Month: November 2012

Evelyn is two!

 - by Gretel

Our littlest girl turned two on Friday!  Unfortunately for her, she was on day three of a three-day fever.  We gave lots of hugs and cuddles for the day itself, and spent Saturday morning celebrating.

Evelyn enjoyed the proceedings quite a bit.  We had three grandparents on skype/facetime/etc with us, but Grandma Ann unfortunately had technical difficulties due to some downed lines in her neighborhood.  Still, we enjoyed the fact that Grandma Sue, Grandpa Jerry and Grandma Laurel could join us for presents and cake.

Since Evelyn can’t eat wheat products, we spent the early morning frosting gluten-free cupcakes.  I’ve subscribed to a magazine called Living Without that has lots of advice and recipes for gluten- and dairy-intolerant folks.  The dairy free buttercream was delightful, and the cake was dense, but moist.

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My little helpers, with Ilyana handling the sprinkles, and Evelyn looking on.

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Action shot!  We missed Evelyn scooping frosting OFF one of the cupcakes and on to her test plate.


The digital visitors.  Thank goodness we had three devices to use.

The full set of present pictures can be found HERE, but I’ll put a few highlights below.  She also wouldn’t look at the camera much, so sorry for all the behind shots.


Grandpa Jerry and Grandma Laurel got a cool bath set (the boat behind Evelyn), a fire truck with stacking shapes, and some additional people to play with.  Evelyn has been zooming the truck around the living room, and the boat was a big hit in the bath tonight.


Grandma Sue’s card was a huge hit, since it has the Yo Gabba Gabba characters on it.  Evelyn got very excited that she recognized the characters.  The train set and cars that were her gifts are now a permanent fixture on the living room rug. Both Ilyana and Evelyn love running the cars around the track.

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Grandma Ann sent a beautiful wooden doll bed with a home-made cover.  Evelyn loves putting her new baby doll to sleep in it.

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And has also tried getting in herself…


The baby doll from us elicited one of Evelyn’s rare sentences.  She said happily, “Oh, it’s a baby!”  Ilyana is relieved that Evelyn is no longer going after HER plastic baby doll.


Cake was also a hit, to our delight.  Evelyn didn’t care much for cake last year.

My favorite moment was when she was first figuring out how to eat it.  I’ll let you guess after watching the little video below.

Happy Birthday, Evelyn!

Halloween 2012

 - by Gretel

And it’s Halloween again!  Just past, of course, but we had lots of fun.   Ilyana lucked out and got three trick-or-treating opportunities.  We went to the Myrick Hixon Eco-Park Enchanted Forest, which provides a nice looped walk through the marsh with costumed-characters offering candy and such.  It was great fun.  We got the opportunity to meet up with friends and make the walk together.  While Evelyn napped, Ilyana got to run through downtown La Crosse, where merchants offer candy and show off their stores to the adults.  Finally, we had trick-or-treating the day of as well, along with a friend of ours and her daughter, who was a dead ringer for Hermione from Harry potter.

Other than Halloween, Evelyn started daycare this week.  She did great; in fact, the sitter said she’s never seen a child adjust so quickly and with no fuss.  Evelyn didn’t even look back as Daddy left the first day – the new toys and kids to play with were quite enticing.  We’re very happy with the home environment she’s in, and hope she enjoys daycare as much as Jeffrey enjoys having the time to work!

Enjoy the pictures.

Evelyn’s first art project!  The sitter did crafts with the kids for Halloween.

Our pumpkins, courtesy of Ilyana’s design and my dubious carving skills.

They did look pretty cool lit up!

Ilyana decided to be Spiderman, though didn’t want to wear the mask.

She had great fun with her friend, dressed as Hermione.  I didn’t get any good pictures of the great costume, but her mom knit a sweater, bag, and gloves in the Gryffindor colors.  Truly awesome.

Evelyn dressed as a spider, to go with big sister.

She enjoyed the process, and managed a few “tic or teeeet” and plenty of “tank uuu”

Candy is the best thing ever, of course.  She (unlike her sister) will even eat chocolate!