Saturday, February 25, 2017

Baptism Day for B

Oh my goodness. This was indeed a special day for a special boy.  Beckett had been looking forward to his baptism day for some time now and none of us could believe it was here so quickly!  We have been talking, preparing and reading up with Beckett so he would be as ready as possible for the big baptism day.  He was especially excited to get his own new scriptures (which he asked for a few times on his baptism day...he just couldn't wait! So sweet.) The baptism itself went great.  I think he was a little nervous, but it didn't show a bit.  He even said later that the water felt warm...lucky boy! It seems like the kiddos always say that the water was a little cold.  There was a wonderful spirit in the room when he entered the water and was baptized.  I had a nice spot with Dawson in my arms to see it all, behind the little spectators gathered in on the floor in front of the font. There is nothing quite like your own child's baptism day.  It is such a special, joyous, heart filling spiritual experience.  Corey confirmed him a member of the church afterwards and did a beautiful job.  Dawson had decided he liked the baptism part okay but was done by the time the confirmation rolled around, so he was getting loud and squirmy!  I REALLY didn't want to have to take him out.  My sister Jen rescued my by swooping in to save the day and take him into the hallway for me.  I was so grateful, truly.  We were so blessed to have friends and family there to enjoy the day with us.  Grandparents on both sides, as well as two of my sisters (Jen and Kayla) and their families came out to support us.  It was wonderful to have everyone there and the kids couldn't get enough of all the cousin time.

After the baptism, we had a fun ice cream sundae party to celebrate...cherries and all.  And we gave him his new scriptures, which he spent the next several evenings eagerly marking up.  We are so proud of our Beckett and the choice he's made to be baptized into the church and receive the Holy Ghost.  He's a great kid with many talents and this first great choice he's made will be a boon to him throughout his life.   Congrats on a wonderful baptism day, B!  We sure do love you.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Webelos Badge

Asher worked hard this year in his Webelos den.  This boy planned hikes, memorized information, camped, taught others, arranged for speakers for his group and so much more!  He was especially proud of achieving his Arrow of Light and his Religious Knot.  It's been a fun and wonderful scouting year for him, and he's excited about becoming a Boy Scout (new oversized tan shirt and all).  I think the camp outs might be the big draw.  Congrats on a great year Ashman...and Eleven Year Old Scouts, here he comes! Here are photos from his year including his hikes, day camp, advancement badge nights and his crossing over. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Welcome 2017

This New Year's was destined to be a mellow event. We didn't have any family in town and we didn't go anywhere this year for the holidays.  After a little thinking, I decided mellow didn't have to mean 'not fun.'  We ended up having a great time at home with our little crew of 5.  Dawson headed to bed at 9, but everyone else endured until the anticipated strike of midnight and the dropping of the ball in Times Square! (Side note:  Asher and Beckett wanted to know why they drop a ball...good question, and I have no idea.  Come to think of it, it's a little weird, isn't it?) 

To keep us going, we worked on our Balloon Puzzle (version 2.0, post Dawson's puzzle attack), which totally saved me.  We ate yummy snacks (cookies, chex mix, fruit kabobs, veggies and dip, homemade egg nog) and watched Elf.  The boys hadn't seen it yet and were cracking up!  They also chose to watch several episodes of America's Funniest Video's which kept us all laughing and talking.  We rang in the New Year early (9-ish) with some silly cartoon countdowns for Dawson.  Everyone wore hats and had little horns with streamers to blow on.  Things got a little crazy, so hats and blowers weren't around for the actual New Year's countdown, but they were still fun to have around for at least the first one! 

New Year's Day, we all woke up about an hour later (ha, that's all the late night bought us) and had waffles.  Church was nice, and we finished up our puzzle.  On Monday, we had fun at home playing laser tag, Wii, and then hitting Gravity Park later that night with some friends.  Lots of fun.  It was Dawson's (and my own) first time jumping and after the initial nervousness passed he was fearless (and scary) so Corey and I took turns making sure he wasn't too Kamakazi.  I found out I could still do backflips (but was greatly humbled by waking up the next morning with a very sore, limpy clue what happened there), and Asher and Beckett zoomed around and came home nice and sweaty.

We set some family goals for the year and are looking forward to 2017 and all it may bring.  Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Asher's 11th Birthday

 Ah, this boy.  The 'growing up too fast' thing is killing me, and he's leading the way.  Eleven already! First thing this morning he came to check in with Corey and me, and after we wished him a happy birthday, he said, "And now I'm officially a pre-teen!"  We agreed.  Last year, he insisted that entering double digits put him squarely in pre-teen range but we weren't so sure.  This year, I think he might be right!

