12 Weeks and Baptized...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

{P.R.A.I.S.E} The babes are  B a p t i z e d 

Sunday could not have been more perfect.  The baptism was set for 12:30 and we were surrounded by family and close friends.  My family from Minnesota came down and most of Alex's family was in attendance.  I think the person we were most excited to see was my cousin Lindsay who was home from Nicaragua!  We haven't seen her in so long and the babes hadn't met her obviously.  It was the best reunion EVER.  She has one of the biggest hearts and I am beyond happy that my babies will know her and her love.

So much happiness!

This could be one of my favorite pictures of them- all clad in their new Nica gear!  Emmy being a little high maintenance and Bennett just chillin.
We spent the whole weekend catching up, laughing and enjoying time with family and loving every minute of it.  We shared the baptism on Sunday with 3 other babes and after headed to Alex's parents for the lunch.  It was a perfect day.

Blessing from Father Gerard
Bennett first!  Older brother taking the plunge :)
Emmy's turn!
G o d p a r e n t ' s

My sister Anna and Alex's brother Trey are Emmy's Godparents.  

Anna has been SUCH an amazing person in our lives, especially since the twins have been born.  She and I have always been close but having the babes somehow brought us closer together.  She comes over on her days off work and hangs out with us, helping me in ways I cannot thank her enough for.  Her growth over the past few years has inspired me to be a better person.  We couldn't be happier to have her as a godmother for Emmy because we want her to have a role model like her Aunt Anna.  Plus, the fashion advice E will get if beyond incalculable. 

Trey has been great with B and E but we decided to choose him for Emmy because we thought their relationship was something special.  Trey is such a great man and has been such a natural around the babies.  He jumps in when they are crying and is willing to do anything to help our family out.  He shows leadership and has such a positive outlook on life, not to mention one of the best moral compasses out there.  He's not afraid to stand up for what he believe in and I know Emmy will look up to him.  We are sad that he's going off to college in the fall but we know he will be back often to hang out with us...hopefully! ;)


Our best friends Meredith Smith and Mike Ford are Bennett's Godparents.

Meredith Smith and I have been friends since sophomore year of high school.  She is one of my all time favorite people.  This girl is nothing but happiness and positivity all day long.  I can call her and talk to her just about anything.  She was one of the first people I told I was pregnant with twins and her love and support made me feel empowered and that I could do this.  She was even in the hospital with me right before I went into the OR to give birth.  She hugged me and told me I had this- a moment I will never forget.  I chose her for Bennett so she could be that light to him as she had been for me.  She is one of the kindest people I have ever known in my life and I cannot wait for Bennett and Emmy to know her more fully.  They will always have her to look up to and to call when they need anything. 

Mike Ford has been friends with Alex since grade school and they have grown up together.  I got to know him in high school and have been friends ever since.  He went away to college in STL and even then, we all remained close.  This guy has it all.  He's smart, kind hearted, successful, a hard worker and patient.  We want Bennett to know him and to have a strong relationship with him, and also to have another strong man to look up to like his Dad.


Our families!  So happy that everyone could make it for their baptism!
T i m e   t o   C e l e b r a t e !

The beautiful customized sugar cookies were made by my friend Emily Williams from work.  She is a miracle worker with cookies and they taste like little slices of heaven.  You can find her works of art on instagram at @crowntowncookies 
My dear friend's mom made our cake.  Her name is Lisa Cleary and she is also know as Church Lady cakes.  her cakes are TO DIE FOR and personalized just for you.  They also melt in your mouth.  She can be found here: http://www.churchladycakes.net/

My dad and Emily... 
My Auntie Robin from MN with B... too cute.
Sammy and Anna.  We were so happy Sam could come home from Wichita for the weekend.  We always love seeing him.
Anna, my cousin Carly, me and Linds... 
My Grandma....
This is the only picture I have of them not crying and in their gowns... A long day for these two, but they were troopers...  Bennett and his binkie..  I'm not kidding, it could be his best friend next to Emmy.

U p d a t e   O n   T h e   T w i n s...
This week we have noticed the babes laughing and noticing more about their world around them...  We are working on holding things in their hands and I'm trying to get Emmy to use teething tools.  Poor girl is DEF showing signs of teething pretty hardcore... She's a little trooper though...  If anyone has any teething tools they love, please let me know! 
Bennett is just such a chunky monkey!  He must be close to 15 pounds, the kid can EAT.  He is holding his head up about 90% of the time and I can't tell if it's strength or just his neck rolls.  God love him.
Both babes are sleeping incredibly well!  Right now they only wake up once a night for a feeding, sometime between 1 and 3 AM and then they go back down until the morning.  Couldn't ask for better babies.  They amaze me daily.
Easter is this weekend and we are yet again excited to spend it with family.  Just you wait until you see these two's outfits.  Hams.  Both of them.  :)  

Until next week!

Lauren, E and B


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