Friday, December 19, 2014

A combined blessing in Utah

We've always had our kid's baby blessings where we live (see pictures of Evie's day here), but we ended up blessing McKay in Utah.
This happened for a couple of reasons:
-no family would have made it to Georgia for it
-McKay's little cousin, Nixon, who was born 20 days before him, was getting blessed also. 
We thought the day would be extra special if they were blessed together.
Especially because they both have the family name of Douglas as their middle name.
And it was.
Bonus points in sentimentality for happening in the same church that I was blessed in 30 years ago.
And that McKay was wearing the same little tux that my brothers were blessed in.

{McKay and Nixon; McKay is changed out of his blessing outfit into something more comfy}

A luncheon was held at Lane and Kinsey's right after.
It was a full house with my family and Kinsey's family and friends, but a happy full house.
Luckily we had absolutely beautiful weather for December so the backyard could be an outlet for little kid chaos and people overflow.

 {Nixon's nursery is so cute}

The boys had a little photo shoot afterwards.


Thursday, December 4, 2014


Thanksgiving was a memorable one.
For one night we had 16 people sleep under our roof.
I think it worked out really well though, and it was very good to spend time with family.

Wednesday evening Curt's parents, sisters, grandparents, and uncle arrived.
Thursday was the grand feast and some leaf (, pine needle) pile making and jumping.
Friday a group went up to Atlanta for what seems to be the obligatory Hostetler/Hoglund Varsity visit.
{the Varsity is a notable fast food place right by Georgia Tech}
Friday night Curt's brother and his family arrived.
Saturday morning the first crew headed out and Sunday morning the last crew headed out.

{great grandparents meeting the newest addition}

{pile on grandma}

 {journal updating}


{auntie Alison with the baby}

{Des learned Uno during this visit and has wanted to play constantly since then...he's actually pretty good at it}

{goodbyes to the ones heading out Saturday morning}

 {cousins out playing in 'the field'}

{the lighting was really good Saturday afternoon so we headed outside for some pictures}

{too bad I already had the Christmas card submitted to be printed, I like this family picture better than the one used.  Oh well}

Such a good time.

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