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A belated sadness

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Super Shuttle buddies!

I just learned that children’s author Andrea Cheng passed away in December 2015. She was probably best known for her Anna Wang books-a series about a Chinese American girl and her family. I loved her books and her writing style. Something about the way she wrote strikes a sweet, simple chord in my heart whenever I re-read her books. She had a lifelong fan the minute I started reading The Year of the Book.

I was lucky enough to meet Andrea on the Super Shuttle en route to my TLA hotel. Besides the driver, we were the only passengers on the van that day so it’s not improbable that she struck up a conversation. As soon as I learned her name I am not ashamed to say that I fangirled left and right over her. It is so hard to believe that, during that van ride, I learned so much about her and her family. She was so kind and personable, that I was not surprised she was able to create such genuinely authentic characters. I have had the privilege of meeting several authors over the years, but I  must say that, for all my fangirling, I didn’t feel nervous or awkward around her. She was just so easy to be with. It is definitely my most favorite Super Shuttle ride ever!

During the conference, I was sure to make time to visit Andrea during her booth signing. I was so humbled when she told me that, since this was her first Texas Library Conference (it may have been her first Library conference ever), she wasn’t sure how it was going to go.

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Book signing!

She went on to say that she was having a great time and part of it she attributes to our meeting on the Super Shuttle. She said something along the lines of it being a wonderful conference and that she believed that it got off to a great start because of our visit on that van.

I regret that I never kept in better touch with Andrea. I have, even within the last few months, thought about sending her a quick hello, but I never followed through. I regret that I never sent her the pictures that we took together, or a picture of my kiddos with the book that she signed for them. I regret that I never told her how much I loved The Year of the Baby. Right now I’m feeling beyond blessed that I, not only had the chance to meet this wonderful woman, but that I was able to tell her how very much her work meant to me. Thank you for all your work, Andrea Cheng. Every time I read your books, my world shines a little bit brighter. I’m honored and glad that I met you.

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It’s been a while

BOY does time FLY!! Sorry for the lack of updates, we’ve been busy and I have, admittedly been doing much less productive things than updating this blog!

I’m going to try to get better about updating so please keep checking back.

Here’s brief update on the Evans family goings on:

Griff has had his big first birthday! He is a joy beyond joys and growing growing growing! The Griff update would be long and gushing so I’ll hold back for now. 🙂

Work is going well for both Scott and myself. I’m still working at the library and basically doing the same old same old. Scott is flourishing at his place of employment, as always. He won 2 Emmys last year. We were thrilled and I am still so proud.

Okay, I better go. I sometimes use this blog as a testing ground for the teen blog I do at work so if you see weird stuff, please ignore…or check it out. =)

Until next time!

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Apologies

I’m so sorry for the lack of posts! I’m going to try to start posting short posts more often instead of writing long posts infrequently. We’ll see if I can do it! My excuse, as always, is that we’ve been so busy…and exhausted.

Now that I’m back at work full time, I’m trying to establish some kind of daily routine. Every night, I get Griffin’s bag packed and loaded into the car so I don’t forget it when I’m rushing out the door the next morning. To cut down on my morning prep time, I also pick out my clothes the night before. I KNOW! I haven’t down THAT since elementary school! The only things I can’t pack the night before are the expressed milk and my breast pump. But I haven’t yet forgotten those (knock wood)!

G usually wakes up just as I’m finishing breakfast. I hate waking him up so if he isn’t awake when I’m done eating, I open up his bedroom door. The sounds of the dogs scuffling and the tv usually wake him up a little more gradually.

So far, everything is going well. I’ve only been extremely late one day so far and I can partly blame that on the weather. Some days it’s a challenge for me to keep my eyes open. The drive is such a straight shot it’s easy to start daydreaming.

G and my mom have their own routine. Some of the highlights:

  • The morning bath. Griffin LOVES baths. He bathes in his infant tub here which is a little more restricting than the basin mom bathes him in. The basin allows more room for toys which he likes to splash around.
  • Feeding time, of course.
  • Naps–some longer than the others.
  • Afternoon phone call to Papa. Mom calls my Dad in Guam every afternoon. If G is awake and “in the mood,” she holds the phone to his ear so my Dad can talk to him. I saw them do it today. It’s very cute.
  • Playtime with Mama. Mom loves singing and playing with the kiddo. Her version of the classic kids songs are quite interesting. =)

I’m so glad my mom is hear to be with Griffin. It makes being away from him easier. I’m also happy that my boy gets to spend precious time with his Lola.

The part of the back to work routine I’m horrible at is going to bed early! No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get to bed as early as I’d like. Time just seems to go by so much quicker when I’m at home than when I’m at work. =)

On that note, I need to hop in the shower and start pretending to get ready for bed. I’ll be back to update again soon. I hope you keep reading!

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Hello 3 months!

Griffin celebrated his almost 3 months in a way that made his daddy and mommy very proud: He attended his very first Jimmy Buffett tailgate party! Griffin was truly a little Parakeet in his Hawaiian shirt (courtesy of the Westbrooks, longtime Evans family friends) and lei (thank you, Aunt Lindsay!). He also enjoyed being passed around to his various “aunties” and “uncles.” Scott was particularly happy to have Griffin at Buffett. As Jimmy B. gets closer to retiring we always wonder if this year will be the last show in Dallas. Scott was so thrilled that his son got to experience the Buffett festivities. If Buffett does come back next year, it may be a little more challenging since Griffin will be up and running all over the place!

Two Parrotheads and their Parakeet

Two Parrotheads and their Parakeet

Buffett also brought a visit from one of my dearest friends, Elle! We were so happy to have Auntie Elle stay with us. Griffin expressed this by throwing up all over her–his ultimate expression of affection. 🙂

Griffin and Auntie Elle

Griffin and Auntie Elle

At 3 months, Griffin has discovered his hands. They seem to fascinate him. I think he realizes that he can control them too. The other day, as he was laying in his gymini, I swear I caught him batting at one of the dangling toys! He did it several times and I wonder if it was intentional or just a coincidence. He continues to get longer and longer. He seems to really love it when he’s lying down and we talk to him. When we do that he just laughs and talks back and laughs and laughs. He’s a character, that little guy of mine.

Griffin lounges in the papasan.

Griffin lounges in the papasan.

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