The Evans Four

blogging about our life as a family

Introductions December 8, 2010

Filed under: babies,celebration,family,pictures,pregnancy,tejas,Uncategorized,work — aarontori @ 10:39 PM

Meet our new blog! WordPress doesn’t require visitors to have an account in order to comment on blog posts and the editing features are much more user-friendly. Hopefully this will translate into us actually keeping our blog up to date and posting with some sort of regularity. WordPress also has this really cool feature where I was able to move all of our old posts from the blogspot blog to this site, so all of our previous posts are here too.

More importantly meet our daughter, Elizabeth!

Happy Baby Girl

This post is rather late seeing as how she’s almost 3 months old, but I’ve got an almost 3 month old baby so you’ll just have to forgive me.

I’m sure that most people reading this (hi, grandma!) will already be familiar with these things, but I’ll put it here for posterity’s sake.

We are back in Texas!

We moved back at the beginning of August. I was 30 weeks pregnant and we had no jobs and no place to live. It was a smart move 🙂 We stayed with Aaron’s parents for a few days and then made our way up to Fort Worth to look for work. We were blessed by our amazing friends, the Lehews, who let us stay at their rental house while we did our job search. We had already started the application process at Happy Hill Farm Academy as house parents. Thanks to some perfect timing and how awesome God works, we were hired and moved into our new apartment on August 16th. We began our training right away and have been working since. It’s been a great experience so far. We are the resident parents for the elementary-aged girls. We have 4 girls that live in our unit and while at times it is challenging, it’s also very rewarding work and there is most definitely never a dull moment.

On September 14th, I went into labor. At least I thought that I had gone into labor, but after walking and walking and walking the contractions kept slowing down and eventually stopped. Then at around 1:30 AM on September 16th I was awakened by much stronger contractions. We drove to Fort Worth (an hour away) to the Lehews home (they’re so awesome) and stayed there while we waited to see if this was really it. At about 5:30 I called our midwife and told her we were ready. We then drove another 20 minutes to the birth center in Hurst. Elizabeth was born at 11:12 AM and it was a wonderful experience all around. She weighed  6 lbs 4 oz and was 21 inches long.

Adjusting to life with a newborn has been wonderful, tiring, sometimes frustrating, and did I mention tiring. Really though, it’s awesome and we’re loving being parents. One of the best things about our job is that we work at home and together. While this was mostly true when we worked at Soltane, we worked out in different workshops and really only crossed paths at lunchtime during the day. Here we both work in the house and while the girls are at school from 8:30 to 3:30 we are free to do whatever we want/need to do. It’s been awesome being at home together with Elizabeth! How many kids get to have both of their parents at home with them full time? We don’t have the usual weekends off work week. Instead we work 4 days on and then 2 days off and rotate with the single house parent that is attached to our unit. Our days off are different each week, but it’s not too inconvenient and definitely worth it.

We do miss living in Fort Worth. Being an hour away from our old friends and our church is tough sometimes, but we drive in pretty regularly to hang out and visit. We’re making friends here at our job too, which is nice. There are lots of other couples here with kids, although we’re the youngest.

Elizabeth is becoming more interested in the world around her all the time and sleeping longer at night (thank goodness). We are coming up on a nice long break for Christmas (yay for working at a school). We’ll be off from December 18th until January 3rd. We have lots of traveling and family time planned, but hopefully will also have some time to visit with our friends around here and relax at home some too.

This post is getting ridiculously long, so I’m going to close for now. Here’s a few parting gifts to make up for lost time:

Elizabeth with her Pop Pop at the birth center, just 6 hours old

Aaron holding our baby girl, just one day old

2 days old, what a cutie

❤ – Tori

 

Monumental Update…coming soon :) July 27, 2009

We are currently back in Fort Worth, TX for one week. We have been to Lawton, Denver, Lincoln (Nebraska), back to Lawton, and then here. We still have two more stops to make on our trip.

