Monday, November 17, 2014

Emeline was Baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Emeline's baptism day was gorgeous weather-wise, but a little stressful in other ways.  I had done everything I could to make sure the day ran smoothly.  I double and triple checked with the primary president that the stake baptism day was November 1, 2014 at 11:00 am.  I asked if we needed to provide any talks or music.  The primary president assured me that it was the correct day and that the stake provided all the talks and music.  We just needed to show up.  The Sunday before the baptism I reminded the primary president that Emeline's baptism was the upcoming Saturday and had her get the whites for Emeline and Timothy.  Emeline had met with the Bishop and her primary teacher is married to one of the bishopric counselors, plus we'd chatted about the baptism with him.

In short--even though I had a niggling feeling that the primary president wasn't quite on top of things and everything seemed a little too loosey-goosey, I didn't know what else I could do to ensure that things went smoothly.

So we showed up at 10:45 at the stake center and lo and behold there wasn't a soul there.


Timothy drove home and got his church keys.  While he was gone, more of our family arrived plus the primary president and first counselor in the primary presidency.  They were surprised that nobody was there.  They didn't have keys.  They did, however, know the Bishop's phone number so he was duly called along with the ward mission leader.

Timothy arrived, unlocked the door, and allowed everyone inside.  The ward mission leader started running water in the font.  I asked Amy Rasmussen and my dad to put together talks and the cousins were informed that they were providing a musical number.  Mom and Timothy got a tv/vcr from the library and put on a church movie for the children to help stall while the font filled.  It was all more exciting than necessary.

 In the end, though, it was a lovely baptism.  Amy and Dad both did wonderful jobs on their last minute talks.  The cousins sang "I Am a Child of God" and we even heard a little of the song in German, which was fun.  Kayli was the pianist and Mom was the chorister and it is always so fun to hear all the cousins singing primary songs while they wait for the baptized cousin to change clothes.  Such beautiful music.

The most important thing, of course, is that Emeline was baptized and confirmed!  She was so excited and happy.
 Emeline and Cassidy.
 Emeline with great-grandparents Wilford and Frances Young.
 Emeline with great-grandparents Gene and Marcielle Davis.
 Emeline with grandparents Kenny and Beckie Young.
 Opening the journal from Grandma Rasmussen.  Emeline was pretty thrilled with it because it had a lady in a yellow dress on the cover.  Yellow was the color of the day because as everyone knows--Emeline loves yellow.

 New scriptures and scripture case.
It was fun to have everyone at our new house--an initiation of sorts since it was the first event held there since we moved.  We need to get some folding chairs, but other than that everyone seemed to fit!  Awesome.

Emeline, we are so proud of you for making the decision to be baptized and we are so grateful that you have the Holy Ghost with you now.  Love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cowen *face palm*

Cowen had on three pair of pants, four pair of socks, and two shirts and then OPENED HIS WINDOW because he was "hot."  There is a reason people say they can't afford children.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Baby Girl's Stocking

I know it doesn't look fancy to those of you who are crafty, but this stocking took more time for me to make than any of the others.  I spent six hours on the wings alone.  Plus, the face/hair and ballerina shoes were totally beyond me so a friend in my ward (professional artist) came over and did those parts for me.  She also did the faces on the gingerbread boy and girl.  Mostly, though, this was my creation from a Bucilla kit.  Now we just need a name to put on the top!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Love my Emeline

Emeline, reassuringly, as we entered a store together: "I'll only walk as fast as you waddle."
Um . . . thanks.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sniff, sniff (internal sobbing)

Tonight my MIL took the kids for a little outing and left only Oskar with me.  Oskar and I went to Smiths and did a little shopping.  When we got back, Timothy was home.  Oskar followed Timothy around while I unloaded groceries.  Then I put Oskar's pajamas on and sat on a chair in the library.  Timothy came in and sat on a different chair in the library.  Oskar came into the library, ran and grabbed a board book, then looked at us both and walked straight to his dad.

What????????????  I held you in my womb, child, and then birthed you into the world and you deliberately chose your dad over me????????????????


There always comes a time when my babies stop preferring me.  I can't believe we've already reached that point with Oskar.  Time goes by so fast.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lady Harriet

Timothy tonight at the conclusion of FHE: "Harriet, would you say the prayer please?"

Harriet, thoughtfully: "I'm done for today."

Hee hee.  I wish I could get out of things that easily.  Oskar's throw-up on the carpet??  Oh, sorry, I'm done for today.  Someone else can take care of that.

Oskar Is One of the Big Boys

 Last week we moved Oskar downstairs to the boy dormitory.  He appeared to be a little puzzled by the whole thing, but Cowen and Eli were excited enough for all three.  In fact, the excitement level was so high that very little sleeping took place for several hours that night.  It reminded me of the song, "We Got Annie!"  Just dub in Oskar over Annie and that about sums up the boys' feelings on the matter.

We got the crib for $20 on ksl.  We were a bit premature in giving away our second crib.  Sometimes you have another baby when you thought you were done.  Sometimes (like after this baby) you don't.

These last two pictures have nothing to do with Oskar moving downstairs.  They just highlight WHY Oskar is always covered in bruises.  It is impossible to keep him off the counter and kitchen table.
Oskar, I am your mother and I am telling you that you are growing up too fast.  Slow it down, buddy.  You're only my baby once and it is flying by!  Enjoy it!  Relax a little!!  You don't have to learn new words all the time (diaper was last week's new word).  You can just sit around, smile a bunch, laugh at your crazy siblings, and snuggle with mom.  You'll like it!  You don't have to stand at the back door squawking until someone lets you go outside. You don't have to climb up and down the stairs standing up instead of on your knees.  You don't have push the water dispenser on the fridge on a daily basis.  You don't have to roughhouse with your brothers and push away from me when I want to snuggle because you are oh, so, busy.  Just stay little a little longer.