Tuesday, December 6, 2011
There are countless things that we love about Kylie but in honor of her 20th birthday today, we have listed the Top 20 things we love about Kylie (in no particular order!):
20. her laugh
19. her love of cats
18. her Goodwill sleepwear
17. her beautiful voice
16. her freckles
15. her chocolate chip cookies
14. her lips
13. her lip gloss collection
12. her devotion to her baby blanket
11. her ability to finally master the art of riding a bicycle
10. her nail polish collection
9. her portrayal of Mayzie
8. her wit
7. her brain
6. her hair
5. her large calves (a gift from her mother)
4. her portrayal of Sharpay
3. her testimony
2. her smile
1. her continued love of Barbie movies
We have cherished you for two decades! May there be many many more to come. Thank you for all that you have given to our family and continue to give. We love you so much!
Happy birthday, Kylie!
Anyone have any more things they love about Kylie? Feel free to share as you leave a comment...
Monday, December 5, 2011
We had a small group at Thanksgiving. Brad, Courtney and Kylie went to Kacey's in Vegas because it's much closer and warmer. I don't blame them but we missed them. We had fun, anyway, with the group we had which included my two nieces, Makenna and Haley, who are Becky's daughters. Tney came for a visit and we had the best time with them. They were able to join in our Fruit Ninja competition. Lucky them!
Here is some video of Courtney competing at the Fall Dansport competition at BYU with her partner, Tim Colvin. I just love watching them dance. Angie, Qiana and Kim were able to join me which made it doubly fun. I love those girls. Courtney was mesmerizing and it just makes me so happy and proud to watch her glide across the floor. See for yourself...
Brad and Kylie were there, too, to cheer Courtney on. What a good brother Brad is! By the way, the crowd cheers for their favorite couples so even though I would rather sit and watch quietly and take it all in, I shout now and then so that Courtney and Tim know they have fans. You're welcome, Courtney and Tim.
What a fun weekend it was to share with so many people I love!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
There are many, many reasons why I love Brad so much but here are the Top 10 reasons why I love Brad. (These are in no particular order except for #1. #1 is the number one reason!):
#10 - He takes such great care of his 2 sisters who are also in Provo attending BYU which gives me peace of mind which I really appreciate.
#9 - He started a blog. He is so funny and I'm so happy that other people get to see that side of him.
#8 - He is fairly neat and tidy (not OCD or anything but pretty clean for a boy.) I know this doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, but I just prefer things neat and organized.
#7 - He keeps his car really clean! (See supporting reason above.)
#6 - He is a great example and big brother to Bryan. You can't put a price on a good big brother! Every family needs at least one.
#5 - He almost always does what I ask him to. Even if he doesn't want to, he usually does it anyway if I insist. (except for asking out Chelsea Hightower - no way on that one - he thinks girls don't want to get asked out by guys they only met one time - that's only if the guy is weird - am I right? - what girl wouldn't love to be asked out by Brad even if she's semi-famous - right? - I'm right - Mom's always right!)
#4 - He speaks Slovak. (Or at least he used to and that can't be easy!)
#3 - He is a diligent student. Nothing makes parents happier than kids who get their schoolwork done no matter what the age.
#2 - He can reach things that I can't. (I told you it was in no particular order.)
#1 - The number 1 reason why I love Brad will be evident to all who view the following video. This is from last Christmas.
Kacey had the idea that we should have a family talent show. I'm not sure why. I think it's because she wanted her kids to perform and she wanted competing entertainment that made her kids look even more talented. I'm not even sure who put Kacey in charge but she is one hec of a leader so when she gives an edict - people obey. I can't remember what she threatened as the punishment for not participating in the talent show but I just assumed Brad would take the penalty rather than participate and I figured Bryan would follow right behind him and choose the hard labor over performing. Imagine my surprise and utter delight at Brad and Bryan's talent show entry.
Kendall joined their group late because she ended up being the odd man out and lest you think that Kendall was the mastermind of this number, she was not. She added some flair, no doubt, but the choreography had already been done by Brad so I'm told. Brad? Choreography? Maybe he didn't hate being in Showstoppers as much as he told me he did? Hmmm...
I just love that he did this for his family. I hope he doesn't kill me for posting it. It just made me so happy. And that he got Bryan to do it with him gives him double points. I love these boys! They say that if you want to know what sort of a husband a guy would be then you should look at how he treats his mother. Well, here is a guy who is going to make the best husband ever (and he has a brother!)
