Our little Peanut is growing like a weed! Or… a least, she wishes she was. For whatever reason, this girl is obsessed with getting taller and bigger. Why do people prone to shortness always want to be so tall?? I mean, I hate to break it to Evie, but she’s always been a bit shrimpy and just based on growth numbers, I don’t think she’s ever going to achieve her dream of being as “tall as Abby!” She is 39 inches tall and weighs 33 lb 2 oz.
This next picture was after she had announced, “I’m gettin’ bigger and taller! I’m gonna be a momma soon!”
One of her favorite activities is to admire her very tall shadow over breakfast. “My shadow is taller than YOU, Mama! Isn’t it??” Or to hold tall sticks up in an attempt to be “taller” than me.
She was determined to build a tower as tall as her the other day. Obviously, it was HUGE because she is super tall, guys!!
Evelyn has always been our expressive, big emotions kid. She is either SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY or EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE!! There really isn’t much in between. When everything is terrible, we’re all just like why. Please, don’t give us another child with her personality. But, when she’s happy, she’s SO happy it’s contagious and she laughs like crazy when she even thinks you’re possibly thinking about tickling her and it’s never a challenge to get her to smile for a picture and her laugh is ridiculously happy and genuine, and then we wish all our kids were like her. ha We love our Evie Grace. I still get a kick out of her mouth wide open grin. Also, check out her front two teeth gap. I don’t know why, but I love it. Cabz is always worried it means she’ll need braces, but I think it’s adorable. ❤
Speaking of big emotions…. these kids never watch movies, or even shows for that matter. We had a small kick where we were letting them watch a Max & Ruby or something similar on Friday nights for 15 minutes, but that faded long ago. A few months ago, I thought, hey! It’s been forever. Why don’t we try a movie with the kids? I pulled out our old classic, Ice Age and we settled in with some popcorn. I had gone over the plot with the kids beforehand, because they don’t handle suspense well WHATsoever. I explained to them that the baby was NOT going to die. The tiger was NOT going to eat it. Guess how many times I had to reassure them of these same truths throughout the movie? Like fifty million. And the tears. Oh my word. Every time the tiger was sneaky etc., BAHHHHHhhhhhh!!!! Waterworks. “IS the tiger gonna get him?? Is he gonna die?? Will they get the baby back to his daddy??” It took us two nights to get through this movie and I’m officially NOT pulling it off the shelf again until multiple years have gone by. hahaha
Peanut has always been a lover. She never hesitates to get a hug when needed and has lately been into giving smooches. Of course, “the baby in your womb!” never gets left out from that. Baby (my belly) gets a hug and a kiss every night before bed among other times.
Every good day starts with a big glass of keifer as far as Evie is concerned. She always wants a LOT.
Although Evie Grace didn’t used to be quite the gamer Big Sis always was, she has been a lot more into games lately. Some of her favorites are Guess Who, Kingdomino, Kingdom Builders, “The Fish Game,” (Hey, that’s my Fish!) and “The Farming Game” (Agricola).
The kids all love living out in the country. The pets and pet potential is one of their favorite things about it. So far we have accumulated 6 chickens and a barn cat that recently had 4 kittens. As Evie will tell you LOUD AND PROUD, “But the calico one DIED! But we still have THREE!!” Although her naming ability is usually sub par, I was impressed when she decided on Sunshine “Sunny” for our cat. I’m not really a cat person, but Sunny is about as nice as they get. She’s very friendly and sociable, loves being around the kids, tolerates the younger ones’ abuse, and loves to be petted. She’s not one of those aloof crab cats or one of those that you’re petting and then they bite you or petting and then they scratch you. I am really not a fan of cats like that. She’s also not TOO annoying, where she’s always in your face. She’s the perfect cat as far as they go.
The kids (and I) are really excited to get a dog asap, but we kind of need a fence first. Evie enjoyed the puppies our friends from church had a while back.
She also loves petting goats and getting pony rides on Emmy and Paps’s farm!
