Sunday, March 9, 2014

It's Great to Be 8. Part 2. (The Important Stuff)

My youngest daughter is 8. What is so important about 8? She could get baptized. Yesterday was the party. Today was the baptism. It was wonderful.

Her oldest brother performed the baptism. Grandma and Grandpa Monzingo gave talks. Kermit confirmed her. It was perfect. Well, almost. I think more family, more extended family would have made it perfect. But it was wonderful anyway. There were a significant number of ward members in attendance.

"Why are all these people here?" she asked.

"Because they love you." I said.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

It's Great to Be 8!

One of the best ideas I ever had was applying chalkboard paint to the cabinet doors. I've used the treated sections to post the menu for our nightly meals. (I seriously get tired of hearing "What's for dinner?" multiple times every day.) Sometimes it is the message center. It has been mostly been used for the kids to play. Today it was the artist canvas for Elizabeth to create a message for her sister.

My youngest daugter is 8. Her birthday was last Tuesday. Today was her party. A birthday party I think was her idea of ultimate happiness. Two friends came over. That was a bit disappointing for her. According to Sarah, three friends needed to be here to be considered a party. It was fun for her anyway. Kermit grilled burgers and hot dogs. We decorated cupcakes. Sang some karaoke. Surprisingly, Joseph was the one most into the karaoke. Most of Sarah's collection is pop songs. It was somewhat amusing to listen to Joseph putting a heavy metal spin on those songs.

The best part of the day may have been the trip to the pet store with her daddy. She has been asking for a gerbil incessantly for nearly a year.  Two pet stores later, she settled on two hamsters. The gerbil bit. The dwarf robo hamsters bit. She got two very cute hamsters. They have been named Oreo and Cinnamon. We don't know if they are boy or girl hamsters. I suppose if we have baby hamsters we will know.

Tomorrow. Tomorrow is the day my little Sarah will be baptized. Her brother, Daniel, will be the one to baptize her. When we asked who she wanted to do the honors she looked sideways at Daniel and said, "He needs the practice."