Monday, December 24, 2007

The Nutcracker


Emma and I went on a special date to the Nutcracker Ballet which was put on by the Eugene Ballet Company.  Friday before Christmas I picked her up from her house and she looked very pretty.   We had a quick dinner out and then off we went to the Hult Center.  The performance began at 8:00 and I was a little doubtful that she would make it to the end which would have been around 10:00 p.m.  We had great seats and she did great until the final act and at that point decided that she was too tired to stay.  I had told her that we could leave any time she felt the need to.  

The ballet was really spectacular from the dancers to the set and orchestra.  Dave sent his small binoculars for Emma and she really enjoyed seeing each character up close. I forgot my camera so I couldn't get a picture of her before the event.  When we arrived back at the house she was very cranky and her dress was beginning to itch.

This is the only picture that I managed to get.....right before she got ready for bed.  Poor little itchy, cranky girl.  A little melt down.  I think next year we should go on Saturday or Sunday during the day don't you think?

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

In The Moment


There was once a young and very beautiful princess named Kyla who had two little princesses of her own.  She loved to be together with all of her family, especially on holidays.  This lovely princess chose her Christmas tree one day before Christmas with joy and anticipation just like she always did even though she was going through hard times personally.  She knew she might not be here for much longer but still CHOSE to make each moment count, especially for her girls.

The photo above shows how much she enjoyed each moment, even the most simple of moments.  If only we could all live our lives IN each moment instead of what is in the past and what we anticipate in the future.  Very difficult perhaps, but if we can remember Kyla and her spirit as she was here on this earth maybe it will remind us that we need to be present now. 

So as I hang the stockings for all of my family this Christmas, her stocking is not only in honor of my daughters life but MY reminder that I am choosing to be in  every second of each day.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Good Morning Gift

I thought as a mother of four I had seen or experienced most everything. I was wrong, very wrong. There is this gift called grandchild!

Lucy spent the night Tuesday as is usual. We had a nice dinner with the family for Wade's birthday and all went reasonably well considering there were two 2-year old children at the table in a restaurant. Only a couple of tantrums, mean faces, spilled water and hiding of eyes on grandma's shoulder, crying, not wanting to eat the macaroni and cheese, etc. That is what I come to expect. However, the fun part was also there.....holding their hands and running across the street all the while little peals of laughter coming from them both. Great fun and I still smile when I remember.

So this morning after a good nights sleep for Lucy, she ate her breakfast, took a bath, combed her hair and brushed her teeth. She was dressed and waiting for grandma and grandad to finish getting ready for work. As I was putting on hand lotion I noticed she was very quiet and seemed to have disappeared from our bedroom. Next thing as I turn around I hear "Gwamma".
(Disclaimer: Those faint of heart might want to stop reading here). Lucy is standing there around the corner with her pants around her ankles, her pull-ups off and cupped in her hands with a large pile of poo sitting right in the middle of them. I don't know how she managed to take them off, walk back from the hallway with her ankles tethered together like that and not spill anything. Little stinker is so independent right now. She tells me "do it self" all the time. I must be on the watch even more when she is quiet.  

Monday, November 26, 2007

An Evans Thanksgiving

We spent Thanksgiving day with Dave's family. We have much to be thankful for. We are very blessed to have families that love each other and get along. The little things that might annoy each of us really is not important in the big picture and so we celebrated not only the day but each other.
Little baby Max. So sweet!

Where it all began. This is Dave's parents and brothers.

Little Byron coaxing Grandad to come on and play.

Lucy and Emma went to Sisters to spend Thanksgiving with Jed's dad and Kathy. Friday Lucy spent the night with us and Emma had a sleepover with a friend. The rest of the weekend was spent with some good friends that we grew up with.

Gary and Patti

Cute Carrie in a model pose.

Linda and Jason

Kelli with two of her cousins, Molly and Eric. Look how she loves her dessert. Nice face Kells.

