O: Month 11


This kid is a pretty fun baby to have around. I think I’ll keep him.

I am so relieved (and somehow sad too) that eleven months marks the beginning of the weaning process. I feel like I am going to have soooo much more freeeeeedom. But then there’s this strange wistful twinge attached to it that I never see coming. The baby of our family is growing out of babydom. Aww, man. It’s been going well though, he drinks moo-milk now at each meal from a sippy cup, and we cut back his mom-milk to four bottles of five ounces each day. It is glorious to be able to leave the big black bag at HOME during the day. It’s the little things, people.

O is still demanding that someone feed him, although hope is right around the corner I can see. On a rare occasion, I’ll see him sneak a bite on his own… but I’m pretty certain he’s learned how to work his parents into bowing down to his every victual need. Watch out baby, I’m on to you.

I’ve got a cuddly bug who still loves to be carried and held. He follows you everywhere around the house, moaning for attention if you don’t give in right away. He makes lots of different sounds, he is pulling up to a standing position (although early on in the month, once he got to standing, he was stuck standing until someone rescued him. WAAAA!)

Olan still loves water and is getting pretty brave in the bathtub. He flips onto his belly and splashes all over. He’s much feistier than Evie was at this age! His favorite toys are balls and balloons by far, although cars seem to be of a particular interest lately too. He is also actually starting to turn pages in books and sitting still enough to read a whole book with me. YAY!

He’s such a sweet thing – sleeps from 7:30-6:00ish each night, still rocking the 18 month clothes, size 3 diaper, short morning nap and the two hour afternoon one. Can’t complain about this guy, he’s just the best! Twelve months, here we come!

Evie, the Party Animal!

Evie loves to party. Her fourth birthday was a hit! We had cake from Jackie (the best cake in the universe), strawberry ice cream, and celebrated with a rainbow of colors ( thanks, Target dollar section).

Evie got a sweet bike, helmet, bell, and basket.. now I’m super excited to go on bike rides with the family! She also got the cutest Chuck Taylors ever, some great sports equipment (soccer ball, ball and glove, and skates), the latest Bible Adventure book (LOVE), some play money, a watch that she adores, a tool kit to fix stuff with dad, lots of finger nail polish to complete our rainbow of colors, and of course, books! Evie also gets to pick out an item of her choice with the money that she received from a few folks. Lucky duck.

We had a ball spoiling this girl rotten. Since she loves singing and music so gosh darn much, Logan and I wrapped up my old karaoke machine and gave it to her as our gift. Not sure if that was a wise decision on our part, buuuut. Whadda ya do?

All of that to say, the thing she tells people she got for her birthday is BALLOONS. This girl loves her some balloons. Whatever flips your little chicken, girl.

On her actual birthday, we got to go get donuts with the whole family (including our eldest son, Trail… ha ha) in the morning since I had a work day at school, and Tara threw a mini birthday party all day at her house – the kids made cupcakes and did their first day of preschool together!

Here’s the party (and her actual birthday) in photos!

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.


  • 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 43 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.


  • 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


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