January 22, 2010

Jamison's Mission Call

Larry's brother Jamison received his mission call in the mail today. He has been called to serve in the Thailand Bangkok Mission. The mission also covers all of Laos and Burma (Patricia's home county). Jamison reports to the MTC on March 24th.

As a sixth-grader, Jamison played Prince Chulalongkorn in a high school production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. However, this tidbit of information is unlikely to win Jamison any friends in Thailand as apparently most Thai find the musical's portrayal of their revered King Mongkut to be highly offensive and historically inaccurate.

There's a certain little girl and a little boy that are going to really miss their Uncle Jamison while he's on his mission.

Congrats Jamison on your mission call!

January 17, 2010

Chocolate Makes Children Smile

While we were in Pennsylvania, we made the obligatory trip to Hershey's Chocolate World. Ava was excited to be there, but not excited to have her picture taken with so many other fun things going on around her.

Our friends Brooke and Christina joined us for the fun, along with their adorable little girl Isobel.

Once again, Ava donned her paper hat and became a Hershey's Factory Worker. This time, however, she was actually old enough to push the green button and watch her candy dish fill with Hershey's Kisses.

After the girls finished laboring in the factory, we all headed over to the Chocolate World ride.

This was Christian's first trip to Chocolate World, and he was astounded by what he saw.

After eating her free chocolate sample, Ava was much more amenable toward getting her picture taken.

Apparently chocolate really does make children smile.

January 10, 2010

Christian's Baby Blessing

Christian was blessed during our 9 a.m. church service the day after Danny & Patricia's wedding.

We were all still pretty tired from the reception the night before (plus Christian was up until four in the morning). He nonetheless seemed to sense it was a special day, as he was full of smiles.

Ava was very excited for Christian's big day and wanted to get her picture taken with him...

...Christian, however, was ready to head out.
Krista decided to give Christian a faux-hawk, which he thought made him look tough.

He's a total chick magnet.
Here's his blessing outfit complete with the hat (Christian kept kicking the little knit booties off of his feet).

Thanks to Granny O for buying Christian such a lovely outfit to be blessed in.