the boys and I woke up early this morning (well, ok, they always wake up early but I happily bounced out of bed with them this morning rather than trudging behind). we were all still groggy from our vacation but we had important work to do.
it was father’s day, after all.
I had a very specific project in mind, inspired in part by all of the awesome garlands I’ve been seeing around, like this one here. I wanted to make a clothesline-style garland with photos of papa being a papa. then it occurred to me how much I love the way the boys say things. so, I decided to ask them to tell me what they wanted to write and we added these quotes to the garland. however, because we had been on vacation up until yesterday all of this was done quite swiftly in the wee morning hours. this might have been a good thing really, because it came together quite nicely and I could have spent way too much time on it…if I had the chance. and that is a pretty silly thing that happens to me a lot.
anyhow, the boys loved this project and came up with the most amazing things to say about their papa. my favorite is this post title and some of the others are :
I love my papa and I love him from home.
I loved papa, cuddling with him when I was a baby.
papa is my father. I am very excited I am his son.
kieran is a lucky man we have for a dad.
papa woke up just as we were finishing and the boys could hardly contain their excitement. they were literally running in circles and pointing at things. it was a great, great start to the day.
we try to make a real effort around here to ensure that our experiences around holidays and birthdays are about making sure someone feels special and loved. we don’t always get it right but for mother’s and father’s day I’m particularly keen to keep things handmade and heartfelt. parenting, for all of its challenges, is nothing if not from the heart.
happy father’s day to the world’s best man for our dad.