Thursday, May 12, 2016

Jane's 12 Month Photo Shoot

So soon after Jane was born we were walking around the small botanical garden that is behind the library a few blocks from our house and there were tons of beautiful lilies in bloom.

I said, "I will have to take Jane's 1st birthday pictures here!" (Jane's middle name is Lily)

Fast forward to Jane's first birthday and I went to check out the lilies and they weren't in bloom yet!

So I waited and a month later they were all in bloom so we took the girls over there to get pictures of Jane with the lilies.

Sure enough, the photo shoot went a lot like Alice's first birthday photo shoot (the one with the balloons that she didn't want anything to do with)

Jane was not interested in the lilies and refused to sit or stand near them.

Stephen would set her down in the lilies and she would immediately get up and walk away.

"Uh, what am I supposed to do with this?"

Even though it didn't go as planned, I still got some cute pictures of her.

Those blue eyes kill me!

And we had to get some pictures of Alice too of course.

At her 12 month doctor's appointment, Jane weighed 20 pounds and was 29 3/4" long.

Alice was only 18 pounds and 28 1/2" at that age!

Judging by Jane's eating habits (she's a big eater and eats more than Alice sometimes) she may out grow her sister eventually.

She loves vegetables and proteins but I have yet to find a fruit she likes other than apples.

She is a really content and happy baby, or I guess I should say toddler.

She loves to cuddle.

She is always running around with Alice and loves playing with her.

When we try and get her to say "Alice" she says "Ahhhh"

On super rare occasions she will say "mama" but she has started saying "Hi!"

She is a lot of fun and I still can't believe she is 1!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Jane's Baptism

On Sunday, March 20th, it was Jane's actual birthday and it worked out that we had her baptized that day!

I know for many protestants infant baptism seems strange, but for the vast majority of church history it was the practice and belief of the Christian church.

We are members of a Presbyterian church (PCA) and believe that baptism is the continuation of circumcision.

What I mean is that it is the sign and seal of a child being a part of the Christian community, just like circumcision was the sign of being a part of the Jewish community.

Circumcision didn't mean you were saved. It meant you were part of God's people and received the blessings of being a part of that community (being able to worship in the temple, receive God's teachings etc.)

In the same way baptism doesn't mean you are saved, it means you are part of the church and receive the blessings of being a part of that community and being raised by Christian parents.

Just as in a marriage ceremony, there are vows that we take.

Here is an example of one:

"Do you now unreservedly dedicate your child to God, and promise, in humble reliance upon divine grace, that you will endeavor to set before her a godly example, that you will pray with her and for her, that you will teach her the doctrines of our holy religion, and that you will strive, by all the means of God's appointment, to bring her up int he nurture and admonition of the Lord?"

The congregation also vows to help us in raising Jane.

It is especially meaningful since we are so far from family.

I wasn't sure how Jane would react to the actual baptism. I thought she would squirm but she just laid in pastors arms and stared at everyone.

Alice said to Stephen "He wash her."

So glad my parents could be here for it!

Love this picture I got of Stephen and Jane.  Crazy to think that the next time he is walking down the aisle with her in white will be her wedding!

After church I took some pictures of her in her little dress.

Tiger Lily decided she wanted in on the attention too.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Jane's Rainbow First Birthday Party

This past weekend was Jane's first birthday.

My parents flew out for it and we had a little birthday party.

I decided to do her party rainbow themed because I had been making these toys as her birthday present:

(Yes, she has already lost the red peg doll's pot)

I had Stephen cut the rainbow out of wood and I got the other pieces from and dyed them all with food coloring.

The problem with choosing to do her party as rainbow themed is that I don't use artificial food coloring (for food that is).

But I was able to work it out using God's natural rainbow as well as the help of India Tree food based, food coloring.

As I was planning her party I told myself over and over again "Megan, do not go overboard!"

So this is me not going overboard:

And apparently failing, though trust me, I did reign it in...a little.

My inner Martha Stewart cannot be tamed.

Before I go into the details of the party, let me back up a little.

I hadn't told my mom what the theme was of the party but apparently the mother-daughter telepathic connection must be strong because she came with a bag of rainbow tule to make tutus for Alice and Jane.

Crazy right!

So the day before the party we did this:

And they were PERFECT for the party (thanks Mom!)

Jane didn't mind the tutu at all and the sunshine shirt was a hand-me-down from Alice.

So back to the party, in case you forgot, the table looked like this:

We did a tray of vegetables (with ranch dip on the side):

And a tray of fruit:

We did a DIY lemonade bar:

We filled the cups most of the way with lemonade and people could add whatever fruit juices they wanted to get a custom flavored lemonade!

The juice flavors where Strawberry-Watermelon, Orange, Pineapple, Honeydew and Blueberry.

We used our juicer for most of them.  I bought orange juice so we wouldn't have to peel a bunch of oranges and I bought blueberry because it was cheaper than buying a ton of blueberries.

I made vanilla cupcakes and buttercream frosting and colored it with the India Tree food coloring.

And I made a smash cake for Jane.

For activities I dyed some pasta rainbow colors for the kids to string for necklaces.

I printed out some rainbow coloring pages.

And my mom and I built up our arm muscles making 5 batches of play dough.

The play dough was also the party gift for the kids.

We sat Jane down with her smash cake and everyone stood around waiting in great anticipation for her to make a big mess of it and herself.

She dabbed it with her hand.

"Uh, why are you all looking at me?"

A little taste.

Accidentally got her foot in it a little.

And she was done.  Seriously.  Not interested in it at all.

I was pretty disappointed.

Then my dad blew bubbles for the kids out front.

On a side note, man I got a good lookin' husband!

Also I caught this great picture of him wearing my apron while cleaning up after the party.

If you don't hear from me after this, it's because he killed me for posting it.

The party went really well and we all had a good time!

I still can't believe my baby is 1!