Monday, June 18, 2012

Thankful on Father's Day

Hope everyone had a great Father's Day weekend.  I know how blessed I am that my dad is alive and well and active in my life and my daughter's.  I realized very early in life that parents don't have to be together for them to be good parents to their children.  My parents split when I was very young (young enough that I don't even remember them as a couple), and my dad lived (and still lives) in a neighboring state.  It didn't matter that I didn't get to see him every single day. His love for me was evident through the many summers and holidays I spent with him, my stepmom, and sisters, and through the phone calls I'd get when I wasn't with him (that I still get today).  I"m very grateful.

And then I married a guy who I felt would be a great father someday.  Even though I was right about DK, he has still exceeded my expectations.  I love watching him love our daughter.  I'm so glad God gave him to me. 

My daughter is also blessed to have two GRANDfathers.  I have no memory of my dad's dad (unfortunately he died either before I was born or when I was too young to remember him), and my mom's dad (deceased, too) was never actively in her life or ours.  So I appreciate that M knows her grandfathers and has already made many memories with them.  They love her dearly and she knows it.

As for what we did over the weekend, we pretty much stuck around the house.  DK worked a football camp, so we didn't get to see him much.  Besides going to a convention with my in-laws yesterday and going outside for some waterplay in the yard, M and I didn't even leave the house.  I stuck her in front of the TV while I did some grad school work and got a lot done.

We also made our Father's Day gifts for her daddy. DK and I don't really buy gifts for each other for holidays, but we still try to somehow make the other feel special.  I knew M and I would probably be making DK a gift for Father's Day, but I didn't know what exactly.  So while I was (*ahem*) finishing up a can of Pringles this weekend , the idea came to me. 

DK is the type to throw his change in different containers, so we have random little boxes, glass jars, plastic animal cracker containers, etc. with coins in them.  All very attractive (not).  So I decided we'd make him a Father's Day piggy bank using the Pringles can.  We ended up with this:

All of this was made with craft stuff we already had in the house (scrapbook and construction paper, washable paint, glue, and ribbons).  It has her handprint, an "I Love You" message, and a little Father's Day 2012  message on the back.  It was fun to make.  What was super sweet about it was that as soon as M woke up on Father's Day, she remembered that she'd made it for him the day before.  The first thing she said was, "Daddy, wake up! We have a surprise for you!" and ran to get it.  She was so proud of it. :)

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.  Have a great week!

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