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Baby Moon version 2.0

This pregnancy has definitely flown by faster than the first…prob due to the energy-bunny known as Jack. :) With all the busyness of raising our rambunctious, sweet boy and Jon’s work, we were really hoping we’d get a chance to do another baby moon or at least a one night getaway before Liv joins us…but just weren’t sure it’d happen. My mom very sweetly (and eagerly) agreed to take Jack for us. Now, could I actually let him go? Well, it was very, VERY, VERY hard but I did it…we did it. I only cried 3 times total (that’s not bad, right? esp with being pregnant ;-)) and Jon may or may not have got a little verclempt too. But we survived and reunion was sweet. :) Thank you again to my mom for taking Jack but I know she enjoyed every bit of it.

Here’s some pictures from our time. We stayed at the lovely Wildwood Inn in Denton as we didn’t want to go too far from home with me being 36 weeks. It was the perfect distance and place to stay to feel like we got away without having to do a ton of travel.

After checking in to our beautiful room (and ogling over the jacuzzi tub), we headed out to Sanger so Jon could experience The Tomato – my favorite pizza place in college. Sadly, they burned down in 2007 but have now reopened so after the many trips to Round Table (Jon’s CA fave), I was excited for Jon to see my pizza place. He really enjoyed it and we met and talked with some nice locals as well. Afterwards, I took Jon on the Bre’s-life-in-college tour and we drove by the Fry house and then got ice cream at Beth Marie’s on the square. With the twinkle lights up in the trees and a beautiful cool breeze in the air, it was the perfect way to start to unwind for our 2-night stay.

By around 10, though, I realized it’s the time we normally go in and check on Jack and as a result, burst into tears crying, “It’s time to go see buddy and we can’t!!!!! Who’s idea was this anyway?!?!?! Wahhhhhhh!” But after Jon gently reminded me that it was (oh yeah) my idea…I finally calmed down and we got a good night’s sleep.

In the morning, we tried out a local spot for breakfast (the B&B had a continental breakfast but not filling enough for this preggo) and then went to the Shops at Highland Village to walk around until our movie started. We ended up sitting in the Barnes & Noble for an hour and a half reading magazines (him woodworking, me sewing) which sounds so lame but was heavenly. (It’s the little things) It was so nice outside that we decided to skip the movie and just keep walking around the shops. We found and bought a new puzzle for Jack and kept seeing what seems like a million little boys every where we went. Our code saying was ‘uh oh, don’t look’ which of course made the other look and see whichever cute little boy was in our midst to remind us of our sweet little one. Plus, my mom would send us picture updates and had, at that moment, told us he had found a picture of us on one of her shelves and was carrying it around with him. Cue crying session #3,402. haha But I pulled it together and we grabbed some lunch and visited with old friends at The Village Church offices.

Our view at breakfast

Walking by a store called Jack's Outfitters...he was everywhere!

One of the picture updates we got from Gemma...sweet boy

We then headed back to our B&B to enjoy the beautiful pool and spa. There was hardly anyone else staying there so no one was around. The pool water was too cold though and the hot tub wasn’t on but they got it going so we were able to get in for a little bit before it got too hot which was nice for me and my preggo belly.

36 week Liv and daddy

After drying off and resting a bit, we headed out for dinner at Giuseppe’s then coffee and dessert at another local stop. Overall, a wonderful and relaxing day but we were eager to see our Bud in the morning! :) We woke up rested but still enjoyed a leisurely morning with Jon watching tv while I took my last of practically 15 baths in the tub (really only 3). We grabbed lunch at The Greenhouse then met mom to get Jack. He was banging on the glass of the Starbucks wall (lovely I know) staring out and it took him a second to realize it was us walking up but when he did he had the biggest grin. :) Now, we’re back home and resting and ready to kick it all back into gear tomorrow. Liv will be here before we know it but we are so thankful for this time to hit pause and just rest. Hope everyone had a great weekend.


J + B + j


3 Simple Joys

1. The two beautiful words that are…………Nap Time.

And I don’t mean me napping…I mean, you know who, napping. Don’t get me wrong…I love that boy but to stay sane, I gotta have at least an hour or two of uninterrupted cleaning, cooking, you name it….sitting and perusing Pinterest being my recent favorite nap time activity. But the other fun part of nap time is going into his room to this adorable face once he’s awake:

2. My sweet Great-Grandmother

About a week ago, my great grandmother or Tata as we called her, passed on to be with the Lord at the age of 105. She was always such a joy and has such a special place in my heart. A strong woman of faith, nearly every time I would see her, she would ask if I pray and go to church and tell me that she prays for me often. She was a gentle spirit yet had a fire-y spark to her as well. Fortunately, she got to meet Jack which was a wonderful memory for all of us. 5 generations is a rare thing to come by. :) Love you TaTa!

3. My Hard-working husband

I love my job. And, yes, being a stay-at-home-mom is work…a 24/7/365 kind of job but it is something I wouldn’t trade for the world. And I get to ‘work’ that job thanks to Jon. He is a diligent worker bee in his IT world and I am so thankful that he LOVES what he does. Sometimes I feel guilty when I sit on the couch to put my feet up for  a few minutes while he jets out the door to work…like maybe he thinks I’m going to watch soap operas all day (which I hate btw) and eat ice cream (which I actually do sometimes). But, if anything, he encourages me to take that time for myself and even makes me a homemade (decaf) latte some mornings.’Don’t stress about the dishes…I’ll help when I get home.’

