A little over a week ago, Finn was finally baptized. For awhile we were undecided on where to do it... back home where all our family could attend, or a small private ceremony with just the godparents in Utah. Well when you pick some of your closest friends to be the Godparents, an epic weekend together in Salt Lake City wins out!
Our friends TJ & Erin live in San Diego; but, we try to get together about once a year. They have the sweetest little girl (Madison) just a year younger than Liam & another one the way (exciting news we received that weekend!). Our vacations together have changed drastically since our pre-children days; yet, they still seem to be filled with nearly endless cocktails & just as many laughs. Perhaps bedtime just comes along a bit sooner. Back when choosing Godparents for Liam, Conor & decided to give the honor to friends outside of the family. Being an aunt or uncle already comes with it's own special relationship, so we love to create another bond with those that are close to us. I have no doubt that TJ & Erin will be a wonderful influence and a great support throughout Finn's life!
We scheduled his baptism for 10am on a Saturday which may have been a poor choice. We tried to sneak in a trip to the waffle truck beforehand and then assumed we would still have plenty of time to ready two toddlers and the little prince himself. Spoiler alert: we did not! Liam was refusing to put on a shirt while I attempted to squeeze Finn into his baptismal gown. This gown was worn by my dad, myself, & now my boys. It has become a family heirloom. I cannot wait to keep passing it on down. It's absolutely beautiful; Finn looked so regal in it! Anywhoo, we were nearly 10 minutes, and I was so worried the Deacon wouldn't think we were taking the event seriously. Luckily, our Deacon got caught up in a weekend project and was extremely late himself. Phew! We used our extra time to take pictures while everyone was happy & fit in one last nursing session to ensure a happy baby!
The ceremony was wonderful. Finn was perfectly content and actually enjoyed the water. I was slightly worried about not having another adult on hand that was not involved to help keep the toddlers in order, but there were no big issues. Liam & Madison ran around & chatted constantly just as you would expect little toddlers to do, but our Deacon was very sweet about the whole thing. He told us to let them be children. I loved his relaxed approach and felt much at ease during the baptism.
The rest of the weekend we celebrated our sweet little boy with some beers at Oktoberfest at Snowbird (round 1 of many, I am sure) & a trip the farmer's market the following morning. The friendship between Liam & Madison is ever growing. Those two were adorable to watch all weekend! I look forward to many family vacations together in the future. Cheers to such a wonderful weekend with friends & such a beautiful welcoming of Finn into the Catholic Church!