I first wanted to wish my own Dad a Happy Father's Day!
My Dad and I on maybe my blessing day? (With sisters Jennifer and Heidi)
Heidi, Dad, Jennifer and I on my first Christmas.
My Dad sharing some of his grapefruit with me. This reminds me so much of Ryan and our girls. They do the same thing, especially with grapefruit!
A fishing trip with Michael, David, and Dad.
Could be Father's Day circa 1989?
Ski trip back in the day. I wish I had that van right now. :) All that travel space seems dreamy.
This picture was actually taken at the hotel the morning of my wedding. You can tell we both still look a little tired. :)
Walking to the wedding, with Ryan and my Dad. Due to the time of the ceremony, we did pictures before. (Do you like my black shoes?)
I am so lucky to have had such a great Father! Thanks, Dad for your wonderful example and all you have done for me. I love you!
I just love this picture of Ryan and his Dad because it shows how they really are together. Ryan's Dad loves to get you to break a smile and a laugh is even better.
Not only is he a great Dad, but an awesome Papa.
Ryan with Cade and his Dad at a Giants game...1997.
This was the first weekend I met Ryan's Dad...he was so kind to me then and all this time later I love him even more! Happy Father's Day, Papa!
And now a journey of Ryan over the past 14 1/2 years of Fatherhood....and this is a journey of pictures for sure, but I wanted to give Ryan something to reminisce about while he is away.
Joshua on his blessing day.
Papa came for the occasion, despite the fact that he thought Joshua's hat was a little goofy.
Grandpa was there too...
Little Joshua just hanging out with Dad.
He grew fast...
And then James came along and Dad learned to hold two babies instead of one.
James and Dad near Monterey or Carmel, I believe.
Despite the pristine scenery, when you gotta go, you gotta go, and Dad is always willing to help you go.
Dad loves holding the babies. This was when James had burned his little hand on the outside of the oven.
I can't get these pictures in order without spending hours...so just pretend I put the slideshow on shuffle.
Annie with Dad.
James and Dad.
Love you, Dad!
I love how Annie is looking at her Dad here.
The kids LOVE to wrestle and horseplay with Dad...(pre-Sophie.)
No one is more fun than Dad in the pool.
Dad doing some high adventure boating around Lodi Lake with Luke and Michael.
One of my favorite pictures of Annie and Dad.
This one is even better...beautiful Bear Lake in the background.
Happy Birthday, Dad! (Rainbow Chip Cake and the only candle we could find.)
Dad is always good for a hug when you fall down at the beach. (Avila Beach, CA with Annie)
But he is even more fun to tackle at the beach. (Huntington Beach, CA with Annie and Luke)
Annie and Dad at Temple Square during the holidays.
Dad loves all the help he gets around the house from these little ones.
James, Dad, and Joshua in Maui.
These guys are lucky to have a Dad who is lots of fun to ski with.
And I know they are really happy that he is fun to bathe with too...ha, ha.
(Joshua, James, and Michael)
Dad and Michael in Grandma and Grandpa's back yard.
Another cute one of Michael and Dad.
One of our many trunk-or-treats over the years. (James and Michael)
Easter with Dad. (James, Michael, and Joshua)
The Ferris Wheel at California Adventures. I think James and Joshua were really enjoying themselves.
Boating in California with Dad...those were fun times. (Joshua, Michael, and James)
Dad keeping Sophie warm in Park City this past winter.
Walking home from the neighborhood park shortly after Luke was born. (Luke is in Ryan's arms.) I love this pictures too. Just reminds me of those days when the boys were all so little.
Ryan gets stressed when a baby is not happy, and he will do anything to soothe him or her. (Including running up and down stairs, doing squats, rocking and walking, whatever it takes!) This is Luke, just a few weeks old and his first trip to Bear Lake.
Michael and Dad swimming at the Pool. (Bear Lake)
This is Dad's favorite activity...snuggling with a baby and going to sleep. (Luke)
Dad and Joshua riding on the Polar Express.
Dad, with Luke in his jacket and I think that is James up front. Enjoying a little snow hill in Tahoe. Now that we live in Idaho we know what real sledding hills are like.
Dad keeping Luke happy in the airport...looks like he was doing a good job.
Dad and Luke in Maui. Yes, we took four boys under the age of eight to Maui. Yes, it was the Hawaiian Vacation of your dreams. It seemed like a good idea at the time. We had free flying vouchers and we actually had a great time. Thank goodness Nana and Papa came along!
