Matthew's Blessing Weekend

We blessed Matthew the first weekend in June. We were lucky enough to have my parents come to town for the weekend, so we packed it full of fun activities!

Thursday evening we surprised Grandma and Papa by being at the airport with signs and a banner. They were pretty tickled to see all of the grandsons there unexpectedly. Cole was SUPER embarrassed by us and our signs, though (he's a super party pooper).

Friday we took a trip to the zoo!

The grandsons in their matching shirts
It was a little on the crowded side because it happened to be the first day of the new exhibit, Rocky Shores. We had a yummy picnic lunch, watched the bird show, and saw lots of animals! We didn't get to see the polar bear (much to Kyle's dismay)--she had gotten overexcited from all of the publicity of the day and the zookeepers pulled her out of the exhibit to give her a break.

Friday evening the girls got together and had our craft night. It was fun to have Mom there to join us!

On Saturday, we had the opportunity to attend our niece Ana's baptism. She looked so beautiful in her dress! It was so exciting to see her take such an important step.

Our family with the special girl
Our evening was spent cleaning and prepping for the big gathering scheduled for the next day.

Sunday morning we got up and threw ourselves together, and, for once, nothing went wrong! We made it to church 15 minutes early (which NEVER happens, ever) so we had time to relax and save seats for our family. Matthew wore the same blessing suit as his brothers, but because he's on the tiny side it looked like it was drowning him!

Cole gave him a beautiful blessing, and I surprised Cole by getting up to bear my testimony (he had been ribbing me to do it, and he thought I was just taking Matthew out to feed him). After Sacrament Meeting, we headed back to our house for lunch. We had quite a spread, and we were blessed to be surrounded by lots of our family.

4 Generations

Grandma and Matthew
We also had a little birthday party for Lucas while my parents were in town, and they gave him what is now one of his favorite toys:

He LOVES to mow the lawn!

The whole weekend was a tiring whirlwind, but it was so much fun.

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