Monday, October 27, 2008

good hair

Evi's hair is finally getting long enough to play with, only now she can't stand to have anything done to it! One night after her bath, we had some fun and took pictures before she messed up her lovely 'do!


Sunday, October 26, 2008

time to update

On Friday 10/17, we took a family date to the Baltimore Aquarium to take advantage discount night: $8 tickets after 5pm. Evi was very cute walking from exhibit to exhibit. She would wave at the tank and say, “hi fish”, then as she walked to the next one, she’d wave and say bye. She pretty much waved at every tank, giving love to all the animals! At a turtle tank, Evi tried to kiss the turtle on the other side of the glass. In addition to the animals, she also loved to run up and down the ramps by the shark tanks and try to jump onto the moving walkways and escalators. We didn’t bring the baby harness (leash) we got, and we had to check the stroller, so we had some tears along the way from our curious little explorer. But for the most part, she really seemed to enjoy herself and the entire experience! I was happy to finally get to take her to the aquarium. The following Friday, 10/24, we spent a family day at the zoo. I had wanted to go to the zoo for some time now, and since it’s getting colder, it was time to make it happen! Ron switched his work for Friday to Saturday so he could go with us and made it all the better. We decided to drive rather than take the metro and figured we’d look for street parking; if none was available, we’d pay the $10 for parking. So we gave up easily at first to pay the parking fee, then it turned out that it was only $10 for the first hour, and $15 for up to 3 hours. We thought that was too much and went out to the street again and found a close spot in a 2 hour zone. So we ventured in the zoo and Evi loved to see the animals. Some of them were entertaining: there was a baby elephant playing with a ball—kicking it and running after it and throwing clumps of poo; 4 donkeys running and chasing eachother in their pen; and sea lions doing laps in their pool and flapping around. Evi enjoyed watching those things and seeing the other animals, but she also really liked to play with the Halloween decorations that were set up for the “Boo at the Zoo” event for later that evening! As we were leaving, we discussed that with a 20 month old, the two hour parking time limit was perfect, because she was getting tired and fussy, but we still saw a good amount of animals in the time we had. So all in all, it was a great trip to the zoo. We got to stop at Ron’s family’s bakery on the way home and saw Ron’s aunt and uncle. What a playground for a baby! She was too tired to realize the massive amounts of treats at her fingertips, but she had a few bites of a few things! Thanks to JoAnn and Jim for the mid day visit and that delicious bread we got to bring home!
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

VICTORY!

Ok, no, I did not win my race. But, I ran the Baltimore 1/2 marathon on Saturday and it was my own personal victory! By signing up for it, my goal was to finish it, because at the time I could not imagine being able to run that far/long. I had another personal victory when I finished in 2:00:43. I thought I'd finish in 2:30, so I was pleased! Here are some highlights:
~Awesome crowd support! People of all walks of life out on the street cheering people on. Some of them clearly were cheering for friends, but most were cheering for strangers. For me. About 15 mintues in when I ran past a police officer and a crowd who were all cheering, I got teary eyed thinking about the good people in the world. I looked at my watch and told myself to pull it together because it was only the beginning! Ha!
~Towards the end of the race, a college aged guy in a nicer Baltimore neighborhood was cheering us on and said, "good job guys! Only one more bad neighborhood to go through!" It got a laugh out of the pack I was in.

~Making friends with a nice older guy, in his 60's-70's, who was running the MARATHON. I am in awe at his determiniation and stamina. We only chatted for a minute, and I didn't get his name or even see him again, but my hat is off to him. I can still picture him running. Good for him.

~ALL of the marathon runners. I applaud them all, and again, I am in awe of all of them for their training and endurance.

~Volunteers handing out water and snacks along the way. Maybe half way in, I had the best banana of my life! Thank you for you help!

~The almost eerie sound of thousands of feet pounding the pavement where there were no crowds and no talking. All I heard was feet. Kind of a strange thing.
~The last bit of the race going through Camden Yards and seeing the stadium and taking in the beauty that is Oriole Park.

~Running this race with Courtney. Although we didn't always get to train together and during the race we got separated some, still, we did it together. As much as it was an individual thing for both of us, still, it was together. That probably doesn't make any sense, but I guess it's there for my memory!
~The finish line. The feeling of accomplishement and joy as soon as I crossed it. The embrace with Courtney when we had both finished our 13.1 mile challenge!

~To sum up, it was such a high to run in this race! Awesome awesome experience. The packs of people and the crowds and the volunteers, every bit of it was amazing. I set a goal and reached it and couldn't be happier about the experience.

