Wednesday, February 27, 2008

3 months!

Lucy turned 3 months old yesterday! I had planned on blogging yesterday but Lucy was on a sleep strike and was very fussy so I spent most of the day trying to get her settled. She has changed so much! The outfit she is wearing in this picture is the outfit she wore home from the was so baggy and big then and now it barely fits! She is such a happy baby, as you can see in the picture. She smiles and laughs a lot, especially at her brothers. She has her moments of grumpiness and I wish she slept through the night but I wouldn't trade the last 3 months for anything. You know, for 5 and a half years it was our little family of 4 and it felt complete, and for those 5 years it was complete, but now I honestly can not imagine our family without little Luce. She has brought a tenderness into our home that wasn't here before. The boys love her and help me tremendously with her. Here is a scene I caught the other day... Both boys were singing to her and giving her toys and loving her. So sweet!
Yesterday we took our new stroller out for a test drive. The weather was beautiful, the best we've had for months so I walked to school to pick up the boys. The kids fought over who got to push the stroller home so we had to switch at every corner. Lucy enjoyed the ride and slept the whole way! I'm so glad the weather is warming up so we both can have a change of scenery and get some fresh air!
Snug as a bug!

I did a little photo shoot with Lucy in her blessing dress the other day. I think she stuck her tongue out in every shot! These are two of my favorites...don't you just want to eat her up?

Last week we had Parent/teacher conferences. Both boys got awesome reports and are doing very well. Curtis still has motion problems (meaning he is in perpetual motion and can't sit still) but is doing great academically. He was even dismissed from Speech Therapy because he has made so much progress and no longer needs it! Noah's teacher said he is very bright and is a smart thinker. He has such a love for learning and is always testing our knowledge by giving Sam and me math problems. I feel very blessed to be the mom of these 3 kids!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Special Day

Saturday was such a special day for our family. Curtis was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Lucy then received her name and blessing. Sam did a great job with all the ordinances...he had a busy day! If Curtis had had his way, Sam would have given the talks and prayers at the baptismal service as well. I'm so grateful for a husband who is a righteous priesthood holder and can perform these special ordinances for our children.
Curtis was very excited about the baptism. We got to the church early and he had to check the water to make sure it was warm. Then he changed into his white clothes. When he came out of the dressing room, my parents and siblings had arrived and he got very shy all of a sudden but then warmed up and made his appearance. When he came out of the water he let out a big gasp. I guess the water was not quite as warm as he had expected! Later that day we were at the store and he and Noah were running around. I called them back to me and Curtis said "I was just about to come back because the Holy Ghost told me to!" How sweet is that?
He was also excited to share this special day with his sister. He loves little Lucy so much and is so cute with her.

Lucy slept through the whole service, staying nice and warm in several different loving arms. She woke up just as Sam started to bless her but still remained content through the blessing. She looked so beautiful in her new blessing dress that my talented mom made. My mom had some leftover material from my wedding dress (that she also made) and used it to make Lucy's sweet little dress. Lucy also wore little booties that were mine when I was a baby. I can't wait for the day that I can give both the dress and the booties to her for her own baby!(OK, maybe I can wait...I don't want that to happen too fast!)I need to take a better picture of her in her dress so you can see how beautiful it is!
We had so many friends and family attend the baptism/blessing and we felt such an overwhelming amount of love and support. We both had our parents present and all of our siblings except for my brother David and his wife Marina and little Katya who live in San Diego (we missed you guys but looking forward to seeing you next month!!).
Several people commented to me that they haven't ever seen that much support at a baptism in our stake. What a blessing it is to have such wonderful family and friends! I couldn't be more grateful!

Our special day was also the funeral of our beloved prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley. What a great, inspiring man he was. I had three or four opportunities to be in his presence and every time was moved by the Spirit he carried. I'm so grateful to have been a part of the Church during his time as the prophet and to learn from him. As we were watching his funeral, Sam mentioned that the world was a little darker because he was no longer on it but I said it was just the opposite. The world is brighter because of the example he left for each of us. President Hinckley will be greatly missed but we are looking forward to seeing the growth and changes that started with his influence.