Dave, Steph, Cade, Ashley, Mikayla, Hailey, Valerie, & Ty

We may not have it all together, but togeth
er we have it all.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I have an awesome friend, Sarah, who takes amazing pictures! I like when she gets new outfits or thinks of new poses and she needs someone to try them out on. I volunteer my kids regularly. She can get their real personalities to shine forth. Most of the time the kids love having their own photo shoot.

Love the pettiskirt!

Hailey being Hailey! This was one of her many poses she had that night.

Valerie - she is a hard one to take pics of because she doesn't like to leave my legs.


This is so Cade

Shirley kids minus one!
I love this pic except Hailey was missing related to a temper tantrum.

Okay, so it is not always fun.

So cute!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Steph.

Stephanie knows I don’t really like this blog thing she does. But since it is her birthday, I thought she would be surprised if I left a comment. She enjoyed the lists posted by our sister in laws where they described things about themselves. She then asked what things I thought she would say about herself. I don’t know, but I will tell you some things I love about her.

She is happy. She has some big mood swings up and down but generally she is happy. When I come home from work after dealing with people who are very serious, I sometimes open the door and see her doing crazy things like clogging and clapping with a giant smile and sparkling eyes when there is no music playing. Suddenly the world seems less serious.

She is a loyal friend. Stephanie has had some good friends in her life. She stays in contact with most of them. She assumes the best of her friends actions and will do all she can to help them. I am grateful to be one of those friends.
She is without guile. We all know she can’t lie. But it is very painful to her to be deceiving in any way. She gets visibly nervous and unsettled. Don’t ask her to be the one to lure another to a place for a surprise party.

She lifts others up. She truly wants others to succeed and be happy. She doesn’t cut others down and can’t stand to be in the middle of personal conflicts of others. She just wants everyone to be happy and have a good time. Sometimes I think if she was raised by a less structured family she might have been a cross between a high achiever and a hippy. I know that doesn’t make sense, but I can’t think of another way to describe this part of personality right now.

She is a strong person. She does not like conflict and is perfectly content letting someone else take charge most of the time. However, if the situation involves something important to her she can take control of the situation without panicking. She can also become feisty if needed (she gets feisty in sports sometimes when not needed). This surprises some people who don’t really know her that well. I am lucky to have seen several examples of this. One of the most recent is when a man had stopped breathing and his heart had stopped. Once she realized no one else quite knew what to do, I watched her calmly and politely take control and got some help from others to perform cpr. For the next several days people kept telling me how impressed they were with the way she handled herself and the situation. I know she has done this type of thing countless times at work but I enjoyed seeing it for myself. I can see my sister in law nurses doing the same thing.
She is smart. Stephanie was somewhat of a perfectionist at school. This was good for me because she had scholarships at byu which saved us money. It was frustrating when she would ask me for help in classes like physics and math, and then get a higher score on the tests. She can memorize anything and she rarely makes mental mistakes when accomplishing a task.
She has a kind heart and is a good Christian. I am thankful for her nudges and reminders when I slack on my responsibility in areas like family home evening, family scripture study, and going to the temple. She doesn’t make correct choices to appear righteous. She does good things just because of the way she is. She is sincere. She is by nature not critical or judgmental of others. I picture heaven being full of people like this.

She is a great mother. She focuses all of these talents she has on our children. I hope they grow up to be like her.

I am sure she will disagree with some of the things I have said, but she tends to look for her faults rather that her positive attributes.

I hope you have a happy birthday. I love and admire you.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

BYU Homecoming tradition

What a fun weekend we had playing with Keller and Shirley cousins. Even though Mom & Dad Keller are out of the country we still managed to keep up the tradition and get the family together for a little fun. A big thanks to Grandma & Grandpa Shirley for letting so many extra Kellers (16 extra people slept at her house and many more stopped by to visit) stay at their house and enjoy the good food and Halloween party.

Cam & Erin stopped to stay with us on the way to Provo. Don't let Gavin fool you. He is not really asleep.

We were so glad that we made it through the whole game without getting rained or snowed on!

Ashley in her first ever BYU shirt.

Erin & Quicny

Todd & Jenn

Brandon & Sarah

The weather was crummy but the kids did not mind. They were happy not going anywhere but just hanging out and playing with cousins.

Having fun on the zip line!

Sunday dinner was a real treat. Rad & Wendy had us over for a pizza dinner. They just finished making a pizza oven in their backyard. I think they need to start a show. Wendy making pizza dough with her secret ingredients and tossing her dough and Rad cooking the pizza to perfection.

Mikayla and her look alike, Grandma Shirley.

We did not come home until Sunday night because the Highway was closed. How crazy is that? We came home to loads of snow. It was midnight and the kids were crazy with excitement. They were jumping on the trampoline and Dave was shoveling. It is only October. The leaves are still on the trees. It has since been a few days and the snow has not melted!

Friday, October 3, 2008


Mikayla wanted to help me cook dinner the other night. We had BLT's and she wanted to be in charge of the bacon. I had to leave and when I came back I saw her all decked out trying to avoid any grease splatters. Way to use your noggin Mikayla!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

3 Birthdays in 1 month!

Happy Birthday Valerie! Last week we celebrated Valerie's second birthday. How fast time has flown! The memory is still fresh even though it was 2 years ago. I was so glad I made it to the hospital in order to deliver 35 minutes later but I am still saddened I never got an epidural.

Valerie is such a little love bug. She talks non-stop even with a binki in her mouth. Her music teacher at church came up to me and told me she sang every word to "I am a child of God" in nursery. She is potty trained thanks to Hailey. Her latest trick is to climb out of her crib and sneak in bed with us. Not my favorite! We both seem to be tired in the morning after multiple trips back to her crib. She is so cuddly though and I love that!

We love you precious Valerie!

Notice we had cupcakes again for her birthday party. I made mint brownies per children's request but decided they might not be such a hit when Hailey saw my green frosting in the bowl and said, "Your going to put toothpaste on the brownies?"