Nina is probably the kid of ours that had the most nicknames as a baby. Nina Bean, Nina Bean-a, Nina, Nina Star Ballerina, Nina-la, Nina a La Bean a La. Ok, so most of them are very similar and that tells you that we are not all that creative in that respect, but anyway..... Our sweet Nina was baptized yesterday. It was pretty crazy getting everything and one in place to make it all happen.
Our church, we are LDS, baptizes at age 8. The age of accountability. Nina turned 8 in October and we waited a few weeks because of the hectic schedule of Mike plus the holidays. It was fun since the only other child to be baptized in our congregation was Samantha, a cuter than cute friend of Nina's and neighbor of ours. However it wasn't all that easy to get to this day. My father has been feeling horrible pain in his hips and all the way down his leg for a few weeks. He is not one to show pain and whe he does, you know it is bad. So we were hesitant to keep the baptism scheduled. We really couldn't see baptizing Nina without my Dad there. Yet, if we waited, we would have to wait till after tax season as my Dad goes to CA for the whole three months while he does returns for some 250 of his longtime clients. So to make it easy on my Dad we got him all souped up on some percoset and got him to the church on time, my sister Cari agreed to take Dad's place and give a short talk on baptism. As usual I was scurrying around trying to get everything right and everyone dressed as I wanted, but of course I hadn't bothered to do anything in advance. We did make it and even managed to get pics taken. That is one thing I am proud of, for the three children of ours that have been baptized so far, I have a large bunch of photographs to mark the occasion. In the grand scheme of things, to have photos of a time where one makes their first official covenants with Heavenly Father is more important than having photos of a kid's first meeting with Santa or a bowl of mashed peas. So I am tooting my own horn in that department. I am pretty bad photowise in all the other occasions.
Cari gave a great talk, she always does, and she received many compliments from people. Gwen yelled out requests of primary songs she thought the group should sing, and of course the Brother conducting granted her every request, which prompted G to do a huge wooop-wooop when she got her way. Very reverent, that one. Nina got 'dunked' and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and then we all (family) went to Pei Wei (a more casual 'sister' restaurant of the PF Chang empire) for lunch. Gwen really thought Chuck E Cheese would be the perfect spot to celebrate but we pulled rank on the little monkey. Nina suggested Tepanyaki (like Benihana) but since some of us had been there earlier that week and taking into account there were 14 of us we nixed that one too.
Here are the pics from the day. I think Nina looked gorgeous and so did our Grandma who has really perked up and is back to her old self lately.
I have to dash to church for a few hours, I will post the other pics tonight right before the racous New Year's Eve party we are throwing. HAH. No party here, and I am perfectly fine with that.