Father’s Day 2015 was absolutely lovely. Well, for me as a mom it was lovely. No major plans other than hanging out with family and only one minor kid anger fit that was manageable. There were the typical squabbles among the kids but nothing that had me pulling my hair out.
I let Joel stay in bed while I got up with the kids and had breakfast and played in the living room. Around 10:00 I brought Joel breakfast in bed and we started the process of getting dressed and ready to go over to Grandma and Campa’s house for the afternoon and evening.
I tried to take care of little things that Joel usually does when we have a family day – like getting the kids dressed and putting on their sunblock. Typically on the weekends I push a lot of the general kid care to his plate to give myself a break. He gets the kids ready to get out the door while I have a chance to get myself ready (actually brushing my hair and putting on some makeup). On Father’s Day I just took care of things and didn’t make a big deal out of it. The best part was when Joel picked up the sunscreen bottle to start the process and I said with a smile “The kids already have sunblock on”. Joel looked pleased and put the supplies away. It’s really the little things that made the day.
My parents hosted family for Father’s Day dinner and general hang out time. We headed over at noon and helped set some things up and played games while Daddy got to relax a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, we have three kids so he had plenty to do, but I at least took care of all the diapers.
Alice gave Daddy the new book by Jimmy Fallon “Dada” which was cute watching them read together.
And the boys and I painted art work for Joel. We’ll have to find a spot to hang it, maybe the playroom.
The rest of the day was swinging, playing in the sandbox and back yard, hot tubbing….
Eating TONS of delicious food and chatting with family and friends.
And some of the adults even got to catch some of the US Open.
Alice had herself a little tea party….
And towards the end of the night I was even surprised to find the boys happily coloring and chatting with each other at a small table outside. I was so shocked I took a picture to document the calm moment.
It was a wonderful day, the kind that every father should get to enjoy.