Among my friend Kayla’s many wonderful attributes are these facts: she’s one of my longest-running friends (we were in youth group together) and she’s the reason I first visited Austin back in 2010, after she and her husband had moved the 2000+ miles from New Hampshire to Texas. I came down ‘just for a visit’…and moved here permanently a little over a year later.
And now they’re welcoming a baby. Friends making new, tiny friends is just one of the coolest things <3
A few weekends ago, Kayla put together a ‘gender reveal’ party at a local park (perfectly coordinated and adorable, see: attributes) the day after she and Chris had learned the baby’s sex but kept it a surprise from everyone outside of family.
Friends cast their votes and wore colors to support Team Girl or Team Boy, while the parents-to-be had filled a plastic egg with clues [tiny hair bows] and hidden it in the park for it to be found. Whoever discovered the egg could make the announcement to the rest of the group.
She’s already got the cutest nose ever.
Babies. Babies EVERYWHERE.
Mandated decor for any expat New England baby party:
There was talk of being born ‘on Texas soil’, which I’ve been informed is a real thing, and the joke is that their baby will be born over a bed of pine boughs and snow: a true New Englander. Still, when Baby Girl arrives earthside, she’ll have a whole lot of people here in Texas who’ll be excited to meet her.
And no one more than these two: