One day while driving along with the kiddos, we passed two women running together on the sidewalk. Evelyn was all excited and yelled, "Look mommy, cool runner girls like you!!" :)

Monday, April 30, 2007

Evelyn's First Baseball Game

After spending all week in Salt Lake City for work last week --- I also had to work all day on Saturday. UGH!! I was exhausted by the time Saturday night rolled around. Travis and I tried to watch a movie that I checked out from the library, but I was sleeping by 9:00. Exciting Saturday night, huh?

On Sunday, we took Evelyn to her first baseball game. The Seattle Mariners were playing the Kansas City Royals. The Mariners won 5-1. We had a great time! Evie enjoyed the game too (I think). I wore the Baby Bjorn carrier -- and then we sat her on our lap for a while once we found our seats. She had a bottle about half-way through the game, and then she slept for the second half. Poor thing -- she kept getting woke up every time something exciting would happen in the game. The crowd would go nuts, she would wake up and look around, and then she would fall back asleep. This happened over and over again...

Unfortunately Travis and I didn't do enough to protect her face from the wind and sun though... We kept her out of the sun and out of the wind (except for when we were walking around) -- but she still ended up with rosy red cheeks and a red nose. I feel awful!! I wish I would have done more to prevent it from happening... every time I look at her red cheeks I want to cry! :(

I guess that is all for now. I just got back from the gym and I am exhausted -- I can't believe it is only Monday!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Missing home...

Well -- I am in Salt Lake City for work this week. It is Monday night, and I miss home so much already!! It really was heartbreaking to leave this morning and head for the airport. I know that Evelyn is in great hands with Travis and Bita (our daycare provider)-- but I can't help but worry a little and miss her a lot!!

I travel for work probably only around 2 weeks a year -- and I never used to mind the travel. It used to be kinda fun to see a new city and get away for the week (not to mention that we always get to stay at amazing hotels, the type that I would never pay for if the money was coming out of my pocket!!) But since Evie came along, I find myself dreading the time away from home. I would much rather be home with the family now.

Luckily they keep us extremely busy at these product launch meetings. We literally work from 7:30 AM until around 5:30 or 6:00 PM, and then we have dinners at 7:00 that last until around 9:00. UGH!! Very long days!! We got done around 8:30 tonight -- and I made myself head to the fitness center to get in a workout. I figured that if I tired myself out completely, I will fall asleep quicker tonight!

To add to the mix -- my birthday is this week, too. I turn 28 on Wednesday. Wish I was home for my birthday... OK -- enough complaining, I promise. Travis took me (and Evelyn) to dinner this past Sunday to celebrate already. We went to one of our favorite little pizza places in town for pizza and a pitcher of Mac & Jack beer (my favorite!). I will also have presents waiting for me when I get back home. My mom sent a gift and I still haven't opened the gift from Trav yet either. Yay for presents!!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Evelyn Marie's Baptism

Evelyn Marie's Baptism

Evelyn was baptized this past Sunday at St. James Cathedral. It was a beautiful event. Her baptism took place during the 10AM Mass at the Cathedral.
Evelyn wore a baptismal gown that is over 40 years old. It was purchased by Trav's grandma for her first grandchild. All of her grandchildren (on Trav's mom's side of the family) have worn the gown for their baptism (including Travis!). It was really neat to have Evelyn take part in that tradition. My mom also crocheted a beautiful christening blanket for the occasion. You can see the blanket in the picture below. Maybe we will be able to use the blanket again for future baptisms too!
The proud parents with Evie:

Evelyn with her Godparents, Jim & Melissa:
Travis and I always feel very blessed to have such great friends and family. This was just another occasion where we were surrounded by the ones we love. We had around 20 people attend Mass with us to witness Evelyn's baptism. I am very thankful to have great friends and family in the area. Sometimes it is hard for me to be so far from home. I miss my family back in Michigan every day, but having Trav's family in the area makes it all a little more bearable.
After Mass, we all went back to our house to celebrate. Here are some more pictures from the day:

Evelyn had such a big day -- needless to say, she was conked out early :)

Evelyn chatting with Nana (Sally)

Here is a video of Evelyn chatting with Nana (Sally) on Sunday, April 15th. She is a chatterbox lately!! Travis always reads to her at night before we put her to bed, and now she talks back to him when he reads to her. :)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Easter Sunday and beyond

I had good intentions of writing about Easter Sunday early this week -- but it seems as if I lost track of time. So here goes...

