Sunday, June 15, 2008

{Father's Day}

Happy Father's Day everyone!! What can I say - I am surrounded by good men in my life so this is a great day to show them how much they mean to me.

Growing up I didn't understand why people would say "oh, your poor Dad!" when they found out he had 5 girls and no sons! Now with all boys, I understand!! You love your kids for sure but boy are boys different than girls, and vice verse!

My Dad has so many great qualities - he is hardworking, dependable, a strong priesthood holder with an undeniable testimony. He loves the outdoors, he would take us on fun camping trips and on lots of hikes growing up. He loves to garden and has a huge, amazing garden in his backyard that I get lots of goodies from without doing any work! I am so glad to live close to my dad again, he is such a fabulous grandfather to my boys and such a great example to them. He tells them coyote stories in the dark at night and lets them have sleepovers in the tent in the backyard. He takes them on hikes and lets them roast marshmallows in the backyard.

Rhett and Grandpa Flake at the Arizona Temple Lights - Dec 2003

Cody, Rhett, Grandpa Flake - Feb 2004

My Dad and I- June 1980
Another great Father in my life is my Father-in-law Gene! Wow was I so lucky to marry into such an amazing family with such sweet in-laws! You have never seen a man with a more positive attitude than Gene. He always look for the good in the situation or person. He is full of energy, always willing to help with any kind of project - he just jumps on in. He can build anything! He is amazing, no project is too big!
When it comes to grandchildren he just jumps right in! He wrestles with them, throws them around, and lets them crawl all over him when he's sitting on the couch! He is such an example to me of a good father and I am so thankful my husband grew up with him as his father. It's hard living far away but we love all the visits he and Cassie make to see us. The boys pray that they can go to Grandma and Grandpa Ashton's house at every meal prayer and nightly prayer!

Hiking with Gene and Cassie and Dustin and April's Family - Jan 2006

Grandpa Ashton & Rhett in our first home - Jan 2004

Gene Ashton Family - Summer of 2001 (I'm 8m preg with Rhett) 18 grandkids have been born since then!!

Now on to my sweet hubby! He is such a great father to his three boys and they love him beyond belief! He comes home from a long day of work and as soon as he's out of his work clothes the kids are ready to jump on the trampoline with him, wrestle, play football, or anything else that involves lots of energy!

He tells the best bedtime stories, the kids beg for them every night. The boys love going grocery shopping with Cody, he is sure to buy lots of sugar cereal and ice cream! Cody is super-dad, helping me change diapers and give the kids baths at night. He is the love of my life and a hero in his boy's eyes.

Rhett, Cody, Ethan - November 2005

Christmas 2005

Rhett and Daddy in Lyman, WY - 2003
The boys were so excited to give their Dad some presents and sing to him in church today. Then tonight we had my family over and I made dinner - it turned out so good. I tried out some new recipes. I made this pork roast and these potatoes. Both were delish so I thought I'd put them on here is anyone's looking for some new recipes. Hope everyone else had a great day.


The Cowand Family said...

It sounds like you guys had a great Father's Day! How wonderful that you have such great dads in your life.

Tanner Fam said...

What a great tribute.

The Biancamano Buzz said...

Hey missy! What great memories you have and ones you are making!!

Tiffani said...

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful family! I love all the pictures...old and new of the dads in your life. :)