fifteen months

i couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to share a few pictures of my fifteen month old.  this little girl can be sweet, loud, talkative, cuddly, bossy, and silly all within mere seconds.  she keeps us on our toes!  the way she talks is the best and she is getting used to using her words to make requests instead of grunting/whining/pointing.  my favorite word of hers right now is when she tells boston “no, no, no” and wags her little finger at him.  apparently we must tell him that a lot?  i doubt it will be as cute when she is older.  she was so ready for spring to arrive and has been soaking it all in.  the warm days have brought many trips to the park, chasing boston around the yard, and riding in the tractor with daddy.  her favorite time of day still seems to be when daddy comes home.  she spends his entire lunch hour giving him little squinty-eyed giggles that only seem to make an appearance for him.  she loves her new room, but her little reading corner is probably her favorite.  she could read books all day!  sometimes she prefers reading on her own, other times she requests to sit on my lap.  it is fun to see this passion developing in her!



 if you ask evelyn how old she is, she will hold up her tiny little pointer finger and wave it in the air as proud as can be.  although i am also so proud of her, it is hard to believe 2015 came so fast.  we celebrated as a family of three a few days ago by taking evelyn to see some big fishies at the moa.  her special day was saved in order to have a big celebration with all her favorite people.  it was a successful day filled with balloons, cake, and lots of people to hold her. cody and i bought her a teepee for her birthday and surprised her with it while she was sleeping.  she was so excited to play with it when she woke up and has been playing peek-a-boo in it every since.  she has also slowly been exploring all of her many, many new toys she received from grandparents, aunts, and uncles and loves them all. 

my little one-year-old; she is such a joy to be around. whenever she hears someone laugh, she is quick to join in like she is in on the joke.  of course it makes everyone laugh even harder which is just fine with her.  she is starting to talk in “sentences” lately and has a whole lot of words in her vocabulary.  she still loves giving kisses, tickling tummies, and finding her toesies.  she learns something new each day and is becoming more and more fun to interact with.  somehow i have a feeling 2015 will be just as exciting.

and now, a little recap of the year 2014.  if you have any emotional attachment to my daughter or are just an emotional person, grab your tissues and enjoy.



i remember wondering last christmas if we would be celebrating that year as a family of two or a family of three.  after the day passed with no baby to be seen, i couldn’t help but become extremely excited for christmas 2014.  i looked forward to it all year.  and when it finally arrived, it was as magical as i imagined.  evelyn wasn’t really interested in opening presents, or even so much what was inside of them, but i like to think that the first year is really just a grace period for mom to get her act together.  evelyn must have been really good this year because she received entirely too many toys.  let the toy rotation begin!  eight christmas parties later and we are wiped out.  i think we will nap until her birthday!


a christmas post

evelyn and i have spent the last few weeks preparing for a very exciting first christmas.  although the tree went up right after thanksgiving, we have been taking our time with the rest of the decorations so as to enjoy the process instead of stressing about the product.  i talked a little about simplifying when it comes to seasonal decor during fall decorating, and the christmas season has followed the same path.  the focus is on handmade and nature inspired instead of simply store bought goods.  our tree is an exception as i am quite fond of our little artificial friend.  after spending nearly an entire day replacing lightbulbs, however, i do believe i will be taking the plunge into fresh cut next year.  stockings were also an exception as we had one more to add this year.  slowly but surely we have been adding additional winter touches all around our home.  we have gathered clippings, brought out some candles, strung fresh garland, and baked salt dough ornaments.  we limited most of our purchases to non-seasonal items-white pillar candles, brass candle holders, and simple white lights.  the smell of the evergreen clippings fill the air and the sound of old christmas records can be heard all day long.  the presents are mostly wrapped and we have plans for holiday baking later this week.

for an eleven month old, the lights, tree, and {non-breakable} ornaments are all completely fascinating.  she has discovered the presents under the tree, but hasn't tried to open them yet.  i am counting down the days {8!} to our first christmas as a family of three + b and we all cannot wait.