Saturday, May 6, 2017

Betsy's Baby Dedication 4.23.2017

One week after Easter, we welcomed our family to Dallas to celebrate Betsy's dedication at our church.  It was so fun to have so many people who love Betsy all together to celebrate her.  I think there will be a lot of that in her future as she is one loved little girl!

Melanie, Clark, and Porter drove up on Saturday and spent the afternoon and night with us, which was so fun!  Betsy and I haven't seen Porter since going to the hospital when he was born, and Austin had not met him yet, so having them here was just wonderful.  The first of many fun times for these cute little cousins, I hope.

My Grandma and Pawpaw, Austin's parents, and Austin's sister and BIL also came into town on Saturday, and they all came over to visit for a while that afternoon.  Betsy was her usual angelic self, and I think she loved all the attention!

Betsy and Porter got to take their Saturday night bath together, and Melanie and I about died over how adorable they were.  We will be together again soon for Porter's baby dedication and then later this summer for the Fourth of July, so there are definitely more cousin baths ahead for these two.  Their matching tubs and hooded towels... I die!

Sunday was a bit hectic with lunch preparations and getting everyone out the door for church and trying to let the babies have a bit of a nap before the service and lunch, but we did it!  What a special day to have both sets of Betsy's grandparents, two sets of her great-grandparents, all four of her aunts, both of her uncles, and her one sweet cousin there on Sunday to celebrate us dedicating her to the Lord and promising to teach her about God's immeasurable love for her.  We pray that she will come to know Christ as her personal Lord and Savior early in her life.

After church we had everyone over for lunch, and I definitely wish we would have been able to take more pictures with everyone who came to celebrate with us (I didn't even get a picture of the back of Betsy's bonnet -- it has the most gorgeous monogram on it!), but it was fun just all being together and eating some yummy food.  I also didn't get any pictures of the food, but for my memory's sake, we served snacky foods: ham with rolls and a few types of cheese and sauces, deviled eggs, veggies with Mr. B's, corn dip and chips, fruit salad, broccoli slaw, and Society Bakery petit fours.
my two favorite babies in bonnets

We are so thankful for all of our family members who traveled to be here on this special day for our family.  We love you all!      

Easter 2017

Easter is my very favorite holiday, and this one - Betsy's first - was one of my favorite Easters yet!  My office closes on Good Friday, so having all day with my best girl was the perfect way to kick off our weekend.

  Thanks for our cute Easter banner, Annie! 

We dyed Easter eggs just the way I remember doing it growing up - in coffee cups.  In my family, we also have a tradition of dying one "ugly egg" by combining all the dyes at the end.  The Easter Bunny always made sure that the ugly egg was the hardest to find on Sunday morning, and, of course, the ugly egg was always the one my sisters and I tried hardest to find.  The finder had a year's worth of bragging rights.  Austin and I haven't made it a point to dye eggs at Easter since we've been married, but this year with Betsy seemed like the perfect time to start.  I can't wait for egg dying fun with her in years to come!

 not sure what happened to our little orange egg :(

Saturday morning we decided to do a little indoor egg hunt "with Betsy."  Ha!  Of course she had no idea what was going on, but Austin hid the eggs upstairs, and Betsy and I hunted them, and then I took a turn hiding downstairs for Austin and Betsy.  Betsy probably thinks we're crazy, but Austin and I had fun at least!  

We ventured out on Saturday afternoon to a local toy store to pick up some last minute additions to Betsy's Easter basket.  We settled on some new books and had fun browsing.

On Saturday evening we met our friends Chris and Spenser and their adorable little boy, Jackson, for dinner.  We have been trying to get together with them for ages, so it was nice to finally get to catch up!  We always love seeing them, and both babies did great while at the restaurant.

Sunday morning we gave Betsy her Easter basket and got ready for a great morning at church.  Betsy did excellent in the nursery, and Austin and I enjoyed visiting with our friends in Sunday School and hearing the amazing music and a great sermon in big church.  After church, we all napped, and Austin grilled us delicious steaks later that night to go with a spring veggie pasta I made.

 books, precious book plates, and the sweetest calling cards

 one more pic with the bunny rattle from Porter added in for good measure

It was a wonderful Easter weekend, but as good as these sweet memories with my family are, the best part about Easter is the celebration of our Savior's resurrection and the promise of eternal life in Him.

