Evie = Four

The little Evie-Lou-Who turns four! What a year to celebrate. We love our not-so-terribly little girl! Happiest day to you sweet one.

Accomplishments:

  • We are so proud of Evie’s excitement for learning. If I can brag a bit… She knows all her letters and their sounds (much ado goes to Jamie on that one!), she can count to 100 easily, and she is actually sounding out words on her own! She is able to recognize around fifteen words automatically, I think. She loves typing on the laptop to spell things out too! She loves to know what temperature it is outside, what time it is, and what direction (NSWE) we are going. She hears rhymes (she calls them matching words). Oh man, she is going to love school.
  • Evie makes her bed, puts on her shoes, buckles herself in the carseat (slooowwwwlyyy), takes her dishes to the sink after meals, helps with laundry, opens locked doors… what else?
  • She sleeps for around two hours during the afternoon and goes to bed at 8:00pm, waking up at 6:30am. And she lets us know when it’s time to get up, let me tell ya.
  • Writing “letters” to people has been one of her favorite activities this year. She tells me what to print in traceable words, I print it, she traces the words and delivers them to the lucky recipient. She’s even gotten into “making envelopes” for each one, which includes folding it and putting a sticker on it to close it. Cute.
  • Lots of fit throwing still going on, but so much progress has been made since this time last year. Thank you for the grace of God. We would not be alive right now without it, people.
  • Evie loves to count flags and listen to music “on the top” (speaker) when we are driving around.
  • This girl also loves being surprised. She is always asking, “Do you have a surprise for me, mom?”
  • We did swimming lessons this summer… I can’t say Evie is a water bug. But she likes to float in very shallow water.. aka baths are a hit. HA.
  • Evie’s a bit of a ‘fraidy cat. She’s very protective. And man, a band-aid will make gray skies into rainbows immediately.
  • She’s 42 pounds o’ love and ___ inches high.
  • I have been so impressed by Evie’s go-with-the-flowness during our move this summer. She has been so normal. Again, grace has been lavished upon my head, folks.
  • Evie has a fierce love for Olan. She knows when he’s in danger and flops her body out in front of him to rescue him frequently. She knows how to lay down her life for her brother, that’s for sure!
  • She loves eating. Mini human vacuum.
  • She is often in her own world. She’s very distractible. Many times we have to get her attention before saying anything or giving instructions because she is literally in la-la land.
  • Her phrase lately is, “What should we do, mom?” She is a go-getter, loves making friends, and is a loud, [ahem, strong-willed], extroverted individual.

Favorites:

  • Color: Purple, pink, and black
  • Animal: Ducks and Chicks
  • Food: Applesauce and Blueberries
  • Drink: Chocolate Milk
  • Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • TV Show: Cat in the Hat
  • Game: Metamorphabet and Dominoes
  • Bible Story: David and Goliath
  • Season: Winter because I like eating snow
  • Toy: Momma-doo and Star
  • Outfit: The sparkly heart shirt
  • Book: The Cat in the Hat
  • Friend: Silas
  • Thing to do outside: play with the pink ball
  • Future Career: a baseball thrower, a paper and pen delivery girl, and a teacher

 

For Evie, My Four Year Old Girl

Hey sweet girl!

What a year this has been. Your transition into big girl land has landed us in a new world, full of different emotions and challenges we are both navigating through for the first time. Last summer when you turned three, lots of changes occurred in your life. You became an [awesome] big sister to Olan, which bred a different feel to our family. Not only do you share your room with your brother, you share your parents’ attention, your toys, your personal space. You’ve done well at welcoming a foreigner into our family, girl. I am so proud of the way you protect Olan and try your hardest to make sure he’s happy. Well done!

Being your mom and learning the ins and outs of who you are has been a journey this year. I have seen your imagination and personality flourish, and I’m so excited to see how these things we see in your young self compliment you as an older kid. You love cooking, creating, writing, building, teching, outdooring, reading, and tickling. So many loves that we share, and it makes me eagerly anticipate our time together in the future all the more. We have so many special times ahead, God willing. I’ve sure enjoyed helping you develop some of your interests this year. They are memories I will cherish forever!

