Shark Bait's Blessing Day

Mar 30, 2016

Let's rewind almost seven months and attempt to catch up on some September fun. We started the month off with a bang over Labour Day weekend when Bruce gave Shark Bait a name and blessing at church. Almost all of my family was able to come down from Utah to meet baby Shark Bait and celebrate with us. Due to the holiday weekend, my brother Cooper and Tressie's husband Matt were unable to join us as they had to work, but they were very much missed! The rest of my siblings rented a house through Airbnb and my parents stayed with us. It was the perfect arrangement, especially as our house has become quite cozy since Shark Bait's arrival, but I wouldn't have it any other way! 

The whole weekend was a lot of fun. Shark Bait enjoyed loads of snuggles and the rest of the wee ones enjoyed spending time with aunts and uncles and my nephew, Bodhi. 

My mum brought us donuts from our favourite little grocery store in Utah. I decided I was totally justified in eating one (or more!) on my way home from the Zumba class Tressie and I did on Saturday morning. 

Tarrant brought a few games from his collection so we spent each evening sitting around the table laughing and joking and playing board games. I gave in and agreed to play Dead of Winter, despite my extreme dislike for zombies. (And then in November I let Tarrant talk me into watching iZombie... it would appear I am joining the masses in the zombie obsession) As always, our game nights were a highlight of being together. 

The house my siblings rented had a really nice pool, so we spent plenty of time over there swimming. It was a nice break from the scorching hot temps. The wee ones had fun being thrown into the pool by Bruce and having jumping contests. It made for some great photos. 

Shark Bait's actual blessing day was a good one. We were blessed to have lots of our closest friends and family join us for the occasion- friends from the girls school, my family, Bruce's family, police department friends... we were surrounded by so many people we love! Shark Bait was an angel baby all through church, not making even a peep during his blessing. Then, after church we hosted a dinner and he was passed around by the crowd. He was still happy as could be.

I love love love his blessing outfit. My mum got it for him and it's an all white sailor suit. He was cute as could be in it. I wish I'd gotten better photos of him wearing it, but I was still in that "just had a baby" fog and a few phone photos are the best I got, but we did manage to get a great photo of our entire family together on his blessing day. I'm very grateful for that!

As always, saying goodbye to my family was tough, but I was so so grateful to have had them all here to celebrate our sweet little guy. I know it is difficult and expensive to be traveling and away from home, so I really appreciate that my family made the necessary sacrifices to be here with us. And how lucky are my parents to have such a cute bunch of grandchildren? Even if they are prone to having dirty bare feet and scraggly hair. Ü

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