Sunday, August 28, 2011


To me softball equals stress.....
Courtlyne gets stressed
Ben gets stressed
I just plain hate softball.
Carter does not get stressed. She just gets mad if other kids are not playing up to her expectations.  And she is not afraid to let them know what the problem is.  Carter played her second year of coach pitch and she is being recruited to play on next years teams already. 

On the other hand, Courtlyne + softball + her Dad coaching + game situations =  STRESS
If you put her in the batting cage, or the back yard she will hit all day long, with perfect form.  Once she is on the field she gets a little intimidated----of her peers that she is playing against, and her Dad.  She is a great athlete and has a lot of natural talent--just a lot of STRESS on the field.  
On a positive note...
she is the fastest runner,  
and she stole the most bases, 
and she says she likes to play,
so I guess we will see what happens next year.......I am sure I will be watching more softball and experiencing more STRESS.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Carter's Baptism

Carter's Baptism
June 4th 2011

I can't believe it, another daughter grown up and old enough to enter the waters of baptism. 
 I am so grateful for Carter and her choice to be baptized.  She is such a good girl, helpful and kind.  
 I am grateful to have her in my life-she always adds a little spice to everything she does. 

She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by her Dad,
 on June 4th 2011.
He then was able to confirm her and give her the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Her friends Abigail Archibald  and Allie Tippets were baptized on the same day.   It seems like not long ago  when they were all turning 3 and having a birthday party together.  Now 5 years later they are all 8 and growing up fast. 
Carter asked her aunt Holly to give a talk on the Holy Ghost and she did such a marvelous job!  I hope Carter will remember the talk she gave and the spirit that was felt there. 
Courtlyne also sang a song (under duress) with the older sisters of the other kids.
 She did good too!

We had a great turn out of family and friends at her baptism and we followed it up with a yummy BBQ in the backyard.  Thank goodness for good weather that day! Such a blessing to be part of a wonderful family and to see my kids grow up!  I love every step of the way that we encounter together. I love you Carter and and I am so proud of you!