Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Autumnal stuff

A seasonal looking stack of diapers.

Yesterday was pretty hot, but today was cool enough for Evelyn and I to play outside without me wishing for death. 

Then I wished for death some more when Evelyn played with a leaf on the ground that had fallen from a tree covered in poison ivy...aaaaaaand that leaf was a poison ivy leaf.

Now that we're scrubbed clean and she's read a book of creepy nursery rhymes for the third or fourth time today, I'm going to feed her beets for dinner.

I updated my etsy shop while she napped this afternoon.  It's just a pumpkin party over there--and I may add more in the next week or so. 

I'm still working on knitting myself a sweater.

I'm halfway through the first sleeve.  I have intense dislike for knitting sleeves, but I don't want to wear a vest.

The sweater I made for Evelyn is already a hit.  I put it on her last week, during a cool morning, and it got lots of compliments because it's a little big for her and I paired with her baby jeggings and her sparkly white shoes.  It was very late-eighties chic.  Plus, she's a very cute girl.

People said it was a really cute sweater, and I didn't say that I had made it.  I just smiled and said 'thanks' and felt really, really smug.

The first week of fall is going pretty well, I think.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The first weekend of fall

Here's what a few little pieces of my weekend looked like:

Evelyn was a fall time girl on Friday.

We do a lot of walking around our apartment.

Lovely banner at Harvestfest.

Jessica's cards.

The family after church--Evelyn made it through the entire service!
A sleepy girl playing Aunt Leah and her bear.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Evelyn June is 18 months old!

Evelyn is a whole year and a half old?!  That's so big!

She must have gotten the cue that 18 months kicks off Official Big Girl Season, because she's been doing all kinds of things in the past month:

She had THREE sleepovers.

She got her very first haircut!

We don't nurse anymore.  Cody gave her a bottle at night time for a couple of weeks, but now he just rocks her for about 5 minutes and takes her to bed.  Magic.

She walks.  Somewhat.  There's a lot of handholding.  We walked 6 blocks the other night, her charging and hunched over and doing a bowlegged run behind her. Still.  It's amazing.

She's saying words.  There's a lot of 'uh oh' going on these days.

She screams when she's frustrated.  It's not awesome, but it's a new development and I felt it was worth mentioning.  I say "No ma'am. That's not how we act" enough times to bore myself to tears every day but at least the people around us with their hearing still intact know I'm making an effort.

She babbles when she's not frustrated.  I love to hear her talk like that and I tell her so.  Lots of weird little sounds.

She mimics certain words we say.  Or she tries to.  She knows lots of animal noises, which is a very useful skill that we are confident will serve her well in the future.  For now, we just like to hear her 'roar' quietly every time we ask her what a lion says.

I've been asking her what a lion says nearly nonstop for the past couple of days.

She still eats a lot of baby food.  It keeps her fed and happy, and too much big people food was hurting her belly and she didn't want to eat it.  So we're back to lots of pureed stuff and that's fine.

I think her favorite real food is cheese.  The mere word brings a gigantic smile to her face.

She had a weird month with the food and the pressure changes in the weather and different things, but she seems mostly okay.  The limitations of toddlerhood are getting to her.  She can't talk, doesn't walk very well, and she can't do everything she wants.  She's pretty behind in her gross motor skills and her brain is way ahead of....lots of folks.  It's a weird mix, and she might be teething again.

But she's mostly a happy girl.  She started walking and coloring this month, and that's very exciting.  And!  She celebrated her birthday by going out with Cody and Casey to Karnawal!  She walked between them, played games, and even 'helped' Casey win a cake.

Goodness, we love that girl.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Birthday post for Dallas!

Dallas is eleven.  Eleven, people!  That's huge.

He had his birthday party last weekend and we went.  It was great as always, because we love celebrating birthdays.  Here are some pictures!

I made him a hat.  It's the same pattern as Dad's, Levi's, and Cody's. I used the same yarn that I had for Evelyn's first little knitted sweater.  

Mom/Gil got him a sketchpad and some colored pencils, and topped off the gift with a bird's nest.  
These are actually small, blown-out chicken eggs.

She sprayed the nest with varnish or something to keep it from shedding everywhere, in case you're curious about nest preservation.  
 Evelyn visited this horse a while.

And this deer.  And this calf.
 I made Dallas pose with me because we take this picture every now and then.  In a year or so, we won't have to bother because he'll be taller than I am.   Maybe I'll stand him up against Dad or Levi.

This is Paco, or Pancho, or whoever.  Bottom line, whenever he'd get tired of Evelyn chasing him he'd chill out with his new best friend, Cody.  

Camo cake!  With raspberry filling!  I didn't eat much because I was busy writing down what gifts Dallas got (for the 5th or 6th year running), but Cody said Evelyn pretty much inhaled what was left of my piece.  The bites I did have were delicious.

Speaking of gifts, Dallas liked his hat!  Excellent.

And he liked his present from my mom and dad!  The nest was an unexpected hit with all of the other kids.

(There were other kids and adults, but they're not pictured because they were running around firing Nerf guns at one another while screaming.  It makes for blurry pictures.)

Dallas and Karen gave Evelyn some new (old) books!  3 of them are now her favorites.

 This picture is just to let you know that Levi was also at the party.

Here is Dallas in his new gilly suit.  I asked him to try it on so I could take a picture and he was so excited to have it that he offered to put it on right then.  But his mom made us wait until he was finished opening presents.  He wore it for nearly 90 seconds before he got too hot and took it off.  It's probably one of the best things I've ever seen.

Evelyn had a far-too-short nap this day, so she wasn't at her best and brightest at the party.  But she was well-behaved and I promise you that she really loves Dallas (especially when I can't get to my camera).

No, really.  Evelyn loves Dallas and hopes he has a happy birthday.  And so do I.

We love you, Dallas!  Happy 11th birthday!