When I found out I was pregnant with Mia, Ian and I had only been married for 2 months. I knew he was an amazing man but I didn’t know for sure what kind of father he was going to be. I had never seen him around children. I had never met his father before he passed away. I wondered if he would be present with the family….engaged? He always talked about wanting a son and I saw a little bit of disappointment when we found out we were having a girl. Was he going to be good with a girl? I could have never dreamed of how lucky I was. From the moment our first daughter was born, tears streamed from his eyes. In that moment he showed me that our family was going to be everything to him.
He works so hard. He is constantly teaching them about hard work. He is playful, a kid himself. He can teach them about discipline and manners all while making a messy pillow fort in our house. He will play dress up, tea party and dance to Taylor Swift with the best of them. My girls and I won the jackpot when it comes to fathers.
Celebrating peoples lives is very important to me. I love to give them a day, to let them know how much I appreciate them. Planning something for Ian is especially easy. Organizing the day around his favorite things can be a lot of fun. For Ian, on Father’s Day today, the first thing was opening presents! We started the day with reading the sweet cards and handcrafted presents from the kids. The presents the girls make at school are always so sweet that it keeps gift giving simple. They are so proud of their gifts. Penna made a picture of herself dressed like her daddy. Mia made a laminated card with a picture of her shadow on one side and the other side with lots of fun facts about Ian. She said he was between 40 and 60 years old and maybe had blue or green eyes. She said she loved her daddy the most because he made the coolest pillow forts.
My gift was a little different this year. I would typically get him a classic gift, like a new wallet or a new shirt, but my Facebook news feed had other plans for me. One day while scrolling through posts Ian yelled through the house, like he does occasionally, asking if I have seen his wallet. The day before was his keys. I yelled back no and looked at my screen. I saw a great add for Tile. They are little electronic square trackers that you can keep in your wallet or on your keys to help you find things when they are lost. It was perfect. I ordered them immediately and they arrived just in time. Ian laughed a little when he saw the gift but was actually thankful for the new technology.
We started our adventure at his favorite breakfast spot, The Griddle. The girls and I are definitely not morning people. Ian is. His favorite meal is breakfast and he loves to go out for it. The girls and I can barely get moving in the morning. As a treat, we happily got out the door quickly on his special day.
I preplanned the the day by packing a family picnic. I knew I wanted to keep us out of the house for the day and cut down on the expenses of eating out. I packed a very simple lunch of tukey and cheese sandwiches, chips, apples and carrots. I loaded the bag with lots of water. I decided based on the heat wave happening in Los Angeles, that we should spend the day at the beach. I took us to our favorite beach spot with the ultimate beach bag full of fun for the kids. Ian spent they day chasing the girls around the beach and into the waves. I spent my time watching my family. Watching the sweetness of husband playing with his daughters was pure joy.
At the end of the day everyone was exhausted. They all slept the entire way home and into the evening. I woke everyone up at dinner time and took them to one of Ian’s favorite Sushi spots. Sitting at dinner, Mia hugged her daddy and told him he was the best daddy ever. I would have to agree. Going on this journey of parenthood with such an amazing partner is truly a blessing. I am lucky to have such an amazing man to go on these adventures with and to explore the world of family life together.
Happy Father’s Day Ian!
to many more adventures,