Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Typo Tuesday: I Expected More From You, Cracker Barrel

Monday, April 29, 2013

Evelyn's Princess Adventure!

My mom sent me a text last week because she found out that Disney Princesses on Ice was in our area and she wondered if they should buy tickets for Sara and Evelyn to go.  I assumed she was joking about the wondering part because Sara and Evelyn were born for this kind of stuff.

So Gil and Granddad bought tickets, Aunt Bodie set aside $50 for concessions, and Momp (that's what she calls me these days) bought a Cinderella onesie because actual princess dresses are enormous.

On Saturday, we dressed up the little princess, and I gave Sara even more cash because what if they needed a t-shirt?, and they were off!

I took pictures with my camera before and after the show, but they're not uploaded at the moment.  This is such a momentous occasion that maybe I'll blog about it for two straight days.  Who needs pictures of that baby shower I went to a week and a half ago when I can talk for days on end about the time Evelyn wore pigtails and a frilly skirt?  Right?   Right.

Okay, so here are the pictures that Sara took with her phone.

This is the one that went out to let us know they had found their seats and were ready for the show.

I knew she would need a blue rose hair clip someday.  I just knew it.

This was after Sara asked if it was okay to buy cotton candy and feed half of the bag to a small child and I said 'but of course!'  The bag came with this lovely styrofoam crown that Evelyn wore for the next two hours.  Sara adjusted it to be pretty large because she didn't want to take out Evelyn's bow.

More selfies!  Look at that sleepy face.

Cotton candy and watching!


Maybe we can just call this "The Time Granddad Bought Evelyn a Ticket for Cotton Candy and It Was Really Fun."

Or maybe this was the only time she sat still enough for Sara to take some pictures.

She is not sad!  She's just a little tired and very intent.  Sara said she was mesmerized by the show.

Evelyn got to stretch her legs during the intermission, and enjoyed all of the people watching.

Also, she danced.

Sara says Evelyn wasn't hugging this Lego replica of the Cinderella carriage, but I like that it looks that way.

Evelyn and Sara lasted through the entire show, and Evelyn now has a commemorative Tiana cup (Tiana and Belle are her favorites right now).  She's also referring to her little white shoes as "princess shoes."  I'm told that Sara has mostly recovered from her adventure.

I'm kind of glad that this onesie is so large.  I think this little girl is going to want to wear it for a while.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Life is fairly lovely, you know?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A birthday post for Gram!

It's Dicy's birthday today!

We'll celebrate with dinner this weekend, but Evelyn will probably give her a lovely card before then.

Evelyn loves her Gram.  She's very blessed when it comes to grandparents, and I'm incredibly grateful that both sets live near her and that all of her grandparents are instilling a love of the outdoors in her.

Dicy kept Evelyn on Saturday night.  After her nap, they planted flowers and sat on the swing.  On Sunday morning, they cleaned out the garage.  When we went to pick her up, Evelyn ran around and around the house and pointed out things to me.  She played and worked up a huge appetite and had a great time.  She always has a great time with her Gram.  They cuddle on the couch in their sweatpants--Evelyn has some pairs of sweat pants that Dicy gave her and I swear that she looks like her grandma whenever she wears them!--and swing outside, and she loves the back deck almost as much Dicy does.  That's a lot of love.

She also loves her Gram, and her Gram loves her right back, and even if I hadn't liked Dicy before, I would love her for that. (But I did like her before.)

Cody loves his mom a lot, and I love her a lot, and really, maybe Evelyn loves her the most of all.  We're all very excited that it's her birthday, and I hope she has a great one.  This could be one of her best years yet!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Here we are

Uncle Brad has been playing with pictures of Evelyn again.
Evelyn's just been playing with sticks. They're her favorite.

Cody found his wedding ring in his sock drawer last weekend.  He was pretty happy to wear it again.

I switched out our clothes for the summer last weekend.  Evelyn has been spending quite a bit of her weekend time with her grandparents, and so last weekend I cleaned out my closet and put away our winter clothes, hauled out the warm weather clothing, and tucked away Evelyn's outgrown things.

I may go back into her old clothes and dig out her shorts.  I'm buying her shorts in sizes 18-24 months and they fall right off of her.  I tried sewing elastic into the waistbands of some of them before remembering that I'm tragically bad at sewing elastic.

I'm actually not that great at sewing.  But I did it this weekend anyway.  I don't know how to backstitch on this old machine.  Oh well.  I made a little newborn dress for some friends.  Newborns aren't all that rough on their clothes, and the wearer of this little dress (that I forgot to photograph before giving it away) will probably outgrow it 20 minutes after birth.  Maybe not, though. My brain looks at baby clothes and refuses to believe that anyone could ever be that tiny because Evelyn is a big girl now.

