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eight months old

how photo shoots go with an 8 month old:

i've said it before and i'm sure i will say it again, but this is easily my favorite age.  i'm not sure if it is her independence, her little voice, her new sleep habits, or if it just all of it combined.  she started crawling all over the place several weeks ago, which has been so fun.  everyone who warned me that i would long for her immobile days was simply mistaken.  i cannot get enough of those four little limbs and the places they take her.  it has been fun to see what actually interests her, which is basically just her dog.  she spends the majority of her day chasing him from one window to the next while occasionally stopping to play with a random toy or crawl on my lap for a quick hug.  i could just watch her all day long.  she has always been quite talkative, but it seems she never stops talking these days.  sometimes it's a sweet little whisper, other times its a high-pitched shriek.  we laugh at them all.  and her naps, don't get me started on her naps!  she has finally increased those little buggers from 30 minutes to 1+ hours and it is beautiful for all of us.  she also seems to be enjoying her food a lot more these days.  i mentioned previously that we had skipped the pureed food and followed the baby-led weaning approach.  she is still loving this method and we are finding she is eating a lot more of the food as opposed to spitting it all out.  her current favorites seem to be avocados, carrot sticks, and watermelon.  mealtimes have been a good opportunity to practice some sign language with her.  it is fun to see how much she understands these days.  we started a little late though, so she isn't imitating them too much yet.  i can't wait to see what the next month will hold for this little one.


washington state

it has been a week since we have returned from our vacation in washington and evelyn and i still seem to be on their time {hello 11 o'clock bedtime!}.  since we have returned we have been blessed with a summer cold {her}, unexplainable hives {me}, and no good reason to wake up any earlier than 9 o'clock.  slowly but surely we are getting back into the swing of things before school starts though.

we headed to anacortes for a family wedding along with cody's entire family {minus two}.  we took an rv with cody's parents and brothers and road tripped in style.  really bumpy, motion-sickness inducing style.  but evelyn seemed to enjoy it nonetheless and we made it there and back in one piece.  the first couple days we spent helping prepare for the wedding.  well, evelyn and i didn't do as much helping as we did supervising.  we also started out the vacation celebrating a little anniversary {four years!}.  after the wedding was over, we took the opportunity to check washington out a little bit.  evelyn and i had never been, so we wanted to see as much as we could.  we spent a day hiking around deception pass as well as a day exploring seattle.  evelyn wasn't quite as angry about her dip in the ocean as she was last time.  we also enjoyed eating some local food, giving evelyn her first taste of a farmer's market fresh nectarine {and dealing with the sugar high that followed}, and spending time with family.  we ended the trip with a stop in south dakota to visit her other grandparents.  i put together another little video of our trip.  i hope you enjoy!

music: on top of the world by imagine dragons


seven months old

miss evelyn turned seven months old yesterday.  we celebrated with some garage saling and a picnic, which she requested because her mom is teaching her well.  i'm pretty sure this last month of her life was her fastest one yet.  i'm sure it is because summer always seems to be the fastest time of the year.  we started introducing solids this past month, to which evelyn said no thank you to baby food.  so she has been trying out some finger foods like green beans, sweet potato fingers, and carrots.  little miss independent is loving this whole feeding herself thing, although she isn't quite sure about swallowing yet.  babyproofing is definitely on our to-do list this month, as she is a little too mobile these days and has discovered that outlets are quite fun to grab.  she has mastered the baby push-up this month, as well as the pouty face/hands in the air/i want to be picked up.  speaking of which, that's my cue!



i prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what i asked of him.  so now i give him to the Lord.

1 Samuel 1:27-28

we had the incredible blessing yesterday of dedicating our daughter to the Lord.  on a beautiful, breezy sunday afternoon, we celebrated with our loved ones.  i am honored to have all of these wonderful people in evelyn’s life and i know they will all be great role models for her as she grows in her relationship with the lord.  her erickson grandparents opened up their lake home for the celebration, while my mom prepared some delicious food and it really was just a lovely day.