We went to see the Mesa Temple Lights with our good friends, the Barneys. The lights were so beautiful and the whole ambiance was just perfect! Will was so fascinated with everything, and he thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with his best bud, Henry.
We went to one of the best and most fun parties ever tonight. A couple in our ward hosted a posole party! First of all, their house and backyard were AMAZING...such a beautiful and perfect landscape. It was complete with a live band, putting green competition, fabulous company and amazing posole and wassail. It was honestly the BEST way to kick off the holiday season!
Today I am so thankful for so many things, but especially for my family. I am so grateful to have such a great relationship with my husband that grows stronger and deeper everyday. I am grateful to be blessed with a sweet little baby boy who makes me smile everyday. I am so grateful for my grandparents, my in-laws, and my dear friends who are so loving and supportive, for my religion and my faith, for a beautiful home, for Bill's awesome job that he truly enjoys, and to be able to stay at home with Will. I am so blessed and am eternally grateful for all of my many blessings.
We are babysitting for some close friends of ours, and Will found a new toy! He loves this little bike and wants be on it every second of the day! I look at this picture, and can't believe how much he looks like a little boy and not a baby anymore.
Bill was officially sworn in to the State Bar of Arizona today. I am so proud of him and of Team Knowlton. It has been a grueling process, and has involved a lot of hard work and sacrifice. However, things are now beginning to pay off and I couldn't be more grateful for all of the many wonderful blessings in our life.
We went to Mother Nature's Farm today with some friends. It was really fun. They had tractor rides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch and place to decorate pumpkins, and a petting zoo with turkeys and goats. I even threw a pumpkin into the pig pen for it to eat. Unfortunately, Will wasn't feeling too well to fully enjoy this event, but I still had fun.
Everyone remembers the memories of playing with boxes in childhood. We introduced Will to this fabulous home entertainment, and he was definitely a BIG fan! He especially enjoyed being pushed all around the house in his box "car."
We went to the train park today with one of Will's favorite buddies, Emma. We rode the train, which they thought was absolutely fabulous! We also rode the carousel, which Will absolutely hated. We topped the day off with a some fun in the sand and a hot dog. Perfection!
We just spoke with our Uganda father, Ssimbwa, who recently returned from the burial of his 10 year old daughter, Teddy. Teddy has been our friend for a long time. We often hoped we could pay for her to fly to the US and stay with us for a while someday. She loved to tease, and would always sing to Bill, "Knowlton, you have bad man-ners." She also loved to attend primary, where she would belt out "Count your blessings." One of our favorite memories was teaching Teddy how to swim at the Entebbe beach resort in 2003. She was so brave.
Teddy suffered from severe asthma. On the day she died, there were massive political protests in the capital city of Kampala, and large amounts of tear gas were dispersed throughout the city. The tear gas exacerbated her asthma, she had an attack, her parents rushed her to the hospital, but the hospital did not have the proper medicine to treat the severity of her attack. She died on Monday, and was buried in Mpigi District (our tribal home) yesterday, surrounded by loving family, friends, and Church members.
While our hearts are breaking at losing such a rising star and dear friend, we rely on the comfort of our faith that we will see Teddy again. Our hearts are in Uganda tonight, and with Ssimbwa's family. Tu naku penda sana, Teddy.
We went to feed the ducks at Granada Park. All was going well until Will went to go hand an ornery goose a piece of bread, and the goose decided to latch on to his arm. Will was quite alarmed, and of course started screaming, and I panicked. Everything was fine minutes later when he was playing on the playground. Luckily, we took him back again the other day, and he's not totally scarred for life. Lesson learned...stay away from geese!
It started with...Dad taking him to get his very first haircut at V's barber shop. Thanks to a fabulous barber, a tootsie pop, and a comforting dad, he did great and looked absolutely adorable afterward. He now looks even more like a little boy and no longer a baby...very sad day for mom.
Then..it was off to Chuckee Cheese for lunch, which is the best thing out in the middle of a hot AZ summer. Will actually really enjoyed the little kiddie rides, and the pizza wasn't half-bad either. It was all topped off with...a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse family b-day dinner with cake and ice cream. He especially loved opening presents and playing with the balloons.
We took a much needed retreat to the Barney's 13 Ranch in Christopher Creek, AZ this last weekend. We made a lot of new friends, had a blast four-wheeling, hiking, playing games, making s'mores and just hanging out. The landscape was absolutely beautiful and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. Thanks to Brian and Shelley for an amazing weekend!!