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, December 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Evelyn!

It is hard to believe that my little peanut is two years old. Her birthday is Dec 26th -- we had a small party for her that night at our house. Here are a few pics:

Evelyn was a little concerned when everyone started singing to her... I don't think she enjoys being the center of attention:
She received a doll from her Nana. I have to admit I am a little shocked by how much to enjoys her... she took her out and started feeding her a bottle right away -- it was adorable!
Here is the link to the rest of the pics on Snapfish.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas! Here are some photos from the past couple of days...
After church on Xmas Eve:Making a snowman Xmas morning: (don't laugh at our outfits -- we are still in pjs) Noah enjoying a ride in his sister's new car (we had to put him in it during her nap though -- she won't let him ride in it when she is around)family before dinner (minus me and my dad) Family photo after dinner:Here is the link to the rest of the pictures on Snapfish if you are interested.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas card

Here is a preview of the kids (& Cocoa) in their Christmas outfits...This is the picture that we used with our Christmas cards this year. Not much else going on here... just praying that my parents' will be able to fly in tomorrow morning (there are snow storms both in Michigan and in Seattle tonight/early tomorrow)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Clam Lights

After dinner tonight we ventured down the hill from our house to a waterfront park on Lake Washington. They have "clam lights" every year (I'm pretty sure it is sponsored by Ivar's - which has a little restaurant down there, too) . It was a brisk night (around 25 degrees) -- but we all enjoyed walking around and looking at the light displays. Have I mentioned before that I LOVE Christmas and all that comes along with it!!?!
Here are the dancing clams -- their little feet move, so it appears that they are dancing - but you can't really catch it on camera. Only 5 more days until my parents arrive -- Yay!! Only 6 more days until Christmas! Only 7 more days until Evelyn's turns 2 :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

It is definitely looking a lot like Christmas at our house... we got a snowstorm early this morning (it snows once a year or something like that in Seattle) The bad part is that nobody knows how to drive in snow, so it was basically impossible to drive anywhere without it taking forever to get there (Trav's typical morning commute is under 30 minutes, it took him over three hours!)

There was no way I was going to sit in traffic for three hours to get the kids to daycare so I took a "snow-day" today -- here is a picture of how Evelyn amused herself for probably over an hour (this is why I tell people that she doesn't need a lot of new toys)We all bundled up to play in the snow when Travis got home from work. As you can see, Evelyn wasn't very impressed - she almost immediately wanted to go back inside

As for the boots, yes, I bought her the green frog boots instead of the girly pink/purple ones. My practical side told me that her brother can wear them next year when she is done with them :)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

8 months and another busy weekend...

Here is our big guy at 8 months (well, a few days past his 8-month birthday -- things have been busy!!)
Here is Travis and I last night before his work's Christmas party. He was ready to go and already had on his jacket -- but still looking pretty cute :) He looked even cuter at the end of the night... he was more than a little tipsy! We have another busy weekend ahead of us... a party tonight at my favorite customer's house (we are bringing the kids with us), church Sunday morning, and then Handel's Messiah on Sunday night (I just learned that not only is my friend Brianne extremely crafty and creative, she also plays the violin in an orchestra, too!)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Busy weekend...

Our weekend started with a trip to find the perfect Christmas tree... Saturday morning I dressed the kids in their little sweater/hat outfits (I couldn't resist buying these on clearance after last winter) and to the tree farm we went. We had a fun time and ran into a few friends who were there getting their tree, too.
The remainder of Saturday was spent getting decorations out of storage, putting up the tree, making the house look festive, etc. We also went to Mass on Saturday night because we had a fun run to do on Saturday morning. We all took part in the Canine Candy Cane Run -- Cocoa had a blast!! She loved being around all the other dogs, and like her mommy she loves a little friendly competition :) We didn't run, but I think we might have been the fastest stroller/power-walkers there...

After the race there were granola bars and chocolate brownie bites. Evelyn decided to have a brownie... good thing Travis was holding her! I am loosening up quite a bit -- I let her indulge and enjoy herself without worrying about the mess too much, but I did get out the wipes as soon as she was finished.
We had a few friends (and babies) over for dinner on Sunday night. Whew... what a weekend!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Pics from Sacramento Trip

Well, we had a great time in Sacramento for Thanksgiving... both Evelyn and Noah caught a little bit of a cold right around the day we left Seattle, but they both did great on the flights and were pretty happy kids the entire time we were traveling. Here are a few pictures that I thought you might enjoy:
Noah loved this little activity thing that Sally borrowed -- it was perfect!

