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To My Husband On (his 3rd) Father’s Day

To my husband on his 3rd Father's Day

Dear Justin,

Thank you so much for being the father of my children. I couldn’t have asked for a better man.

To my husband on his 3rd Father's Day

Sometimes, it’s still hard to imagine that we are parents of two children! But, you have handled it with grace–especially during the first few months of each child’s birth when I was an emotional wreck.

From the very first time I saw you interact with your nieces and nephews, I knew you’d be a good father and you haven’t let me down yet. I am so grateful that for the vast majority, we are on the same page with parenting. You are very supportive in how I want to raise the kids. You are a rock when I’m having a hard time.

I am so grateful for the Saturdays that you give me–watching the kids all day so I can spend hours on end at Starbucks or the library trying to play catch up with the blog and freelancing. I am so grateful for the mornings you give me on weekends, taking Evelyn and Rhys and letting me sleep in more, even though you still get up before me on weekdays. I know I take advantage of you at night sometimes when Evelyn wakes up demanding a bottle. But, you get up and feed her anyway.

I am very lucky that you were with me for both Rhys’s and Evelyn’s births. You don’t know how much that meant to me. Especially when I was getting an epidural since I know you don’t like needles, especially in the spinal area. You were a comfort and a motivator. You gave me the courage and confidence to go through with labor.

You are so gentle with both of our kids. When you cuddle with them, my heart melts. I know you say you could just lay down cuddling your kids all day, and I’d love to give you that opportunity (if only our kids would acquiesce). I am so happy that you want to share your passions and childhood with our children. I love seeing how excited you and Rhys get about Pokemon and Mario. I love that you want to share with him your favorite Disney movies. And that time we played with the paper airplanes? I had so much fun just watching you and Rhys. And when you play with Evelyn, it is just so adorable. I know she already has you wrapped around her little finger and can’t wait to see what ends you’ll go to to make her happy the older she gets.

Do you realize just how much your kids adore you? When asked “Who’s the best?”, Rhys will still say “Daddy.” He wants to include you in everything he does. “Rhys and Daddy play Wii-U.” “Rhys and Daddy go swimming.” “Rhys and Daddy pow-pow bad guys.” “Rhys and Daddy make waffles.” There are many times during the day that he’ll ask me, “Where Daddy go?” And when I say, “At work, he’ll be back for dinner,” he first responds “oh..” sadly, then “ok!” excited for dinner time. His face just lights up whenever he plays with you.

I can’t wait for you to teach him more–play sports with him, help him with his math homework, show him how to respect his priesthood, guide him through scouts, encourage him to go on a mission, teach him how to treat women. You will do a great job raising a respectful young man.

Even at six months old, Evelyn absolutely loves you. You are her hero. She smiles whenever she sees you. She wants to be constantly touching you, especially your beard. When you come home, she recognizes that and just absolutely gushes. I am so happy you get to have bonding time with her feeding her and putting her to bed. I know sometimes now she prefers me to do so, but she will definitely become a Daddy’s girl soon–I can feel it.

I can’t wait for you to teach her more–play sports with her, help her with her math homework, do tea parties, rescue the princess, go on daddy-daughter dates with her, interrogate her boyfriends, teach her a strong work ethic, encourage her to do STEM (if she wants), give her away (hopefully not for at least 20 years!!). You will do a great job raising a smart young woman.

I am so lucky to have you as my husband and as the father of my kids.

Happy 3rd Father’s Day, Justin!


Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Father’s Day Weekend

This weekend was full of fathers. On Saturday, my mother, father, Rhys, and I decided to go up to Aberdeen, Idaho to celebrate Father’s Day with the rest of my dad’s family. It was about a 4 hour drive from our house, to mom and dad’s house to Aberdeen. Rhys was a trooper the entire time–what a good boy, playing with his toys, drinking his bottle, and sleeping in the car. Justin decided to stay to go golfing and work on a few house projects that have been put off long enough (and now he’d be able to do it without a baby and a wife hanging on his legs).

We had lunch with my paternal grandparents, my aunt, and some of her kids. I love visiting with this family. My dad is the youngest in his family, and started a family later in his 20s, so all my cousins are in their late 30s. So, now that I’m an adult, and a married woman, and a mother, I feel I was able to join in their conversations.

Rhys is the youngest cousin and great-grandbaby on that side, so he was the center of attention.

Grandpa having more fun than Rhys with his toy motorcycle.

Rhys embracing his farmboy genes.

Playing Peek-a-boo with Cousin Corey’s hat

Telling Aunt Bobette a story

This is Rhys’s new thing–he’ll get up from a crawl to stand, but then realize he can look under his legs.
He also had so much fun playing with the cooler, taking ice out, trying to eat it, giving ice to everyone, taking water and soda out and then putting them back in.

We got back to Utah very late, but Rhys was such a champ the entire day. He was very well behaved and very social. And that was the first time he was meeting most of those relatives.

However, when we got back home at 10:40PM, we found Daddy coughing. He hadn’t been feeling well all day–after 6 whole months of Rhys and I being continually sick with sinus infection after sinus infection, Justin finally caught what we had.

So, we didn’t go to church yesterday, and stayed home taking care of Daddy. We also let Daddy stay in his pajamas, so we didn’t take any pictures.

But, to honor Justin for Father’s Day on this blog, I grabbed all of my favorite pictures of him and Rhys from this past year. Justin has been such an amazing father and husband this past year. He has been filled to the brim with patience when I have lost mine. He dotes on Rhys to no end. His eyes shine whenever Rhys smiles and acknowledges him. Rhys absolutely loves his daddy and already looks up to him. I am so glad to have Justin as the father of my children.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Happy Father’s Day & Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!
My Dad is my hero! He is a JAG for the Marine Corps. That means that he studies military law and is a lawyer for the marine corps, sometimes even advising generals and such with what is legal. He is also the power of attorney for many people. He has been a Marine all my life. However, last October, he retired. That is why my family is now in Farmington, Utah. But, does that mean my dad is done working law? Nope! He now works for a firm in Murray–law is his life, he loves it!
In 2004-2005, my dad went to Iraq to help train Iraqi lawyers how hold a court of due process. He has also been a part of many service drives for those children in Iraq. He once was in charge of one in Virginia that sent not only clothes, but also soccer supplies because he saw the children in Iraq loved soccer.  Read this article about him, it’s awesome!
My dad is a caring, quiet man. He is very modest. He thinks before he speaks by rubbing his hand over his scalp until he can think of the right words. He has taught my siblings and I countless moral lessons. He is a marathon runner, loves Hitchcock movies, sci-fi, John Grisham books, and hamburgers and potato salad. I try to be like him.
But, today, June 16th, is also my Mom’s birthday!
My mom and my sister Madison.
This has only happened once before in my life that Father’s Day and Mom’s birthday has been on the same day. They’ve told me they are going to have a big date tonight–time away from the kids to spend time alone with each other. 
Enjoy the day with each other!
One of their earliest pictures together. Aren’t they hot stuff?
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.