How it all began...

Dusty and I met just after his mission in 2003. We both had our seperate little plans for our lives and then it happened-we started living our own fairy tale. Our courtship seemed to be just that for me; it was something I had always dreamed about and it turned out to be even better than I had imagined. And then ten months later, it got even better as we became three. Rhiannon has been such a joy to us and each day she brings us even more laughter. It was only another two short years and our little buddy Cy came along. A few short years after that our baby Brittain became a part of our family. There never has been, and I am sure never will be, anything in life that brings me more joy than my children and my husband. I truly feel that I am living a fairy tale (well...most days!)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Once in a life time...

Cutting Grandpa's hair.
Grandma helping.
Snip, snip, snip.
Finished! Pretty snazzy huh.
It's not very often a three year old girl gets permission to cut her Grandpa's hair! She had a blast.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Sunshine Makes Me Happy!

I just wanted to post a few pictures from our sunshiney weekend.
Always posing!
Look at that...Cy, you know you're not supposed to have pop.

Book of Mormon Stories

Tonight Rhiannon, Cy, and myself were all sitting together in the front room enjoying a nice chat about life while Dust was outside taking care of some ward business. The kids were in their pjs and it was a little past their bed time. It didn't look like Dusty was coming in any time soon so I suggested to the kids that perhaps I should get them to bed tonight. Now you have to understand the routine in our house: Dusty ALWAYS rocks the kids before bed. It's been his time alone with them because he isn't able to have many moments like that during the day.

So the ritual always begins with each of the kids choosing two songs that Dusty sings with them as he rocks each one individually. Then, he tells a story from his mission to England just before they lay down to sleep. My motherly duties end right after scripture study and prayer and then we part our ways as they make the trek upstairs to have daddy put them to bed. It's truly one of the most precious things I have ever witnessed! Even though it makes me feel terrible when they cry for daddy if I ever have to substitute, I am willing to take the blow as I know how much this daddy time means to each of them.

Anyway, back to the kids and I are chatting and I suggest that it's getting late and I may have to take them up to rock them Rhiannaon, being the intuitive little thinker that she is begins stalling. She's like, "Mommy, you wanna hear the song I'm gonna choose for daddy to sing to me tonight?" Because of the sweetness of her tone, I couldn't resist. And so she began singing Book of Mormon Stories. She sang the first verse nearly word for word---and then the second verse began (posted above). I was laughing hysterically by the end of the song. I asked her where she learned that version and she just smiled and said, "That's what Daddy sings to me!"

When Dusty finally got inside I asked him where he had learned that verse of the song and he told me he had to make it up one night impromtu. One night he sang the first verse to her and that didn't seem to be good enough. She told him that there was more to the song and because he didn't know it, he just made it up. I thought it was totally creative; so creative, in fact, that I didn't believe that he made it up. (So if any of you have indeed heard it before, please clue me in.) I am so grateful that my children have such fabulous father figure in their lives. I love ya Dust. I thought this was an absolute documentable moment and I couldn't wait to share it with all of you.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

True friends are difficult to find, hard to leave, and impossible to forget.

Cy and his adorable friend Haley.
He is going to miss her tons!
Too bad their family trees connect because they'd be such a cute little couple ;) This weekend had been one of change for us. Some of our best friends in the whole world left Pocatello to start their lives in Preston today. We are so happy for them as they are getting their "life-after-Pocatello" started, but we are going to miss them terribly. Dusty and I have been talking about how hard it is to see friends that you grow to love leave the area when we still have over a year left here. We know that we will remain life time friends, but it just won't be the same in Avalon Park without them. I keep trying to convince her to blog but she hasn't quite caught that blogging fever yet, but it's bound to happen sooner or later right?
On a more positive note, we did get to see some friends that we haven't seen for a while yesterday. Victoria brought her kids by yesterday and it was SO good to see them. Em and Adam are getting so big and so dang cute! It was so good to see you guys. Let me know how Joe likes your hair Victoria! ;) I didn't get any picture because I was so busy doing hair...I hate it when that happens!