Hurray! I can't wait. I am so ready for school to be out. I am tired of homework and all of the structured routines. I just want to be together as a family and make good memories. This year at Payton & Jaden's school they had a goal to read 70,000 books. The principal always does a fun party with the kids if they meet their goal. They finally reached it just a few days a go, so today was their Western Reading Party. They played fun games out side like sack race, barrel riding on a stick horse, wheel barrow race, 3 legged race, a stick pulling game (just like Joseph Smith - said Jaden) a carriage ride pulled by Klidesdale horses and even ice cream. They had a lot of fun old antiques, showing the kids what it might be like to churn butter or iron clothes with the old heavy irons. They came home super excited about their special day.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Every Mother's Day, I always tell my boys that the main thing I want is a picture of me with my boys. So here is the photo from this year. Aren't they just handsome. We had to get out the tripod for the pictures though because Jeff had to stay after and count tithing as he is the ward membership clerk and we had fast Sunday today because of Stake Conference last Sunday. I am so overjoyed to be a mother. There were years and years where I couldn't even dream about a day like this. I am very blessed.
Payton Jeffrey Lerwill was baptized on May 12th by his father Jeffrey Lynn Lerwill. He normally would have been baptized on May 5th but w had stake conference and so they moved the stake baptisms to the following week. He was so excited and he has really taken the decision to be baptized seriously. I know he has a testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. It was such a special day. All of our extended family was there except my brother who is in Denver. He even has 2 great grandparents alive that came. My dad's dad, Dee Bowen "Gramps" & my mom's mother, Phyllis Moss. It was special to have them there for this. Gramps got up after the confirmation and asked if he could share a story about how the Holy Ghost saved his life while he was in the WWII in Korea. It was very spiritual and I'm so glad to have my kids hear this amazing story from his lips and through his tears. It was awesome. The whole day just went so well. We had amazing weather and were able to have a big luncheon at our house for everyone. I fixed prime rib (my 1st time ever) and thanks to my mom's amazing recipe it turned out great. Everyone was drooling and it was gone in no time. Payton was absolutely glowing the whole day. We are so proud of him. I am full to the brim with love for my family and for my savior. Nothing could be sweeter!
I can't believe he is eight years old already. What happened to my baby? He turned 8 on Friday, May 4th. He was really looking forward to this birthday for lots of reasons. He got baptized and he got to have a friend birthday party too. We took them to "I Jump", an indoor trampoline park in Idaho Falls for an hour of jumping craziness. Then we came back home for pizza, presents and more play. It was a super fun day for everyone. It has also been tradition for Grandpa Bowen to make the boys their own Fly Fishing Rod for their 8th birthday. He loves to fish as was really looking forward to that as well. Grandma & Grandpa came over for cake then next day.
|Playing Dodgeball at I Jump|
|Zack with an "in-the-air" release.|
|These 3 trampolines ended in a great big foam pit. They boys had a blast doing all their gymnastics tricks into the pit.|
|Zack said, "I love showing off for teen agers!" The older kids were all so impressed with the tricks he could do.|
|So many trampolines....so little time.|
|PIZZA!!! Bryson, Skyler, Zack, Payton, Jace, Braxton, Bryson, & Jaden|
|One of Payton's favorite gifts was a new metal detector that we got him. He is going to have a blast hunting down treasures in our back yard, at the cabin and on vacations.|
Happy Birthday Payton!! We love you.