plus a couple more photos taken this festive season.
We held a loosely-based-on-Star-Wars brunch party for Micah's birthday on the day itself, settling into a favourite spot in Balboa Park. The party itself was a more traditional Australian fare, with homemade food and games that Gaynor and I had enjoyed as children and that we had done at many of the other children's earlier parties. Gaynor baked up cinnamon rolls (a-la Princess Leia's iconic New Hope hair), fruit platter, lolly lightsabers on the cupcakes, and Jabba the Hutt meringues. Ariana and Bryna were great at taking the lead in running the games, including egg and spoons races, pass-the-parcel, lightsaber battles (half pool noodles were a great hit, literally), a water bomb fight, and a homemade Jedi training remote piñata.
The baptism itself was a week later with some local-ish and not-so-usually-local friends (Oliver and Vanessa!) joining us for the service. We try to have this as a seperate event from the birthday as it's significant in it's own right but also so that the out and out fun of a birthday bash doesn't become convoluted with the more solemn but joyful time of the baptism.
It's always good spending time just hanging out, chatting with family, generally catching up, and being in each other's lives again in a more immediate way but attending the LDS temple together draws out another important, spiritual aspect of our relationships. Having the San Diego Temple only twenty minutes drive (plus traffic!) from our home is a marked benefit to living here. Occasions such as these remind me how grateful I am for family and friends and all that they bring to my life!
... played some cricket ...
... enjoyed a tour of the Anza-Borrego Desert with friends ...
... and spent time together at the beach.