The annual "Reindeer Run" is quite a big deal at the elementary school and the boys were all worked up about it. Ethan got off to a fast start and was excited to take 3rd place for 1st grade.
Rhett ran hard too, but stopped to help a boy who fell down and so by the time he started running again he was behind most of the kids. He crossed the finish line with tears in his eyes, because he had been so sure he was going to win. The PE teacher had seen what had happened and gave Rhett a prize, that was sweet of him. That is true Rhett form, he is so tender-hearted. Cody and I joked that if someone had fallen in front of Ethan he would have stepped on his back and kept running, he is so competitive.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Christmas Eve PJ's from Grandma & Grandpa Ashton!
Waiting on the steps on Christmas morning....so excited to come and see what Santa brought...
Wrestling with cousins.....and even the big boys get in on the action.....
Although it was a difficult Christmas to get through because of the loss of Bridger and M'Gwire, we spent lots of time together as a family and continued the traditions that make Christmas so special. We are so thankful for the birth of The Savior and for the perfect life he lived as an example to us.
On our drive up to Utah the boys couldn't wait to play in the snow. Every gas station, bathroom break, and restaurant we stopped at had to include playtime in the snow (no matter how dirty it was). We loved meeting Sam and Melissa at Cafe Rio in Orem.
On December 18th we got a heartbreaking call from Cody's father Gene that four of Teri's kids (Cody's oldest sister) had been in a car accident. Snowy icy roads caused Ashlyn who was driving to spin and end up in front of oncoming traffic. M'Gwire passed away on the scene, and Bridger was life flighted to SLC, and Ashlyn and Savanah were taken to another hospital. Cody was able to fly out that night and we were devestated to hear that Bridger was not going to make it. We all drove up to Logan a few days later and were able to be together as we remembered and buried these two sweet little boys who we will never forget.
The town came together and wrapped the Ferguson family in their arms as so many flowers, gifts, donations, meals, acts of service, and other thoughtful things were done for their family. As we left the chapel where funeral services were held and went on to the cemetery, they released hundreds of balloons into the air.
M'Gwire Ethan Ferguson was born June 29, 2003.
M'Gwire was the youngest of four brothers. Anyone who met M'Gwire would never forget the sparkle in his eye, the radiant smile on his face, and his tender, soft-spoken voice.
M'Gwire loved being outdoors, no matter what the weather was. If it snowed, he was always the first one to get his snow gear on and go out to play in it. If it was sunny, he would ride his bike around in circles. Even though he was the youngest and smallest of his brothers, he never saw himself that way. He thought that he could do anything they could do, jumping bikes, snowmobiling, football, basketball or anything else. He couldn't wait until next year when he would be old enough to participate in full contact football like his older brothers. He was small but mighty and he aimed to prove it.
In spite of his competitive nature, he had a heart as big as all outdoors towards his sisters and was always helping them and loving them. He especially had a tender spot for his baby sister Marisa. He was her constant companion, playmate, and endless protector. No matter what, Marisa could do no wrong in his eyes.
Having eight brothers and sisters, M'Gwire stood out as the peacemaker in our home, where he was often found trying to make everyone happy. He always enjoyed and found comfort in sneaking into Mom and Dad's bed in the middle of the night.
Words can't express how much we will miss these sweet boys. Rhett and Ethan include them in their prayers at night and have pictures of their cousins in their room. Their favorite memory about Bridger is that he would always teach them how to wrestle and play with them. Bridger was so energetic and always up for anything. Ethan is M'Gwire's age and he loved to play with him when we came to Utah. M'Gwire was so sweet and had the most beautiful eyes. We are so thankful for The Plan of Salvation and the knowledge that we will be together again. Below are some other pictures I have of the boys.