Thursday, January 22, 2009

What a Weekend!

This last weekend we had both families here in Arizona for Bailey's baby blessing, and since everyone was out here we also had my sis-in-law Liz's last baby shower. My family arrived Wednesday evening and were so excited to see how much Bailey has changed since they last saw her in November. My sis-in-law, Ashley, and nephew, Gabe, were also able to come down to meet her for the first time which was really great. My little brother was not able to come down, which was a bummer, but we get to see him next week up in Washington (missed you brother)! It was great for us to see Gabe and Bailey together, and to see how much Gabe has changed since we haven't seen him since June. Clint's family arrived late Friday evening, and Saturday afternoon is when the festivities began!

Gabe meeting Bailey for the 1st time

Snuggling with Aunt Ashley

Grandma and Papa Millward with the Grandkids!

Liz's pirate themed baby shower turned out super cute, and she was able to get most of the big stuff that they still needed before their little guy comes in a few weeks. I made her a diaper cake that we also used as decoration for the food table. The cake turned out great, but once Melissa added the decorations she brought you would have thought that you were on a pirate ship! It was great catching up with everyone there, seeing everyone's babies, and celebrating with Liz. Only a few more weeks and Bailey will have a playmate, and she told me she can't wait! Saturday evening we all got together at Kevin and Melissa house for dinner to celebrate Brent's upcoming birthday. We had burgers and homemade french fries (fries curtesy of my dad), and watched the boys try to play the Wii fit. It was great to hang out with the family and my personal favorite was watching Blake try hula hoop and do step arobics on the Wii!

Pirate diaper cute!

Sunday morning came very quickly and I awoke early to make sure that we were not late on this special day. Bailey was blessed by her dad and all of his brother, her two grandfathers, and our Bishop stood in the circle with him. Clint and Bailey did such a great job! He was a little nervous, seeing as how he hates speaking in public, but he gave a beautiful blessing and our Bishop assured him that kids 2 through 6 will be much easier. SIX? Maybe he knows something we don't! Bailey was asleep until Clint took her up, but he said that she just sat there and looked up at him like she was listening (he also said that his hand shaking underneath her probably helped a little, because she might have thought she was in her bouncer, but I like her listening better). After the blessing we had everyone over to the house for a delicious lunch and lots of socializing. We also got to get some great pics of cousins and grandparents together...these are the memory makers!

Bailey's Blessing Dress (it's the same one I wore for mine, thanks for keeping it mom!)

All the men in Bailey's Blessing Circle

Our little family

Holloway Cousins - Rylan, Resse, Drake, and Bailey

Nana and Grandpa Holloway with the grandkids

Our little angel!

Bailey has blessed our lives so much and we love having her in our family. Heavenly Father has blessed our lives so much in the last year and we know that he has a plan for each of us. We can't wait to see what Bailey's journey will bring! We love you Bailey and will always be here for you...Love, Mom and Dad!


Donovan and Tawny Holloway said...

She is so friggin cute i can't stand it. Who knows when we'll get back out there but can't wait to see you all again.

Jodee said...

I'm glad the you had so much of your family there! So fun that she got to wear your same dress. I think that is so special :) She looks adorable in it too. Hopefully we'll get to meet her sometime soon!

Natalie said...

She is so cute. I love the dress.

Amy-Sue and Gian Del Bello said...

Andrea, she is darling. Looks like a great weekend with lots of family! Congratulations again on your little girl!

Kevin & Dani said...

She looks so pretty!