We decided to have Charlotte’s baby blessing in Las Vegas. The children and I headed down a week early for a much needed Summer vacation. Adam had to teach all week so he flew in later.
The children were so GOOD on the drive down. I was a little nervous about going by myself with the 4 kids including a newborn, but the drive down could not have gone smoother! Charlotte didn’t cry even ONCE. Not ONE time! She doesn’t normally take a pacifier but I brought one along and she used it the entire drive! She slept on and off and we only had to stop once for lunch and to feed her. It was such a blessing! Prayers are answered folks!
We spent the entire week just being lazy and swimming a lot. Sarah and Sonya helped me with the kids at the pool, and Charlotte and I spent much of our time lounging poolside.
At one point, Alec flared up with a yucky rash. I am pretty sure it was a reaction to the amoxicillin he was on for an ear infection (Megan is also allergic to amoxicillin.) He didn’t act like it bothered him or anything, but it sure was ugly.
We also spent time at Grandma and Grandpa Johanson’s. We had a yummy barbeque there to celebrate Charlie’s blessing. The children also swam and many family and cousins got to meet the new baby for the first time.
We ended the week with my birthday and Charlotte’s blessing (which will get its own post.) It was such a great vacation after spending much of the summer indoors with our new baby.
Megan and Adam participated in the third annual Temple to Temple 5K on July 24th. The race goes from the old Provo City Temple to the new Provo City Center Temple. We have participated every year since they began doing this. Megan especially loves it.
I sat out this year with the babies, but hopefully next year we can all participate.
After the 5k, we headed up to Bridal Veil Falls. It was our first time going there. We will likely go again in the future and attempt to hike to the top.
We ended our day with some ginormous snow cones. It was great having the day off to spend together as a family and do some fun activities.
My sweet little nephew Marshall was baptized by his daddy on July 11th up in Centerville, Utah. We were happy to able to attend with our little family.
The Vidal family came from Las Vegas for the event and of course to meet baby Charlotte.
I also got to meet my darling nephew Micah. He is perfection.
Charlotte and Micah. Just over 2 months apart.
Although I have already met Jude before, I was happy to cuddle and love up on his cute little self as well.
And of course Grandma Marshall wanted to love up on every baby at the same time.
Pretty much everyone had baby fever.
We got our first family photo (other than the ones from the hospital…)
And the cousins had SO.MUCH.FUN. playing together all weekend.
All the cousins were so proud of their cousin Marshall. He really is a sweetheart. Thank you for inviting us to be part of your special weekend!
We had a pretty low key 4th of a July. We try to keep pretty much everything “low key” when we have a brand new baby.
The night before, Adam and I were discussing whether or not we should do the big Provo 4th of July parade. We had totally decided not to do it since the year before we got up so early to get good seats and the children didn’t even super enjoy it and it was hot and long. We made no plans to get up early and save seats.
Morning dawned and the kids and Adam got ready to go help clean the church. During breakfast we heard the clip-clop of horse hooves outside our window. The children ran to see and sure enough, there were horses pulling a carriage on the way to the parade route. The all declared they wanted to see the parade! Seriously though, you have to get up so early to get a good spot. Adam dashed up the street to see what he could find. As luck would have it, there was a great spot right in front of the Governor’s tent. I guess people thought you couldn’t set up there. But Adam asked a security guy and he said it was ok. So we scored great seats.
Adam took the bigger kids to clean the church while I stayed with Charlotte. I only planned on saving our spots, but Charlie and I ended up staying for the parade. The children ended up liking it a lot more this year, and the clouds and light rain kept us cool.
Later Adam’s brother Jake and family came to hangout for a bit and meet baby Charlotte. We had fun chatting and the kids had fun with their cousin Bentley.
In the evening we did sparklers and then headed to our traditional firework watching spot. So, like I said, low-key, but a good day all the same. We love this country and are proud always to be Americans.