Molly and Tailen. Adorable!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Sesame Street


Jim Squires posted an article at fjetsam about 20 things you didn’t know about Sesame Street.

1. Baby Bear is Jewish.

2. The Count is nearly two million years old.

3. The Count’s laugh after counting each number was discontinued over concerns of it frightening children.

4. In 1985, Snuffleupagus ceased to be a creature only Big Bird can see. The reason? Concerns that adults not believing Big Bird about Snuffy would lead to children being afraid to speak out about sexual abuse.

5. In the first season, Grover was brown, not blue.

6. Cookie Monster predates Sesame Street by 3 years. He began his life as “The Wheel Stealer” in an unaired General Foods commercial, and went on to become involved in an IBM training film and a commercial for Munchos, where he went under the name “Arnold the Munching Monster.” Back in these early days, he had a big set of sharp teeth and seemed a little more terrifying to kiddies than the friendly blue monster we all know and love.

7. During his first season in 1979, Telly was known as “The Television Monster.” He had an antenna on the top of his head and his eyes would spin around whenever he watched TV. In 1980 he was revamped into the worrywart we’ve all gotten used to.

8. Rosita, the only Hispanic Muppet on Sesame Street, is actually a fruit bat.

9. In the first season, Oscar the Grouch was orange, not green.

10. In 1970, a single was released of Ernie singing “Rubber Duckie.” It reached #16 on the Billboard chart.

11. Bert and Ernie aren’t gay. Get over it. Sesame Workshop has gone on record about this.

12. The pilot episode of Sesame Street that was screen tested in front of a number of families in July 1969 featured only one Muppet sketch. It involved Bert and Ernie. This was the only part of the show that tested well, so the show was retooled to focus more heavily on the Muppets, and to have them interact with human characters as well.

13. After Jim Henson’s death in 1989, only a handful of “News Flash” segments, which prominently featured Kermit the Frog, were created. In 2001, the sketches, both old and new, were abandoned completely.

14. Guy Smiley’s real name is Bernie Liederkrantz.

15. The fat blue muppet that always plays a customer to Grover’s waiter has a name befitting his appearance - Fat Blue.

16. In 2002, a the South African version of Sesame Street, an HIV-positive muppet was introduced in 2002. Kami is a five year old girl that became HIV-positive through a blood transfusion as an infant. Her name is derived from the word “Kamogelo,” which means “acceptance” in several African languages.

17. Contrary to popular belief, Big Bird is not a canary. He’s a Golden Condor.

18. Although the character of Elmo didn’t debut until 1984, the Elmo puppet was used regularly as a background Muppet since the early 1970’s.

19. Barkley was originally intended to be an acrobatic ape rather than a sheep dog. As well, he was called Woof Woof at first, only being called Barkley after several appearances.

20. Ken Kwapis, the director of the 1985 Sesame Street film “Follow That Bird,” went on to be involved in the creation of such cultural TV landmarks as The Larry Sanders Show and the The Office.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cupcakes

Friday night we kept Lucy and Emma and I had promised Emma we would bake cupcakes. Emmy is becoming quite the little baker. She did the entire thing including measuring out ingredients and such. We decided that we would bake them in the shape of stars and they turned out very cute. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture because later on that night she came down with the stomach flu and I got to see that batter again.

Here grandad is trying to slow the eating of batter down a little. But these girls are pretty sneaky and fast.

Oops! Who me? No I am not eating batter.

Mmmmm! Heaven on a spoon!

Hey! I want some more! Wait for me.

Stop! Hold on. Don't take that bowl away yet.

What remained.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Friday Night With Byron

Friday we kept Byron over night so Jill and Wade could have a free night. We don't get to have him alone very often so Dave and I really enjoyed spending time with the little stinker.
He can be quite mischievous but just cracks us up with the things he does to show off for us. He does jumps, hops, somersaults and generally just runs as fast as he can through the house. He is showing how independent he wants to be just like most two-year-olds and loves to climb on EVERYTHING. He also turns on all the lights, ceiling fans and such. I can't tell you how many times I have had the lights turned off when I am right in the middle of cooking, sewing and other things.

