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… for this girl … 

… for my husband & father of my daughter (hand pictured here, ha) …

… for the food on our table every day …

… for our parents …

… for my sister …

… for my brother … (and my other “sister”)

… for friends & neighbors …

… and gravy boats … (or, friends who help with the dishes)

… for nature …

… and for comforting hugs.

We all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend at home in Sylvania.

Evie had an especially great time.

She was surrounded by family & friends who love her, toys, plus two dogs!

At this point in her life, I think this would be her definition of heaven.

(That doesn’t sound too bad to me either.) 

This is only a look she makes when she’s deep in conversation with her Godfather.

(Nov 22, 2012)

huge milestone for this little Irish girl

Wow, I’m way behind on posting pictures on the blog. While I love blogging, I can’t feel too bad about being behind because that time is instead being spent on wonderful things: mainly spending every second with Michael & Evelyn where possible! In the evenings, We typically get home around 5:30/6:00, feed Evelyn while we’re making dinner, give her some finger food while we’re eating, I nurse her, then it’s play time for a while. That goes by too fast and already it’s 7:00/7:30 – time to read a book or two and put her to bed. Afterward, my mental list of items I want to accomplish in the couple of hours before my bedtime is already too long.

So, when you don’t see posts, it’s a good thing! We’re making memories. Also, I’m going to keep the commentary brief on these next few posts, just to get caught up.

On November 3, some of our family joined us on Notre Dame’s campus to go to the ND/Pittsburgh game. It was Evelyn’s first time at a Notre Dame game, but Grandma, Evelyn and I actually didn’t go TO the game. We hung out in LaFortune (the student center) and stayed warm & cozy.

First, we went to brunch in Amish country. Evie took a nap in Grandpa’s arms to prepare for the big day.

Ericha, Michael’s parents’ former next door neighbor … but she’s part of the family. 

Andrew, Michael’s cousin & Godson.

Evie, Michael and the Dome.

The whole gang …

… and Darrell & Laurel! We’re so happy they came too. 

At the Grotto.

South Quad on gameday.

The Band of the Fighting Irish at Bond Hall … and a crazy band alumni.  ::rolls eyes::

“Hi everyone!”

Snuggling with Grandma.

The next day, sporting her new Packers spirit wear, from Grandpa & Grandma!


…and pure cuteness.

iPhone download, Jul 23-30

our little side sleeper.

Chest nap with Grandma

Discovering her fingers again (she knew about them before she was born; now they are inseparable again).

Going for a long, grueling (1.5 block) walk to Graeter’s. It makes us feel better that we’re working off all of the calories we consume when we get there.

Discussing life’s mysteries with Mommy & Daddy.

Sound asleep on Darrell’s shoulder. She’s done this on his shoulder many times … it’s magic!

Having fun with Uncle Chris.

Bedtime routine with Daddy.

The perfect way to start our day. Everyday. 🙂

Learning her scales.

Sitting up like a big girl.  ::tear::

She loves her Inchworm toy. Thank you, Kathy & John!

… and she loves her inchworm onesie (thank you Carney’s!) … Now that I think about it, she must have a thing for inchworms.

She also has a thing for falling asleep while play. << luckiest parents ever >>

She did it again. (This time with dainty crossed legs.)

Out for a stroll.

Jul 30 – Evie’s big day: her first day of daycare!!

Getting settled at school with Mommy.

Whaddya think, baby girl? This looks like a fun place.

Evie didn’t think this was the best position in which to meet friends. So, right after this was taken, she decided to move to better see her new friend. She moved the only way she knows how (roll to the left) and put her feet squarely in her friend’s face. 🙂

c+c leave for carolina

Chris & his girlfriend, Carley, recently both got awesome jobs in beautiful North Carolina. As sad as we were to see Chris leave, we are so happy for them because they get to live in the same city! We hung out with them the weekend before they left for their big adventure.

Waking up with daddy & uncle Chris.

… and then falling back asleep.

Being doted upon by Laurel. It’s safe to say they’re pretty good pals.

Enjoying the day in our backyard.

(The deck was drying from being stained.)

Face-to-face with Carley.

We’re all going to miss you, Chris & Carley! Can’t wait to visit in October.

(Jul 29, 2012)

family dinner

While Michael’s mom was visiting us, we made beef with snow peas (one of my favorite recipes by the Pioneer Woman) and had Lo, D & (Crazy Uncle) Chris over.

It was a great night to visit and pass the baby around.

Holding her toy and relaxing with her godfather.

… and her godfather doing some necessary multitasking.

Trying to impress Laurel by stuffing her whole fist in her mouth.

… and then crazy Evelyn decided to try and perch on D’s shoulder.

Evie, you may sound like a little bird, but you need to work on your perching skills.

… and then calming down for bedtime with Grandma.

Sweet baby girl snuggles.

(Jul 26, 2012)