Our oldest child is 8 years old. Time goes by so fast! Will that ever stop being so crazy to me? Back in May, Madeleine turned 8. She had been looking forward to it for a couple reasons. One was that she was very eager to be baptized. The other, and maybe what she was most excited for, was that we were letting her get her ears pierced this year. She got them pierced as a baby but she kept pulling them out so we eventually quit putting them back in. Then for the past couple years I thought about doing it as part of her birthday gifts, but each of those times it was decided that she had gotten plenty of gifts and didn't need another one. So this was her lucky year. And she has not been disappointed. She counted down the days till she was able to change into different earrings and she still can't wait to wear some dangly ones.
As you can see, I attempted a barbie cake. It tasted good, I can say that for certain. But if Alayna ever wants one in the future I hope I can learn from this experience what I need to do differently to make it a bit prettier. Madeleine loved it though and since it was delicious it must have been a success. Don't judge a book by its cover, or something like that, right?
Moving on. My dad came from Mesa. Thanks, Dad! It was fun to spend the weekend with him.
And Spencer's mom came from Oregon. She stayed for a week and the kids were in heaven! Truthfully, we all were! We loved having her here and we really appreciated that she was here with us even though she may have wanted to rush off to see Holly and Mark's newest little one who was born during her stay with us. Don't worry, she went to be with them when she left Texas. We're hoping we can figure out a way to get Paul and Sandi to retire wherever we live. Maybe we need to convince Spencer's siblings and their families to move here too. It's pretty nice here, guys...come on...who's in??