Evan’s First Visit to MO and KS

So remember a few weeks back when I said I had a big BIRTHDAY SURPRISE for my husband?  Well, it was my brother, sister-in-law and nephew coming to visit us and guess what??  I totally pulled the surprise off b/c he had no idea (I’m traditionally a really bad surprise keeper).  So here are some pictures from the weekend taken by my sister- in-law, Jenny (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, she needs to go PRO).

All of the commentary below is from my 18 month old nephew’s view.  🙂

Day 1

“SURPRISE!!!  Oh hey, what up Uncle Marvin?  What took you so long to get home?  I’ve already gone through all of your pots, pans, remote controls, balls, etc…  OK OK, I’ll give you a hug now that you recognize who I am finally!”

“So I’ve met a lot of people, but where’s my food?”

“This is the dessert I’ve been looking for all night – it was made by Aunt Sandy, piped by my Dada, written by my Mama, and made for Uncle Marvin and Sam!  Don’t worry all, Sandy will post up the recipe for this delicious lemon layer cake with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting shortly.”

“Oops, I forgot to bring a present, I guess I’ll just type out the card right now.”

Day 2

“Good morning all!  I’ll have a hot chocolate with extra whipped cream please.  Uncle Marvin and Aunt Sandy are taking quite awhile with that menu there… I already know I want pancakes and waffles please!”

“Whoa, it’s a huge barn on a farm, I’ve never seen anything like it.  Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in California anymore, we must be in Kansas!!”

“Ohhhh look at those cute baby goats.”

“Hey wait, that’s my afternoon snack!”

“It’s OK, I’m totally cuter than those goats, am I right?”

“So cute that everyone just wants to give me kissies.”

“And take pictures with me.”

“And my reward for being such a cutie, was a whole bunch of smoothies, YUM!”

“Yea, they are pretty cute too.”

“But I mean look at me, how can you say no to this face?”

“I guess Mama and Dada say no to me sometimes, but I can usually get my way if I give them some more kisses!”

“I totally bribed them to stay out way past my bedtime and eat sweet potato fries in a shopping cart… and burgers and more shakes too!” 🙂

Day 3

“Whoa is that a tornado??? I mean we are in Kansas after all, or wait, are we in Missouri, can’t really keep them straight…”

“Oh well, I’ll just concentrate on drinking my 18 month old birthday juice.  Don’t worry folks, it wasn’t a tornado, just a crazy storm.”

“Whee, Aunt Sandy took me out to play in the rain!  After all, I don’t see much of that back in California.”

“Whew, playing in the rain is quite tiring… I’ll just lounge with Uncle Marvin for awhile.”

“Actually, let’s go play with animals and eat KC BBQ instead!”

“Oh, I guess it’s time for my Mama and Dada to head back home.  I’m gonna stay with Uncle Marvin and Aunt Sandy in Kansas City.”  😉

“Kidding, I went home with Mama and Dada.  But what a fun weekend I had in Kansas City, I was able to cross off Missouri and Kansas on my States to visit list too!  Can’t wait to see those farm animals again soon, oh and Uncle Marvin and Aunt Sandy too!”


  1. July 26, 2010 / 1:17 am

    Adorable! I absolutely love the picture of the “tornado”!

  2. July 26, 2010 / 2:17 am

    Wow that was amazing! I loved that it was told in the point of view of your very adorable nephew. Those days looked so packed and with lots of food. The photos are really gorgeous, your sis in law could totally go pro 🙂

    What a wonderful surprise your hubby must have had. x

  3. July 26, 2010 / 2:44 am

    Adorable! Could these pics be any cuter? Looks like you all had a lot of fun!

    xo Mary Jo

  4. Nani
    July 26, 2010 / 3:46 am

    hahaha too cute Sandy! I love these pictures, it looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

  5. alely
    July 26, 2010 / 6:28 am

    wow what a packed and fun-filled weekend! thanks for sharing!

