Saturday, March 4, 2017

a blessing weekend

We planned Edison's blessing at church to be the last Sunday mom was in town.
(with the assumption he would be born on time, it was only five days after his due date of the 21st. this plan worked out for us)

Curt's brother and his family drove up from Pensacola and his dad flew in from West Palm Beach for the weekend.

Saturday morning the visitors, Curt, and our two oldest headed to the Coke museum.
They spent a few hours there and then swung by the Varsity for lunch.

Sunday was the blessing at church, a family dinner right afterwards, and then everybody headed back home.

{pictures like this make me think his hair will match Evie's}

{In the little blessing outfit my brothers wore 30 years ago, my dad's aunt made it. I get a kick out of the lace ruffles of the era. Each of my boys have been blessed in this outfit too}

{I didn't get this one focused in the right spot with the camera timer, but even blurry I'm glad we have a group shot to record the moment} 

{Hostetler boys}

 {Taylor is a year younger than Evie but they're the same height}

Fun weekend with family.


Friday, March 3, 2017

a trip to the beach

One good thing about having the baby before Mom got here was that I was physically recovered enough to take her to our favorite beach for a long weekend.

We headed down to Sandestin, Florida on the Saturday of President's Day weekend and came back Tuesday.


Saturday also happened to be Desmond's 6th birthday, so we broke out the cake we had brought to celebrate with.

{like our kids cups? the only plastic cups in our Airbnb}

We stayed right on the beach. The views were amazing. 
I love going in the Spring and Autumn, I think it's the perfect temperature and there are no crowds.

Sunday we went to the little Sandestin chapel for church and then played all day in the sun.
Well, the kids did...the new baby and I were in the shade.
We chose the days of this trip to be in between two forecasted storms and it worked out great. 

Early mornings were misty before the sun came up and burned it away.

Monday was another play day with a break for naps.

We woke up Tuesday morning to a storm rolling in.
I think the storm was just as pretty as the sunshine.

We packed up and stopped by the Donut Hole on the way out.
One of my favorite breakfast diners in all the world, such good food.

We had such a nice time that Mom might be convinced to come do it again some time :)


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