Without any further ado, the #1 reason why I love Brad...
By the way, the move where he puts his hands behind his head and wiggles his hips is a signature move he has had since he was about 8. And the tongue sticking out is proof that he's concentrating!
Happy Birthday, Brad!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
1 Have a Wonderful Birthday Buddy! May your heart be filled with gratitude for the blessings that the Lord has given you: your wonderful wife, your good children, great parents and many friends. You deserve to be happy. You're a kind and generous man.
Thanks for being so good to us, we owe you lots!! Julio & Alina Luna
2 WE are definitely on the list of fifty people that love David Earl.... It's hard to really describe our love for DAVID. Never met anyone who is so demanding, controlling, yet so kind and unselfish. David believes if he likes it YOU WILL TOO!! David thinks that he knows whats best for you and your family....and you know what 95 percent of the time he's right.... I just don't want him telling me. We love vacationing with him, we (REID) loves letting him win at GOLF, we love watching sporting in events and eating out. He's kind to everyone he meets. He is not judgmental. He is extremely caring.
Happy Birthday DAVID. Here's to another fifty years together as FRIENDS!!
Lori, Reid and family
We love you! We enjoy anytime that we get to spend with you! We always look forward to hearing your stories and your opinions about things. We always know it is going to be a good time when you are around. Thank you for your incredible example. It is such a blessing to call you family. Happy 50th Birthday! We wish you many more! Love, Alysha and Brandon
4 Happy Birthday Uncle David!! You have always had a special place in my heart. You have been a wonderful uncle to me and a great example. You took me to my first broadway play. You took me skiing for the first time (and second), and even paid a little chinese man to give me lessons. (I remember the man staring down at me when I couldn't stand back up and he said, "Your uncle told me you were athletic!") You played ball tag with us in the pool, and once after babysitting for the afternoon you told me to stick out my hands and then you filled them to the brim with loose change. I thought it was pretty hilarious. You taught me the correct way to eat a bowl of cereal- I remember one morning I was eating breakfast at your house and I poured a huge bowl of cereal (since at my house we were only allowed one bowl). You made me put half of it back and told me I could have as many small bowlfuls as I wanted, but that there was no use in pouring such a big bowl that would become soggy in 2 seconds. And of course I loved working for you all through high school and during the summers.
I have a lot of great memories of you from my childhood, but I appreciate you now even more as a grown up. I think you are a generous and kind person, and always SO much fun to be around. I've always been so proud to be related to you, and I always feel completely at ease and welcome in your home. You are one of my people, and I feel really blessed to have you in my family. I love you and hope you have a great birthday!
5 I feel like I haven't had enough time to put together something totally funny, but I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to say Happy Birthday.
I am so thankful for all you have done for me. It has been a pleasure working with you for almost 10 years. Thank you for providing me with hours of laughter. I appreciate someone who is willing to give their opinion, even if it wasn't asked for and could possibly offend someone in the room. I love that you constantly have a drawer full of lotion and dental floss in your office. You are the only one I know that can get away with saying, "I don't have ADD, I just don't care about what you are saying", and people just laugh.
You have the hugest heart, and the brightest outlook on life and people. For this girl, the eternal pessimist, it is slightly unbelievable but quite admirable. You are one of a kind, and I love you!
6 Dr. Dave, as he is affectionately know, is one of the most tender, kind, love, giving persons that we know. His sense of humor is infectious. He is a joy to spend even a minute with as he will lighten your day. And on top of all that we get to call him Brother.
Tom & Gail
Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed! And you be makin' goin' 'over the hill' look gooooood...
9 Happy Birthday David. Wow, the nifty Fifty has hit you. Now you only have 50 more to go. Make it a great one. Thanks for all you do for me and my family.
Love, Karen and Kevin Earl
10 Dave, you are one of my favorite people. The little things you have done for me have added up and have helped me become the person I am today. Thanks for everything you have done for me. I wish you had the time and resources to help more people! Happy Birthday!
11 Happy Birthday, David. I have LOVED you from the first time you took over at a service activity when I was YW pres in 6th ward. I loved knowing that when we planned an activity that you and Reid would make it "over the top fun." I love those "good ol' days." (oh yes, and you are a great MD too!)
12 David, you make 50 look great! I love you even more at 50 than I did when you were 18. You have had such an impact on my life, I could never be more grateful. Bryan & Becky Weech
13 Happy birthday to the greatest father out there! Dad you set such a great example to all of us kids of what kind of people we need to be. You truly have a love for everyone and you are always giving to others. I hope you have a great day today because you deserve it!
