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Presenting… Jedidiah!

So, if you’ve been reading my posts, you’ll know that Trent and I traveled to Minnesota over the Christmas holiday.  Minnesota is where I am from and where all of my family still lives (minus a few defectors).  None of my immediate family had met Jedidiah yet.  This would be a special trip indeed!

We arrived in the afternoon and after a nice lunch with my old co-workers in the MSP airport, we headed “home.”  All of my family was waiting for us at my parents’ house, excited to see us (Yeah, right!  They just wanted to meet the baby!).

And here you have it… presenting Jedidiah!

If you already read my post Bubba’s first plane ride, then you’ve already seen these photos of my parents seeing him for the first time, but I’m sharing them again because I love them so much!  They got to meet him in the airport before everyone else did.

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Lots of smiles for grammy and grandpa!

Then he met his uncle Derek.  #sessibonation.  Uncle D couldn’t stay long because he had an important dinner to attend in honor of his best friend’s mother who passed away a year ago.  So he got to meet his little nephew and then bounced.

Next was my youngest sister Jackie.  Jedi loved watching her make silly faces at him.

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I love this one!  So sweet.

And then of course, Auntie Jackie showed him off to Uncle Billy!

Then my grandma and grandpa got a turn, since they couldn’t stay long.  These are Jedidiah’s GREAT-grandparents!  I’m so thankful that they have been blessed with health and long-life and that they could meet their great grandson, whose middle name, James, is after my grandpa.

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Look at how adoringly they look at him.  Ah… be still, my heart!

Before they left, we got the Settle men and the Logsdon men together for a generational shot.  I absolutely love and treasure these.  (I don’t know why we didn’t think to do a women’s one, with my grandma, mom, me and him… maybe next time we’re up there, we can do one.)

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After my grandparents left, my sister Christie got a turn.  She is also expecting a baby girl mid-January.  She more graciously shared little Jedi, since we would be staying at her house over the course of our trip.  She knew she’d have many other chances to hold and love on our little Jedidiah.

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I also decided to take some impromptu belly shots for her, since the Christmas tree was so pretty and I absolutely LOVE her bump (and of course, my little niece inside).

My little sister’s boyfriend, Billy, was next.  He had never held a baby before and was quite nervous.  It was actually pretty hilarious to watch him.  He robotically held little Jedidiah for about… 30 seconds, and then said, “Okay, somebody take him!”

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But Trent wasn’t going to let him get out of it so easily, he took him and with a little Jedidiah booty shaking, re-positioned him so that both he and Billy would be more comfortable.

We tried one more position and this one looked good on him.

Aww, they’re going to be great parents someday.

When Billy finally gave him up, he made us all laugh so hard.  Look at his, “Wow, thank God I didn’t break him” face.

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My little sister’s best friend, Kat, stopped by (she’s basically another sister of mine) and also, for the first time EVER, held a baby.  I’m honored that it was my baby she got to hold.  🙂

Last, but certainly not least, Jedidiah’s uncle Ryan got to hold him.  It was good for him to get some practice in before his little girl arrived.

They’re going to be great parents!

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This was a trip unlike any other one we’ve ever taken to Minnesota and it took on a whole different meaning.  It was truly amazing watching all these people that we love so much hold, adore and love on this other little person we love so much.  It gave us such a sense of pride to sit back and observe as our little miracle was passed around and loved so well by so many people.  I’m not going to lie, we may have even been overwhelmed to tears at some moments, and they are moments that we will treasure for years to come.

Leaving was harder than it’s ever been this time around, too.  It is hard living so far away from family and it hurts to know that the next time they see Jedidiah and get to hold him will be at a very different stage in his life.  Until then, I’m so thankful for technology and Skype will have to suffice.  I’m thankful that we had the opportunity to present our little Jedidiah.  It was an awesome and memorable trip!

Here are some other memorable shots that I love from the night.

Thanks for reading!  XOXO

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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TGIF

Upon our arrival at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport over the holidays, we headed down the concourse to a familiar place, TGI Fridays, for lunch.

Many of you may know that I spent many of my early years working at Fridays– I began working there during high school and worked there all throughout college until a year after I graduated.  It actually turned into a bit of a “family business” as my mom has worked there for years, then I began working there, and during different times, both my brother and my youngest sister worked there as well.  Now my dad works there as his second job.  Anyways, every time we fly home, we try to pass through there to see old friends and to eat food… after all, “In here, it’s always Friday.”

I actually quite enjoyed this job.  I have to say that I truly believe that every person should have to work in a restaurant at some point in their lives.  It teaches you a LOT of things: problem solving, people skills, how to bite your tongue when people are acting a fool, how to calculate percentages, how to carry four glasses in one hand or 5 plates at once… you know, life skills.  😉  My co-workers were cool, we got to meet lots of interesting people from all over the world, and I made good money there.  In fact, had I not been called to teaching, I may have been a “lifer.”  The hours were good (since we were in the airport) and we made minimum wage as well as our tips (I didn’t realize how vital that was until I moved to Texas and only made $2.00 an hour…).  Anyways, it was a good gig.  Fun fact, Trent also worked at Fridays for a while in Texas, and when I moved there, we ended up knowing some of the same people.

