Saturday, October 22, 2016

Charlie turns 8 and is baptized

By Friday night, everyone had arrived! Grandma Dixie had come on Tuesday, Thom and Brittany and kids arrived around 5:30AM Friday morning (they drove through the night!) and Grandma and Grandpa Betteridge flew in Friday night. I let the kids stay home from school on Friday to spend time with cousins and Grandma Dixie. Chris helped me decide to stop trying to finish more projects (I still had a big frame I wanted to make for our maps) and just enjoy time with family.  We hung around home, playing outside and inside. The weather was beautiful. 

With so many adult hands around, we got everything ready for Saturday the night before: Crepes and cut up strawberries for Charlie's breakfast, fruit bread, cheese ball, programs printed and folded cake made and decorated etc. It made for a really really nice Saturday day.  Charlie's birthday started off with breakfast in bed: Crepes, with strawberries and whipped cream. 

Then some of us adults went for a run and then Charlie got to open his presents. His grandparents and cousins totally made this part awesome since our family is not buying gifts this year so we can save money for Disneyland next January.

Then we got to the church by 9:15 to get everything set up. We had the program in the Relief Society room so we could all sit on soft chairs and not have to set them up. Then we moved to the Primary Room where the font was for the actual baptism, then we had a table set up with some food in the Gym for afterward.  The program itself was really nice... dare I say, perfect? I mean that sounds pretentious but really I felt the spirit so strong and it was simple and not too long and we filled up all the seats and even Charlie's teacher from last year (and my friend) came! Chris gave a wonderful talk on Baptsim, Thom played the piano, Grandma Heather led the music, Alec said the opening prayer, Grandma Dixie played the piano for Mom and I to sing a duet for a special musical number, "Baptism", Chris performed the baptism with Grandpa Betteridge and Thom as witnesses, then we watched the Bible Video of Jesus getting baptized while Charlie and Chris changed then Brittany gave a great talk on the Holy Ghost and then Charlie was given the gift of the Holy Ghost, then the Branch President said a few words and Jackson gave the closing prayer.  I really enjoyed singing with my mom. A lot. 

I love this kid so much! He was so cute as he picked out everything. Chris gave him the assignment to read some verses out of Mosiah 18 to prepare himself for the covenants he would make at Baptism. He read those same verses every night for a week. He makes up his mind so quickly about who he wanted to do what at the baptism and was really happy with his new set of scriptures that Grandparents Archibald gave him. He's been reading out of the bible from it every night since then.

I never took any pictures of the food but it was all so yummy and well balanced. I didn't decorate at all, just a simple white table cloth with colorful food: A veggie tray with dip, apple slices and caramel, 3 big loaves of fruit bread, a huge cheese ball with crackers, and then my friends made two kinds of cookie: snickerdoodles and molasses ginger chocolate chip.

Charlie's one requested activity for his birthday was to play 'two-hand-touch' football with everybody. The weather was perfect and everyone participated and had fun (at least when a handful of us weren't getting bit by ants from an invisible ant pile somewhere on the field)

Then we went out to dinner at the local 'best BBQ in town' (Petty's). Then more playtime outside and we finished the day with cake and ice cream. Dixie made the cake and Chris decorated it.

SO SO SO SO fun to have family in town for a special occasion. We're so pleased with Charlie's choices and with the young man he's turning out to be... so full of life, so happy, so talented in everything he tries to do, so eager to try new things or make new friends.

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