Father's Day {Sunday Snapshot}

Sunday, June 20, 2010
There are not many things I will say we have "the very BEST." But Dave truly IS the BEST father. Anyone who knows him will attest to that. He has been super hands on since the day Will was born. He changed more diapers the first weeks of the boys lives than I did (and he continued to change them for years). He has bathed all of our kiddos and put them to bed every night (unless he was away). He still bathes Kate each night, gets her ready for bed, reads to her, prays with her and tucks her in. He always puts all of our needs first. He coaches the kids teams, he teaches geology lessons at their schools, he makes their lunches every day. He takes them to swim meets and Judo tournaments. He hugs and kisses and wrestles. He is an awesome cook. To put in in Will's lingo, "he is beast." (And apparently that is a good thing.)
Every year for Mother's Day, I tell Dave exactly what I would like. Being a marriage counselor for years taught me that spouses cannot read our minds and we would all be a lot happier if we told our spouses exactly what we want. Dave never tells me what he wants. It makes it difficult for me. He is such a selfless guy that I have trouble coming up with ways to celebrate him. So this morning when I woke up, I was beyond thrilled to discover this little post-it note....

First, I let Dave sleep in until 10am while I made breakfast for the peanuts and the two friends that Will had sleep over last night. Then he enjoyed his Greek coffee...


That is what is left in the bottom of the mug after Greek coffee. It is sludge.

And then he had kolaches....they are big doughy, yummy filled goodness...



Then he mowed the yard. Will offered to do it but I think Dave enjoyed the time outside.
I did not get a photo of that.

After lunch, it was off to the pool for some swim time.


Somehow, a race between Will (who is on swim team this summer) was


It was a 50m race (25m freestyle and 25m backstroke).

They were neck and neck for most of the race...
But then in the backstroke, Will pulled ahead...



and won! It was the first time one of the kids beat Dave athletically.

After Dave caught his breath (literally), he played around with Kate in the pool and gave her some swimming lessons. He is a very patient teacher.


Since he slept in so late, Dave couldn't really nap. But he did flop down on the couch for a few minutes after swimming.

Then it was time for a quick afternoon catch with Harry...



After that, we were off to dinner for crawfish....


As we were eating our crawfish, Kate kept saying that she wished they were still walking around (the crawfish). So our waiter bought out a live one for her:)



It was a Father's Day full of love.

Dave ran to the grocery store and plans to end the night by playing some racing game on the Wii with Will.

I hope you had a great Father's Day, Dave. I think we accomplished everything on your list (and the kids even kept the arguing to a minimum too). You are the BEST!

P.S. Will has a big week this week (a special birthday and some surgery...so keep him in your thoughts and prayers please).

For more Sunday Snaphsots...go here...

Ni Hao Y'all


  1. What a great guy!
    I'll keep you all in my prayers this week, especially Will.

  2. Happy Father's Day, Dave! It looks like you had a fun and relaxing day!

  3. Wow! I'd say Dave had a banner day!!! Great job on making it so special... and just like he wanted it!

  4. Sounds like an awesome day and I am glad he was able to get the entire list of wants!! He does sound like a very special daddy, feels good to be married to men that take that role and responsibility so seriously!! I am married to one awesome one too!!

    Thoughts for a good week!!

  5. I love that he (listed) you! Finally!! Now, that is a grand idea that I will SURE bring up for the future ;) Mm...dinner...we had crab legs - I wish I had taken my camera, it was a fun day!

    Happy Father's Day, Dave - thanks for being a great example!

  6. Happy Father's Day..
    What an AMAZING Day..
    Dave is an AMAZING Dad...
    Have a great week..

  7. Sounds like a spectacular day....for everyone, not just "dad!"

  8. Happy Father's Day, Dave! It certainly was "beast!" :)

  9. Looks like you all had a wonderful day!!! Happy Father's Day to Dave.

  10. Really cute post. Wish my husband would list it all out like that! :)

  11. Your father's day sounds like it was a PERFECT one!

    As far as summer vacation goes... the first three days were tough as the kids had to acclimate from going to a full routine to none at all, but then things settled, we started to get busy and now everyone is happy with only a few tears... which just happens to be mine... which just happens to be when I realize that the bottle of chardonnay is empty? LOL

    When is this crazy diet of yours done? I am going to send you a big fat treat when it is!


  12. sounds like a perfect Dave day! It is always so clear how much you love Dave.

    Thoughts and prayers on their way!


  13. What a great day!!!! Happy Father's Day to a great Father!!!!


  14. Looks like a very special Father's Day!


  15. Knowing Dave in real life I can attest to the fact that he is a great Dad! Great pics...you documented the day well!!

  16. The post it note is too funny ~ and helpful! Love the intense looks on their faces when your dinner guest arrived ;)
    Sounds and looks like you all had a fabulous day celebrating dad.

    I'll keep Will in my thoughts and prayers.

    Have a great week ~

  17. What a GREAT Fathers Day!! Thanks for sharing! My favorite picture is the swimming race ... what fun! The note is such a good idea. I am going to suggest it for Ray next year.

    I will keep Will in my prayers!

  18. That is the cutest list ever and just the best idea!!!

  19. What a great Father's Day! Sounds like it was pretty perfect and he enjoyed every bit of it! Hope you have a great week and all goes well for Will -- keeping you all in my prayers.


  20. What a GREAT idea that list is... keeps expectations in check and keeps everyone on the same page :)
    I love that his father's day included lots of time with the kids, and even chores around the house! Very indicative of a man that is very happy with his life... which is probably part of what makes him such a super dad!!
    Loved the pictures, especially the ones of the race :)

  21. Loved the list! Hope all goes well with Will this week.

  22. Sounds like a wonderful day for a wonderful guy! (And my brother-in-law is Greek. We are VERY familiar with coffee sludge around here.)

  23. I loved the post!! BUT more so I loved his list of "requests"....I wish my husband would do that!!!

  24. What a precious family you have!

    Praying for Will.

  25. What a wonderful post! I love that he wrote a list. That cracks me up!! Richard didn't even know it was Father's Day!! He got to go to an out of town tournament with Braden, so he was happy! I'm praying for your week. I'll talk to you soon.


  26. Sounds like a great day for a great (and apparently very energetic) Dad! Love all of the photos..especially the one of Kate and Dave with the live crawfish.

    Gin =)

  27. Happy late father day
    Sounds lie it was the Beast
    the children's PIC are so good!
    they are growing way too quickly!
    Will be praying for Will as well
    Kim hope you are feeling better too!
    HUGS! CIndy

  28. It sounds like the perfect day.

    I'll be thinking of Will -- and you! -- this week.


  29. It looks like y'all had a fantastic Father's Day!!

    Love the 'list'!! :)


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