Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween Kick Off

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is such a weird holiday. But I love it. Having evolved into something totally meaningless yet so fun is what I love most about it. I love that the only reason for Halloween is fun and an excuse to eat candy.

Aaron was gone to a mission reunion in Salt Lake for the weekend, but we couldn't wait for him to get home. The kids were just too excited. (And to be honest, I think the chaos of carving isn't something he relishes anyway.) Here are a few pics of the kids' big Halloween Kick Off.

Have a spooky week!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Brooklyn's Baptism

Brooklyn turned 8 in August and in our church that is the youngest that we baptize. She has been looking forward to this day for a long time and was so excited that the day was FINALLY here. She knew that she could be baptized when she was 8 and so ever since August she has been "waiting and waiting".

We took her to Kiddie Kandids for a special photo shoot to remember the special day and that is the first picture shown, but all of the rest of the pics are from Saturday.

Our Stake Youth Baptisms are always at 6:30 pm, once a month on Saturday night. Brooklyn was really cute all day long waiting for 6:30 to arrive. She knew it was after dinner, so when I started cooking she got really excited.

Aaron baptized her.
We made sure to get a lot of special pictures of her and her dad. She is so fortunate to have such a loving and good guy for her dad. I know that she will always love him and I know that she will be a better person her whole life through because of his example and goodness.

I sure did a good job of picking a dad for my kids!

Brooklyn and Aaron were all ready to go into the baptismal font.
had a great service with short talks on why Jesus taught us that we need to be baptized and also on the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I sang a song, and Aaron's mom accompanied me on the piano. It was nice to be able to participate in the program.

We had so many friends and family there! Thanks to all of you that came. (We realize it was a sacrifice for many considering it was during a BSU game.)

She entered the water and met Aaron there. It went perfectly. All the other children gathered at the edge of the water and could see her. The adults were gathered behind the kids and I couldn't have asked for a lovelier moment.

Aaron said the words for the baptism perfectly (he hadn't ever baptized anyone in English before). I suppose he could have done it in Mandarin Chinese like he did on his mission, but I expect that it would not have had the same meaning for Brooklyn.

After she was submerged in the water, she came to me and my mom at the edge of the font into the dressing room. The first words out of her grinning mouth were, "That was soggy."
She had a huge smile and the photo of her here, wet and happy shows her feelings at the moment.

After the service we headed home for an open house. It was so nice to have an "open house" for some reason other than to try an find someone to buy our house. Open House has only had a real estate definition for us the past few years. Yea! We get to clean the house for people we know this time! We have cleaned our house over the past two years way too many times to count for strangers to come and see. I'm so glad we are through that stage of our life!

We enjoyed the remainder of the night with good friends and family, cookies and Therese's yummy salsa. It couldn't have been a better night.

I am happy that Brooklyn is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It has made me happy in my life and I hope the same for all my children.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Welcome to the family

She is finally old enough to come home. The new little lady of the family was delivered to our doorstep last Friday. Meet Jetta, our Australian Shepherd. She was born in Tropic, UT on July 21, 2008 and is home in Boise now.
Brooklyn has shown us that she is responsible (and persistent) enough for a dog. After three years of asking for a dog, her wish came true.

We immediately hired a dog trainer. Not only are we training the puppy, but ourselves too. We have no idea what we are doing or how to train a dog. We opted for private lessons. Funny how we won't pay for private lessons for anything else (Brooklyn's gymnastics, Ian's Karate, Luke's swimming lessons, etc.) but for the dog it's somehow worth it. Dawn, our trainer, meets us at Camel's Back park one block away. It couldn't be more convenient. This week we are practicing walking on a leash, sit, lay down, and fetching a ball. She'll try anything for a puppy treat or we've found she LOVES hotdogs. She is smart and has caught on to "sit" and "down", but leash walking is unpredictable. Sometimes she just won't move and we have to carry her. Brooklyn and her friend Taylor Gropp went to hike Camel's Back with her on and ended up carrying her up the whole hill. 

Brooklyn is such a good owner. She even picks up all the poop.  Well, almost all of it.

I think Jetta has even won Aaron's heart.
He is determined to teach her to be an expert Frisbee catcher. Right now she is too small to hold a Frisbee and every time she holds it in her mouth she ends up stepping on it and tripping over it. Pretty cute.

Speaking of cute, this evening Lucas was coaxing her to follow him downstairs and in his crackly little voice he was saying, "Come on sweetheart. It's OK sweetheart, come on sweetheart."

We've had it easy when it comes to potty training. She is really good about only going outside and has had only one accident. (And to be honest, it was my fault. We had one rough night and I didn't get her outside.) The first two nights home were great. Jetta slept in her kennel in Brooklyn's bedroom. I got up in the night and let her outside, she went potty and came right back in and fell straight back to sleep. No problem. Night three however was a learning experience. I moved her kennel upstairs out of Brooklyn's room. I thought it would be easier if she were by the door. WRONG! She did NOT like being out of Brooklyn's room. She just cried in her kennel and wouldn't sleep. After trying outside, locked in the kennel, and just hanging out in the living room with me on the couch (that's when the accident occured) we decided to try putting the kennel back in Brooklyn's room. Jetta went straight in and didn't make another peep for the rest of the night. She loves Brooklyn I guess.

Here are a few more pictures of our new baby.