Something to look forward to: pictures! LOTS of pictures from our travels so far and also…video clips (at least one from each time we crossed a state line).
This week will provide us with absolutely no have to’s as well as an awesome internet connection so I will most definitely be updating this baby.
hint: look at the labels for this post and you will get a small idea of what we’ve seen/done so far
okay, so it wouldn’t let me post all of them but here they are (babies, denver, family, food, friends, fun, plans, tejas, travels, vacation, wildlife, okies, corn, badminton, competitive sports, injuries, sleep, driving, night life, cooking, dessert)

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…. new year’s? December 29, 2008

Filed under: family,holidays,tejas,travels,work — aarontori @ 11:07 PM

Hope everyone had a merry Christmas. We did, though it didn’t turn out the way we had planned. We didn’t end up spending that time at the resort we mentioned in the previous post. Apparently somebody thought it would be cool to not inform us that we needed to have a combined income of at least $50,000 a year in order to take advantage of this specific promotion. I didn’t even know it was a promotion, I thought it was just a stay that we had been given. Well, the resort failed to mention that aspect in the many months I had been talking with them about it, and so the morning before we were going to leave they called and let us know. At least we didn’t drive out there for nothing.

The rest of the holiday trip went well though. We headed up to my grandmother’s house a bit earlier than expected and picked up my aunt Tracy along the way. We had a wonderful family dinner. Tori is happy with her Christmas gift: a fashionable watch; I am happy with my gift: Guitar Hero III. She has been wearing it pretty much all the time, and I have been playing it pretty much… ok not all the time, but at least once a day.

So it’s back to work for us both. Now we are just preparing for next semester and enjoying the break from class work.

Happy New Year!

 

It’s Beginning to feel a lot like Christmas December 17, 2008

Filed under: holidays,school,tejas — aarontori @ 12:01 AM

Hello internet! Just wanted to post an update on how we’re doing.

I have finished my classes for the semester (thank goodness) and all of my finals are behind me now. Just one more semester to go! Taking 21 hours this semester was brutal and taking 4 finals in one day was pretty rough as well. Next semester I’ll only be taking 16 which will be a lovely change of pace. The only downside is that I will have to drive to Denton EVERYDAY because I have a MWF course. I do have a job for next semester though. I will be continuing to work with the kiddo that I’ve been doing therapy with this semester and possibly adding another client if I have time (we’ll see).

Aaron is done with his classes and is in the midst of finals. He had one test Monday evening, a paper due Monday afternoon, another test Tuesday, and one more on Thursday. I know he will also be glad when this semester is over with. Next semester he will have his field placement at a high school in Haltom City (about 30 minutes from our house) and two classes on Mondays. He will most likely only be able to work on Saturdays because his field placement will take up most of his time.

We will be spending our first Christmas together at a resort in Tyler, TX. Thanks to Aunt Pam and Uncle Wayne, we have 2 days and 2 nights at an all-inclusive resort. We’ll check in after 5 on Christmas Eve and check out the afternoon of the 26th. After that we will drive up to Mt. Vernon to Grandma Ann’s farm. Aaron’s parents and sister will be driving in on the 26th as well. We’ll have a big family dinner on Saturday night with relatives from around that area and then drive home on Sunday.

As for the rest of our winter break, we will be working our tails off since our income will drop next semester. We will also be making plans for after graduation and definitely relaxing and enjoying the break from classes and studying.

In other recent news we had our annual Christmas party with our TCU “family” this past Friday. It was bittersweet since it will be the last Christmas party we have together. It started with about 10 people our Freshman year and this year there were 17 people at the party. We will most definitely miss all of them. Most of us will graduate in May and move away to grad school or jobs. It was a very fun time. We had our secret santa gift exchange, visited, played the endless setlist on rockband (which Aaron was seriously excited about), and capped off the evening by celebrating our friend, Phillip’s 21st birthday at midnight.

I’m going to stop for now since it’s late. Goodnight.

 

Post-Thanksgiving Post December 1, 2008

Filed under: holidays,illness,tejas,travels — aarontori @ 12:01 PM

Hello all. We had a good visit with my Dad, Phyllis, Grandma Heath, and Jay Lee. We got there at about 10:30 on Wednesday morning. Just to clarify the reason that I couldn’t drive was because I was wearing my glasses because my contact had torn, not because I have horrible vision at night or anything. The glasses prescription is a year behind my contacts. The hotel room was very nice and comfortable with the best bed I’ve ever slept on. We got up at 7:30, got ready, and had some warm breakfast before heading out. I drove us while Aaron rested some more.