(A big girl with no hips, but hey.)

Evelyn talks quite a bit.  I like it.  Mostly she'll try to repeat what she just heard.  Some of those sentences are getting pretty long!  She also likes reading, and will sometimes dramatically declare "Dance!" when she hears music.  Or doesn't.  Sometimes you have to hold her and dance, and other times she does it herself.  She likes to do a lot of things herself.

I went to a baby shower and a bachelorette party on Saturday.  They were both lovely, and in between the two, I cleaned my house, swept my back porch, and repotted some plants.  I think a neighbor's dog got into the planter box we have by our front door.  They seem fine now, and I'm hopeful for our little herb garden.  If nothing else, we've still got that one pot of rosemary we've never managed to kill.  I think Mom gave it to us a week or so before Evelyn was born.  Cody likes to use it.

Cody said he feels like baking this week.  I've graciously decided to let him.  He keeps looking for jobs, and has actually gotten a few callbacks.  Hooray!

You can tell Evelyn is really enjoying this time with him, though, and I'm grateful that she's spending time with at least one parent.  I've been working a lot in the past few weeks, but things should be winding down soon.

On Saturday, Cody took her to a literary festival event for kids.  There were too many kids there for the play stations and dress-up clothes, and she was tired.  But he kept her occupied with some other activities and even remembered to take pictures for me.  He freaked out because the outfit I picked for her wasn't as fancy as some of the other little girls'.  I'll try to redeem myself when she goes to Disney Princesses on Ice with her Aunt Bodie this weekend.  I don't know if either of them can handle that kind of excitement, but I'm really looking forward to finding out.

And that's where we are.  Things are pretty good if we remember to shower the pollen off ourselves before we go to bed.  We're spending a lot of time outside, and I'm hanging on until the end of my work's crazy season.  We're happy and healthy and thriving, and we're all really hungry these days.  I want to sew myself a dress soon, and I'm feeling a little more organized and in control of life after taking a nap yesterday.

It's all pretty great.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I want Evelyn to know: #2

  1. The newest and fastest technology won't make you any happier or any smarter.  You'll probably just be more distracted.
  2. Look people in the face when you speak.
  3. Always have an up-to-date library card.
  4. Give to charity.  
  5. A little lip gloss will distract from a blemish almost as effectively as concealer.  
  6. Some people give advice because they like to look smart.  Most of the people you know are going to give you advice because they are smart, and they want to help you.  Try to listen to at least some of it.
  7. Don't get embarrassed.  Just don't.
  8. Treat people how you want to be treated.  Expect them to do the same.
  9.  Say "thank you" often and always mean it.
  10. A good guitar solo can make all the difference.  I love to drive with you and some loud music.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Aubrey and Emory's Baby Shower

Brook, Jessi, and I threw a baby shower a few weeks ago for Mandy and Jason--and for their little girls, Aubrey and Emory!

We got a little excited with the 'pea in the pod' theme and there were flowers and greenery and cabbage heads.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Here are the decorations and refreshments!

So many vegetables!

Sugar snap peas and green gum balls that looked like peas!

Cucumber sandwiches

Carrot cake.

Banner of little girl things!

One of Brook's wonderful diaper cakes.

Here are the attendees!

Green plaid dads to be!

Happy couple.

Happy cou--wait.

Happy couple/parents to be!

She always makes him do this and he always acts like he hates it.

Jack came!  (Evelyn was stolen by her Gram.)

Sweet happy family!

And the guest of honor!

Yes, Jason.

Mandy was in the hospital to stabilize her blood pressure.  Growing twins is hard work and while her spirit is more than willing, her body is whining a bit.

So she sent Jason in her stead.

And this guy!  This guy was a champ.

He read every bib and onesie in the packages of bibs and onesies.

He held up every gift to be photographed.

Alana's gift wrap!

He thanked the giver for every item he opened.

He said shower things like "This will be great for...."

Brook texted Mandy everything that was happening as it happened, and Alana sent her pictures.

Jason even did the expectant parent thing and held up these tiny dresses to his belly the way a lot of moms do at showers.

The "I ♥ Mommy" stuff was a big hit for a pretty obvious reason.  Mandy and Jason are going to be the very best parents and already love their girls so much.  I can't wait to party with all four of them in person some day soon!

After the shower, Jason put everything back in its original packaging so that Mandy could open her presents all over again at the hospital.  And we packed her little baggies of veggies and fruits because, you know, hospital.  She was sent home a couple of days later, and has been on bed rest ever since.

But now she's full-term and the girls are welcome to show up at any time.  Everyone's excited, but no one more so than Jason and Mandy.

Yes, you do, sweethearts.  You most certainly do.
Many, many, many congratulations and happy wishes to Jason and Mandy and Aubrey and Emory!