Thursday, January 17, 2008

Happy Birthday to Ross.














Dear Daddy,

Mom said you turn 30 today. You're old. It's a good thing you have a lot to show for your life:
I hear you were such a dream-son, your family called you 72 and sunny...always in a good mood, mom says you still are. That she's lucky you put up with her more Utah-like temperatures, some definite highs and lows, some possible showers, maybe a RAGING snow storm here and there. Don't really know what she means by all of that.

I hear you've taken a couple of trips to Europe, lived in Brazil for two years teaching people about the gospel, studied and graduated from BYU, and made anyone who met you there, love you. Mom told me you had way more friends than her and still do. I hear you sort of had a little landscaping business when you were young, it's ok that you had to hire someone to keep our grass green now, mom says it's really hard in the desert. :) And is it true you were Homecoming King in Highschool? You're cool. You'll have to tell me that when I'm in Highschool and maybe it will make up for your "dad-jokes", mom says you've already started those.

And mom. You met mom and swept her off her feet. That's somethin'. I hear there were a couple of glitches, perhaps she had to be swept twice to know you were the one. But from what she says, even with all the "crazy-wife moments" she has, you have made her whole world. Taking her to the temple, starting a whole new grown-up life with her, with a couch, a bed, and dishes and all of that (even though mom says the couch was hideous and covered in a red t-shirt-sheet and the bed was on the living room floor so you could watch Friend's reruns at midnight every night)... a sort of grown-up life nonetheless. That's somethin'. You took that job at Merrill and bought a real-live house and worked your tail off to meet your goals so you could be one of the few that actually stay at Merrill. You made it possible for Mom to stay home so Mila and I don't have to spend our days with someone else. And even though you work hard, you come home every night happy, and ready to BE with us. To chase me around the house and let me wear your suit coat and read me stories and give me my bath and sing silly songs and DANCE. Mom says your dancing should be contained to the house but I think you dance like a superstar.

What do you have to show for being 30? Us! You have us, two beautiful girls who kiss you goodbye each morning, miss you all day, and wait anxiously for you to return at night. (Mila can't show it yet but it's true, she told me.) You're a good dad-- just check out the pictures below. You've already built mountains of memories with me, and there are so many years for more! I'm glad you're 30. Makes you sound more dad-like, more professional, more grown-up. Mom said she thinks it's hot. Whatever that means.

Just a few magic moments:

Thanks for loving me, even when I'm a little devil.













You are superman to us.

Thanks for doing "1,2,3 swing! with mommy...I still love that...



Thanks for throwing me...
And chasing me...

sliding with me...

and rowing me...

Sledding with me...



But carrying me when I'm over it.


Mila says she really likes your broad chest and the sound of your heartbeat. She loves how you keep your cool even when she's crying... mom says maybe you just don't hear her over the Football game. ;) She loves being held by you...




I like that too...












You're the best, dad. We all think so. Three girls are madly in love with you... and I think that's a lot, for someone who's only 30.
Love,
Sophia

(Mila wanted to write but she's still too sleepy, and too little.)

22 comments:

alliehoopes said...

Wow! Happy birthday super-duper-guy-I-don't-know! Lillie, your photos seem to get exponentially better each day!

VERN said...

Ugghh! Happy Birthday Ross. I feel a little embarrased to call you at work to day to ask you if you where going to the meeting. Of course not. Hello, you had better plans! Have a wonderful 30th! I'm not far behind you.

Kodi said...

What a sweet birthday tribute from the 'ever clever' Lillie. Loved it. Happy Birthday to Ross!

Katie said...

Happy Birthday Ross! from the Gilli

Lillie, what a wonderful tribute. Seriously it was beautiful. Your little family is just as beautiful. Your pictures are looking so good... I know you are loving your new camera. you're so talented :)

April said...

Happy Birthday Ross! 30 is a big year! You will enjoy your 30's the most.

Lillie, I so enjoy your blog! You post the most wonderful things, this post especially is so so so very sweet.

