Monday, March 31, 2008

Hannah Kate's Baby Dedication

Yesterday we celebrated Hannah Kate by participating in our church's Baby Dedication service. Our church honors babies and their parents twice a year in this special afternoon service that is actually separate from the morning worship services. There were 10 babies that participated in the service. It was so sweet and encouraging. It began with our Preschool Minister welcoming everyone and saying a prayer. Our Campus Pastor then led us in a short devotion followed by a responsive reading for all of the daddies and mommies. Then each family was called up one-by-one so our Pastor could pray over us. While each family was up front, our baby's picture was projected on the big screen behind us, along with a Bible verse that we had been asked to give to our Preschool Minister. Our verse for Hannah Kate was, of course, Psalm 37:3-4. We had also written a prayer for Hannah Kate that was printed in the program beside her picture. Our prayer was this: Dear Jesus, thank You for the precious blessing of our sweet Hannah Kate. Please give us wisdom as her parents and help us to lovingly guide and nurture her as she grows up. We pray that she will accept your gift of eternal life at an early age and that she will passionately pursue your plan for her life and love You. Amen.
One of the reasons that I was particularly excited about this day was because Hannah Kate wore what was my Christening gown when I was christened in the Methodist church as an infant. The gown was a gift to me from Grandmother (my dad's mother). My brother wore it when he was Christened also. Mama gave the gown to me when Mason was born. My intention was for him to wear it for his baby dedication, but my husband lovingly, yet firmly, said his boy wasn't going to wear a dress. I tried to explain to him that it wasn't a dress but a gown. He didn't go for that logic either.

Yesterday we were getting ready to leave, and I told Seth I needed to change Hannah Kate's clothes. She was still wearing the "cute girl dress" she had worn to church that morning. He looked at me with a puzzled expression and said he thought Hannah Kate was already dressed up enough. So I lovingly, yet firmly, asked him did he not remember what Hannah Kate was going to wear to her baby dedication ceremony, to which he responded, "Oh yeah, that Christening thing." Well, she was an absolute beauty in "that Christening thing," and I loved it when people commented on her gown because my response was, "I wore it for my Christening when I was an infant!" One girl even said, before knowing it was mine, "Oh what a beautiful gown! It looks like an heirloom." Okay, so the word 'heirloom' made me feel pretty old, but I was still proud of it none-the-less. And Pop and Mimi sent Hannah Kate a pearl bracelet with a cross to wear with her "vintage" gown.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Easter Weekend

We spent Easter weekend in Georgia. What should've been a 6 1/2 hour trip was an 8 1/2 hour trip . . . but it was worth it. Hannah Kate was the perfect little traveler (I was surprised!). The weekend was full with lots of exciting activities.

Hannah Kate's "Coming Out" Party: My parents hosted a little party on Saturday so my family could meet Miss Hannah Kate. She got all dressed up in one of her cute girl dresses and was passed from arm to arm. I wasn't sure how she would like this, especially since she gets overwhelmed rather quickly and doesn't much care for a lot of different people holding her. But she was a delight and enjoyed meeting her great-grandmas, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Mason's Eggs: After the party, Mimi and I helped Mason decorate Easter eggs. I'm afraid Mimi will forever have three spots of Easter egg dye stains on the rug underneath the dining room table! I'm not sure what Mason enjoyed most - dying the eggs or trying to crack them open.

