Birthdays and Baptisms

Wowza, what a weekend!  I am exhausted but oh what fun we had!  The kids especially -- they better sleep good tonight with how jam-packed (and sugar packed!) their weekend was!

On Saturday morning (Patrick was at the Lake until the late afternoon so he didn't join us) we headed over to my brother and sister in law's house for a Mardi Gras/32nd birthday/diaper party -- it was my sister in law Katie's birthday and they had a big brunch to exchange for being fed we brought them diapers for their twins who will be here in like 7 weeks or so!

We had a blast and Rosie pounded a HUGE donut all by herself.  Annie just chilled in her cute little outfit and enjoyed being passed around by all of our friends so they could meet her for the first time.  We had a great time and headed home just before nap time so we could get the girls down for a siesta.  Oh, I will mention Friday my good buddy Robyn had her third boy (Sheldon!) and I got to run up there and snap some Fresh 48 pics for them!  I cannot wait to do his newborn pics hopefully later this week!

Anyways, Saturday was my dad's 60th birthday and instead of a big surprise party (like I wanted to do!) we elected to just do a low-key party at the Pond with some family.

The kids had a blast running around up there (which they actually were pretty darn good for the 3+ hours we were at a place that really isn't "kid" friendly) and hopped up on sugar and pizza and cupcakes.  My uncle Johnny surprised all of us and flew in from Florida for the party, and my aunt Mary was in town from DC so Goose was in heaven that she had all 4 of her babies back together for the first time in almost 3 years!

We got my dad a pretty awesome gift -- we gave him a model of a T6 Texan WWII airplane, and also told him he gets to actually ride on one very soon!  How cool is that?!  There's a place local that has this actual WWII airplane that you can take flights on, so that's the gift we got him for his birthday.  I cannot wait to strap my GoPro on him to capture that event later this spring!

After a fun-filled birthday Saturday, Sunday we got up and got the kids all ready and headed off to church before Annie's baptism.  The kids were all angels at church, but after an hour plus there they reached their breaking point...rightttttt before the baptism was suppose to start.  Oops.  Future advice Alex: skip church beforehand and just do the baptism -- God will forgive you.

Really, the kids were pretty good, but yeah, they didn't want to sit and be quiet through another 45+ minute ceremony.  Oops.  Fortunately I fed Annie right before so she was in a chipper mood, but the other two were going stir crazy and just wanted to run around and play.

We asked Mike's sister Erin and her hubby Curtis to be Annie's godparents and it was so sweet to see them with her!

The baptism was actually really nice (and pretty quick!) and once it was over we took a few minutes to snap some pics (thanks to my brother Charlie for playing cameraman and capturing this day for us!)...and OMG. This is hands-down my new favorite picture EVER.

REAL LIFE PEOPLE.  Real life.  This is 100% exactly what life is like for us most days -- crazy chaos with a mix of emotions that I wouldn't trade for the world!  I definitely got this printed and am going to frame it in our family room ASAP.

After the baptism we then headed back to the Mooneys for lunch and the kids finally got to play with their buddies and burn off some energy running around in the house (cause booooo, it was too cold to play outside) instead of napping.

Annie was a little ham and just was content and happy as can be being held by anyone who'd hold her and the older two had so much fun with their cousin Lizzy and friends.

A little after 3pm we waved our white flag (me mostly cause HOLY allergic reaction to the chrism oil they put on Annie's head!  I still cannot stop sneezing and my nose is forever running! UGHHHH.) and headed home for some rest time (and shower for me and bath for Annie).

All in all it was a super fun weekend -- albeit a tad stressful with juggling three kiddos at various locations, but I wouldn't change it for the world.  The chaos is what we love and know we signed up for having 3 kiddos!  I'm looking forward to a low-key week (another visit to my OB tomorrow to hopefully see some progress on the closing of my STILL OPEN incision) ahead.

Have a great one friends!

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