Monday, August 27, 2012

Weekend Rewind

WHAT A WEEKEND. Nothing but good happened this weekend. It was a literal whirlwind packed with some HUGE surprises, some expected surprises (does that disqualify it being a surprise?), and catching up with others.
For starters, Stayton's football team had their pre-season scrimmage on Saturday morning IN THE RAIN. DFW has gotten some rain lately, and we are so glad! But somehow in the last few months of drought our family had misplaced every last umbrella, so Anthony had to search high and low to no avail...and go purchase new ones on the way. Our Stayton is # 59, always has been, even in Peewee football.

Now for the TOTAL unexpected surprise.........guess who shows up at the scrimmage?!?   THIS GUY.
That's right! Pops (Anthony's father) flew in to surprise Stayton at his game and to meet Jake for the first time. I'm pretty sure a couple of "Huh?! What are you doing here?" comments happened. In a good way, of course.
After the scrimmage they all headed home to shower and relax, and Pops got to meet Jake! He calls his grandsons names like Bean, Beanhead, Goofball. Jake wasn't exempt from these names despite his young age. ;)

Soon after that, Jake and I loaded up the car and headed to Ft. Worth for the DFW area Baby Shower that my sister and some VERY dear friends planned for us. I won't include all 165 photos from the shower, but here are some highlights. To put it simply, I had a lump in my throat and a grin on my face the entire time. Jake is loved by so many who have prayed for us over the last 8 years. This is one spoiled blessed child.
 Check out that handsome fancy outfit on Jake! Thanks Mimi for the bib!

 My precious sister and my mother.

THIS RIGHT HERE is my favorite photo from the shower. My mother laughing...oh I love her.

 Sweet Lisa made this name plaque for his room! So cute!

 My dad, the ultimate Cowboys fan, got him this.

 Modeling my Petunia Pickle Bottom...the diaper bag...not my bottom!

 Katy got these hilarious onesies from Baby Gap.

 2 hostesses hard at work...sis and Kim B!

 Cousin Katy was a huge part of our adoption process this year, which makes her an official member of Team Baby Gordon.
 Amy and Sydney

 Mom and sweet Aunt Linda

 being held by Cousin Jennifer

I couldn't have made it through the day without Courtney's help! That's her chatting it up with another hostess, Marie.
 My mom's friend Kim helped coordinate the whole gig!

 Someone just ate his weight in milk...check out the cute bib. Thanks again Mimi!

 The same Lisa who made the plaque, gave us this clothesline with some CUTE things!

 My grandmother holding Jake

The hostesses got us the most AMAZING swing! Jake fell asleep in it within the first 30 seconds. Wow. Also, it only took me 5 minutes to assemble. By myself. Other than the crib, I have assembled EVERY single baby gear myself. Not because my husband is not willing or able...because honestly he is the most helpful man and devoted father ever! I am just a go-getter, and I like to know how it all works so it helps me to put it together myself.

This is the part where everyone is probably thinking I am going to type "Lastly...." but I am not. So far we are only up to Saturday afternoon! 

Sunday, Pops headed home and I organized the gifts from the shower. In the evening my parents wanted to come by so my Dad could see Jake before he travels for work again, which is almost every week. We miss him so much when he travels!

THEN, it was time to use his brand new bathtub for Baby's First REAL Bath. (We have been sponge bathing him this whole time because we didn't have a baby bathtub for him yet! Thanks Aunt Pat and Jen and Nat!)

Now here is where I will say "Lastly."

Lastly, Stayton starts 10th grade today! Here is the first day of school photo, but he isn't dressed for school because supposedly 10th graders are macho and head to the gym before the school day begins. Oh well!! He is still handsome!
Happy First Day to all my teacher friends and all of the students. Hoping today goes well for all. :)



  1. I love this post. So many pictures and so many exciting things happening! The shower was so fun! I adore the last picture of your dad holding Jake where Jake is very alert and lookin' fly. Sweet little man.

  2. what a great weekend! So enjoyed the shower!! And the pictures of Jake with Anthony's Dad and Jake with your Dad - precious!! How awesome all the amazing, godly men in Jake's life between Anthony and his grandfathers! And congrats to Stayton starting 10th grade! Hope it's a great football season for the big brother!

  3. I love reading all your posts. And I loved getting to hold Jake and hug on you. 2012 is our year ;) Love to you...between you and Katy, ya'll make me want to start my own blog, if only I could find the time.

    1. Starting a blog is fun! Wait till you graduate, then do it up right. love you cousin! 2012 is swell.

  4. I love seeing all that is happening with Jake and your family. The shower looked amazing! He is a BLESSED little boy! :) I can't wait to meet him!

  5. This is such a lovely blog! Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos. I am so excited your dreams have come true. God Bless you and yours!