, , , , ,

For a year now Gwen has frequently said the phrase, “Gavin is almost a man!” When she wasn’t saying that she would put her two index fingers up next to each other and in her best Valley girl voice would say, “He’s eleven!”


Now Gavin is twelve and has been given the responsibilities of a man. What happened to my baby?

Sunday was an extra special day. Birthdays are always special occasions but milestone birthdays that land on Sundays are extra special. After all the fanfare of fireworks and celebrating the Nation’s birthday, Gavin celebrated his own birthday on Sunday. While Grandma C, Gwen, Parker, and I went to the Oakland Temple grounds, Gavin met with the Bishop.

In Sacrament Meeting the Bishop called Gavin up to the pulpit. The Bishop said he had interviewed Gavin and found him worthy to receive the Aaronic Priesthood and ordain him to the office of Deacon. The audience was asked to sustain the action or oppose if they chose to. I noticed Gavin never did vote. He’s supposed to vote for himself. The Bishop didn’t notice and didn’t say anything.

Then Gavin was asked to recite his favorite Article of Faith. He recited the 5th:

We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

Tradition in our Ward congregation is that after the graduating Primary student recites an Article of Faith of their choosing, they choose one for the Bishop to recite. Gavin had Bishop Black recite the 12th:

We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

Gavin was so funny. He was turned toward the Bishop almost the whole time as if they were having their own personal conversation and the rest of us were flies on the wall watching. After the Bishop recited his Article of Faith he told Gavin, “We won’t tell anyone that I have the scriptures opened to the Articles of Faith up here!”

Heath conferred the Aaronic Priesthood on Gavin during Deacon’s Quorum meeting during the last hour of church. I took advantage of that opportunity to not return to Primary but to go to Relief Society with my moms after the blessing.

There wasn’t enough time for Gavin to learn the Sacrament passing routes during class since class time was cut short. The boys will meet this Sunday morning for Gavin to learn the routes. I don’t think it has sunk in yet that he will be passing the Sacrament with the other boys this Sunday!

I have been fine with every age Gavin has been until now. This whole turning 12 and receiving the priesthood thing is a bit overwhelming for me. I know if I blink he will be 18 and receiving the Melchizedek priesthood preparing to serve a mission. Maybe I shouldn’t blink. Gavin’s cousin Garrett was recently ordained an elder and received the Melchizedek priesthood. Yep, I really shouldn’t blink.

Gavin’s birthday is always preceded by fireworks and celebrating the 4th of July. Since his birthday fell on a Sunday this year we let him choose the meals for both the 4th and 5th. He loves tri tip and all the carb laden foods that we usually eat with it. But he loves his dad’s homemade burgers better. So we did tri tip on the 4th and burgers on his birthday. He could not have been happier than he was with mustard dripping down his chin.

Gavin-birthday,-gazebo,-and-curtains-004After dinner we did the whole gift part of the celebration. Gavin is a pain to give gifts to. He and his dad are two peas in a pod. They don’t want much. Just expensive computer software. It’s really hard to shop for these two. After much head banging we came up with a couple ideas for Gavin that also allowed him to have something to open. This picture in particular reminds me of pictures I took of Heath on his first birthday after we were married. Both Heath and Gavin have this overly done smile of excitement. They are two peas in a pod and they make me laugh.


Parker very sweetly drew a picture of Darth Vader for Gavin.


Gavin painstakingly opened every card and gift. We were shouting at him to just rip it already! This was the card I made for him announcing that we would buy him new running shoes. I also put in a charm from Fitness Finders. They give me so many extra charms when I order the feet. This was a runner charm. Gavin claimed it was adorable. His words. This kid is too much!


Grandma W talked Garrett into giving Gavin something special for his birthday. Garrett gave him a t-shirt he wore when he won a race. That’s pretty significant. Grandma and Grandpa gave Gavin a new shirt and shorts to run in. They are made of special fabric that helps keep him cool as he runs. They also gave him the book titled The Perfect Mile.


Grandma C gave him a tie and tie tack for church. She also gave him cash. Gavin was pretty excited about that because he also got cash from Grandma Holmes.

Grandma W made the gooiest chocolate cake ever. We put candles in it and sang to Gavin.

Gavin was extremely lucky to have the dates work out for him to go to Scout Camp. The next morning, mere hours after he officially turned 12, he drug himself out of bed to go camping. We have missed him ever since.

He probably was rained on today and I hope there weren’t any thunderstorms nearby. His Scout leader who is also our home teacher called Monday night. Heath freaked out a little when he saw the caller ID. The call was nothing to worry about. It was just to inform us that some of the leaders needed to be home for Saturday. So some kids may be dropped off at their houses in the middle of the night! If we didn’t get a knock on the door at 1:00 am we could assume Gavin would be home Saturday afternoon as originally planned.

It’s strange not having Gavin around. I watch Gwen and Parker play together and I think this must be what it’s like to only have two kids. It’s an aching-someone-is-missing sort of feeling. When they fight I miss Gavin’s glares. I just miss that boy. Every time we eat I get out a cup for him even if I’m thinking of how weird it is to be a family of four. Old habits die hard.

Not only are Gwen and Parker Frenemies, they have a symbiotic relationship. Gwen has been sleeping in Parker’s bed since Gavin left. Parker sleeps in Gavin’s bed. He agreed to let Gwen sleep in his bed because Parker misses Gavin so much he doesn’t want to be in that room alone. Gwen still hasn’t forgiven us for not giving her a sister. So score for her she gets to have a roommate for a week. She has agreed to keeping the light off in favor of simply being allowed to sleep in the boys’ room. Wins all around.