Family Friday 19

You may have noticed (and then again, maybe you haven’t) that the blogging has been a little sparse lately, here at The Man Who Would Be Knight. Only Family Friday posts seem to be making it to the press, as it were. This is for two reasons. First, Ryan has started school again and is pretty busy. Secondly, something is up with squarespace, and it no longer works on Ryan’s laptop, but only on the desktop. Since the desktop isn’t very portable, that cuts down on blogging. We are working to address the issue, but in the meantime, here is another Family Friday.

Last Friday, Ryan finally got home from North Carolina.

Daddy!!!  Daddy!!!

On Sunday, Kathleen hosted a baby shower for Maryanne, who is due in about five weeks or so.

It took a bit of setting up because one of the things you don’t realize when you have only on child, and she is very small, is just how much mess that small person can cause. We try to keep on top of it, but it creeps up on you. Then you decide to have people over, and suddenly you are looking around wondering where the heck all this stuff comes from, and where you are going to put it!

But it actually turned out to be nowhere near as bad as it looked, just a little surface clutter, easily organized. Actually, that is a good argument for having people over from time to time: it inspires us to tackle the creeping clutter. The more frequently we tackle it, the more we can keep it from getting really out of hand.

Evie missed the first part of the party because she went for a hike with Daddy and Uncle Adam. We drove out to Mount Peak in Enumclaw, and hiked the trail there.

She likes travelling in the carrier, but she is a bit more mobile now, so periodically she wants to stop and get down and move around a bit. You know, stretch the legs, (and the arms, and the gums,) taste the local flora, etc.

Uncle Adam let Evie borrow his hat, but she is not really a hat person. Thanks, but no thanks Uncle Adam. Uncle Adam let Evie borrow his hat, but she is not really a hat person. Thanks, but no thanks Uncle Adam.

People are always surprised and pleased to see a little baby hiker out there. Pleased I can understand, but for the life of my I can’t think why they should be surprised. Our ancestors carried their babies about on their backs or in slings, and babies were thus exposed to sunshine, wind, hot and cold, dirt and animals, the activities of their parents, language, social interaction, non-verbal communication, and just life in general.

Evie says “Babies are people too!”

Oh, and by the way. If you see a dad out and about running errands with his kids, do not say, “Oh, looks like you’re babysitting today!”

Um… No.

Babysitting is what you do when you look after someone else’s kids. Taking the kids to go run some errands is what you are doing when you are running errands with your own kids. Is Kathleen “babysitting” when she takes Evie with her to the store? No?

Then neither is Ryan.

Okay, enough soap-box.

An odd thing about Mount Peak is that, although it towers over Enumclaw, you cannot actually see Enumclaw from the top, because of all the trees around the top. This was the best view we saw on the way up.

Evie missed the first part of the party, but jumped right into the swing of things after we got back from the hike.

Evie was glad to have her friend Noah over too! Evie was glad to have her friend Noah over too!

She seemed especially fascinated with the balloons.

You can't see me. I'm hiding. You can’t see me. I’m hiding.

But she comes by it honestly. Daddy and Uncle Adam like balloons too.

Later, she tried to use them to escape the family room.

Up? Up?

It was not quite as successful as she had hoped, but she will keep trying.

Mommy! They're playing Music! Mommy! They’re playing Music!

This is a picture of Evie listening to “The Piano Guys.” We set their youtube channel to play on the computer upstairs, as background music, but Evie loved it. She sat and watched this entire video, swaying and tapping her hand to the music (her rhythm is a little off, but she is only seven months old).

That’s how grandma used to get Daddy to calm down when he was little. She played opera on PBS.

We had a surprise this week when Uncle Jason had a tractor trailer delivery to drop off in Tacoma, and Aunt Kim was with him. We all went over to Uncle Adam’s house for supper on Monday.

Evie thinks Uncle Jason is funny. Evie thinks Uncle Jason is funny.

Then they came over to our house to hang out on Tuesday night, before they picked up another load and headed out Wednesday morning. Make sure you say some prayers for safe travels for Jason, and all other truckers. And don’t cut off semi’s on the highway. It makes them cranky.

Plus it’s stupid and dangerous.

Uncle Adam! Teaching Evie to drink beer and eat rocks!  Uncle Adam! Teaching Evie to drink beer and eat rocks!

Poor Evie got a cold this week, and she has been stuffy and uncomfortable. She didn’t sleep very well wednesday night because she was so stuffy, and we had to get her up to give her a steam treatment, and Mommy pulled out the humidifier and got that going. It seems to be working pretty well. She still isn’t quite herself, but much better than she was. Hopefully she will feel better over this weekend.

Evie is so tired she is laying still and snuggling with her cow, voluntarily, in the middle of the day. That's how you know something is up! Evie is so tired she is laying still and snuggling with her cow, voluntarily, in the middle of the day. That’s how you know something is up!

We hope you have a great weekend too. God Bless!

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