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Happy Father’s Day!

I spend so much time thinking about motherhood and trying to be the most conscious, balanced, and present mother I can be to my son, that I sometimes forget that parenthood isn’t all about me. There is another realm of parenting out there with its own intricacies and nuances that make it quite different than my role, and very, very special.

Fatherhood! :D

I consider myself extremely fortunate that I’ve married a man that is a fantastic, engaged father, and I have a pretty top-notch dad of my own. They’re pretty great guys to have in my life, especially considering I’m raising a son who will likely be a father himself someday. Given the role models he has, I’m pretty confident that he’ll grow up knowing what a truly loving daddy is, and that just tickles me to no end.

So, I guess that’s what Father’s Day is all about, right? Telling these men that mean the world to me that I love them, I respect them, I value them, and I hope my son grows up to be like them. I really hope they already know, but I’ll tell them again today anyway.

My message to my husband? Thank you. Thank you for knowing that we were too young at 17 and 21, and for letting me go, even when I didn’t want you to. To college, to learn, to grow, to figure out who I was, and what I wanted. And now, almost 20 years to the day after you broke my heart (oh, the fragile heart of a 17 year old! :roll: ) I also thank you for getting smart and knowing when we ran back into each other that the time was right for us, for our family. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for the single most important thing in the world – our baby boy. I love you, and I can’t wait to see you turn into an even more incredible daddy as the years go by!

The day my husband became a daddy. You should have seen the bruises he had after my labor!

My message to my dad? Also a thank you. For more than I could ever write in a simple blog post. Thank you for being a dad that has never wavered throughout my entire life, a dad that has taught me so much and been there without fail every single time I’ve needed you, a dad that showed me that you don’t call off work and that the moulding should always line up straight. ;) And now, for spending so much time with my son. Your influence will undoubtedly make him a better man. Your support (especially at times like I wrote about here) means the world to me, and you couldn’t be more of a superhero if you had an actual cape and funny tights. :lol:

The proud grandpa. Sorry I made you wait so long, Dad!

 

Happy Father’s Day to the best two daddies a girl could imagine. I love you guys!

 

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A Simple Father’s Day

Dinner is done, baby’s in bed…phew. Time to sit for a minute.

This was our first Father’s Day, and we’re not big fancy-shmancy people, so I planned a bunch of small things which all added up to a pretty perfect day.

First, we visited the Shade Mountain winery in Middleburg, PA. We had our wedding celebration there, and many of our pics were taken in the vineyard (see My Story.) Now that we have a tiny new family member, we thought he deserved a few pictures among the lovely grapes too…

After a bit of misty reminiscing, we grabbed a bottle of Shade Mountain’s spearmint wine and headed to the Selin’s Grove Brewery for sandwiches to take on our picnic. If you ever find yourself in the area, be sure to stop in…they have great beer, and they find themselves towards the top of many “Best Brew Pubs in the US” lists! Bonus: Much of the menu is locally grown or made, and they have a fun veg selection. :D

And off we were to drive up to the Mt. Pisgah altar. It’s a long, bumpy drive, but it’s totally worth it if you’re looking for the ultimate picnic spot.

**FUN FACT: When we first started dating (again), we drove up this mountain and saw 36 dead porcupines!

It’s like a big beautiful piece of art right in the middle of nowhere…

The view is stellar…

Daddy and his boy…

You-know-who…

The official Father’s Day photo.

Silly me…I nearly forgot. You can’t have a picnic without food!

He: The Chipotle Turkey Wrap. Chips were stale. Boo on that.

She: The Sunflower Sandwich (Cheddar cheese, mixed greens, tomato, red onion, honey mustard and sunflower seeds on locally baked bread. It seemed to me that there should be apples in there, so I added them on. It was perfect with a side of zingy apple slaw and a fat pickle. I don’t eat a lot of pickles because I have high blood pressure, but I didn’t want to be wasteful ;) )

We washed it all down with cocktails of spearmint wine and iced green tea, garnished with a sugar cane swizzle stick! Too cute! They went down waaaaay too easily…

We ate, we talked, we played with our boy and we thought about how lucky we are. Then, I relaxed on the blanket with one love of my life while the other hunted for wild blueberries.

It was a good day, for a good daddy.

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How did you spend Father’s Day? 

What is your favorite picnic food?


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