Friday, December 02, 2011

Holiday Season in a Nutshell

Here's a preview/review of our holiday season 2011:

Trying to remodel new house
Traveled to TX for 2 weeks at Thanksgiving
Aggie games
Upper respiratory infections for everyone
Still remodeling new house
Hoping to move into new house in 2 weeks
Managed to get Christmas stockings up--even one for Weston!
No Christmas tree however
Phillip graduating next week
Both sets of parents coming to town (who I will put to work!)
Celebrating Phillip being done with school!
Lawson will be 18 months old
Traveling to Abilene for Christmas for a week
Nathan is almost 3 yrs old
Happy New Year in our New House
Celebrate 7 years of marriage and Phillip's 30th birthday
HOPEFULLY if the Good Lord's willin' and the creek don't rise!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

What's In A Name, Part III

The time has come again and we've chosen a name for our 3rd little boy...

Weston Luke Bethancourt

Weston--I (Cami) just truly love the name! I told Phillip before we were even pregnant that I just thought there was another boy named Weston coming to join our family. I don't have a lot of specific rationale, but it was a lot like Nathan's name that I just couldn't let it go before and during the pregnancy. It also fits my 2 syllable first name criteria so I will have completed the naming trifecta equally. Also, I am from the region of West Texas which is known for good folks so perhaps it's a bit of an homage to my roots as well.

Luke--It's biblical. There is the gospel written by Luke (a physician) and he also wrote the book of Acts. Luke is Greek in origin and can mean either "wolf" or "bright." The Christmas Story is most commonly told from the Gospel of Luke Chapter 2. My mom's maiden name was Lucke (pronounced Luke-ee) and there was a family connection on Phillip's dad's side as well. We also have a sweet nephew named Luke!

We truly hope this name will fit the little boy who will bear it. May he be strong and courageous, faithful, and a defender of truth. Weston we are so excited to meet you!

And then there were 3: Nathan, Lawson, and Weston and I really love these 3 little men!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Boys of Fall

New Fall photos from our neighbor/photographer are hot off the presses!

LJB

NRB

Finding a Pumpkin (or a ball :)

A Silly Pumpkin Decoration

Finally got a couple of these pics printed up for Phillip's new office! About time, since Nathan is almost 3 now...sheesh...delinquent on all things photographic. Maybe I'll get one of the new baby up there before he learns to drive!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Tic-Tac-Toe

Three in a ROW! It's another BOY!

I'm a little behind on the blog announcement, but we are having a third boy and couldn't be happier!

Here's some photos of the little fellow:


Please excuse the photo skills. It's a webcam photo of the sonogram photo (not the highest quality you know)!

I had sonograms with the 2 other boys at almost the exact same times and this guy weighs 2 oz more than they did at this stage. 2 oz doesn't sound like much, but when you're only 11 oz total, that's a huge difference by proportion! So I hope he slows down a bit in there because I don't want a 9 lb-er!

We are getting closer to having a real name picked out, but for now we most commonly call him Tres or Trip. I've also considered Hat Trick ( 3 goals in a game of soccer/hockey) or Turkey (3 strikes in a row in bowling) but no one has locked in with those options.

Having boys has been so much FUN and we are really looking forward to getting another chap in the mix in February. So, bring on some more blue for another Bethancourt boy!

Friday, September 02, 2011

"There's A Spirit Can Ne'er Be Told"

Nothing like your son trying on his Daddy's Aggie Ring...


Eyes on the prize!

Gig'em Class of 2031!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Uno, dos...

TRES!

That's right Baby Bethancourt number 3 is coming soon!
For those who are curious: on the left is the head and then you can see tiny arms and legs. I was 9 weeks along.

Due date is February 8th and we'll find out the gender on September 12. So far the older brothers aren't aware that there's about to be 3 amigos around here. I am feeling exactly the same as I did with the boys so perhaps a third boy is in store? But, a girl could sneak up on us too!

We're excited to see who this new addition to our family will be! I'm sure he or she will fit in just fine!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lawson is 1!

Our sweet Lawson turned 1 year old on June 13th. His sweet mom is just now posting about him. Que sera, sera. Here's some pics to remember his birthday and his party.

On his birthday testing out the tricycle and sportin' his Lil' Texan Shirt
Demolishing his cupcake. He basically ate it in 3 bites. YUM.
Presents!
The party was a TX/western theme since we were celebrating it in the Lone Star State. We had hamburgers, queso, guacamole and homemade cupcakes for dessert. All the little guests had bandanas and there was even some stick horse riding around the ranch. It was so nice to celebrate with friends and family!

