Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I love...

Yogi the golden retriever. He is my new best friend. He and I love to play. He makes me laugh!

Talking! I talk all the time and have sooo much to say. My favorite words are momma and daddy. I want to share some of my thoughts with you...

Note from Mom: If any of you can interpret Evelyn's "talking" we'd very much appreciate it. We are pretty confused most of the time with what she wants or is saying. Whatever she is saying it sure is cute to watch.

Monday, September 29, 2008

First Things First

I love this picture of Evie that I took on September 20, 2007:

Trying to recreate this picture I set about photographing Evelyn almost a year later on September 23, 2008. She is so much bigger, but just as sweet and just as beautiful.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


"Who invented the phrase, "Sleep like a baby," and whose baby were they talking about?"......

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Loving life.

Evelyn is so happy. Here is just one example.

What greater gift than the love of a cat? ~Charles Dickens

How about the love of an adorable, affectionate little girl? Everywhere Oliver goes Evie is sure to go too, with great big hugs.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

What's new.

It's certain to happen soon...Evie running. She certainly gives it a good try but unfortunately her top half can't keep up to the bottom half. So most often she ends up on her rump. She should master it in no time. She really enjoys Shawn "chasing" her and her new favorite activity is to walk the length of our house carrying stuff. It changes hourly. I watched one day as she held a cloth napkin in each hand and then walked the house. Then it switched to her baby doll. "Life is not as complicated as you make it, mom" I hear her say as she enjoys this simple pleasure.She "danced" for the first time today. Though she has bounced sitting while music played and even clapped a little. Today was the first time where she stood and wiggled and clapped her hand. What a precious sight. She is bound to be a lover of music and dancing like my whole family. We love to ROCK!!

She also loves to "rock" her baby doll. She does this for a few moments and then bites her foot. I'm not sure if she is trying to lull the doll into a false sense of "it's ok" before she chomps away but it is pretty enduring.Guess who has ANOTHER cold. Yep, me!!!! Ugh!!! Shawn said to me the other day "I am so SICK of being the only one healthy." This was in the midst of my sneezing and blowing my nose. You can imagine my response. It included a raised eyebrow and a clarification of his statement. But I did smile at him. I could only say "poor you! Must be rough to be so healthy!" I think that getting up at night with Evie is leaving me a little sleep deprived and thus compromising my immune system. I can tell you now that until this one sleeps through the night we won't be even thinking about a second one. The best cure? A little bit of sweetness. And I've got me a whole ton!!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Miss Independent

Evie is full-fledged, charge-ahead, get-out-of-my-way, walking!! And to boot she has been showing her independence by refusing to hold our fingers anymore. *Tear* There was a time when holding fingers and walking was all she wanted to do. Not anymore. Get out of my way she says!!!

Here is her favorites from her 12th month:

1. Blueberries: Frozen organic. She can't eat them fast enough. Unfortunately for her, I only give them to her once in awhile, otherwise, I have to strip her down and then giver her a bath. She gets blueberry juice all over her face, arms, and chest. We receive blueberries for bath night. Though she does get a does in her rice cereal every morning.

2. Walking. Enough said.

3. Oliver. She has taken a special liking to pulling on the cat's tail, roughly "petting" him, and chasing him. He tolerates it better then an adult or child would.

4. Cupboards: Until the weekend of her birthday when we FINALLY installed cupboard locks, Evie's favorite activity including pulling food, pans, play-dough, and anything else she could find out of the cupboards. Now she has to be content with pans. She has a lot of fun pulling all my good placemats, napkins, and napkin holders from their drawers.

5. Laundry: I am not sure what the fascination there is BUT she loves to pull clothes (dirty or clean) from the laundry baskets. Or if they are in a pile on the floor moves them around a bunch. Once again showing us that small things can bring pleasure.

6. Books: She especially likes the hard ones for infants/toddlers. She sits and turns pages. Then she "reads" out loud the story for us. She is quite the narrator.

7. Sippy cup and pacifier: If all else fails to soothe these are the fall back. Nothing makes her feel better then her pacifier or sippy.

8. Mornings: Ugh, she is the ultimate early bird. Gets up between 6:30-7:30 am and always with the brightest smile and the happiest greetings. And it's the time of day when she eats her favorite meal: egg yolks and blueberry rice cereal. Yum!

9. Hugs, cuddles, and smiles: She is the best cuddlier and hugger. Nothing can brighten my day more then a little bit of that sunshine. She is such a happy little girl. Even strangers comment on how smiley she is and how happy she is. Guess those first three exhausting but worthwhile months paid off. She is now one of the happiest little ones I know. Our blessing.

10. Whining: It's her only way of communicating but it has to be one of the most annoying sounds in the world. I would have thought a 15 year old girl whining would be more annoying but not anymore. At least then you know what they are whining about. Now its a guessing game.

11. Toy train: She loves to "dance" to the music it plays and pull all the balls out. Then she tips it over and watches the wheels spin.

12. Armpit tickles: It is the one spot that tickles the most. It always makes her laugh like crazy.

13. New sights: She has always been a watcher. She is facsicated by people, animals, pretty much anything that moves. Sometimes our little talker doesn't even utter a sound in all her watching.

And her dislikes:

1. Not getting her own way.
2. Surround sound, vacuum and any other loud noises: She's developed a small fear of loud noises. It can make getting work down a little more challenging.
3. Being thwarted: Could anything be worse.
4. The word NO: It always leads to us taking away a "toy" or pulling her from something "fun."

Monday, September 1, 2008

Evie's Birthday Party

Evie's officially one. A toddler. No longer a baby but forever MY baby. We had her party yesterday and she had a blast!! She is definitely a big girl!! Here are the highlights:

Opening presents:

Tackling/hugging a bear:Silly party hat:What is this cake stuff?:Well, whatever it is I LOVE IT!:
Cleaning up a messy, messy me:My family:Tired after all that partying, need a little monkey cuddle time:

To Evie on her 1st Birthday


Wow, what a year! I am so proud of you! You are such a sweet, beautiful and stubborn little girl. There are so many emotions that I have experienced this year...joy, awe, happiness, excitement, pride, fear, love...to name a few. It has been one of the best and most beautiful years in my life. You are such a gift, Evie. A miracle. I always imagined having a little girl and what she would look like, be like, act like--you have surpassed all those thoughts. It has been a privilege to watch you change from a tiny helpless baby to a still kinda tiny independent toddler.
One of my favorite chorus' to sing to you is the following:

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away"

Evelyn, you are my sunshine. I was blessed the day you entered my life. 2:44 p.m. one year ago today. That one minute irreversible changed my life in the most awesome way. I love you! My love for you is unconditional. Never doubt that.