I was blessed to be able to attend Hayden's birthday party two weeks ago. And it's always nice to see Johnny's family members again. I forgot my camera, dolt that I often am, so resorted to my camera phone. So these are a few more to expand upon Jewel's post.
Note the "shrine" at the top of the stairs. Hopefully Jewel will forgive me for letting that cat out of the bag. (She's always been a little shrine-ish.) It's the family proclamation, The Living Christ (apostles testimonies), and a picture of Christ between pictures of the kids. And a candle if I remember correctly.
Speaking of decor-related, I gave Jewel my vacuum awhile ago since I have Norma's. Mine wasn't very old and was a good one. It died and she's now on the third one since. One might think she's hard on them. No - she vacuums A L-O-T.
That's Uncle Seth, Johnny's brother, in the last picture. Raygen loves him! He can say "a-boo" very loud and she'll laugh. Me - a tiny "a-boo" that first day caused tears. But she did warm up to me some before I had to leave. In the beginning, I could get her to smile, but the underlying facial expression was "I feel a little sick." It was precious and brought back memories of Jewel's aversion to others as a baby. When Jewel was 10 months we had an out-of-town wedding we wanted to go to, and Grandma Norma, bless her, spent two weeks of almost daily contact so that Jewel would survive the separation!
Planned to tend while Johnny and Jewel took in a movie (Raygen down for the night of course), but it never panned out. Johnny often works overtime and also coaches Little League. Hayden has two sets of baseball equipment and practices with both Johnny and his dad. It's a wonderful thing for Hayden to have Johnny in his life. Per usual, however, the adult has to remain the adult, and Johnny has the patience for it. Meaning, it's not always a bed of roses and I appreciate his involvement and willingness.
Got to go with Jewel to Hayden's T-ball practice, courtesy of Johnny tending Raygen, the night before I left! Nice to have that memory to match future reference. It was surprisingly cold even though we dressed warmly. Jewel commented, "THIS is why I left Utah."