For Ashman's big day, we started out with a breakfast request of pancakes (with mini M&M's) and eggs.  In the afternoon he opened up presents at home then we headed over to Texas Roadhouse for a fun birthday dinner.  Asher absolutely loves it when restaurants sing to him and bring on the birthday hoopla.  Sitting on a saddle and getting a mini brownie served up with a big "Yee-haw!" from the whole restaurant fit the bill and he was a happy boy.  He was able to talk to both sets of Grandparents and his great Grandpa and Grandma Pettit even called to wish him a happy birthday!
Corey and the boys went to a UNM basketball game after dinner to celebrate some more.  This boy is a huge fan of all things sports and loves to cheer on the Lobos.  UNM won and the boys had a fun time.  When they came home we finally had some cookie cake...everyone was too full after dinner!

We are so proud of Asher.  Besides watching sports, he enjoys playing soccer, basketball, swimming, running, and baseball and I have to say he is pretty good at all of them.  He's learning to play the piano, and sings beautifully too.  He loves to read (Harry Potter still reigns supreme), loves the Titanic, Legos, Star Wars and playing the Wii (he has started beating his dad on a regular basis, but don't tell!).  Asher is also an awesome big brother...he adores his baby bro beyond measure, and plays with his younger bro constantly.  I am so lucky to have this smart, sweet kid as my boy!  We all love you Asher and hope your birthday was happy!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas 2016

Whew-wee.  The speed at which December flies by.  We had so many things going on, but it was a wonderful Christmas season overall! Corey had a nice chunk of time off, making our break seem more like a staycation.  I loved it!  We decorated a gingerbread house and put out a big hot air balloon puzzle (3rd year running) for everyone to work on as they wanted to.  I love this tradition.  Sadly, when we were about 3/4 of the way thru it, we found it on the floor in exactly 500 pieces.  Dawson must've been eyeing it for a couple of days and wanted in on the action!  It was ok, I knew we'd get 'er done eventually.  Our advent calendar was in full swing this year as we participated in the 'Light the World' program that our church put out.  It was a great way to keep Christ in our hearts and minds each day.  The kids still took turns opening the box each day but in addition to candy, they had an assignment to work on an attribute that Christ showed.  It was good for all of us!  Dawson quickly realized that the box equaled candy, so each morning he asked to "openthebox."  It was so fun, and on his turns to open it he very graciously passed out candy to his brothers before taking one for himself.  Mornings were a treat in more ways than one.

We made a maiden voyage to the Unser Racing museum and had a great time and an amazing surprise run in with Big Al himself.  Totally awesome!  This guy won 4 Indy 500 races (the car behind us in the pic was his racing car for the 4th win) and is a racing legend. He had a fun chat with kids, asking them what they wanted to do when they grow up.  Ash said an MLS player, Beck said an MLB player...Al told them no matter what it was they did, they had to try to be #1, because there isn't any better feeling in the world than being #1.  He was very nice...he told the boys when they were famous they could come back and he could get their autographs in exchange for one of his cars!

 We hit the zoo (me and the fun), played some wiffle ball, hit the aquarium and botanical gardens too.  At the gardens we totally lucked out and were there right before they closed so all the Christmas lights for River of Lights were on.  We practically had the whole place to ourselves and it was amazing.  It was a perfectly chilly, dusky skied, peaceful winter evening with magical lights everywhere. Loved it! 

Christmas Eve was at home.  While the boys were filling up luminaria bags with sand, the Elders showed up spreading Christmas Cheer.  They helped us set up, then were on their way.  We made (and ate) cookies, had a nice dinner, and celebrated the evening with scriptures, video and talk of Christ.

On Christmas morning (or was it still night?), Beckett came in just after midnight asking if he could go down and open presents.  Um, nope, and back to bed!  After a few more hours of sleep, the kids were ready for the big reveal.  The big boys came down to laser gun sets and stockings full of fun, and we let Dawson sleep in a little before bringing him down to his new ride on tractor, which he was initially scared of but warmed up to it after 15 minutes or so. The laser guns were a HUGE hit, and so much fun (Cor and I loved 'em too). After a morning of thoughtful presents and fun surprises, we had cinnamon rolls, dressed up and headed off to a very nice Christmas service at church.  Worshiping at church on Christmas morning was wonderful, and I am just so thankful to have my family to spend it with. Asher and Beckett sang a verse of a song together as part of the meeting and it brought me to tears.  It was so beautiful.  They really did a great job and I was very proud of them. These boys are growing up fast, and I love Christmas time and the memories we get to make so I can keep pieces of these special moments alive.  Merry Christmas!