Family came in to town for Easter weekend and Grace's blessing.
My little sister, Katie, put together an Easter egg hunt at my parent's on Saturday with all the cousins. Derrick scored big with 34 eggs, and Abbie refused to pick up any color other than pink. Cousin Carter stole a pink egg out of her basket, and she promptly took it back! The kids dyed eggs at Grandma M's house and we made cream puffs for the next day's lunch while the guys were out golfing.
Gracie has really started to smile a lot lately. This is the first picture we have of her doing this. My timing was a little off, so I only caught the beginning to the smile, but you get the idea. She is starting to show some personality and we are all loving it! Aunt Kimmy bought her this cute outfit, which is a 3-6 month size, and she has already grown out of it! She had her 2 month check-up and shots on Tuesday, weighing 12 pounds 12 ounces and measuring 23.5 inches long. 90th percentile both ways! She is growing like a weed!
We blessed Grace on Sunday. To complicate the morning, I had to be to church early for a choir practice because our choir is so small that the only other pianist HAD to sing tenor instead of play. I got Gracie in her blessing dress before I left, and everything seemed on track. I started to get concerned when Jon and the kids were still not there a couple minutes before Sacrament was supposed to start. Shortly after they walked in, I learned that Gracie had had a MAJOR blowout right as they were ready to walk out the door. It's never a good thing when your six year old says, "Dad, Gracie went to the bathroom, and I can see it!" Fortunately, my sister was still at the house to help Jon out, and she cleaned the blessing dress as best she could. They made it just in time, and Jon gave her a wonderful blessing. After church we had a lunch gathering at our house for both sides of the family. The food was great and the company was the best! AND, despite the skeptical comments I received for making a triple batch of cream puffs, they were a hit and gone by the end of the day.
Derrick played in his first soccer game. After watching him at practice, I was worried that he would be too cautious when it came to playing a real game, he wants to do it just right. Instead, he went for it! As expected, it was basically a large mass of little kids moving around the field and kicking at each other shins, occasionally hitting their intended target, although not always in the right direction, ignoring the whistle and the pleas from the coaches to "turn the ball around." He got to defend the goal several times, although once he was too busy dancing on the white lines about 10 feet in front of the goal to notice that the other team scored a point! But, I did get this priceless picture, and although I've never really played soccer, I think he might have some talent!
I think I'm all caught up now...I think!