My little Jillian was baptized December 29, 2012! We were so excited for the holidays to come and for Jillian to be baptized. Most of my family was able to come for this exciting time. My parents and brother Kyle came for Christmas and stayed through New Years! My sister and her family came for the baptism and stayed for New Years! So we had a busy busy holiday season, but we loved every minute of it!
We had her baptism in the afternoon, and had a dinner with a few close friends afterwards. Jillian's favorite food is Panda Express, so we surprised her with a giant Panda Express dinner. Catering is always the way to go...no stress!! She loved it. I assume her idea of heaven is chow mien and orange chicken everywhere! She is a funny girl!
I set up a little table at the church and made her a book of a few pictures and then places for people to write a little message. It turned out cute. That is what the CTR book on the table is. I should have taken pictures of it. It is just a 6x6 photo flip book that I have posted awhile back.
Baby Hallie...trying to get the pink marshmallows!
This is my silly Jillian trying to be funny with her eyes crossed. I hate when kids do that.
And...another silly Jillian picture. I didn't even know she was making faces until I loaded to pictures on the computer.
All the cousies...without baby Hallie.
All the family! We have the same picture here with the same people a year earlier for Hallie's blessing!
Papa and Gramma with their 7 grandkids!
Everyone trying to give Jillian a hug!
Getting ready for the big event!
and silly Sally! She cracks everyone up. She reminds me a little of my Jillian.
Look at the 3 of us!
Jillian looked so adorable and was so sweet! She loved loved loved her dress so much...I did too! And my mom made her the little flower in her hair. There is definitely an advantage to living in a small town with a small LDS community. We can pick whatever day to be baptized and get to plan the program. It's not a generic stake baptism production with people speaking that you don't even know. Uncle Kyle and Gramma gave great talks, and all the cousins sang, and our most awesome sister Missionary, Sister Vander Does who has a beautiful voice sang too! It was perfect! I love my family!
We waited for my parents to come over to open all of the presents. We actually liked waiting. It made Christmas seem longer and not all done right away. We may stick with this tradition caused by sickness! We didn't even cook Christmas dinner either. My mom and I were too sick to get up and cook, so we waited until the next day which was fine. It seemed like Christmas was 2 days.
We all had a fun time opening gifts! Hallie was loving it!
My mom got new perfume...as always! And we gave my dad the Braven! I want one.
Hallie got a FurReal puppy, which is so much fun. She heard it barking under the tree for a week! She was excited to finally play with it.
Giant helicopter for Logan
and Jillian being funny!
Papa got Logan a Buzz Lightyear blaster gun.
A little table tennis is always fun! And the clock only fell off the wall once!
Kyle loved our epic mountain of garbage, he took a picture of it! Nice huh??
Christmas Morning was a little different since my mom, Logan, and I threw up all night. We started feeling sick Christmas Eve while eating dinner. So, the kids waited until 9:30 to come out. My poor brother Kyle had to hold them off for hours!
But it was well worth the wait! We had so much fun watching their expressions as they came out and tried to act surprised! Mallory is going to the Taylor Swift concert (in August) and is so excited!
Jillian looks pretty stoked too! She got a little DVD player all to herself. This has already proved itself in worth. Why she didn't get this earlier??? I don't know.
Santa had a rough night with the cricut and the vinyl! Oh well...it's cute!
Logan loves his dinosaur's!
And for little Hallie...she was so cute. I think she loved her stocking full of fruit snacks the most!
I love these random pictures of everyone with everything all over! Christmas morning is the best!
Logan was a little put off by this big bike, but her came around to liking it! It is awesome!
Hallie loves her little chair!
Taylor Swift Poster...She loves!
And for Jillian...she got to open a big present early!
We got her her own bow and arrow set! She secretly thinks she is Katniss!
Uncle Kyle even made her a quiver. She looks so cute!
and tough, right?
Getting her first lesson...not to shoot Logan!
Kyle giving it a try.
But Jillian is a natural, she shot right in the bulls eye!
We had a blast Christmas morning, even though we were not feeling great. My Dad came over for a bit in the afternoon, then my mom felt ok to come at night. So we waited to open present until nighttime.