Things to remember about Lawson at 1:
Still mostly army crawls (figured out how to REALLY crawl in TX right after his birthday)
Eats anything placed before him
Is truly happy most all the time
Sucks 2 fingers for comfort
Has 4 teeth (up to 6 now!)
Drinks from a sippy cup
2 naps a day
Has a little hair growing in--blondish, brownish, reddish--who knows!
Has a really hearty laugh
Says: go, hello, row row (for row row row your boat), mama, dada, ball (now added hi, bye, bubba)

Stats:
Height: 30.5 inches (75%)
Weight: 23 lbs 10.5 oz (50-75%)
Head Circumference: 18 3/4 in (75-90%)

What a joy this boy is!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

TX Summer Vacation

So we just got back from being in TX for 3 weeks. I didn't bring my camera so no pictures but I'll tell you what we did:

Airplane rides
Phillip went to SBC in Phoenix
Ate snowcones (which they don't have in Louisville!)
Swimming
Visited Great-grandparents
Phillip wrote TONS of his dissertation
Playgrounds
Walks
Ice cream
Nathan saw his first movie Cars 2 with Daddy Doc
Camp Chaos with Mammaw and Grandpa and all the cousins
Phillip got LASIK
I went to Hilton Head SC for a college girlfriends trip
Celebrated Lawson's 1st birthday
Ate at all our favorite places

What a fun trip!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

Here's some photos of me and my boys on Mother's Day. Some of these faces/poses by Nathan and Lawson are excellent!




I am so thankful to be a mom to such wonderful boys! The boys got me some flowers (which Nathan told me on multiple occasions were "very beautiful"), a new vacuum, some caffeine free diet coke, and a new toilet paper holder. All things which I needed! Plus they took me out to lunch at 5 Guys and it was so yummy!

Just 3 years ago on Mother's Day I was wondering if I would soon become a mother...little did I know that Nathan was already with me...thanks be to God.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The 12th Man

The newest 12th man jersey wearer...

Gig'em Aggies!

WHOOP!

Dad 'n Me--NRB with the double Gig'em

Thanks Miss D and Daddy Doc for my new Aggie gear! I sure love it! Now there can officially be more Hullabaloo around here...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter Sunday 2011

Nathan (he looks just like Phillip here!)

Lawson

Both (i.e. the best I could get)

No family picture, but Phillip and I were matching too. I kid, I kid.

We enjoyed a lovely Easter Sunday service and then lunch with some wonderful friends. Nathan had the best time playing with all the other little boys there. We hardly saw him because he was having so much fun! Lawson's favorite activity was sampling all elements of the Easter lunch spread. He was happy as long as he was eating. Bless his heart.

He is risen indeed!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lawson at 9 months

Since we are updating statistics around here, I'll give a little Lawson update. At his 9 month check-up a couple weeks ago:

Height: 30 in (90-95%)
Weight: 22 lbs 9.5 oz (75-90%)
Head Circumference: 18 1/4 in (75%)

He's still a big fellow and happy and healthy! He is quite proficient at his army crawl slither across the floor. No official crawling yet--could be due to his um, how do I say it...rather large tummy?! But he is mobile and can get most anywhere he wants by way of his tummy. I've seriously contemplated putting a Swiffer sweeper cloth on his tummy and having him clean my hardwood floors as he plays.

He is getting pretty good at standing holding on to the couch or other things. He likes to tap and bang with his hands while he is standing. Cheerios and puffs are his new favorite items to eat and he can now feed them to himself which is awesome. I often hear him babbling, talking, or singing sweet baby syllables to himself like: mamama, bababa, ooo, ahhh. He is often quite content to explore around and discover new things keeping himself entertained.

Here's a video of him blowing some serious raspberries:


We sometimes refer to Lawson as Law-dawg and Nathan as Nate-dawg, but lately Nathan has started calling Lawson Law-dawg/Law-Man a lot and it cracks me up. Nathan loves going to greet Lawson in the morning and they are starting to really become great friends. Looking forward to more brother memories.

Lawson has now officially outgrown his infant seat, so we're shopping for the next upgrade in car seats to accommodate our growing boy...love you Law-Man!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NRB at 2

Well I've done it again and forgotten to post Nathan stats from his 2 year check-up. So here they are plus a few other little funnies about the resident big man on campus...

Height: 34 3/4 in (50-75%)
**I think he really was taller than this, but it's hard to keep him still on the scale while he's looking up at the height measuring device, so anyway...)
Weight: 27.5 lbs (25=50%)
Head Circumference: 19 3/4 in (75-90%)

Once again tall, skinny, and a big head...it's the usual for him.

This age is really fun to me! Nathan is getting great at saying short sentences to communicate what he wants which is really helpful. You can really see his personality shining through in all he does. He is vibrant, energetic, and particular. There is always a method to his madness even if you might not see it at first. He loves doing things right the first time (shocker I know) which can cause frustration, but also helps us teach him that most things don't go right the first time but you can always make every effort excellent.

Here's a video of him singing his ABC's


I think he looks more and more like Phillip every day (confirmed by Mammaw), but I do see an occasional look that reminds me of myself. He is a learning sponge and a parrot. Currently he can count to 10 in English and Spanish (almost to 20 in English), knows the days of the week, sings completely Twinkle Twinkle, ABC's, Ring around the Rosie, recognizes all uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers to 20ish. One of his favorite phrases is: "Can you believe that?" Hilarious.

