Friday, May 8, 2015

One Year!

I hope you'll forgive the super belated post and the lack of an "official" picture. Since we last spoke, we have officially moved out of Arizona, and are settled in Mission Viejo for the next week, as we gear up for our big Germany trip. It has been beyond crazy, but wonderful as well. So, even though I'm over two weeks late, let's hammer out our one year memories! No idea how we got here so quickly. This year has flown.

Weight - 23 lb 10 oz! Evan gained 2 full pounds in the last 3 months, which is huge, considering he gained about half a pound the 3 months prior. Lots of solids combined with no sleep training definitely agreed with him. He gained almost 14 lbs his first  year.

Height - 30.5 inches. I have to admit, I thought he'd measure taller, since he seems tall to me, but we'll take it. He gained about 10 inches his first year.

Head circumference - To be honest, I can't remember this number....It was good though!

He's enjoying 18 month clothes, with a few 24 month pjs thrown in, but I think we'll be in 18 for a good long while


Meat sauce with zucchini noodles - a favorite!

It's been so fun to see how he just likes (and consumes) more and more food these days. Birthday cake was a huge hit, of course. He still loves berries and things with ground beef. Cilantro lime cauliflower rice is another favorite - when we was sick, it was one of the only things he would still eat! He also really likes freeze dried strawberries, which were a go to on our travels, as well as these teething wafers he was gifted. 

Chicago Park

Standing is now a very often occurrence - he likes to squat down and pop up (usually with a little support). Ed is starting to get eager about walking, but I think we still have a little while yet before we get there. He does love standing and watching people work, especially from the couch. 

I mentioned books last month, but they are definitely one of Evan's favorite "toys" right now. He loves to sit among a pile of books and just turn the pages. Even though I know it doesn't necessarily mean much now, I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see him like that. Really hope he gets my love of reading!

He newer favorite, though, is throwing anything and everything, especially balls. He'll play "catch" with most anyone, but also loves to throw the ball and then chase after it, especially on the hardwood, where the ball often bounces unexpectedly. 

And, much to his parents joy, plane rides can go on this list! Evan did fantastically on his first two flights, sleeping about half of each, and then playing for the rest. Fingers crossed our 13 hour flight to Germany will be as smooth :)

 The carrier was the only place he wanted to nap on our trips

Evan might actually be getting a little better with those diaper changes, but we seem to have fallen off the sleep wagon again. He's gotten his top 2 teeth this month, which were super rough on all of us, and it looks like another 3 are looming. All the travel certainly didn't help sleep either. Evan hated both the pack n play and the hotel crib with a fiery passion, so we've been doing a lot more bedsharing. Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come this summer with our nomad status. 

Sadly, avocados seem to have lost their popularity with Evan! He now will rarely eat them :(. 

He's still not wild about getting dressed all the time, and will sometimes try to pull his shirt off as we are putting it on him. 

We are also having some issues with him biting us - I'm sure it's teething related, but it's frustrating (and painful) nonetheless. 

Important Events:

We had a lot of great trips this month as we finished our stay in Arizona. 

Our first big trip was the Grand Canyon! This was our only visit here while we lived in "The Grand Canyon State" and it was fantastic for all involved. It was so beautiful, and since we all got the opportunity to go down into the canyon, we were able to appreciate it so much more. 

We also flew to Chicago for Ed's work in the middle of the month. This week long trip was fantastic. Evan and I got lots of solo time to sightsee, go to parks, and just generally explore. We got to join Ed for some meals, and he even took one day off so we could go to the Natural History Museum. 

Of course, the biggest event was gearing up for our move. As of his birthday, we are midway packed up and are feeling like we are more gone than here.


Evan is babbling!!!! I cannot tell you how amazing it is to hear him making those sweet sounds. His first "phrase" was na-na-na-na, followed by da-da-da-da-da and then ma-ma-ma-ma-ma. We made it, just under that year cut off that would have red - flagged him. He still is obviously behind, verbally, but we're just taking it as it comes, and for now, this new milestone is the best thing ever. 


Our baby carriers have been lifesavers lately!

While it's been amazing, obviously travel can be tough with a little one. Sleep, as I mentioned, has gotten quite rough, with no signs of improvement in the future, with all the travel yet to come. We've also been getting the "4pm fussies" a lot this month. Something about that time of day has just been setting Evan on edge, so we've generally been going for walks in the carriers to calm him down. We're thinking teeth are mostly to blame. 

