8.14.2007

Another Trip to the Beehive State

I guess it's about time I update our little bloggety blog. We just got back from Utah after attending Seth Fraughton's funeral (see last post). Although it was one of the saddest things I've ever experienced, we were able to experience some really neat things with his family. After getting special permission from the First Presidency (of the church, of course), we were able to go to the Bountiful temple with Scott's parents, the Fraughtons, and quite a few other family members and friends to take Seth's endowments out. It was one of the most spiritual temple sessions I've ever been to. It was awesome. The viewing and funeral were also pretty incredible. At the funeral, the entire chapel, overflow, cultural hall, AND stage were packed with people. I also heard that there were people in overflow rooms just listening to the audio of the funeral. Had I died at 17, I'm positive I would not have even filled the chapel, let alone the entire stake center! Anyway, Scott's sister, Kate, spoke about what a great friend Seth was and she did such a great job -- we were so proud of her! Although the meeting was sad, from his entire family speaking to hearing the football team sing, there was such a feeling of peace and celebration knowing he lived his life well and was such an incredible kid.

While we were in Utah, we were able to spend a lot of time with Scott's family which was a lot of fun. Scott's brother and his wife (Cody and Nikell) came in from Kansas City (where's he's going to medical school) so Henry especially loved playing with their little boy, Noah. It's so fun to watch them slowly start engaging one another. Even though Noah is over a year younger than him, Henry just followed Noah around and shadow-played right behind him. He is truly such a follower!

We tried to get a cute picture of the four Christensen cousins and it was nearly impossible, as you can tell. You can barely see Baby Crew, Noah looks overjoyed with the whole process, Henry's stuffing his face with Oreos, and Ruby sort of has that "deer in the headlights" look. Oh well, we tried.
One of the highlights of the trip was Ruby learning how to crawl! She's been rocking on her hands and knees for a few weeks now but on Friday she really took the plunge and rocked forward and kept on going. Henry didn't crawl until 10 months so I didn't think she'd crawl before 9 months. The best thing about this picture is the look of concentration on Henry's face; he's almost willing her to keep moving (either that or he's eyeing the toy she's going for). I love it.


And the other highlight of this trip was a new food discovery for Ruby...


She does NOT like watermelon.

4 comments:

Adrienne said...

Oh my gosh that is hilarious! The best part of that picture is that adorable head band--I love it! She is getting so big--I'm proud of her for crawling already. Teh funeral sounds amazing....you mentioned how at 17 your funeral would not have drawn a crowd like that. I don't think mine would at 27! But I'm glad you got to go, adn support their family. MAybe we will actually talk on the phone at some point!

Wendy said...

Celia,
It looks like you had an action packed trip. It sounds really touching and fun. What cuties you have. Ruby is to die for. I remember when you came to my baby shower for Tess when Henry was just tiny.

Anyway, Adrienne mentioned you are in need of some help with customizing your blog. If that's true, send me an email at wendylowry at cox dot net and I'll set you up.

Jessica said...

Look at her go - it is so exciting when they can crawl and then it also puts them on an entire new level. Like when you are in a long line and they just want to get down and crawl... ahh...

ali degraff said...

Please tell me that is not a real baby in the "cousin" picture getting bulldozed by the big boy?!?!