Sunday, June 15, 2014

Those Important Men

Today was a day to celebrate the important men in my life … those Fathers who make my life and the lives of my children special.

Let's start with this guy. My dad, Bill. He is a rock solid man with a big ol' soft heart who loves his kids and grandkids. I am not sure what we would do without him some days. He's the guy to call in times of trouble and he's the guy with the answers.

Then there is Collin's dad, Tracey, who has spent the last three weekends in a row at Collin and Kyndal's house making sure everything is running smoothly and looking good. He has raised a good son for my daughter and I am grateful to him.

And, finally, there is the daddy who makes my babies' lives shine. Rick is a great husband, but he is also an amazing father. I have never known anybody who puts his children first the way that Rick does. He gives up his own comfort and pleasure to do whatever it takes to be there for his children whenever they need him (and that is no easy task from 5 hours away). I cannot think of one time in the past 14 years that he has not dropped everything for the needs of one of his kids. I am grateful for the way he shows the boys how to take care of a woman and the girls are so blessed to always have a dependable man in their life. We are all lucky to have him.

We fixed a big lunch at home this afternoon for these men. We had spinach and pepper jack grilled chicken rolls, grilled corn on the cob, party potatoes, jalapeño poppers, cucumber and onion pasta salad, brownies, banana bread, and root beer floats (Rick's favorite). It was such a great meal!

Then Rick and I and the kids (plus Collin and Taylar) all went to the movies to see How to Train Your Dragon 2. Going to the movies is always a fun time with this family. There were lots of laughs, and quite a few tears. It was a great movie!!! Definitely a must-see if you are a Hiccup and Toothless fan.

I feel a little guilty that we all enjoyed the day just as much as, if not more than, the guys. It was a perfect day together.

Happy Father's Day! Dad, Tracey and Rick … we love you!!

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