This past weekend we had Mary's baptism. It was such a special day and she did amazing. Let's see if I can remember the events of the weekend.
We kicked things off on Thursday morning when Grandma flew in and then that night so did Grandpa and Gayle. Grandma hung out and got lots of loving from Mary and Henry.
Friday, we ran some last minute errands and had dinner at Red Lobster. Every year we seem to celebrate my dad's birthday there so we kept the tradition alive. Friday night late my brother and his whole fam showed up. Mary was already asleep so they had to wait until Saturday morning to meet her.
Saturday morning, Henry was racing downstairs to see Jack and the rest of his cousins. This was probably the last time I held Mary for any length of time. I think she was like a hot potato (a cute one of course) because she was passed from Aunt Kathy, to Emily, to Grandma to my mom all morning. Then the girls did some outlet shopping, Mary of course cleaned up!
Saturday afternoon everyone came over for a BBQ to really kick off the celebration weekend. The weather was beautiful. We just grilled out, drank wine and laughed. Mary had three new arms to hang out in. Her new rotation was Aunt Kathy, Emily, Grandma, Nana, Gayle, Katy and Melissa. Melissa had the magic touch on Saturday. She always quieted right up when Melissa took her. Thank goodness for all these arms because I was basically running around like a crazy, trying to get everything done for Sunday.
Sunday morning finally arrived. We ran around a little more in the morning and then Aunt Kathy (Mary's Godmother) got her dressed. She looked so stinkin cute it wasn't even funny. She didn't complain once that all the cameras were going off in her face. I was pretty impressed.
Once she was dressed we sent Charlie, Grandma and Uncle Chad (Mary's Godfather) over to the church to get seats. This church is always busy no matter what mass you go to and it was Palm Sunday so we didn't want to take any chances.
Mass was great and Henry did great. We were all a little nervous on how he would make it through. A little bribing goes a very long way with a 3 year old. After the mass we had her baptism. There were two other babies that got baptised with her. We of course had the largest group watching, the baptism but really it would not be any other way. Mary did great. She didn't cry and she actually slept through the whole thing. Henry did great too. The priest let him stand up there with us and then at the end he got to blow out the big candle. He loved every minute of it.
After mass and lots of pictures we headed home to eat and drink. It was a great afternoon. The kids ran around and played and the adults talked it up and of course we all ate!
We are so blessed to have our family and friends celebrate with us on Mary's special day. We know Mary won't remember it but it meant a lot to Charlie and myself that we were surrounded by our family and friends.
Here are some pictures....