From baby to little girl

Last weekend was Evangeline's first birthday. I can hardly believe she is one. She's so beautiful and happy, I am so very blessed. Unfortunately the 11th was a really dreary, rainy day so we weren't able to do much. We did give her a 'cupcake' and I made spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Sunday was Easter and she got to go to the ones class for the first time. I don't think she even noticed we were gone once we left her. When we went to pick her up she was in the same spot playing with toys but she was missing one shoe. She looked pretty in a dress that Grandma and Grandpa L gave her for her birthday. No matter how hard I tried I couldn't get a bow to stay in her hair. Oh well. We had a little egg hunt for her in the living room. She was very excited to have Daddy help her find the eggs and open them to reveal some tasty puffs inside!! She was super cute loading them into her little Easter purse.

This past weekend we had her birthday party. We were so happy to have 6 house guests for the weekend. All of our parents were here along with my brother JD and his girlfriend Amanda. It meant so much to us to have our family with us for Eva's first birthday party...thanks guys. It was a low key affair with people eating and chatting. Eddie made a great slide show of pictures from Eva's first year of life. Eva got to show off her strong one year old muscles when she pushed Harry, who is nearly 2, in a wagon. It was cute. Thanks to everyone who came. I'll share some pictures from the party once I get them onto the computer.

What a Monkey!

Last Friday I went into work for my mandatory hour per week. While I was gone Eva apparently decided to begin monkey crawling. It is SO cute!! She starts out crawling on her hands and knees then gets her feet under her and continues along that way. Her little butt sticks in the air too. Let me tell you, she is fast using that technique!!

Saturday I had the opportunity to go into DC to Eastern Market with a couple ladies from church. We had a great time and, despite the wind, it was a beautiful day. It was so nice to have some time just to hang out and relax with some other adults.

Saturday afternoon Eddie and I tried to milk Eva's developing balance skills. We arranged ourselves a few feet apart from each other and got Eva to go back and forth between us. She started out using our hands for the whole way but by the end she was taking a couple steps before falling into our arms. She's not walking but she is so close. We also so a new aspect to her personality. She was determined to get it right and didn't want to stop. After several passes back and forth Eddie and I tried to stop so she could take a break but she wanted none of that. I guess she is just like her mom and dad; having lots of determination and wanting to perfect her skills.

There are a few new pictures from March posted on our Picasa album. Check them out! Believe it or not, the pictures of Eva in the snow were a Monday and the pictures of her and Eddie outside with her in shorts was the Friday of the SAME week. Virginia has some wacky weather!

Very Punny

People who know me pretty well know that I loooooove a good pun. Mom L was kind enough to pass these along the other day. I probably laughed way more than the authors ever intended for someone to laugh. Enjoy!

1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger."

2. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, "Dam!"

3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says "I've lost my electron," The other says "Are you sure?" The first replies "Yes, I'm positive."

5. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

6. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?" they asked, as they moved off. "Because," he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."

7. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."

8. These friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that only Hugh can prevent florist friars.

9. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him ..... A super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.