11.22.2009

Cathedral Caverns

We decided to get off the couch yesterday (we're sort of TV addicts) and take a trip to Cathedral Caverns. It is just about 25 minutes from our house and I was shocked by how interesting and amazing it was. How have I lived in Alabama all of my life and I've never even heard of it? I'd highly recommend it! Miller on the other hand, was not as impressed.
He slept the whole time. I guess I can't blame him though. It was cool and dark inside the cave and we had him bundled up in his stroller. I'd probably nap too. He would have probably preferred being at home and trying to eat whatever he can get close to his mouth.
This is hysterical to watch. His face sometimes looks like he really thinks he can shove the whole caterpillar in his mouth. An onlooker might think he's hungry. We've seen those chubby cheeks though. He's fine.

Well, like I said, I would highly recommend a trip to Cathedral Caverns if you've never been. For those adventurers out there, they are going to start "Wild Cave Tours" in a month or so. This is where they take you off the beaten path to some of the rooms that are more difficult to get in to. I'll probably just stick to the path. We'll definitely head back once Miller is old enough to know what's going on. It was such a fun day!

11.21.2009

Miller's Dedication

We had Miller's Parent/Child Dedication last Sunday, November 15th, at our church. Our ENTIRE family was so sweet to come up and stand by us as we committed ourselves as parents who will bring Miller up to know the Lord and as we committed Miller to God, recognizing that he belongs to the one who created him. (Wow, that was definitely a run on!!) It was such a fun weekend and a special day I will always remember!Miller was so good!! He even laughed when Joel gave him a Bible and asked if he could hold on to it :) Priceless.
With our Preacher, Joel Samuels
I wasn't kidding when I said the entire family made it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Miller looked precious in this gown which his daddy and Papa Frank both wore for their baptisms (along with many other Mastins before him).
Afterward, everyone came back to our house for a simple lunch. It turned out to be a beautiful day so we could use the back porch. The alternative would have been 13 adults and a baby crammed inside our somewhat quaint kitchen and den. I meant to get a few pics of everyone eating and hanging out, but I was enjoying myself so much I forgot! Oh well!
We pray that Miller will choose to follow Jesus and be baptized at an early age and we can celebrate again!

11.12.2009

When will I wake up?

Figuratively. Well, maybe literally too.
I know it sounds cheesy, but everyday I think, "How blessed am I? Is something bad about to happen?" Seriously, I have such an amazing life. Great husband. Precious baby boy. The grace of a loving Lord. Plenty to eat (too much probably). The list goes on and on. I hope I don't ever grow sensitized to how truly wonderful these gifts are.
On to the literally part...each morning is a fun surprise these days to see how long Miller will sleep. He is making it to about 6 am pretty regularly now. (You can't see me but I'm doing a toe touch). Naps are not so good, but getting better. He wakes up after about 45 minutes and usually won't go back to sleep. By the end of the day, he is EXHAUSTED. It is so pitiful.
This is how we leave Miller at night.
And... this is how we find the little caterpillar in the morning. He's a scooter!

11.10.2009

Tailgating in T-town

We went to Tuscaloosa this weekend and took Miller to tailgate on the quad for a bit. At first I think it was a bit of sensory overload, but he warmed up after a while. I'm pretty sure he wants to go back sometime.
He slept most of the way, but played a little bit too. He is starting to hold toys and try and figure them out.
"Whoa... where did all these people come from?!?!"Three generations of good-lookin' Mastin boys!


Isn't his outfit cute? My sweet friend Hannah made it for him. If you look closely you can see that it's reversible. Bryant has already informed me that he can't wear it on the Auburn side. I quickly informed him that simply meant the orange and blue would be closest to his heart.
All in all it was a fun day and it was great to see friends and family. Miller and I headed back to the Mastin's house in Tuscaloosa while Bryant and his dad went to the game. Margaret watched Miller for me and I got to go play around town a bit. Old Navy, a manicure, Hobby Lobby... ahhh... perfection :)

11.02.2009

Three Months Old


Miller is three months old today! Here are a few pictures so you can see how much he's grown. We estimate that he weighs about 14 pounds now and you can see from his many rolls and chubby cheeks that we get plenty to eat around here :) He is so much more active now. He "talks" to us all the time now and it is so sweet when he recognizes us. He gets so excited to see us! Also, he is starting to laugh!! We finally caught the laugh on video so scroll down to see that!


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