We also had a super challenging experience trying to go out to dinner in Chicago. Apparently Evan hated the shirt we put on him, and once we got there and he woke up, he started trying to tear it off while crying. So, we lost the shirt and wrapped him in my sweater, which sort of worked. Of course this happened at the fanciest restaurant we went to. Thankfully, it was 4pm on a weekday, and we were on the tented patio, so we didn't feel too horrible, but it was still a very quick but expensive meal. 

Otherwise, it's just been challenging to get everything done with the house and moving while taking care of a little one. Evan has been great, but it's still just a hard situation. So looking forward to being done!

Mommy Successes:

As I shared (I think!), I officially have a job for next year, which is a huge deal for us. I'm so glad to have this taken care of, and I am thrilled that my new job sounds like a perfect fit. While I have deeply loved staying home this past year, I am ready to go back to work and am excited to be a teacher again in a few months. 

Daddy Successes:

Ed just really enjoyed getting to spend a bit more time with Evan with all of our traveling, and loved having him close by on his Chicago work trip so that he didn't have to leave us for a week!

Best Moments:

First Easter Egg Hunt



and turning One Year Old!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Evan's (Pre) Birthday Celebration

Since Evan's actual birthday was full of handymen doing home improvements and repairs, plus Ed had to work, we "rescheduled" Evan's birthday the day before. 

We started with presents. I lined them all up on the coffee table, and Evan had fun knocking them down to the ground. 

Once they were down, I showed Evan how to tear the paper, and soon he was a pro!

Evan got a mix of practical and fun presents, though we were a bit limited since we couldn't give him anything that would be too big (have to keep that move in mind).

His presents? Some 2T long sleeved onsies I picked up on clearance and figured he needed, baseball footie pajamas, books from the Grand Canyon and Chicago, and a little cloth tree stump with a bear, chipmunk and deer finger puppets from the Grand Canyon. So far, the books are the biggest hits, though he also likes the finger puppets. It's way too hot here for the clothes we bought - we'll save those for when we move.

Afterwards, it was time for cake! Beforehand, I wasn't sure about trying to make a cake so soon after arriving home from traveling. With everything going on, I thought it might be a bit much. However, I was luckily feeling up for it, with the help of a box cake mix. For some reason I'd always imagined baking Evan his 1st birthday cake, so I'm really glad I got to do that. Full disclosure, I sort of messed up getting the cake out of the pan, and it fell apart a little. Luckily, since the cake was just for the three of us, I didn't worry about it. Just re-assembled and used lots of homemade buttercream! And raspberries around the side to hide the missing cake :). 

Evan went for the fruit first, but soon dove right in.

Once he started on the cake, though, he went to town!

In what seemed like no time at all, he polished off his slice, with almost nothing on the ground. 

And to wash it down? A cup of milk. 

What a happy one year old! It was actually really nice celebrating with just the three of us. A perfect, (sugary) sweet day with the sweetest boy imaginable.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Evan!

How is it possible that our sweet, amazing little boy is already one year old?!? Wasn't it just yesterday that he was just a little 10 pound baby?

Ed and I are so thankful that we get to be Evan's parents. It has been the best year of my life learning how to be a mom, and I feel, more than anything, thankful and excited for what's to come. Our family feels just perfect in this moment. Later this week (hopefully I can take a packing break), I'm looking forward to sharing more details about what Evan's been up to. He's been progressing by leaps and bounds, and is a joy to watch every day. 

Happy Birthday sweet boy - we love you so much!

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Grand Visit

We've just returned for a perfectly wonderful visit in the Grand Canyon. While everything is incredibly crazy, it was a wonderful respite in nature.

I'll hopefully post all the pictures sooner rather than later. But, we had a wonderful trip. Ed ran to the river and back in only 4 hours, which is insane, and Evan and I hiked 3 miles on the Bright Angel trail, which was harder, but more amazing than I'd ever imagined. Hiking in and out of a canyon is a whole lot harder with 40 lbs of baby and gear on your back! We have one more adventure and less than 3 weeks between now and the big move to CA, and and we can't wait. 

Wish us luck!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The "Before We Move" List

Updated! We're making progress....

Before Evan was born, Ed and I made a list on here of everything we had to get done before the big day, and I was realizing that it would be super helpful to do the same thing as we gear up for our move. It's amazing how quickly it's approaching!

