Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day Weekend

For those of us fortunate enough to still have our fathers with us it was a great weekend to celebrate. For those that don't I hope many happy memories helped you get through the day. My Dad is 84 years old but is years younger in fitness and attitude. I know because I walk with him every morning and I can hardly keep up! My FIL is 92 and he still works every day too at the office with my husband. They both are an inspiration to the rest of us with their hard work ethic.

Here they are in the foyer of the restaurant while we waited to get in for our reservation.

We always have such a good time when we all get together and usually it involves food. Ahem.... Not all of us were there this time as my brother had to work and one of my sisters lives quite a distance away and couldn't come this time.

These are my blue eyed nieces!

Dad and my younger sister.

We are a very close knit family. We spend more time with each other then with friends outside the family. There are five of us 'kids' with me being the middle child. (that should tell you a lot!) We grew up in the country with my Dad working in the woods and my Mom holding down the fort at home. We attended a little country church within walking distance of our house. I got married in that church in 1971.

Dad worked extremely long hours in conditions that were very difficult, hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. I think he got frost bite more then once. Back then we got snow that was up over the front porch and then there was mud season to contend with. Dad drove the log trucks until he was in his 70's. Mom and I always hated to see him heading out early in the morning in the dense fog and were glad when he drove in at night. His work ethic is top notch.

Dad was also the head of the house and took us to church every Sunday. He lives what he believes. He and Mom have always set a good example for us kids, the grand kids and now the great-grand kids. He is generous to a fault and is always there to fix whatever we need done around here. The list is sometimes long when he gets home from Florida in the spring as Hubby and I aren't very gifted in the 'fixing' department!

I could go on and on but he reads this and I don't want him to get a swelled head! HI DAD! :o)

Friday night we went to the Kindergarten Year End Musical. Mimi and Bampie came in from the lake to go too so there the four of us set with our cameras and big smiles on our faces along with all the other grandparents waving to our grandchildren. Of course all the parents were there too. It was an adorable program. My pictures are kind of dark as it was in a big auditorium but you get the idea. We LOVE going to T and D's programs!

T is the one coming out from the middle in this shot in the blue shirt. The teachers did such a good job with this. Teaching 5 and 6 years old kids choreography can't be easy!

We're getting rain this week, all week. The only good thing is that I don't have to pull the hoses all around the house to water my flowers! I have all of my planting done and I could smell the petunias this morning when I went outside. In a few weeks they will be loaded with blooms. Someone wanted me to post a picture of the front of my house but I'm going to wait till all my plants are in bloom as it is so much prettier.

Guess that's it for today. I may be busy building that ark again so if you don't hear from me you'll know why! :o)


Linds said...

I should be ark building here too. Summer is distinctly missing at the moment, as in hot sunny days!

I loved readign about your dad... he sounds an amazing man, and you father-in-law too! The photos are beautiful .... happy close family!

MoziEsmé said...

Sounds like a great dad!

hippochick said...

hi mlm,

i love your pics. what handsome men your dads are. now "that" can go to their heads.

your nieces are lovely looking young women - your sister too.

my parents andsiblings are all gone. i so appreciate my brothers and sister in law - and my brothers and sisters in Christ.

glad your flowers are planted.

have a happy.

~hippo hugs~

Nancy said...

What a joy to visit your blog and meet your family. I am glad I stumbled upon your site. You have a wonderful family.

Thanks for sharing!

PEA said...

What a beautiful post in honour of your dad...he sounds like a wonderful man and his daughter sure takes after him:-) Isn't it unbelievable what parents will do for their children, to make sure they have food on the table and shoes on their feet...your dad is a good man and you are indeed very lucky to have him still with you!! Steve brought me to the cemetery yesterday so that I could place fresh flowers at my dad's grave:-)

How wonderful that your family is so close to each other...I wish my brothers all lived nearer!! We just seem so spread out but I am thankful that at least I have my mom nearby:-)

The Kindergarten Year End Musical sounds and looks like it was a lot of fun. I love watching children performing like that...they always look so adorable!!