"The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.  Come, see the place where He was lying.'" Matthew 28:5-6


Friday, April 21, 2017

Five Months with Betsy

It's April 21, and Betsy turned 5 months old on April 11.  I absolutely cannot believe that she is only weeks away from being 6 months old - that's half of a year!!  What?!  Good gracious, time has been flying by, and we just become more and more smitten with this little angel each and every day.  

Stats: No stats this month as we (hopefully) won't return to the doctor until Betsy's six month checkup.  I say hopefully because Betsy has her first stuffy nose right now, which is absolutely heartbreaking!  She is not running a fever, and her spirits are good, so I'm praying she'll kick the runny nose soon.  

Eating: Eating remains one of Betsy's favorite pastimes, as evidenced by her epic thigh rolls!  She eats at 6:30 am, 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 5:30 pm, and 7:00 pm.  Still working on consolidating those two evening feedings into one, but we're not quite there yet.  We are planning to wait until she turns 6 months old before trying anything other than breast milk, but I do have some baby oatmeal in the pantry ready to go!  I picked up some bowls and tiny spoons at Target last weekend, and I'm getting so excited to start experimenting with food with her.  

Sleeping:  Betsy is still sleeping great at night (from about 7:00 pm to 6:20 am).  Most mornings during the week we have to wake her up so that I can feed her and get her dressed and get us out the door by 7:00, but on the weekends sometimes she will sleep until 7:00 am or later if we let her.  She is still taking three naps a day - a short nap at 8:00 (45 min to an hour), a longer nap at 10:30/11:00 (2-3 hours), and a short nap around 4:00 (45 min to an hour).  She is also still doing great with putting herself to sleep (PTL!).  Most of the time, she rolls over onto her tummy to sleep and finds her two favorite fingers on her left hand to suck (cutest thing ever).  She scoots all around her bed, and it is not uncommon for us to find her in the morning with her head facing the opposite side of the bed from where we laid her down the night before.  

And sometimes she falls asleep like this after she eats at 5:30... the sweetest.

Awake time:  We still love reading books and going for walks, and Betsy is still a huge fan of her exersaucer in the evenings while Austin and I get supper ready.  Bath time remains a big highlight of each day, and we recently brought Betsy's highchair down and have found that she seems to enjoy sitting there and watching us in the kitchen.

Sporting her seersucker on Masters Sunday. 

My favorite picture this month.

Coordinating with our pal Preston in plaid at dinner. 

Rocking her sunnies on a sunny Sunday. 

New trick: sticking out our tongue.  Encouraged by Daddy, of course. 

Betsy's favorite two fingers - no idea how she contorts her arm like that, but it is non-stop. 

First park trip!  Very unimpressed with the swing. 

The cutest crossed ankles - I die! 

Highlights: Betsy's fifth month brought her first trip to Aggieland, meeting her GJ for the first time, my 30th birthday, her first trip to the park and first time in a swing, multiple visits with grandparents, more trips to the church nursery, and countless sweet smiles from our best girl.  It has been a wonderful month, and we are constantly in awe that God blessed us with this precious daughter!    


Mary Katherine's Aggie Ring Day

My youngest sister celebrated a big Aggie milestone earlier this month when she received her long-awaited Aggie Ring.  Betsy and I wouldn't have missed it, so we loaded up and headed to College Station for Betsy's first trip to her future college (wink, wink).  Despite a lot of car time, Betsy did great on the drive down and enjoyed being strolled around campus.  It was so fun to be in Aggieland with her and with my family to celebrate Mary Katherine's big day!  We are so proud of you, MK.

We all went into the Association of Former Students Building with MK to actually get the ring, and once she had it securely on her finger, we went outside to take some pics on the porch.  Betsy and Porter were probably both beyond ready for a solid nap, but they tolerated the craziness pretty well all things considered!  


We rounded our our quick trip to Aggieland with a delicious barbecue lunch at Rudy's, then Betsy and I headed to Livingston to spend the night with my parents before our long drive back to Dallas on Saturday.  It was a quick trip, but I'm so glad we got to be there on such a special day for our MK.  Welcome to the Aggie Ring club, MK!