Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Kylie often goes unnoticed in our family. It has become a HUGE joke. Especially after a trip to Utah a couple years ago. Anyone who knows Grandpa Starkey knows that Grandpa Starkey never forgets anything. We saw him only a couple times a year, yet when we saw him, he would ask about every detail of our lives. We all lined up to give Grandpa our hello hugs. As Kylie approached the front of the line, Grandpa says, "Now who are you?" She smiled and simply said, "Kylie". He responded with the answer that we can forever tease her for. "Well Kylie, I completely forgot about you!"

Anyone who knows Kylie knows that she is an amazing girl. I am so grateful to have her as a sister. She lightens up the mood when something goes terribly wrong. She takes the time to have deep conversations about books, music, and movies with Whitney. She sits down and jokes with Jacob. She plays with Logan outside and in the pool. She gets A's in most every class. And...she does it with a smile.

I feel like I am not even doing this girl justice by the things that I am saying. Just take the time to get to know her, you'll know what I mean.

She wrote my Dad probably the best Father's Day Poem, ever. It is totally Kylie's personality. I envy her for it.

There is no one like our father
Just no one at all
We’re always going to love him
even though he’s not very tall.

He teaches us at an early age
things like what is important in life
Now we know that we should love him
way more than we love his wife.

Maybe our father is perhaps
much alike the weather
always changing and unpredictable
forever and forever

But one thing that our father
does really very well
is always looking out for us kids
as anyone can tell

So if we make you feel down father
if we make you feel mad or blue
please always remember
that we’re just taking after you!


Isn't that the greatest! I love you Kylie!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Evolution of Dance ~ Family Reunion Style

This past weekend we attended the Billingsley Bunch Reunion. This year was our 29th annual reunion. We have a huge family, but we get together often enough that my kids are great friends with my cousin's grandkids! Saturday night we always have a skit night followed by homemade ice cream. Here is the McAlister family skit. My parents, brothers, sister in law, niece, nephews, along with our family allowed us to do our version of the Evolution of Dance. Jacob is missing because he fell running to base earlier in the day and sliced up his behind and couldn't dance. Tyler is missing because he was hiking the Grand Canyon.