Baptism, Horses and Daylight Savings

Today began in a frenzy.

Last night I went to bed feeling very excited for this morning.  Poppyseed was to be baptized at 8:30am, and we have various family members driving in from all directions for the occasion.  We decided to have everyone over after church, so Oatmeal and I had spent the day cleaning the house, mowing, and just otherwise preparing for everything.  We went to bed on Saturday night well aware of two things… Poppyseed would probably wake up at 4am, and that Daylight Savings Time would call for us to set our clocks from 4am to 5am.

Well, I’m not really sure what happened, but Poppyseed did wake up at 4am as usual.  I took some comfort in the idea that at least it was really 5am now, so maybe this would help her little sleep schedule get sorted out.  I waited on her cries to subside and dozed off again soon after.

The next thing I knew, I heard baby cries and heard Oatmeal getting out of bed to go retrieve her.  I groggily asked, “Honey what time is it?” and he responded, “7am.”

I was quiet for a moment, and then I asked, “Is it really 7am… or is it…”

We both realized it at the same moment.  “IT’S 8AM!”

I flew into the bathroom and took a look at myself.  Nope, there was no way I could skip a shower.  I’d had my hair in a ponytail all day on the day before as I cleaned and ran errands.  We simply couldn’t get to the church (15 minutes away) in time.  We’d have to go to a later service.  I started to text family to say, “Slow down and grab a coffee… we overslept.”  But after thinking about it for a few more seconds, I realized we just needed to make it happen.

I don’t know quite how it happened, but 15 minutes later my family of three walked out the door showered, shaven, and dressed.  I was definitely wearing granny panties under a dress that surely showed the lines, the back of my hair was slightly damp, and Oatmeal didn’t know to put the little slip under Poppyseed’s gown (the one I wore back in the day when evidently babies had to wear long slips AND the gown), but overall we were there at 8:30am!  I was amazed!

Oh, and for the record, I do have plans to eventually put shoes on my baby.  I feel like I am really pushing it lately – I keep seeing babies younger than her wearing shoes and even little tights.  I get it, it’s not a third world country – people should wear shoes.  But honestly, I love her little feet.  And I think there is a lot to that whole vibram-five-fingers thing that basically supports the idea that the more time you spend barefoot, the better off your feet are in the long run.  So…. I like leaving her feet bare!  But had I gotten up even 20 minutes before we needed to leave our house – yes, I did have tights and shoes for her.

Eh, some things are just not meant to be.

Poppyseed was definitely a little cross with us over all of this rushing around, as she usually spends the first 30 minutes of her mornings in bed with us and instead was basically tossed around like a sack of potatoes and then throw in the car.  I think I got just enough milk in her to get her to last through the actual baptism itself and then she started to do her standard “I’m hungry” screeching, so I ended up spending the sermon in a meeting room behind a massive dry erase board so that I could feed her in privacy.  All of this in just the first hour that I was awake.

After the service Oatmeal and I came home and our family joined us for some fajitas and fun.  Poppyseed was given some really sweet gifts, to include a James Avery bracelet from Oatmeal’s parents, a Bible and gorgeous cross from John and Bree, and an orchid and book from my aunt and uncle.  All 5 little girls (John and Bree have 3 daughters, and Little Joanie was in town) played together while we just visited and ate lunch and I had a lot of fun.  I really like having people at our house!

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After everyone went home and we had relaxed for a few minutes, Oatmeal went to the Flying Ace to ride Rainy.  Rainy is a horse that we have had for a while, but she has been in Sealy with all of the rest of our horses.  We recently decided to bring her up to College Station and board her at a nearby ranch so that we can ride her more often.  It’s really awesome because the ranch is only 3 miles away (exactly a 5 minute drive) and it is going to be a lot of fun to have her here.  Because she needs to be fed twice daily and the facility can only feed in the morning, it will be up to Poppyseed and me to feed her each afternoon.  Oatmeal showed us how much to give her, how to lead her out of her stall and tie her up so that we can clean out her stall each day, and where we could let her loose so that she can walk around freely for a bit and stretch her legs.  I hope that as time goes on and I get more comfortable handling horses without Oatmeal present that Poppyseed and I spend more time with Rainy and maybe even go on rides together.  (First I have to learn to saddle her!)


Overall it was a really great weekend.  I know I’ll remember it for a long time and am glad I have the pictures to show for it.


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  1. Beautiful baby. beautiful parents, beautiful extended family!

    Enjoyed the pics so much – thanks for sharing.:)

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