Thursday, October 23, 2008

Saturday is a Special Day

On Saturday, Oct 11th Greg and Jillie went on our ward youth temple trip to the Palmyra Temple. This was Jillie's first time at the Temple to do baptisms for the dead. (If this is a foreign idea to you please read here: In our religion baptism is an essential ordinance done here on earth for our salvation. Baptism for the Dead is baptism performed by a living person acting on behalf of one who is dead, which was practiced in Christ's time (1 Corinthians 15:29). This ordinance is performed only in temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can read more here.) She was so nervous before going- totally understandable. She had a good time though- a good experience for her. Especially nice because she was with her Dad- and the Brandts too.
They even stopped on their way home to have a nice lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. Angie and Nick Brandt were going to the temple for their first time too, so they let their 4 year old Olivia stay with me for the day.
I put that little Olivia to work too! (Truthfully when she saw me doing it, she asked if she could do it instead. Way to go Angie- where have I gone wrong with my kids? They're never begging to vacuum!))
Reagan had to perform with her Junior Color Guard today in the Orchard Park High School Homecoming parade. Kobe helped me get Jackson and Olivia over to watch the parade go by. This was a parade that had a pretty long route considering it was just the homecoming parade- not like the whole town was going to come out for it. The parade viewers were kind of scarce, but that way the kids ended up getting lot of candies thrown to them!Of course you know which local celebrity was in the parade with Reagan... OPIE.

But here's our star...

As it goes with fall weather around here, it was chilly when we dropped her off to prepare for the parade, but it was HOT by the time I picked up after the football game half time. Poor girl was sweating like crazy. What a trooper.

Later that day we had some special guests from Michigan. The Merx's! YEA! We've missed them since they moved away from here. I had to go get some groceries before they came and returned home after they arrived. I walked in to find Angie and little Owen playing with my kids. No Greg or Brian. They decided to go to a local bar that has The Mtn channel to watch the BYU football game. I love that we all are good friends and so comfortable together. Just feels like being with family. The house wasn't spotless, the dinner was late, no special plans- just having fun hanging out together.
Here's Owen doing a little dancey-dance on the counter for us. (I guess you'll have to turn your computer screen on it's side for better viewing.)

The kids went around taking some pictures for me...
Very cute one of Skinny Angie & Owen who's a little "deer-in-the-headlights" on this one. ;) Who did he get that from?...


Blurry but cute of a mother son conversation

The Dads listening to and talking about BYU Football

Greg loves him some BYU Football. This is what he looks like when the Cougars are winning!

It was a special, fun, busy, exciting day!


Greg Garrick said...

I look fat and sweaty in all of these photo's

Shan said...

No you don't! Jillie looks like such a grown up. What a fun experience for her!

Leanne said...

How exciting for Jillie! I love that they took pictures. What a nice memory.

Abby said...

What a fun Saturday you had and what a special day for Jillie...even better that she got to go with her Dad!

Way to go, Reagan! You are a fantastic Color Guard! You and Jillie sure are beautiful girls!

Angie said...

It was so fun to see you guys!!! I love being at your house with your family, there is such a great spirit there!! Can't wait for next time!

dad said...

I can't think of a better thing for a Dad to do for his daughter than accompany her to the temple, especially for the first time. Congratulations to both of them. I'm sure it was a memory maker.
We keep saying this "she is sure growing up"!