Jude's blessing

Jude's baby blessing was such a special, wonderful day. Jude is lucky to have a faithful, loving, strong father who works hard to honor his priesthood. The blessing was beautiful. Jude is special and it was amazing to get a little glimpse into his future. My heart gets tingly when I think about the awe-some things Dan voiced.

He is one loved little man. His entire extended family and great grandma and grandpa were in attendance! He was loved and doted upon like no other. He was as precious as ever and stole everyone's hearts. He got a little weary at times, unsure of what to make of so many people constantly smooching and holding him, but it was great. He surprised us by how well he did on the plane, so well-behaved and unphased by the ridiculously loud take offs and landings. What fun those tiny little changing tables in the lavatory are! Or when we walk down the whole plane to get to the front lavatory, get him undressed and realize I forgot a clean diaper... Oops! Thank you flight attendant for fetching it for me.

It was a memorable weekend with both Dan's and my family. It was nice to all get to spend time together and just relax and get to know each other better. We spent Saturday in old-town Sacramento. Dan's mom put together a lovely, perfect little picnic that we enjoying overlooking the river. We then just walked around and and enjoyed the sites. The weekend was pleasant and pleasing. We had delicious food thanks to the hard work of Grandma Mulder, played games, and spent most of our time looking at, holding, playing with, laughing at, kissing, hugging, and squeezing Jude.

The rest of the week was spent playing Wii, Killer Bunnies, Bananagrams, some movie-watching, some fishing, some shopping, a night out on the town getting Chinese food and bowling, and just relaxing enjoying being with Dan's family. Mother nature was being sassy and decided to rain every single day we were there so our illustrious outdoor plans were replaced with indoor activities, but we loved being there! We even snuck in a bike ride and a motorcycle ride on our one clear afternoon. Oh, it just feels so nice to be in the presence of California.

Grandpa's kind of enamored...

We like to sit around and stare at him...

Kris might have beamed like never before... :) 

Fell asleep with his little hand on Aunt Kris. She's in love. :) 

Uhm, can you blame her?! 

Personalized drinks Mama Mulder made! How perfect! 
The Grandpa's keepin it real. Thank you for carrying my purse, Dad!
Great Grandma lovin :)

The blessing outfit :)

The weekend wouldn't have been complete without an intense game of Clue...

A morning at the mall... 

He sucked his thumb for the first time in Great Grandma's arms! 

Fishing trip with Dad and Grandpa. Jude was such a trooper.

He hung out in the car seat covered in blankets the whole time since it was pretty freezing.


Bowling was the best. Everyone got a strike!

Breastfeeding while bowling. So efficient!

My mom seems awfully happy to be cozied up next to Bill Clinton...

Navy brats... :)

We nothing less than love and adore our sweet child. The joy he has brought into our lives (and I dare say, many others!) is unbelievable! We are so thankful for loving and supportive families to help us raise and love this child. :)


  1. He is the MOST adorable baby EVER! We had so much fun! Can't wait until we get to see you guys again! <3

  2. okay okay there's to much to comment on so... i'll just go down the list:
    1. of course your dad is SO IN LOVE!!! the sweetest pictures w bb jude &gpa james!
    2. krissy being in love? it's a sign i think... they're next and soon :)
    3. the laughy face picture after him asleep with his hand on krissy's?!! to die(die) for
    4. THE DRINKS!!!!! i think i literally gasped with excitement! how fun that she did that. so sweet and a perfect touch.
    5. the first picture of jude in his blessing outfit a little looks like a dress and at first i thought "IS THAT RACHAEL AS A BABY GETTING BLESSED?!!!!!" because literally.. woah. looks exactly like you
    6. THE BLESSING OUTFIT!!!!!! oh my goodness little sailor he is sooooooo cute. i cant ever get over it. seriously. oh my goodness so cute. i need to get me one of those outfits for my bb boy.
    7. clue.. always the best
    8. FISHING!! bad weather? who cares! best.
    9. the pics of jude in his carseat? the oh and aw faces? i died. i need to meet him NOW.
    10. you should frame the pic of gma mulder and jude. she looks so pretty and he looks so content. i'm sure she'd love it as a gift.
    11. leatherbys!! didnt we go there in logan on that 1 trip? yum.
    12. NURSING WHILE BOWLING?!!!!! most efficient definitely.
    i love you. may (seriously) can NOT come soon enough <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  3. What a nice weekend, you can feel all the love. your baby is lucky :-)
    Rocio from http://blogmodainfantil.es/

  4. Echo Ashley- Dan's Mom looks gorgeous in that picture of her and Jude. So content and happy & lovely. Grandparenting obviously suits her.
    There is so much love in this post! It's great.
    I want to see more of that darling pale blue dress you are wearing in his blessing pictures. You look great. & I think I love the dress. He is growing so much. & gets cuter every day! I cannot get over is RED hair. It's precious. His blessing outfit is adorable (Mckay also asked me if it was a dress before I scrolled down to the other picture, just to add a funny to Ashley's comment). Is is the sweetest little sailor jumper ever. Where did it come from?

  5. I love that he sucked his thumb. Three of my kids did it (not Nicki) and I loved that they could comfort themselves. They had no problem breaking the habit and no bad teeth because of it. Love it.