Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Evelyn helped me clean the kitchen floor today.  Actually, I gave her the hard wood floor mop to distract her while I swept.  It worked pretty well.

Even better, she took about an hour nap so I was able to get a few more chores done in the afternoon.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Fort Wayne

Last Thursday afternoon we left for Fort Wayne.  Evelyn first had her well baby check-up in the morning.  She weighted 21 lbs 6.5 oz (53rd percentile) and was 31 inches tall (66th percentile).

Fort Wayne is about 8 hours away, so with Evelyn it was closer to 10-10.5 hours.  But she did pretty good on the way up and thankfully transitioned very well from car to hotel room.  Friday morning, we found a coffee shop and walked around downtown Fort Wayne.  Nate had a meeting with the VA after lunch so Evelyn and I played at a nearby park.

Friday evening we met up with my parents!  They drove over from the Illinois to spend the weekend with us.  Saturday morning we all went to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.  

It is really a nice zoo - lots of fun animals and good sized, perfect for Evelyn.  She got to see a hyena up close, 

Hide in a tent with Grandpa,

Ride a komodo dragon, and 

Feed a giraffe!


We spent some fun time at the hotel pool too.  Swim lessons paid off, Evelyn seemed very comfortable in the water.

Overall the trip was great.  I got to be with my mom on Mother's day morning and we did a lot of fun things.  Now just time to decide where to move to...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Next Step

This will be our last summer in Virginia.  Nate's post-doc ends in August and he has been offered jobs in Huntington, WV and Fort Wayne, IN.  Both are VA positions.  It will be very hard to leave Virginia.  We both love it here, but being 12 hours away from family is also difficult and both opportunities place us closer to the Midwest.  We were lucky enough to visit both towns to get a feel for what it may be like to live there.  A few weekends ago we drove to Huntington, leaving early on Saturday since it's only a 4 hour drive from our house.

Our first stop was at the visitor's center which also housed a cute coffee shop.  Nate and I enjoyed some coffee while Evelyn played dominoes.  Then we walked down and along the Ohio River for a bit.

From downtown we walked over to Marshall University.  We visited the bookstore and saw the memorial fountain to the 1970 plane crash.

After lunch we drove over to Ashland, KY to get a feel for that area and also to give Evelyn some out of the car time.

We spent the majority of our time on the swings, but also managed a little family picture.

On Sunday we spent a little more time downtown and then visited Ritter Park, Huntington's main green space.  Nate tried to throw Evelyn into the fountain and then we did some more swinging before getting lunch and driving back home.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

15 months

Evelyn turned 15 months on Sunday and her well baby check-up is on Thursday.  Not much has really changed from 14 months other than Evelyn is a walker now.  She still crawls on occasion but walking is definitely her preferred mode of transportation.

Evelyn loves the chickens and they love her.  Probably because she feeds them bread almost everyday we are home together.

Now that the weather is warmer, Evelyn can even watch the chickens from inside.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Derby Day

We watched the Kentucky Derby with some friends this afternoon.  Harper tried to teach Evelyn how to play corn hole.

Harper also gave her a new hat to wear for the race.  It may been slightly lucky; Evelyn's horse, Frosted, came in 4th place.  Better than the horses Nate and I picked.

Let's go back outside guys!

Watching people play corn hole after the race.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Rock Band

Busy Saturday for us today.  I had to get up early to attend a conference at work.  It was good and I learned some new things.  Nate and Evelyn didn't get to run because it was rainy and cold so instead they got doughnuts.  Tonight we all went over to some friends' house to play Rock Band.  The drums were by far Evelyn's favorite.

She did take a small break from the drums to play her own guitar in Ruu's dog bed.

More drums!  Helping dad play.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


In addition to folding laundry and putting away groceries, Evelyn's third favorite chore is emptying the dishwasher.

She is best at removing silverware but does okay with bowls and plates.  

Later in the day she helped me make cupcakes for my interns' goodbye lunch tomorrow.  Who needs toys when you've got canned vegetables?

S'mores cupcakes.  They taste as good as they look - I couldn't fit all 12 in my tupperware so Nate and I shared one.