Evan + Ever = True Love

Meet Evan’s girlfriend, Ever. These two lovebirds are only one week apart and they are destined to be together! They had their first real playdate last week at the park.

They even swing in unison!

Sparks soon started flying when Evan gave Ever this look.

She responded with this look.

As evident by the looks on these two faces, the swinging needed to be over.  After the swings, Ever was brave enough to go down the slide.

She really did go down the slide. She just had to think about it first. Evan chickened out and opted to stay seated in his stroller.

There is only so many things you can do with two 10 month old babies at a park. Swing, swing, and more swinging! This was Evan’s first time in a swing and he absolutely loved it. He loved it so much that he now thinks he is “SUPER E”.

Of course, we already knew how super he was.

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My Little Pumpkin

It was Evan’s first visit to the pumpkin patch!

“Hey Mom, I want this one!”

Mmm…this looks good.

My little pumpkin.

Do I look like Mama

or Dada?

Scarf it Up!

I came up with that title all by myself and I am quite pleased with it.

Any who, enough about my creative mind. It is that time of year again. The time when I spend countless hours sitting on the couch crocheting scarves. Sounds fun, right? Well, believe it or not, it is very relaxing to me. Plus, I think they make great gifts.

I needed a model to wear a scarf and this is the only one I could find.

He sat still for oh, approximately 2 seconds.

What can I say? My scarf model is extra cute and doesn’t charge.

I think a scarf is a must have for the fall and winter. Here is a new coat I got and I can’t wait to wear it (with a scarf, of course).

I am giving all my friends and family members a heads up if you got a scarf last year for Christmas from me. Most likely, you will be getting another one. Although, I might spice things up and choose a different color or a different pattern. Thanks for understanding. I’m telling you this now so you can practice your surprise smile and “I love it” smile. Thank you again for understanding.

One More Knight

I was just thrilled to announce that title, and no, I’m not pregnant.

Although, one more Knight will be joining us who has four legs, an extremely hairy body, and a wild tail. Specifically, a drug sniffing, watch out or I’ll attack you, K-9 police dog.  World meet Banan! Yes, his name is Banan.  That is pronounced like “banana” but without the last “a”. As evident by his name, we did not name him. Banan is a 2-year-old sheppard.  He made his voyage all the way from the Czech Republic. He came with a passport and all!

So, Lovebug and I have a disagreement about Mr. Banan. You see, Lovebug wants to change his name. For some odd reason he doesn’t think Banan sounds ferocious enough. Well, you know what I think…I think you can’t change a dog’s name when he is already two years old. So if you agree with me, please chime in and root for Banan. Banan, Banan, Banan!

Look at Banan! He is trying to lift his paw up and root for himself. Banan, Banan, Banan!

Since we are getting a new dog, that means we must retire Kimbor. Kimbor is going on 9 years old and that is pretty old for a police dog. Kimbor’s has slown down dramatically over the past year and it is definitely time for him to retire. He fought a good fight.

Here is one of Kimbor’s first drug findings.

Barbie is going to miss Kimbor..NOT! You see, Barbie always knew deep down that he was supposed to be a police dog. This is where I keep finding Barbie. He apparently thinks he is taking over Kimbor’s spot.

A Night On the Town

That’s right, we had a night on the town! Well, afternoon on the town.

Lovebug took me out and about for our 6th wedding anniversary. I cannot believe it has been six years already…crazy! Our first stop was the nail salon. Lovebug brought up the idea that I go get a manicure and pedicure. I first told him that was very nice gesture of him but I really didn’t have to do that now, here on our anniversary. He kept insisting and basically told me that I didn’t have a say so in the matter. Come to find out, that was his polite way of telling me “Hey, you seriously need to do something with those toes of yours!” And do you think I was offended by his gesture? Of course not. I haven’t had a pedicure and manicure since pre-Evan. You can imagine what my feet looked like. My nail tech broke out all her special tools for my feet. Now that part was a little embarrassing. It almost looked like the scene from Dumb and Dumber when Harry and Lloyd were getting their pedicures.

Then he insisted that I get some new jeans. I got excited about that part because I’ve really been wanting to try on some skinny jeans and jeggings. I see everyone else wearing them and they look cute and I wanted to look cute in them too. Unfortunately for me, it was a disastrous sight. I really don’t have the words to say what I looked like. It was so bad that Lovebug now cringes when I say the word jeggings! So I stuck with my usual boyfriend jeans from American Eagle.

Our evening out felt more like it was my birthday than our anniversary. He kept insisting that I needed this, and this, and that. Ok, I admit it, maybe I have let my self go since having Evan. Thankfully, I have a husband who sent me a wake-up message.

 Then we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Olive Garden, and ordered the same thing that we always do. As you can tell, we don’t like to venture out much and try new things. We are both very predictable. It feels like sometimes that we did so much, and went so many places while we were dating, that it’s just nice to be a little predictable these days.

Our crazy and wild night on the town ended at 9:00 pm and we were in bed by 10:00 pm.

Our night was perfect and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I thank God for letting me meet Lovebug 12 years ago!

10 Months Seems Like Yesterday

Hence the name of the title, my baby is ten months old!

Another month has come and gone way too fast for me. My little Evan is continuing to crawl and climb everywhere. He is undoubtedly way too fearless. He has already fallen off the bed ( on daddy’s watch) and fallen down the stairs (on my watch). And just to make myself feel less guilty, it was only 5 stairs and they were carpeted.  I can’t believe I’m sharing this info, but all little ones will have their share of accidents. Especially when they are in the exploring stage. That’s how they learn, right? Please help me feel less guilty, and tell me your child has fallen off the bed and/or down the stairs. Like I said earlier, he is just way too fast, and fearless.  He was completely fine in both incidents. No bruises and just a little wail.