All Dressed Up: We were in such a rush on Easter Sunday morning to get dressed and ready for church that we didn't have time for pictures or Easter baskets. And when we got home, Mason was in NO MOOD to have his picture taken! All he wanted to do was act silly. I was disappointed that I didn't get a good picture of Mason and Hannah Kate all dressed up in their Easter outfits, but I guess the pictures I did get are a pretty fair representation of a very active, opinionated 2-year-old and 3 1/2 month old who is still figuring out her new world. Easter Baskets: Mason had Mickey Mouse bubbles, Toy Story 2, an Elmo kite, Candy Land and candy in his basket. Hannah Kate's basket came compliments of Pop and Mimi, and she got an outfit, stuffed bunny, rattle and Amelia Bedelia book (that was more for me). Mason received an Easter box full of fun stuff from Pop and Mimi, including a new pair of Crocs, a couple of outfits, singing chick or duck (it quacks but sings the chicken song so we really aren't sure what it is!), little cars and candy. Easter Egg Hunt: Just for fun, Pop and Daddy hid some eggs in the backyard for Mason to find. It was pretty chilly Easter afternoon though so the egg hunt went rather quickly.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Our Birthday

Today is my birthday. But it isn't just my birthday . . . it's OUR birthday. I share my birthday with two of my cousins. Yes, two - my cousin Scott on my dad's side of the family and my cousin Cindy on my mom's side of the family. I caused quite a stir for my mom's family when I was born because I was the first baby to come along in 17 years. I guess you could say I was probably a little spoiled, especially by my cousin Cindy. Many of you know her as my "cousin who owns the flower shop." Every year on our birthday, she sends me flowers! I loved getting flowers sent to school because then everyone knew it was my birthday. I thought those days were over when I went away to college at West Georgia, but my birthday flowers always managed to find my dorm room or apartment. And then I moved to Louisiana. Surely they wouldn't find me there. But they did! And now in Mississippi I still get my birthday flowers.

This year I was really surprised because Cindy sent my flowers on Monday. She said she wanted me to enjoy them a few days because she knew I would be leaving tomorrow to go to Georgia for Easter. Most of the time, she sends me a cut arrangement. But this year I received a huge basket full of beautiful plants that I can use in my pots and garden areas. When I called Cindy to thank her for the arrangement, I asked her what she told the florist to do (I always like to know if they did what she told them to or not!). She said she told them that most of all, she wanted it to say "spring" (our birthday is also the first day of spring!). And second of all, she wanted it to be something I could use in my yard. So I told her that she would be quite pleased with the results.
Cindy is 17 years older than I am. She celebrated her 47th birthday today. So I'll let you do the math on that one to figure out how old I am today . . . and believe me, I feel every bit of it!

Cindy, thank you for another year of beautiful blooms! Happy OUR Birthday! I love you.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Easter Egg Hunt

Mason absolutely loves Sundays. He has a great time with the other children in his class at church. Most times he doesn't want to leave, and it's all we can do to get him out of there without causing a scene. And then he comes home and immediately wants to take a nap because he knows we go to Logan's house after naptime. He loves his friend Logan. Logan's parents are our small group leaders, and we meet at their home every Sunday evening. I think Mason thinks going to Logan's house will come much sooner if he goes ahead and takes a nap. And then he asks me every morning when he wakes up if it's Sunday. He's always disappointed when I tell him it is not.

Yesterday we decided to have an Easter party and give our children the opportunity to "hunt" for eggs.We had not had time to "practice" hunting for eggs this year so I wasn't sure if Mason would remember what to do or not. But he did. He started filling his basket with eggs.And then he realized that he could open the eggs. So he quickly became quite fascinated with that task.And then he realized that some of the eggs had candy tucked away in them.So then he went around the yard looking for only the eggs that had candy in them. If they didn't have candy in them, he would throw the egg down and go look for another one until he found more candy. And, yes, he would eat the candy.And then he decided to teach his friend Logan about his discovery. So Logan started opening his eggs and eating his candy, too. Hannah Kate enjoyed being in her Daddy's arms. Is the bonnet absolutely precious or what?!?But then the Easter egg hunt festivities got the best of her, and she fell asleep in Mommy's arms.

Monday, March 10, 2008

You might be a redneck if . . .

This is what happens when Mommy and Hannah Kate leave Mason and Daddy at home together.

Friday, March 07, 2008

She's touching me!

