Sunday, April 26, 2009

Happy 60th Dad!

This is my Dad. Kirby Lee Giles. Many of you have probably never met him. (What a shame.)
This may even be the first picture you have seen of him. (Aren't his glasses SWEET?)

Dad was born April 26, 1949, which would make him the big 60 today!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wish we could throw a huge embarrassing party for you.

Dad passed away 9 1/2 years ago after a six-month battle with cancer. Boy, do I miss him.
Let me tell you a few things about him:

He loved music.
He taught piano lessons for 25+ years.
He played the piano beautifully.
He made a mean Christmas morning breakfast.
He always had a Little Debbie's stash hidden somewhere (we always found it).
He could have been mistaken for a member of the FBI or bodyguard when he was outside because his glasses turned into sunglasses.
He loved learning.
He taught 6th grade.
He didn't get his wisdom teeth removed until he was 40-something.
He served his mission in Japan and was passionate about the people and culture.
He wrote great letters.
He would be the GREATEST grandpa in the world.
He had an amazing testimony of Jesus Christ.
He was such an example of good.
He led in his own quiet way.

He loved leftovers--sometimes to the point of:
"Dad. That looks disgusting. We ate that like 2 weeks ago."
"Oh hush. It's fine. " hehe

He drove slow.
He loved my mom dearly.
He worked hard and never gave up.
He had a flat bum and his pants had a hard time staying up. Especially in the summer when he worked outside in the yard a lot.
He told corny jokes.
He was frugal.
He had really white legs.
He was thoughtful.
He expected us kids to always do our best.
He snored.
He loved traveling new places.
He loved the arts. He was always taking our families to plays, etc.
He was the best dad I could've asked for.

He would've LOVED playing with all the grand kids. I know before he passed away, when asked if he had any regrets, he only replied, "That I won't live to be a Grandpa." He has soon-to-be 13 grandchildren, and it will be up to 14 this summer. I'm glad that Dad & Sarah can keep each other company until the rest of us can join the party.

The other night I dreamed that Dad was alive again (I dream that on a regular basis) and that we got to catch up on life. I couldn't wait to have him meet Ruby and have him see how she's grown and have them play together. But then he had to go again. It was horrible.
It kills me that he doesn't get to play with Ruby and see all the cute things she does.

I hope I can always keep his memory alive. I have the responsibility to teach my kids about Grandpa Giles. If Dad were still here, ah the things we would talk about. His growing up on a farm. His parents. Parenting. Life. Everything that I wasn't super interested in as a 17 year old.
I can't wait to catch up on life. And to give him the biggest hug in the world.

Happy Birthday Dad. Hope it was great. We miss you.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

New Hair New Hair New Hair

Alright fine. I'll show you pictures of my new hair. After almost two weeks, I'm getting used to it. It's still long enough for a ponytail at the gym, it doesn't take forever to do most days, and I'm feeling sassy. I had 10 inches cut off, I got side bangs, and even got some blond highlights (color, not bleach). Love it. And yes, I'm donating it.

Before (front view)

Before (back view)

After (not immediately...)

Here's the back.

With the sibs (minus Greg) at Grandpa Campbell's funeral

Ruby's first boat ride last week

So all in all, I think I came away victorious. Thanks all for your input and moral support. It was a big day. I keep telling Nick, "uhh... it's okay for you to tell me every day that you really like my hair." Because let's face it-- guys give a compliment once and then figure that it still stands, unless they tell you otherwise. A little friendly hint to the husband never hurt nobody.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter & Petting Zoo

Happy Easter!

Ruby outside in her Easter dress.

A little scared of the grass and dandelion

For us, Easter consisted of great church meetings, Easter baskets, a delicious dinner at the Whites' for Colton's farewell, Ruby taking a long nap, Nick being knee deep in mud, wind, rain, and Merilyn's scripture scavenger hunt. The ending prize was her delicious fruit pizza. She's so naughty like that. It was a good day.

Petting Zoo

Last Friday Ruby & I were spontaneous (hooray! For this is NOT my strongest suit) and went with Stacia & her girls over to the little petting zoo outside of Leavenworth. It was so much fun. We met up with another friend, Alicia, who I've known since Nick & I were dating. She and her new hubby, James, came with his boys and we all had a great time.

Llamas look like people.

I wish my back side looked this pretty...

Whoa. Look at that spread.

The Easter Egg tree

Ruby & the wood pony. What a crusty look she's giving me!

Stacia, Alicia, me

What a fun day! Thanks girls!