Allie Boone

9 months growing, 2 days waiting, 36 hours laboring, 105 minutes of pushing, and 8 lbs 8 ounces later… perfection.  Welcome Allison “Allie” Boone Jacobs. You are beautiful.

Earlier this morning SB thought she would have to go home, and wait for the baby to be born in “due time”. Luckily, her baby decided that today, December 21st, is a fine day to welcome the world.  She was born at 5:15 pm this afternoon- please note the clock in the background of this picture. Dr. Davenport is the best! Really.

This is what pure joy looks like.

I love watching a Daddy’s face see their baby for the very first time. The expression is worth a thousand words.

It was only fitting that she was born to none other than.. the Allman Brothers Band playing on Pandora.whttp://www.pandora.com/

Uncle Daddy Matt was so excited to see that his baby girl has the same baby toe and he and his twin brother.

The grandmas were fantastic with their endless waiting, ice chip runs, and soft soothing cheerleading from the sidelines. And oh, to see that baby’s head full of hair was a wonderful sight.

Talk about a heavy weight.

When you are born at 8+ lbs, not only do you come out alert, but you are hungry.

My girls think of Allie Boone as their early Christmas present.

I absolutely love all that hair. I mean really, some men pay a lot of money to have hair that thick.

Little sister wasn’t quite sure what she now needed to do with her little baby… but guess what, none of us had a clue and we have somehow managed.

A proud father, grandfather and aunt….

and baby makes not one, not two, not three… but FIVE girls stemming from this here Sassy.

Allie Boone looking at her Mama for the first time.

Having seen my father leave this world, and now today, watching my niece being born- I feel so much Grace. The heartache and joyfullness is what this ride is all about.

 

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Waiting Game

The calm before the storm….

We are at hospital waiting on baby niece….sister is 7 cm and I have a sneaking feeling that she will need to get that baby on out when she awakes from her little nap… and I loose the term nap loosely. It’s, I think, your body’s last attempt to give you some rest before some pushing begins.. And here comes the nurse now….

Christmas Caroling Away

Preschoolers Holiday Sing-A-longs, cookie decorating parties, mother daughter teas, Christmas caroling, cookie baking, cookbook making. Christmas piano recitals, Classroom Holiday parties. You name it- in the past 72 hours, we’ve done it.

Britton told me she was “chosen” to be a lead Christmas Caroler at this afternoon’s party. I even caught her practicing jingle bells. Such fun.

My snaggle tooth/fashion diva.

Daddy regretted a dove hunt to spend time with his favorite ladies this afternoon. That, and I told him he needed to spend time with his favorite ladies this afternoon.

Spiced cider is yummy I found out today.

Kenley and some of her favorite friends- a glimpse into the future and I smell cigarettes and beer. Please say I am wrong.

Charlie Conn is coming to town….

My favorite girls in our most favorite recent skirts.

Ramsay and B… Britton’s first friend as a baby.

My friend Amy will be having baby boy Pace before too long. After Tots, she is batter up.

Doing some serious cookie decorating. 4 layers of icing is a beautiful thing.

Kenley had a brithday party Friday afternoon, so B and I got to spend some quality time. We snapped peas, backed chocholate peanut butter chip cookies, made blue play dough, watched Nanny McPhee Returns, wrapped Christmas presents, built a fire, and enjoyed every minute of it. Britton later told me, “it was the best day of her life. Even better than Disney World.”

Melt.

 Britton snapping peas.. No, she still wouldn’t eat that at dinner that night. But at least I tried.

Pin the tail on Rudolph at her 2nd grade Christmas party.

Tree decor-ing it. Loveliest yet.

Kenley’s preschool sing-a-long. The girls sat there singing each and every word while the little boys squirmed in their seats and yelled at each other across the stage. God knew what he was doing when He gave me girls.

We passed this on our way home tonight- at a local Baptist church/school. Now that’s something you don’t see every day. Speaking of Mangers, my sister was hoping to check into the hospital tonight to begin her induction, but alas, no room at the Inn. Better luck tomorrow.

Only in the south.

The girl likes homemade play dough. What can I say.

 I do love a pretty profile. I have profile envy I suppose.

They tasted much better than they look. Forget chocolate, give me peanut butter any day.

What to do when the mantle lights go out? Seriously? All my crap ornaments are on top.

Sweet Aunt Britty waddled out in the cold rain to watch Britton’s 2nd piano recital. It took place at the local University’s Music Hall which was named after my grandfather. It was pretty cool. I remember going there in the late 80’s for the naming ceremony.

Blurry photo, this shutter speed stuff has been stumped. Big time. The shutter speed- not the belly.

Britton performed first- she was soo nervous but nailed it, as I knew she would.

Her teacher Hristro, is the cute one with the tie. Duh.

Annual Mother Daughter tea yesterday.

Oh to be a second grader again….

Next post… Allie Boone Jacobs.

Fa La La La la’ing- Take 2

Another day. Another party.

The girls hung out with “the big guy” known as St. Nick yesterday. The Christmas season, and freezing weather, is upon us.

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Exactly 3 years ago this month, my cousin Katie painted with oil, a beautiful portrait of B. Britton was 4 years old. Well, little bit is now 4, and time for her portrait. Our first attempt at photos for the portrait.

Kenley portrait (1 of 1)

No holiday season is complete without some cookie decorating… with extra icing.

cookie party (1 of 1)

And a DeeDee.

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I love that my girls Believe. An Elf that can fly, fairies that swap out earrings, take excess Halloween candy off our front porch, exchange money for lost teeth, bunnies that bring them eggs and toys, a man with a Beard that makes all their ‘toy dreams’ come true. And that 40 is old.

Me and girls (1 of 1)

Britton’s first Karoke birthday party. She told me once we arrived in her disco themed sequined cocktail dress that she thought it was, “too much”. Her words, not mine. Personally, I thought she was perfect.

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And tonight. Oh tonight we celebrated our last week of school in 2010 with a very long letter to Santa Claus.

behind santa writing bw (1 of 1)

Little did I know that the letter writing would be a forty minute production. Kenley wouldn’t mail her until she listed all 13 items she wants. Luckily, some coincided with with Santa has packed in his sleigh already. Whew.

Girls Writing Santa (1 of 1)

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Christmas2010 051k writing santa (1 of 1)

New Threads

Stayed up until 1:30 am last night to finish Kenley’s long skirt- turned out cute. I still need to finish Brittons- she spent the night with her buddy Beau last night, and packed her fancy skirt for today’s Nutcracker show. Family tradition.
Now the question is- do I pull Britton’s out of the dirty hamper to finish sewing her trim- or go to bed?

We enjoyed the local ballet company’s performance of The Nutcracker this morning. B&K both took their (Target) nutcrackers to the local university’s perfoming arts center to watch. 

And the answer is… go to bed.

Oh… and B was up until 10:30 pm last night.. can you tell?