Glad you were able to get all your flowers you, I'm waiting for them to all be in bloom now! We're supposed to get rain all week as it's been raining on and off. Once you've got the ark built, pick me up on your way, ok? lol Love you! xoxoxo

Marcy said...

We actually got some rain last week and over the weekend too! Altogether, almost 2 inches came to our house, according to our rain gauge. It seems like some of my flowers are about to be done blooming, but I do have some things just starting to bloom, which is how you are supposed to plant them, I guess.

That was a really sweet post about your dad and FIL. You have a beautiful family!

Mary said...

What a beautiful tribute to your father. You are so lucky to still have him and your FIL with you. Dad died in 1981 and if he had lived, he would be 92 today. We were lucky to have him as long as we did. He had rheumatic fever as a child and the doctor told his mother he wouldn't live to adulthood. However, he lived 65 years total. Your father and FIL both look very young.

The Kindergarten Musical looks like it was a lot of fun. I'm glad you have enjoyed all of the family gatherings.


Alice Grace said...

Happy father's day to your wonderful Dad! I am sure he is proud of that wonderful family gathered around! How nice that you spend time with him daily! What a wonderful family you have!!

Dawn said...

I wrote about my dad, too - they have some definite things in common!

Nancy said...

Great tributre to your dad! Both men are very handsome still! Can't believe you FIL still works! That is remarkable! You
are so fortunate to still have your dad. I lost mine in '95, and I was the baby of the family and always "daddy's little girl." We were even closer during my adult life.

Looked like a fun family gathering! Wouldn't be so much fun without food now, would it? LOL We always go all out with the food and desserts, too!

Your nieces and sister are all pretty young ladies! Sounds like you have a great family!

Send some of that rain down our way! It's so dry here, and we need rain so badly!

Oh, check Lyle's blog...he posted on the 13th and I didn't know it til tonight until I checked it out. He snuck one in on us! LOL

Great post with some great pics!!!


Pattie said...

Your Dad sounds like a great guy and a fantastic example of what fathers can do to make the world a better place.

I lost my Dad when I was only 19. I regret never knowing him as an adult - he died when I was still a self-centered teenager. I've often wondered if we would have been friends... I'd like to think so!

Can’t wait to see a photo of your house in “full bloom!”

kdwhorses said...

Great tribute to your Dad and FIL! Your Dad sounds like quite a man! Glad you all had a great family weekend and visit. Family is so important!!!
Wow look at all the kids! Great job! I know you all are very proud of them!
It is just hot and humid here. Threatened to rain last night, but nothing! Hope everyone remembers to stay hydrated during this weather!!

dcrmom said...

Great pictures! Isn't it awesome to have a close family?

I didn't realize you were a middle child -- just like Uncle! :-)

Callie said...

Wow, Your Dad looks great!

Needled Mom said...

Great post. It was such a fun read. Isn't it wonderful to have such a close family and to enjoy the get togethers so much.

We are currently in Banff, Canada and onto Calgary and then heading south tomorrow. It has been a wonderful trip so far. I am afraid that we are heading right into the rain in Iowa as we are going to be just about 40 miles from Cedar Rapids. Wish us luck.

palmtreefanatic said...

wow! your dad and FIL look GREAT!!!
Your dad sounds as wonderful as he can be!

You were married the year I was born;)cool!!

loved all the family photos! your neices have the bluest of eyes! WOW!!! So pretty, everyone is!

Tammy said...

OH, I just loved reading this tribute to your dad and seeing all the pictures of your get-together! What a blessing it is to still have him (and your FIL) with you!

Those were such Kindergarten show pictures, you know, my youngest just graduated K also!

Have a wonderful rest of the week- and hope you get some sunshine again very soon!

Michelle said...

Hi, I came to you from Nancy's Nonsense. Anyone that posts on her blog, I have to check out because she is such an amazing lady.

The grandkids are so sweet. I miss my daughters being that little. With a teenager in the house, I LONG for those days! lol.

Your dad sounds like an amazing man, it is wonderful to hear that people still are "big family people" I think that is what we are losing quickly in our society.

As an aside,
Welcome to our little bloggy universe!