Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday comes and I take the car in, and learn that it was due for the emissions test in November 2007, and the tags were probably suspended sometime in February! WOW. I've been driving around with suspended tags for almost a year! The emissions guys didn't even charge me the late fee when I told them I never got my notice and didn't know to come in until I got pulled over. Well, thank goodness it passed and they were all so nice. I’m grateful that it all happened here where I could take care of it right away, rather than in Memphis. Plus, the whole time we were in Memphis I kept my license with our Greenbelt address--I was fortunate to not have been pulled over while we lived there!
My MVA experience was actually pleasant. Other than waiting for awhile, I got a friendly man (rather than the woman next to him who did not seem happy about her job) and he seemed happy to help. I think he was relieved that I had come prepared with necessary documents and I was relieved that he was kind! My license expires on my birthday next week so I had to be there, rather than the simple way of just changing my address online. You never know what to expect when going in, but I was happy when I walked out, and that’s more than I can say for my last MVA experience!
As for today, we took Evi in to the doctor for her late 18 month check up—she’s now 22 months. We moved right before she could have her check up and it’s taken this long to get her insurance up and going with a doctor and everything. So, she’s a little trooper. She had 2 shots in one arm, and blood drawn from the other. The shots were ok, but the blood draw hurt all three of us! I held her and Ron tried to distract her, but she did not like it one bit, and she squirmed and the nurse had to hold her arm down. Just as the nurse was taking the needle out, she yanked her arm away. I couldn’t watch because of how much I knew she hated it and it still makes me sad to remember it! But, like I said, she’s a little trooper and it didn’t seem to bother her at all the rest of the day. We still stopped on the way home to get her a frosty. We both felt like she deserved a treat after being poked and prodded by sharp needles!
Finals are in full swing and Ron turned one paper in already, has another due Friday, then a final to give and grade on Saturday, then this semester WILL BE OVER!!! The glory of the break will be short lived, however, because he’s registered for independent study during the break, and TAing an online course, so it will pick back up, but we will enjoy the reprieve.
Has Christmas snuck up on anyone else???
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Ron is busily getting to the end of his 1st semester. The work load is large and time is short, but we're almost there!
Evi is all sorts of fun. She's been sick off and on for the last couple of weeks, which is no fun, but it hasn't kept her spirits down. I took out our christmas decorations the other day and she enjoyed helping me take everything out of the box piece by piece, and then putting it all back in, piece by piece. She can be a good little helper. It's nice to finally decorate again after 2 years without. We took all of our Christmas decorations with us to Memphis and never even used them! The first Christmas, we had just moved the previous week and didn't bother setting up because it was already a mess of boxes. The next year, we were gone the entire month of December and it didn't make sense to decorate in November to get home in January to put it all away. So 2008 is our year to decorate our new house! *Note, if you're going to leave decorations in a box and ship on a moving truck in the hot and humid summer, more than once, don't put candles in the box! Needless to say, I found a candle in the box that will not be used anymore :).
There is so much more to write, but there's at least a little tidbit. Evi's nap times have been getting a little shorter lately, which means my productivity hours are starting to be limited, so I better get going and make the most of the rest of today's nap!
Hopefully I'll get more up here more frequently now!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
She liked the decorations in this yard. The dog with his head underground was captivating! She thought it was especially interesting when it started passing gas!
Evi's first real Halloween was quite fun. The day after, we went to hike up Sugarloaf Mountain with Ron's Grandma, Uncle, Dad, and two cousins. Sadly, we left our camera at home and no one else had one! So I have no pictures to display, but I can report that the fall colors were beautiful. We borrowed a baby hiking backpack to carry Evi in, and it came in quite handy. She wasn't all that happy about being in it the whole time, but I was very glad to have it! The weather was actually warm and nice, there were lots of people out enjoying nature and all in all it was just a really great afternoon. Poor Evi didn't get her normal sleep all weekend, and here's a rare site of a tuckered out Evi--my non cuddler!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
As for the rest of our time since my last post, we’ve gone to our ward play group the last couple of weeks, and we also went to a friends 1st birthday/Halloween party. Evi dressed as a princess/bond girl, because her friend Spencer was dressed as James Bond, and also because we had a frilly dress! We spent some time visiting with Ron’s grandmother and tried to help her figure out her new GPS. Key word there is “tried”. I guess that ages me a bit, to know that I couldn’t simply open it up and know what to do, and constantly checked the books of instructions! When we left the house, the thing was plugged in to charge, but I really didn’t have that much figured out! I bet if Macy or Heather had been there (Ron’s cousins who are 10 and 13), it would have already been in the car and working! But I tried. I’m content with my simple cell phone and regular features on a computer!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks and we’re looking forward to some more fun. In one more week, Evi and I get to go to Utah to visit my parents and sisters! Yahoo! I found a great deal to make it possible to even go and we’re looking forward to the fun.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
What's a trip by Camden Yards without a picture with Cal? Ok, so he couldn't make it, but we got his statue! Evi's first Cal moment :).
