Tasha’s Baptism

It’s hard to believe that I have a child old enough to be baptized! I always knew (well, hoped) this day would come that one of my kids would choose to be baptized and it was every moment as wonderful as I expected to be. Tasha had no doubts. She was filled with surety that this was what she wanted to do. Even when we asked her if she wanted to pray about the truth of the things that we’ve taught her the last 8 years, she responded that she didn’t need to because she knew that they were true. What a great example of faith!

As members of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we believe that at the age of 8 years old, children are old enough to understand and make right and wrong choices and therefore accept the responsibility of baptism (which is to follow the example of Jesus Christ and keep his commandments). Before that, although they do things that are wrong, they aren’t always capable of understanding the consequences and sometimes even fully controlling what they choose. If you want to understand more about baptism check out this link: http://mormon.org. Oh and I have a profile on there too, if you want to see me! =) Try looking under people and then female, 25-34, Caucasian and keywords like: cook, Mother or Canadian.

We were so lucky to have Ammon’s family and my Mom join us for Tasha’s special day. Here’s how the day went:

Getting all dolled up with Auntie Julina

Our little family

Pretty girl, all ready!

She picked out her dress

And here’s the personality coming out!

 

With Uncle Arvin, just before being baptized

 

Auntie Julina gave spoke to Tasha and the group in attendance about baptism and Ellen spoke about the gift of the Holy Ghost. The whole program was lovely and sweet and reverent.

The whole family together right after the baptism

Grammy and her first baptized grandchild!

Auntie Julina and Tashy

Camping

We packed up Rocky and all of our junk and headed up to the mountains for a fun, friend-filled two days of camping. It was a very pretty spot and with so many kids to play with, our kids were pretty occupied. I’m pretty sure that Rocky had the most fun out of everyone. He romped around happily greeting everyone he saw, happily obliging to the many kids constant demands uh, commands.

A happy birthday s’more

The happiest camper of all

Part of the gang

Beautiful spot

Cute hikers

All of us after our short hike to this waterfall. Perfect hike for kids.

 

 

Some furry bonding time

Me and my honey

Our little drama queen

Happy 8th Birthday again-Tasha!

I know you’re probably confused by that title since we only turn 8 once. I have good reason for the title though since on the date of Tasha’s actual birthday we were going camping with a bunch of friends. We celebrated her special day with a celebratory breakfast of egg muffins and raspberries. Mom joined us for the festivities.

Happiness is….

A cd player of her very own (It only cost me $1.00 at a yard sale-shhhhhhhh!)

Cute little birthday guest

Horsin’ around

Proud parents of the birthday girl

I LOVE this picture! It’s rare that we get all three looking at the camera with real smiles. It’s one for the wall for sure!

 

My girl!

Happy 8th Birthday-Tasha!!!!

We celebrated Tasha’s 8th birthday with a puppy-themed birthday party as per her request. And true to our word to do bigger birthdays and smaller Christmas (so we can focus on the Savior at Christmas time and not the gifts), we spoiled her rotten. But it was fun! =) Ammon had to work in Denver so he missed all the fun, but the kids were great helpers to me as I set up and got everything ready. I still ended up staying up way too late making the leashes and collars. I bought the stuffed dogs from the thrift store at anywhere from .33-$1.00 each. Their favors were a “doggie bag” with a tennis ball and a marshmallow “rope” toy and of course, their dog, leash and collar. They were probably the cheapest favors I’ve ever bought!

Here was the party-area, in all it’s puppy-glory. Thank you to all those random people in cyberspace who posted lots of great ideas. I borrowed from many of you!

Close-up of the puppies all gathered for the party

Adoption center, complete with certificate, collars and leashes

Cute little paw-print cuppycakes

Puppy-chow eating contest

One of the hungry puppies

This is the silly puppy

Sweet puppy

Present time!

 

Time to blow out the candles (I bet she wished for a golden retriever puppy!)

My little girl is 8!!!!!!

 

 

 

Granby Vacation

The first week of June, we had the joy of joining the Mannings and Narayans in Granby, Co. It’s about 5 1/2 hours from where we are and is close to Grand Lake which is a cute little town with lots of fun shops, boating and a swimming beach. Our week was packed with fun. I don’t think we stopped for air the whole time we were there. We took family photos, went boating, fishing, swimming at the pool, hiking to a waterfall, had picnic’s in the park, canoed and shopped. One of the highlights for Ammon and I was that we went on a short bike-ride one morning and saw two Moose by the side of the road. I’d never seen them in the wild before. It was pretty neat. The kids had a great time with their cousins as always and as always us grown-ups made way too much food.

Gorgeous sunset our first evening there

The family

Cute cousins

Our little family

Our little dolly

Tasha workin’ it

The ladies

Kevin loves fishing! He was able to help Grampa pull this one in.

This was letter boxing. If you don’t what it is, check out: www.letterboxing.org It’s kind of like a treasure hunt for a box that someone has hidden. Inside it is a notebook/guestbook of sorts and you stamp your own little notebook that you bring with you. It’s great fun for kids. We’re thinking about planting some of our own in Ridgway.

 

The girls first time canoeing

Spring Break

I realize that I’m going back in time here, rather than forward, but I found a few photos that I forgot to post. For Spring break this year (end of March) we spent a week down in Littleton/Colorado Springs with family and had a great time. We went to the Children’s Museum and played at the park and went mini-golfing and just had a great time. Here are a few photos:

The gang mini-golfing

Kevin was done the course before anyone else, I think! Being first is a priority. 😉

My cutie-pie

The girls found a friend!