Temple Square lights
Neighborhood Whoville Party
WestWind Karate Party
Hogle ZooLights with the Harris Family
Candy making at Grandma’s
Christmas Eve… new homemade blankets to go the the PJs this year.
Nerf Wars (my money is on the chickens).
Jeanne found herself a wonderful (brave) soul who was willing to enter into our family madness for all eternity. Congrats to Jeanne and Travis on their marriage. The kids are so happy to have a new uncle (victim) to play with.
“If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.” — Bill Cosby
Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. ~Red Buttons
“Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers – and fathering is a very important stage in their development.” — David M. Gottesman
Happy Father’s Day! We love all the Dads that have influenced our lives.
I have been trying to get into better shape over the past year. I have been going to Karate two to three days a week but felt like I needed something more in my routine. So I decided to do a Couch to 5K program. That means I needed to signup up for a 5K. I wanted my first 5K (Walk/Jog— so not up to running yet) to mean something to me. And I wanted people with me at the race so that I stayed motivated/focused on actually getting there and doing it. So I talked my wonderful husband and most of my sisters (and their spouses) into creating a team for the Susan G Koman Race for the Cure in Salt Lake City May 2011.
I personally chose to participate in this particular 5K because of the many women and men that are affected by breast cancer every year but especially because of three amazing women that I know personally that have had to fight their own battles with breast cancer.
One of my dear friends Dede (she is the receptionist at my office -we have worked together for 10+ years now) battled breast cancer and won several years ago. Watching her courage and strength as she went through this battle was a sight to behold. I am very glad to call her my friend and she is an amazing woman of strengh.
Then there is my AWESOME Mother-in-Law, Rob’s wonderful mother, Gail. She is the BEST Mother-in-Law a person could have. She fought against breast cancer and won in 2007. We are so glad that our children got to keep their grandmother and have many more years to come to learn from her. Gail is an amazing mother and grandmother and has been so supportive to us over the years. So we are racing for her. To honor her.
And then there is Julie. My wonderful red-headed giver of candy and love. Jules did not have an easy life before the cancer came and we lost her to it in April 2010. It is still weird not having her around at all the family parties playing with the kids- sneaking them candy, spreading her love to all around her. There will always be a hole in our family where she used to be in body and not just in spirit. We are going to run for her too. To honor the person that she was, the grace she fought with, and the memory she left behind.
Please consider donating to the Susan G Koman fight for a cure. You can support our team by joining with us to Walk/Jog/Run the 5K with our team or with your monitary donation if you feel moved to do so by going to the following link http://slc.info-komen.org/goto/julierobertson. We appriciate any and all support for this amazing cause.
Jessica, Robert, Craig, and Callie
We have had some changes in our family that have helped me to reflect on beginnings over the last couple of months.
The last week of December my baby sister got married to a wonderful guy who if perfect for her. My kids were happy to welcome Uncle Chris into the family. Callie is a lot like Aunt Jasmine in looks and personality and she took to Chris pretty easily which goes to show that Aunt Jaz chose well for herself in the husband department. Callie gives him two thumbs up and loves hanging with both of them. She can’t wait to invite herself over for a sleepover at their new apartment.
It has been great to see the woman my crazy, emotional, loving baby sister is becoming now that she has started her own new little family with Chris. We love you Jaz and Chris! The wedding was beautiful.
It was a little intense going from being so happy with the beginnings that a wedding brings into our family- when a few short weeks later there was a mixture of sorrow and some joy for the journey my grandfather took. I am happy that he is free from a body that was weak and failing but can not image a life without him in this world.
On January 19, 2011 my grandfather, Joe Spencer Keys, passed away and began his own new journey in the next life with our Father in Heaven. It has been weird knowing that he is no longer here to be a cheerleader and friend as I move through this life.
My Grandpa Joe was an amazing man. He has been the best example to me of unconditional love that I have ever know. He has supposed all his grandchildren no matter what they have chosen to do with their lives or what path they have stumbled down. I always knew that my Grandpa loved me and was proud of me regardless of the mistakes I made. He has always wanted us to be happy but also understood that we had to make our own ways in the world and do what felt right to us. That’s what I want to do for my own kids and my future grandkids. To be a haven in the world for them where they are always loved and encouraged but free to just be themselves without conditions or judgements about whatever that is. If I can be even half the person my grandpa has been then I am on the right track.
