The Evolution Continues

As Alysen stated earlyier we celebrated Fathers Day this weekend instead of last week due to girls camp.Alysen and the kids surprised me with the best gift/news I could have received.


Happy Fathers Day Daddy!
Dad is so excited, #4
The boys are already in love

The beginning


The Evolution of our Family

Change is fun, surprising, and many times not noticed until we look back

Pre Wedding

Christmass with Wyatt

Our Boys

We got our little girl!

Christmas 2006

Shampoo Princess

I got home from girls camp yesterday. It was a lot of fun but I was very glad to be back with my kiddos and husband. While I was talking with Dane, Gracie comes walking into the kitchen with shampoo all over her hands. Apparently daddy has had problems all week with his little princess getting into our shower and playing with the shampoo. As soon as we saw her, daddy was obviously frustrated and a little miffed and she quickly understood she may be in trouble. However I had been gone all week and did not know this was a reoccurring problem and immediately started to laugh. This action quickly informed our little princess that she would not be in trouble and she turned from concerned with daddy to jubilant and happy with mommy.

Gracie while daddy was mad

Realising mommy thinks this is funny
Laughing with mom


Happy Fathers Day

Our family was not fully able to celebrate "Fathers Day" yet. Dane was asked to be at girls camp this weekend with many of our "ward daughters". Because of this we will be celebrating our daddy next weekend, but to all of those fathers, grandfathers, and futures out there we wish you all a Happy Fathers Day.


Fathers are wonderful people
too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
as often as we should...

For, somehow, Father seems to be
the man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
and nurses all our ills...

And Father struggles daily
to live up to "his image"
As protector and provider
and "hero of the scrimmage"...

And perhaps that is the reason
we sometimes get the notion
That Fathers are not subject
to the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad's heart,
where no one else can see,
You'll find he's sentimental
and as "soft" as he can be...

But he's too busy every day
in the gruelling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
to his partner and his wife...

But Fathers are just wonderful
in a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
and accolades of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires
to fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
and to bring them happiness...

And like Our Heavenly Father,
he's a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on
to be always on our side.
We LOVE our Daddy!


Broken Arm

While on vacation last week, Jesse had an accident in which he rolled the kids quad over the top of him. He complained a bit and defiantly favored that arm, but there was no swelling and when we would push on his arm he never showed any discomfort. We decided it must be bruised or sprained and went on with the vacation. Yesterday after watching him run and play in the irrigation, he is still favoring that arm, we decided to take him in and have it looked at. As we showed up for x-rays, the “technician” came in with his best Hulk Hogan haircut minus the bandanna. That’s right; he was totally bald except for the long mangy mullet around the sides. Needless to say Jesse was a little scared of him and even told Alysen he thought he was a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean. So when Jesse was less than impressed with this guy he proceeded to argue with Alysen over how to be more friendly and loving to our terrified little boy. After much arguing he left and was replaced with some more patient and loving “technicians”. Indeed the arm is BROKEN. We were informed there was a small break in the arm and sent off to have it put into a cast. It took much convincing but I think Jesse was starting to come around to the idea that a cast might be “cool”. However, when we arrived at the cast doctor, he informed us that the small break was just under his left shoulder and that casting the arm would not stabilize anything but would add weight to his shoulder and potentially hurt it even more. Our only option was to put his arm in a sling for three weeks and keep him from any and all activities that will potentially keep it from healing. In English that means no jumping on the trampoline, no running, and absolutely no rough housing with dad or brothers? Jesse is so frustrated and angry at his sling and the things that it prohibits and it has not even been 24 hours yet?

Jesse showing where the break is

The Break is just under the shoulder socket

"The Break"

The Sling


Zion Ponderosa Vacation

Well we are back, and let me say it is good to be home. Our family spent the last week just outside of Zions National Park in Southern Utah. There was 25 of us (10 adults and 15 children) all in a 5 bedroom 3000 sf cabin. There were a few feuds (Bob & Brett style) but for the most part a great time was had, and definitely memories made. Here are a few pictures of our adventures.

Inside Zions National Park

The park was absolutely beautiful. Stunning views, lots of wildlife and fun tunnels. There was a shuttle that took us all over the park to the places cars were not allowed.

This was a view of the park from the first lookout

This tunnel was drilled right through the rock and was 1.1 miles long with no lights

The deer in the park would almost walk right up to you, the kids loved this.

This was one of the canyon walls, the boys called it the bridge

This was a view from the bottom of the park coming out

Our last stop in the park, Gracie was sound asleep by this point

The Ranger

The ranger was definitely a hit with the kids and adults, we only had one accident with the quads, Jesse went for a ride with one of his cousins and while they were turning, Jesse hit the gas and shot the quad up onto the road bankment and flipped the quad on top of them. The quad landed on Jesse's head, but luckily he was wearing a helmet and suffered miner damages. I think he might have had a mild concussion, but everyone is OK.

The kids loved going for rides on the ranger

Zip Line & Rock Wall

They had a huge zip line that went from the roof top of one of the barns down about 200 yards. Wyatt loved it and went over and over, Jesse tried, he got out on the ledge three different times but ended up backing off and skipping the fun. Dane's "fear of heights" kept him from trying, but i showed off and represented very well.

Wyatt in his zip line gear

Wyatt getting ready to jump

Away he goes

Showing off

Wyatt climbing the wall

At the top

So much fun!

Where we spent most our time

The pool was very fun and relaxing, the boys loved the pool slides and especially the hot tub. We went to the pool almost every day, and because of daylight savings time it we also went most evenings. Lots of fun.

Wyatt on the rock slide

Dane would toss Wyatt over and over, Wyatt could have done this all day!

Just hanging out