  6. July 26, 2010 / 6:31 am

    what a sweet post, Sandy! You had a blast as I see and your nephew is getting cuter and cuter with every picture of him posted here 🙂

  7. July 26, 2010 / 9:31 am

    What a massive post! I like seeing lots of photos! I would totally get waffles and pancakes from that cool-looking menu, too!

  8. July 26, 2010 / 9:34 am

    This is such an adorable post. I love that you wrote everything through the eyes of your ADORABLE nephew!! Sounds like an amazing three days – love these photos!! Thanks for sharing, Sandy!! 🙂

  9. July 26, 2010 / 10:47 am

    What a fun trip – I love it! 🙂

    (I also love that you guys went to Penguin Park! That’s just a few minutes from my parents’ neighborhood – I spent many happy days there as a kid)

  10. July 26, 2010 / 10:59 am

    Such an adorable post – your nephew is quite the writer :)! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend…and isn’t it so fun when you can pull off a surprise like that?? How nice that is!!

  11. July 26, 2010 / 11:41 am

    Awe! What a cutie! You two have something special.


  12. July 26, 2010 / 11:56 am

    between having you and surprise visitors, looks like marvin had the best birthday celebration ever!! love the captions and all the photos!

  13. July 26, 2010 / 12:15 pm

    Love this post with all the pictures. Your SIL is an excellent photographer!

  14. Sophie
    July 26, 2010 / 1:36 pm

    cuteness to the brim!

  15. July 26, 2010 / 6:11 pm

    girl these are all AMAZING!! love the hot chocolate and the goat shots.. heck — i love them all. what a great trip!

  16. jennifer young
    July 26, 2010 / 8:52 pm

    what a fun surprise and lineup of photos!! can’t wait for the recipe!!

  17. ChantaleP
    July 26, 2010 / 9:05 pm

    You guys look so amazing! And young… lol! Your nephew is such a total cutie imp! And the photography, you’re right.. is A-mazing! Love it all. I can’t stand it, your nephew is so huggable squeezable cute! So.. are you guys ready for one? Mwuh hah hah hah!!

  18. steph
    July 26, 2010 / 10:28 pm

    love it! all of it!! so cute 🙂 from these pictures i think you and marvin are totally ready for you-know-what…

  19. July 26, 2010 / 11:20 pm

    Oh, this all looks like such fun! The typewriter pictures are especially darling.

  20. July 26, 2010 / 11:22 pm

    i told you this in person already but girl, i LOVE your pics. i think they are even more fun to look at now esp since we’ve met. and wow that hot chocolate with the whipping cream and the syrup dripped down the side…so yummy.

    thanks again for an awesome time! hope we get the chance to meet up again. you are such an inspiration and so glad that we get to be friends-for-real. 🙂

  21. July 27, 2010 / 12:00 am

    awe! so sweet!

  22. July 27, 2010 / 2:11 am

    awwww~~ love love love the quotes you wrote for evan. you guys are seriously on the same wavelength. he loves his aunt sandy & uncle marvin so much!!! we miss you already~~ this was seriously one of the best trips ever. we can’t wait to see you again. i wish you were here now…*hug*

  23. July 27, 2010 / 8:45 am

    Thank you so much for sharing!! I was just smiling the whole way through this post! He is the cutest kid!!! I would love to take my son to the animal farm someday. He would love it!

    Guess what? Last night, your name was drawn as the winner of the Vadjutka Jewelry Necklace!! woo hoo!
    Will be announcing it later! Email me your address!
    I was excited for you to win!

  24. Sabrina V.
    July 27, 2010 / 9:29 am

    What a cute entry?!! Love the pictures of your adorable nephew and the narration that went along…

  25. Sam
    July 27, 2010 / 1:58 pm

    too adorable! = )

  26. July 27, 2010 / 4:25 pm

    the farm photos are just ADORABLE!!! especially the one with your nephew and the baby goats 🙂

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