Monday, May 10, 2010

Camden turns 9!!!!

In the early morning hours of May 6, 2001, I woke up with contractions. I paced the hall between our bedroom and what would soon be a baby room to our new baby. It was still 2 weeks until my due date, so I couldn't possibly be in labor...right?? I kept trying to convince myself that I had too much to eat at MY birthday dinner the night before. :) I went downstairs to make some lemon poppyseed muffins at 3 am in the morning. Then I decided to lay down on the couch and watch some old Brady Bunch reruns. I finally went upstairs to tell Matt that maybe we should go to the hospital. Camden was born at 8:59am in the morning. :)

It's so hard to believe that was 9 years ago. Each birthday we come together as a family and have a birthday blessing time. We shared how Camden has blessed us. Payton says, "you're the best brada (brother) in the ward (world)". :) Maylee Grace says, "I wuf oo Bubba". Camden has developed such a sweet spirit of compassion. He has a heart for people who are hurting or struggling. He also loves and be-friends anyone. What a blessing he is our lives!

"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I have asked of Him. So now I give him to the LORD." 1 Samuel 1:27-28

Happy Birthday to my first born miracle-Camden Paul

We took a few of his friends down to a local pizza place where they were able to make their own pizzas. They had a blast topping their slices with everything they wanted.


God has been so good to our family. We were blessed with a much needed family vacation. We were able to take our kids to California to enjoy the beautiful sunshine, the beach and of course, Disneyland. One the way, we stopped and stayed with our adopted family, the Livingstons. We decided last minute to bring Rhett along with us to California. Camden was thrilled and had a great buddy/his "cousin" to ride all the rides with him. It was really a great week! What a blessing to spend such great time as a family and make memories together. To see the smiles on our kids' faces as they rode rides and met their favorite characters and then as they ran around on the beach splashing in the ocean brought such joy to Matt and me.

Maylee Grace was thrilled to meet Minnie Mouse. She just hugged and hugged her and didn't want to leave. It was so cute.

Payton, Camden and Rhett in the Monsters Inc. taxi

Rhett and Camden in line for Autopia...which they rode probably 8-9 times over the few days we were there. One great thing about being at Disneyland this particular week was hardly any lines. All of our waits were very short if any at all. It made it so much more enjoyable and we were able to ride the rides several times.

This was probably the highlight of Payton's trip to Disneyland. He talked about meeting Lightning McQueen and Mater for days.