Simply Liv: June 2014


A Week In Home-aha (or Omaha, if you're not my husband)

A few weeks ago we spent a week in Omaha with AJ's family. When we lived in Colorado, it was an eight hour drive- one we only dared to make once with the baby. It was rough, let's leave it at that. Now, though, it's only four hours, which is MUCH more do-able. We usually drive at night so E can sleep. We load up on coffee, red bull and the Black Keys and its a straight shot.

Pre-trip enthusiasm. Even Roxy was excited. 

We stayed with Aj's Mom and kept very busy. One highlight was going to his family (the very Italian side's) yearly "sausage day". I watched in awe as they, clearly a well oiled machine, formed an assembly line and (literally) cranked out hundreds of pounds of Italian sausage. It was fascinating to watch and I met and "re-met" lots of lovely members of my new family.

E and Nona had some great bonding time :)

Just chatting away with Uncle Sammy

Another highlight was going to the Henry Doorly Zoo. For all you zoo connoisseurs out there, this is definitely one to hit. It's one of the biggest in the country (the second largest I believe?), providing hours of fun (and sunburns, in our case unfortunately). I'm so excited for Evie to be old enough to actually enjoy all of the animals, but for now she had a blast being chauffeured around in her stroller all day.

Sleeping the day away….

We spent lots of quality time with AJ's dad's side too. E got to know her great-grandma Evie (her namesake) even better. I'm so grateful that my little girl gets to grow up with grandparents on both sides who love her so much. Though I am dreading the years when she realizes how spoiled she is by them.

Aj's little sisters and cousin loving on their niece

We got to see the girls' softball game. It was SO hot, but they played great.

One of the main reasons we decided to move was to be closer to family, and I'm already so glad that we did. Being able to take trips like this on a moment's notice is so special, and we're looking forward to many more like it.

I hope you're all having a lovely week!

Until next time,


Evie- Six Month Update

Half a year under her belt! I can't believe it. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't already in the planning phases for her first birthday party…but I'm trying not to rush myself. Everyday she changes and learns something new, and I don't want to miss a single thing. She is turning more and more into her own little person, with definite preferences and dislikes.


- Beards. Or really any hair for that matter. She grabs and pulls as hard a she can the minute any hair is within reach. Maybe she just likes the reaction she gets out of the victims…
- Being outside. Now that summer is firmly established, we love lathering her up with sunscreen and letting her play outside. Right now walks in her stroller are her favorite, sometimes we go on two or three a day.
- Squealing. She makes a really high pitched squeak now, rather than her random babbling she was doing. I have a hard time telling if she is frustrated or happy when she does it, but it sounds cute nonetheless.
- Mimicking. She loves to copy us when we stick out our tongues or make fake coughing noises.
-Blowing spit bubbles.


- Sleeping through the night. There were three or four nights where she slept ALLLLL the way through- which was clearly just to tease me because recently she's been waking up two or three times a night.
- Sitting still. She constantly has to be moving, rocking, bouncing, sucking, chewing, grabbing, rolling or pulling to be happy.  


-Rolling over! She first rolled over from back to tummy only, but now she does both really well, once she figures out she can roll to get what where she wants to go, we will have some major baby proofing to do. 
-Sitting up! She still needs occasional support, but she can sit unassissted most of the time. 
-Sickness :( She had her first fever and sore throat (we think) this week. It broke my mama heart to see her so unhappy and unable to sleep. But thankfully it was nothing serious and she is on the up and up now! 

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