Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Breakfast, Bible, Blog

So, I was told a few times that I need to update my blog more often. SO, here it is friends. I am trying a new morning routine out. First, I'll eat breakfast--because who can blog on an empty stomach? Then, I will do my morning devotions (or try to!) Then, after God and food are out of the way, I will blog it up.

Basement update: Jerret and his buddies are making some great strides towards the basement remodel. They have made a bigger mess than even I can imagine! Now, to clean up and add in some new walls! I will take a few shots and post them tomorrow. The goal is now to have drywall up by or near Dec 1. That sounds good to me!

Baby update: the word is out and I'm getting excited with my expanding waistline. This week, we are a PEACH. Check out the Bump's weekly fruit anaology! I'm feeling pretty good and moving around a lot more than the first weeks. I am "officially" in the SECOND TRIMESTER! A little overwhelmed with labor/delivery realities, but I am excited (already!) to meet a new Batson. Please pray for my trust in God that He will help me through labor and delivery and to not worry too much. Also, we are super blessed with both having jobs, but we do need to trust God more about our finances and a babysitter for future babe Batson.

What's new? Stephanie joined a Monday night women's small group at Rooftop Community Church I really love meeting weekly and talking about Christian ideas and the Bible. Its wonderful. We just decorated the church last night (ok, so I talked a lot, hung a few ornaments and drank hot chocolate) so I will try to get photos next Sunday!

Jerret update: he works all the time! The basement is his life, but he still enjoys snoozing off on the couch with Sadie Mae.

Monday, November 17, 2008

BIG News

So, our BIG News is---

We're having a baby!

Baby Batson will be 12 weeks in the making tomorrow! We are one short week away from the second tri-mester and I could NOT keep this secret any longer!

Daddy Jerret is really excited and visited the last appointment at 11 weeks. Sometime in January we will find out if our baby is a boy or girl! And, of course we will continue to update this blog (more often now!) to give you baby updates.

I haven't been really sick, just nauseous and VERY picky when eating. I'm still working out (as much as possible with all that fatigue!) and trying to be healthy for baby and me. For the family who asked: we are getting a baby Christmas list ready. Be patient--because I have to!

A new member of the Batson family will join us on or around JUNE 2, 2009!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Basement Demo

Basement Demolition.
Jerret and Eric have been working on our basement....I hope to have LOTS of updates in the next few weeks/months.

BEFORE demo (from the stairs)

AFTER! See, there are those stairs! You can see all the way through!

The boys are really working hard on their "man room." It will be a safe place for the guys to hang out in the winter months and play Guitar Hero, darts, cards, whatever! Plus, we will have a nice-sized bedroom downstairs too! Beautiful!

Katie and Scott's Wedding!

We went to Katie and Scott's wedding reception on Saturday, November 8th. It was fun to reunite with old SIU-C friends and dance a little!

Jerret and Steph at the reception, located in the Third Degree Glass Factory! We watched them make and blow glass projects during the reception!

Dedication to Chris Jones. Jerret, Angie, Chuck, Katie and Richie

Our buddies from Indy! Jason and Sarah, what a cute couple!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Baltimore/Halloween/Birthday Fun!

I left with Sue (from work) to Baltimore, Maryland. We presented a poster about marketing the Allied Health Professions at SLU. When we left, the weather was so NICE in St Louis--but it was COLD in Baltimore! I got out the red winter coat!

Sue on the harbor!!

Sue and Steph at the harbor!


Amy and Katie from Nutrition and their posters!

Steph and Sue with poster!
The day I arrived home from Baltimore was the Rooftop Halloween party!

Angela (with banana hat in the background!) Baby/Monkey Jack and Stephanie!
What a cutie pie!

Tom, Kayla and Gilligan! at the trunk or treat!

Thomas and Kayla

Sadie with her duck and daddy J.

Sadie was a DRAGON for Halloween 2008!
We celebrated my birthday on Nov 1 this year! A nice dinner and movies on the couch! Love it!
Now, I feel old!

Women's Retreat

Rooftop Women's retreat in north St Louis, October 24

The retreat was great. Judy talked about how women carrying around too much baggage. We take guilt, fear, worry, and more in all the things we do. We learned and talked about how to rid ourselves of this baggage through the love of Christ.

The retreat was time to have fellowship with Christian women and rEfUeL our bodies with God.

In addition, it was a good-ole-fashion GIRLY slumber party! We had so many snacks! It was awesome : )

Just hanging out

Fellowship Time!

Apples to Apples got a little rough!
Heather and Kristy BOTH trying to win!

I took a walk to the cemetery on the grounds. Lots of time to reflect on how God has been working in my life.

Batson Wedding Weekend

Saturday, October 12 was SIUC's homecoming....so, I took Mike and Jerret down to do a little celebrating! Here they are entertaining themselves!

Steph and Mom--a very exciting day!

Lum, Steph, Mike and Rena--acting goofy at the Rehearsal dinner Sat night

Mike and Jerret hugging.....what a celebration!

Rena and Uncle Greg conspiring and causing trouble.

Christine, Ryan and Ash at the rehearsal dinner

Pretty bride getting ready for her beautiful Sunday wedding

Yum! Cake!

First dance of Mrs and Mr Mike Batson!

The weekend was fun and crazy with LOTS to celebrate!

Tremont Visit

So, I suck at keeping this updated, but today I'm going to get through these awesome events. Stay tuned...here they go.

I visited Mason's football game. Here is father (coach) and Son (#92) on the sidelines!

Noah visited the game with dad (bill), grandma Rena and auntie Steph. Of course I couldnt help but take some pictures of him!