working on Evelyn's sleep habits for about a week now and it's actually going really well.  I had some ideas and he had some ideas and there were a few library books and a few arguments and a few "Well, if that's how you want to do it then you'd better do it yourself" remarks tossed out there and a few attempts and ta da!  Nighttime and nap times are much more peaceful affairs.  Evelyn is a light sleeper (we don't understand the how or why of that), and she seems to sleep better if she falls asleep in her crib instead of falling asleep (while nursing or after being rocked) and is then carried to her crib.  So while she sleeps solid naps and through the night we, her happy and rested parents, can do things we want to do or need to do.

Yesterday while she napped right through the testing of the tornado sirens across the street from us (she's acclimated to that sound), I changed out of my work clothes, ate some leftovers, and pulled out her toys and arranged them by color.

Because, really, why not?

Maybe today I'll mop the floors or dust or do one of those other projects I've intended to do while she naps that I haven't done because we've had a hard month of almost no naps without the aid of a moving vehicle, 
but yesterday I was feeling happy and playful and it showed.

Thank God for naps and for sleeping through the night (both her AND us!).

And for rested and happy babies who laugh at things like this.

And for a life so filled with pretty toys that I had to make a separate pile for the multicolored ones.

And for rested and happy parents who can actually play and enjoy things when given the chance.

Goodness knows I have done a lot of thanking (and playing) this past week.  

So lovely. 

And fun.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Book list for 2011

Evelyn has probably spent more time with these books than I have.  She's a very tactile reader.

I nearly forgot about this!  I was just thinking the other day that I hadn't made a post for December (I re-read Frank Herbert's Dune) and then I realized that I hadn't done my yearly book list.

It's a little short this year.  I've been busy.  But here it is, just in case you were really missing it.

 Lady Oracle. Margaret Atwood.

 The Gentle Art of Domesticity: Stitching, Baking, Nature, Art & the Comforts of Home. Jane Brocket.

 The Hound of Baskervilles. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet.  Joy Hatch and Rebecca Kelley.

Dune. Frank Herbert.

The Knitting Circle (CD). Ann Hood. Read by Hillary Huber*

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (CD). Stieg Larsson. Trans. Reg Keeland.  Read by Simon Vance.*

The Girl Who Played With Fire. Stieg Larsson. Trans. Reg Keeland.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Stieg Larrson.  Trans. Reg Keeland.

The Night Bookmobile. Audrey Niffenegger.*

Eats, Poops and Leaves: The Essential Apologies, Rationalizations, and Downright Denials Every New Parent Needs to Know and Other Fundamentals of Baby Etiquette. Adam Wasson*

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary.  Simon Winchester.*

To the Lighthouse. Virginia Woolf.

Knitting Without Tears. Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Some thoughts on this year's selection, in no particular order:

Yes, I did the Larrson trilogy.  I think I liked it.  The books were an easy read, and I was able to get through most of them while nursing.  

Eats, Poops and Leaves made me laugh in a sad and resigned sort of way.  

The Gentle Art of Domesticity introduced me to Jane Brocket and I loved looking at the pretty pictures while--what else?--nursing.  

The Professor and the Madman was sad and interesting, and I love Winchester's work on the OED.  

The Eco-Nomical Baby Guide was a library book that was so helpful that we went out and bought our own copy.  

Lady Oracle was a lot funnier than most Atwood novels.  

Listening to The Knitting Circle made me want to join a group and learn a new stitch or project every month or so, but made Cody sigh and ask "What horrible thing happened to this character?" every time he heard me listening to it.  

The Night Bookmobile was sad and unsettling and beautiful in a lonely sort of way, and it met my apparent 'read a graphic novel every couple of years' quota that I didn't know I had.

The Hound of Baskervilles, Dune, and To the Lighthouse were as great as I remembered them.   Or maybe better.  It was nice to think about these books, know what a good story was waiting for me, and then re-enjoying them even more than I thought I would.

And that's it!  I'm currently reading 3 or 4 books right now, and I'm hoping that 2012 will see a few more completions.   

What does your 2011 book list look like?  I'm assuming you kept one and that you read more than I did.   

She read the ending, told me about it, and ruined the whole book for me.  DO NOT invite this girl to your book club.