On February 28, 2014 Kaelyn and Kylie went off to school excited for a fabulous Friday. The school was having a pajama day combined with a free popcorn day. They were also excited about Grandma and Grandpa L. (my parents) and their aunt Heather. What they didn't know is that we were expecting another visitor!
Kaelyn had been disappointed because one of her friends from school had invited her for a sleepover. I told her she could not go, but I promised that she would be having a sleepover the same weekend and asked that she try not to be too disappointed. She responded rather matter of factually, "Mom, I love Grandma, Grandpa, and Heather, but I am disappointed." I am pretty sure she got over that, and went on to enjoy many nights of sleepovers with her cousin Ashlynn!
|Heather and Aliya reading a story together.|
Both Kaelyn and Kylie were quick to steal a turn with Grandpa's hat.
|My kiddos were in tablet heaven. One per kid? Wahoo!|
|There was a fantastically fun (and timed) pillow fight one night before bed.|
|Kaelyn and Ashlynn loved the fun house mirrors.|
|Kylie and Grandpa discover how a zipper works.|
|Alyssa loved making the ball fly.|
|The butterfly house was a big hit.|
|Especially for Aliya. She was entranced by them.|
|Ashlynn loved the touching tide pool and spent a lot of time there.|
|Grandpa even discovered our new shadow friend, Frank.|
While it is always nice to just be together we had a very special reason for this visit. A long anticipated event.
The baptism service was nice. It was only Kaelyn and one other child in the stake being baptized that day so it felt very special and personal. Since each baptism was done separately I felt surrounded by loved ones and friends as I looked at a room full of people there to support Kaelyn on her special day. Friends from church, friends from school, family from near and far. It was so nice.
|Ann did a beautiful job with Kaelyn's hair.|
|Kaelyn kept sneaking in kisses. It was adorable.|
There is a part of me that can't believe my little girl is old enough to have made this very important step. However, I am so proud of her. She has grown and learned so much over the last year. She has matured in ways that I just did not expect. Each day she is developing into quite the young lady. I am very blessed to call her my daughter.
Well this was a very special event and I felt we should celebrate with a party afterwards. So even though life has been all sorts of crazy I wanted to go all out, and in the words of Jon after the fact, "It was shockingly smooth." I am very thankful for my friend and family who helped me by cooking some of the food for our Cafe Rio knock off dinner.
|I had been wanting to try the tissue paper pom poms and this was a perfect excuse.|
|More evidence of being surrounded by friends and family.|
In the end I believe there were 53 people in our house for dinner! I know that there were others who wished they could be there and were with us in thought. I love each of you, my family and friends.
Milestones in life, such as Kaelyn's baptism, make me reflect on the many stepping stones our path through life. In that reflection I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude for the people we have met and experiences we have had along the way. From Arizona to Ohio, Wisconsin to Washington, and all the stops in Utah in between, thank you for being a part of my life. I hope that we can all be together again at some point, I look forward to sharing in your life's milestones (even if it is just through the means of the internet). I know that I am pretty bad at keeping in touch, but I do think of so many of you often, because my life is blessed for having known you.