harvey's confirmation blessing & family in town!

 i already mentioned this, but we had family in town for elle's baptism & harvey's confirmation blessing, and it was SO fun to spend time together, and show them some of our favorite parts of nyc!

in church sunday morning, mike stood with a handful of the most important men in harvey's life and gave him a blessing. the sweetest blessing. in it, the words i remember most were about harvey's special, calming spirit, and how he should never be afraid to be himself- and to be different. what a special gift. i hope we're able to raise him to be himself. i can't wait to watch him as he grows. such a stud, that kid is. 

it was 85 degrees and 90% humidity that sunday (+ torrential rain for a bit). poor boy sweated to death in his little knit suit in mid-october:) 

a few other highlights while family was here were elle & jude having sleepovers in my parents' rental apartment (we attempted to sleep train-ish harvey, which was really just us moving him into the kids' cramped room!); we also made it to brooklyn to eat pizza & walk the bridge with mike's family. mike & i also snuck out saturday afternoon to rent citi bikes and bike the loop around central park! it was amazing! until the last 1/3 when we rode entirely uphill. so hot. and humid. and our legs were NOOOOOODLES for 48 hours after. also, mike took the week off work, which was amazing!!! 
jami, elle, bernie & brikelle in brooklyn.
getting a taxi as the rain started to pour sunday morning.
we are so thankful for the support of our family and friends. and patience with everyone we know at church who tolerated a weekend-o-petersens;) 

harvey penn, we love you, little man!


elle's baptism!

my parents, and mike's dad, his wife, and her youngest daughter flew in for the week around elle's baptism- it was a really exciting little weekend for our family. mike gave harvey a special blessing in church the following day... but more on that later. 

this day- the saturday of elle's baptism- was one that had been in the works for so long. in our church, you can get baptized when you turn 8. at that time, we believe you're accountable, and are mature enough to make such an important decision. i distinctly remember my baptism day: december 6, 1992 (i feel old). i was baptized in the same service as my very best friend, amanda, since our birthdays were a week apart. i remember the service, the little party at amanda's grandma's after, and a whole lot in between. (amanda and her parents were killed in a car crash when we were 11, so it's one of my most cherished memories from childhood.) it is crazy to realize it's highly likely elle will remember this day. 

we told elle this was also going to be her little birthday party, so she picked the theme and treats for after the baptismal service- the theme was rainbows, and she wanted a cake, pumpkin cookies (??), and rice crispy treats to share with her family & friends (there was going to be more, but let's be honest, i slowly started pitching things off the to-do list;) the goal for the day was to be simple (i swear it's the theme of my life)- somehow these things can tend to get so stressful! but all that aside, i think it turned out lovely. sweet. not flashy or elaborate. it was short and fun and special. elle said her baptism day was her "favorite memory from her childhood." ;) 
 it was really important to elle that we included some of her school friends, and my goodness, those girls and their moms were so kind and supportive in joining us for elle's special day!
 instead of a guestbook, elle picked out this darling book for everyone to write a note as they came in.

the actual service was really short and sweet- we asked the missionaries to share a few words, sang some songs, and tried to focus on the baptism and confirmation ordinances.
 instead of party favors, elle made each water bottle a little thank you note;) it was such fun  & easy project. jude ripped off labels, elle made the labels with construction paper, and i attached them to the bottles. go, team;)
it was a perfect morning to celebrate our girl, and my heart was bursting at the seams just thinking of how loved and special she is to us, and to so many others. aside from jude's frequent meltdowns and substantial early departure from the party, it was totally perfect;)


the most magical brunch!!!

long lost post! back in august my friend naomi hosted a brunch with oui at maman! the venue was literally breathtaking, and the food at maman (and yogurt) was amazing! the flowers were like nothing i've ever seen in-person- they rivaled any wedding i've ever attended! we even made our own flower bouquets on our way out the door- which i'll leave to the professionals for the future, but it was fun to pretend i knew what i was doing;) it was so fun to gather as girlfriends- old and new, chit-chat, and eat yummy food! 

some pictures from our afternoon...
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