Tuesday, October 23, 2012

General Conference Weekend

General Conference happens twice a year; 2 days the first weekend of April and then again for 2 days the first weekend of October.  This is a chance that as members of our church we are able to listen to council from our different church leaders and is broadcast throughout the world.  It is an amazing experience to be able to listen to our Latter-Day prophet and apostles.  If you'd like to read their messages from the different sessions at the beginning of October click on this link http://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2012/10?lang=eng.
It has become a tradition, since Dallas and I have lived in the Bay area, to watch the Sunday morning and afternoon sessions at my brother's house in Clayton (about 25 minutes from our home.)  His wife, Heather, makes the most yummy food (fresh cinnamon rolls, egg, cheese, and ham muffins, piles of fresh fruit, juice, etc.)  Needless to say, we eat lots of great food for breakfast, watch the morning session, then eat more yummy food for lunch, watch the afternoon session, then eat MORE yummy food for dinner.  It's a great day.
Daxton loves being over at his cousins' house.
He loves watching all the action going on around him and he LOVES all the attention he gets from his cousins.  He also sleeps fairly well over at their house as well.  Heather has lots of different options for him to choose from (swing, crib, and portable crip) so he doesn't have to sway too far from his day to day routine.  We simply love being over at their house.  It's a home away from home for us where we are totally comfortable and ourselves no matter how we are feeling that day.  It's such a blessing to have family so close!
 I can't believe how quickly little Olive is growing.  She is such a sweet little baby and has such a different build than Daxton.  It's funny to see how they are growing together.  Olive is very tall and skin, where Daxton is short with extra chunk.  Both are such happy little babies and I can't wait til they are a bit older to interact with each other.  I'm sure they're going to be great little buddies.

We brought Daxton's bumbo to help with feeding him solids and it turned out extra handy, because the kids loved showing him all of their old baby toys.  They were there playing for a good hour, before Daxton wanted to move onto the next activity...what great babysitters!
 In between conference sessions, we decided to try on some Halloween costumes that Heather had available to borrow.  It was pretty cute to see little Daxton react to the different outfits.  He was a total trooper while I took a ton of pictures and we all giggle at how stinkin' cute he was.  Will was pretty sweet with him and helped fix his costume.  He also gave him lots of hugs and snuggles, which I thought was super sweet.
 I'm absolutely in love with those little frog toes!
 My precious frog prince
 Out fit #2...still very cute, but not our favorite.  He didn't want to wear the head piece and kept trying to eat it.
 Will wanted to join in on the dressing up fun.  His costume of choice...a stinky skunk.
 After the afternoon session, we thought it would be fun to do a hotdog roast, as tradition back home in Washington.  Although, unlike Washington, we opted to use Erik's fire pit instead of digging a big hole out in the garden or orchard.  Dallas got put on baby duty while I took pictures and Erik and Heather helped the kids with the roasting.  It was such a fun afternoon with gorgeous weather.
 I absolutely love how much my brother loves little Daxton.  It's so sweet to see them interact.  Daxton sure does love his crazy uncle Erik!
Thanks for another fun weekend, Erik and Heather!  We love you all so much and feel blessed to live so close and get to be spoiled by you all so often.  Thanks again!

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