Thursday, April 24, 2014
Easter is such a fun holiday in our neighborhood, and when the weather is nice like it was this year, it racks up there as possibly my favorite holiday of the year.
It's a holiday that isn't focused on gifts (at least in our family) and centers on community, church, and family. Plus, a lot of sugar is shared during the day, so that's a point in the win column.
We went to church, which is always a big production both in the pomp and circumstance factor and in the logistics involved with a very big church. I love the extra instruments that accompany the choir on Easter morning and maybe I'm just hormonal, but the music brought tears to my eyes.
We've made it a family tradition to follow up with brunch at the club. Apparently, I've also made it a tradition to dress Palmer in the same clothes because I realized I dressed him in the same suit and shoes as last year. Too bad the suit is on its last legs and a tad too short!
Same place, same suit, same shoes, different year:
And onto our annual neighborhood Easter parade. Our 'hood doesn't earn the description "eclectic" the easy way. None other than the great (and Jewish) Kinky Friedman grand-marshalled our Easter parade:
"So, Jesus and Kinky were just walking down the street and..."
Scott Taylor brought back his giant Peep float from last year and upped the ante with a coordinating Easter basket float:
Palmer would've gladly ridden in the basket if he hadn't received just the gift any 3-year-old needs for his birthday: a go-cart from Pops. Yeah. Mama is thrilled. At least I convinced everyone a seat belt was important in the speed trap.
Happy Easter and let me go check on our emergency room health insurance coverage.
Posted by Bethany Jordan at 7:47 AM
Saturday, April 19, 2014
This year, we are seeing a competitive spirit in the little boy and his baskets are very, very full. Just as fun: eating all of the candy out of the eggs in one sitting when mom and dad aren't looking.
We hunted eggs down at the lake with Elle. The kids tackled the yard pretty fast.
Our before picture was unsuccessful and the kids were big on pretending their baskets are "helmets":
Peeps + S'mores:
Palmer loves to be a tiger when given the opportunity and coupled the painting decision with his new-found love for the color green. He was a green tiger:
Posted by Bethany Jordan at 5:08 PM
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Luckily, everything is just fine with our baby girl. The verdict was that I am too active (what's new?) and need to rest coupled with the sonogram news that our baby is a BIG GIRL.
Although we are still on track for a scheduled May 22 c-section, baby girl is measuring two weeks ahead of schedule. She is supposed to be about 34 weeks, but currently on target with 36 weeks.
She is already estimated to be 6 lbs, 4 ounces and has plenty of hair. Hmmm. This sounds familiar to Mr. Palmer's final sonogram. Palmer measured 6 lbs, 12 ounces at 36 weeks.
She also has chunky cheeks and a long femur that might indicate she will be tall.
Meanwhile, I finished the nursery with this detail: I polished up a childhood silver cup of mine for a shelf.
Posted by Bethany Jordan at 10:33 AM
Monday, April 14, 2014
Because I'm so used to being a "boy mom" and honestly, a little overwhelmed by the frills and pastels that come with girls, I think the room is a good reflection of being a sentimental and special place without going too crazy.
Like Palmer's nursery, I tried to put together some touches that are special to her new family.
First, I am still in love with our first-born's nursery crib bedding and wasn't quite ready to part with it. So, I repurposed Palmer's blue seersucker stripes and blue toile by adding a touch of hot pink to the mix. I love the way it turned out.
boy version of this outfit from the same wedding dress fabric.
Posted by Bethany Jordan at 2:15 PM
Friday, April 11, 2014
While in Austin a few weeks ago, we visited a friend of Rick's at his...errr...home. Jeff Wilson knows Rick from undergrad and is an environmental science professor and the dean of Huston-Tillotson College.
A few months ago, he moved out of his typical comfortable American living accommodations and moved into a 33 square foot dumpster, housed on the Huston-Tillotson College.
Jeff is living in a dumpster for a year, a space that is 1% of the average American home size. His point is that we use and want too much in this country. He and his students are spending the year researching sustainable ways to live in his smaller environment and tackling basic needs like clean water and waste reduction.
Palmer was very impressed with the "convertible roof" in the dumpster and promptly told Rick and I that he would also like to a dumpster in his backyard so he could live like Oscar the Grouch.
here or follow Professor Dumpster on Instagram.
Posted by Bethany Jordan at 2:09 AM
Thursday, April 3, 2014
planning the soiree for quite some time.
Then, it was showtime. I was so impressed that all of the kids sat through the 30-minute Curious George show.
After the party, I asked Palmer about his favorite part. Like his mama, he has a sweet tooth and said "the cake!". I made the custom cake as requested by Palmer with "chocolate on the top, vanilla on the bottom, M&M and strawberries on top".
Posted by Bethany Jordan at 9:00 AM