Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Love Filled Blessing

Oh, how I love holiday weekends. Especially this last one! We had Evan blessed and were fortunate to have lots of family and visitors for the special occasion. We LOVED sharing our town, home, and baby. We had a blast all weekend long, and today Evan and I are recovering with lots of naps. Sorry, Daddy, that you had to go back to work!

Note: This post contains LOADS of pictures. And they really aren't in any order because that takes way too much patience and today I am tired. :)

My gorgeous flowers from my sweet, thoughtful husband.
We had a red and pink themed dinner after the blessing. BBQ beef sandwiches, cherry limeade slush punch, veggie salad, strawberry yogurt salad, red peppers and cherry tomatoes to munch on, pink rice krispy treats complete with red m&m's, mini raspberry cheesecakes, and a plethera of Lofthouse Valentine cookies thanks to Grandma Susan.

Sisters. Precious.
The whole clan.
The Evan's. This is Nate's best mission buddy, who just happens to be named Evan. He came over from Vegas to share the weekend with us.
Our little fam. Evan was SO good through his blessing and church. He just stared at his daddy with his big blue eyes during his blessing, then fell peacefully asleep in mom's arms for the rest of Sacrament. After church however, Evan just wanted to eat, not sit around and pose for pictures. We had such a special day. How fun to share it with Valentine's!
Trayson really loved our fish pond. We are so very glad the weather was so perfect for our visitors! They came from snow storms to a glorious 70 degrees.
This was Trayson's first trip out of Utah, and he became obsessed with palm trees.
Evan enjoyed all of his snuggle time with Aunt Stacey.
We wore Trayson out from the weekend. This is how he spent the majority of his last evening in "Canifornia", just laying on my floor. He really loved my floor.

Evan making faces at Grandma Susan.
We had a daddy photoshoot. This is the best we can do, seeing as how we aren't professionals. The creativity is there, but the skill is not.
Baby feet are all small. But when you compare them to your Daddy's size 16 feet, they are really, really small. And even cuter.
Even before Evan was born, Nate was always telling me how he wanted a picture of his and the baby's feet.
There was a lot of relaxing outside for the weekend. Again, thank you weather for making the very, very, very long drive worth it to our family!
We took the whole fam to the Naval Air Museum on Base where Nate works, because that's pretty much the only thing to do in Ridgecrest. :) Evan seemed to really enjoy it!
Trayson with more palm trees and planes with propellers and missles just his size. How much better can life get?!Aunt Stacey and Evan loving the tour of the museum. In Evan's defense, Stacey has magical sleeping powers that she emits on him. Every time she holds him, he falls asleep. I'm sure he really was totally interested in the tour his Daddy was giving on weapons developed at China Lake.
Giant propellers! Trayson loves fans, propellers, and now palm trees. He's obviously very into a certain shape.
Trayson's first meeting with the fish. He had a blast feeding them and wanted to feed them all day long! I think the fish were very appreciative of all the attention Trayson gave them over the weekend. They have kind of been put on the back-burner since the baby arrived. :)
Evan having a blast in Grandpa's lap. Who knew there were so many ways to hold a baby?
Anxiously awaiting his guests arrival...
My little monkey loves to dance like a monkey, especially when Ellen comes on!
We can't get enough of our monkey. His daddy always says, "What if I just want to eat him up?" It may sound a little creepy, but we just love him so much! I'm sure other parents can understand.
Evan received this awesome gift in the mail last week, from a very dear friend in Utah! We are both so in love with it.
Here is the star of the show himself, in his blessing outfit and with his favorite blankie made by great-gram Betty. He is very excited about getting a name! :)
We are so greatful to all those that were able to make the trek to the desert and share this time with us. To the rest of our family, we missed you and hope we can see you soon!!!!!


Jenni said...

Glad you had fun.

Megan said...

It was fun to see everyone! I sure hope your Mom didn't fall in the koi pond, because in that picture of you all, it looks like she just might... *hugs*

Ty and Zara Franklin said...

It looks like it was a wonderful visit! I am so excited to meet little Evan sometime soon! -Zara

Rob and Mare said...

Oh Sara he's so cute! I love his blessing outfit. What a stud:) I'm so glad all went well. Sounded like your families had fun.

deidra said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend. I'm glad Trayson decided California was okay and that it wasn't too far. Maybe you'll have visitors more often now!

And really, I don't think it was any magical sleeping powers from his aunt, but maybe just boring museum powers working their magic! ;)

Jenny said...

Looks like a wonderful weekend! Such a sweet little boy you guys have. You don't even look like you had a baby. Beautiful!!
Thanks for all the pictures!
Stan and Jenny

hilary said...

i love his blessing outfit, he looks so dapper! and i can't believe your husband has size 16 feet!!?! how tall is he?? did he play in the nba?! sorry, i've just never heard of someone with that size...!

Eric and Tosha said...

I am so happy that you had so many visitors. Evan looked so handsome on his special day! I wish we could have been there to celebrate with you guys (and the 70 degree weather wouldn't be too bad either).

P.S. You look beautiful! Love your dress!

Megan said...

Ah. Palm trees and 70 degree weather. I don't know if I could be any more jealous. All I have to say is, monkeys, Ellen and Evan... could we BE anymore alike?!

Anonymous said...

Just HAPPENS to be named Evan. Yeah, right.

Kym, Shaun and Riley said...

Good job, Nate, on the flowers! :) I'm so glad so many people in your family were able to come out to share that special time with you. Your little family is SOOOOOO cute!!! You look AMAZING!!!! And, holy crap! When did Trayson get that big?!?! WOW!
I absolutely LOVE that picture of Evan's and Nate's feet! So cute!! What a fun picture to take!
And, I'm so glad that Evan dances when Ellen comes on, cuz so does Riley. See, they are already best buds. :) He is so precious!!