Friday, October 19, 2007

A day outdoors

Now that Evy is walking, we've been spending afternoons outdoors where she can roam and explore. Finally I remembered to take my camera to capture her walking and enjoying the sunshine. I had a great photo op a few days ago because after running around and playing at the barn, she was very content to just sit and enjoy the fresh air. She simply sat on the huge rocking chair while I rocked it and I got some great shots. The day before we were out playing with the dog and I also got some great shots. Enjoy!

Before going outside to play, I caputured this hilarious shot. She LOVES the phone and she knows the difference between an old one that doesn't work, a toy one, and the real ones. She wants the real one! Now she's started "conversing" on the phone, too cute!

She absolutely loves the dogs and they love her!

Birthday pictures

The requested pic of her crying at her party. Her party hat snapped her under her chin and she bawled. So here you go!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Tis the season

of illness. yep I'm sick. Last Sunday I was feeling extraordinarily tired but fought it and went to church anyway. Then a friend called for lunch and I couldn't say no because he was in town for the first time in awhile. By the time lunch was over I was dying for a nap, which I got thankfully. But after the night service I was ready to crawl home and die. I think I may have been running a fever but I had been drinking a lot of water so the thermometer would not have been accurate. Monday morning I thought I was feeling better so I went ahead and watched Evy for an hour and then went to the church to work a few hours. By 10 a.m. it just washed over me- body ache, chills. I was afraid I had the flu so I went to the clinic and got a 2 pm appointment. From there I went home for an hour nap and after the nap took my temp - it was 100.2 - fabulous. The dr did a flu test (having a q-tip shoved up your nostrils is NOT pleasant) but it came back negative so he ruled allergies. Um, allergies? with a fever? and absolutly no other "allergy" symptoms? No runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing. He prescribed antibiotics and gave me free samples of Allegra D. I took 2 doses of the antibiotic MOnday so tomorrow it will be 7 days. Tuesday I didn't have a fever and Gidget really needed to do a riding lesson so I hung with Evy. Thankfully she took a 2 hour nap so I did too. But after that I was weak and food didn't settle well. By Wednesday I could eat and was stronger but man, I have a nasty cough. Its miserable. No other symptoms - just this horrible "productive" cough. YUCK! Today in the service I heard lots of other people with the same cough which sort of made me feel better because at least I'm not the only one. But I hate coughing because I hate it when other people cough. I imagine tons of flying germs. Ahh well. I've never had allergies like THIS before - gotta love the country.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

13 months old

Well, Evy is 13 months and growing like a weed! Granted, she is still not gaining weight like all of her other peers (no baby fat) but she has grown a full inch in the last month and is now 29 1/2" tall! I haven't tried to weigh her but I would guess she's at least put on half a pound to round herself out to 20. But she's still a picky eater at times, so who knows. The doctor said its fine as long as she gets one full meal in a day which she does. Of course, if she could eat sweets and chips and snacks all day she would! Yesterday we had an argument because I was eating cheddar cheese ruffles and she wanted some but I wouldn't give her any because she wasn't finished with her lunch of pasta wheels and peas and carrots. Ohhhh she threw a huge fit! She has 11 teeth, working on number 12. Finally the front teeth on the bottom sides are coming in, although it makes life hard for all. She's not sleeping well and of course, its at night that she really has trouble which means Gidget is up with her. And Gidget isn't blessed with the ability to fall right back asleep so she actually gets less sleep than Evy does and no naps during the day. But hopefully it will all be over soon! Evy is walking really well now. She still falls occasionally and hasn't quite mastered getting back up on her own but she tries. She is also getting more hair! Gidget was able to fasten a bow in her hair on Sunday which was a feat! She usually pulls them out and she didn't. Whats funny is that she still doesn't have bangs - no hair in the front! But whats in the back is growing long so eventually it will go down her forehead. She is also continuing to use and learn more sign language. The current word we are working on is please. She has been using the sign for "more" as an indication that she wants something so we are trying to teach her to use please instead. She also has created a new one for "out" or "up" which is to hold her hands out palms up. I figure she does that mimicking us because we hold our hands out to her to lift her.

Life for me is still great. I still love my job - Evy is a blast and Gidget and I still enjoy each other. I finally got dish network in my apartment, although I may end up paying more for the installation than planned. Apparently the guy who installed it didn't really know what he was doing and he got fired on Monday. He installed a new dish for me because he said it wouldn't get signal from their existing one. But I don't think thats right. He also told me I wouldn't have to pay for the new satellite which I think was also a lie. So I'm a little scared of getting the bill! It was supposed to be added on to Gidget and Andy's account for $5 a month but the guy who came out to fix their switch yesterday said he wasn't sure that would work since its a separate dish. I don't know what will happen. but its nice to have tv!! haha! Gidget is upse though because she says she sees less of me now - since I go home to watch my shows. I reminded her that she told me I needed a life of my own ha!

Last weekend, John and I went to Clifton and hung out with my parents. It was the first time for him to meet my dad and all went well. I went with my mom to a "lunch with the author" and left John and dad alone for about 2 hours and they didn't kill each other so I figure thats a plus! We spent Saturday afternoon/evening playing a card game called Hand and Foot. Mom and dad play almost once a week with some other couples so they are pro's at it. Mom and I were partners and dad and John were partners and well, they killed us. 3 out of 4 games the guys won! But it was a blast.

This month's weekends are already filling up- there's a wedding on the 13th, Gidget has a horse show on the 20th and then HPU Homecoming is the 27th. This coming weekend will be nice - Gidget, Andy and Evy are going to San Antonio Fri-Sun so I get to stay behind and take care of the animals and the house. I won't really get to sleep in on Saturday because I have to feed and put the horses out by about 9 but I can go back home and be lazy if I want! Yay!

Okay thats it for now, I think. I need to get pictures up - I'll try to do that soon!!!