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Adventures in the Park, the Grocery Store, andMore THE AUDREY UPDATE
I am so excited for spring. Audrey is 16 1/2 months and has stopped taking a nap in the morning, which has really opened up time for us to do things. Until now, by the time we would get out of the house in the morning, we’d have to turn around and go back home so Audrey could take a nap. Now, thanks to the nice spring weather, Renee and I can bring Audrey and the dogs down to a park not far from our house. It’s really fun, and Audrey loves to crawl around in the grass. Audrey hasn’t started walking yet, but that’s okay. I feel like if she wanted to walk, she’d get up and start walking, but she’s still pretty cautious. There have been a number of times I’ve seen her stand up without holding onto anything. After about five seconds, she’ll realize what she’s doing and quickly sit back down. Right now, Audrey’s pretty happy pushing around her musical walker rather than try to walk on her own. They say that most kids will either progress quickly verbally or they’ll progress quickly physically. It just so happens that Audrey is verbally ahead of the game. She knows about 15 different words, including “dada” — which was her first word — as well as “mama,” “toe,” and “peas.”
skittish around her because she’s a little unpredictable for their tastes. But Audrey loves to sit next to them and hand them their little dog ball. They’ll carefully take it and then run off. It’s super cute. As Audrey gets older, it’s amazing to watch her personality really develop. She’s pretty sunny most of the time and very focused. I love spending time with her. One of my favorite things to do is wake up early with her on Sunday mornings and go to Whole Foods together to do the weekly shopping. Audrey loves the grocery store. There are so many things to look at and everyone smiles and waves at her. She loves the attention. A couple times a month, Renee and I will take Audrey to Thinkery, the children’s museum in Austin. If you have kids or grandkids and you’ve never been to Thinkery, I highly recommend planning a family day trip. They are tons of amazing exhibits for kids of all ages that make learning about science, math, and technology fun. There are even fun things for babies and toddlers. Audrey likes crawling around on the bean bags, and she loves playing with other kids her age.
“As Audrey gets older, it’s amazing towatch her personality really develop.”
She called my parents “nana” and “dede,” which is very cute. I have to give props to my mom for picking such an easy name for Audrey to say. Renee’s mom wants to be called “Grammy,” which Audrey isn’t able to say just yet. One of Audrey’s favorite words is “ball.” When we’re reading storybooks, she can spot a drawing of a ball on any page, even if the story has nothing to do with a ball. Our Westies are a little
Life with Audrey is wonderful. She’s super cute, and I love her with all my heart. Every day is a new adventure, and I look forward to what the future will bring. –Dr. Seth Evans
A START TO A MORE ACTIVE LIFE Everyone knows that walking is healthy for us, but not very many people have the chance to stretch their legs. With a busy schedule, you might not have the luxury to get up earlier and get a quick brisk walk in. But that doesn’t mean routines can’t be changed. Walk to Work Day is an unofficial holiday that encourages people to walk more in their daily lives. Finding the time to walk for 30 minutes a day can help you lose weight, reduce the chance of heart disease and diabetes, and improve emotional and mental health. A Little History Walk to Work Day takes place on the first Friday of April every year and has been celebrated since 2004. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services promoted the holiday with enthusiasm as a way to counter the alarming rise in obesity and health issues throughout the country. Since its debut, Walk to Work Day has been picked up by people, businesses, and organizations across the world to inspire people everywhere to exercise more. Observing the Holiday To celebrate Walk to Work Day, simply slip on your walking shoes, grab a portable breakfast, and head out the door! Be sure to bring an extra outfit and shoes with you as walking in high heels, dress shoes, and/or dress attire can be uncomfortable. For people who don’t have the time, try taking a short walk around the workplace during breaks or lunch. Getting in a 15-minute walk during the day will help you feel more refreshed and ready to get back into the grind. You can also invite other coworkers or friends to walk with you. Other Modes of Transportation Although Walk to Work Day encourages people to walk, there are other ways to get to work without having to drive. Biking is an excellent means of transportation and can be helpful for people who might have a longer commute. If you don’t own a bike but are still in need of a quick transport WALK TO WORK DAY
THE LEGEND OF BABE RUTH
On April 27, 1947, the New York Yankees hosted the first Babe Ruth Day to honor the ailing baseball star, who had terminal throat cancer. As he rose to give a speech for the 58,339 fans in the stadium, Ruth’s condition caused him to have a coughing fit. With the thunderous cheers from the stands encouraging him to continue, he lovingly spoke to the thousands of people who had followed his career from his early years as a free-spirited Baltimore school kid to the world-renowned baseball legend he became. Even legends have to start somewhere, and Ruth began his baseball career in the minor league Baltimore Orioles, where his teammates gave him the nickname “Babe.” He was soon acquired by the Boston Red Sox, and he helped themwin the World Series in 1916 and 1918. The following year, he was traded to the Yankees. His popularity in the Big Apple allowed the Yankees to move from a shared ballpark to one of their own in the Bronx, which was aptly known as “The House That Ruth Built.” Even through the 1919 World Series gambling debacle, which cast doubt over the sport’s future, the fans’ attention was still centered on the Sultan of Swat and what he would do next. The New York Times reported that as “home runs began to scale off his bat in droves, crowds jammed ballparks in every city in which he appeared.” All those home runs resulted in his record-breaking year in 1927, when he hit 60 over-the-fence home runs in a single season. While his home run record was eventually broken in 1961, the continued celebration of Babe Ruth Day keeps his love for the game and unmatched ability alive. To quote the classic baseball film “The Sandlot,” “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.” In the Great Bambino’s case, the legend of his baseball career has survived for over a century and will continue to do so for decades to come.