April
(Brooke's friend, and for Ross- I'm Steve & Wanda's niece :waves hi:)

Brooke Olsen said...

Happy Birthday to my dear sweet brother! I love you Rosco! WOW, the big 3-0....seems like just yesterday you were singing the song "yesterday" and driving me crazy. lol Oh the memories...I miss you and wish we could have been there to celebrate.
Much love, your BIG sis.

Missy said...

So cute Lillie! Happy Birthday Ross! I think I'll always remember your birthday now since it is Devin and my anniversary too.

Hope you had a great day with your three girls.

Lauren said...

Lillie, I sure wish that I was creative like you. That was so sweet to write that like a letter from Sophia! Ross seems like such a great guy. I'm so glad that he's good to you and your beautiful girls! Happy birthday, Ross!

Sarie said...

That is the most ridiculously sweet letter, Lillie. GET REAL. Make me cry at 11 in the morning.

Lindsay & Weston said...

That was adorable. Might have to steal the idea later in the year for Wes' birthday. :)

And yes, brought tears to the eyes! I love your cleverness.

Lowdogg said...

Wow. Sophia is so advanced. I'm really depressed now. Joseph is so behind. He can do some alegbra and some elementary organic chemistry, but his spelling is terrible and I can only understand about 37% of his words.

That is a really nice post. Very touching and I'm sure old Ross liked it. And now he is Old Ross.

Jess Kiding said...

Again I am concerned. Would you have us believe that it is your toddler child that has written this?
Unbelievable. You should be locked up.

Audry said...

great post!!! a Tribute to your husband is always good.

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The Hepworths said...

Happy Birthday ROSS! It's been years since we've seen each other, but I vividly remember those days when you were in the "sweeping Lillie off her feet stage" and had already begun the late nights of TV and ice cream on the love sac at the T.F. Look at all you've done since then!! You're family is beautiful! Lil, so happy to get your little message. Just know that I check your blog regularly now and love every second of it. So glad to be in touch.

Kym said...

Happy Birthday Ross!

Lillie, what a fantastic way to say happy birthday. I totally had tears. seriously tears! :) you are such a good wife & mom! maybe someday i can have a grown up life like you guys! :)

AMY AND MIKEY said...

I always happen to look at your blog when you have made the coolest post. I love what you did for Ross, and Ross sounds so wonderful! I love the pictures, they are so cute. I love your girls, they are so beautiful, and you are so good at taking pictures!

The rlmmmmcaress family said...

We are big Ross fans. I'm sure his family loves that you appreciate and love him so much. He really is your Edward (I just had to throw that in to announce I finished the third book since you were one of the culprits in getting me to read them.)

Rebecca said...

Totally made me cry. I think I've only met Ross once or twice--always during the "sweep Lillie off her feet" phase--and I have to say, I'm enamored in a "my friend's husband" sort of way. Happy Birthday Ross!

emily snyder said...

lillie, you don't know me, but i grew up with all the california guys, but moved to utah before ross was a major part of that crowd. at byu, however, ross and i became friends...i think i have more memories with hin at byu than the other california friends. anyway, i found your blog through jordan and cassie garnder's. talk about beautiful family. you must be a fantastic mother. please tell ross happy b-day for me. i heard lots of his girl woes through the provo years and i am guessing that you are the greatest present and gift he could ever receive...
--emily snyder

S.A.S. said...

Lil, er, I mean Sophia, this was the best kind of gift: the card on top of whatever meaningful thing is under the wrapping paper. I LOVE cards - hearing what people have to say - and a blog tribute is perfect for someone like Ross, who EVERYONE loves. I don't think I have met the person who had a negative thing to say about Ross. I've always thought you were fantastic Mr. Biesinger, but becoming the head of this beautiful gaggle of girls puts you on a whole new level. I don't know that your life could get any better - here's to making 30 look good!

Lizzie said...

21 comments, Lillie and Ross?? I know you don't believe me, but you really are the most popular couple I know. Shad and I feel so privileged to be in your company so often. By the way, I'm totally making fun of you and totally being serious at the same time. We love you both.