Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Father's Day

The kids and I had fun preparing for Father's Day.  We had come across these free printable and decided to have a Tie Theme Father's Day. After church we sent Eric out for a run while we hung the banner, decorated the table and prepared the food.

Alexa and Emma secretly cut out all these ties and punched holes and strung them as our banner behind the table. 

We filled jars with dad's favorite candy added some little tie accents to them too. 

The kids and I made Eric's family's recipe of coffee cake  which is always a treat.  We also made an egg bake and fruit parfait.  We decorated daddy's plate with all little ties on tooth picks.

Daddy and his four little blessings.  The girls and I had fun making tie shirts for the big day and for a special gift for their daddy.

Max started to fade during brunch and we have the funniest video of him falling asleep.  He was out for the count.

The kids were so excited to make and give things to their dad.  Shane had worked hard all week on making multiple hearts for his dad with special pictures on them.

Alexa worked hard on a book for Eric with all the things she loves to do with him.  As you can see from her smile she was pretty proud as daddy read and looked at her book.

Emma had made something in school at the end of the year that she had tucked away.  I love those fill in the blank notes and hearing things from a child's perspective. My favorite part of her fill in the blank story about her dad was ... My dad is the most wonderful dad in the whole world.  He's as handsome as a king.  He weighs 100 pounds and he's 60 ft tall.  My dad is as strong as an elephant.  When he was in first grade he never got in trouble.  I wouldn't trade my dad for a little girl because he is special.

We finished up the morning by giving Eric a few gifts.  One was the this picture framed.  You can read about how the photo shoot for this little gift played out in another post. We had fun celebrating Eric and it was so much fun to have the kids participate in all the preparations.

I am so thankful for Eric and the daddy that he is to our four kids.  I love watching him with each of our kids and the way he interacts with them as individuals.  He often comes home after a long, exhausting day of running a business and digs a little deeper to put into the kids.  I know he could choose to come home and sit on the couch and check out but I am very thankful that he is active in not just being a dad but building a relationship with them.  He makes his rounds by taking them on dates.  The kids love their date time with daddy.  He graciously granted Emma's date request and went roller skating with her. He could have easily talked her into ice cream or a movie but I love that his dates with them are all about them. I think in her eyes her daddy hung the moon.  I love listening to the conversations they have at night when he tucks them in and says prayers.  I also love watching them giggle and laugh as most nights they wrestle on the family room floor.

 It was amazing to travel to China this past year with Eric and see a different side of Eric as he held Max for the first time, walked the streets of his home town, walked the halls of his orphanage, fed him his new son his bottle and rocked him to sleep.  Eric had such a tender heart and this huge sense of protection for his little boy.  In China and after we got home Eric was so purposeful in his bonding and attachment with Max.  It is something that he did and still does put time and energy into and his efforts have paid off.  His little boy lights up and screams with excitement when daddy gets home.  I am so thankful to be on this life journey with Eric and am thankful for the daddy that he is to our little blessings.


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