We have had an exceptionally slow spring, so I don’t have a lot of warm, springy, outside pics of Evie this time around, but she loves being outside and had fun in the snow whenever I was ambitious enough to bundle everyone up.
Evie’s favorite snow fun was when I would make them snow babies. She named hers Baby Evie of course because what else would you name an adorable baby?!
Late last fall, Evie was busy doing some yard clean up at our tiny house in town. She got a little hung up in her big bundly snow pants though and was all flopped over when I looked out. haha
Like any good Iowa child, Evie enjoyed finding leftover field corn and soybeans.
Ev is still the wild child in our family. She loves careening pell-mell all over on her bike and is always trying to hock Abby’s bike (that’s waaaay too big for her) and generally ends up splatting somewhere because she can’t reach the ground to stop appropriately.
She’s always the kid who is doing something a little too crazy at the park…. (at least in this instance she had a helmet from riding her bike there ha!)
She’s the one with the chainsaw…. ha This is so typical of her and Abby. Abby is interested in the artsy thing and Evie’s ready to saw something to pieces.
Tractor and combine time is always greatly enjoyed and talked about for weeks.
Evie Grace loves to be a helper, but she is often more enthusiastic to start a task than she is to follow through and finish one. She is always excited to help me with cooking, but it has to be the right job as she is very hands on and can scarcely be contained in the height of excitement. We had never made pigs in a blanket, but decided to splurge one night. The girls thought it was great helping roll them up. haha
Ev loves to help with Baby Girl too. She is always begging to hold her (although it only lasts about a minute before she’s ready to give her back) and loves entertaining her. Although she has been a big sister for a long time, it’s kind of cute seeing her in the big sister role with a younger one. Evie was so young herself when Obie and Elly came along that she wasn’t quite as nurturing at that point.
She was cute helping with little cousin, Belle, when she came over too. haha It’s funny when kids are Belle and Elly’s ages how they connect better with older kids than with their peers.
The other day Evie was laying on the play mat with Babykins and goes, “Mama! Take a picture and send it to Google!” I have no idea where that even came from. I am personally way too technologically impaired to ever attempt sending something to Google….. hahaha This girl doesn’t lack self-confidence. That’s for sure.
Just a normal day at our house. Apples all ’round!
Alright, my personal favorite time. Quotes from Evie. I’m sure there were a million more, but these are the ones I managed to scrap together and write down semi in the moment so as not to forget. ha Enjoy!
Staring out at the (let’s be honest here…. ) tiresome snow, “I wonder when the snow will melk.”
“Baf time!” (bath)
“Can I go wif you?” (with – gotta love those cute lispy pronunciations. ❤ )
She was in a stage for a while where she was always calling Elly our nickname for her, “Jelly Bean!” It was the cutest.
“I don’t want to uh-cuz I’m doing this.” (because)
During our evening Bible time, Caleb was reviewing the story of Adam and Even from the previous night – What did God do when He saw that Adam was all alone? Evie: “He said, go to your friends!”
Bible time again, Caleb was reading about Rachel and how she died while giving birth to Benjamin, so they buried her. Evie quickly pipes up, “What did they do with the meat?!” Um…. we don’t eat humans or typically refer to them as ‘meat,’ babe….
The other day Evie and Abby came running out of a back room excitedly. “Mama! We thought of a new name for the baby in your womb!! Tubellip! Or Tubella! *pause* Is that a girl’s name? Or Belly or Beany or Peanut Butter or Carmel or Chocolate!” Me, “Wow… ya…. you guys have lots of ideas!” Abby, “Ya, only for girls though….”
“I was so embarrassed of Sunny when she had her kittens!” *long pause, followed by trying again* “I was so proud of Sunny when she had her kittens!” (She was trying to say she was worried about her, since she had them when we were camping.
There was a month or two where we thought Evie had taken over the most intense chatterbox in the home. Abby has since reclaimed her rightful title, but Evie definitely can hold her own in the talking department. My brain feels like it’s exploding most of the day as I am bombarded with conversation nonstop, generally from more than one at a time. I love Evie’s “Uh-huh! That is really true!” face when she’s telling me something.
