Galoshes, Pig Tails, and General Insanity


A lot has happened in the past two weeks, but all of it pales in comparison to her two new fashion trends.  The first is a pair of galoshes that she insists on wearing every day, regardless of the weather or the presence (or non-presence) of puddles.  When there are puddles they make perfect sense, and she uses them well:

Her pigtails, too, she pulls off with flair:

If you put the two together, well, there’s no stopping her then:



And then, of course, there’s the general Evie insanity – seriously, lack of energy is definitely not a concern with this little girl:

She also continues to grow and develop.  She’s shifted to an afternoon nap and pretty much spends all her other waking hours roaming campus – a homebody she is not.  She’s starting to imitate a lot that we do, including dancing, approximating some words, and, well, this:

One other exciting thing is that Norie finally got her good camera back, so we’ve been able to take quality photos again.  Here’s a sample:

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That’s all for now.  Between getting the camera back and the semester ending I’m hoping to post more often in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned!



New Post!


After another long hiatus, the blog is back!  It’s been so long I’m not going to try to put together some cohesive blog – this will be a simple summary of the past month.  A lot has happened.  First, Evie got a visit from her grandma and grandpa Messmer in mid-March, as evidenced by this shot of her walking with her entourage:

Then we took her to Austin for a couple of days.  It was hard for Norie and I to get out and do much since we had a toddler to manage, but Evie had a grand time in the hotel room:

There has also been some fun at home.  I decided I had had enough of this whole “living without a piano” thing, so I went ahead and picked up a keyboard, which Evie immediately discovered was great fun:

Next stop - Carnegie Hall!

Next stop – Carnegie Hall!

Unfortunately, shortly thereafter she got her first ear infection.  That made for a rough week – she didn’t eat, drink, or sleep well, and every night we had to force antibiotics down her throat.  She was pretty miserable (we all were), but she rallied in time for Beer Bike, where we continued our tradition of renting livestock:

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Now she’s fully recovered from her illness and making up for it by devouring any food in sight and racing around campus.  She’s actually pretty impressive – she knows where things on campus are and even knows how to open doors:

She’s also graduated away from toys that light up and is now really into moving things from one place to another, often in stacks.  Sometimes, she wants to bring us a series of stuff:

Finally, she’s really gotten into the concept of sitting down, especially when she looks at her books.  As such, we went ahead and invested in an Evie sized chair.  She loves it!

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And, just to wrap up, here are a month-and-a-half worth of random adorable videos and pictures:

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Teeth Brushing!


Evie’s chewed on a faux toothbrush for months, but we went ahead and got a real toddler brush and toothpaste.  She seemed only moderately impressed with the whole thing:

In the meantime, we’ve been dealing with some crappy weather.  Evie, though is not to be deterred – she just bundles up and keeps on truckin’:

She’s also been undergoing a shift in her napping schedule.  Sometimes she still sleeps in the morning, but more and more often she’s been skipping the morning nap and crashing in the afternoon.  Regardless of when she sleeps, she’s always a joy when she wakes up:

She’s also still a goofball:

And, well, I can’t think of a lead in to this one:



We continue to encounter camera problems on a variety of levels, so this post will be almost all videos, with the one exception being this fussy shot of the most ridiculous bout of morning hair in the history of morning hair:

IMAG0416Other than that, there isn’t a huge amount of news.  Evie is a walking fool – we’ve been having such great weather that we take her on a daily walk around campus.  She’d been known to walk all the way from our place to the library – and not in anything even resembling a straight line.  She’s mastered the ramp at Sid:

Likes to let the world know her thoughts:

And even contributes to maintaining the pathways:

Even with all of that exercise, though, she still has plenty of energy at home to be a total goof ball:


She’s Walking!


I’ve been behind on posts yet again, and have a lot to add in the upcoming days.  For now, though, I thought everyone might want to see evidence that Evie’s got the whole walking things down (well, sort of – she took a tumble yesterday and now has her first official “booboo” in the form of a scratched up lip and nose):


San Diego Christmas (a.k.a. Christmas #2)


Here is the belated Christmas post!  The beginning of the trip to San Diego was a bit rough.  Evie did great while we waited through a delay in Houston:

WP_20141224_20_00_02_ProThe plane ride itself, though, didn’t go so well.  It took her about an hour to get to sleep, and she cried for the final twenty minutes or so of the flight.

We followed that rough night, though, with a fun Christmas day.  Evie got to meet her cousins, Brad and Marcel:

mfp-7Then it was time to open presents:


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Once Christmas was in the books we just hung out, saw parts of San Diego (Evie got to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time), and got professional pictures of the family taken.  We don’t have the final pictures from that yet, but here is a preview of Evie hanging with a Who from Whoville:



In between all that Evie and Marcel had lots of time to bond, especially over divvying up the stuff in my wallet:

All in all, the two of them had a lot of fun together:

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Fortunately the trip back went a lot better than the trip there.  Evie even used the horrible elevator music on one of the planes as an excuse to show off her dance moves:

Sure, she’s spent the next week sick, but all in all Evie handled her first flight pretty well.  I’ll have a post for Christmas #3 with Grammy G soon.



Evie’s Kitchen


I’m still working on the San Diego post, but in the process of downloading the various pictures/videos I came across a folder of videos that I had forgotten about.  Here is one of Evie discovering her big Christmas present from Grandma and Grandpa Messmer:

And, just for good measure, here is… Buckethead!