April 13, 2013 – Dinner out and a walk around Station Square
Quick family photo (these don’t happen too often!) by the train tracks. Evie loved watching the trains go by; it was the highlight of her day for sure! You’ll see that trains are becoming a recurring theme around here.
Found all my old doll stuff at my parents’ house and brought it with me to Pittsburgh for Evangeline
So much family history in one photo! Crib handmade by Evie’s Great-Great Grandfather George Ficter for his daughter, Evie’s Great Grandma Jayne Hanks-Baker (my dad’s mom); quilt designed by Great Grandma Vera Lenker (Joel’s mom’s mom), completed by Grandma Nada Kline; blanket knitted by Great-Great Grandma Florence Young (my mom’s dad’s mom) for my baby dolls; bib sewed by Evie’s Great Grandma Rosamond Young (my mom’s mom), and the sleeping baby doll was mine when I was a little girl… and all passed down to my Evangeline!
Evie’s new sunglasses
Hello Kitty chic, don’t you think? She’s also in her “big girl” convertible car seat, which she’ll be able to fit into until she’s about 13, considering how tiny my “big girl” is!
This chair was a gift from Great Uncle John and Great Aunt Denise for Evie’s first birthday; she fits into it much better this year! She can even get in and out easily on her own now.
May 4, 2013 — Bike Ride!
Evie definitely likes biking a lot more this year than she did last year, probably because the helmet doesn’t weigh more than the rest of her body anymore! Joel pulls her in the trailer (which has space for two kiddos, yay!) These photos are from along one of the rail trails.
After biking, we sat for a while and watched the trains. I love this particular trail because at more than one point along the way, you can be biking under a bridge full of cars and trucks, next to a river with a tugboat and a barge on one side, with a train on the other side, and (if you’re lucky) a plane or helicopter overhead. This place is a crazy wonderland for kids that love vehicles!
May 11, 2013 — Big Girl Bed!
We converted Evangeline’s crib into the toddler version so she can get in and out when she wants to. There were a few days of transition, but she really did very well. We still keep a gate on the door, though, to keep her from running wild in the middle of the night (haha). Her bed is now one of her favorite places to read books. Sometimes, I’ll go in to get her after a nap and find every book from her bookshelf in the bed with her (along with every stuffed animal she could reach). She often sits and recites her books (she has a log of them memorized) to her baby dolls before falling asleep amongst them.
This kid LOVES letters and numbers, so we’ve spent a good part of the spring and summer with them written all over the driveway in chalk… usually peppered with more than a few kitties, several Elmos, and a big bird or two.
Also this spring, we picked up a cute toddler swing set from Craigslist for super cheap. Thanks, Joel, for taking it apart, transporting it, and putting it back together!! Evie LOVES to swing… and lately she’s been starting to love the sliding board too!
Memorial Day Weekend — Weddings!
My girls from high school at Manda’s wedding (Mandi, Manda, me, Heidi)
June 1, 2013: Camping & Happy 30th, Joel!
To celebrate Joel’s 30th birthday, we headed to Ohiopyle for our first tent camping trip as a family of three. It was SO HOT that weekend, and it rained a lot overnight… we survived on very little sleep and a very long trip in the air conditioned car so Evie could finally get a nap. In between the difficult parts, we had a blast! We’ll give it another try in the fall!
Evie’s first slice of watermelon (definitely not the last). It was love at first slurp!
Back at home, we brought all the bath toys out to the tiny wading pool… and Evie spent her time quacking at her duckies and shouting out the numbers.
I just felt like these four photos needed to be a little photo-strip. Seriously, isn’t she the cutest?
Momma is so silly!
Dadda, it’s too bright!
And then, I got her a new hat to replace the pink conductor’s hat that was adorable but was getting too small. This one will fit for a few years! I heart consignment stores!
June 22, 2013 — The Secret Garden Wedding & Our 6th Anniversary
We kicked off the summer fun with a trip to Philadelphia for my friend Heidi’s wedding, which happened to be on Joel and my 6th anniversary. It was a great excuse to give Evie a weekend at Grandma & Grandpa’s house and spend the weekend on our own for the first time since she was born.
This wedding took place at an amazing location, complete with gardens and gates that seemed straight out of a movie.
Colin Craven? Is that you?
Oh, wait. Nope. There (s)he is. For the uninitiated, I (embarrassingly enough) played Colin Craven, the little crippled boy, in my high school’s production of The Secret Garden in 11th grade. It involved a wig with amazing sideburns and an antique wheelchair.
Happy six years!
Summer Gardening — The moths are eating our broccoli. Also the basil. Boo, moths. Our lettuce appears unscathed. Tomato plants are small and sad with no actual tomatoes. Stay tuned. This is riveting stuff.
July 2013 — Evie has conquered her fear of the sliding board! She regularly sends her stuffed animals for a ride (including “Abby” who is pictured here, named after Grandma & Grandpa’s cat).
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
All decked out in her 4th of July skirt from Grandma
Burgers with bleu cheese, homemade barbecue sauce and onion straws, plus grilled asparagus spears and sweet potato fries. My phone made my food into art.
Sparklers! Evangeline was a little wary at first, but soon decided that these were amazing sticks of sparkling awesomeness that should never, ever stop. We rapidly used up the entire box.
Finally broke down and painted the kiddo’s toenails, and she thought it was amazing. She didn’t sit very still (imagine that!), so it wasn’t the most perfect paint job, but she certainly did not mind one bit! The purple (below) wore off quickly (it was really old nail polish), so I let her pick a new shade at the pharmacy. She picked a bright teal/mint/blue/green shade, and we had another pedicure party. She still hasn’t stopped exclaiming, “Green toes!” whenever she notices them. This photo is almost life-sized. I can’t decide if that’s gross or adorable.