Saturday, December 26, 2015

Alara 2 months and all smiles

At her two month check up:
Weight 10.0 lb- 5%
23 inches long- 50% 

This is a wonderful little baby to have around. She likes to coo and smile at you and we often have little baby "conversations" with her. Alara's delicate features contrast with my last chubby cherub and she is a light weight compared to my other children at two months who were all at least 12 lb. She is less of a "chunkin" and more of a flower petal. She will even sleep for 6 hours at a time which I consider a success at 2 months. The only sad thing about her is that we haven't been able to share her with more of our loved ones because we know you would enjoy having her around as much as we do. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Thanksgiving Visitors

Here are my real Thanksgiving turkeys enjoying a 5 hour long game (!) of monopoly with Dad/Uncle Zach. I believe Scarlett came off victorious with the help of the FUncle Zach.

Warning! Warning! Holding a cute, snugly, sleeping baby may make you drowsy. Grandpa enjoyed a lot of Alara time while on his visit to Colorado. 

The children also had a fun time playing in the snow, building forts, eating lots of food, going to the children's museum and just being kids. Holidays are always happier with visitors.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

November Birthday Boys

Mimi's knitting needles hard at work again! Is it a sheep? A llama? A shllama? We don't know, but it sure is cute.

Mac's Lego part complete with a Lego cake, games, and door decorations. Not to mention the 16 or so children, craziest of which were my children of course. We ate pizza, opened lots of Lego themed gifts and lets just say when the parents all came on time to pick up their children, I was grateful. 

You knew he was getting these things at some point, right? 

Lincoln doesn't really like cake so I thought I would try something he might enjoy little better. The doughnut tower was a big hit. 

Love my November Birthday buddies. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Almost two!

     This dashing young man will be two years old on Monday. (There is always something adorable about dressing little boys up like men) Lincoln is a few months behind verbally but he has such a fun personality. He hasn't made it much past two and three word sentences yet but he climbs and jumps with the biggest of them. He adores trains and trucks and things that go and is happy almost always. My favorite thing to do with Lincoln,however, is sing to him in the rocking chair right before he goes to bed. Just him and me and the Ittsy Bitsy spider snuggling in the dark, rocking off into dream land. (or at least calming down land.) Whether reading or hopping this kid is all boy, and all lovable. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Alara's Baby BlessingBlessing


From left to right: Dave Walton, Brian Smith, Ted Beck, Zach Hutchins, Kylan Rice.
 Not pictured- Bishop MacBeth and Jason Andrews

this blanket has made it to 6 baby blessings- thanks Aunt Shirley!

Love this crazy bunch

    Excerpt from Zach's Family letter:    
      Alara was blessed on Sunday the 1st. For those of you who have been waiting to learn the story behind her name, here’s the deal (blessing transcription to follow): I was given sole naming rights by Alana when Lincoln was named. As I pondered what we should call this new baby girl, I formed an exhaustive list of female names in the Bible as well as Hebrew words in the Bible that might work as a girl’s name and have significant meaning (that’s where Tsela came from). One day as I read the list to Alana, I misread my wretched handwriting, reading “Naarah” as “Alaarah.” Alana said, “I like that—I didn’t know Alaarah was a Bible name.” I looked down, discovered my mistake, and told her that it wasn’t. We moved on to other possibilities. Then, on Labor Day, September 7, after I had finished giving our children back-to-school priesthood blessings, Alana asked for a blessing. With that blessing came several very clear spiritual promptings, as outlined in her blessing:

“Our Father which art in Heaven, by the authority of the holy Melchizedek Priesthood which we hold, we present this child to give her a name and a blessing, and the name by which she shall be known is Alara Eden Hutchins. Alara, we counsel you that as you reflect on the name which you have been given that you will understand that it is and will be a blessing and a source of comfort and counsel in your life. And we admonish you to reflect on that name and the circumstances which led to your receiving it as a parable or a story from which you will draw insights about the way that our Heavenly Father communicates with his children and your relationship with family members and with your Father in Heaven. Like your siblings, Alara, your mother and I desired to give you a name from the scriptures, and as we searched, we compiled many names and didn’t find among those names the one that was appropriate for you. During that process of prayerful pondering, your mother requested a blessing, and as I, as your father, laid hands on her head, I was given to know that you specifically chose to come to our family so that you would have her as your mother and that she was someone who you knew in the preexistence and who you were excited to come and see, that you regarded her as a role model and something of a spiritual celebrity. I counsel you to look to her, after whom you are named, as an example and exemplar. We bless you that you will draw strength from your study of the scriptures and from the example of righteous women in the scriptures, particularly of Eve and her example and her choices in the garden of Eden, that you will see her as an inspiration and pattern in your life. We bless you that as you do so that you will receive revelation and will be guided throughout the course of your life, and we say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

A few concluding thoughts about Alara’s blessing: 1) Lincoln followed me up and was briefly trapped in a forest of legs, directly underneath Alara, before I broke up the circle and asked him to go back to his seat. He was funny. 2) The blessing dramatically undersells the “spiritual celebrity” aspect of that blessing I gave Alana. The impression was that she is universally known in the heavens and that Alara shouted for joy when she found out she had the opportunity to be her daughter. 3) Beyond studying Eve, I had the impression that Alara should study the creation itself as a pattern—something that got lost in my attempt to vocalize.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New Family Pictures

New Family member, new family pictures. 
She's an angel straight from heaven. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Happy Hobbit Halloween

Bilbo Baggins- The Hobbit
Thorin- a dwarf 
I always wanted to do a theme for Halloween. I tried last year with Roman mythology but it didn't really work our as planned. This year though- success! All 8 of us in costume dressed as characters from the Hobbit. Happy Halloween!
Gollum (I didn't have the heart to shave his beautiful blond hair)

Smaug the fierce dragon

"Giant" spider

Spider's web

Gandalf the Grey

Ward party visitor

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fuzzy Ears

We like her fuzzy ears