Sunday, July 7, 2013

{it's great to be 8}

Andrew had the opportunity to be baptized on his eighth birthday. He had been looking forward to this day for what felt like forever, and he couldn't have been more excited and sweet on his special day.

Kevin baptized Andrew. Grandpa Allen and Uncle Jon were the witnesses (I realized later that it is those two men that Andrew got his middle name from!) After the baptism Kevin did the confirmation. 
...Andrew with his primary teacher, Sister Farrer...
...Andrew with Grandma and Grandpa Allen...
...Andrew with Grandma Roni...
...these three cousins will all be baptized this summer...
Lizzy, Andrew, and Lauren
We had a lot of support from both of our families, and from the ward. It really was a very special day, one that I think we will all remember. After Andrew was baptized I asked him how it made him feel, and he told me he felt warm inside. He couldn't have been sweeter, and we couldn't be more proud of him!

Since his baptism day was also his birthday, I had asked Andrew if he would rather have a big party with both of our families, or do something with just our little family... he chose the latter. So after the baptism, that is what we did! Grandma and Grandpa Allen took Matthew for us while we went to go see "Despicable Me 2" at the District. The kids loved it. After that we went to go pick up Matthew, then headed home. We had dinner, then some cake and ice cream. 
I still can't believe I have an eight year old, but I wouldn't trade him for anything in the entire world.
Happy happy birthday, Andrew! We sure love you!!!

{independence day}

We had a nice, relaxing 4th of July...
...Tooele City Parade...
Later in the day we headed to my parents house so the kids could play with cousins, have dinner, and watch grandpa's firework show that night.
 ...grandpa bought a cool new contraption to make water balloons. 
Andrew spent a long time making water balloons for everyone...

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

{water fun}

It has been hot, and the kids have been spending a lot of time playing in the pool, running through sprinklers, and having water gun fights to cool down.

Monday, July 1, 2013

{let them be little}

Our kids are exposed to so many things in the world, and in some ways are forced to grow up faster than I would like. It does my heart good when I see Carrie play dolls and dress-up, and when Andrew builds things with Legos and does puzzles. It takes me back to my own childhood when life seemed to be much more simple for kids. I don't want them to rush to grow up, and I love to see the moments when my kids are being just that, kids! I am not perfect, and sometimes I get frustrated when there is a constant mess from toys and whatnot. But I know that this is just for a season, and I need to embrace it and love it while it is here. I have enjoyed spending the summer with my kids because I have forced myself to slow down a little bit and spend more time playing and talking with my kids. They are amazing little people, and so very smart. As I have tried to focus on spending more time with my kids, I have found that my relationship with each one of them has grown even stronger. I love my family more than anything in this world!
...if you know  my Carrie, you know that she is obsessed with all things Hello Kitty. 
So of course when it's play time Hello Kitty has to get in on the action!...