Monday, December 03, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

And then we had a baby.

So yeah, little bit of a break in the old blog the past two months.  About three days after our last post I was admitted to the hospital with pregnancy-induced hypertension.  Three days after that on September 23, 2012, little miss Piper Dee made her way into the world at 33.5 weeks (7 weeks early).  She was 3 lbs 9 oz and 16.5 inches long.  She spent 20 days in the NICU and came home with us on October 12, 2012.  I'll keep it short since I'm dealing with precious nap time here, but here are some photos showing her journey from birth date to now:

Just born.

First bottle.

Finally meeting my girl in the NICU.

Laying on her bili blanket (treatment for jaundice).

Piper in her isolette before she was moved to an open crib.

Receiving a blessing from our minister Chad.

Her fingers in mine.

Meeting big brother Amery.


Pipers baptism. This is the same baptismal gown worn by me and my sister. It's 45 years old.

My pretty girl captured by Libby Ann Photography. You can bet we'll be posting more of these when we get them.
Some people have asked about her middle name.  Jon's mom's name was Merri Dee and my grandma's name is Dee, so it's a way to honor them both.

Monday, September 17, 2012


The easiest way to get to my friend Mandie's blog is to go through the link on our blog.  Every time I passed by ours I felt a little bit worse about slacking on posts this summer.  The guilt of not posting anything since July finally got to me.  We really did do stuff the rest of the summer.  Lots of stuff.  And then it got really, really hot and we holed up in the house most weekends or spent time in the pool.  To ease my guilt, you get pictures.  Not a lot of explanation, but this is the best I've got right now.  Getting ready for Amery's birthday, family visits, and a certain baby girl are taking up a lot of time right now!

We spent time on Grammy and Grampy's boat:

 Rocked some swimming lessons:

Dressed up for hippie day at school:

Moved into a big boy room:

Visited a cave:

And checked out a Lego festival:

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Fourth of July Fun

We had a lot of fun celebrating Independence Day yesterday.  We started with Plan A - pool party at home with friends.  One of their little ones got sick so we moved on to Plan B - spend the day with grammy and grampy and swim in their awesome neighborhood pool.  Turns out BOTH of the neighborhood pools were closed for the 4th (why? dumb).  We moved on to Plan C - drive 10 miles back toward Austin to go to the big pool in town.  It was crazy crowded but we still had a great time.  We headed back out to grammy and grampy's for dinner and fireworks.  Some pictures from our day:

My masterpiece. A patriotic triffle of pound cake stars, strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. It was simple and delicious. I can once again thank Pinterest for this one.
Amery's first sparkler. The cup as a hand shield for little ones - brilliant. You may be shocked to hear that this idea came from, wait for it, Pinterest.

Finally it was time to head down the marina for fireworks. Waiting for it to get dark enough is tough for the 3-yr-old crowd.

A million years later, still waiting...
Taking pictures of ourselves, thinking it will NEVER get dark.

Finally! He was definitely impressed.

And then there's this awesome little video of our smart boy. Throughout the fireworks show, he was calling out their colors in Spanish. What a little sponge he is right now. I suspect his teachers, many of whom speak fluent Spanish, are to thank for this.  Oh, and Dora and Diego.  Lord knows he watches his fair share of those two.

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Girl!

19 weeks, 3 days, 1 baby girl.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Safari Week Photos

The Late Night Benediction team before the race.

Jon and me at the start.

Amery's first trip to the beach. King Fisher Beach at Port O'Connor.

With cousin Jax. The water was that shallow halfway out that big pier in the background.
The guys at the Victoria checkpoint on Monday afternoon.  Looking a little tired.

Waiting at Seadrift for Papa to get in on Tuesday evening.

They made it! It took them 80 hours and they finished in 63rd place at 18:05 on Tuesday.

The guys at the finish line.

Happy to have Papa home safe with us!