Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Time Travel Tuesday(Dad's)

Today with Father day coming soon, Annie over at My Life As Annie, would like us to travel back in time to memory of our Fathers..

There are just way to many memories of my dad that are just the coolest, for me to just pick one

So Let me just introduce you to my dad. "Oh Lord it's hard to be humble, when your perfect in every way. I can't wait to look in the Mirror, I get better looking each day. To know me is to Love me, I must be one heck of a man. Oh Lord it's hard to be humble but I'm doing the best that I can" I can remember my dad singing this all smiles and joking around while getting dress for church and combing his hair.
This is my dad, he was born Dec 29, 1951, He Married my mom on Sept 19, 1971 and My birth on Nov. 9, 1972 made him a dad. Here is me and my dad when I was a new born. I had some cool parents aways willing to play with us where ever we were be it, in our yard, in a pool on vacation.. Just anywhere.. family games of pool tag, or back yard baseball or football, drive way basketball games. You name it Dad was there playing along with us.. He even invented our living room soccer matches on Friday nights, Mom just had to close her eyes on that one and let us have our fun. The photo above I'm not sure of the date but, it was of me, my dad and my sister. I was about 4 years old Maybe close to 5 and my sister 2 year old maybe close to 3 years old.
If there was music playing, dad us to start to dance in front of the big mirror we had in our living room, and while we were still small enough he use to put us on his shoulders and dance around the living room with us up there..
Some of the things I remember my dad saying to us before school or before one of our sport games were
"just have fun" and "Just win baby" one of my favorite things he use to say about basketball was "get the ball, shoot the ball, get the ball again" any time I was sick and looking feeling awful he would say in this fun voice "It's better to look marvelous then to feel marvelous"
WE always took at least one big summer vacation, we traveled a few different places but once we went to florida, that is where we wanted to go every summer so dad made sure he got us there. Dad was also know to come home from work on friday nights and tell us to pack a bag we are leaving in an hour or two for weekend trips to Niagra Falls. This use to blow my moms mind.. but boy what fun it was.These shots were of me, dad, my sister and my brother. I think I was about 9 years old in these. One was on a camping trip and the other was all of us cuddled up in mom and dad bed as we use to do all the time while dad told us our bedtime story.
On March 21, 1976 while cuddled up in bed and listening to our stories, My dad lead me to the Lord. That night I excepted Christ as my Savior. This on was when I was about 10 or 11 years old, homemade pizza and pop and afterward a family game of UNO and a movie.. Weekends around my house were always so much fun. All my friends wanted to stay every weekend with us.
Dad was always fun and cool to be around.. One day he came home from work and us kids were making my mom crazy and she told my dad to take us to the bedroom and "deal" with us.. He put a pillow on his lap and took his belt and said to us, Ok when I hit the pillow you scream or yell ouch and pretend to cry. LOL.. That doesn't me he never punished us but it wasn't all that often, I can only really remember one time my dad grounded me. It was on a Saturday night shortly after I started dating DH(remember from last weeks TTT he was the 1st guy I dated) DH was over at our house and we had watched a movie with my parents and my parents were heading off to bed, Dad told me as he was on his way to bed to send DH home by 11pm, Well at midnight I was sneaking DH out of the back door and tip toeing up stairs to my bedroom(My parents room was down stairs) Just as I got to the top of the stairs my dad looked up and yelled from the bottom of the stairs "Karen" me "yes sir" dad" you're grounded, no phone and no going out this week" Me "Ok" and off to bed we both went. Things got a little busy as we all got older, but we always had fun. This was on Nov 1, 1993 It was my sisters 1st year at college we all got together and went to visit her on her birthday. back row left to Right, My grandma(dad's mom), Dad, My brother, my sister, and my mom, and me down there in front, yes I'm the short one, 2 years older then my sister and 5 years older then my brother and way shorter then both of them LOL This was at mine and DH wedding Oct 29, 1994. My daddy cried.. which made me tear up. On January 18, 1996 when I had Princess, I made my dad a grandpa for the 1st time.. He always thought he was too young to be a grandpa, and he was young still but that is what you get when you get married at 19 years old and have your 1st child when your 20 and then your oldest child has her 1st child when she is 23. Right after Princess was born, my grandma(dad's mom) said something to him and called him Grandpa. He looked at her and said "there is only one person in this world who can call me grandpa and she doesn't talk yet" LOL, he came around to the idea of being a grandpa really quick.. Good thing too seeing as now he has 6 grandchildren :)
I think I would be lost with out my dad. He isn't only a cool dad, he is very handy. Since buying our 1st home, he has put in our kitchen, drywalled pretty much the whole house, changed a laundry /mud room into a nice drywalled raised ceiling bedroom, fixed our washer/dryer, heater and central air. put on a new roof over our front porch, fixed and put siding on our chimney.. fixed a leaky roof. and remodeled our bathroom not once but twice, once when we 1st moved in and once This past March.. besides being very helpful around the house, he also does all my smaller repair and attempts to do the bigger repairs on our cars. Just a week ago he put new breaks on my van. So he has saved us a ton of money doing all this stuff for us..
Not only do I totally love my Dad, My kids think he is the greatest also. He has given them an open invite to spend the night over there anytime they want as long as he is home.. He takes them to movies and out to eat, and fishing, and to chuck e cheeses and just basically any place they want to go. and I think at least one of my kids end up spending the night over there every week.
My dad is the most wonderful dad on Earth..

I love you Dad VERY VERY much.

If you did any time traveling today, let me know so I can go visit a different time with you.


annie said...

Aw, I love your dad too! What a sweet man you had as your father. Loved all the pictures too!
Time traveling is fun!
Next week we will be traveling back to our favorite or most memorable vacation.

My Life as Annie!

Anonymous said...

Sniff...sniff....I was all teary while reading this. What an awesome dad. You are very blessed.

IRENE said...

That was a lovely Time Travel. Blessings to you and your family. And thank you for stopping by!

Barbara H. said...

Sounds like a wonderful, wonderful man. LOL at the grounding at the stairs!!

Doug and Stacey said...

There is nothing like that Father/Daughter bond. That was so sweet!

Anonymous said...

What a great post. I loved all the pictures. We had the same brown panels on our walls. :)

Anonymous said...

Awwww, what a great guy!! Your post was beautiful! I hope he reads your blog. If not, print this out and send it to him! What a heartfelt post!

palmtreefanatic said...

You were so lucky and Blessed to have such a fun and uplifting childhood! Your dad sounds super! What a wonderful post KC

Sure bring little man over any time:)

Renee's Ramblings said...

What wonderful memories! Your Dad sounds great!

kim said...

What a great picture of your dad you painted. He sounds like the kind of grandpa my husband is looking forward to being someday! :) Thanks for all the fun pictures--sure could tell you grew up in the '70s! *grin*

colleen said...

Aw how sweet!! Your dad sounds awesome!! What a great post.

Melanie said...

Your dad sounds like a wonderful man! Great memories.

Midlife Mom said...

What a wonderful tribute to your Dad!!! Make sure that he reads it and I promise you he will tear up again! My Dad did when I did a post about him a few months ago and I think it is important to say these things NOW! Super post!

Joyful Days said...

What a wonderful, fun guy. He is lucky to have you & you him.

Thank you for sharing that.

Fifi said...

What an absolute blessing to have a Dad like that!He played a very active roll in his kids lives! Something alot of Dads don't do!
Thanks for sharing!

Mama C said...

I knew I should have stopped reading mid way....sniff, sniff...great post.