Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Caleb's Special Baptism Day

It was the perfect day. Caleb waited for Grandma and Grandpa Peterson to get home from their mission so they could enjoy the baptism with us. It was so special having them home safely and having Grandpa Peterson as a witness at the baptism. I gave a talk that involved cotton candy, so Caleb loved that. And Mike did a wonderful job baptizing Caleb and confirming him a member of the church and giving him a beautiful blessing. I knew that day and I know now that Caleb did the right thing! Choosing to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be one of the greatest blessings of Caleb's life.

Look at my handsome boys!...
 We had breakfast before the baptism...
 3 Bennion boys...

 Cousins came to visit and we loved holding baby Jesse!
 Jake and Gwennie were the cutest...
 I love my family!...
 So proud of him...



Bennion/Burnett/Stokes...
 Peterson...
 The girls hanging around...
 Just proud parents...
 And his best buddy, Ryder came to support him too!...
 A week before his baptism, I took some cute pictures of him in his new fresh clean suit and his handsome hair!...

 And I love his big smile!...
 He wanted to take one of me too. It's nice to be the photographer because you can dress however you want!...


 This one is my favorite. He's laughing...



I love these special milestone days that remind you of what really matters. Way to go, buddy!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Happy Easter!

Easter landed on April Fool's Day this year! Score! We were thinking of ways to trick each other all day. Mike told the kids we were going to Disneyland I told them there was a golden egg with $20 in it. After a few minutes of searching for for the egg, I let them in on the secret that there was no golden egg and announced, "APRIL FOOLS!" They were NOT happy, but I could not stop laughing. It was hilarious and they totally deserve it for all the shenanigans they put me through every stinkin day! Don't worry. We made up for it with a great hunt and a wonderful Easter day! We were all happy.

 Janie raisin the roof!...





 They got a dinosaur fossil brick they had to clear off to find the fossils. They loved it!...




Happy Easter! I love my family. I love my Savior and the atonement so that I can live an eternal life with my family. Hugs and kisses from my babies never ever go away!

"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God" (Job 19:25–26).

He lives! And we will live on too! What a wonderful blessing! Happy Easter!

Easter Sunday

Claire- 9, Caleb- 8, Janie- 6, Eliza- 4, Ivy- 2












Janie's 6th Birthday!

You know the sibling in your family that when they know Mom is watching, they act their best? But then Mom looks away and they sneak a pinch or spit a mean word? And then when mom looks again, they bat their precious eyes and say something like, "You guys should really be kind to eachother. Jesus was always nice to everyone and we should go clean the whole entire house for Mom!" That is Janie for ya! She is hilarious! She really is as sweet as pie, but she is certainly learning how to be a sneaky little tease. She has the fake cry down like a champ and I'm starting to learn when it's genuine or not. I love that she can hold her own because being the middle child is no easy task!

Janie is my little creative imaginative child. She could shut the door and be alone in her room for hours and orchestrate the perfect little schoolhouse play date with her dolls and animals. She loves to be alone with herself and a mirror and a caboodle full of glitter and lip gloss and blush. She'll put it on and remove it and put it on and remove it and put it on again until her skin is pink and raw. Lucky for us, her darling freckles don't fade when she wipes off her makeup and her blue almond shaped eyes make you want to wrap her up in your arms and squeeze her tight! Janie is thoughtful, friendly, nurturing, flexible, laid back, flippy, sporty, frilly, fashionable, kind and so easy to be with and even easier to love! Bonus- she's a fast runner and beat all of the kids on Caleb's baseball team in a race!

We had the best time celebrating Janie's 6 years!

We had a great time at the trampoline park. Everyone is always impressed with Janie's flips and tricks!
 The only picture I got of Janie there. Nice landing!...
 Early morning presents in Grandpa's t-shirt jammies...
 Happy girl...
 Off to get her ear's pierced!...



 Starting to get a little nervous. Grandma always has her back!...
 ADORABLE!
 She picked rainbow flowers...
 She cried a little after they were pierced, but what you don't see is me holding her in the van after this for about 10 minutes. She sobbed and sobbed. Not because of the pain, but because I told her it wouldn't hurt, but it really did! She felt so betrayed by me that I lied to her. Break my momma heart! I really hurt her feelings.
 Nothing a burger, fries and shake can't cheer up...
 And as if all of that wasn't enough, we stopped for donuts too!
I really don't spoil my kids throughout the year, so I take full advantage of birthdays and Christmas. I love love celebrating them and making them feel special! They don't have to clean, help, make their beds or even lift a finger on their birthday if they don't want. I think that's what they love the most. They ask and I say yes! What a great and fun day! Happy Happy Birthday Perfect Janie!