Paul, Kristen. Brayden, Kaiden, Akoy, Kove and Baby Lainie

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Summer went by so fast, especially August with everything that happened with my dad. I will catch up in the next few posts with the first day of school and the rest of our summer pictures......

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My Birthday

Kaiden's and Brayden's first day of school was before my birthday but I added all my pics before I realized that I hadn't done that post yet. I'm too lazy to delete all these pictures and then wait for them to upload, SO the First Day of School post will follow.....Sorry

It would have been ok with me to skip my birthday all together, with everything that happened with my dad. My great family and friends had other ideas though.....

I missed about a week of work being at the hospital with my dad, funeral arrangements and being with my family. When I came back to work on the Friday before my birthday, my wonderful friend Letecia and her cute kids had decorated my office. All the girls at work pitched in and gave me lots of fun presents, a cake AND a ticket to Nickelback!!!! so I could go with Letecia, her sister and her friends. I was SO excited!!! Marci came and visited me and work and gave me one of the best gifts ever!! A cook book that she made with her's and her families recipes AND 3 frozen meals. I know it sounds funny, but I was sooo excited. I have been waiting forever to get some of Marci's recipes in a book, she is such a great cook. The frozen meals were a bonus!!! One of my best friends growing gave me the cutest FaMiLY plate a few days before my b-day and it is just perfect! I LOVE all my friends, (and Paul's friends and their wives) they have been so great through everything.

We weren't going to do anything big on my birthday but Paul thought my mom might want us to bring cake over to her house, instead of inviting everyone over to ours, since my mom didn't really want to go anywhere. She thought it was a great idea, so we picked up a cheese cake and had a small, low key party. JJ and his girlfriend were so great to pick up some some balloons and other fun party things for my mom.

Later that night, Mandi, Dave, their kids, Paul, I and our kids, went to dinner with my dad. It was a good birthday!

Brayden's 16th Birthday!!!

Brayden turned 16 on the 14th, while we were in the hospital with my dad, so he didn't get a "real" birthday. (Actually, I told him earlier we could do something with a bunch of his friends but he wasn't too excited about that so I guess it all worked outs ok) Paul took him to lunch that day and my cute neighbor had her son and Kaiden make him a cake. (I have the best neighbor's ever!) His grandma and grandpa gave him an older jeep of their's so he is out driving on his own (watch out!)

If I had a choice of stepsons, I would have chosen Brayden. He is a great kid! He hasn't been the typical teenager that everyone worries their child is going to turn into. He is very responsible, doesn't back talk, (maybe just to Paul, once in a while) a really hard worker (He has been working since he was 15 and I know his employers LOVE him) and just a mellow teenager. HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY BRAYDEN!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Dad

On August 15 my dad passed away from complications he sustained in a tractor accident. Even as I sit and type this, it doesn't seem real to me. He was so strong and tough that I never imagined a time that he wouldn't be here, especially not this early in life. (He was only 63 and had just retired in May). I still think that he is just on a long vacation and will be coming home soon.....

My mom married my dad when I was almost five and my sister was 2. From the very beginning, we called him dad and there was never a time that I didn't feel like I was his own daughter. Even when my brothers came along, I never felt like he played favorites. I knew he was proud of all of us just the same. The funny thing was, even though we came from divorced parents and went with my dad every other weekend, I didn't think my family was any different. I had a "real family" just like everyone else. I have always been grateful to my dad for taking on my sister and I but I think I have realized even more though, what an amazing thing he did, the last few years as I have been trying to blend my own little family. It really isn't that easy to take on kids that aren't your own, to try to be fair, to not play favorites and to love them as much as you do your own. My dad did it though, and made it seem so easy.

My dad taught me so many things throughout my life, he was one of the wisest persons that I have ever known or will probably ever know. He taught all of us to be hard workers. He taught us by his great example, he was a true "farm boy" and knew what hard work was. Sometimes he would tease us,when one of us did something dumb, and say "What are you, a subdivision kid?" We knew he was only kidding though, because he joked around with us a lot. I think that's one of the biggest things I will miss about my dad. He was always teasing and joking around. I think I might have gotten it a little more than everyone else though. I'm not sure if it was because I was an easy target or just took it better than anyone else. I loved it though, because I knew that was one of the ways he showed us he loved us.

There are so many things I can say about my dad....I know I would not be where I am today without him. He taught all of us that our word was one of the most important things we had. I always knew that if I wanted someone to be honest and blunt with me, I could go to me dad and he would tell me what he thought. A lot of times I needed that and I loved that he would do that for me. He showed us through the love and sacrifices he made, that family was one of the most important things ever. I could say without a doubt, that I knew my family would be there for me whenever I needed them. My dad taught us to be there for each other. He and my brothers were best friends, that is the neatest thing to me. He would rather spend time with them than any of his friends. He had a lot of friends too. Even though he had this tough exterior, people wanted to be his friend...I think they felt special to be his friend because he didn't let just anyone into his life.

I think the kind of man my dad was, really shows through my mom, my two little brothers, my sister and I. My dad was so proud of all of us, the way the 4 of us turned out and the adults we had become but it really is because of how he raised us...I owe so much to my dad and the only way I will be able to show him is by living the way he taught me to live........To work hard, and to teach my kids to be hard workers, (as hard as it may be sometimes) to be honest, humble, to love my family more than anything, to make life fun and make the most of the life I have been given.

I am going to miss my dad so much!! I am so grateful that he is my dad and for all that he taught me! I am so grateful for the Atonement and Eternal families, I know that I will see him again some day. There have been soooo many people that have been there for our family during this past month. Thank you to all of our friends, family, neighbors and others that have helped us in so many different ways!!!