Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Birthday & Baptism

Hard to believe but our once little Trevor turned 8 years old last month.  For our family, that means two things: baptism and birthday party!!  Our family tradition is to go out for dinner and the birthday boy gets to pick the location.  Trevor picked one of his favorites - California Pizza Kitchen.  We all had a yummy dinner and Trevor was treated to a special birthday sundae!

Trevor then participated in another family tradition where we hide his birthday gifts around the house and he has to find them.  He got a little frustrated and disappointed after finding several presents (cub scout stuff and books) but not the one he was anticipating.  It was all good after he discovered a new Nintendo DSi (something he had been requesting for quite some time).

On February 27th, Trevor was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He has been preparing for this day for quite some time (a special shout-out to all his primary teachers) and he was excited for this event.  Prior to the baptism, I was talking with a member of our stake presidency and he made a reference to the fact that this was our 4th child to be baptized.  He didn't imply this but I got to thinking that some people might suppose that the experience becomes less special because we've participated in several baptisms.  To the contrary, each child's baptism has been a unique experience and something that never gets old or mundane.  It is a special thing to be able to perform a baptism and to help another individual partake of a saving ordinance of the gospel.  I especially look forward to talking to each son after the baptism to get their perspective on what just took place.  Trevor explained that he felt clean and happy.  However, he was concerned that the confirmation was going to take a "long time" since he was anxious to go home.  We were glad to have several family members in attendance including Grandma and Grandpa Campbell, Grandma Bonnie, Aunt Janel and Tynan, Uncle Shad, Aunt Jodi, Owen and Nya.

Later that evening, we all went to dinner at Fuddruckers.  It was nice to be able to spend time with family and we were grateful for everyone's support of Trevor and our family.

The following weekend, we held a birthday party for Trevor and 10 of his friends.  We went to Golfland where the boys played video games, ate pizza and cake, played laser tag and finished things off with a round of minature golf.  Everyone had a great time and Trevor enjoyed the attention showered on him and the fun presents everyone brought.  I'm just glad these events only happen once every few years - these kids have a ton of energy (does that make me sound old?).