Monday, February 8, 2016

An anniversary post for Mom

Mom's been cancer-free for 13 years.

That's nearly the length of time of Dallas.  That's longer than we've known our husbands.  It's even more than the ages of her three grandkids combined.


It's a good long time.

I gave her a pair of handknitted socks.  She looked a little surprised, because I've done a lot of complaining about how much I dislike knitting socks in the past--both online and out loud.  But I've found a recipe I like, and she's easy to knit for in a few important ways.  First of all, this is a big anniversary and we like to celebrate it in a pretty big way.  How better than with thousands of small stitches?  (Okay, so my dad always takes her to dinner some place nice and sometimes the siblings send flowers. Those are good ways to celebrate as well.)


Also, she's a cold person who loves presents.  The minute I give her something I knitted she has to stop everything and try it on, rearrange it, check herself out in the mirror, get the washing instructions, etc.  She's a crafter's dream gift recipient.When Evelyn told her I crocheted her some socks, Mom corrected her with "They're knitted" at the very same time I did.  The next day she made sure to point at her feet during church and whisper "I'm wearing my socks!"

Lastly, she's my size.  Socks can be a tricky thing to make for someone, especially if you want them to be a surprise.  Our feet are pretty similar, so it was easy for me to try them on at important intervals.  This detail isn't the most important, but it's worth mentioning. 


So.  Another year of Mom.  A big gift like that calls for a big gift.  Or one as small as some Size 6(ish) socks.  Really whatever she wants.  I'll be happy to make it.  Happy anniversary, Mom. I love you! 


(We should maybe take a picture of just the two of us some time, because this is the most recent one I could find.) 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 29






















An afternoon at the creek with my girl. We saw animal tracks. I carried her across the creek.  She climbed rocks.  We looked for rocks and sticks and sweet gum balls to throw in the creek. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Barbies and BFFs

Evelyn had me ask Sara over for a play date.

Mom gave Evelyn a Barbie car a few weeks ago, and she was elated. Sara was a little indignant and took the moment to remind us that she's always wanted one.....to which Evelyn replied, "Yeah, but you never got one."

Um. So.

Friday, she thought it would be a great idea to have Sara over for a play date so they could both enjoy the Barbie car and Barbies.  I texted Sara, and then Evelyn was trying to type things out on my phone, and then they were both pretty much talking through me.

Sara came to play on Saturday morning, and she came bearing gifts.  A new Barbie, a Barbie puppy, and some accessories.  They played with everything, switched some outfits around, and then decided to go have lunch and run some errands--just the two of them.

Oh man.


They went to Olive Garden and had pizza and breadsticks.  They made plans to have a sleepover where they would bake cookies and watch movies.  They went to the mall and bought lip gloss at Claire's. 

They got manicures!

Evelyn had to wear workout clothes because Sara was wearing workout clothes.

I think they'd been out of the house for maybe 5 minutes when Cody joked, "You know she's going to want to have another play date with Sara tomorrow, right?"  I waved him off dismissively and ran about half a dozen errands unfettered by a sick husband or a squirrelly  little girl.  I got home maybe two minutes before the stylish ladies came back.  I think they spent around 3 hours playing, and then Evelyn spent the next 4 hours of the day telling us about it. 

She didn't mention inviting Sara over today, but I did have to take a picture of the Barbies all lined up with my phone and text it to Sara to let her know the Barbies have accepted the new one into the fold.  And I have to email her some pertinent information on Evelyn's behalf in the morning.

Laine joked that neither of us will ever be the favorite aunt, which wasn't even something I thought we were trying out for.  Mom aunts just pass down old clothes and toys.  Fun aunts and uncles like Sara and Levi, though...there's no competing with them and I'm way too tired to try.  Besides, everyone needs an aunt like Sara and I'm pretty pumped that Evelyn has her. I think Sara and Evelyn are pretty happy, too.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Our snow day



Evelyn cooked us breakfast--toast with syrup. She was primly disorganized and excited to surprise us, even though I had to get down the plates, pull the syrup out of the fridge, take the lid off, etc. She made us close our eyes while she set the table. In this picture she's exclaiming "My cookiiiiing!"


She's getting over some crud, but we went out to the balcony just for a little while.



It had stopped snowing before we even woke up, but she wanted me to take a snowflake-catching picture of her anyway.  She initially wanted me to take the picture inside.


Here's our snowblob!


She wanted to go outside again a little before dinner, so we bundled her back up and watched through the window as she ambled around and ate a lot of snow.  She chucked a few handfuls off the balcony and climbed on top of her kiddie pool.


We watched a bunch of movies, and played some games, and worked some puzzles.  I cooked a little, and Cody slept a lot.  Evelyn pulled out toys, called and texted people (through me mostly), and mostly goofed around.  We had power, a fridge full of food, an apartment full of entertainment, and nowhere to be.  It was a really great day.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tuesday night goodness

This is the beet salad Cody made for dinner.


This is my cute little girl smiling for my camera while wearing a shirt that has a camera that says "smile". She's getting over some winter grossness, but she's still pretty chipper and eating everything in sight.  She's growing and growing and growing.


This is the little living room scene she set up for her little animals.  She was especially proud that the bear is holding the phone up to her head, one rabbit is holding a cup of coffee (not in this picture, but she eventually figured it out), and the other rabbit is reading a pizza delivery menu.  She was very excited for their evening plans and pleased with herself to boot.


We had popcorn for dessert because it's National Popcorn Day. I don't really know what that means, but Cody told Evelyn about it and she was pretty pumped to celebrate.

It's been a good evening.