BUT he is so lovey and sweet and just adores Dave. He grabs his hand and just leads him all over the place. What a doll.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Twin Hair Do's

This morning Emma wanted her dad to take pictures of herself and Lucy and send them to me because they had twin hair styles. So for you Emmy, here they are!

Goober Faces

Aren't we adorable?

Monkey Lips

Monday, November 5, 2007

A Busy Week

We spent Halloween at Dave's parents home. I fixed dinner for Dave and his parents since not only was it Dave's birthday but it was also Max and Delpha's anniversary of 59 years. Wow! I think that maybe this is the last year to try to celebrate both on the same day as Halloween because it is just becoming harder to get everyone together at the same time because all the little ones need to be out trick-or-treating too. Maybe we can do it the night before or after next year.
Here is little Max, the newest addition to the Evans family. He is Brett and Jenny's little sweet pea. He is such a little dolly.

Charo spent a little time on Saturday with us and as you can see Byron loved her glasses. Anyone with glasses has to be on guard as he is quick as can be ripping them off of your face. Just ask Dave and GG (Delpha). He also knew she was a softy and began climbing on the arm of the futon and jumping (or rather free-falling) on her. He is busy as can be and on the run.

Emma kept busy wrapping a birthday gift for me and making a turkey for my refrigerator. She is such a great little helper with cookie baking and helping with the little ones.

Thanksgiving turkey just around the corner!

Lucy and Byron checking on the chickens. I let them gather the eggs but between the two of them they were flying in the basket. We came out with only two broken eggs...not bad for a couple of two-year-olds.

Lucy is now into making lots of faces. Aunt Kelli is teaching her some beauties. Thanks to Aunt Kelli, Byron sticks his food out of his mouth when he see her. Poor Jill! We used to blame all of the bad habits on Brian but now we know.

My little helper....Emmy

See what I mean!

Emma began a small book for Lucy. Here is the first illustration.

Chapter One

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

These Shoes Are Made For Dancing

While at Walmart with Lucy one day she spied these shoes and just kept calling them sparkle shoes. We picked them up and let her hold them. Big mistake! She kept trying to take off her shoes and trying to put these on. How could we say no?

She demonstrates how these shoes not only make her jump higher, run faster but they make her dance so well. Look at the blur of her feet.


Ta DA!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Witches, Bugs and Puppies

Friday night we picked up Emma and took her to the Halloween carnival at the Moss Street Center which is where she goes a few days a week after school and Lucy is there most of every week. This is at the University and I really like the facility. Because I didn't know that she wanted to go she didn't dress up for it but I finished sewing her costume on Saturday so she would be ready for school and Halloween. I am finding that with the two little ones, company and such I just don't have the spare time to do as much as I want. But I expect as they grow older it will get better and I am just loving spending every spare moment with them that I can.

These are probably the only photos I will get because Halloween in our family is crazy and hectic because it is Dave's birthday, his parents anniversary and I always fix dinner and bring it in to their house to celebrate. Plus between all the schedules with the kids they are rarely all together in a mood to pose. Not that it was easy before Halloween either!

Here is our refined wicked witch. She poses verrrry nicely doesn't she?

Must have a photo outside in the dark before taking off on her broom. Brrraaaagh Haaaaaghhh!

Bryon was dressed up as a cute little puppy.

Lucy all bugged up! She loved running around in this costume.

Here is what we had to do to get them to hold still and be together.

I am afraid my dining room table was the target but it at least kept them somewhat together.

Then off to the fireplace to practice jumping.

On to wearing Aunt Kelli's shoes and Jill's flip flops.

Oh my! I guess the wicked witch has really returned.