Some throwback pictures from years ago (the middle one is my brother).

Anyways, it’s always fun to visit, as most of the people working there have been working there since I started (or even before me), so there are always lots of familiar faces.  This time was even more exciting, with our new baby boy in tow.  My parents carried him and showed him off to nearly everybody!  It was so cool to watch everyone “ooh” and “ah” over our little one.  Here is a glimpse at the scene.

Anyways, we enjoyed lunch together (I still really enjoy their food) while people stopped over one-by-one to see or hold Jedidiah.

As we were getting ready to leave, low and behold, who walked in?  My friends Becky and Eric, who both used to work there (and in fact met while the three of us and another friend were on a camping trip), and their one year old son.  They were just coming back from a vacation in Mexico.  It was just happenstance that we ended up being there at the same time.  They were doing the same thing we were… stopping by to say hi to old friends.  Anyways, it was so cool to see them and to get to catch up a bit!

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Throwback picture: Me and Becky used to be “work twins”

After saying hi to them, we had to go.  The rest of my family was at home eagerly awaiting our arrival (well, probably not our arrival so much as Jedidiah’s).  I’ll tell you more about that in my next post.

*We also got to swing back through on our way back to SA and see a few more people.*

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Bubba’s first plane ride

Trent and I had the privilege of going back to my home of Minnesota over the holidays.  This is where the majority of my family lives, and all of my immediate family is there.  None of them had met Jedidiah yet, except through Skype.  We were really looking forward to this break, not only to travel and spend time with my family, but also for me to have Trent home for two weeks!  (Yay for Christmas break!)

We left on Sunday the 20th, EARLY in the morning.  Our flight wasn’t until 6:00am but we wanted to make sure we left with plenty of time since flying over the holidays can be unpredictable.  Our aim was to be at the airport by 4:30, which meant that we needed to be at Trent’s mom and dad’s (who were driving us to the airport) by 4:00, which meant we needed to leave our house by 3:30am, which meant that I needed to get up to feed the little man around 2:45 so that we would still have time to pack our last minute items.  Yikes.

Anyways, we did all of the above things and Trent’s parents drove us to the airport.  They dropped us off and we hugged goodbye.  I put Jedi in the sling and then our journey began- our first time flying with a baby (a 6 week old)!  It was a good thing that we arrived early- the lines were getting long and even with plenty of time, we only had a short time to wait once we finally made it to our gate.  We decided not to bring Jedi’s car seat, since my sister is close to having a baby and she had one in Minnesota for us to use.

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We ended up flying through Houston (I don’t think we’ve ever had a direct flight right to Minneapolis), and then on to Minneapolis St. Paul.  It’s a short flight from San Antonio to Houston- only about 40 minutes.  Thankfully, he slept for this short flight.  I nursed him on takeoff and he fell right asleep (nursing during takeoff and landing is supposed to help their sensitive ears so they’re not in too much pain).

 

We had a three hour layover in Houston, so we ate the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and apples we’d brought along and then found our gate and chilled out.  Baby boy was awake for a little bit, and chilled with daddy.

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We decided that it would be wise to eat a little something before our 3 hour flight to MSP, so I went off and found us an egg and sausage bagel that we could share.  It was delicious and just right to hold us over.  Eventually we boarded our second flight and were on our way to the cold, barren wilderness that is Minnesota in the winter time!

Jedidiah did equally well during the second flight.  He slept the entire time!!!  Even momma got a little cat nap.  Thank you Jesus!

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Geesh, thanks Trent… not my best look

Actually, there were tons of babies on that flight and there wasn’t a peep out of any of them.  Initially we felt bad for the guy wedged in the window seat in our row because there was our baby in his row, and then another baby a few rows up, another one a few rows back… there was the potential for this to be a LOOOONG flight, but when we got up to leave, we saw that his jacket was advertising a school for the deaf, so maybe he wouldn’t have cared anyways!

When we arrived in Minnesota, both of my parents were waiting at our gate.  This is pretty rare since the 9/11 security changes, but both of my parents work in the airport, so they were able to meet us.

It was really cool to watch their reaction to their grandbaby.  They were immediately so in love.

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We popped into the bathroom to change him quick and then he got passed between my parents for a while.  We were starving again after our flight so we headed to TGI Fridays for a late lunch (I’ll write another post about this later) before heading home where my entire family was waiting to meet the little man (I’ll also write another post about this).  It was a long day (I’d been up since a little before 3am) but a very special one for us and for our little Jedi.

 

The return trip:

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I was a little more concerned about this part of our trip since we didn’t leave until 10:45 am.  The trip to Minnesota had primarily happened in the morning when he usually sleeps anyways; this time it would be in the afternoon… would he still sleep during the flights?  I hoped so!  When we got to the airport, we swung by my dad’s work to say goodbye before we headed to our gate.