Evelyn loved this turkey. It was really light -- almost a paper mache type -- and she started carrying it around, hugging and kissing it, it was so cute!Here is Evelyn kissing Noah. Notice we have to kinda hold him up -- she is pretty forceful sometimes with her hugs and kisses, she would have probably knocked him down :)Family photo:
Bath pic:This one was taken when we were back at home. Noah has started to use the duck tub that Evelyn used -- I think he likes it!!
We took a ton more pictures, here is the link to the Snapfish album if anyone is interested.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday fun

We babysat Lola today so that Chuck and Kim could enjoy a baby-free day at the Seahawks game -- She is such a little angel-baby. I don't think she made more than a peep the entire time she was here. Look at her cheering on the Seahawks... they must have just scored a touchdown!! (I think she was actually stretching or something -- but it looks pretty cute)
Check out the drool:

Evelyn and Noah have started to play together (or at least near each other) a little bit lately. Evie still gets mad if Noah grabs at her toys... and she steals his away sometimes... but we are working on it. Here is Travis and Evelyn reading a fun book tonight -- looks like they are both enjoying it!!

Yay for a short work week!! We leave for Sacramento on Wednesday night... Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Holiday Pics

We took the kids Sunday to get some holiday pictures taken -- nothing too special, just ran to Kiddie Kandids. I didn't want to spend a bunch on money on a sitting fee and a professional photographer... because I knew there was a chance that the kids might not cooperate and it wouldn't work out. But the girl taking pictures there did a great job. I swear, Evelyn only smiled two or three times the whole time we were there... and she managed to get it on camera!!
Evelyn was supposed to be standing up next to Noah here, but she refused and decided that she wanted to play with the presents instead:

We also got a picture of Noah on his own... I don't think he stopped smiling at all the entire time we were there. He is my eternal optimist :)
The next task is getting a picture of Evelyn, Noah & Cocoa all in their holiday gear for our Xmas cards... I'll let you know how that goes!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

7 months

These were taken Monday night -- as you can see, Noah was helping Travis cheer on the 49ers.

I have a new video of Evelyn playing with Cocoa -- but I can't figure out how to put it in my post, and I am busy uploading new workout songs to my MP3 player... so click here for the link.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Greetings from Saginaw

Here is what Noah is doing right now:

Since Noah is busy, I decided to post a few pictures. We are having a great time in Michigan so far. Everyone here is enjoying time with Noah... of course, my dad had to take him for a ride on the 4-wheeler: Doesn't my dad look proud of his grandson?
We spent some time at my brother's house today -- watching football and playing Guitar Hero. I had never played before... it was hard, but a lot of fun. I can see how people can get addicted!!We also got to see Kara and Cambrie today... Kara looks amazing, as usual. I swear, her hair wasn't messed up until Noah got ahold of her...
Here is Cambrie rubbing Noah's head:He must have liked it because he thanked her by kissing her hand:
I actually think he was trying to suck her fingers -- but oh well. I also discovered that I never posted a picture from Halloween night... here ya go! Note: I am wearing a wig -- that isn't my new hair color. I didn't want to alarm anyone :)
That is all for now... we get back home late tomorrow night.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

blah blah blah...

Bad News: For some reason I have caught a case of the blahs... haven't been able to shake em'.
Good News: My vacation starts tonight. I am on the red-eye flight with Noah back to Michigan to get some quality time with my family. I get more vacation every year than Travis, so the last couple years I have been making an extra trip without him.

Will post more (hopefully) while on vacation :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

ND/UW Weekend

Travis had a couple of friends in from out of town for the Notre Dame/University of Washington football game. I was on babysitting/cooking duty most of the weekend. I did go to the game on Saturday night with them though. It was Evelyn's first ND game -- Noah ended up with a babysitter due to the cold weather and his having a cold already. Here are a few pictures of the big day... Doesn't Trav look like such a happy & proud daddy? We had a great time :) This picture is courtesy of Melissa's camera (thanks!!).

In other news... I have a hair appt this Wednesday. I am almost positive I am going semi-dark. I will post pics (unless it turns out really awful!!)