Don’t let me catch you sleepin’! I have to tell you about my baptism-stravaganza!
But first: a staring contest.
I WIN! hahaha :)
But enough jokes for now. Back to the baptism weekend! I met my new cousin Maya, and let me tell you, she is GREAT. She came all the way from California to see me!
We also celebrated our baptisms in a joint ceremony on July 11. Now I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine a closer relationship than a baptism buddy. I mean, we’re like soulmates, obviously.
But wait – I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s rewind to the 4th of July.
Grandma Barb came to visit and help out – yay!
I think she read approximately 537 books to my sisters … haha.
On the 5th, we celebrated Claire’s birthday in style, with scooter rides …
and a visit to Orange Leaf for frozen yogurt.
“I raise this spoon in triumph! Huzzah!”
Yep, we had a fun week leading up to my baptism – plenty of swinging, climbing, sliding and running (for the others, that is – I was probably sleeping or eating).
Of course it’s blurry – they’re just that fast.
On Thursday we welcomed sweet Maya Papaya to Kansas along with Uncle Patrick and Aunt Monica.
We were joined by more family members from all around: Uncle Dan (Maya’s godfather), Grandpa John, Granny Sue and Grandpa Bill, Aunt Mimi, Uncle Bobby (my godfather), Maya’s aunts Mikala (her godmother) and Alexa, and her Grandma Debby and Grandpa Greg. Whew! Talk about a cool bunch of people! :)
My, what big feet you have!
We loved hanging out with Maya and the rest of the gang. Our cousin was the perfect 4th member of the tummy time crusaders.
And Uncle Patrick (a.k.a. procurer of panda suits) got to view said suits in action.
Abercrombie & Bear: Molly’s new line of casual pandawear.
It was a whirlwind of good times, that’s for sure!
On Friday evening, we celebrated all the July birthdays (of which there are many): Aunt Monica and Mikala, Claire, Grandpa Bill, cousin Mark, Grandma Barb, Dad – and that’s just the people in attendance! Man, I wasn’t sure if we’d have enough wooden cupcakes.
Ah, ice cream cake. That’s more like it.
Rested and bellies full of treats, we went over to the children’s farm on Saturday morning.
Claire was excited to feed the baby goats with a bottle of milk. (Needless to say, it quickly turns to goat pandemonium when the 4-legged ones see you walking in with the golden elixir.)
As much as they flocked to Claire, I’m pretty sure they wanted to run from Molly … haha.
After the goat adventure, Claire enjoyed a pony ride with her new friend Cowboy, which brought back fond memories of her first ride the year before.
And later that day, the baptism buddies were ready to take the stage. Our fans were eagerly waiting.
Father Karl presided over a beautiful ceremony for me and Maya.
Uncle Dan won the brave godfather award – check out that candle wax … ouch! Long story short: Father said, “Whoops – I forgot to tell you to blow out the candle.” No worries – we had a dedicated pair of godfathers. :)
No less dedicated, Molly decided she’s rather watch from the floor.
Here’s newly baptized Maya – hooray! (I was asleep at this point.)
We were thrilled that so many family members could join us for this special occasion. You’ll note that my godmother, Aunt Jenn, was there in spirit next to Uncle Bobby. :) (Photo thoughtfully provided by my honorary godmother, Aunt Mimi.)
And last, but certainly not least, the baptism party! Mom’s Uncle Pat and Aunt Liz hosted a wonderful gathering with a delicious Mexican buffet. Oh, and did I mention the cakes? Double yum!
Errr … nothing like a happy knife-wielding picture … haha.
As you can tell by the record number of photos, it was an amazing week of celebrations, from the 4th of July to birthdays and baptisms for best buddies. Thanks so much to everyone who came out for the festivities, especially Uncle Patrick and Aunt Monica (originators of the joint baptism idea!).
Have a great week, all!