Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father of Four!

Evan, with his four kids.

I think he's pretty good at this Daddy stuff-- look at him juggling all four adriotly!

It's been awhile since I've had time to put pictures up. Mr. Lincoln is sleeping, which is usually my signal to hightail it to bed so there's a chance of me functioning tomorrow. Tonight, though, I'll just face the specter of sleep deprivation and show off my new baby and his siblings!

Lincoln with his great-grandmother.

Lincoln loved Mammy-- he was only five days old, but he spent the whole visit gazing at her and just laying calmly in her arms. He also snuggled Aunt Diana, I'm glad they could stop by on their way back from Western New York.

The morning before Marilyn left (after spending many days here, allowing me to sleep and snuggle my baby!), I used Lincoln's naptime and went to the book sale at our library. Here are Elliott and Cheyenne, examining my purchases.

Perfect little baby.

He really is a nice-featured little baby--note his handsome cleft chin! I still haven't got a picture of the dimple in his right cheek, but I'm looking forward to seeing it more when he smiles a lot!

Cheyenne reading to Elliott and Marilla. I love the fact that she put her arm around Elliott-- and that he let her!

Beautiful girls!

The finished shed! Well, almost finished-- Evan's going to do a bit more, making it more efficient for storage-- but it looks done to me, and the tarp-covered piles of lumber that were hogging my backyard are now safely indoors, and I don't have to look at them!

We have lots of rabbits in our neighborhood, and my kids are fascinated by them. This one is sitting beside our neighbor's house.

The kids are trying to entice it over with handfuls of grass!

I love this pose!

Elliott, immersed in Curious George books.

Bet brought her kids and Olivia and Tori down for a few days last week.

The shed's ramp is now the Cool Place to Be.

Rilla, running back by the shed. The leftover pile of pea gravel is still a kid magnet.

We went to the school one night for the Parent Volunteer Ice Cream Social, so Bethaney took our picture when we were all semi-clean and in decent clothes.

Daddy with his boys.

Lincoln slept through the whole photo shoot.

My little downy chick!

Eating strawberry shortcake.

Three gorgeous cousins!

Taking big, silly bites of strawberries.

Rilla is wearing a shirt that I had as a kid-- one of dad's friends was an artist, and he made that shirt when I was a baby!

Friday was Cheyenne's class picnic. It was a bit of work, making lunches and then carrying them into the school while hauling Lincoln and herding the other two kids. We made it, though, and only about 5 minutes late!

Cheyenne, wearing her orange shirt on the orange slide!

Grandma Marilyn had made her that beautiful, citrusy-colored skirt, and I finally found a nice bright shirt to go with it.

Cheyenne found this tiny little turtle in our back yard one night.

I should look into what kind of turtle it was-- I'm assuming it was a baby turtle, but maybe it's just a breed that doesn't get too big?

Yesterday was nice and hot, so Daddy got out the sprinkler. Cheyenne and Elliott loved it...

Marilla? Not so much. Notice she's standing on DRY dead grass-- she wanted nothing to do with the water.

Elliott's usual "Take a picture of me!" request, after taking a picture of all of them with Evan today.

I love Lincoln's disgusted face-- he manages to wrap a lot of disdain up in that look!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Life with Lincoln

Today was the day I was predicting for my little baby's birth-- and instead, I have an eight-day old baby on my hands!

The week before Lincoln was born, Bethaney brought her kids down for a few days to help me cook some food to freeze and generally get ready for a new baby.

It was hot out, which was just fine for the little kids who liked swimming! As you can see, Marilla was NOT in the pool. For some reason, she was scared of getting in the pool. A couple of days after this, by telling Marilla she could get in the purple "bath", Marilla became an ardent swimmer!

Then, for the saintly part of this story, Bethaney stole all three of my children and hauled them north for Memorial Day weekend! Here are the six kids, packed into my van for the trip.

Lily, Elliott and Marilla in the back seat...

And Orianna, Gilbert and Cheyenne in the middle seat. And if you've ever tried to fit six car seats in a 2001 Chevy Lumina, you will know the effort required to pack these kids all in!

The kids were gone from Thursday night until Sunday evening. Evan and I had a wonderful time being a childless couple for a little bit. We went out for a leisurely dinner, did some projects around the house, and slept a lot! By the time the kids came back with Mom and Olivia Sunday night, we were quite ready to see them!

One of the projects we had done was setting up a toddler bed for Rilla.

She was rather pleased with herself! She's done great-- no getting out of bed when she's not supposed to be out!

Monday, Evan and Olivia took the kids into our village for the Memorial Day parade, such as it was. Elliott was decked out in red, white and blue, as were the other two.

Ribbons in Rilla's hair for the first time!

Squinchy-nosed baby girl!

As you can see, they weren't exactly competing with throngs of people for a street-side seat.

They were home within twenty minutes of leaving, but they had fun.

When the temperature hit 98°, we decided it was time for chocolate milkshakes!

This is the bouquet Evan bought me the day Lincoln was born. I don't think I've ever seen a more beautiful flower display-- and he even picked out the chunky pottery pitcher it was in!

Little boy sleeping in my arms one day.

Can't you just see the brilliance in that brow?

The kids' cousins, Katie and Wilson, sent Lincoln Logs, for a very appropriate present to commemorate Lincoln's birth!

Elliott is totally enthralled with them, studying the directions and building all sorts of structures.

Lincoln curled up with Daddy.

Lincoln's first bath was the social event of the week.

He was less than impressed with it all, but his siblings watched carefully!

Little wrinkly face, sleeping.

Grandpa Dana's birthday was Saturday. We couldn't keep the candles lit, because there was such a gorgeous wind blowing through that open door.

Mom and Dad came down Friday night and stayed for the day Saturday.

It's a shame Lincoln doesn't have doting grandparents-- he had all four of them here for supper Saturday night.

Yup, Lincoln is well-liked.