Swim by if you dare

Ever since the girls' parties last fall, Trent has been planning his own party "with friends and presents". About once or twice a week he changed the theme, ranging from Legos to Star Wars to Star Wars Legos to Angry Birds to Star Wars Angry Birds to lions and, finally, settling on sharks.

Unfortunately, I have no pictures of the actual party, because Josh took Evie to the ER right before the party. I feel like all moms must have at least one "I threw a kid party by myself because life got crazy" story. Our story involves a potential appendicitis (she turned out to have something less serious going on). Luckily, I wasn't totally by myself thanks to two good friends who offered to stay and help me handle 12 two- to four-year olds. 

Before Evie's intense stomach pain started, I managed to get a little photo shoot in with the Birthday Boy. He knew a photo shoot was coming, so all week I kept catching him practice his smile. I'm telling you, Teddy-boy's excitement over turning four and having a party was almost unmatched. He talked of nothing else and kept me constantly updated on the exact amount of "sleep nights" until the festivities.


We played "feed the fish to the shark" (our version of pin the tail on the donkey) with a very realistic drawing Josh made (and is still hanging on the wall, over a month later, because Trent can't bear to take it down), opened presents, ate cupcakes, fished for treat bags, and had a water balloon fight. He declared the party to be "perfect and awesome".

It sure was fun to spoil our sweet-and-sour, snuggle buddy, tickle monster, Legos loving, goofy, freckled boy. Happy birthday!


A Very Potter Birthday

Charlotte's birthday was just a week after Evie's (nevermind that it is May and I am finally getting around to blogging about it). She wanted a Harry Potter party, which made my nerdy heart sing. The kids were sorted into houses, chop stick wands chose the wizard or witch, and everyone attended an assortment of classes, including care of magical creatures, potions, and quiddich.

Charlotte adds so much color to our life with her sassy, goofy, cheerful, sing-a-song-all-day-long, the-world-is-a-stage, snuggle-monster attitude. Happy birthday to our lovely Lottie-Loo!


Evie's baptism

The day after her birthday, Evie was baptized to become a member of our church. It was a wonderful day! (It was also storming outside, so I will have to come to terms with our church hallway pictures of the morning. Also, Trent needs a haircut and it shows. Oh, well.)

Evie's grandparents all played a part in her baptism, with Ed playing piano, Scott saying a prayer, Debbie giving the talk on the Holy Ghost, and my mom making Evie's lovely dress.

Evie's "best cousin", Ellie, was in attendance and spreading sunshine wherever she went.

Josh's Grandma Lamb also came, so we snapped a much needed four-generation picture. Anyone else see some slight resemblances?

Evie felt so loved that so many of our family members flew into town for the occasion.

We are all so pleased with Evie's choice to be baptized! She is amazing and we just love her to pieces!