2014-06-15 16.23.58It probably goes without saying that this Father’s Day was a little more enjoyable than last year. Although I was not able to celebrate with my dad, I was at home with Jenn, Nolin & Grace and not in the waiting room of the ICU. That is always a plus.

I guess it started a day early with the return of Pap-Pap. The kids were excited, and poor Grace woke up from a nap in the car to see Pap-Pap sitting next to her, and wasn’t sure what to think, but her wide eyes confirmed she was (as she would say) “Happy”.

IMG_20140605_094456Sunday morning Jenn met her running group at 6:30am and Grace greeted me with a smile and a “Hi Daddy” about 30 minutes later. Shortly after that, Nolin came walking out (of our room of course) with a tired smile and announced “Happy Father’s Day”. The three of us had a little quiet time sitting and playing on the couch until Jenn arrived back home and was greeted by Nolin with a “Happy Father’s Day Mommy”

So much for it being my day.

I did have a chance to go for a run and get the lawn mowed and then spend the rest of the day playing in the pool, grilling out and spending time with my family.  As I walked in the door from my run I was greeted by a Happy Father’s Day message on the sidewalk. I was tired, sweaty and laying on the floor, when Nolin approached me with his hands behind his back, eyes wide, and a huge smile…

“I have a surprise for you!”

20140616_181530Now sometimes this could be a toy or game that he wants to play with me, a flying body slam turned into a hug, or simply a flying object that quickly turns into a game of dodge ball. Needless to say in my current state I was really hoping it was neither of the later.

Instead it was a home made Father’s Day card he made while I was out running. He made it all on his own and he was genuinely proud and excited to give it to me…It was the best Father’s Day card yet.

In the end though, I think I am pretty lucky because Father’s Day really isn’t all that different from every other day, and there is something to be said in that.

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{Side note, although our kids are holding hands in pretty much every picture…that is not always the case}