Evie’s Unicorn PARTAY

Had a wonderful time celebrating our baby girl’s #7. We just did family this year, but still had a full house! How is that possible? I tried to invite less, and we still have a crowd! Ah well.

This sweetie was so excited for this party, she counted down for a whole month until the day finally came. Some of Evie’s favorites are her new tennis shoes, her own digital camera, her light up board, her black light, her ice cream craft kit, the star shining bluetooth speaker, the blueberries, oh my, I can’t seem to stop naming them. Pretty much just loves everything!

Evie was characterized very sweetly on her special day. She was just what every mom dreams of, getting really excited about opening presents, and then giving out eye contact and thank you’s and hugs and saying how much she loved everything. A doll!

We had a magical weekend spoiling our beloved Evie Lynn!

(Not pictured: Uncle Steve and Allison! We all thought your gifts were so clever (Blueberries for Sal was one I remember as a kid! And who knew Oklahoma peaches were that good?)… thank you for coming! Great Grandma Peterson, your gum was enjoyed by all the guests at the party. Holly, Rev, and Ray – we miss you! Aunt Lana and Brenda, hugs from our family!)

This was so true of the day! She was so happy!

Unicorn balloon as big as Evie – totally worth $6. Ha ha!

Our family!

Evie Lynn with her namesake, Great Grandpa Robinson!

SNACKS.

Cousins!

Glad to have Aunt Tara and Uncle Ryan with us!

Snugs with Grandpa Baldwin

She definitely needed help with that candle. Thanks Si Guy!

Sweeties.

Evie’s two favorite folks!

Olie pie.

Grandma Baldwin!

Grandma Henry!

Lovely sparkly unicorn cupcakes inspired by and made by Cheri Gillis!

Uncle Cole and Grandma Henry and Great Grandpa Henry with the birthday girl!

1st Grade Send Off

Our first day of school! Evie is in first grade this year, and I’m in my first year as the district librarian! Olan is looking forward to someday going to school with us… he is eager, but is enjoying learning time at Emily’s!

We had a good first day – Evie got to dance a lot, and I had my first library classes! Silas was in my very first official class, which is kind of special! We read the Magician’s Hat, hence the hat trick in the photo. 🙂

Grateful for another year pouring into students and the ability to watch my girl grow up. Wouldn’t trade it!

Evie is Seven!

Evie’s #7! I have loved to watch this wild child grow up this year. She is still her crazy self, but just starting to blossom into a witty, thoughtful, creative little creature. She is my beautiful girl!

Kindergarten is complete. Obviously at the point I’m writing this, we’re in a global COVID pandemic. That has slowed our outings, but not slowed Evie down! I heard her counting by 3’s the other day. Who does that? She picks up on patterns in a snap.

She’s read a bunch of books this year, but we can safely say that we completed The Chronicles of Narnia series in one year! Whew! Something new we implemented this year was some independent bedtime reading. Every other night I’ll read aloud, and on the opposite nights, she’ll choose a different book to read. She loves her “Flippy” book easel and her 20 minutes of reading before snoozing! She is super into chapter books, typically 3rd-4th grade level. That girl’s gonna read all the books in our library.

Evie has exploded with an obsession over animals. She wants a pet sooooo bad. Hoping by her eighth birthday, we’ll have chickens! A useful pet! 🙂 Frogs, turtles, cats, bugs, I mean, she wants it all! I need to convince her that rocks are good pets.

She loves to care for our garden. She is faithful in patrolling the yard for bunnies and picking veggies right on time. She is a tree hugger!

Her personality can still be off in the clouds. We’ll ask a question and wait for a response, and she was literally in such a zone that she didn’t know we said anything at all. If you want her attention, be sure to say her name until she acknowledges you. Sigh.

She is passionate. She loves to play soccer and foosball, but watch out if you win. We’re working on the poker face. It’s most definitely still a work in progress.

We started loose piano lessons during quarantine. She is just like me… trainable but much more of a play-it-by-ear musician. She isn’t that interested in learning the basic Bastien tunes, she’s over there plunking out Smoke on the Water and Swan Lake. However, she’s been asking for more lessons, so let’s go with it! If anyone out there knows how to train a naturally in tune improvising little one, let me know.

Biking without training wheels. We’ll just say she started the process as a six-year-old and will hopefully finish as a seven-year-old. Hopefully. LOL.

Games have been her jam this year! Lots of Uno, Sorry, War, and Skip-bo. Yay for games! Also, we introduced a Wednesday night video game session for 20 minutes on our ancient N64. Super Smash, Mario Kart, you know, the classics.

Kitties, stuffed animals, unicorns, wrestling with dad, digging in rocks, fort building, dessert, bows, technology, music (Jesus and Classic Rock), creating, swinging, soccer, and crushed ice are some of her favorite things. Here are a few others from the horse’s mouth:

  • Color: Red
  • Animal: Cats
  • Food: Chocolate cake and desserts
  • Drink: Strawberry Lemonade
  • Song: Smoke on the Water
  • TV Show: Inspector Gadget
  • Movie: Madagascar
  • Game: Super Mario Games
  • Bible Story: When Jesus calms the sea (“That’s like, really amazing.”)
  • Season: Winter (“We can make ice cream and build snowmen!”)
  • Toy: Stripes and Simba (two years in a row)
  • Outfit: Happy and fabulous pink shirt
  • Book: The BFG
  • Friend: Ethyn McFarland
  • Thing to do outside: Play soccer
  • Future Career: An engineer (“They build things.”)

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