Change always happen and life is a series of beginnings but that does not mean we have to like them all….
So the kids have been trying to come up with their New Years Resolutions.
Craig has two of them: to earn his yellow belt in Karate in 2010 (I think I will copy this one since I am liking Karate as much as Craig) and to listen to Mommy when she is talking normal (cuz apparently my yelling gives him a headache— what a coincidence me having to yell at him to get him to do what I ask gives me a headache too….).
Callie’s is to stop hitting and kicking her parents so much (valiant goal- I think). Where she learned violence is the answer to her problems I have no idea but that child spends a lot of time in her bedroom because of it.
Here’s to a quieter and violence free 2010 in the Hooper house.
We went to Boo at the Zoo today with all but one of the cousins on the Keys side (we missed you Lexie… Happy Halloween).
So here is a cute pic of all the cousins (minus Lexie) with Uncle Jordan at the Zoo today (getting hopped up on sugar of course).
We all had tons of fun and tons of CANDY and there is still a week of Halloween festivities to come….
Thanks Aunt Jacki and Aunt Joanna for meeting us at the Zoo again this year and having a good time with us.
PS- more pics on Jessi’s Facebook profile for those who can’t get enough of the cuteness above.
I loved my grandfather so very much. He was always so loving and wonderful and encouraging to me. I remember when I was in college. I had an assignment for one of my human development classes to interview someone about their life. My Grandpa Rob so very graciously let me sit and talk and learn from him all sorts of things about his life. He did not try to sugar coat how it was to raise a family of nine with a wife that was sick for a lot of their time together or how had it was to lose my grandma much to soon and be widower. He shared with me what it was like to to watch children and grandchildren grow up and make their own lives and their own choices that are sometimes difficult and not always what he would have wanted for them. But always always still love them no matter what. What it was like to remarry and help his family to accept and eventually welcome and love and cherish another woman as his wife. I am so very blessed to know some of what the man my grandfather was from this long ago college assignment and from the many times over the years I have been blessed with opportunities to sit and talk or just watch him in action with his family… my family.
He was the center and the anchor of my mother’s family. I think we will be lost for a little while as we try to figure out how to live in this life without him. I have so many wonderful memories of him. He was the man that sealed my wonderful Rob to me in the Jordan River LDS Temple ten years ago. I remember right after he married us and we kissed- Grandpa looked a my new husband and told him— You can do better then that and made him kiss me again before saying that’s more like it… I remember watching him lovingly cradle my first born baby, one of his many great-grandchildren, like he was the greatest thing in the world. And then watched him not quit three years later do it again with my second child. I think even in the way he looked at us and our children as his grandchildren grew up and blessed him with great grandchildren, he was teaching us how important our family is. How we can endure and survive so very much if we have a strong family around us to carry us through and to love us no matter what. How we could see that love always reflected in his eyes.
Grandpa Rob with Craig in 2003
Thank you grandpa Rob for being such a wonderful and loving patriarch in our family. We will miss you so until we meet again on the other side.
The easiest ten year… probably not.
The easiest people to live with… probably not.
Would I marry him still…. definitely.
Someone I still want to be married to forever… yes.
Ten years and two kids later and still happily trying to make it work one day at a time.
I Love you Rob….. Happy 10th Anniversary to US!!!
I just wanted to say that I love all the fathers in my life. (And yes I know this is a day late. I did not turn my computer on yesterday.)
I am so grateful to have a father who loves me, supports me, has always done his best to support our family, and who has taught me how to be a have a sense of humor about life (and has learned to live around so so so many women). Thank you Day– I LOVE YOU!!
I also want to say that I love my wonderful husband. Rob you rock. All the things that you do for our family is greatly appreciated. We would be lost without you and I am proud to have you as the father of our children. Thank you for supporting us, and loving us, and giving us a great example of what a husband and father should be.
Both Rob and I also have great men in our lives in the form of our many Grandpas. We would not be the people we are today without the many Grandpas who have helped shape our lives. My Grandpas Joe and Heber have always been there when I needed them and have taught me so much about perseverance and dedication to ones family. Rob’s Grandpas Tom and Hooper have all been fine examples to him and have helped him to grow into a great man, husband, and father.
My brothers are fabulous men as well and will be great fathers someday (when they chose to take on that challenge). I am so grateful for brothers that provide love and encouragement to my children.
FATHERS ROCK and I love that I have great ones in my life!!!!
HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!