Friday, October 10, 2008
Brief Synopsis of the book:
Tradition dictates that around AD 33, as the Roman Empire slowly decayed, a new religion rose to prominence: Christianity. Two thousand years later, Christianity stands triumphant as one of the greatest religions on earth. It teaches love, peace, and acceptance - but its rise to prominence was fraught with just the opposite.
In the early centuries after the death of Christ, Christianity was a seething cauldron of contradictions and compromise, corruption and convenience. As the leaders of state tried to weave this new religion into their agendas and their subjects' lives, elements of legend, paganism, and personal philosophy became imbedded with truth.
Saints, Sinners, and Christian History takes a careful look at the history of Christianity, a history full of war, murder, lies, and immorality. As evil men performed evil acts in the name of Christ, many true elements of Christianity were lost, while others survived - but how? What steps did men, both saints and sinners, take in their quest to build Christianity? This book will bring you to a better understanding of present Christianity as you uncover its past.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Little lovebirds. First, Evi kissing Spencer. Then, Spencer going in for the kill--notice the hand on the leg! Then he got her, then she just wanted some cuddle time :).
I also tried to upload a video clip, but I can't ever seem to get it to work. Is there a trick to uploading videos? Whenever I try, it takes forever and then tells me it won't work. Am I missing something? Sorry you don't get to see the video of the little flirts, but the pictures will have to do for now :).
Sunday, October 5, 2008
On Friday I had a picnic with some friends at the National Arboretum. It was a beautiful sunny day and the kids all enjoyed running around while the ladies did some socializing. It was really nice to have the time and ability to do something like that. It was also a perfect day to stop at Rita’s on the way home :). They close for the winter November 2nd, so I don’t mind taking advantage of nice days with a cool treat!
She is saying several words and also doing many signs. She seems to have adjusted well to our move and has learned her new space and surroundings well. We have a park across the street and she loves to play there, but she also loves to play in the gravel next to our driveway. The other day, she was making a little rock garden on the other side of the driveway—she would pick up some rocks and carry them around the car to an upside-down tub for a surface and place them there, then repeat the process. When we went inside (abruptly because of an aggravated bee), there were 7 or 8 rocks resting in her little “garden”. She seems to have Grandpa’s love for rocks already. We have to get this girl on a rock hunting trip! Thanks to Coach Daddy, she’s ready for soccer or softball, through kicking and throwing practice, but we’re still working on the catching! She loves dogs, squirrels, birds, any animal really. When she sees trash on the ground, she wants to pick it up and put it in the trash can. She is extremely friendly and will usually wave to everyone we pass. She really seems interested in trucks, and whenever she sees one she points it out to me. Ok, I think that’s a good sum up for now. Hopefully we’ll get out to Utah sometime soon so we can spend time with our family out there!
Here are some of her words and signs. I’m probably missing some, so I guess this is a work in progress.
Cheez = Cheese
tshuz = Shoes
Tox = socks
Juuce = juice
piZZa : emphasis on the z’s
Beebee = Baby
Dawdy = doggie
All don = all done
All don = all gone
tash = trash
Feesh = Fish
duc = Truck
aargh = what a pirate says (we're still working on it, but she's mostly got it)
Courtney said that she heard Evi say tonight, “please have some” after I prodded her to say please. So maybe she’s doing more than I thought!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Mom and Amy, this memory is for you if you're reading this! Part of my run took me on a road that I lost a brush on many years ago! My family all knows this story, for those who don't, I'll humor you with the experience. We were driving through the Ag. Farm on Powder Mill Road. I would say I was somewhere between 8-10 years old, but I'm not sure. I had a brush--MY brush, and Amy wanted it. I think she claimed that it was hers but we couldn't agree whose it was. It was a little purse/pocked sized brown brush, perfect for a little girl to admire and keep as her own. I wouldn't let her have it, and we proceeded to bicker back and forth, most assuredly driving my poor mother crazy. Well, as I remember, the windows were down and we kept arguing about whose it was, and then mom leaned back, took it from me, threw it out the window and said, "it's no ones brush now". Now, I can laugh at the story. Then, I was traumatized; not only did I lose that cool brush, but mom littered in the process! In fact, for a long time after that day, every time we drove on Powder Mill Road through the ag. farm, I looked out the window for my missing brush. So today as I jogged on that road, I thought about my brush and a smile came to my face. You know, it probably wasn't either of ours--it was probably one that was our moms that we both claimed. Thanks for that memory to Mom and Amy, because with time, it has become a happy memory rather than a sad one at the loss of my brush!