between two locations, you can hop on an electric scooter. These scooters have appeared across America over the past year or so and have proven handy for individuals needing to get from point A to point B quickly. Walk to Work Day offers a perfect chance to change up your routine for a more active lifestyle. Let this holiday be the first step in many that will come!
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How to Solve a Problem That Never Ends
WINTER Cedar trees — Some cases of cedar allergies are so bad that victims can think they have the flu!
Did you know Texans have notoriously bad allergies? San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, and Waco rank as some of the worst places in the country when it comes to major allergies. It’s all because of the warmweather we enjoy. Without freezing winters, plants in Texas are able to pollinate all year. What’s more, cold weather also helps keep allergies from spreading through the air. Spring may be bad, but in Texas, allergy season is year- round. Here are the biggest allergy culprits of each season. SPRING Oak, cottonwood, elm, ash, and pecan trees SUMMER Grasses (Bahia, Bermuda, orchard, sweet vernal, and Timothy) and ash fromwildfires
Each season presents its own potential allergy triggers, but keep in mind that some allergens, like mold and dust mites, are year-round problems. If you suffer from allergies, it’s important to figure out what’s causing them and what you can do to find relief. Many people are able to turn to over-the-counter allergy medications to alleviate their symptoms. If you’ve tried these medications before and still suffer from painful allergies, don’t give up hope yet! Severe allergy sufferers may need allergy testing and professional treatment to control their allergies. It’s also worth noting that, in some cases, bad nasal allergies are actually due to underlying structural problems within the nose. Whatever allergies you deal with through the year, you can find help at Texan ENT. Give us a call and talk to a doctor about your symptoms. Our sister company, Texan Allergy, may also be able to help. And if your allergies are caused by anatomical issues in your nose, we offer effective in-office produces that may be able to help you breathe easy within a week.
Don’t spend another year struggling with all the allergies Texas can throw at you. Call 512.550.0321 and learn how to find relief today.
Roasted Radishes With Radish Greens
Radishes start showing up in droves during the spring and summer months, but all too often we only eat the bulbs raw on salads and discard the greens. This recipes bucks both of those trends, with the radishes being roasted alongside their green tops.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
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3 bunches radishes with greens attached
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Heat oven to 500 F. While heating, trim radishes and wash greens. Pat both dry using a paper towel. 2. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat oil over high heat until shimmering. Season radishes with salt and pepper, add to skillet, and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer entire skillet to oven rack and roast for 15 minutes. 3. Once removed from oven, return skillet to stove. Over medium heat, stir in butter and add greens. Cook until they are wilted, about 2 minutes. 4. Finish with lemon juice and additional salt if desired. Serve immediately.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Page 1 So, How’s Audrey?
Page 2 April 27 Is National Babe Ruth Day!
Page 2 Walk to Work Today!
Page 3 When Is Allergy Season in Texas?
Page 3 Roasted Radishes With Radish Greens
Page 4 AWord From the Westies
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TheTruth About Dog‘Smiles’
good game of fetch, but if the corners of their mouth are drawn back and stretched tight, it might be a sign that something is making them nervous — possibly the strange object their human is putting near their face. Another difference between stress and happiness can be seen in a dog’s eyes. For most dogs, when we’re happy, our eyelids are relaxed and the whites of our eyes are hidden. But when dogs are stressed, our eyes get wider. If you can see the whites of your dog’s eyes when they’re smiling, they might need some reassurance that everything is okay. This doesn’t mean dogs never smile when we’re happy. Dogs look to their humans for guidance. If your dog learns that a smile makes you happy, they could learn to smile for attention or affection. No matter how your dog shows their happiness, the most important takeaway is yes, dogs can feel happiness. Of course we can! And nothing makes us happier than spending time with the humans we love.
Spring is in the air, and Emma and I couldn’t be more excited! The nice weather means more walks to the park with our humans, which is always so much fun. We’re so happy we can hardly contain ourselves. Humans and dogs show happiness in very different ways. When dogs are happy, we might wag our tail so hard our whole body shakes or lie with our belly up and our tongue out. Meanwhile, humans like to smile or laugh.
Dogs can smile too, but it’s not always a sign that we’re happy. There are a lot of pictures and videos online of “smiling” dogs. Their mouths are open, their teeth are slightly showing, and their lips are upturned slightly so it really does look like a human grin! But I’m here to let dog owners know that sometimes a smile is a sign your dog is really stressed. When dogs are stressed, we pull our ears back. This can cause our lips to open up and mimic a human grin. Your dog could be panting after a
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