Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The primary baptism day for July just happened to be on Jaide's birthday. The other family with a kid turning 8 in July decided to wait until next month, so Jaide was the only one getting baptized that day.
It was a special day which started out memorably (not exactly in a good way). I was up late making cookies and then had to make frosting and frost cookies and cupcakes in the morning. It was hard to get everyone ready to go on time. Jaide decided after getting dressed in her white dress to open up a bottle of nail polish she got from one of her friends for her birthday. She got it on her dress. Bob's mom tried to get it out, but it didn't come out. Fortunately, I had bought two dresses in two different sizes. Jaide ended up wearing the bigger dress. In our rush to get out the door (we still ended up being late, but so was everyone else) we forgot to grab a towel or dry undies for Jaide. I had to make due with the random stuff we had in the trunk of the van (bright orange undies). I thought I had a hair thing in the diaper bag, but no I didn't. I found an elastic tag in the bathroom and used that to hold the end of Jaide's braid after the baptism.
But despite the craziness, it was a wonderful, spiritual day. Bob's mom gave the talk on baptism. My mom gave the talk on the Holy Ghost. We sang Jaide's favorite primary song, When I am Baptized. Bob's dad and I gave the prayers and Luke stayed asleep the whole time. Bob baptized Jaide and confirmed her along with his dad, our home teachers, and some friends.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Jaide is eight. Isn't that crazy! She has been so excited to turn eight. The day after the family reunion ended, we had a party for Jaide's birthday. Bob's parents were still here and my mom had flown in Thursday night. Two of Jaide's aunts got bumped from their flights Thursday night, so they got to stay for the party too. It was a huge help to have extra people to get things ready and to run activities at the party! Jaide has been enjoying reading the first 5 Harry Potter books (and watching those movies) and she asked to have a Harry Potter party. We made it a day at Hogwarts, with several mini classes and Harry Potter themed snacks. Bob's mom made the chocolate frogs (filled with marshmallow fluff, yum!), sewed house buntings out of the felt I bought, and made pumpkin pasties. My mom helped run some of the classes and took the kids from class to class. Cindy and Becky helped me make wands the night before (Rosie also helped even though her flight left early Friday morning) and they helped out with some of the classes as well. Bob did the potions class and along with his dad and Becky, helped the older kids do the divination class mad libs.
|or does the wand choose you?|
|Cauldron cakes (or cupcakes served in cauldrons)|
I'm planning to post a little more about the party details on my other blog.
It's been a whirlwind kind of month this month. We hosted a family reunion for Bob's side of the family. We totalled 21 people. 16 of which stayed at our house. 8 of those 16 were the total of the grandkids (there were only three with two on the way at the last reunion! #9 is due in November). Our kids are #'s 1,2, and 7 respectively. Three of the kids were nursery age, three were younger than nursery age, with two of that number being 3months old. So, in other words, we had a pretty young group. But we still did a bunch of stuff. Here is what we did in brief outline form and in pictures in no particular order.
Thursday- people came, chatting, laughing, I had activity day that night
Friday- grocery shopping, playing around the house, wii (other days too), bottle rocket
Saturday- National zoo
Sunday- church, Luke's blessing, board/card games (other days too), family photo
Monday- kiddie pools and slip n slide, homemade rootbeer
Tuesday- Patapsco state park
Wednesday- White House tour, Air and Space Museum
Thursday- building antennas, seeing people off, preparing for Jaide's birthday party
|Shooting off 2 liter bottles|
|watching the bottle rocket|
|Watching the lions at the national zoo|
|Travis' reaction to all the pandas being inside|
|Group photo in a nearby drainage ditch|
|behind the scenes|
|Our family of 5 on Luke's blessing day (Luke's in a different outfit than what he wore to church). He pooped his blessing outfit, and it barely fit him, probably should have gotten a pic before church.|
|Each night the previous night's dinner makers did a presentation. The sisters gave all the kiddos books.|
|Grandpa was at a disadvantage in the baby carrying wii contest|
|Travis competes in the baby carrying wii contest|
|Grandpa did well at golf without any "baby" carrying|
|We had one more stroller than is pictured, we were something at the zoo that day|
|The almost 2 year olds|
|Jaide pushes a cousin|
|our photographer on Sunday|
|the older cousins helped with the younger ones|
|They were cute cousin buds|
|the trampoline was a hit|
|We added a slide to old Red Beard's Ship|
|Who knew it would take 3 hours to float the Patapsco from the swinging bridge to the playground area?|
|Smoothies during our very hot day in DC|
|I think this one's from Travis' camera|
|And the crazy version|
|I didn't take any of the photos of the kids in the river, but I'm glad Cindy and Rosie? and Travis? did.|
|cameras aren't allowed in the White House, but cellphones are, so as soon as we got outside, everyone with a camera on their phone started taking pics (these pics I did take)|
|Cindy looking presidential|
|I probably would have waited to get a pic of everyone but Luke was screaming by this point|
|Jaide really wanted to feed the ducks and their babies. We had a picnic lunch here after our White House tour.|
|Bob and his nephew that looks a bit like he did at that age at the Air and Space museum. He called Bob "Bob Bob"|
|We finally got to use our slip n slide|
|and all our wading pools|
|making root beer with dry ice|
|this pool doesn't stay up too well on slopey ground|
|I was there|
|I didn't take any of the rest of these photos (and several of the previous ones)|
|it wouldn't be a family reunion without games (not pictured, lengthy discussions about games)|
|Yes, these pictures are in no particular order!|
|"Uncle Allen knows about everything that flies" at the Air and Space Museum|
I think it went pretty well. Thanks everyone for letting me sleep in several of the days, making dinner, doing the dishes, and cleaning up!