My friend took me up on the offer to have all three of our children in Primary help out when needed and, boy, did I love walking in and seeing Potatoes, Joo-Jee and Shoo-Shee all lined up in the front of the room! I was so proud to see each one step up to give the prayer, scripture or talk.
Because of COVID shutdowns, Shoo-Shee had never given a talk in Primary and she was so excited! She wanted to fly solo and fancy free, but I knew that would quickly drift into a series of adorable, but doctrinely unsound (and likely undecipherable) declarations (along with beautifully graceful and sweeping hand gestures).
After some firm discussion, we agreed that she could pick four pictures of Jesus and tell her audience something about each one. We practiced and she loved it. She could speak without being prompted (which she loved!). And she kept her comments on topic and focused on the Savior (which I loved!).
In the end, it was a great experience for us all and we were so grateful!
Testing, testing… Well, look at that! It’s me and Boots!
Now wait a second… Boots, are you giving me bunny ears?
[What? Me? No way! You must be seeing things with your crazy eyes there.]
Ok, everyone. Are you ready? Today is super special and we don’t want to mess this up.
[We’re ready, Potatoes!]
Ok. One, two, three…
Ha, ha! Ok, Mom, I’ve got the camera all warmed up and ready for you!
[Thank you, Potatoes! Places, everyone!]
Sure thing, Mom!
Ta-dah! It’s our whole faminy!!
Aww. Look at us all! Spit shined and all ready for our turn at church during COVID-19. *Sigh* There’s only one thing that could make this better. Do you know what it is? 🥰 I’ll give you some hints…
He’s 38 weeks old, sitting all comfy and breech, and giving Mommy contractions like nobody’s bidness. He’s also a powerful magnet for our hands and we love to find his head and feel his huge kicks and jabs. AND! The doctor is going to take him out in just two days!!!
He’s our new baby brother!!!
Aww… We just can’t wait to meet him.
And I’ll bet when he comes out, he’s going to make…
… The Bubbers King look every inch of being a teenager who’s almost as tall as his mom! (Though it makes him sad and excited at the same time. He wants to tower over Mommy, and yet he doesn’t… Isn’t growing up confusing?)
Baby brother will also make…
… Mommy shake her head in wonder that Sir Boots is old enough to have the Priesthood and pass the sacrament at church. It just swells her heart to the brim to watch him and she’ll get to again today!
And of course…
… Mommy can’t believe I’m old enough to hold and rock my baby brother like a champ! (Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was rocking ME to sleep every night for hours while watching LarkrisetoCandleford on her phone? That was almost 10 years ago? Holy cow…)
But for sure…
… This little guy is still little. (Wait. Joo-Jee’s getting baptized this year? And he’s reading up a storm and totally holds his own in wrestling matches with his older brothers? That can’t be right.)
Then just maybe…
… Mommy’s little Princess won’t look like a giant after Mommy brings home her new baby. Because she remembers VERY well when this girl couldn’t sing and dance and twirl all day long.
Man. I guess it’s true, Mom.
We’ve really grown up! And honestly? It’s amazing!
And just think… We get to help one more tiny son of Heavenly Father’s learn all about this beautiful world, his miraculous new body and the roadmap back home.
[Yes, we do, Potatoes! And there’s nothing in the world more incredible than that.]
Well, hello there! I didn’t realize I had company.
Hey, would you be able to reach through your computer and unscrew the lid on this water bottle for me? Mom left a few drops of water inside and these special drops told me they just HAVE to be dumped out. ALL over my onesie.
Aww, you’re so cute, Princess! But they actually can’t open it for you.
What if I say, “Pease???”
Double awww! But nope, they still can’t open it for you.
That’s it. We’re out of here! Running off to the last park of our California summer.
Shucks. It’s not a bottle of water, but I guess it’ll have to do.
There goes Mr. Light Blue Hat!
Mr. Orange Hat!
Mr. True Blue Hat!
And Mr. Wook-Mom-I-Don’t-Have-To-Weaw-My-Hat-If-I’m-Hiding-Under-Here!
Ice cream mushrooms, anyone?
I don’t know. They make it look fun, but I just don’t know if I buy it.