14 Please include us in joining you in celebrating David's 50th birthday. Best wishes that this age will finally be the age of responsibility we've been hoping for!
Curtis & Denise Clifford
17 Happy Birthday, David! Thanks for always looking out for Breanna... :)
Michele & Jody Haddican
18 50? What a baby! Thanks for all of your professional care :) My family owes you a great debt of gratitude. And David would say, "good thing you went to Hawaii while you were still young enough to enjoy it :p" Hope it's Happy!
19 Happy 50th B-day David!!! You have accomplished so much.. beautiful wife, incredible children and precious grandchildren. Your contagious smile lightens all of our lives. Thanks for always being a friend... ENJOY!!!
Sharon McConkie Sanderson
20 Happy Birthday, David, from your 4th Grade Teacher! I have always kept track of you since you and my daughter are the same age and were friends all through school! You are such a good friend to our family and you take such good care of us as our doctor! We also appreciate you as our Bishop! We love the way you relate to your Young Adults! Hard to believe you are now a half a century old! :)
21 Happy Birthday, David, from all the Wise's. You re an amazing person, and I feel so blessed to be a part of your family. You and your family hold a really special place in my heart. I know your day will be great because you always have a smile on your face and make it happen!
Kim Bates Wise
22 Happy Birthday, Dave!! Our clan thinks you are the best! Thanks for helping my sons become men as their YM president. I had fun working with you in YM/YW. I have enjoyed and admired your children in Young Women, singles ward and piano lessons. We still treasure the cruise to the Carribbean with you and Peggy and your mad jeep driving on Grand Cayman! You have taken such good care of us as the doctor to our family and extended family. You are such a great man and we thank you for your friendship, service, kindness and good example to our family!
23 We are definitely in the Top 50 of people who love David. I would love to wish him a Happy Birthday! Congratulations on the new grandchild!
24 Well, we've been the same age for a month and a half, but once again, you proceed first into the darkness! Happy Birthday, and thanks for all the support, good cheer and good advice over the years! Keep up the good work!
25 Happy Birthday, David. The Lawsons love you!! Thanks for always being there for our family!!!
Vickie & Billy Lawson
26 Hey Bishop Earl - thanks for all your advice, support and guidance. Happy Birthday!!
27 Happy Birthday, David! You have been a huge influence in my life since I've know you. I won't forget all you've done for me. I hope you have a great birthday with many more to come!
28 Dad, even though I got my thin lipped smile and squinty eyes from you, I am so grateful to call you my dad. You have taught me so much throughout my life by the way you life. You are the most charitable and loving person that I know. You never let anything get you down and I hope nothing ever does because you deserve to be so happy. You have made my life great and I am thankful every day for the example that you have given me. I love you so much and I hope that you have a great birthday!
30 I love my uncle David because he took me to Maui. He is the coolest cat around to vacation with except when he turns on the lights, pulls back your covers, flings open the blinds and yells "it's time to get up!" every morning at 7am. That's when you start to question if you're really on vacation or if you're living at home again! Haha. I also love my uncle David because he jumped off the biggest cliffs with me in Maui and proved his manhood one last time before he turns in his man card on his 50th birthday! Your over the hill now David! No more cliff jumping for you old man. However I may give you your man card back if you're able to do those 50 push ups in a row on your 50th birthday! We will see haha hope you have a wonderful, amazing, fantastic day of birth! You're the man... Regardless of what Peggy might say! Love you uncle David
Love your favorite nephew!
31 David is one of the most generous people I know. He is almost always upbeat, optimistic and full of enthusiasm for life. He is always up for a fun time. With that short little span of attention...,
(to quote Paul Simon -
"A man walks down the street
He says why am I short of attention
Got a short little span of attention
And wo my nights are so long")
...the fun time often changes to another fun time.
Over the years we have had a great time in competition, whatever the game may be. To determine who is the better athlete, we basically say "pick your best 10 events" and whoever wins the most events is the best athlete. So there are things I could pick that I would win easily like racketball or wrestling (I know it's gross but I weigh more - you have to go with your strengths). David has his events - like he could run faster. The funny thing is that we each would pick basketball, so it all came down to playing basketball against each other and the winner would be determined from week to week. Now we have golf.
From both of us, we wish you a most enjoyable 50th birthday with a heartfelt expression of love and thanks for all you do.
