On Sunday the 14th baptism of Eyrealm grandchildren occurred in Boston. Charming Charles Dean Eyre Shumway was baptized, along with his best friend Saul Adams Kruckenberg,, by his dad who is also the Bishop of the Ward.
The little baptism suit that his grandfather was baptized in over sixty years ago has really made the rounds this year!
The boys were adorable and so excited!
The Timothys arrived a little early so we could have a few minutes to catch up! We love that family!
Our darling niece Elisha arrived with Brennan and Cami as they did for Hazel’s baptism. Love these loyal cousins!
The doula who scooped up Charlie from the bathtub when he was born (that’s a story for another day) as well as guiding Saydi through all of her miraculous deliveries came to the service. We were so delighted to see her as well as the Shumways’ loyal piano teacher, neither of which are members of our church.
The magnificent moms did a stellar job of planning the event, inviting those who were closest to their families (the chapel was full) and providing lovely refreshments afterward.
And their boys loved “photo bombing” them!
Jeff’s parents are always so fun to be with. They have wonderful minds and we love the stimulating conversations they generate. The kids were smothered with grandparents for the weekend! The Shumways stayed at a nearby hotel and Saydi and Jeff sacrificed their bedroom to us and slept on an air mattress!
Working like Trojans, those two had sanded, painted and re-stained the stairs in their front entry just before our arrival.
Emmeline watched Saydi paint with interest for a long time and then said, “You know mom, painting isn’t going to get us another bathroom.” That’s an inside joke. Saydi and Jeff have thought of every imaginable way to figure out how to get another bathroom in their house.There’s just no room! It’s an old house and one bathroom with six people plus occasional guests is an organizational feat!
Fun was had by all!
Baking cookies with Grandma Shumway:
And sausages for the “meat eaters” were just plain yummy…if you love sausage!
We had a lovely music recital on Saturday night. These kids are really getting GOOD!
Emmeline “Twinkled” on her cute little violin and Charlie showed off his cello proudly, although he has only had one lesson.
Several lovely meals were enjoyed around this cozy dining table with so many that we love!
Peter’s vocabulary is phenomenal and he is truly a golden boy who fits perfectly in this nitch:
Charlie sends a shout out to all his cousins who love putting together legos as much as he does. This set was a gift from his piano teacher. Hazel’s comment was “I wish I’d thought to invite her to my baptism!”
As we were leaving for the airport, Grandfather told the kids stories about their ancestors from the beautiful ancestor wall that Saydi has created:
And we stopped at the astonishing Boston Science Museum that was on the way to the airport. This worked out perfectly as there was a snow storm brewing and we were only a few minutes from the airport.
After only being home for 2 days in February we are ready to stay planted for three whole weeks before we leave for our grand adventure in Bali. More about that coming soon…
We love you Charlie!