Travis, Evelyn and I had a great Easter together. We started out by attending 10:00 Mass with Jim and Melissa (Evie's soon-to-be godparents) at their church. Trav and I decided that since Jim and Melissa are supposed to be role models in their faith for Evie, it would be a good idea to attend church together once in a while. It was really nice to all get together and celebrate Easter together!
After church we went back to their place and had a yummy brunch!! Melissa had made an egg casserole, huckleberry coffeecake, bran muffins, and fruit salad. Needless to say -- we left their place stuffed!!
Another memorable thing for me about this Easter is that Evie wore her first dress! We were very lucky and received a ton of baby clothes at the showers, so we haven't had to purchase hardly any clothing for her yet. The only thing we didn't receive was any dresses in the newborn or 0-3 month size. So, mommy bought a cute dress for her to wear to church. :) She wore tights for the first time, too. They were a bit big --- but at least they kept her little leggies warm!

This week has been stressful and busy... I had one of our trainers in town riding along with me for work on Tuesday and Wednesday, and those days ended up being extra long. We also had an internal medicine specialist in town doing some presentations at veterinary clinics for us --- so that meant a dinner function on Wednesday night, too. I am very happy that tomorrow is finally Friday!

We have an exciting weekend ahead of us this weekend, too. Evelyn's baptism is going to take place on Sunday. Trav's parents are in town for the occasion -- so it will be nice to spend a lot of time with them, too. We will be having a reception at our house following Mass on Sunday, so Sally (Trav's mom) and I will probably be shopping and preparing the food for that on Saturday. I'll post some updates from the baptism as soon as possible...

Monday, April 9, 2007

Trav's 30th Birthday

We had a fun and busy weekend... We had a group of friends over on Saturday night to celebrate Travis's upcoming 30th Birthday. He turns 30 on April 11th. :) The party was a lot of fun. Kim (Trav's brother's wife, our sister-in-law) had her parents in town visiting --- so they came along, too. They love babies -- so they spent a lot of the night with Evelyn. Kim's mom even gave Evie her bottle before we put her to bed. It worked out perfectly... I loved being able to socialize and enjoy the party without having to worry about Evelyn, and Kim's parents really enjoyed getting some baby-time!!

One of my past co-workers (Brett) came with his wife (Rachel) and their 15 month old daughter Chloe. Chloe liked Evelyn and even gave her a couple of kisses!

Here is Travis blowing out the candles on his cake:Chuck, Travis, Evelyn, Me, & Kim
The party was a success. We had a ton of leftover food, though. I think the Midwesterner in me comes out when we have people over... I definitely learned how to plan the food for a party from my mom. For example, when Trav's parents were in Michigan before our wedding, my mom was making corn on the cob. There were 6 people having dinner that night -- and my mom decided to prepare 20 ears of corn, just to make sure she had enough. Haha!! I don't know many people that would eat 3 ears of corn in one sitting, along with all the other food that was available... I tend to do the same thing... we had buffalo wings, cheeseball, chips and guacamole, a refried bean dip, blue cheese glop, stuffed mushrooms, macaroni and cheese, nuts... and at the end of the night there was a ton of stuff left-over. Oh well --- Travis is happy. He will be having left-overs for the next few days!

I feel bad about Travis's birthday on Wednesday though. I have a work dinner that night, so I won't even be around at all that evening... I am thinking about making him breakfast in bed for his birthday though. I guess his mom used to provide breakfast in bed for him and his brother Chuck on every birthday they had growing up. We'll see --- it will depend on how motivated I am on Wednesday morning. Trav typically gets up for work around 6AM, so it would involve some pretty earling cooking. :)