Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Babies Burn Rubber!

First of all some friendly family business. :)

I just want to give you all a big "Woot! Woot!" You are so awesome, and your generosity for our friend Tyler has been making me smile from ear to ear over the past week. I thought those of you who have donated deserved a little update on what's going on with Tyler's iPad surprise! Eric plans to head to the Apple store this Friday before it even opens to ensure that we can get a hold of one of those limitedly stocked handheld gems. And then this weekend we will present Tyler with his very own boredom buster iPad! (Eric, if you're reading this...I'm making you take me along for this one! I think we should video the big guy opening his gift!)

I also wanted to confirm with everyone who contacted me about sending a personal check in the mail and/or gift cards for Tyler to buy some sweet apps that your checks and cards have been received. Thank you for going out of your way, guys! Unless you contact me with other wishes, Tyler will know each and every person who thought of him during this tough time.

In total donations, we are still about $200 away from reaching our goal, and we have 24 hours to fill the gap. If you've been meaning to donate and have just forgotten (as several people have shared with me) here's your chance! I also realize that times are tough for many folks right now, and it is difficult to donate financially. Your prayers and well wishes and visits with Tyler are equally important to helping him get well soon. :) We'll have more updates about a fundraiser event for Tyler in the coming days.

Thank you once again to all who have given with open hearts. You are all that much more a part of our family, and we so appreciate it!

P.S. (Because there's just so much news to spread!) The North County News, as well as other media outlets, have misrepresented what happened the morning of the accident, and I want you all to be aware that Tyler WAS NOT fighting when he was hit by a car. Others were, but he was not. In fact, he was trying to save another person's life when he was injured. I'm incredibly sad about this misrepresentation of Tyler's character. He's a lover, not a fighter. :)

In other news, yesterday was daddyless Tuesday. And Evelyn learned how to drive a Mustang.

(These are iPhone photos! I was impressed.)

Up until yesterday, Evelyn had been a little afraid of John's cherry red Mustang, and I didn't blame her. I've seen how John can book it in that baby! She would sit inside and play the radio and mess with the buttons, but if John wanted to take her for a spin she hopped out of that thing faster than lighting. Then while sitting in the driver's seat yesterday evening, Evie's foot tapped the accelerator pedal and she moved forward about two inches. A smile spread across her face, and she kept tapping. There was no looking back. :)

We were all laughing so incredibly hard at the pair of them zooming around the yard in this mini-mobile. It was really a sight to see. Eventually she even got brave enough to ride with John behind the wheel, and she LOVED it. "Whoa, whoa, whoaaa!" Hehe. 

We took a little strawberry pit stop between laps around the yard.

They were de-lish-us to the nth degree. <-- That means a lot. A lot of delicious. 

You wouldn't believe who took a turn behind the wheel next.

If we were laughing hard before, we were dying when Gracie got her turn. My dad could not get over how grown up Grace suddenly seems to be. She was turning that wheel and channel surfing on the radio like a pro!

Of course, once big sister saw what Grace was up to, she had to hop in, too. And as if the giggle ante hadn't already been upped by seeing a 7 month old sitting in the drivers seat, these sisters raised it once again. For whatever reason, Grace kept trying to attack her sister with her gums. :)

Hehe, silly girl. I got a kick out of watching them choose just the right song to play on the radio before cruising out on the open highway.

When I look at this picture, I see my girls about 16 years from now...and I melt and tremor in fear all at the same time.

But out of the entire evening...all the laughs and rides and fun...there was nothing more precious to me than this:

Seriously. My goodness. This is exactly why I am so glad my plans aren't God's plans. What a blessing these two will be to each other for their entire lives. Neither of them will have a single family memory that doesn't include the other. (Let's just hope they're still hugging in 16 years!)

Oh yes, it was a very good day for the old mommy love-o-meter. The older my babies get the more fun I seem to have! Getting to hear Evelyn's thoughts and to see my daughters interact with each other is such a gift. I am one lucky gal.

And just for the heck of it, I thought I'd leave you with a little video of Evelyn's driving skills. :) She's still working on it (just like her mama! Haha.) One of these days her legs will be long enough to keep her foot on the pedal. ;)

"See ya!" :)


Cassie said...

totally let out a big "awwwwww" looking at that hugging picture. you need to fram that baby for sure. adorable!!

and yay for only being $200 shy of the ipad! that's awesome!!

Kim Luke said...

Seriously, can these pictures get any sweeter!!!! They make me SOOO excited to give Landon a sibling! They are just soo cute!

Heather said...

Awwww...soooooo cute. They remind me so much of me and my sister.

mirella said...

Awwww this is so cuteeeeeeee oh I love this blog! haha


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