One of Hannah Kate's favorite places to play is on her activity gym. She loves the brightly colored mat and fun stuffed animals and flowers hanging from above. She has even mastered the task of reaching up and grabbing the toys this week. Mason didn't care for this particular mode of play when he was a baby so I really never used the activity gym with him. Well, he has changed his mind about it now. Every time I put her down to play, he has to lay down right beside her. So that means I'm constantly watching to be sure he doesn't accidentally roll over on her or elbow her.

A couple of mornings ago, they were playing on the activity gym together. Hannah Kate kept reaching her arm over and touching Mason. Sometimes she was just able to grab his shirt, and other times she would grab his hand or his arm. Every time this happened, he would take her hand and move it. Every time he did that, I would remind him to be very gentle and careful with Hannah Kate. This progressed in such fashion back and forth several times. Finally, Mason looked at me and said, "Hannah Kate's touching me!"
Images of my brother and I flashed before my eyes. We always had to "draw a line" in the back seat of my mom's car nearly every time we went somewhere, and we were not allowed to cross the line with any of our body parts or any of our toys. Hannah Kate has been here for only three months, and it looks like we're going to have to start drawing a line! I told Mason that Hannah Kate was just trying to be sweet to him and that he could always get up and play somewhere else if he didn't want her to touch him. She grabbed his hand again, and he said, "She's touching me!" He moved her hand yet again. The next time she reached over, she reached higher and managed to grab his hair. And she pulled! Needless to say, that sent Mason scampering to play somewhere else.
I actually forgot to post this . . . a couple of weeks ago, Hannah Kate started sleeping through the night! Sort of. She would sleep through the night for two nights and then wake up on the third night. She would sleep from 10:00pm until 7:00am. On the third morning, she wouldn't wake up until 8:30am or so since she'd had a middle-of-the-night feeding. This pattern continued for two weeks. But this week she has slept through the night only once. So having tasted what it was like to sleep through the night myself (I had forgotten!), I found myself wanting more so I decided last night to give her a bottle at her bedtime feeding, and I mixed in a little rice cereal to thicken it up a bit. I thought for sure that would help her sleep through the night. I was wrong! She woke up at 3:30am and never really went back to sleep very good. And then she was up at 6:30am again. I feel like someone played a really bad joke on me!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Hannah Kate's Potty

Hannah Kate is such a big girl sitting up in her Bumbo Seat . . . wearing her blue jeans . . . and that big, beautiful smile! Last week was the first time she modeled her new digs. Mason said, "Look Mommy! Hannah Kate has a potty!" So he calls the Bumbo Seat "Hannah Kate's potty."
She loves her Bumbo Seat because she can easily watch all of the action going on around her . . . action in the form of her big brother, Mason.
Mason loves to entertain Hannah Kate with his "friends" . . . Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Bear and Rabbit (his stuffed animals). He also likes to "read" to her. It's so much fun to watch them together.

Hannah Kate is 3 months old today!

My parents are celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary today. Happy Anniversary, Daddy and Mama! We love you!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Spring Fever

After three months of rainy, cold weather, we are anxious to get outside again . . . especially Mason. He likes to look out the window and watch the birds and squirrels play in our backyard.
One day last week, it was nice enough to go for a stroll around the neighborhood. Mason and Hannah Kate still had to wear their hats though.

Hannah Kate is growing so much! Even though it's a little too cool, I just can't resist dressing her up in her precious little dresses for church. If I wait until spring time, she'll be too big for some of them.Every once in awhile, I upload our digital pics to my computer only to find a few surprises from my husband. That's what happened yesterday. Yes, that is a WORM. A rather large worm. I obviously missed out on this fun, but it's my understanding that Mason didn't care much for the worm. But, looking at this picture, it seems like he didn't mind it too much.I don't know that this next picture really has anything to do with spring fever, but I thought it was adorable and couldn't resist showing off my sweeties!