Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hence the name ...

It's been so dang cold up here, we haven't been doing many blog-worthy activities. The day-to-day keeps us busy though, and it's been a wonderful week. We finally braved the cold a few days ago to take a little walk outside ...

I feel so blessed to be able to look into these beautiful eyes every morning. She's been making us pretty proud with her walking, discovering, and learning. Right now she knows three signs: "more", "please", and "milk" -- we're working on "bird" and "finished".
By the way, we think of cousin Sunnie every time we think of beautiful eyes. We think of how beautiful and unique and so-very-special she is. Can't wait to see you again this summer and see your sweet peepers ...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


We are so small we can barely be seen.
How can this great love be inside us?
Look at our eyes. They are small,
but they see wondrous things.
-- Rumi

Monday, January 18, 2010

Cheap Entertainment

So, Ever is definitely at the curious age where she's learning all the time.
It's lovely and fascinating,
but it also means Mama & Papa have to step it up a notch.
She constantly wants to be doing something ...
Well thanks to Grama McMahan, I have learned
the cheapest, easiest entertainment for this time of year ---
snow.


Give her a cup of snow and you've bought yourself enough time to build a fire,
cook dinner, do the dishes, or even do a blog post :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Overnight

She walks! Absolutely everywhere... It's just crazy. Just a few days ago I was updating Bry on when she'd take more than one step and now she's walking all over the house and even outside!

Things come and go so fast with these wee ones ...

Hope my heart can keep up.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Brrrr ...

Ever, Grampa, and I braved the cold today (32 degrees below they said!) to let Ever experience her first sled dog race. We drove to Tolsona to watch the first seven or eight finishers of the Copper Basin 300.


She loved the cold, loved the dogs, and loved the social action. Gotta keep that girl busy!

On a side note, Ever is gettting pretty good at saying "brrr" ...

Another side note, I tried to make my first apple tarte Tatin last night. I've been waiting months to try this recipe and it was --- disastrous. Granted, the power was out for part of the cooking, so we were in the dark, but I'm not really so sure that had much to do with it. I will give it a while and try again. Hopefully next time the puff pastry won't look like rectangles of flesh. Yuck.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

One Year Old

Well, Mom (and others), I know you're waiting on some pictures from
the big event,

so here are a few:

Getting dressed in her birthday outfit

Proud Mama & Papa

That's a lot of cake for one girl!
Taking Hayden for a ride in her new wagon

We had such a good time and were happy to have lots of family with us to celebrate: Grama & Grampa McMahan, Aunt Stacey, Aunt Jenny, Cousin Hayden, Uncle Johnny, Aunt Jo, & of course our newest kin, Cousin Rowan.

Learning ... learning ... learning ...

Okay, so bear with me, I don't know what I'm doing.
But, I'll learn.
Here we go ...