Ron and Ryan came with Evi and Spencer to meet us. They were expecting us to finish later than we did (so did we actually), so they were at the finish line, but we think we finished before them. Ron said he was ready with the camera for 40 minutes, but I'm afraid he didn't get any shots of either of us running! So, at the end in our "reunion zone", we got our staged shot, Courtney and Me, running together! We look like cheeseballs, I know, but we were pretty happy after finishing!


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

Saints, Sinners, and Christian History - The Contradictions of the Christian Past

My Dad's book is offically published! He started this effort over 20 years ago, writing and publishing the book himself. I am happy to report that Saints, Sinners, and Christian History-The Contradictions of the Christian Past has now been published by Cedar Fort Press. So I wanted to take a moment to congratulate my dad, and to spread the word that the book is now out and available through the Cedar Fort website, and it should also be carried at This is the Place if you're in the DC area. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested!

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

Evelyn and Spencer





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

one more

I broke up the posts today to shorten them. I guess I should update this more often to avoid that problem. Last night I went to see Jenny and her boys. Too much time has passed since we've seen them we needed to fix that. It was so nice to be there and spend time with them. It's clear that Evi loves to be with her cousins and they really interact well together. I'm glad Jenny doesn't mind too much when I just want to come hang out for awhile!
Since Ron never posts anything, I'll write for him. Last night on his way home from the priesthood session of conference around 10, he got a call from his mom that his aunt and cousins were in town just that night and to stop by if he could. I've never met them and he hasn't seen them in about 10 years, so he was really glad to get to go by. It was a chance opportunity and I know they all had a great time catching up.
This morning we had a breakfast brunch with some friends to start out the day. I say breakfast brunch because it was brunch for the early birds of the group, but breakfast to us at 9am :). It was so much fun to eat and laugh and visit together with our friends. Excellent food, great company and an overall great way to start out the day. Thanks to Emily and KC for hosting all of us and putting in all the preparation for the meal! What a good idea! We left there to go watch General Conference with Ryan and Courtney since we didn't have it at our house and enjoyed the messages delivered, and am grateful for them.
We pretty much spent the rest of the day with Ryan and Courtney. After Evi and Spencer had their naps, they had some fun playing together. I played connect 4 with Sami and had forgotten how much fun it could be. We also met up with Molly and Nathan outside for a bit in between the 2 conference sessions. Thanks to all our friends and family who made us smile. I really enjoyed the weekend and was glad to have good people to share it with!

Minor meltdown and other fun

This week I watched a friend’s 5 month old baby girl for a couple of hours. Evi loves babies and was enjoying the time with the “beebee”; kissing her and sharing toys with her. All the sweetness went out the door when it was time for a bottle. I don't know if it was because I was using Evi's boppy pillow, or if it was the mere fact that I was cradling another baby (or some of both?), but Evi did not like it. She tried to take the bottle away from the baby, she tried to lay next to the baby on the boppy, and the poor girl cried and cried. Meanwhile, the baby is fine and sucking down her milk like nothing was going on. I got Evi her cup with milk to try to ease her discomfort, and I put her right next to me so I could cuddle her too, but that only worked for a little bit. As soon as the bottle was finished, though, she was content again. It was a sad meltdown moment, but luckily, one that has passed. I’m watching the baby again this week, so we’ll see how it goes on the second round!
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!
In other news…my computer has officially died :( . It’s fixable, but not worth it for what I could get a more recent refurbished computer for. The positive thing is that it looks like I’ll be able to get all the files from it because the hard drive is still in tact, but sad that it went out on me!
Below are pictures of some recent fun.
Visit from Evin, Mia and Shelby. Evi was kissing Shelby, but I missed the shot. Still cute though.

Some of the promised family time photos with the Humphries visit. We finally got our 4 generation picture with Evi, Ron, Grandma, and Great Grandma and Grandpa. Plus, a cute one of Great Grandpa reading Evi.
Spaghetti face--after letting Evi feed herself dinner. Evi in our gravel yard. Eyes closed, but having a blast!

Evelyn Lee

Running free at the National Arboretum
I want to post a report on Evi for our family and friends far away, and for my journaling purposes.
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.
Signs:
Please
Thank you
Yes
Change
Again
More
Milk
Water
All done

Words:
Cheez = Cheese
tshuz = Shoes
Tox = socks
Juuce = juice
piZZa : emphasis on the z’s
Ball
Mommy, mama
Daddy, dada
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!