Friday, May 24, 2013

Mother's Day and Elly's Christening

Mother's Day started a little early as we were planning to head to Louisiana on Saturday. So Friday night I ran to get a spray tan (was tired of looking at my pale white self and this gave me a good excuse to get one). When I got back home I was surprised with my Mother's Day presents. Elly was holding my card from her and gave me a great present - giftcard to get a massage (My favorite!). I also got an awesome present from Aaron....a new camera. I had been asking for a better camera so I could take better pictures of Elly. Aaron isn't one for pictures so I thought I would end up pestering him about getting one to document Elly's adventures or buying it myself. To my surprise he did awesome in picking one out. The Sony Cyber-shot HX300 is awesome! I am still learning all about it and all the features - not only does it take awesome pictures but it's a video camera too. I can't wait to take tons and tons of pictures. Our trip to Louisiana was perfect to test it out as I knew that lots of pictures would be taken at all the events!

On Sunday, we went to First United Methodist Church of Slidell to have Elly christened. What an awesome way to spend Mother's Day......having Ellyson's christened at the same church that I was christened at as well as the same church that my parents were married and both sets of grandparents have been attending for over 50 years. It was such a special time for us and having our whole family present made it even more special.

Some of the people that were there to share in Elly's special day
During the christening, we had Elly's grandparents stand with us as the Methodist church typically does not have God parents. We were lucky in that Elly's Hen (Aaron's mom) made the trip to Louisiana to share in the special day with us. 

Pops and Gram Lene

Elly with all the grandparents

Elly and Hen
One thing that made this christening extra special is the dress that Elly wore. Her christening dress was made from Gram Lene's wedding dress from when she married my dad over 35 years ago in the same church. Though my parents are no longer married, it was extra special to have Elly's dress made from the wedding dress. A special thanks for Aunt Debbi for getting it made for us. 

Elly also got an awesome bonnet from Mrs. Martha, Gram Lene's best friend, that she wore during the ceremony. This bonnet is made from a handkerchief and is something that she will also use on her wedding day as it can be wrapped around her bouquet. What a special and unique gift! Thanks again Mrs. Martha!

Elly in her dress and matching bonnet

Elly in the bonnet that she wore during the christening from Mrs. Martha.
The back of Elly's dress
Elly with her first piece of jewelry from Gram Lene (though by the end of the day she had 3 bracelets and 1 necklace)!
Bonnet from Miss Martha
The card that goes along with the bonnet from Miss Martha that talks about the handkerchief. 

We definitely have a few stories to tell Elly about her christening as she decided she really needed to go to the potty and make a dirty diaper, and she sure did.......straight out her diaper and on her dress :-(

The inside of her dress.....

The little spot you could see on the back

She also decided to spit up a bit on the minister as he walked around the sanctuary showing Elly to the congregation. Good thing the stole on his robe was white.

We also got to spend some time visiting Maw Maw Garrett (Elly's other great grandmother) as she wasn't feeling well to attend the ceremony.

Elly with Maw Maw Garrett 
Elly talking and laughing with Pops

Pops, Mommy and Elly

We really had a great visit to Louisiana and are so blessed to have such an awesome family that was there to share in our joy. Here are a few more pictures from the Mother's Day!
4 Generations 

Angela and I

Lexy, Angela and I

With Hen - this was the only picture we got and Aaron's eyes are's usually one of us  ;-(

Aunt Chrissy, Gram Lene, Elly and I

It's so tuff getting held by everyone! Big yawns with Aunt Bubby

My cute little family!

All our great family that enjoyed this special Mother's Day

Granny Vi with all her grandchildren

Ms. Paula, Ms. Joyce, Hen and Elly - the crew from Birmingham

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