Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bethany Corin Kirkland

Bethany Corin Kirkland became a Baptized member of the
Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on November 22, 2009.
Bethany asked Papa Farrel to do this great honor for her. Look how happy they both are.
Kelsea was so excited for Bethany, and offered to do whatever she could to help out with the big day. I am so glad that there is such love between the two of them.

Lynsey was so proud of her littlest sister.

I don't have many pictures of just the sisters together. I love this photo. Look at Bethany's face she really knows she is loved by them.
It's really hard for me to get nice photos of Bethany, and Noah together, but they both look really happy here together with their arms around each other.
Looking at this picture I can see that Bethany is really blessed to have such a loving, supportive big brother.The proud Dad, and his little princess.

I am so glad that Bethany choose this path for herself. I couldn't be more pleased.
She is all alone right in one of her favorite spots.
Bethany was so excited that McKayla was able to be here all the way from Pennsylvania.
This is Braxton (cousin from Pennsylvania), Bethany, and Noah.
Kelsea got Bethany the stuffed pig, and Lynsey got Bethany the giant Teddy Bear.

I just love love love this photo of Jackson, Madi, Bethany, and Emma Mae. The love is just oozing out of this photograph.
Bethany caught a ride on Grandpa Beach's walker while he was coming to the church.
Bethany with Nanny before the program.
Grandma Pat lead the music, and Sister McVeigh was very sweet and played the piano.
Aunt Courtney gave the opening prayer.
Aunt Amanda gave a talk on Baptism. I must say I've never heard this talk with blankets as examples, but it was wonderful. She said something like just like Heavenly Father has love for you, I have love for these blankets. The blankets were her children's baby blankets. These blankets will get dirty from time to time, just like you will sin. I wouldn't throw these blankets away I would wash them and make them clean again. Heavenly Father loves you so much that when you sin he has made a way for you to be clean again. It was a wonderful talk, and I'm not doing it justice by any means. But Bethany loved it and totally got it, and she was so xcited to get a special blanket.
Mommy (me) gave a talk on the Holy Ghost. I told Bethany that the Holy Ghost would be very helpful to her. I also told Bethany that with her being my most sensitive child that the Holy Ghost would comfort her just like her bunny Emma does, but that we cannot see the Holy Ghost. He is that still small voice.
This is Bethany right after she was Baptized. She was wet from head.....
to tiny toes....LOL

She is so blessed to have such great sisters. They helped her get redressed in record time.
I can't get over how happy she is here.

The day was just wonderful. After the Baptism we all went out to Grandma Pat's and had seafood gumbo, and chocolate delight. Yummy!! Bethany really couldn't have been more pleased. I wish I would have asked the Brothers in the confirmation circle to take a picture together with Bethany. I wish that I would have had a picture of Sister Pittman and Bethany (she welcomed her into Primary). I wish I would have had a picture of the Bishop with Bethany. I wish I would have got a picture with Bethany, and Uncle Josh. I wish I would have got one photo with Jonathon and Bethany. I wish I would have got one photo of Ethan and McKenzie with Bethany. I wish I would have got a picture of the new special blanket that Aunt Amanda gave Bethany. Last but not least I wish I would have taken just one photo at Pat's of us all eating dinner. Yall will just have to imagine those pictures......

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Jekyll Island 2009

I Bethany, McKayla, Noah, and Braxton to Jekyll Island to see Santa. I will post those pictures as soon as I get them from the photographer. Anyway I was talking to the photographer, and I turned around and the kids were in the water waist deep. Yes, the water was alittle cold, but they had all their clothes on so they were warm...right?

Since it is so hard to swim in pants I let everyone swim in their underwear, and shirts....

Kelsea was with us, but she's alittle old to run around in her underwear.....right? Anyway she pulled up her pants like shorts, and played around...


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Brunswick Fair 2009

The kids were really excited about the Fair. Lynsey, and Kelsea entered their art work, and Bethany's art teacher entered hers. Bethany was so excited to find out she won 2nd place. They had to use Picasso's art as an inspiration....can you see it?

Look how happy she is. She was so worried that her art wouldn't even be chosen to compete....

Well Chris, and I took the kids to the fair on Saturday night. We were not going to go to the Fair this year, because we went to Wild Adventures. So, in order to go they had to pay with their own money. We had a really good time. Noah is the only one not tall enough to ride all the rides. So while the kids rode the big rides I took Noah to the petting zoo. He is one kid that really loves animals.....