On Wednesday we went to lunch with my dad and Jay. Then we took Jay to Wal-Mart to pick out a gift with the birthday money we gave him. It was very fun. We hung out at home, making lists of things we’d need for Thanksgiving dinner and then ate dinner at TB’s (a really good barbecue place).

I got up at just after 7 on Thursday and Phyllis and I started the turkey (in the new fancy electric roaster they got us). We cooked until about noon and then took everything across the street to Grandma’s and had a very tasty Thanksgiving lunch. It was pretty good for my first time making the Thanksgiving feast. Everything came out really well. Aaron did the dishes and we put away leftovers. Then we spent the rest of the day watching football, doing homework, and pretty much lounging about.

On Friday we drove to San Antonio to meet up with my sister Cindi and her new husband David. They got married on Wednesday. We picked them up downtown and then met my nephew, Jarrod at the Alamo Cafe. It was a very tasty and filling lunch, and a nice visit. Jarrod’s dad came and picked him up and we dropped Cindi and David back off downtown and drove home. We got back to Del Rio a little after 8. We stopped at the Skillet for dinner, and that’s when my throat started to hurt.

I went to bed before 10 on Friday and woke up with a fever on Saturday. I spent all day Saturday on the couch feeling crummy. My throat hurt and my joints all hurt too. My fever would go away for a little while when I took medicine, but kept coming back. Saturday was pretty yucky and we just watched football all day.

Sunday morning we got up and I still felt bad. I took a shower, which totally wiped me out. We got everything together (and by we I mean Aaron) and left about 11. We got home just after 6.

This morning Aaron took me up to the UNT health center and I’ve got strep throat. They gave me a HUGE painful shot of penicillin in my lower back. They said that I will be contagious for 24 hours still after the shot, but should feel MUCH better tomorrow. Aaron is at the store getting a few things (like a new toothbrush for me and some lysol spray). I am at home in bed and waiting for this medicine to start kicking in. I haven’t been able to eat because my throat hurts too much so I’m hoping that I can get some food in me tonight so I’m not too weak to go to class tomorrow. Finals are next week and I just can’t afford to miss.

So other than the strep, we had a really good visit. Hopefully I’ll be back to myself again by tomorrow morning. Let’s just hope that I didn’t get anyone else sick, especially Aaron since he’s been sleeping next to me and closed up in the car with me.

P.S. I promise I’ll get the wedding pictures loaded soon, as you can probably guess I wasn’t as productive over the break as I thought I was going to be.

 

Oooo, free internet at the Best Western November 25, 2008

Filed under: holidays,tejas,travels,wildlife — aarontori @ 11:29 PM

Couldn’t stay awake driving anymore, and you need to be awake when there is a deer jumping out in front of your car every 2 minutes. We made it to Junction, Texas, but since I couldn’t drive any more and Tori’s eyes aren’t in a good enough condition to be spotting deer proficiently, we stopped for the night. We have no cell phone signal either. Interesting note, this is the first time I’ve used a landline in… I don’t know how long.

Apparently animals think the big bright light is something to jump in front of. I love the absolutely stunned look deer have when you stop and honk at them. “What is this creature, why is it staring at me so brightly, and what is it trying to say? Can’t it see I’m trying to mosey across the street at a leisurely pace?” Of all the times to cross the road, you pick when I’m driving by. Is it really necessary? The grass is just as green on that side of the road, I promise.

 

On our way!

Filed under: holidays,school,tejas,travels — aarontori @ 4:47 PM

Tori is on her way home from class, and I just got out. It’s packing time!

We’ll be leaving within the hour for Del Rio, Texas, for Thanksgiving with the Rosalez side of the family. It looks to be a good visit, and I’m looking forward to some time to relax. I have a few assignments that are due when we return, and they are big ones, but I have a week to do them so it shouldn’t be that bad. Tori has a bunch due though, so she won’t get the same opportunity to relax. She is sadly having to look forward to winter break for that. On the plus side, we’ll have 5 full days (I believe) to enjoy, so the drive will be worth it.

I’m going to get back to packing, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

 
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