evie’s first trip to the zoo

My parents came down right before Evie’s birthday and we all went to the zoo.

All of the tulips were out and it was gorgeous.

Michael with a little monkey on his shoulders.

Looking at the white tiger

and a little uneasy next to the siberian tiger. Only a piece of glass between them!

Waving “hi” to the gorilla …

… and the gorilla, slightly acknowledging us.

Grump.

Evie loved getting pushed in the stroller.

A little owl, Gizmo, that we got to meet.

Silly girl wanted to cuddle with a bag of chips.

Happy girl ๐Ÿ™‚

When she saw the lion, she growled.

She likes lions. We’ve called her our little Eve-lion ever since she was born.

Evie, me & Papa

Evie & her grandparents ๐Ÿ™‚

Chimp & his mama.

We had such a wonderful day. Evie clearly enjoyed the zoo. We will definitely be going back frequently!

(Photos taken Apr 20, 2013)

 

 

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goofing around with daddy

I live with two very silly people.

They like to be silly together.

They communicate with their smiles, laughter, tickles and bright eyes.

She thinks he is the most exciting person in the world.

Their joy is contagious

and that’s one infection I don’t mind passing around our house.

(a pause for a serious thought)

(and back to Daddy.)

They are the loves of my life.

(Photos taken Apr 13, 2013)

 

Happy Easter!

j/k.

(but for real.)

We were in Toledo for Easter. Evie got her first visit from the Easter bunny … he brought yogurt melts, books & plastic eggs that wobbled.

Cuddling with her Papa.

Chris & Carley were there too ๐Ÿ™‚

Chris taking it up a notch.

Carley, a notch higher.

aww, a nice pic of Carley & Todd. (hi Todd.)

Todd, our Christmas and Easter brother.

More Papa snuggles.

Love, looove this pic of me and Mom.

:: snuggle snuggle ::

3 generations of girls

Don’t we all coordinate well? Not planned at all. Serious. I didn’t even realize Evie and I were both wearing navy with white polka dots until that morning.

So I’ll post one of these pics here, and the rest in a separate post. They’re that good.

I think Evie likes C+C.

Chris probably told a joke (note how he’s also laughing).

Us!

Back at home, that evening, posing with her bunny ears & the Easter basket grass.

Going to the park.

Always studying everything around her.

๐Ÿ™‚ She loves all new bits of independence … crawling by herself on the playground included.

Peeking at Daddy.

Happy Easter, baby girl.

(Photos taken Mar 31, 2013)

beat.

Sometimes, you just have one of those days

when you come home from work

and can’t move a muscle.

(Photos taken Mar 14, 2013)

some puerto rican color to brighten your day

All of the beautiful photos in this post were taken by our friends, Nathan & Suz.

We stayed with them when we went to Puerto Rico.

They were responsible for finding the awesome condo that we shared.

Nathan & Suz really captured the vibrant color of the island.

(including our very pale baby.)

I can’t get enough of her BELLY.

– and Nathan & Suz’s daughter. She definitely has her Mommy’s good looks ๐Ÿ™‚

At Andrew & Nery’s wedding!

Nery walking down the aisle.

Pure HAPPY.

– and I think there was some more pure happy over there too.

The next day – more color – outside Castillo San Cristobal. This was just about 2 blocks from our condo… it took you about 8 minutes to walk to this point.

That night, going out for dinner with my little koala.

Hangin’ out, wearin’ babies.

Thanks, Nathan and Suz, for such a fun vacation!!

(photos taken Feb 21-26, 2013)

relaxing in the puerto rican sun

In February, we had the opportunity to go to Puerto Rico.

It was a wonderful, relaxing long weekend. (Trust me, she thought so too.)

We stayed in a condo in the heart of Old San Juan

with a beautiful enclosed patio all to ourselves.

The weather was wonderfully monotonous … 82 & sunny every day.

We stayed in the condo with our close friends & their little girl.

Evie & her friend liked to sit on their blanket & catch the sun rays from the patio while reading.

Having a lively discussion about their recent storytime … Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb.

Beautiful babes.

(Did you know, the world ends every time Evie has her face washed? It’s true.)

Back to the book discussion.

Out to explore.

Look who we ran into!

We had invited Evie’s grandparents on the trip with us! We are so glad they could join us.

Beautiful morning in San Juan.

Our friends & our babies.

Peering east out of a WWII lookout.

She had just woken up for a nap … in time to get a cool breeze.

She loved it.

Peeking up at Grandpa.

Hanging out with Daddy.

I love that face.

Happy people in the sun ๐Ÿ™‚

Our little belle in her sun hat.

Chowing down at lunch.

On our hike to a waterfall in El Yunque rainforest.

Our little koala bear.

In front of the waterfall.

Interested in the waterfall.

Even though the water was freezing cold

… she LOVED it.

She wanted to get as close to the water as possible

and didn’t even mind sitting in it.

As long as she could splash her little heart out, she was happy!

Drying off.

Family of 3.

Then Michael and I went on an adventure. Did I mention it was cold?

Me & my love ๐Ÿ™‚

Then Michael and his dad went in the waterfall too.

Tired baby girl.

On the path back.

Evie’s grandparents … so happy they were able to come with us!

I spy … a sleeping baby.

Kitty in the middle of the road.

Beautiful.

(even more beautiful.)

The girl loves dogs.

Daddy hugs.

Her hair. Her smile. I can’t take it.

Our precious girl.

A stroll at sunset on our last night in Puerto Rico.

… and a garbage truck breaking the laws of physics whileย barrelingย down the narrow streets, 2 tires on the sidewalk.

Another cat.

Making sounds at the birds.

Me & my girlie hanging out near a fountain in downtown Old San Juan.

I wonder at her wonder.

Waving & smiles … my heart melts.

It’s getting late … and she’s still bright eyed and alert for all of the beautiful sights.

(she thought it was a real person. I don’t blame her)

We had an amazing, amazing time in Puerto Rico. We had a lot of fun spending time with our friends and we were so blessed that Michael’s parents could make the trip as well. More pictures from our friends to follow … they captured this colorful city so perfectly.

(photos taken Feb 21-26, 2013)