Man, keeping a secret like that is HARD! I think with Little Man everyone knew within a week of us finding out. Holding that in until the 9 week mark was the hardest, I can’t imagine waiting a full 12.
So when I told Big Man and looked up different ways to tell him I read different ways to tell others as well and I have seen the I’m going to be a big brother/big sister thing before. But I wanted it to be at a time where everyone was going to be together so everyone could find out at once. So lucky for me, my birthday was right around the corner. I knew that when people asked “what do you want to do for your birthday?” I would just say, “a family/friends dinner and cake!” Simple, huh? I thought that I would make it kind of fun and do a at home photo booth thing and ask my sister to bring her camera. Fun for everyone and a little more than dinner and cake.
So I searched the good ol’ world wide web for a kickin’ Big Brother T-Shirt and saw this really cute one on Etsy, but the price was not right so I went onto http://www.uberprint.com and made one. We loved that it said Big Brother to be and that the font/design reminds you of a baseball type shirt.
I figured everyone would show up and say their hello’s and maybe start making salads or play in the photo set up and I would casually be like, “Hey, Little Man” Let’s go change your shirt, that one’s dirty!” Take him to the back change the shirt and then walk out like no big deal right? Worked like a Charm!
My Sister was the first one to spot it and spun her head around and looked at me all one eye brow raised. Then asked my Mom who was sitting right next to her. “Did you see his shirt?” At this point Little Man was all over the place and knew what his shirt said so he was being kinda shy about it. Everyone started to look and ask him to turn around. It was fun and even though he was being shy, he was pretty proud of his shirt.
Here are some pictures of the night.
Man, I love me a good play fight. Pillow Fight, Food Fight, Paint Fight!
When my Photographer Friend, Cynthia, announced that she had a New “Mini” and it was going to be a paint fight I knew it was something we HAD to do. It sounded so fun and it was definitively going to be a Splendid Mess. In case you were wondering you can find Cynthia here, www.yourcandidmemories.com We love her!
We had so much fun that morning. She said we were probably the messiest out of all her mini’s. I loved seeing Little Man’s face and we have a great piece of Family Art for our house!
P.S. Notice the effect on these pictures. Doesn’t it look awesome, Vintage-Beachy. If you have any beach or pool shots go on to Picnik and use the effect “Cross Process“. I’m pretty sure it is a free effect so you don’t have to sign up and pay for it like you do with some of the others. I fell in love with it the moment I clicked on it.
We had a lovely Easter! A day earlier so everyone could make it. Great Family and Friends. Great Food. (I have had ham everyday for both Lunch and Dinner since Saturday, and I am not tired of it. My lunch today will finish it off.) Great Egg Hunt. The only thing is I wished I would have gotten pictures of EVERYONE that was there.
I know I have not posted much lately and I’m sorry. I wasn’t sure how consistent I could be with this. Our December and Christmas Season so far has been wonderful! We feel so blessed! Earlier this month we had a Second Family Christmas. You know those people you consider family, your second family! We were so excited to host a night for our friends to relax, eat, drink, and be merry! And to Celebrate such a wonderful holiday! I will say more about this later. We made the house so festive with lights and decorations and had a fancy table settings, normally we are not “fancy” people. Here are some pictures…
While waiting for the guest to arrive I looked out the window and it was such a pretty sunset that I had to take a picture!
The pictures don’t do it justice. The main lights were off and we just had the lights from the tree, the garland
and all the candle light, it was beautiful.
After dinner and some chill time we opened presents but before that we (Aunt Momo) read Christmas books to the kids.
We then let the kids decorate cookies, I can’t believe we didn’t take any pictures. I think we were too busy helping to stop and take pictures.
And last but not least here is a picture of me and the girls. I love these ladies and the friendship we each have. Y’all are all very special to me!
I just realized that we have a red-head, and brunette and a blond, sounds like a bad joke starting, right? You might look at the picture and see two brunettes but if you knew her enough you would know that she is one of those that is ever-changing and you don’t know what she will do next. Love you Mon.
Big Man, Little Man and myself have done some Christmas stuff too and have been trying to get some “Family Traditions” going. We have gone to Grapevine Main Street and walked around, Little and I went to Bass Pro Shop one day and enjoyed all the fun and games they have going on there. Little does not want to sit and take a picture with Santa and I’m okay with that. We drove around and looked at Christmas lights, that was a big thing for Big Man b/c he did that as a kid. We baked Cookies, I will post those later. Nothing to big and exciting but we don’t need that. We have been enjoying our time with each other and the fact that we were able to take care of most things earlier on, that we are not in a rush with stress to get things done and bought for. I am looking forward to Christmas Eve Service at Church even though I have a feeling it is going to be very laid back and not have the symbolism and heaviness that I might be looking for this year. This is our first Christmas with TCOC, The Church of Corinth, and we are not sure what to expect.
Our family is really trying to focus on the real reason for the season if you will, Jesus! We are trying to explain to our Little Man what the day is and why we celebrate and still have Santa at the same time. I know some Christians these days don’t have “Santa” but I remember being so EXCITED as a little girl on Christmas Morning that Santa had been to our house and left me presents. So we are telling Liam that Santa brings presents to the children to celebrate Jesus’ Birthday because Jesus is a present from God for us. He is starting to retain and knows that it is Jesus’ Birthday. But he is so excited (about the presents he knows he will get) and it is such a JOY to see his face when he talks about it and I can’t wait until Christmas Morning! I hope that everyone, if anyone is still reading at this point has a very blessed and wonderful Christmas!
Love, Sonja B
So I was so lucky enough to have Veterans Day off at work this year. I checked in with my sister to see what she was doing to ask if she wanted to meet us at the Dallas Arboretum and take photos of Little (she is the one with the fancy camera, but I will have my own one day) but then that turned into the Fort Worth Stockyards. I let my Mom know what we were doing and she was not going to have it. She was not going to be sitting at work knowing that both her Daughters and her cute Grandson were out at the Fort Worth Stockyards having fun. So she took the day off too. Brother-in-law came along too, we just needed my hubby and my Dad to make it complete but sadly they were working. But we had enough fun for the both of them. Sister and brother-in-law were nice enough to let me practice and get the hang of the camera. I have to say that I think I did a pretty good job. Now not all of these are all of the ones I took, as you will see, seeing how I am in half of them. Some Sis took and some B-I-L. Thanks for such a great Family Day, something we haven’t done in a long time!
October is a very busy time of year for us!
It might as well be the holidays for us. It actually starts in September. Both mine and my sister’s birthday’s are in September and by September I am in Full Force mode trying to get things decided, made and done in time for Little Man’s October Birthday. It is the season so you have to fit your visit to the Pumpkin Patch in there somewhere. Our Anniversary is also in October and then you throw Halloween on top and at the end of all of that. But that is a normal year. This year we had our first season of Blast Ball with Little Man, one of my long time friends had a baby shower and my best friend got Married on October 9th so a bridal shower/bachelorette party and Wedding. Little is old enough now that we went to Two Fall Festivals and one Trunk or Treat. I think as the holiday season is gearing up after Halloween it will be more of a slow season for us. Wait a minute, who am I kidding?????
Here are photos from October!