A real life Sunday morning breakfast shot taken by Cabz. Hair undone, bibs all ’round, eating oatmeal on the kitchen floor. This is generally where the kids eat. Saves on the table mess at least!
Lately, Evie is extremely offended and upset when she is not invited to participate in a photo or is *gasp!!* asked to step out of a photo. She is always trying to get in on photos not intended for her as well and often comes complete with a prop of some sort. Oh, Evelyn Grace….
She’s still my little lover of sticks! It’s rare that I look out the window and Evie isn’t carrying some sort of giant stick, waving it around dangerously. Why.
Our little goofy babe. Evie really is the queen of pokiness. She is always the last one to get ready to leave/go to bed/go outside/etc., no matter how hard I try to get her moving. I’ll send her to get her shoes on – she comes back wearing my shoes and giggling. I send her to get undressed – she starts dressing a doll and forgets. I tell her to get her jacket on – she has to pee!! And then forgets. I try to get her moving – she has a million questions and can’t focus. She is actually ridiculous. haha It’s probably good for me and my lack of patience, but OH MY WORD. This girl is never in a hurry and is SO easily distracted and off task! haha Good thing she’s cute as a button. ❤
Playing “Mama and Baby Diggers.” This is how my girls play with Obie’s digger toys….. yup.
The two big girls really do have a lot of fun together these days. There is still a decent amount of fighting, but overall they work pretty well together. It helps that although Abby’s tendency is to boss and dictate, Evie will not have it and pushes her own opinions through defiantly most of the time.
I love when all the girlies are playing kindly together downstairs (rare). This was one of those few times. They all came up dressed like this. hahaha
Eliana used to love giving her sisters their wake up call when she slept in our room. They’ve all been sharing a room since we moved (ahhhhhhhhhhhhh) so not so much anymore.
Peanut may have upgraded from the floor to a bunk bed, but she still has some weird sleeping positions. This was a little rare actually. Normally she is super bundled (to the point of sweating up a storm) in her blankets.
Evie’s naps have been all over the place for the last half year or so. She went back and forth with napping, no napping, etc. For the past couple months, we have been doing no naps unless she noticeably needs one (super cranky all morning haha) or church days when she stays up later. So, on Wednesdays and Sundays she takes a nap. This system has been working pretty well actually. She has reached the point where she can make it to bed time without hitting a meltdown stage even without a nap, which is great news. haha On nap days, she definitely has more pep, but I like skipping naps overall so she crashes shortly after going to bed. It makes bedtime dreamy to have really tired kids, just sayin’. She loves to half suffocate herself on nap days. I always go in and remove things off her head after she falls asleep, because it worries me. She’s ridiculous! Usually, her head is completely buried or wrapped inside her blanket. How is that even comfortable?!
Evie will often announce, “I’m NOT going to fall asleep at all!!” as she marches off to her naps. This was one of those times…..
Just making Evie try on my old glasses, because I can. Kids in glasses are so cute! It can’t just be me….
Little Miss Cheeser. She is so easy to pull a smile out of!
Sidewalk chalk is always a better idea before it happens. They never play with it for more than a minute or two and yet somehow manage to get completely coated in chalk dust. Really now.
Peekin’ from the hide-out under their bunk bed.
Going through their candy loot they picked up on our walk the day afternoon halloween….. so much for skipping that party.
Evelyn knows her letters and sounds for the most part (there’s a couple she still mixes up occasionally) and can count at least to 12. She gets excited about school, although her momentum fades a few minutes in. She can be very difficult to keep on task. haha We really don’t do too much school at this point with her, but she is making slow progress. She loves listening to books now, which is a plus. 🙂
We love our little color blue loving Peanut! She keeps every day exciting and has the most contagious smile ever. She’s my cuddle bug and I love her big snuggles! She’s a very sweet big sister and loves her family so much. I love when she rides around on her bike singing, “Behold our God!! Nothing can compare! Come let us adore Him!” at the very top of her lungs. So thankful to the Lord for this precious daughter in our family. ❤