Ohana means family.

I have such a great family and support system. I feel so fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to build up these relationships as I have gotten older as well as make new ones with my in-laws.

This first picture is my sweet niece and my Aunt Karen. I absolutely adore my niece. She’s so sweet, quite, and mild and I can not wait to watch her grow into a beautiful little girl and young lady.

As for my Aunt, she is something else entirely. I never knew I could get the love and support she gives me from someone other than a parent. She has always been there for me no matter what I needed or thought I needed. I look up to her so much. She is a great mother to her two boys, and I strive to be as good of a mother as she is and have a similar relationship with my children. She is intelligent, kind, hard working, and knows how to have a good time.  She is pretty much perfect in my eyes. ❤

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This next picture is of my dad, Paul, and my step mom Nikki. My dad has put up with so much from me. I pushed him away for years as I was growing up. I didn’t want to be around him and was not shy about saying it. However, as I grew older I realized how much my dad truly did love me. His love for me has never faltered, no matter what I put him through. He truly is the epitome of a good father. Not only is he a good father he is simply a good man. He is always a good person to go to if you’re ever needing advice, a sounding board, a devil’s advocate, parenting help, homework help, or literally anything else.

He could not have picked a better woman to marry. Nikki loves my brother and I as her own children. She was actually my 6th grade teacher and that’s how my dad met her. They started dating after I was out of her class and because of earlier said sassy teenage problems I wasn’t especially thrilled about it, but I did come around. And I’m so glad I did. She’s a great person to call and vent to, as advice, talk to, gush to, and spill all your secrets to. I definitely talk to her more than anyone else in my family outside Tyson and the boys.

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The picture is of my dear little brother, Skylar. This kid and I haven’t had the easiest relationship the past 2 years but that’s mainly my fault. I get frustrated and upset when things don’t go my way and he is 21 years old, he’s going to do things his way. He needs to learn lessons on his own, just like any 21 year old. He is a United States Marine and I could not be more proud of him. He left everything he knew to serve our country and it has done nothing but good for him. He has married a wonderful woman, who he has known since high school. Savannah is so good for my brother. I think she is his true north. I think she keeps him on the right path and I couldn’t be more grateful for her. I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with the two of them and their sweet baby girl.

 

Because of the argument I wrote about on Sunday I think my mom has blocked me from her Facebook. I don’t have any photos of her on hand for this so you’re just going to have to go without on this one. I do love my mom. I know we have our differences, but I think that’s normal. She’s a good woman who has a way with words that makes my blogs look like a elementary school student. It’s actually quite amazing how well she writes without any college background, it’s just something that comes naturally to her. I think she truly missed her calling. So; if you ever decide to read this; I love you, mamma. ❤

Tyson’s family is great. I’m obviously not quite as close to them as I am my own, but we are working on it. His brothers are both hilarious in their own right, and their wives are both so incredibly sweet. His parents are something else. I was terrified to meet them. They are LDS and I have a lot of tattoos and gauged ears, which isn’t always the easiest thing to accept. However, his parents have never treated me any different than their other two daughters-in-law. They have always been so accepting and loving, not only me but Cash as well. They have opened my eyes to a different kind of love that I never knew existed. I haven’t seen many marriages work but theirs is one to look up to. On top of that they are incredible role models when it comes to parenting. All three of their boys are smart, kind, intelligent men. Men I am proud to call family and happy my boys have them to look up to. I am so grateful for their love and example in my life.

–Amy and I obviously have great taste in hats. 🙂

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