Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter weekend

Easter weekend just happened to fall on Sydney's first birthday so we knew we had a big weekend of celebrating ahead of us!  We drove down to Dallas on Thursday and spent a long weekend there having so much fun!  Amarillo is always about a month behind Dallas in the Spring, so it's a feast for the eyes when we get there, everything is so green!!  It was a special weekend celebrating Sydney's first birthday, my mom's birthday and our risen Lord!

Friday we went up to McKinney to visit my friend Shay and to see my brother's new house.  While we were there, the three of us stopped at the town square and had a delightful lunch at a place called Spoons.  If you're ever in McKinney, I highly recommend it!!

Parker scored a big ol chocolate chip cookie for dessert!
Saturday was my beautiful mom's birthday, so we celebrated by going on a delightful picnic lunch.  
Aunt Lindsey with Sydney

The girls

Grandad and Sis just hanging out

Parker was so excited to find that the Easter bunny had come. 
Since we don't really talk about the Easter bunny, he was extra surprised!

Our family after church.
Daddy's little girl

Sis got to open her basket too.

Then the cousins came over for lunch!

Of course there was Easter egg dying.

And hunting!

This girl got to swing while all the action was going on!  Next year, she'll be in the mix running around for eggs!  ;)

Sweet Leah loved pushing her.

Neesie and Grandad with their grandkiddos!

Then we loaded the car to head back and this is what we found just 30 minutes into the trip. 
We won't talk about the massive, loud rain storm that we drove through that woke them both up just 45 minutes later and that it was the LONGEST and LOUDEST (Sydney cried) car trip back to Amarillo in the history of car trips.  Nope, I'll spare you the details!  ;)

Side bar:  We drove from Dallas to Amarillo in 5 hours and 10 minutes.  Something about having a screaming baby in the back makes you go a little faster!  Ha!!

It was a fantastic weekend!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sydney turns ONE!

Well, it happened.  Our baby girl turned one year old on April 18th!  It blows my mind how fast this year went by.  It seriously feels like we just brought her home from the hospital and were adjusting to our new life as a family of four.  This year has been a whirlwind.  We quickly learned that our Sydney Kate would not be the champ sleeper that her brother was, so that took some time to adjust to.  I call her my "firecracker" because she can have quite the strong personality.  We noticed this with many "loud" sleepless nights and she can get loud when big brother "gets in her way".  The girls is learning how to stand up for herself!  However, she can be the sweetest little thing and cuddle with you all day long!!  I know God has big plans for her and we can't wait to see it all come into fruition!

My prayer for Sydney is that she can find a husband that is just like her daddy.  Sydney loves her daddy more than words can describe, you can see it in her eyes when he walks through the door everyday.  James has a big job in front of him…showing this girl how a Godly man does life, treats the people in his life and most importantly, walks with God.  James sets such wonderful examples of these qualities and for that, I am so thankful.

Sydney, you made me a "girl mom" and I am humbled that God chose me as your mother.  You were prayed for for so long.  After two miscarriages and a year and a half of waiting for a baby, YOU are it. You are the one God wanted us to have and that is special!  Mommy, Daddy and Parker love you so much, more than you know!  We can't wait to see what this next year has in store for you!  We love you!

So…to celebrate this momentous occasion, this girl had THREE parties!  I went all out with the pink and we had SO much fun!  We are so blessed with great friends and family that wanted to celebrate along with us!  

And now for picture overload…

Party #1  
Sydney's "baby" friends came to a picnic party for her
Me with the guest of honor!

Blair had so much fun pushing Sydney.

Everyone enjoying the warm sun and good food.

Cupcake time!


Party #2
The Austin family party at our house!
We had all of James's family to our house for dinner and cupcakes the weekend before her birthday.

The decor!
My mom made that chalkboard poster with all her first year stats and favorites on it.  A keepsake for sure!

Eating dinner early because when you're the birthday girl, you can eat whenever you want!

Not so sure about everyone singing to her.

She loved it!

Opening presents

Katherine and Adelynn and Parker the photo bomb in the back!  ;)

Party #3
On her actual birthday at Neesie and Grandad's house in Dallas

Sydney sitting in my rocking chair I had as a little girl.

Her lively audience!  ;)

Opening presents

The table

The hat never lasted long!

Our big one year old!

Sydney with her great-grandparents!

Saying goodnight to Dede…the party was over for this sweet one, it was a big day!

At one year old you…
*  still have just two teeth
*  pull up on everything and try to let go and balance
*  still eat anything and everything I put in front of you, not picky at all
*  drink whole milk from a sippy cup…I have officially weaned you!  I made it a year nursing you!!
*  squeal SO loud when you don't like what Parker is doing to you or for you
*  want more and more independence 
*  are still the best snuggler
*  take a two to three hour nap in the afternoons (praise the Lord)
*  sleep all night most nights
*  smile all the time
*  follow Parker around everywhere
*  want to look out the window to see what's outside
*  notice things and point at them now
*  love seeing and hearing birds chirp  (you couldn't hear them before ear tube surgery on April 8th)
*  do not do long car trips well
*  are so much FUN!!  We love to laugh with you!

Many more happy birthdays baby girl!!