Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bethelle's 4th Birthday

I feel compelled to admit that this was 3 weeks ago.  Oh well.  See previous excuses.

Anyway, here are some pics of my favorite little girl on her big day.  We first had a family party the Sunday prior. 
 Everybody came except for the out-of-towners (Blair and Casey).  Here are the two grandpas.
She screamed like a teenager getting her first car when she opened this one.  It's a Barbie "laptop" with little games on it.  It's amazing how well occupied this keeps her.  She had picked out the same one to give to her cousin a couple months earlier, so she already knew how much fun it would be.  In this picture, it looks like Ellana is the one doing the screaming.  I guess she was in charge of the echo.Her actually birthday was my day to host a little play-group, so I turned it into a convenient birthday party.  Here she is with her cousin, Joee.
I love you, Bethelle!!  I can't believe what a big girl you are!

We also celebrated Easter recently, of course.  I love getting together with the family.  Our camera batteries were dead, but we had a great dinner and egg hunt at my parents' the day before Easter.  We also celebrated my birthday there.  Mom made me a beautiful quilt (her specialty) which I will post a picture of later.  On Sunday, we had Easter dinner with Nick's family at Trisha's house.  Another egg hunt meant more happy kids.  At both occasions, Bethelle recited her favorite story from her "My First Scriptures" books.  It goes something like this:

"On Sunday morning, some women who were friends with Jesus came to the tomb.  The stone in front of the tomb had been rolled away.  The Romans soldiers were gone.  The tomb was empty.

"An angel appeared and told the women the wonderful news.  Jesus had been resurrected and was alive again!

"Later Jesus appear to his apostles and others.  The people who were friends with Jesus were happy.  Because of him, when we all die, we can be resurrected and have our bodies again."

I probably didn't get that quite right, but can you believe Bethelle could do that?  It is her favorite story (and rightly so!), so she has heard it many times.

One more Bethelle story...  Yesterday, Nick was trying to unclog a drain pipe that runs under our driveway.  Bethelle was with him and thought she knew a better way to do it.  Long story short, Nick did it her way and had the water flowing again quickly!  She's Mommy's little engineer!


Janae said...

I know someone else who had a birthday. Happy Birthday to you both!

Tyra said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy and good luck on the move!

Our Ohana said...

Happy birthday, Elke and Bethelle!!! Hope it was so much fun! The cake is awesome - did you make that???
- I'm still trying to get a hold of the family I told you about, will email if I get more info!
Love you and great post!!!

Meagan Kemp said...

Happy birthday Elke and Bethelle. Did you know we have a Bethelle Way here in Texas? I just noticed yesterday :) I LOVE Bethelle's story AND her ability to help with the house - what a little genius. :)