Saturday, November 9, 2013

Girly Baptism fun!

May God richly bless you
As you take this step of faith,
Being baptized in His name
And to walk within His grace
So you may always carry
The light of Jesus love
To those who may not have
Faith in God above.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Can I just say that I had a blast actually doing girly things!  Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy playing soccer and digging the mud with the boys, but frills and bows get me weak at the knees! 

I saw the idea of barefoot sandals on Pinterest and couldn't wait to make a pair for Cassidy, the late summer was nice enough for dresses but not cool enough for tights, so I thought making these would help keep her little socks on and boy do they do the trick!

I made my first pair white as it's a neutral color, but as soon as she put them on I knew they had to be worn for her baptism!  Who needs $20 booties that will never be worn again, verses $2.00 sandals I can reuse!  Each flower was $.80 and the elastic was $1 for 2yards- super cheap!  So then of course she needed a headband to match, as I'm sure she won't keep the bonnet on all day!

The christening gown was truly adorable, it reminded me of the lace detail I had at the bottom of my wedding gown.  My Mom offered to buy her gown but a fun trip to the Mall revealed there are no real options in-store, christening gowns are all online.  So after some research I found a website that was reasonably priced and had better options than Macy's- , and fell in love with a dress called Sophia.  But come to find out after a Google search Walmart online had the same dress $20 less!
Then came my favorite part, reception planning!  For the cake I knew I wanted to use the cross cake pan I had from the boys Baptism but this time cover it with flowers.
But the longest process were the Christening gown cookie favors.  Three days of non stop baking and decorating, my first time using royal icing, home with all 3 kids by my self, talk about a labor of love!  No wonder these kinds of things sell for $40/dozen on!  But do have to say that even though I did most of them at midnight, piping the dresses was super fun, I see other decorated cookies in my future.


Welcome to the faith Cassidy!

Baby Cassidy joins the wildflower family!

She came late but our new addition, Cassidy Jean, arrived July 25th at 12:35am!  She arrived in a hurry, and thank goodness because she was all natural and I don't think I could have endured that pain if she took as long as the boys did at birth!

 Everyone is so excited to have a girl in family, I finally feel our family is complete (and yes, I'm thrilled to see pink in the house too), but I think no one is more excited than the two big brothers! 

They are always checking on her, singing to her, and there are limitless kisses and hugs every time she's in their presence.  Of course life doesn't stop when a newborn arrives and you have 2 older ones who need to get energy out so we've been quite busy until school starts, thankfully my recovery was quick.

She was an early smiler at a few weeks old and now at 3 months she's teething, reminds me a lot of Carter hitting early milestones when he was a baby.  She also has Carter's 'chipmunk cheeks' and nose, looking a baby pictures they look a lot alike.  So far she's petite and long, growing out of the length of sleepers before filling them out, reminding me of Gavin and how tall he always was, and still is!  It's neat to see both of her brothers in her!
Cassie and I have some one-on-one time while the boys are in school which is nice because boy oh boy does it get busy once they get home at 4pm.  I can't believe how much homework Gavin brings home in 1st grade already.  Thankfully Carter doesn't have much in Kindergarten but helping them both with trying to tend to a baby was pretty trying the first few weeks.  Now we're on a routine and she recognizes the bus, is all smiles when her brothers come home and most days watches them contently while we talk about their day and do homework together. 
Can't wait to go thru the baby stages again and will truly soak up every moment this go-round.  I look forward to the many blessings she will bring and receive while with us... welcome little wildflower to our family!