Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A new decade has begun...

Well there is no use denying it or trying to pretend it didn't happen...I am officially out of my twenties and into my thirties. Can't say it was an easy transition for me, but I sure did celebrate it big!
We celebrated pretty much for a week straight and I felt so special and loved on. My mom and sis put together a special dinner and craft night with my dearest and closest girlfriends. We had dinner at Stab's in Central and then went back and had a blast doing crafts and eating dessert. It was absolutely the best night ever! I didn't get home until after midnight and I can't even begin to tell you the last time I stayed up past 9:00!  I felt like I really let it loose that night! HAHA!
How adorable are our crafts? My sis is pretty amazing with her craft abilities. She lives up to her last name! I just love her!
Christian and I took a little trip to Covington for the weekend and celebrated our birthdays. He turned 31 just two days after me, so this was our gift to each other. A night away with no kids is a priceless gift.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast, ate out at a fancy restaurant, shopped and went and saw "American Sniper". It was an absolutely perfect weekend. It was actually our first time away overnight in THREE years. Yeah...that is terrible.
Our adorable bed and breakfast. Can't say I would stay there again...(no hot water was not my idea of luxury)...but it was all about the escape!
My yummy steak at Ox Lot 9. It was devoured in 5 minutes flat.
My all-time favorite place..."the Berry Patch" in Hammond. Food to die for.
Life has been so busy lately, but oh so fun. I am loving these days home with my two little munchkins. My days are incredibly stressful, but so so fun. These two keep me smiling!
Here is to my 30's. I know it will be a fantastic ride!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy Birthday Weston Hayes

From the day he was born, I have called Weston my "angel boy". I don't know why I nicknamed him that from early on, but he sure has lived up to the name. I don't know if you remember or not, but I had a really hard time when I learned Weston was a boy. I realize it was extremely ridiculous for me to be anything but thrilled with whatever God gave me, but I admit I was set on having another girl. I just knew from the beginning that I was going to have two girls and that was the plan I had in mind. The day of the sonogram I was blown away when I found out he was a boy. I admit it took me sometime to adjust to the thought of having a boy. I think it was just that I didn't know anything about boys...I have been around nothing but girls most of my life and I just was more comfortable with girl things. To be completely honest, I was nervous and slightly bummed about having a boy all the way up to my delivery. I completely feel terrible about that now...but it is just how I felt.
However, the moment I laid eyes on Weston, my walls came tumbling down. My fears and apprehension melted away the second we saw each other. There was an instant connection that I cannot even begin to explain. It is almost as if Weston broke me in an amazing way. I realized in that moment and every moment with him since, that God knows far more what we need than we could ever imagine. Our plans for ourselves pale in comparison to God's design for our lives. Weston taught me that lesson in a mighty way.

Weston Hayes has been the best addition to our family. He adds so much fun, laughter and innocence. He is always happy, content no matter what and always up for whatever we are doing. He is a charmer, a goofy ball of smiles and always ready to give kisses. He is a mama's boy, an outdoor lover and a nursing champ. My little man naps great, eats great and poops at the exact same time everyday. (Too much information?) Sorry.
I was determined to give Aubrey Lane a sister, but I honestly don't think she could love Weston anymore if she tried. Their relationship has been pure gold since the moment he arrived. Aubrey has loved Weston from day one and is adamant that he is near her at all times. Don't even think of separating her from her little brother. I laugh because she will baby talk him and say, "come here my little handsome man". I know first hand the amazing blessing of having a brother and I can only hope their relationship will continue to be this unbreakable throughout life.
I can't believe my boy is a year old, but as I look back over this past year, I have no regrets. I have cuddled with this little guy, savored his midnight feedings, kissed his neck and taken in all his sweet fragrances with such determination, because I know how fleeting this time is. I feel like I have been blessed with the opportunity to really enjoy Weston fully...and taken each moment and tried to tuck it away in my heart. Every single night that I put him back in his crib after a nightly feeding, I pray over him and thank God for blessing me with his life.
Weston Hayes, my prayer for you is that you continue to be a ray of sunshine to everyone you come in contact with. May you grow, develop and continue to blossom in all you do. Keep on making me laugh and spreading joy to those around you. May you know how loved and wanted you are and may you always be a momma's boy.
We love you, Weston Hayes. Happy first birthday little man!