Activities (Places to Go)

From my last visit to the Grand Canyon, back in 2008! 
Still Left:
  • Grand Canyon
  • Heard Museum
  • Williams (?)
  • Taliesin West
  • Sedona
  • Big League Dreams (replica famous baseball fields) (off the list - Ed realized he wasn't as excited as he thought!)
  • Superstition Mountains
  • Desert Botanical Gardens
  • Relatives in New Mexico  off the list - they came to us instead!
  • Tucson - off the list - not a priority
  • Camelback Mtn. - Ed had a great run there
  • Evan's picture, and lunch, at ASU


Still Left:
  • Olive and Ivy
  • Farm House
  • Rock Springs Cafe (pies)
  • Blue Adobe
  • Postinos
  • Gertrudes
  • Farm at South Mountain
  • Pizza Biancos skipping - not enough time
  • Oreganos 


Redwood National Park
Still Left:
  • Moving Company
  • Storage Facility and logistics
  • Germany Trip
  • Realtor
  • Camry Car Value
  • Santa Cruz lodging
  • summer plans
  • Alabama visit - delayed :(
  • Chicago visit
  • Grand Canyon visit
  • cleaners
  • Townhouse square footage and layout
  • Redwood Natl. park lodging and visit
  • 5th Anniversary ideas - Ed says not to worry, he's got it covered :)


Charming Cottage Very Near Beach

Still Left:
  • Nothing!

  • Chicago lodging
  • Redwood lodging
  • Santa Cruz lodging

Still Left:
  • Make 3 lists of stuff: summer, storage, townhouse
  • Craigslist items
  • Pack
  • Home inspection repairs
  • list of stuff to sell
  • clean out closets
  • donate clothes
  • minor repairs
  • clean grout
  • landscaping (hire)
  • refill gravel
  • share news
  • recycle electronics
  • put house on market
  • sell house
From my website:

Still Left:
  • Nothing!
  • Finalize Resume (Ad)
  • Update Edjoin (Ad)
  • Finalize Websites (Ad)
  • Share website with SSU (Ed)
  • Apply for jobs (Ad)
  • Attend jobfair  Not needed!
  • Sonoma lodging for jobfair Not needed!

(picture of what Evan could be doing in daycare next year!)

Still Left:
  • Contact friends/relatives re: summer visits
  • Confirm daycare enrollment for Evan
  • Celebrate Evan's Birthday!
  • make blurb books (Year 4, Running, College) -delayed for summer project
  • Buy new camry hubcaps
  • Cancel Stroller Strides (when house sells)

Whew! It's a full list, but it'll be completed before we know it :)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Big News!

Life has been insanely crazy lately, but we finally have some great news to share!

First, the sale is pending on our home! After only 3 days on the market, we received a full price offer for our home. We've made it through the appraisal and inspection, so now we just need to make all the fixes (and there are, unfortunately, quite a lot), and we'll be home free. Closing is April 30th, less than 4 weeks from now. We'll so miss this home, but we can't wait to move onto our next adventure.

Second, I officially have a job for next year! I will be teaching either 4th or 5th grade at Healdsburg Charter School. It was such a whirlwind experience. I interviewed via skype on a Wednesday and was told almost immediately afterwards they wanted me for the demo lesson. So, Evan and I hopped in the car and drove the 7.5 hours to my parents. The following day, my dad drove Evan and I the 10.5 hours up to Sonoma county. We stayed with a family friend and early on Friday morning, I taught a demo lesson to 26 bright faced 4th graders. It went great, and right after the lesson, my new principal brought me back to her office and offered me the job. I am so excited to work at a school that focuses on science and social studies, and active learning via projects. 

And finally, just this evening, we sold the Camry! It's been with me since 2005, back when I was in college. It sold after just an hour or two on Craigslist, and we're really happy with the family we sold it to. They seemed really deserving, and we're very happy they got a car that will hopefully last them a very long time. Now, of course, we are a one car family, which will certainly give its own unique challenges. Wish us luck!

So, lots going on in the Lyon house. We are so fortunate that most everything has worked out for us better than we could even imagine. Less than 4 weeks left!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Love Them!

We're hitting our final visits to some of our favorite places, including the Riparian Preserve. We've had many, many wonderful walks here, and will definitely miss it!