Obedience and honor are the two hinge points we’ve been driving into your frame in year three, and, thank you Jesus, progress has been made. God is faithful, and each day I see little glimpses of these two staples manifested in your heart. Although there have been many deeply difficult moments for me in your third year, I am confident that the hard work we have both put into following God by learning to obey and showing honor to others will pay off. I want more than anything (even more than our happiness) for you to follow after Jesus wholeheartedly throughout your life. So glad we are on the same team, on the same side of the net, working for that great purpose. I will always be on your team, rest assured. I want to see you succeed!

You will always be my unique, sweet, blueberry eyed little lady, and I love you for all time. Cheers to year four! Go get ’em, Evs!

Love,

Mom

Summertime Girls (and Boys)

And our 2017 summer is in the books. Such happy memories. I had one of the best summers ever… although I was apprehensive about how it would go with two babies in the house this time. But I must say it has been amazing! Teacher life is pretty phenomenal. Here’s life for the past two months in pictures!

My cousin Megan and I at the library… she was a trooper all week and helped paint and remove wallpaper and all sorts of “fun” projects. Thank you, dear! Love you!

Grow Group Paint Partay! I wish we had a good one of the move in crew too. They were so great.

Evie loves helping. She had so much fun feeding Olan!

Hanging with cousin Ryan and Marley at SES – PJ, mac and cheese, and movie night while we worked worked on my classroom!

Surprise donuts at the new Carol Lee!

Evie and momma playing Guess Who? She ACTUALLY played! It was awesome!

Olie got to play with the shaving cream… since he won’t put anything in his mouth, it worked pretty well. Ha!

Our first picture in front of the Edward house! Yay! What an exciting day!

Evie’s getting into the beauty shop thing lately!

Water fun

Great Grandpa Robinson bein’ cray with my girl

Woody and the kiddies!

Great Grandma and Evie

Exploration Place!

King Olan and Queen Evie

Exploration Place!

Color baths are the next big thang.

Baking “cookies”

Assaria Zipline!

Sister Tara

Manhattan Splash River Thingy

Helping keep Grandma Henry’s yard alive while they were on vacation!

Evie and Tabor superhero dancing at Tammy Howe!

Got to spend some time with cousin Courtney!

My grandma and ME! Love.

Our Great Grandma and Great Woody visit!

I have a splits boy!

Botanica in Wichita!

Picking cherries! Those Peters friends of ours are awesome.

Evie and I built a solar oven and ate s’mores! Super awesome.

Our Wichita Anniversary Trip was spent with lots of friends! Yokohama with John and Rachel!

Sonic with sissy!

The family fun Tuesday event!

Evie loves floating in this kid area!

The Cove with Olie-pie!

Harvest with Great Grandma Peterson!

Spaghetti fun!

Swim lessons with teacher Barb!

Picking mulberries at Shelly and Nate’s

Jamie is officially done with radiation! We went and surprised her after her last treatment. Go Jamie, go!

Chick-fil-a with our daycare buds!

Holly and Ray came back and we got to do the Escape Room with them. We made it!

Evie got to sit in the dentist chair at my appointment! Woo.

Watering the parsley!

Evie chalking it up.

Assaria Park!

Our last picture at the Penn house together. Siiiigh.

Dress up!

Olan and his bath. He loves it!

Evie’s soap concoctions!

Aunt Lana taught Evs how to roll paint! She is a brave soul.

Evie loooooves to build.

Ninjas at Sonic.

Supporting our Jamie together on a Tuesday morning! Mom’s schedule makes it so she has every Tuesday off… it was awesome!

Olie having fun at the library!

Good old game night! Olan is really good at this game. Games at our house consist of getting out all the pieces and spreading them out everywhere. It’s really fun you should try it.

Evie really wanted to work on her Jeep with her dad in the garage.

Our first fruits of the garden!

Swinging at Penn

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