"they left us something more precious than silver and gold..."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

10 years and counting.

when you think about the past ten years of your life...there is alot to remember. and then when you try to think of the "best of the best" or your greatest accomplishment or the fun adventures & trips or the growth, challenges, and successes...it's hard to pinpoint one thing that ties it all together or makes it meaningful. for me, the best part of the past ten years of my life, is sharing it all with my very best friend.


the institute building in grand junction, colorado where we first met
a perfect night downtown with cam to celebrate our 10 year.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

the king

when i was pregnant with jillian everyone kept saying "so you really want a boy, right" "oh, so you are trying for the boy, right!" and then when we found out it was a girl...i can't tell you how many people said "oh that's too bad" "strike 3 you're out"...i could list the responses. but the one that always sticks out is "your poor husband" and that's when i have to respond and say HELLO peeps...don't be feeling sorry for this guy! he is what i like to refer to as "THE KING"...everyone adores him, everyone wants to sit by him at dinner, everybody misses him when he is at work, everyone wants special attention from him when they are having a bad day, and everyone thinks he is pretty much the bomb.dot.com.
"THE KING" also seems fitting because while cam & i went skiing for the day, we came back and the girls had made him this crown to wear for his party! cam's birthday was this week and this is one of the many reasons i luv him...i don't know many guys that would have this reaction to a birthday gift...picked out by savannah and obviously not really meant for him...but given to him for his present, nonetheless

his party concluded with a couple hours of singing on the wii...i don't want to embarass myself or cam...so i won't be posting any videos of that.
so, next time you see a family with only girls...don't feel too bad for the only guy...i think this daddy is getting lots of luv!

happy birthday j. / ronald / cam.ron / rook / cam2

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Growing up I remember my mom taking us to watch & cheer for my dad at his "mini" marathons...I absolutely luved it! We would "scout" the route & go to a couple different spots to cheer him on & I remember my mom with that BIG vhs camcorder on her shoulder recording it while all five of us tagged along for the ride! I always wished I could have run a "mini" (1/2) marathon with him, like my sister Amy did. In this picture he won the raffle after the race & received $100...he used it to buy a swing set for us. My dad use to "urge" (some might say force...) me & my sisters to run to stay in shape for sports & for health. While I strongly disliked it when I was younger (crying about it, fighting him on it)...he persisted and thus we became runners. As I've gotten older, it has become a major outlet and strength to me...it's helped me get back into shape after having my baby girls but it has come to mean more than that to me and I never feel better than after a nice run. I'm extremely grateful for a dad who "urged"...for those who don't know my dad, some might say he was a little "too" persistent & while most parents would get sick of trying to support their kids when they were so not-willing or those parents that preferred to spend their time at the country club or on cruises...my dad was always there, pushing me, teaching me, and loving me. And I'm sure he knew that one day I would be very grateful for it, and I am. I love that my girls see me running... they "pretend to go running like mommy" and I hope someday I can run some "mini's" with them!
This morning I just finished a half ("mini") marathon in the backcountry of Highlands Ranch...it was my six month goal after having Jillian. It was a trailrun, 30 degrees, very hilly, but FUN to be running with my friend Heather! While I am a very average runner (Savannah asked me last night "so are you gonna win or what???"), I luv the chance it gives me to think, evaluate, plan, reflect, rejuvenate...today I was thinking alot about jillian...my dad...and that hundred dollar bill. *cami

Heather just started running 4 months ago!
We had some great runs together this fall!

My little Jilly bean...where have the past SIX months gone...

My biggest fans...thanks Cam for watching the girls so much for me while I trained...wished you were on the trail with me!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


this past weekend my sweet friend janae came to visit me from arizona...it was so great to have her here! she flew in on friday and we had lunch at jimmy john's and just ran errands...that night we drove downtown & picked up J-Ru's yummy middle eastern food and met cam at the hospital for dinner...

i could say alot about janae (she is fun, patient, kind, light-hearted, a fantastic mom, has a strong testimony of jesus christ, understanding, determined...to name a few) but more than anything- one of her best qualities is that she is a true, loyal friend...which is very, very hard to come by. i was having a kinda hard week and to have her here for the weekend, was such a blessing. she doesn't need to be impressed and she doesn't judge. she was giving my kids baths, cleaning my kitchen, telling me what a great mom i was and was even laughing at jay leno with me at night. she has been through alot in the past year and i know that good things are headed her way because she deserves the very, very best!

ya we are posing in front of the denver temple!
i finally made it to the "royalty"...the royal gorge that is! the world's highest suspension bridge, yes i know you are impressed. i had to show janae a good time while she was in town (lol!) so i planned a day trip with some of our friends and we drove to canon city, colorado - which is about an hour & half away...it was beautiful weather and despite a slow start (two stops for gas, whoops! and jeff's walk-in order at mcdonald's...yes, the "face of all the tardiness" ha ha) the day went off without a hitch!

check out the bridge in the background...

jeff & mindy...nachelle & jay...janae...me & cam...
and all the cute kiddos of course.

...it was kinda windy...comical.

cam saw this side of the road go-kart place on the way and was determined to stop on the way home...some said it was their favorite part of the day!!!
i must admit, it was legit...

...and he doesn't get out much, above & below...proof.

checked another thing off my to-do-list in denver...luved it...you didn't disappoint gorge.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

team kesler...happy halloween!

hoop player, cheerleaders, ref & basketball...game on! we had a fun nite at jeff & mindy's...chili, carmel apples, great decorations by mindy, spooky music, and of course...lots & lots of candy!!!
i cant believe miss jillian is 5 1/2 months

pumpkins out of snow...classic!

the girls giving us their spooky faces...
church trunk or treat party

the scott's family front yard spook ally was awesome! i luv this pic as we are getting ready to go in...lucy laughing and vanny terrified...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

oh the weather outside is...

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...okay it did.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

never disappoints....

going home to utah....never disappoints...
we had a blast at em & matt's friends annual halloween party...the theme was characters from books & the party was at an old bookstore on main street in downtown provo...it was so much fun! cam was such a good sport...he let me put the rouge on his checks but put his foot down on the lipstick! we luv hanging with em & matt....
okay so the byu game was a little disappointing...but the company wasn't (either were the cheese fry's post game at the training table!)! it was fun to catch up with some friends while in town...always wish i could have more time while i am home...
med school friends...brooke & cody
diego crew...phil & summer

our girls had so much fun playing together!

poppy got us tickets to the homecoming BYU spectacular...it was...spectacular!

a full day at the thanksgiving point scarecrow festival..wow what didn't they have...the kids luved it! train ride, pony's, climbing wall, bouncy's, pumpkins, lots & lots of games!

uncle matty teaching vanny to ride her bike without training wheels...she was luvin it!
lots & lots of cousin time!

a beautiful day in park city...shopping, the alpine slide, and a jaws attack in the hotel pool...

i luv utah and being with my family there...
thanks for all the fun you guys!