Daddy Love

These boys sure like their dad…
So do I 😉

Rice Cereal and Derek’s Birthday

On Derek’s birthday the twins had their first rice cereal.  What a way to celebrate!  Here is a picture of the aftermath.

They did pretty well.  Carter caught right on and I couldn’t get it in his mouth quick enough.  Cooper kept making really funny faces and gagged it down.  They were professionals the next day when I gave it to them though.  They both ate quite a bit.  

We had a quiet night at home for Derek’s birthday and then went out last night while Auntie Janel watched the kids.  (Thanks again Janel!)  We went to Red Robin (a favorite) and The Avengers.  Best. Movie. Ever.  Really.  Go see it.

Happy Birthday Honey!


Master Derek

Two weeks after the twins were born, Derek finished up his coursework for his Masters Degree in Computer Science.  He’s been working on his degree through a distance program at Utah State University for two and a half years.  He took night classes two nights a week in Salt Lake on his way home from work at L-3.  I am so glad that he had this opportunity.  I am even more glad that he is finished!  I must say it was perfect timing for our family as well.  I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have him home in the evenings with all these babies. 

This weekend he was forced pleased to participate in USU’s graduate hooding and commencement exercise.  I’m so proud of him! 


My Hot Husband

Stakes from Pleasant Grove were asked to provide the choir for the Priesthood session of General Conference this weekend.  Since Derek is married to the music chairperson for our ward (that’s me!), he was one of the four men from our ward to sing with the choir.  I think he enjoyed the experience as it’s been a long time since he’s been able to sing with a big choir and because he got to sing for the prophet.  He got lots of camera time.  They sang “Rise Up O Men of God,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” and “Come Ye Children of the Lord.” You should watch them if you haven’t already.

Last Wednesday Isaac and I went to the dress rehearsal in the conference center with my mom.  This was the only good picture I got though.  The pics of the choir turned out all blurry. 


Back to School Night

A year ago this last week Derek and I were engaged. While I wouldn’t say that it was as magical and flowery as some people’s engagements, it was very memorable and perfect in every way. I have been enjoying remembering the events of last year….

On the first day that I went back to school Derek had invited me to go boating with his family. After we both got off work we drove up to Pineview Reservoir to spend the evening. Brad, Teri and company were waiting for us in the boat. We lasted about 10 minutes on the lake before Derek crashed and landed himself in the ER for the rest of the night. It was there among the bright lights and sweet aromas of the hospital that our love for each other was realized. *Sigh*

In all sincerity, I was impressed with the way Derek stayed so calm and collected during the whole experience. I was frustrated that he could be comforting ME when it should have been the other way around.

The next evening after work I drove back to Salt Lake to be with Derek and help him run errands. We filled his prescriptions, ate dinner and I think even saw a movie. That night was the first night we talked about marriage and the conversation ended with something like, “…probably not anytime soon but we’ll start thinking about it….”

Derek tried to go back to work but the doc said to keep his arm elevated to reduce swelling and to prepare for surgery. Conveniently Derek’s aunt Susie lives about 30.8 seconds away from my school so he decided to spend the week in Provo. I very much enjoyed NOT driving to Salt Lake that week! It was nice to spend so much time together. He even came to Back to School night with me. That night back at my apartment (one week and one day after our first marriage chat) we set a date to be married in the Salt Lake Temple. Not in May when school would be out, not during Christmas break but November, barely 3 months away. I don’t know whatever happened to “not anytime soon” but I didn’t complain. 🙂

There was no official proposal with a ring or carefully concocted plan to catch me off guard. He just asked what I thought and then we started planning. We spent the weekend telling our families and friends the news. Six weeks later he gave me the ring as we were moving his things into our soon-to-be home. Six weeks after that we were married!

This past year has flown by with all of the ups and downs of life but I am so grateful to have such a wonderful man to have shared them with. I am so blessed! I love you honey!