My kids are awesome! This is what they gave me for for Father's Day and it was the perfect gift because I used to read this story, "Hop on Pop", to them when we all still lived together and they wanted to let me know how much they remembered and missed this. I'll always remember such a thoughtful gift.
Of course, they're still children, and, it matters, they're still MY children, which means that they aren't just going to hand this to me. Oh, no. They thought it would be more meaningful by "hopping on pop" as a means of waking me up on Sunday morning, and that is what they did!
I'm just lucky to be alive to write about it.
See, the Little guy weighs close to 60 pounds, the Girlie girl stands in at 51 pounds (she's the poster child for Ethiopian famine relief) and the Big Guy is up at 80 pounds. Hoping on Pop without giving pop a chance to "get ready for the assault" could be a deadly proposition.
So, they asked what I wanted to do for Dad's day, as if I would actually get to pick the activity for the day. Before we left the house, they "convinced" me I wanted to Dollywood, so that's what we did. "KidsFest" was going on so it was really fun!
I also took this really cool picture of them, hatching; appropriate for the theme for the day!
That "does" explain a lot, come to think of it!
We had a really great time but it was also insanely hot and so the kids found ways to cool off, but the little guy was the most creative about it:
I've been a dad for a while now, and while I don't pretend to be an expert at anything, much less children, I have figured out a few things as a dad and from what my kids have shown me...
1. Time really flies... Have fun with your kids (and without them) because soon they'll change and things will change and it's just not the same. Enjoy the time with them.
2. Practice saying no. It won't kill them, (although they'll pout.)
3. Don't miss anything your kids will do, not if you can help it. You'll regret like like nothing else later.
4. If you have more than one kid, try to spend quality time, one on one, with each of them every so often. You'll really appreciate it, and so will they.
5. Don't expect a clean car.
(About number five, can anyone out there tell me how old your kids have to be before you "can" expect a clean car? I really want to know...)