Wednesday, March 31, 2010

cell phone shots

Warning: This is a very picture-loaded post. I have finally gotten around to downloading/uploading my cell phone pictures. These are all my favorites since I got my new phone for Christmas.

From December:




This was taken in the car after we left the Twin Cities from our various Christmas celebrations with family. The first is her just being cute. The second was taken after she began to get restless in the car (longest trip back to Bemidji ever) and we started playing with her new gifts. She loved her fish!

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From January:




This was the day we made cookies. It was a stay-at-home day for me, so Lola and I just had some fun. She really loved the cookies!

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Also from January:









During our January trip "home" (Ray hates when I say that) to the Twin Cities, we spent time at with Lola's cousins at my brother's and sister-in-law's place in St. Paul with Grandma and Grandpa Evans. The kids haven't been together for a while now (we haven't gotten south in a few months), but it's always fun to see them play together!

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From February:



Lola showing off her fork skills! (She actually refuses to eat anything unless she has a fork. It's pretty funny.)

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From February:



She was making a fishy face while we were grocery shopping at Walmart.

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Also from February:



I was just trying to get a better wallpaper photo.

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From March:



This was Lola, who got to pick out her own gift at Kmart a couple of weeks ago. She, of course, chose (eventually) the largest, plushest stuffed bunny she could find. But she also would not let us carry the rabbit - she insisted on carrying it all by herself!

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Also from March:



I sent this photo to Ray while he was out of town for work. He doesn't believe me that she does, in fact, like this toy. I had to prove him wrong. *grin*

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From March:



I made cupcakes!

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Also from March:






Lola eating said cupcake. (OK, I just realized that I seem to take pictures of Lola while she is eating chocolate and cake. But, seriously, the girl does eat healthy! I just happen to snap cell pictures while she is having a treat, apparently.)

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From March:





We were celebrating our house purchase. We had just signed the papers and went out to eat.

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Also from March:







We went to a grocery store to shop, and it was one of those places that has smaller, "customer-in-training" carts for the wee ones.

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Also from March:






She loves walking outside, especially when it involves a walking stick!

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So out of all of those, which do you think I use as my wallpaper?

Well, it used to the photo featuring a pigtailed Lola, the one taken while she was in the Walmart shopping cart.

But then we went for a walk and I got this shot:



I love that I now have both Ray and Lola on my main screen. Always makes me smile!
- Bethany :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

the end of March

Our weekend, like so many others, was spent outdoors.

Ray worked on Saturday (again) so Lola and I went into town to meet up with my friend, Laurie. Of course, by the time Lola woke up from her four-hour (!) nap, it was raining outside. It was relatively warm, but it was damp, so I put on some snow pants to keep her dry.

Lola is going to be up in tree branches before long. The child loves to climb. She has figured out how to climb onto furniture and get atop tables and couches. Here, she wanted to just climb up and down the platforms, but I was kind of nervous about them being slippery, so we didn't do that too long.



She wanted desperately to go down the slides. But she was confused as to why I wasn't going with her. I tried to explain that the wet slide would be cold for Mommy, who, you know, didn't wear snow pants.

Lola still enjoyed it - she must have slid down the slides about 6-7 times before we moved on to the swings.




The swings are always hit and miss with Lola. The very first time she was in one, she loved it and laughed the entire time. The second time, just days later, she screamed and was frightened. So you just never know.

Saturday, though, she seemed to love them.





This shot is my favorite:



(Photos courtesy Laurie Swenson - which I really appreciated because, well, I don't get to be in a lot of pictures since I'm the one usually taking them.)

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On Sunday, we had a lot of fun at home, both inside and outside. But mostly outside. Ray and I have always had our happiest times outdoors - through canoeing, hiking or camping - and we're thrilled to see that Lola loves being outside also.

This is a rare Ray-taken photo:



Lola had, somehow, managed to get into her toy crib. I don't know when or how this started, but she seems to think that she should be be in the crib with her baby dolls. It's cute. Until she tries to get out, trips, falls and bonks her head on a wooden block.

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Family time outside (we've been working on Lola's kickball skills):




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Lola also got her first pair of sunglasses this past weekend. I have, myself, several pairs and Lola always wants to borrow one of mine. So we decided it was finally time for a pair of her own. (The hard plastic sides on adult sunglasses cause Ray to worry about poked eyes and such - the toddler glasses are a much better option.)

She loves them!




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This weekend was kind of disappointing for me. I was kind of in a funk since we learned last week that we will not be closing tomorrow (Wednesday). Our mortgage lender is backed up with other first-timers trying to beat the tax credit deadline that it just could not get everything done at time. We will close on or before April 15.

I'm still bummed about it, but I'm dealing just fine (there was just something kind of symbolic about moving right before Easter). It was good for me - and Lola - to have lots of distractions with playtime and new experiences this weekend.

The thing about Lola (and, I'm sure, all kids) is that it's hard to be sad and down when you've got this beautiful little girl smiling up at you. Or, if you're really lucky, patting you softly on the back, her own little way of saying, "I love you, Mommy."

- Bethany :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

a new first

While Ray was gone, I was in charge of dinner. Which is always a risky prospect.

I don't cook much at all. There are a few dishes that are mine alone in our home (i.e. mashed potatoes or chocolate chip cookies), but Ray does 99.8 percent of our daily cooking.

Anyhow, with Ray gone this week, I had to not only feed myself, but Lola, too. (Up until 2 years ago, I would have just made a bag of popcorn and called myself good, but Lola, I figured, should have a more balanced diet.)

So what did we have?

Monday we had pizza. It was an icky supreme pizza. Very forgettable. I think I had one slice and watched Lola pick at hers for a while before we both had a NutriGrain bar and moved on.

Tuesday we had pizza. (Notice a pattern?) I splurged, though, and got my favorite. Too bad I burned the bottom of it. Lola and I ate the melted cheese and bread sections, but neither of us could bite through the crust.

(You see now why I don't cook?!)

Wednesday night I thought about picking something up, but didn't want to drive back into town from day care. So I tried something new - something Ray won't eat.

Soup.



I love soup - and, even better, it's fairly easy. (Well, I did manage to start a small kitchen fire in high school when I tried making soup at home - but I like to think I've improved a bit since then.)

Lola? Well, she was first curious, but did give it a taste:



Then she swallowed it:



And, she liked it!

So she kept right on eating:



Then, she decided to play with her soup:



Really, she removed all of the "chunks" and sorted out all of the chicken. She then replaced the carrots, green beans and dumplings back into the broth. And she ate it all.

She just wouldn't eat the meat. She left the chicken in neat little piles on her tray.

Then she asked for more. "Zoop peas," she said, lifting up her bowl and handing it to me.

And I think she would have eaten it all, but Ray came home then and she was much more excited to see her daddy.

- Bethany :)