Luke and Dad catching some rays at the pool.
Our last night in Maui...hanging out with Dad. (He sure is looking good with that Hawaiian tan!)
I don't know where I was during this fun little outing. I would bet they were with Nana. (James, Joshua, and Michael in the back with Dad)
Dad and Sophie at Grandma's Annual Easter Egg Hunt. I have pictures of him just like this with the five previous kids.
Dad taking care of Sophie at Bear Lake
Waving to Mom from the Ferris Wheel (with Annie)
Dad and the kids at Olympic Park
Dad took time out of his busy work day to go to Preschool with Annie at Christmas. They had fun and he was the only Dad there.
I love this picture of Ryan, Papa, and the four boys playing a little ice hockey at Bear Lake in the Winter. (It is part of their cultural heritage passed down by Papa, the foreigner in the family.)
Rewind...back to baby Michael. Michael was the happiest baby ever.
Ryan getting ready to baptize his firstborn, Joshua.
James and Dad relaxing at Grandma's over Christmas Break.
Guys night out in Las Vegas! (James, Joshua, Michael, and Luke)
Who ever said Dad wasn't the outdoorsy type? Here he is scaling the Sierra's with Luke on his back no less. (w/ James and Michael)
Another Mountain Adventure...this time up Logan Canyon right above Bear Lake.
Luke shares a July birthday with his Dad (and me too!).
Taking Luke for a ride at Pismo Beach that summer.
One of many Cub Scout Derby's. I can't believe how small Joshua is here!
Dad and the boys enjoying a Sunday Walk near San Diego.
Dad enjoying Sea World with the boys. Our last vacation together as an ALL BOY family. (I was due in a month with Annie.)
Dad knows all kinds of cool stuff, like how to catch hermit crabs at the beach.
Dad's are just fun to explore the world with. (Uncle Michael is bending over there in the right corner-he is a great dad too!)
I love that Ryan makes an effort to take the kids to Museums and Historical Sights too. He loves learning about the past and how different people have lived.
I love that Dad doesn't let the stress of vacationing with small children get in the way of going places! If he has to scoop up a child having a tantrum on the beach and run them all the way back to the car, he will do it. The child in this particular picture having a tantrum is Michael.
Dad and Luke on another little hike.
Dad and Sophie when we took the kids to tour the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.
Another baby, another blessing day. This time it was Annie.
Dad is never "too cool" to strap on the Baby Bjorn-and he looks pretty cute too. (Annie)
Dad and the boys at Avila Beach, I think this was in the Fall of 2008.
Halloween with Dad. (CA, 2008)
Dad is really not a fisherman, but he will do anything to let the boys have an experience and spend time together. (I had to include this picture to show he actually went fishing with them!)
Everyone loves the beach! (Annie with Dad)
Joshua, James and Dad
Dad and James-our second born getting baptized.
Dad reading to Michael and James at Nana's house. The kids love to read with Dad!
Joshua and James having a blast with Dad at Disneyland. (Our first and only time going the kids remind us all the time.)
We feel lucky to have a dad that has guns of steel.
Lego Land wtih James and Joshua....
"I AM YOUR FATHER"
Dad and Sophie, he has really taken advantage of holding her every change he gets!
...and she loves him for it!
Michael and Dad
Joshua and Dad looking for whales.
Out having fun on Papa's boat.
Dad is always happy to take care of the kids during Church.
And you can often find him during his down time like this....
We really missed doing THIS with Dad this morning, so we will have to make it up to him when he gets home. I bet his Mom took good care of him though!
Here we are right after Luke was born. Dad is a champ and doesn't shy away from the whole delivery thing one bit. He always becomes best friends with all the nurses and doctors and I end up getting special treatment. Nothing compares to that moment when you meet that little one straight from Heaven and Ryan makes it perfect every time. He LOVES being a Dad.
Who can resist these little chunks? Those cheeks of Luke's are to die for. Each baby that comes along is always his favorite. He has spoiled them all equally at this age.
Here are a few last shots from a week or so ago taking a walk in Zion's National Park. Not much changes, still carrying kids on his back, just different kids.
And he REALLY got extra credit for this hike because to put it nicely he had upset bowels. He still carried someone at all times. THAT is a good dad!
Another family walk while in St George....thanks for all the memories, Dad!
WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU, DAD!!!
You are the best Dad in the whole wide world.
Thanks for all that you do for our family. We can't wait to see you!
(A little Nacho Libre for you.)