This year Mother's Day was also mine and Alexa's birthday! Between all the celebrating and our regular Sunday routine, which involves an hour drive to church and and hour home, it was a very busy day that flew by faster than we could fit in everything we wanted to. In the picture above Alexa is wearing some new sunglasses and tumbling outfit (notice it is her two favorite colors) given to her by our neighbor Judy... along with a whole ton of other exciting birthday gifts purchased just for this little sweetie!
The two birthday girls!
While Dave and I were in Arizona Grandma helped the girls put together some special Mothers Day gifts for me. I could tell they worked hard on their cards and were so excited about their individual presents they chose for me. I loved it! I loved seeing their sheer joy as they surprised me with this project. Being a mother is so much more fulfilling than I could have ever imagined! I love being a Mama to these five little cuties!
During sacrament meeting Rex started crying a bit, so I took him to the mother's lounge and almost missed hearing my three oldest babies get up and sing with the rest of the primary children. I look forward to this moment all year long. I rushed down the hall and was able to step in the chapel doorway just in time for the first song to begin. I loved the moment each of my girls spotted me in the door. Kinley leaned over and let Alexa know I was in the doorway watching them, the three of them smiled, Kinley waved, and they all began singing in their prettiest singing voices. It was a good day to be me! The Bishopric spoke, which was equally as enjoyable. I love hearing my husband bear his testimony behind the pulpit. He has a natural talent for this. Dave genuinely loves and cares for the people of this ward, he prays for them, he encourages them, and he instructs them with love, in a way they feel that love he has for them. The following week our bishopric (including Dave) was released. This has been Dave's favorite calling. He loved serving with Bishop Wait and was so sad to see that this precious experience had come to an end!
Me and my babies! I sure love these kids. I love this season of my life! My children are at an age where they all still think their mother is the most perfect person in the whole world and I am soaking up every minute of it!!!
I am super excited about my birthday gifts. Instead of getting any of them out and playing with them, I kept them in their boxes and added them to the stack of other boxes overtaking our house waiting to make their way to Arizona. As you look at the picture above you can see that Rex is just as excited as I am to get his hands on my new hand weights!
It was a very busy day! I was hoping to get a picture of me and the little ones before leaving for church but, in our typical Sunday morning fashion, we were needing to get out the door as soon as possible or have to sit back on the hard chairs-- which after 3 years of sitting through sacrament without my husband, the bench is a bazillion times easier to keep everyone in place and sitting reverent than when you show up late and have to move to the metal chairs in the back... so much easier!!!