Noah wasn't tall enough to ride the bumper cars by himself, and Lynsey was happy to lend a body....LOL
She even let him drive.....

Noah rode this slide like 10 times. It was alot of stairs to climb, but he said it was worth it.
All I heard about all week was 'the fair has these fish'. The kids were driving me crazy..

I didn't get a picture of Noah with his fish, and I should have. It was that game you know the one were you throw the ping pong balls at the glass jars. Well Christopher, and Bethany couldn't get not one in. But Noah has some mad skills. He got three balls in...go Noah....The mistake here was after we won are fish, and Noah did so well. We went to try to win a bunny. Well that game was much harder, and he didn't win. So, instead he cried all the way home about how all he ever wanted was a bunny.......whatever......

Noah didn't really know the kid he was riding with in this picture, but the kid wouldn't ride by himself. So, Noah had a new best friend. He was talking to him like he knew him his whole life. The kid's family thought Noah was a hoot....

Before the ride started Noah looked at the car beside him. There was this cute little girl with red hair sitting in the car. Noah says 'You're going down! To the ground!'...I think he gets his rode rage from his Dad....LOL

Monday, November 9, 2009

9 really 9 years!

Chris and I got married on November 18, 2000. It has been 9 years. Sometimes it feels like a very long time. Sometimes it feels like yesterday. Sometimes I feel like he is the most perfect person for me, and that I made the right choice for myself. We won't talk about the other times...Just kidding. Marriage is tough, and I am not always the best. But I love him, and that's enough.

Last Christmas the Oceanside Inn & Suites asked us to D.J. their Christmas party. In exchange they would give us a gift certificate for a 2 night stay at their hotel on Jekyll Island. I know it's pretty AWESOME! We hadn't used it all year, and we thought our 9th anniversary was a great time to cash it in. We got a great room.....

We stayed in room 106 on the second floor.
This is what you see when you first walk in. What you can't see in this picture is that there is a desk to my left, and a giant flat screen T.V. hanging on the wall to my right. (it does get awesomer)
Then right in front of the bed is the bathroom. Yes I know it's teeny tiny your right, but I mean you don't really spend alot of time in there.

Next past the 1/2 wall you have a fold out couch. It is nice and cozy.

Across from the couch in another giant flat screen T.V. on top of what is holding a microwave, fridge, and coffee maker. Then there is a table and two chairs. Doesn't it look great. At this point you may be asking yourself two questions: 1.) wasn't that bathroom tiny? and 2.) what are those steps for to the right of the picture? Well my friends I will tell you.... (scroll down)

Our own huge tub!!

This bad boy took alot of water to fill, but it was one of the most AWESOMEST things on the whole trip.
Yes it has giant mirrors all the way around. Some might love the idea of these mirrors.

Another really great thing about our room was the balcony with the view. Isn't this breath taking?

After we checked out of the room and got everything in order we went to the Raw Bar for dinner. We had raw oysters, and low country boil. Yummy Yummy Yummy. The restaurant in on the Wharf, and it is wonderful. (I should have taken pictures maybe next time)
On Saturday morning we slept in alittle. Then we got up and saw people biking on that path you can see in the view picture. Anyway we thought about doing that. Then we had a better idea. I wanted to get my hair done, and Chris wanted a massage. So we called The Jekyll Island Hair & Spa and they squeezed us in.

This is my before picture....

This is Chris' before picture....

And this is me After....

This is Chris' after

He got a massage, and a shave....
This is me trying to get a good picture of might be asking yourself what was Chris doing? Well look at the upper left hand corner....

Look behind me...He was totally chillin' out after that massage.

Needless to say I really loved the way my hair turned out. Sandra Harden did a really great job. It makes me want to drive over every time I need my hair done.

Chris and I went to the Raw Bar again Saturday night for dinner. Yes there were other places to go, but we love that place. He also bought me a couple of items at the Trading Post. Which is a jewelry store on the island. I got a silver bracelet, earring, a necklace, and a pendant. I tried to take pictures. I have them here but they didn't turn out really well but you get the idea.

Remember when I said the huge tub on one of the most awesomest things on the trip. Well the other most awesomest thing was the way we were after we left the island. We just found that spark, that love feeling. I feel like we are on the same page. I hope it stays like that for awhile....