Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Child of God

 While we were visiting in Daphne, Max had his baptism at the same church Tyler and I were married 5 years ago.  It was great to have both sets of grandparents present along with Uncle Adam, Uncle Hayden, Aunt Celsea, and Aunt Caitlyn.  We also had great aunts present along with family friends.  The Reverend Thack Dyson performed the baptism and Laura Crawford was Max's sponsor aka godmother.
Max's Baptism 9/25/2011
St. Paul's Episcopal 
Following the church service we went to the Holbein house for a party and give everyone a chance to hold the little one.
Tyler, Courtney, Laura & Robert with Max

Friday, September 23, 2011

Travelling the Southeast

We weren't quite sure of how the new family would travel once we actually got on the road.  Lucy has always had the whole backseat, and she used every bit of that real estate to go from window to window to keep an eye on everything outside the car.  With Max and a parent now taking up the backseat, Lucy has been demoted (or promoted, depending on how you look at it) to the trunk.  On top of that, she still has to share that space with Max's stroller and other junk.  She's actually done pretty well with it though.  Her main priority is to make sure she's in the car so she doesn't get left.  She's always the first one in and the first one out.  Max is a pretty good rider.  He just sleeps 90% of the time and poops the other 10%.  Very little crying and very little playing.  So we made it to our destinations a little quicker than we anticipated, which was great.  More playtime for all of us!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Mississippi Adventure

 We just left Bruce, MS where Tyler had a tiny family reunion.  Mee Maw's house was happening Wednesday night with Aunt Donna, Aunt Angie, and Tyler's cousins (Chris, Matt, and Dewayne).  It was great for the guys to spend time together while I chatted away with the aunts and Mee Maw.  I think all the boys came over for Donna's cooking (ham, beans, potato salad, and blueberry crunch).  It dawned on me when the guys were together that this is probably the first time in a long time that they have been able to talk without the distractions of wives, kids, and other siblings.  The last time Tyler and I were in Bruce was for Mee Maw's 80th birthday which was 5 years ago.  Tyler and I were newly weds and living in Tuscaloosa then.  Seems like forever ago.  In just 5 short years Tyler and I moved to Dallas, built a house, and started a family.

Aunt Donna and Max
I think my favorite part of the trip was looking through all of Mee Maw's photos of all the Faisons especially since my little one resembles that side of the family most.  Tyler got a chance to see his own baby photo.  Lets just say that he finally understands why EVERYONE says that Max resembles him.  The only thing that Max is lacking is a little bit more fat.  Tyler was a little chub when he was a kid.  I love a fat baby and I'm trying to get little Max to plump up.  Max's hair is also a little bit more red than Tyler's so I am thinking that he has the MacDougal red hair from my mom's side.  That's right ... Max was destined for red hair with Tyler and I both having it in our family lines.  My mom's red hair comes from a family line that skips a generation.  Since my mom has red hair it was inevitable that either my brother or myself would have a little ginger.  They say red hair is becoming obsolete so Mister Max will be one-of-a-kind.
Max thinks Dewayne is funny.  It is probably
the Mississippi accent.
 We are one our way to Alabama. Max is sleeping, Lucy is in the back, and I am signing off.
~ Courtney

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


A road trip doesn't have quite the same ring as it once did it college. Sure, jumping in the car with two roommates with few plans and even fewer responsibilities is fun. Why wouldn't it be? But when you take the guys out of the equation and add a wife, baby, and a newborn, it's a whole different road trip. Not really in a bad way, just a different kind of fun. For instance, instead of picking up a guy on the interstate and taking him back to his house to get a tire iron is no longer an option...mainly because we have no room, but also because we spend our downtime looking for large areas of grass with no cars around and dog-friendly hotels. If we aren't driving, we are sleeping. If we aren't sleeping, we are trying to soothe Max. If we aren't trying to soothe Max, we're giving Lucy some leftover love. You get the picture.

We are on our way to Bruce, MS to visit my Mee Maw, Aunt Donna, Aunt Angie, and my cousin Chris. We had a chance to FaceTime with Angie and Mee Maw a couple weeks ago, but obviously it's a little different in person. After an overnight stay there, we'll head down to Daphne to see both of our immediate families. My Dad and I are going up to the Bama-Arkansas game on Saturday, where the Razorbacks will be thoroughly dismantled without regard, and we'll have Max's baptism at Courtney's home church on Sunday. We'll stay for a few more days before we make our trek to Jacksonville, FL to visit Courtney's sister and her husband, Ryan and Rebecca, as well as head down to Gainesville for the Bama-Florida, where another SEC for will incur the wrath of Coach Saban and his minions. Eventually we'll make it back to Dallas sometime that week, probably around October 5thish (However, if any thieves are reading this, we are actually at home, fully armed). So basically two weeks away will give us a chance to get away without really getting away at all. I mean c'mon, who wouldn't want this?

Location:Grenada, MS

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Clean baby = photo shoot

Max got a real bath today like a big boy infant.   He enjoyed the water in the beginning and then there was a change of heart, so there was a little screaming.
"I'm a little worried these fools don't know what they are doing."
Lucky for us the tantrums ended when he got all warm in his towel and had a little snuggle time with mommy.  
"Hi Daddy, what's up?"
After we were all clean it was time for us to finally take those newborn photos.  The photo shoot took a LONG time with multiple feedings to help soothe, constant clean up of baby poo, and a constant battle of inserting/removing the pacifier.  But ... we got it done.  

This one didn't make the cut but I just
 loved his facial expression.
Lucy guarding the nursery during the photo shoot.
Sorry for not posting.  We will try to update every other day with photos and quick tid-bits for everyone.  We know how much Max is changing and that photos need to be shared.