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This time the first flight was the long one, and this time I was extremely thankful that we ended up flying through Houston, as there had been some extreme winter storms and even tornadoes that had just torn through the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  In fact, it was snowing in Minnesota when we left and our departure was delayed a bit due to the weather and the need for de-icing.

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Anyways, the little man was amazing- he slept for most of this flight in the sling with mommy.

We had another longer layover in Houston- nearly four hours this time.  We sat down and ate a late lunch and then hung out at our gate for a while.  Daddy walked him around and Jedidiah LOVED looking at the lights.  He would lean his head back and just stare, mouth open, at all the lights.  It was so cute to watch.  He, of course, had many admirers as we burned the time.

Finally, it was time to go home.  Jedidiah nursed again on takeoff but stayed awake for the majority of this short flight.  But he was content to just hang out with mommy and daddy.  In fact, daddy was all sorts of entertaining and he got lots of smiles from baby boy.

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Trent’s parents were anxiously waiting for us upon our return.  They also missed their little bubba while we were gone.  What a great traveler our little Jedi was!  We’re so proud of our little man.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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SHOWERed with love (part 2)

Baby shower number2

After a wonderful baby shower in China, we made our way back to the States. We spent one short night in San Antonio, dropping off our excess luggage and saying a quick “hello” to the family, before heading to Minnesota the next morning.

I was born and raised in Minnesota and that is where the vast majority of my family still lives. Every year we try to go there at least twice (usually once during the summer and then a second time during the winter) to visit everyone. This year people were particularly happy to see us, since it had been a full year since we had visited. People were curious to know about China and how our travels had been. I also got to have another baby shower! This time, I was 21 weeks pregnant… just past the half-way point, and at least showing a bit.

This time, my sister, my mom and my Aunt Sandy threw the shower. Whenever we go home, we usually stay at my sister’s house, and she graciously offered it up to be used for the shower. My auntie Sandy lives in Wisconsin but happened to be in town that weekend.

When the day came, Sandy brought some games and her famous brownies (drool), my auntie Barb brought her chicken salad, Deb Barger brought her delicious Andes Mint cookies, and my friend Cassie brought lemon bars. My grandma had cut up tons of apples and brought her tasty marshmallow dip. My sister Christie and my mom had meatballs in the crockpot, a delicious salad and other tasty delicacies laid out for everyone to eat.

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As people trickled in, Trent and I greeted them and tried to get some much-needed catch-up time with them. It was hard to be able to talk to everyone… it felt like our wedding… we saw a lot of people at once but it went by so fast that we hardly got to really talk with anyone!

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My handsome hubby was rocking his “The Sympathetic Pregnant Husband” shirt and wandering around with the camera taking photos.

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We used the same beehive drawing that Catherine had made for my China shower and the same guest book for people to write messages in. As people came, they added their thumb prints and messages and then got food and mingled about for a bit. It was a warm day, but the majority of us ended up outside on the patio (my sister has a lovely backyard).

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As always, we had quite the mix of people there… mostly family, church friends, and school friends (from High School and College). After we ate, we did a quick round of introductions and people shared how they knew me. Then the games began!

My aunt Sandy had organized a few games. We began with a baby word scramble. I love these kinds of word games! The second game was based on the game-show, “The Price is Right,” where we had to guess the prices of several baby items and then whoever got the closest to the correct total got a prize. I did astoundingly well (probably only because I had just done my Target gift registry), at least far better than I thought I would do! Then, as part of her gift to me, I got to keep all of the baby stuff she used for the game. Thanks Sandy!

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After the game, we were all quite hot and so we migrated inside to where the A/C was (thank God for air conditioning!). Then it was time to open gifts! I passed my camera off to Jamie, who graciously took photos for us, and Trent, Christie, and I sat down on the couch to get down to business! We opened up so many wonderful gifts! It was very cool this time around because we knew that we were having a boy and everyone knew his name would be Jedidiah. This allowed for some more personalized gifts like this beautiful blanket from my auntie Sandy.

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We had lots of beautiful hand-made gifts- gorgeous crocheted or knitted blankets, hand-made burp cloths, etc.

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We got all sorts of goodies and it was so much fun to open them. It just made meeting Jedi seem all the more real!

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Then, before we knew it, the shower was over. People began to leave and we took lots of photos. Trent and I (and baby Jedi) are all very thankful for everyone who came!

A special thank you to my hosts!

My wonderful Auntie Sandy

My wonderful Auntie Sandy

My dear sister, Christie, who was also pregnant at the time, just passing the 13 week mark!

My dear sister, Christie, who was also pregnant at the time, just passing the 13 week mark!

…and to my photographer(s).

Jamie and Trent both took over camera duties for the afternoon.

Jamie and Trent both took over camera duties for the afternoon.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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