And he does….he comes home, picks up Jack the instant he walks in the door with a smile on his face and even tells me to go rest for a bit. His service to me and to Jack (& Liv) is overwhelming and I tear up just sitting here typing this. He is a selfless servant of God and to our family and there is nothing simple about that…and he brings tremendous joy to my heart. He is a man that, as a wife, you can’t help but strive harder to serve back ten-fold….and I pray I can do that better and better every single day.

Jack’s 1st Birthday

Just wanted to check in and show a few pictures of Jack’s first (of 3) First Birthday Party. That’s right…this lucky boy gets 3 parties! One in Wichita Falls, Fort Worth, and Dallas! Too bad we couldn’t do a California one this year but we will next year for sure! Last night’s party was our Dallas one with a lot of our church friends and Jon’s work buddies.

My friend, Cassie, was sweet enough to open her home which offered a more central location for everyone in Dallas. Jon made some delicious pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, and potato salad and I worked on some homemade decorations during Jack’s nap times the week before. It all came together great.



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5 Generations

Last Saturday, Jack finally got to meet his great-great-grandmother. Yep, you read that right…great-GREAT-grandmother. Pepita or as we all call her “Ta-Ta” is 104 years old and flew in from Tampa to stay with my grandparents in Wichita Falls. We got to introduce Jack to her and enjoy some lunch. She is an amazing woman who loves God with all her heart and her family as well. We haven’t had a chance to take a five-generation picture yet but hope to soon. Here’s some pictures from their first meeting. :)

This is my absolute fave. Such joy in her face.

4 of the 5 generations present

Moving, Maternity, and More

Jon got a little carried away with labeling our stuff - In case you can't see it, it says Jack and Fragile :)

Sorry for the lack in updates…just preparing everyone for the assumed lack in updates once Jack is here. Although we will try our darndest to update b/c that’s when you’d want to hear updates anyway, right?! Well, we’ve been busy, busy to say the least. A few weeks ago I asked Jon, “So, IF I found the perfect place and IF they could give us a great deal and IF we could somehow get out of our lease, THEN would you maybe consider moving before Jack gets here?” Well, Jon (still not fully realizing the insanely amazing capabilities of his wife) said, “Sure.” It was all over from there. ;-)

But, seriously, the Lord provided an awesome rental home for us. We know the landlords through the coop who then offered us a great deal and our fabulous previous landlords were able to find new tenants for our condo so….move we did! Thanks to family and friend’s prayers, we are now Oak Cliff dwellers! The house is a wreck right now or I’d post photos so that will have to be a post for another day. But it’s a great (pretty much though not technically) 3 bedroom, one bath with a garage, screened in porch, and a yard for the Sumeister. Beautiful hard woods and tall ceilings. We’re really excited and am slowly but surely unpacking everything. I think we’re going to do a house-warming party but we’re going to wait until the newest resident is with us so it can be a combo ‘say hi to Jack and warm our home’ type of party. We shall see.

Speaking of the little booger, we’ve only got about 4 1/2 weeks left! Craziness! Jon is getting so excited. I’ve caught him looking off longingly with a smile at little babies or father/sons when we’re out. It chokes me up just thinking about it. So cute. I was blessed with a wonderful shower a couple weeks ago which was great. Thank you to my awesome hostesses by the way: Cassie, Amanda, Wanda, Dana, Elizabeth, Katie, and Mary Kathryn and to all my sweet guests (especially my aunt who took lots of pictures (but I forgot to get a picture with her :().

Hostesses: Elizabeth, Cassie, Amanda, Wanda, Dana, (Katie and Mary Kathryn not pictured)

Me, Jack, Christine, and Baby Girl Bailey (the marriage has already been pre-arranged) ;-)

How about that mother/daughter "snap our picture" head tilt?!

Jack got lots of cute clothes and things for bath time and his nursery so thank you so much to everyone! Now I just have to find a dresser/bookshelves to put it all in/on. ha ha But that’s what garage sales are for! ;-) Other than that, we’re just unpacking and getting ready for Jack. Jon’s parents are coming in soon after his arrival so we are excited to see them and have them here and my mom will be staying with us the first couple weeks too. Yay for help after a newborn!!

Jon and I also got some maternity photos done by my fabulous photographer friend, Rebekah Greenawalt. She’s awesome and you should contact her for any wedding/engagement/baby photography. Here’s a few of my faves (which was hard to even narrow it down to these):

Got a sewing machine for Christmas and have been on a sewing frenzy since this photo. My husband is the cutest! Can't you just see his tenderness and what a great daddy he's going to be in those eyes!?!

These are the letters that will hang in Jack's nursery so we all remember his name ;-) it.

And let's not forget the real queen of the house. ;-) "Who's Jack?" she says

Thank you again to Rebekah for the beautiful shots that we will treasure for years to come!