Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Vivi's Baptism

Vivian Claire Doerr was baptized this past Sunday at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa. Many members of our families were on hand to help us celebrate this big day, including two great-grandparents. Vivian looked so cute in her baptism gown that Nanny (my mother) made. Her big sister wore the same one three years ago (I know, I can't believe it either). Anyway, here are some pictures from the big event.

Nanny, Vivian II, Pawpaw and Cayton

Doerr Family with Pastor Tom

Vivian I, Cayton and Mimi

Vivian II

Daddy and Vivian

Three Out of Four

A Well Decorated Dining Room

Just a couple of pics taken on the occasion of Blake's 34th birthday.

I have to admit that I made and decorated the birthday cake that you see in the photo. It's a Guinness chocolate cake and it's fantastic. I got the recipe out of a local magazine and I make it all the time.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Whew! It's Hot Out Here

There isn't much that a hot August afternoon is good for, but swimming is a pretty good thing to do when it's actually 105 degrees outside! I was highly offended this morning when the weather lady said it was really going to be that hot. So, we are house bound at this point, waiting for the mercury to head a little south. It would be nice to get out of the house, but when you are in danger of melting to the sidewalk, it seems wiser to stay put under the a/c.

I think Vivi has the right idea:

In other news, Cayton has finally consented to use the potty. I tell you what, it's a huge relief because I was really beginning to think it was never going to happen. So frustrating! I think really though that it was so tough for me to deal with this potty training thing because Cayton is over three years old. Back in the day when I didn't have kids and also when I was a really new parent, I had concrete and well thought out plans about how I would raise my kids. Specifically, my kid would be potty trained at an early age. I admit, I was prone to judge other parents for late trained kids and I usually put them in the "too lazy to adequately discipline" category. So, when my time came around to put up or shut up, my precious baby showed me just how much control I have over this parenting thing. I am sad to say that the answer is ZERO. So, besides being frustrated, I was a little embarrassed at just how long and difficult this process had become. I just knew that other parents were judging me and my skills. And, of course, they probably were. But, if you are going to do this parenting thing (I have learned), you have to grow the proverbial pair and learn to deal with humiliation at the hands of your children.

From what I hear, this is only the beginning.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Welcome to the Party!

I dropped by Joel's blog this morning and saw that he and Jill were headed to the hospital finally and that the arrival of their new baby was imminent. So, to start, I just wanted to say good luck and we are so excited and happy for you both. This new experience will surely be the most, what's the word... well, it'll be the most. The most wonderful, the most difficult and the most absolutely fulfilling, fantastic thing you will ever do. Being on this side of it, I can tell you that you will never see anything the same way again. So, enjoy! We are so looking forward to meeting your little one. As you can tell from the pic, Vivi is ready to party. If only someone would bring her a drink...