Jeff and Becky
Vaughn and Loye Hunsaker
(This is a picture of our grandson, Jacob Vela, who is just today arriving in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Isn't that where you served?)
34 DAVID, you finally made it to 50. What took you so long? Even though you might be 50, it will be a long time until you can actually act like you are 50. You are not yet capable of accepting the responsibility and the seriousness of such a high and holy position. No matter what you do, you will never be as old as I am. So there!! We love you. You are our Hero. Hang in there as long as you can.
Doug and Connie Earl
35 Happy Birthday, David!! We are glad to have you here to make all the decisions! What would the world do without you? We appreciate you and all you do! Really!
Love, The Pyles
36 Dear Uncle David,
Happy Birthday!!! We hope you feel loved and celebrated today. I have many memories of you from coming to visit you in California and getting to drive your scooter around (I was only 11!), going to Disney, to watching you at family reunions run all the games, to playing Monopoly on Sunday's after having a waffle breakfast and followed by candy bar milkshakes, to working at your office, to babysitting your kids, to snow skiing, to summer fun, to keeping a close eye on my dad after surgery, to going to San Diego for Alysha's wedding and having you just order for all of us at every meal (hilarious but great!) and arrange everything else, and so many other things. I always think about how cool it is that we travel with our aunts and uncles and cousins. I don't think that is a common thing for most people. You are such a good, kind, patient, funny, gracious, honest person and I am grateful to have you in our life.
Daishan & famly
37 There are a lot of things that I love about you Dad, like A LOT, but the thing that I love most about you is that you have always taught us that the most important thing in life is to be a good member of the church. All growing up, you would tell me every night before I went to bed, "I love you. Don't forget your prayers, I'm not visiting any of my daughters in Hell." And because of that I never forget to say my prayers at night. You always remind us not to sweat the little things, that money is just money and there will always be more, and to always attend your church meetings and activities because "that's just what we do". When I hear President Monson's quote about not letting a problem that needs to be solved get in the way of a person that needs help, I always, always think about you because that is exactly the type of person that you are. Thank you for always taking care of us and everyone around us. I love you so much and I know that I am so blessed to have such an amazing Dad. Happy Birthday!!!
Love, Cali and Joey Emig
42 Happy 50th Birthday David. Thanks for great friendship, fun, food, and fandom (byu cougars) over the years. From waffles and hot fudge sundaes in Brasil to California Pizza Kitchen in Orem - fun trips and visits, you are the greatest.
Love, The McKinnons - Brad, Sherry, and gang.
43 Uncle David, You are the bomb. When I think of you through my child eyes, You were the Uncle who took all of us crazy Earl kids and organized us into a fun game or competition. I think you may have invented ball tag at grandma Earl's pool! Sounds right, because it was super fun and a little dangerous.
You have refereed many cousin races and have always thrown in a motivating dollar or piece of candy. I remember visiting you all in California and you had some sort of motorcycle, and you tried your best to motivate me to take a ride, which I did but was terrified! If you were not so morally centered, you would have made a successful con artist! And I mean that as a compliment, cause you could con any of us into something fun no matter how terrified we thought we were!
I remember we had a run of intense monopoly board game throw downs at your house. You had several games set up and had us cousin's organized in age groups playing till a champion emerged. Then the champs played each other. I don't remember who they were, but I remember playing monopoly several Sundays in a row and all the delicious treats, and thinking this could happen every Sunday for the rest of my life!
I remember several road trips you included me on. One was to Big White Ski Resort, I think for Kacey's birthday. The van was full of girls and you let us sing at the top of our lungs the whole way there. There was a particular Celine Dion song that you allowed over and over! That song still makes me think of that trip! Another was to Silverwood, just for fun?! And you took us four, Kacey, Samantha, Myca and I, to the play Oklahoma in Spokane, complete with dinner at Cyrus O'Leary's!
And now when I think of you through my adult eyes, You are the Uncle who has saved my children in some real awful health emergencies! Iryk with weight checks as an infant, stitches, and a concussion; and Sibel having a crazy asthma attack. I know we are covered medically, anytime we are in Moses Lake!
And most importantly, I know you have a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You may have teared up a couple of times when you've shared it!
Happy 50th Birthday Uncle David! Love you and your family!
Britney, Jason, Iryk, Sibel and Izlyn
44 I love to golf with David because I can usually beat him! No, really he's really fun and entertaining to be with. Happy Birthday!