I am looking forward to warmer weather to get him outside and exploring some more. He is a wonderful boy with a joyous heart!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hey Ma! Look at These!

Check out the bottom gums. Front and center. 2 new teethies.


The littlest man now joins to world of the toothed. Congrats bro.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sweet Tea

Oh sweet tea
At 83
How glorious it will be
To drink sweet tea
At 83
Because
Rich will be
The memories
And reverie
And praise to the
King of Kings
Who so kindly
Would grant me
To drink sweet tea
At 83

Friday, February 04, 2011

Nathan Turns 2

Well this past week Mr. Nathan turned 2! Yes we officially have a two year old and he is so much fun!

We spent his birthday hanging out in the morning and singing lots of "Happy Birthday!" Nathan sings it as "Happy to you Happy to you" Then we went and picked up Miss D and Daddy Doc at the airport. Mr. Man was kinda hyped up before his nap and would have rather stayed up, but the mama won the battle. Let's face it: even boys on their birthdays need naps. That night we had dinner at 5 Guys, but brought in a Happy Meal for the birthday boy. Sneaky trick! He was super pumped about that happy meal! We came home and opened presents then called it a night.

The next evening we had a party for Nathan and had some friends over to celebrate. Miss D & Daddy Doc, the Dockerys, the Powells, and Robbie all came over for some birthday fun. On the menu was chicken enchiladas, queso, guacamole, rice and birthday cupcakes for dessert. (He's still young enough where I can pick the menu so I opted for something the adults would enjoy!) It was great fun to celebrate with wonderful friends! The biggest hit of the evening was the tent and tunnel we set up for the kids to play with, but ALL the boys got in on the fun too! A great evening!

Happy Birthday! Sporting his new cowboy boots! He might be going for his gun holster too...

Cupcakes!

Eating his Birthday Cupcake
Birthday Boy (Party outfit: Maroon "Aggie" shirt, camo pants, argyle socks. All chosen by him :)

Family Photo Post Party

Happy Grandparents & Happy Grandson
Playing with his new Block Table
Nathan at 2 years old loves: dancing, singing, cars, BALLS, Dunah (a throw the balls down the stairs game he made up), puzzles, books, running, trains, planes, helping, laughing, being tickled, and being chased.

We are so happy to have been given such a delightful son 2 years ago. We could not have thought up a better one ourselves, so thank you Lord! Nathan, we love you and are so proud of you! You bring us such joy!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Big Bed

So for a week and a half now, Nathan has been sleeping in his big bed. The whole transition was quite smooth I must say. It was however the first transition that made me a little teary...the whole "he's not a baby anymore and he's getting so big" tears. It's not at all that I still want him to be a baby (because I don't), it's just the almost 2 years have flown by and he's becoming more of a little boy every day.

Anyway off the mushy, because Nathan did awesome! We went for the bed at night at first because we figured he'd be more tired and Phillip was here to coach him up. At first, he thought we were just playing fake night-night and was laughing and waiting for Dad to come back in, but Phillip went back in settled him down and he seemed to get it. We'd been talking it up all day about how tonight was the night for the big bed and he was excited.

We also made up a song to the tune of the old show COPS theme song. It goes like this:
Big bed big bed
Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do when I sleep on you?
(Repeat until you and your toddler have had enough)

This song is also accompanied by a squat dance move that Nathan made up. And he now requests the "Big bed" song on a whim.

He hasn't tried to escape the bed yet. I'm sure that he will at some point, but hopefully down the road when he's a little older and I'm less concerned about immediate safety hazards. One night he slept with his head under the pillow. Yes under the pillow for a significant portion of the night. When asked about it in the morning, he just laughed and kept saying "under" exuberantly.

Here's some photos of the big man:

All strrrrrrrrrrrreeeettttccchhhed out!

Oh how rested I feel!
Happy sleeping Nathan!

In case you are wondering, we had to put the bumper barrier up on the daybed because he slid through the bars one day and got stuck. No crying, but a look of "uh-oh what have I done?" So the bumper keeps him happily unstuck. And we've got the rail on the outside edge because he's a mover.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thoughts During the Quiet

So it's currently quiet in the house. The two little men are sleeping away for their afternoon naps. Laundry is humming and I'm drinking sweet tea.

This is about the only time it's quiet around here from 7 AM to 8 PM. That can be both frustrating and delightful. Frustrating when the older just does a seat drop to the younger making him squeal in pain. Delightful when the younger is laughing and learning how to blow raspberries or the older sings his own versions of "Ring Around the Rosie" or "Happy Birthday."

I like quiet, but I like little boys more.

I just have to keep telling myself that all of this hubbub, play, and learning is for the glory of God. That the "no whining" mantra is for the good of his future wife and family. And that parenting produces sanctification in the parent and, lord willing, imparts the Gospel to the child.

Let the noise reconvene.