Friday, June 24, 2016

Chantzlyn's Officially Official

April 15, 2016 was a pretty special day in our family.  We got to go to court to make Chantzlyn Hope officially apart of our family.  Of course we all know that she's been apart of our family since before she was born, but she was officially recognized by the state of Texas as our daughter.  It was a pretty awesome day!!  There were lots of smiles & happy tears!

{If you want to go back and read Chantzlyn's birth story then go HERE.}

We had to go to court in Fort Worth and my mom, sister, Lantz's mom, and Gail (Chantzlyn's birth grandmother) all came in town for the big event.  We met beforehand at the food trucks in Fort Worth to spend a little time together before we went into the courthouse. 

Once we got there we had to go over what the judge would say, what we would say, and what the girl asking the questions (lawyer?) would say.  We went over all the protocol and then waited with about 10 other families who would all make their adoptions final that day too. It was so fun to watch all the other families waiting too. It was a day filled with joy for all of us.  

Here is a picture right before we went into the courtroom:

All the families piled into the courtroom together and we just found a seat wherever. We found one close to the window.  The courtroom was filled with stuffed animals, and Preslee just loved that!  

Mom snagged a few pictures of us all lined up seated for our turn:

Heather took a few of Chantzlyn and then some of the two of us together. I was over the moon excited & I think Chantz was too:

Then the judge called each family up one at a time.  I think we were second or third-- I can't remember exactly, but very near the beginning. There were lots of happy tears and smiles & I loved that the judge had everyone stand up front that came in support-- so our family of 6, my mom, my sister, Lantz's mom, and sweet Gail.  I think Lantz and I both lost it with some ugly cries when they asked if we promised to love Chantzlyn for the rest of our lives.  YES!!!! OF COURSE!!!

When the judge finished and hit that gavel and pronounced "Chantzlyn Hope Howard" ours and started clapping it had to have been one of the best moments of my life.  So much joy knowing she would be ours forever!

After that the judge had us all come up to his stand to take a picture with him.  He wanted to hold Chantzlyn.  He was the sweetest!  

After the picture opp he told each of the girls to take a stuffed animal to remember the special day and to make sure to pick one out for Chantzlyn. Kennedie picked at colorful horse, Prelee picked out a frog for herself and picked up a super cute brown teddy bear and handed it to Chantzlyn (so sweet) and Sawyer was in a bit of a mood and wouldn't pick out anything.  I figured she'd later regret not having gotten something, so I snagged a puppy for her. We went to a back room for cookies & more pictures:

 It was such a blessed day!  I'm so thankful for all four of my sweet girls! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

My Girls

Love my girls so much!

I have a feeling my youngest two will be the best of friends or get on each other's nerves the most.... or both:

Making smoothies with Daddy:

Helping change Chantzlyn's diaper:


I love that my Sawyer Sue LOVES to do her hair. I will catch her re-doing her hair at least 20 times a day.  She also gets mad if you accidentally touch it -- it is an automatic redo! Here she is with one of her own do's:

My heat outside of my body... these girls:

Easter 2016

Well this year, we started out our Easter weekend with some good old fashioned egg dying!  Everyone got in on the action!  The girls were loving the stickers on the eggs this year.

We went ahead and did our official Easter picture on the Saturday before so we wouldn't be rushing around Sunday after church services.  We did that last year too & it worked great!   Here is the official 2016 picture:

And just for fun here are all the previous years that we have taken pictures in front of "our" wall:

It's fun to see how our family has changed through the years.

We took so many pictures that day. It's always a beating trying to get everyone to just look in the general direction of the camera let alone get everyone to smile.  Mom takes our picture each year, and Baba comes to try to get everyone to look and smile.  Preslee wore me out this year.  She just wanted to do her own thing this year.  She must have been almost two-- ha! Here are a few others from the day:

Chantzlyn was sporting her bunny outfit the rest of the day looking all kinds of adorable.  It's been a hand-me- through all the girls:

We were blessed to have Aunt Kristal, Binky, Braxton, and Mikalie come in town (Not Mike or Cason. Cason had a basketball tournament back in College Station).  Everyone got their Easter baskets ready the night before:

Here were the baskets after the Easter Bunny filled them all up while everyone was asleep:

Kennedie's basket

Preslee's basket

Sawyer's basket

Chantzlyn's basket

Eggs filled with candy ready to hide after church services

Easter morning digging through baskets:

We had to bring Braxton his basket in bed.  He wasn't as giddy as the girls were to get up to see what the Easter bunny brought!
Kristal, Braxton, and Mikalie took off after church services to get back home.  Binky, Cowboy, Bee, Momma Jean, and Poppa all came back to our house for Easter lunch and an egg hunt.  It was pretty chilly that day, so the girls are in coats hunting eggs, ha!  We let Preslee go out to search for eggs first and then a few minutes later Sawyer, and then a few minutes later Preslee. Chantzlyn was pooped from the morning activities and was in her bed napping! Grandparents started adding money to the eggs to add some more excitement and I was tempted to start hunting too!

Easter 2016 was filled with so many fun memories!  I'm so thankful for our family and all the fun we have together!