Sunday, May 27, 2012

It's great to be 8!

I seriously cannot believe I have an eight year old.  It is so amazing how quickly they grow up.  I am so lucky to be the mom to Dallin.  He is very thoughtful, energetic, fun to talk to, helpful, my protector, and his little brother's protector.  

He wanted an electric scooter for his birthday, unfortunately I had hidden it in the motor home, and before I could move it, he saw it. I was impressed that he came to me and told me that he had found it.  I know I would have just pretended not to see, and then tried to act surprised on my birthday. (hmm maybe I have done that a time or two.) I am grateful that he does try to do what is right.  

He got this before he went to school on his birthday.

Going for a test drive before school.
I needed to have a picture on display for Dallin's baptism so we had a photo shoot at our house, here are a few of the good shots I was able to get. It certainly helps, when you have a child that loves to pose.
Can he be more GQ? I didn't tell him to do anything, this was all on his own. 

It was also his idea to have his scriptures by him, and then one of him reading.  I love this kid!

My three guys, nothing better!
On May 5, 2012 Dallin was baptized by my dad.  It was such a special day for him.  Dallin has been worried and also preparing for this day for a long time.  He was more than a little worried that his dad wouldn't be able to baptize him.  We worked through a lot of emotions about this, but he said he wanted to pray about who should baptize him, and this was probably 6 or 7 months ago.  He later told me, that he had gotten an answer and he wanted Grandpa Hansen to baptize him.  A few days later my parents were at my house, and Dallin got up on my dad's lap and asked him if he would baptize him.  It was such a tender moment.  About 1 month before the baptism Dallin had made a pair of glasses at school.  He thought they were so cool, and since there was tape on the "lenses" they would help grandpa see.  He wanted to give them to him, and he also wrote a note with them saying, "This is an early thanks for baptizing me gift, Love Dallin".  How incredibly sweet!
In front of the font
I love this picture!
Neil of course came up for Dallin's special day.  It would not have been complete without his dad there.  I am so grateful that he is always there for whatever the kids are doing. 

After the baptism, we all come to the house for lunch and Dallin's birthday party.  I really wanted a picture of me and the boys.  Maybe I should not have tried too hard, the kids look great, me not so much. 
Dallin wanted a Jazz Birthday cake, I think it turned out pretty good. 

He got a new watch,
a journal, and several other things like clothes! He needed them, and he loves new clothes even though he wouldn't admit that at his party. 
Blowing out the candles, I have got to learn, not to pull this face whenever the kids blow out candles.  I do it every time and look like a dork, but Dallin's face is awesome, so you get to see it!
My birthday boy, My freshly Baptized Dallin!
I love you more than you will ever know, and I am so proud of the choices and decision that you made.  I could not be more proud or happy to be your mom! I love you!


  1. I needed a tissue for this one!

    The cake looks great and it inspired my kids to all want RSL cakes for their birthdays this year. :)

  2. What an awesome kid you have. He is so sweet and tender. That's a neat story about him seeking inspiration as to whom he wanted to baptize him. So glad your dad is right there and able to help out. Great pictures! That first picture of Gary totally reminded me of my dad. I think it was his expression.

  3. My eyes welled up, too! What a great post! That is so awesome that Neil participates in all those things and I'm so glad that Grandpa Hansen got to baptize Dallin. Such a sweet story the way Dallin asked him to do that. Cute little family, Jodi!!