So then I kept running until I hit my goal time. Like I said, not sure on the distance, but I'm pleased that I could actually keep going that long. Two more weeks and I'll really be put to the test. I'd invite any and all to come to the race on the 11th, but I just found out that there are 20,000+ runners, so I can only imagine the mass amounts of chaos that I will find myself in. Not looking forward to the crowds, but I'm getting excited about the rest!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Speaking of my little girl....since I just checked on her in bed, I am thinking about how precious she is. Whenever I see her sleeping I just want to scoop her up and hold her or lay down next to her. Since she isn't much of a cuddler, I savor the quiet moments that I do get with her, and I guess watching her sleep gives me that same good feeling.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
As for the rest of life, we are keeping busy. Ron works hard all day at his school work. Teaching and reading and learning. They don't waste any time in his program, and why would they? Once they're this deep into school, they're serious enough and the professors don't shy away from the assignments.
I did the two weeks of teaching the water aerobics class and enjoyed it. The class I taught was mostly people who have been coming for years so I could have been under a world of judgement with the instruction. But, they all seemed to enjoy the routines and it seems like I passed! Hopefully I'll still get to fill in once in awhile, since I enjoyed being there.
I also spent the last two weeks watching a neighbors little girl. It wasn't the best situation, but I guess I could consider it a learning experience.
This week Ron's grandparents are visiting from Utah and we went to spend some time with them tonight. It was the first time in Evi's short 19 months that we have had all 4 generations in the same place. I've had Ron's grandparents with Ron and Evi, and Ron's Mom with Ron and Evi, but never all of them. So tonight, I got a picture, but I haven't uploaded it yet. I'm sure you'll all be on the edge of your seats until then! Ron's sister and her family were there also and we had a great time all around.
Our computer is still broken :(, but I'm adjusting to laptop life. I have to say that I prefer a nice clunky desktop to a laptop. However, it is awfully nice to sit here on my bed as I type. Who knows, maybe I'll come around afterall.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
*I did something crazy. I signed up to run a 1/2 marathon (13 miles) in October with my friend Courtney. My longest run so far has been about 8 1/2 miles. Holy Cow! This is coming from someone who has never been a runner!
*Our house is slowly and surely coming together. I would love to put up some pictures, but I have to get it put together more before I can do that!
*I started teaching water aerobics at the pool 3 days a week. Well, 3 days a week but only for 2 weeks. After that, I'll be a sub I think. But it's been fun so far!
*I also started watching a neighbor's child 3 days a week. It's good for Evi to have someone to play with (the little girl is 2 and Evi is a year and a half), and it keeps us busy. So far, Evi doesn't nap as well when we're at their house, but hopefully we can adjust to the new surroundings and still keep our good sleeper.
*Ron has now had one full week of classes. Things are going well and he's definitely keeping busy. He is teaching 3 discussion sections of a Knesiology lecture class, but also gets to teach basketball two days a week and loves to play with the class when he can.
*Evi is Miss Independent, still. She is saying more and more words and doing more signs as well. She loves to say, "cheese"; in reference to smiling or eating cheese (which she loves also). She loves to pretend to talk on the phone. Phones, cell phones, or any toy that she might hold up to her ear to pretend it's a phone. She really loves books all of the sudden and can't seem to get enough time reading. She climbs into the chair in her room and pulls books off the shelves and flips through them, very much focused on the pages. One last thing, she loves to dance! Any kind of music, she bobs along to it. She is super cute and I love to watch her grow!
*One last thing about what's new with us........I am the new young women president in our ward. Wow! So, I guess the nearly 3 years I did the same thing in Carrollton Ward was preparation for now! I had 2 years off, now I'm back on.
Hopefully I can get my computer fixed soon and then I won't wait forever inbetween updates!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Anyway, back to the wedding. Carlos and Ron grew up together and pretty much spent most of their time together. Ron was his best man, just as Carlos was for Ron 5 years ago, and it was so great to be there with them on their wedding day. It was to neat to see Ron standing there supporting his best friend. Through moves and distance and lots of changes, Carlos and Ron have remained close and that’s why it was so neat for me to see them standing up there, side by side. The whole best man/maid of honor thing is pretty meaningful if you think about it. At least it seemed like it to me watching Ron walk behind Carlos in full support of him. It was a good day.
As for Evi, due to the lack of sleep, she didn’t really want to sit still for the whole ceremony, but we ran around the back a bit without being too disturbing! The ceremony was great and Erika looked beautiful. Carlos and Erika are such caring people, always with smiles and love to share and I was so glad to be there for their day. The reception was lots of fun; Carlos and Erika seemed to have a great time, and Evi had other kids to play with, and really, it was just a great celebration of their marriage! Ron did some Michael Jackson dancing, which I must say I have NEVER seen. But I guess you get him with the right people and he lets loose!
Ron had to stay and I thought I knew how to get home from a spot in downtown Silver Spring, but instead, I got my welcome back to Maryland moment by missing my turn and ending up in DC…twice! At least I was in the upscale part of town so I didn’t have as much to worry about. But all was well and I found my way. Evi slept the entire time so it didn’t really mess her up at all. How did I know I was in DC: the ‘cheap’ gas was $3.94 a gallon! I felt a little silly losing my way, but can I use the excuse that I’ve been gone for the last 2 years????
Long day, but quite fun. Congratulations to Carlos and Erika! Love you both.