Saturday, November 15, 2014

7 peaks in 8 weeks

32 degrees.  That was the temperature when we started our last hike this morning.  But the sun was shinning and there was little to no breeze so we said bundle up and let's go!  We got off to a little bit of a rocky start however when Nate was getting Evelyn in the carrier and said "wait, is she wet?"  Sure enough in the three minutes it takes to drive to the trailhead from our house, Evelyn has soaked through her diaper.  And changing her was no small task due to the many layers she had on, but better to change her in the car rather than on the trail.

Peak #7 - McAfee Knob

McAfee Knob is the most photographed part of the Appalachian Trail and is the highest peak in the Catawba Valley.

McAfee Knob

Catawba Valley

Tinker Cliffs in the distance

Nate and Evelyn taking a little break.  Nate carried her in front on the way up in an effort to make sure she stayed warm.  But it wasn't real comfortable so he switched to her to his back for the hike down.

At the top

Nate and Evelyn, me, Ashley, and Brandon.  We did it, all 7 peaks!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

9 month check-up

Evelyn passed her 9 month check-up with flying colors.  The doctor was a little behind schedule but Evelyn was very content to people-watch in the waiting area.

Evelyn weighted 17 lbs 0.5 oz (28th percentile) and was 27.5 inches long (40th percentile - the doctor wondered if maybe this measurement was wrong since she fell off her growth curve a little but the doctor wasn't worried). The doctor was also very impressed with how well Evelyn sits and balances.

After the appointment, we got lunch before we were supposed to get our convertible car seat checked. This actually ended up being rescheduled for Thursday, but Evelyn and I still enjoyed our girls day out. 

This is right after I told her she couldn't eat the table.  She actually was very well behaved at the restaurant. 

A much happier baby doing more people watching.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

7 peaks

We hiked our 6th peak today.  It was a bit chilly, but overall a really nice day to be outside.  Evelyn basically slept for the whole 6.6 mile hike.  She was awake for the beginning and then was just out until we got back to the car and took her out of the carrier.

Peak #6 - Tinker Cliffs

This is the second time Nate and I have hiked Tinker Cliffs.  It is a great hike, but hard.  One portion of the trail has no switchbacks for almost half a mile; it is just straight up.

The cliffs

View from the top

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

9 months

Evelyn is 9 months and 1 day old.  She really does not like to stay still which made picture taking quite challenging.  Sleeping continues to only be so-so with napping being the worst.  Evelyn likes to practice pulling up on anything she can and seems to be more interested in books.  And she has one tooth!

Perpetual motion baby


We voted today too.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

No hike

We did not do our 6th hike today.  It was rainy, windy, and cold so we decided it was best to postpone till next weekend.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate for our last two hikes.

Evelyn didn't go trick-or-treating yesterday, but she did help hand out candy at our friend Brandon's house in Roanoke.  Despite the rain there were still a bunch of kids out.

Evelyn and I as Snow White and the evil queen with Harper and Ashley as Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent.  (Harper picked out the Snow White outfit for Evelyn after she was born.)  Evelyn loves Harper, evidenced by the fact that she would not stop looking at Harper for the picture.  All evening Harper would ask Ashley and me if we were wearing our "mean mama dresses."  It was super cute.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I wanted to make these cookies for the Halloween party but between hiking, decorating, and Evelyn I just didn't have time.  So I made them yesterday morning before I had to leave for work.  Works out well for me and Nate; we don't have to share them with anyone.

Skeleton cookies

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Party

We hosted our third and final psychology Halloween party today.  Even if we stay in Virginia, we won't stay in the farmhouse so it will fall to someone else next year.  But today was fun.  We had a good turnout with good weather and lots of good food.


Zombies (and a cat in the background)

Jam fest - Nate's supervisor, his wife, and youngest son brought their guitars and cajon so they played a couple tunes for everybody.

Evelyn wore her Snow White outfit so Nate was the huntsman

And I was the evil queen.