Monday, September 30, 2013

My Favorite Picture + Phone Dump

I love this picture of Ev.
It makes me want to wake her up and squeeze her right now. 

I'm starting to get a little anxious about having to divide my attention between her and a new baby. 
I love our life. I love spending time with Evie. I love being her mom.
And change is hard, even an exciting, welcomed change like that of a new sister. Every time we color, or make barbecues with play dough or make pancakes, I can't help but wonder if its the last time we'll do those things just the two of us. And even though it makes me a little sad to know that it will change the dynamic between me and my favorite person, I can't wait to meet the newest part of our family. 
Can't she just be here already?
Doesn't she know her mom is not a patient person?

And I realize this is ridiculous since I have two weeks until my due date, but like I said, 
me = not patient.

Having Miss Sassafrass to keep me occupied does help me forget my impatience on a daily basis, however. Her personality is constantly developing and I can honestly say I love spending so much time with her and having a front row seat to the Evie Show. (Its seriously the most entertaining show out there)

She has learned that my first name is Sydney and CONSTANTLY calls me "Sinny," or "Sinny Mommy." She always asks me what my name is and when I reply with "mom," she says, "No, your name Sinny Mommy." When she asks for things she often calls me "Sinny," despite how much I correct her. The other day I went to get her out of bed and I said, "Good Morning, Evelyn!" She replied, "I wake up Sinny!" I had to laugh at that one. 

We don't have a name for our baby, so I'm always asking Ev her opinion. Here is a list of some of the names she has suggested:
1. Baby
2. Hippo (this one is her favorite and most frequent suggestion)
3. Honey
4. Costco
5. My sister
6. Rainbow

Fortunately for our imminent child, her sister will NOT be naming her. (Unless Nick and I can't agree upon something, then maybe she'll be Hippo Jordan)
I'm honestly surprised Ev hasn't suggested "Kitty," as a name, but I will count my blessings and move on!

My little bath hater has become OBSESSED with bathing. She has a little Sebastian (who she calls "crab") and she always sings Under the Sea, while playing with it. She knows no other words besides "Under the Sea," so I usually have to sing the other parts. 

She loves her cousin Ally and wants to be just like her. Ally recently taught her how to "pose" and now Ev is really into striking a pose for the camera (as evidenced by the photo below).

Best Friends.

She loves all those stupid toys that move at the mall, except she doesn't know they move because I never put money in them. She just sits in them, honks the horn, and asks me if I want an ice cream cone. Then she pretends the helicopter or tow truck is a kitchen and she'll whip me up a "pink ice cream cone."

She loves wearing headbands now (she calls them "crowns").

And this girl LOVES her Aunt Chi-Chi. We had to run some stuff up to Portland to store in Chelsea's basement and we stayed the night at her new place. 
Ev had the time of her life - Aunt Chi Chi made her pancakes, had a little bed set up for her with books next to it and even watched FernGully with her.
Needless to say, Ev asks me to go to Chi Chi's house 500 times a day.
Ev -"I go to Chi Chi's house today?"
Me - "Not today."
Ev - "I go to Chi Chi's house tomorrow?"
Me - "Not tomorrow, but maybe some other time."
Ev - "Oh, I go to Chi Chi's house next week?"
Me - "We will go to Chi Chi's again sometime, but I don't know when."
Ev - "Okay, Mommy. I watch a show at Chi Chi's."
And the conversation goes on.
This girl can talk. She never stops asking questions or telling me things. Sometimes I wonder if she'll be that girl who makes a bazillion home videos just so she can see herself talk or sing or act.
And then I realize she probably will be that girl because I was that girl and Chatty Cathies beget Chatty Cathies. YIKES.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Inaugural Hero Up Race

Today is my sister's (Darcee) birthday.
She's old - lets just leave it at that. But being practically forty is no big deal for someone in insane-o shape like Darc. She runs marathons, could probably win a cookie eating marathon and now she organizes half-marathons. Not too shabby for an old lady. 

Darc has spent the past year of her life dedicating much of her time to the Hero Up Race and it definitely showed - everything was awesome! Great turnout, great race and great atmosphere. Of course it was bittersweet for our family as we thought a lot about Keithy. We know he would have loved dressing up and participating in the kids race, even if he could only scoot. But the race was such a perfect way to honor Keith and raise money for a cause that affects A LOT of people - not just the Burnett/Smart families. 
As the website says, "Be a Superhero to the 46 children diagnosed with cancer EVERYDAY."
And I can definitely say that I saw a ton of people who were superheroes for childhood cancer on race day. It was so fun to see people get into the spirit of racing while at the same time working towards an amazing cause.

Since I'm chubby and not super helpful these days, I was in charge of getting the hooligans to the park on race day. Ev was easy to get ready - she didn't want to wear a costume. Ally was also easy - she insisted on being "Snow White with a cape and my hello kitty shoes." Alright, simple enough. 
But Coley! Man, that kid takes being a superhero to a whole new level that can only be appreciated by an almost 6-year old. He changed (NOT EXAGGERATING) five times before settling on Spiderman. He ended up choosing Spiderman because his costume is reversible so he could be red OR black Spiderman depending on his mood at the park. 

All the kids were so excited to get to the race.

Once there, I dropped the kids off at the toys and went to my station on the course. It was so fun to be apart of a race as a volunteer. I've never done anything like it and I've often wondered what its like to be the person that cheers for all the people you don't even know as they pass by you. It was a blast, especially since so many people were dressed up. 

Everybody had a job to do on race day.

Here is Nick/Batman as the pilot biker for the 5K. 
How cool would it be to follow Batman while you run?

And here's where it gets really fun/creepy. I had my camera out during the 5K and was trying to take pictures of my family/friends that were running. But so many people had cool costumes that I just ended up taking a ton of pictures of people I didn't know, which I realize now is super weird. 
Oh well, they are still going up on the blog. 

Here is Supergirl/Cassie. 
(I barely got a picture of her she was running so stinking fast)


And the most legit looking Superman I've ever seen. 

This guy was so rad.

This is basically the Avengers meets Hero Up 
(Supergirl/Captain America/CUTEST spiderman ever).

My aunt Nancy made Keith t-shirts and super hero capes for the Hagues.
They looked so good! And it was so touching to see Keith's face during the race. 

These people were so awesome. There were about a dozen of them dressed in red capes that said, "Team Ryan." They were running for a family member who had also passed away from childhood cancer. You could tell they felt the same way we did on race day. 

Kevin (Brent's dad) piloting the Half-Marathon.

Batman ... so hot right now.

I think it was fun for all the "Supers" to meet and greet.

Here is the MC of the day - Wolverine.

Race Director Darcee


More cool Supers (who happen to be related to us)

Cole as black Spiderman

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (someday, we hope!)

Kids Race

Was crazy and chaotic, but completely adorable.

Costume award winners.

Kylie was kryptonite!

Apparently Batman has a thing for pregnant ladies.
Also, this is the worst picture of me ever, but you only meet Batman once!

Hugh Jackman, who?

It was such a special day and we CAN'T wait for next year! Its just going to get better and better. Way to go Darc! You direct races almost as well as you eat chocolate chip cookies, which is saying something.