Anyway, it was so wonderful of family to travel all that way to be here for Kassidy's baby blessing. For those who don't know, this is when a worthy Priesthood holder (Steve in our family) officially gives the baby a name for the church records and also gives the child a blessing - often of health, faith, a path for the future, and anything that child may stand in need of at that time. It's a special time in our family to be there as Steve uses the Priesthood to bless our child and to have a sort of welcoming to the family party with all those who can be in attendance with us.
The weekend started with family arriving on the 20th. Grandma and Papa Bennett and Aunt Kathy and Cousin Amanda all drove up together and we were thrilled to have them! Aunt Kathy automatically makes things more fun, including MG's obsession at the time - The Little Blue Truck.
That night we mostly just enjoyed time with family until Amanda and Kathy had to head to the hotel and the rest of us all headed to bed to get ready for a very eventful Saturday.
Saturday morning we headed out right away to enjoy the beautiful weather and feed birds at one of our local parks. The girls love doing this, despite the sometimes eventful and injury prone trips we have had here.
I love, once again, the difference between our two big girls. Mckayla spent the whole time at the playground swinging, first with me and then with Papa.
Ellie, who hates swings, spent the whole time VERY focused on making a "sandcastle" with Grandma.
After some time where our girls dug and swung and Amanda enjoyed running all over the steamboat themed playground too fast for me to get pictures, we all enjoyed watching Steve push Amanda on a zip-line swing so hard he fell down, and then headed down to the river to let the girls throw rocks - a favorite past time of theirs.
There is just something so absolutely right about this picture - Steve and Ray talking about water flow or something together.
Ellie even found this heart-shaped rock that she loved.
After so much time in the sun having fun at the park, it was lunch and nap time, so we headed home to get the girls some rest so they could welcome our other visitors when they woke up. That afternoon Aunt Lori and Uncle Curtis arrived, and as we had planned earlier, we all went to a Dust Devils game to watch our local minor league baseball team. We love going to sporting events, and it was so fun to listen to Curtis heckle and to be able to talk baseball with him. Uncle Curtis also brought many baseball game traditions with him which the girls thoroughly enjoyed, namely eating peanuts and caramel popcorn.
The morning started with some quality family time, such as snuggles with Papa during cartoons.
Then Papa Rose, Grandma Sun, Grandma Moon, Aunt Julie, Aunt Jennifer, and cousins Wyatt, Aubrey, and Enzo arrived as well. We all drove to the church and enjoyed a special blessing as Steve, Ray, Curtis, and our Bishop blessed Kassidy.
After Sacrament meeting was over we all headed home and tried to get a few pictures of the whole family. We were moderately successful given how stinking bright it was outside.
Love, love, love him. And he love, love, loves his girls.
Steve and I both got to enjoy watching our parents enjoy Miss Kassidy.
Poor Kassidy got mauled by the paparazzi while Daddy made dinner, but we got a few cute pictures of her in her special blessing dress. We don't actually have to bless babies in all white, but it's a tradition Steve and I both really like and plan to continue as it reminds us how special Priesthood blessings are and how pure these little babies are as their spirits were so recently with our Father in Heaven.
After that we just got to sit back with very full stomachs and enjoy family. These two were especially entertaining at times.
As you can tell, we had a fabulous, full weekend. Once again we can't express enough how grateful we are for people to take time away from work, families, etc to come be with us where we're a bit of an island away from both families. It was such a memorable and love-filled weekend for our growing Bennett Zoo!