Evan truly is one of the sweetest little boys ever. He will give you kisses on demand, open-mouthed and wet, of course. His new thing is giving raspberries, and he does them surprisingly quite well. Loud and long.  He loves to wave bye-bye and clap his hands. He has a total of four teeth and I just saw where more bottom teeth are starting to poke through. This brings me to write a letter.

Dear Evan,

I, your loving mother, had horribly messed up teeth and your daddy had braces too. We have pledged to give you braces as soon as there is one crooked tooth in that mouth of yours. I will not look at you in your face and pretend nothing is wrong with your smile and tell you that your smile is absolutely beautiful. A certain grandmother of yours told me this lie and I still have horrible nightmares of my pre-braces stage. All I can say is that I thank the good Lord for whoever invented braces.

I’m quite sure you will probably need them considering you have mine and your father’s genes. Rest assure, I will be on top of this challenge.

Love,

Momma

P.S. I will have 10 month photos posted soon.

Boys Will Be Boys

Evan had a play date today. His friend Sully came over and they were both so excited to share their toys with each other…not!

So, what to do with two little boys.

First: Take them for a stroller ride. Since we only have a single seat stroller, we had to come up with an idea for a second seat.  Hmmm….I know!

Yep, I sure did. Sully rode there for a whole mile and loved it! This secret compartment is becoming quite handy. First Barbie, then Sully. We only got one strange look while walking around the block, not bad.

After a stroller ride, it was time to play. Whatever toy/object one baby had, the other baby had to have it too. It really didn’t matter what it was, they just wanted what the other one had. For instance, if Evan went anywhere near his “car”, Sully would immediately put himself in the “car”. He would also take himself out. He was too cute!

I know I said in the previous post that I was going to leave the blinds down, but blinds that close to two babies can be quite dangerous. If I left them down, I probably wouldn’t have any left. And no, a bird didn’t hit the glass again.

Then there was the stethoscope.

I think this was the time Evan bonked Sully on the head. Needless to say, both of these boys visited time-out.

Pop quiz question time: Why would a stethoscope be used in law enforcement? Come on, don’t be shy, I want to hear your answers. I will give you one clue: it is NOT used on or for a person.

Then, Sully’s mommy and daddy came. Play time was over. You see, Sully is getting use to all this sharing because he is going to have a new baby brother or sister! Congratulations to Buddy and Josh! YAY!

Why We Will Keep Our Blinds Shut

Meet one of Evan’s play areas. 

This one is located in our bedroom. Evan plays in his “car” mostly in the mornings while I’m getting dressed. For the most part, it is a good distraction for him.  You see, his “car” is positioned in front of the door that leads out to our balcony and next to a stand up mirror. (Just to clarify, the balcony door stays shut and we pull the blinds up). This way, Evan can look at himself and look outside. Like I said earlier, it keeps his attention.

Well, a fatal accident took place. While Evan was looking at himself in the mirror, a crazy bird hit our glass door. Apparently, the bird hit the glass so hard that he broke something. It was the saddest thing ever! The bird was obviously suffering, but I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to touch it because I do know they carry lots of parasites. So I panicked and frantically started calling people.  I’m apologizing now if I called you, sorry.  Of course, when you need to get a hold of someone, they don’t answer….thanks Kendra!  So, to make a long story short, the bird died.

WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC

The moral of this story: we will be keeping our blinds shut. Evan already witnessed this tragic event, and I just pray that he isn’t scarred for life. Evan did say “uh-oh” when the bird hit the glass. It was so sweet and sad at the same time. Also, I DO NOT want to be possibly associated with killing anymore innocent birds. R.I.P Mr. Bird.

As a sidenote: Lovebug was working and he didn’t deem it reasonable to stop what he was doing and come rescue my bird….I’m not trying to throw my husband under the bus or anything, I’m just saying.

N.C Trip Part 2

After climbing up the stairs to Chimney Rock and back down, we headed to Hickory Nut Falls.  The trail to the falls is actually a hiking trail, and I was so thankful for that.  Believe me, I was so done with climbing stairs.

Actually, I take that back.  We did have to climb down these flight of stairs in order to reach the trail.

So we hiked for a couple of miles and finally made it to the falls.  I was a little upset because the waterfall was more like a rain drop.  Just like here in South Carolina, they have been a little rain deprived. (This was last week, not this week. I do know we have had nothing but rain this week.)

Look…Ace Ventura Pet Detective!

By this time we were starving.  Luckily for us, we found a snake we could eat.

I’m only joking. I didn’t take my obsession with Bear Grylls that far.

We actually came prepared and packed our lunches. Tuna fish and crackers, what a delight!

After we ate our lunch by the rain drop waterfall, we headed back to the car. We then left the park and headed over to the stables and went for a horse ride. I get the biggest laugh watching my husband ride a horse.

Sorry the picture is blurry but I was riding on the horse in front of him. The funniest thing is that his horse was a Clydesdale and her name was Rapunzel.

After our long day of hiking and horseback riding, we headed back to my grandparent’s house and crashed.  Man, oh man, was I sore!

We left bright and early Sunday morning. We missed our little buddy and couldn’t wait to see him. Our trip was short but it was a very much needed mini vacation. Although, Lovebug refuses to call it a vacation since we never relaxed.

This is hilarious! I surely thought someone like Dog the Bounty Hunter would be driving this vehicle. I guess it was just his Tennessee equivalent.