Saturday, April 13, 2013


Beckett LOVES Carter. It is amazing to see how he watches Carter and tracks his movements. He will laugh if Carter makes a silly noise, or makes a funny face - even if it is not directed at him (which it usually isn't). Even just a poke in the belly, or the touch of his big bald head, will insight laughter.

Carter really loves him back. He begs every night for his brother to share a room with him. I try it out for a few minutes, but it never works. Beckett just screams. Last night the screaming stopped. Carter was talking to him and trying to make him "Giggle". Later I heard a muffled screaming as I realized Carter had put another blanket in the crib - over his brother's face. One of my biggest fears with them sharing a room.

He is able to calm him in the car as well. Although he usually just covers his ears to ignore his screaming.

We made a race car out of this box & Carter really wanted Beckett to ride in it with him. Beckett did not want to leave Daddy's arms, so he was a little put out...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

4 months

Beckett is 4 months old now. He is a little chunk. The doctor took one look at him and said to me: "You are obviously starving the kid." 

He weighs in at just over 18 lbs, and still in 100% for head size! As my friend calls him - my Double Stuff Mini Me (because of his likeness to Carter).

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Stroller Skating

Today we went roller skating. But, not just any roller skating - Stroller Skating. They allow strollers and it is for kids 8 and under. 

Carter insisted he wear the full protection. We made him take David's knee pads off because they were falling down his legs and tripping him.

Mid-way through, they all got together and played Hokey-Pokey, Chicken Dance, and Macarena. 

At the end, the kids all got a slushy. It was a lot of fun.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter and the Resurrection

Teaching children about the Resurrection is tough. Easter is a very deep celebration, dealing with death and life. Often times we gloss over the death and go straight to the life. It is easier. 

This picture above is me and my paternal grandfather - Lawrence Everrett Faulkner. I have a few memories with him, he died while I was still a child. Most of my memories are visiting him at the various nursing homes he lived in.

This morning at breakfast, Carter said to me. "I saw a man. He was dressed in white. He had a white tie, and a white belt, and a white thing on his arm - I don't know what it was." I asked him if the man said anything to him. "No. He didn't do anything." I asked him if he knew the man's name. "It started with an L, and he had 2 Rs in his name. And a K." Then, he tried multiple variations of the man's name, but none of them sounded like a name. Carter often tells me about his dreams. They are usually about cars and Daddy.

I have to wonder if the man Carter saw watching over him was my grandpa - known by most as Larry. March 31st is the anniversary of his baptism. I also wonder if that had any significance. 

I tried to show pictures of my grandpa to Carter. However, the pictures I have are of him as an old man, like above. We believe that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, we will get our bodies back in perfect form. If Carter did see my grandpa, he would have seen him as a young man. I will have to search for a picture of him as a young man.