45 Dad, Your birthdays are always pretty uneventful because it is your style to give and give without receiving much yourself. If I had money I would fly us both to Oregon to play Bandon Dunes, but I don't, so we'll have to stick with blog posts for now. You have taught me so much and I consider myself lucky everyday that I have a father that I can look up to so proudly. Have a great birthday. I love you Dad.
46 Hi there Dave! Happy Birthday you old man! I knew you'd catch up with me!
47 Dad, what more can I do to say I love you than to stay up way too late one night making sure you know how many people love you! :) Well, if this blog entry isn't loud enough, I love you dad and hope you have fantastic day!
48 When I first met you David I thought you would be taller, having such a tall daughter. But I soon realize you were definitely not lacking in personality. Happy 50 years!
Jon Wayne Nielsen
49 We love our Papa! Happy birthday. Are you going to eat M&Ms? Can you share some with me? (Rhode) I love you SOOO much! (Scarlet)
50 What can I say about someone I've spent over half my life with? By now, he's an appendage! We balance each other out perfectly... He always has a sunny disposition - I tend to be partly cloudy. He loves adventure - I like my comfort zone. He's the fun parent - I'm the queen of rules. He thinks he's invincible - I assume he's going to get hurt. He is trusting - I am skeptical. His first instinct is to say yes - my first instinct is to say no. He sees the good in everyone - I can be a tad bit judgmental. On the other hand... He is habitually late - I keep him aware of the time. He thinks rules are for other people - I try to keep him out of jail. He wants to golf all the time - I tell him no. He constantly loses things like keys, wallet and phone - I.. I.. Well I just get exasperated every time it happens and roll my eyes that he hasn't worked out a system yet, so I guess that doesn't really count as balance. (I bet you thought I was going to say that I help him find them, right? Wrong. I don't. He's a grown man, people. He's 50 years old for goodness sakes!)
David is one of a kind and I liked him from the minute I saw him on my first day at BYU. The best thing about David is that he loves me unconditionally. He doesn't try to change me at all. I, on the other hand, am determined to mold him into something truly great! I kinda wish he would do the same for me but it is kinda nice having someone think you're perfect just the way you are. That's the best gift he could ever give me and he gives it to me day after day after day. Ya gotta love him! And I do... all 50 years of him!!!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I can't do a birthday blog without pulling out a few old pictures. Birthdays just remind of of when they were young I guess! Kristy was a beautiful baby - she just was. Even with this frown, look at how adorable she was!!
Then this is her as Mickey Mouse at Halloween. Kacey was Minnie, of course. Kristy usually got the male counterpart of all costume themes. Yes, she was definitely a tomboy. (I wonder where that word comes from. I'll have to look that up someday.)
I pulled out this picture of her short, spiky haircut because I think it is just so cute on her. The camera has always loved Kristy. Right after she got this haircut in Seattle she had a modeling agent come up and give her her card.
It's funny because when I think back about Kristy's childhood, she ended up having more birthday parties than any of our other children. I kind of had an informal every four years policy on birthday parties, but with Kristy I really wanted to make sure that she had friends.
You see, Kristy was a great kid but she was... Kristy. It's just hard to describe her if you didn't know her then. Lovable yet annoying. Friendly yet mean. Sweet yet abusive. I just really wasn't sure how well she would play with others! So every time her birthday rolled around I would get this idea to throw Kristy an extra fun birthday party so that she would be sure to cultivate some friendships. The funny thing is, I did it almost every year forgetting that she had had a party the year before. It didn't help that her birthday was in August so it was natural party time anyway. The reality was that she had lots and lots of friends (there were a ton of girls her age) and they seemed to like her without any help from me! It makes me laugh now to think that I was worried!!
Kristy has just been called to teach seminary in her Bellevue stake. Wow! That's a big responsibility but they absolutely were inspired to choose her. I know she will do a great job. She has such a firm testimony and always has. I was a little worried about her going on a mission because I could just see her telling people that they were idiots if they couldn't see that the gospel was the greatest gift they would ever be given. I had visions of her throwing Books of Mormon at people's heads to knock some sense into them. Luckily, she survived and so did the people of Ireland - or so I heard. I know she will keep her students engaged, entertained and spiritually well fed.
Happy Birthday to one of my all time favorite people on this earth... who just happens to be my daughter!
And a belated Happy Birthday to Kristy's husband, Trevor, who also has an August birthday. I think he turned 26 too? I should probably know that. Trevor is a gem. We love him! But so far in-laws do not get birthday blog posts. I'm not sure why - that's just the rule... for now.