Sunday, July 26, 2015


Instead of packing this weekend, we took a short trip to Richmond.  We stayed with my close friend from growing up, her mom and dad (Mrs. Presseau is like my second mom).  We got there early Saturday morning and let Evelyn play in some water.

The Presseaus had a wedding Saturday afternoon so we visited Maymont Park.  It has a children's zoo, other fun animals like bison and bears, lots of gardens, and walking paths.

Evelyn's favorite was the nature center and she loved the fishies.

She also really enjoyed watching the river otter.

After the park, we drove down Monument Avenue just to say we did.  This is Stonewall Jackson.

Evelyn chilling before church on Sunday.

Mrs. Presseau, Evelyn, and Molly exploring the backyard.

Before we left, Mr. Presseau showed us some earth works remaining from the Civil War where the Confederate army dug trenches to hide and fight behind.  They were within walking distance from their house.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The week

Nate and I marked 8 years of marriage on Tuesday.  I made a strawberry rhubarb crisp to celebrate and we thankfully were able to enjoy it with ice cream right before the power went out.  And it stayed out till 6:00 am the next morning.  But we got showers before work and that's all that really matters.

Friday all three of us went out to dinner to officially celebrate.  It was a little touch and go in the beginning because Evelyn really wanted to sit in the big girl chair and not the high chair.  Which is fine, except she isn't very good at sitting still.  But while waiting for our food, Nate took her for a short walk and I was able to made the chair disappear.  The rest of dinner went quite smoothly.

Also on Friday I had my second prenatal appointment.  That's right, Evelyn's going to be a big sister! Baby #2 is due January 16th.  My appointment went well; baby's heart rate was 160.

This afternoon we went over to a friend's house to beat the heat in their air conditioning and to play with some sidewalk chalk.

Baby #2 announcement

Friday, July 10, 2015


Our friends Mike and Hannah from Indiana, who now live in Michigan, spent Thursday night with us while on their way to Richmond for a wedding.  Which meant we finally got to meet Hendrik!

Evelyn played okay with Hendrik.  She was surprisingly possessive of me if I gave him too much attention.  It was a nice way to spend the evening because this weekend is going to be spent packing.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Today Evelyn and I met my supervisor in Roanoke to let her of my resignation and our move back to Indiana.  We had a very nice visit and she understood completely our decision and was excited to hear we would be closer to family.  Afterwards, Evelyn and I stopped for treat at a coffee shop right near the hospital.  

Then because it was hot today and I did not want to go straight home we made a trip to Petsmart.  It's kinda like the zoo but free.

She really liked the wall of fishes.  We walked up and down at least three times.

We also visited the cats.

So precious.  The orange kitty's name was Crepe : )

The theme next week at daycare is "I'm a good friend" and they asked that we send in a picture of Evelyn with a friend, i.e. a stuffed animal.  Evelyn's current favorite is Wilhelm the Gibbon.  

Saturday, July 4, 2015

17 months

Evelyn turned 17 months on Friday and she got to spend the whole day with Nate.  I had to work which was kinda a bummer.  Nate and Evelyn started the day with a run and then went out for doughnuts.

Evelyn's vocabulary is slowing growing.  She has several new words including chickens, goats, bubbles, socks, and iPad (I'm not very proud of that last one).  She continues to sleep well and be a super pick eater.  She also loves to sing and dance.

Friday night Nate and I got to go on a date.  Lindsey, another post-doc at the VA, offered to watch Evelyn for the evening.  She had fun playing with Lindsey and Joey's drum set and watching TV way past her bedtime and Nate I went out for dinner, dessert, and a movie.  A win-win.

We got gyros at a very small, but very good Mediterranean restaurant, ice cream at Pop's, and then saw Jurassic World.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fort Wayne

It's official, we are moving to Fort Wayne in August.  So this weekend we took another trip to Indiana to look for a place to live.  We looked at two houses in the morning before taking a park break.

Then we met up with Pat and Paul who were able to drive down from Michigan and help us look at houses.  The third house we saw ended up being the one we liked the best and will be our new home in August.  It's a 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch with a big kitchen and attached 2 car garage.

Saturday morning during breakfast our hotel, along with a significant portion of Fort Wayne, lost power.  So we needed to find something to do which wasn't easy because the weather was rainy, windy, and cold.

We spent sometime at Panera where Grandpa shared part of his chocolate croissant with Evelyn.  We also tried some shopping but Evelyn really was not in the mood so after leaving two stores with her screaming, we decided to go get lunch and hope for the best (lunch actually went quite smoothly thank goodness).

Back at our hotel in the afternoon, we still did not have power.  Evelyn didn't seem to mind too much but Nate and I decided it was time to hit the road.  We drove 2 hours to Dayton and spent the night there which helped make the drive home on Sunday a little shorter.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Weekend stuff

Meredith came down for one last visit to Virginia this weekend.  On Thursday we took Evelyn for a run and then met Nate for lunch at chick-fil-a.

On Saturday, Meredith and I woke up early to beat the heat and crowds and hiked to the top of McAfee Knob.  There were only three other people at the top when we got there so we were able to get some nice pictures.




For Father's Day we all went out for brunch.  Evelyn is old enough now to color which is really nice because it kept her occupied while we waited for our food.

Happy Father's Day - Evelyn made this cute magnetic photo collage at daycare.