We Band of Butlers

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Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays!

Jacob’s Birthday

Jacob, a little friend of ours, turned 3 years old on the 8th. His birthday party was on the fifth in south Houston, and we went. It was so much fun! We got to see a lot of friends who have moved to Dallas and Jacob’s little sister, who is just a couple of days older than Ariana! She had a great time, we learned about trees and grass and to stay away from little boys who like to throw sticks up in the air. πŸ˜‰ It was a Superman party, so Jacob was Superman and he ran around that park like he owned the place and could fly. It was a lot of fun and Ariana got some in some quality learning while she was awake. πŸ˜‰

Ariana Turns 3 Months!

Ariana turned 3 months old on April 1st! We can’t believe how fast time has flown. She’s already getting so very big. She can roll over (from front to back, at least) and holds her head up like a pro. She loves being in her Moby (a word which has become a verb in our family; “Ari, you wanna get Mobied up?”) and facing out. She’s technically not supposed to do that until she’s 6 months old, but she gets upset if she can’t see the world! Her favorite game is talking and it’s the cutest thing in the whole world. To listen to her tell a story, you KNOW she really believes she’s communicating something with you, it’s amazing and hilarious all at the same time. Justin and I will just sit and talk to her for the longest time, she never gets tired of it. Unless, of course, she actually gets tired.

We’re all pretty good at understanding each other now. Justin and I can distinguish her cries and can tell if she’s too hot, too cold, too hungry, too wet, too tired. It’s a great feeling to actually be able to understand what she wants instead of holding her, screaming and helpless. Her screaming. Us helpless. Most of the time, at least.

I really never imagined I would love being a mommy this much. I’m looking forward to the future but I’ve never found myself dreaming about it, like, “Oh, once she can call me Mommy, that will be great,” or, “Once she can play with other kids, that will be great.” I have really been able to just take each day as it comes and enjoy the moments I’m having with her now. Like this moment, for instance. She’s just gotten done eating and, as I’m typing, we are having the most delightful conversation about “Arguububs” and “Thulgads” and I’m not really finding myself wishing anything about her were any different than it is at this exact moment.

Easter Sunday

We visited Dallas for Easter Sunday and it was a lot of fun. Me, Justin, Ari, Ashley, James, and both my parents all went to Bent Tree for the service. Ari slept in the nursery the whole time. In the photos above you can see a pretty blue silk Easter dress my sister bought for her – isn’t it gorgeous? I’m glad I got pictures of her in it while she could still FIT in it (that child is growing like a horse!) We all enjoyed the little break and I know family really enjoyed having everyone together on Easter Sunday. We went and hung out with Justin’s family after the service and had an Easter lunch. He got to spend some time with his brother and Ari had a great time in the bassinet that my in laws made for her. Then, on the way home, we blew a tire about an hour out of Dallas – at 8:30! It was dark, we were in the middle of nowhere and I was a bit terrified. Justin tried to change the tire and in his manliness actually BROKE the tire wrench! (Yes, BROKE, as in, IN HALF.) So we had to wait for a tow truck to come and fix the tire. We finally got back into Houston around 2:30 in the morning and poor Justin had to wake up and go to work in the morning! It was an exhausting trip and, though it was good, we are NEVER leaving Dallas that late again!

Granny B’s 80th Birthday

The weekend we visited Dallas for Easter was also the week after my grandmother’s (father’s mother’s) 80th birthday. The whole extended family (minus one who was just two weeks from her due date!) showed up in Hugo, Oklahoma to enjoy the festivities. My grandfather, who has been in and out of good health for a while now, was doing great. He was lucid and back to his funny, joking self. It was great to see him and my grandmother. There are SO many kids on that side of the family! It’s really amazing, trips to the farm look more like summer camp than a family get together. πŸ˜‰ Ari was just one face in a crowd here, there were tons of little babies and kids running around. I’m so glad it’s that way again, that’s the way I remember trips to the farm and I’m glad that kids are able to enjoy it’s magical wonders again. πŸ˜‰ I’m looking forward to Ari getting to be friends with all her little cousins and playing with them like me and Ashley did with all our cousins growing up. Anyway, the party was great and I know that my grandmother enjoyed being able to see everyone and have everyone there and to meet her new (not newest!) greatgrandbaby. (Yes, there was a baby younger than Ari there!) I’m really looking forward to our next trip to the farm – Thanksgiving will probably be the next time we get to see the WHOLE family there, and I’m really excited about it!

We’ve Moved!
Okay, for those of you who aren’t aware (or who don’t have to abide by this rule) the state of Texas doesn’t like three people living in a one bedroom apartment, so we have moved! Just across the parking lot, so our new apartment number is 635 for those of you who have our previous address. Email me if you need the full number! We LOVE our new apartment! Once we got everything in Justin stood in the living room and looked around and said, “This isn’t an apartment. It’s a house on stilts.” It’s so huge – it’s actually larger than my parent’s first HOUSE. Especially being a stay at home mom I love having enough space to breathe, and the staff is great. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a house in the next fifty-seven years or so πŸ˜‰ but for now, this place is perfect.

New Job!
I (Amber) now sell BilJac dog food!…part time, just a few hours on the weekend, so Justin can have a fun Daddy-Daughter date with his favorite little girl. The job is fairly easy for me in the sense that I fully believe BilJac is the best dog food on the market, so it’s not hard for me to try to sell it. BilJac is the best for EVERY dog unless they have some serious problem like kidney failure, so I like explaining to people WHY it’s the best and WHY they should be feeding it to their dogs! It’s nice to get out of the house but I always miss my baby girl by the time I get home. Justin, however, loves the time alone with her.

I think that’s all for this update, thanks for keeping up with us and if you’re reading this – call us if you’re in Houston! We’d love to hang out. If we know you. If we don’t know you, don’t call. That would…well, that would just be weird.

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