Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cousins, Fishing, and Sushi

Our cruise left from Ft. Lauderdale which was lucky for us 'cause my favorite cousin lives there. We got a chance for a short (too short!) visit and made the most of it by staying up all night and then hanging out the next day before the boat left. We had a blast catching up with Camber and Jerry and playing with their adorable kiddos.
Jerry offered to take Jason fishing in the canals and was determined to make sure he caught a fish! It was starting to look dicey until....

...he caught a tree branch.

Finally...he caught a snook.

He had a great time fishing, and I had a great time catching up with Camber. After the fishing we went out for some sushi, some dunkin' donuts and then they generously drove us to the docks. Thanks for everything May family. We would definitely love to do it again!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Isabella's Baptism

More catching up....
A few weeks ago we went to Spokane for my niece's baptism. It was an awesome day for a few reasons. First, it is GREAT that my brother moved only 2 hours away from me, and I loved driving there and seeing his new house and getting all the cousins together. Second, Anjuli had been staying with me and we had a fun and silly drive up there. Third, it was amazing to see the first grandkid in the family get baptized. It was similar to the feeling I had the first time my entire family was in the temple-- it just felt amazing to be together and share such a wonderful experience with Bell. (Isn't she beautiful?)

It was so nice to see Omar baptize his little girl. He has always been such a good and strong example to me. The program was wonderful-- my parents gave the talks, I sang a song, Tiffany played the piano, Raj said a prayer, and after Bell got baptized and they started shutting the partitions in front of the font Hunter shouted, "Hey, I want to get baptized!" Everyone laughed.

After the baptism we got together for a few family photo ops. Brandon and Jason were the only ones missing. (Someone's gotta work, as they keep reminding us...)

Later we returned to Omar and Tiffany's house for lunch and Bell's birthday party.

McKay, Xander, and Hunter were obsessed with having birthday cake--Bell had to keep pushing them away from it! Earlier in the day, when Hunter was sad, Bell promised him he could have the first piece. (Wasn't that sweet?) Of course he didn't forget about that!

After birthday cake we went hiking up the hill behind Omar's house because he wanted to show us the view from the top. Of course he forgot to mention that there was still SNOW up there! Our feet got very wet, but it was still fun. (Omar had to carry Xander and McKay though.)

Isabella and Hunter were nealy inseperable the entire day. I was surprised how attached they got to each other.

We're excited to come back when the snow melts! After living in Ohio for the last 5 years we're so happy they moved close. We're sure we'll be heading up there a lot this summer-- especially after baby Husein #3 comes in May!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

McKay is 2!

Kay's birthday was actually a few weeks ago, but I'm a bit behind on my blogging. We had a small celebration and he had a great time! Jason's parents and Aunt Melissa's family came over for Kay's favorites--pizza, salad, and a choo choo train cake. His main present was a small outdoor slide and sports play-thingamagig.

McKay at 2 years:

* About 23 lbs-- such a cute little snuggle-bug!
* Loves to drag around his pillow and mamie (blanky).
* Loves to eat. Especially pizza. He loves to chant "pizza, pizza, pizza" evernight in hopes we have it for dinner.
* Loves to wrestle. He likes to growl like an animal or a monster when he does it.
* Is strangely fascinated/scared of bees.
* Is too smart for his own good.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Funeral

Grandpa Gilberts funeral was wonderful. Sad and emotional, but wonderful. It was great to see all the cousins, aunts, uncles, and to get all the kids together. I got to meet some of Jasons distant family members I'd never met before and I learned a lot of things about Grandpa I didn't know. One of the sweetest moments for me was when Hunter saw me crying. He got a concerned look in his eyes then threw his arms around me and said "I love you Mommy!" We talked to him about Grandpa Great going to live with Heavenly Father again and reinforced the concept that families are forever. I think he understands.

The Gilbert family is close, and so it was nice to have the whole family there to laugh and cry together. Jason handled things very well even though he was severly sleep deprived and nervous about dedicating the grave. Here's some pics of him and his brothers and cousins lowering the coffin:

The great-grandchildren sang "Teach Me To Walk in the Light" and I took this picture when they were practicing the night before. I worked on the song with Hunter and he actually sang! After our disastrous primary program (where he got stage fright and broke down) I never thought he'd sing again! I told him it made me happy to hear him sing and that made him feel better about all my crying.

The grandchildren and spouses sang "Because I Have Been Given Much" and this is a picture of us practicing. This is MOST of Jason's cousins.

Grandma Gilbert looked so beautiful and was very composed during the entire day. Hunter loves her so much.

The weather was PERFECT. It was a beautiful day. This is Jason's immediate family. (Note Hunter's sunglasses.)

Hunter and Sam with Uncle Alan. Hunter had a great weekend and loved seeing the entire family!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Easter Weekend

My sis is getting impatient with me to post stuff. Since I'm still waiting on pics of our trip from my Dad, here's the Easter fun we had last weekend (except the egg hunt because I didn't have my camera for that.)

The weather was great so Jason was anxious to have our first bbq of the season--hamburgers with grilled onions--delicious!

Then we colored eggs together and let the boys have complete artistic license.

We spent Easter morning at Jason's parents house and the Easter bunny found us there!

He brought them a lot of non-candy things like a book, a game, and this floor puzzle.

After church we went over to great-grandma Gilbert's and the Easter bunny hid stuff for them there too! (This time there was a LOT of candy.)

And squeaky rubber chickens. Hilarious.

Then we went back to Grandma's house for an egg hunt where there was even MORE candy, but alas, I left my camera at great-grandmas house so I'll have to get pictures from Angie and post them later.