Happy Father’s Day, Pai

Our handsome daddy

Our handsome daddy

Daddy – in honor of Father’s Day, we took a little stroll down memory lane and found some of our favourite photos from days and moments spent with you. What we found were so many laughs, so many adventures, so many full, full bellies and so many memories made.

Dad, we love you and can’t wait to come spend the day with you to celebrate a day in honor of who you are to us – all while making new memories with you.

Happy Father’s Day, Pai ❤

Love, your girls ~ Julia, Toni, Jacqueline and Andreah

The story is Jacqui punched Andreah... Right?

The story is Jacqui punched Andreah… Right?

Avô

Avô

Fishing with dad

Fishing with dad

Summer trips

Summer trips

Graduation ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies

LONG ass road trips... To B.C.!

LONG ass road trips… To B.C.!

Hikes and adventures

Hikes and adventures

Birthdays

Birthdays

Always surrounded by women...

Always surrounded by women…

Stroll on the beach days

Stroll on the beach days

More celebrations

More graduation celebrations

Finally gaining some balance with the male/female ratio

Finally gaining some balance with the male/female ratio

Still loves his time with his girls though

Still loves his time with his girls though

First visit at the new house

 

Dadventures!

Father’s Day is right around the corner.

When we sisters decided to do Father’s Day posts, I truly had no idea what to write about exactly. After reading the sisters’ posts, I was moved and awed.

I thought for longer than I should have, and one thing kept popping into my mind over and over again: there is really only one thing I can say about fathers, and to do it I am going to tell you all a story.

One day, I was about 12 or 13 years old, and I was home alone with our dad. It was a Saturday and spring time. I was sitting on the couch and he came out from his office. Stretched his arms into the air, looked out the window and then turned to me.

“Wanna go get some ice cream?”

“Sure Dad, I’ll get my shoes on.”

I was thinking we were going to walk downtown to the amazing local ice cream store. So I put on my socks and running shoes and was all ready outside waiting for him.

He walked out the door and hopped into the vehicle (I believe at that time he had the Jimmy).

I was really confused – Dad likes to walk – but not thinking anything of it I got in and put on my seat belt.

Then he started driving away from town. In fact, we were going somewhere new…and I didn’t have a freaking clue where it was.

For the first time that I could remember, I had our dad all to myself. We talked the entire way there (wherever there was).

After driving for about 40 to 45 minutes, I finally asked, “Dad, where are we going?”

“To get ice cream.”

“… But, where?”

“It’s an adventure Kid; you will see.”

That was the only thing I really remember from the entire drive. That for the first time ever I got to go on an adventure.

We ended up going to Port Dover and getting ice cream on the beach and then walking around for a couple hours, just hanging out and talking. I don’t even remember half of what we said that day on the way there or back.

I do however remember I got bubble gum ice cream that was bright blue and stained my lips and tongue, and that I came home with Dad, happy and sun burnt.

I have never forgotten my first adventure.

My dad and I have not always had the best relationship (everyone has their bumps), but he gave me the greatest thing I could have asked for in my life – my love for adventures, and to just do something, even if it seems silly.

“All you can do is try, Kid.”

I carry it with me, Dad, and thank you for the best part of my life.

Andreah and Dad - Graduation Day (Another Adventure)

Me and Dad on graduation day (another adventure)

To me, being a dad is about letting your kids see possibilities. It’s about letting them have adventures and being there supporting them if they fail or if they triumph. I know Joe is going to be an awesome dad, and I know that one day, when we do embark on that brand new adventure, it is going to be everything that an adventure should be: exciting, scary, happy, sad, and a whole other range of emotions no one can even begin to describe. Dad taught me a lot throughout my life, but one thing that really stuck is the adventures.

Here’s to all the adventures, Dad!

~ Andreah

Future fatherhood fever

This week being the week before Father’s Day, the sisters are writing about fatherhood, and much like my Mother’s Day post, I am looking to the future!

In previous conversations with some of my girlfriends, the discussion of children comes up, and for those of us who do not have them, the obvious question is, “Well…do you want them?”

One statement was made more than once – “I want them, but ‘Bob’ isn’t sure he will make a good dad… So I don’t know….” (Names have been changed). This is a very truthful statement, and I am sure that every man who decides to enter into fatherhood has this doubt.

Since the beginning of the saga that is Cody and Jacqui, Cody was never shy to tell me he wanted kids. I think this may have attracted me to him more than I already was. I am so close with my sisters that I want to recreate this bond. I have always wanted kids!

Holding Isaac

When Julia first announced Sophie, my oldest niece, Cody refused to hold her… He did the same with Lillian. But with Isaac, he had already been around babies and he became more comfortable. Every time I see him with my nieces, my uterus skips a beat and I get excited for our future babies to come.

Uncle Cody

 

The duties never end

Cody was lucky enough to grow up with two dads.

Vic who is the sweetest man, willing to give the shirt of his back to anyone, never asking for anything in return. If you are lucky enough to know him, then you know what I mean! The first time I met him, I immediately was one of his own, taken under his wing, so much so that I was told to call him Dad. He made me breakfast in bed and made it known that when I was at his house, I was not to lift a finger. To this day, as soon as we get to his house, I sleep – I may not be tired, but it’s like a sanctuary from our regular hustle and bustle. Dad helped us buy our house, is always quick to the rescue when we need it and not a day goes by that Cody doesn’t talk to him.

Best friends

Now, Cody’s step dad Paul and I have not always seen eye to eye on things. But I have said to him before and I say it to him again…if it wasn’t for him, we would still be living in their basement. Whenever there is a problem with the house, we call Paul and he drops everything to help. This is why last year when he broke his foot in Florida, there was no doubt in my mind that I would help. I took him to the hospital and stayed with him until he was done – I even snuck him food after the surgery. Cody and I would go over during last summer to help around the house where it needed it, because Paul would do this for us. He is quick with advice, and quick to help whenever and where ever he can.

Paul and his Momma

Because of these two men, I have no doubt in my mind of the amazing man and father Cody will be.

Cody’s father Vic on the right and his late Grandpa on the left. Forever Cody’s biggest influences.

~ Jacqui

 

It takes a special man to be a dad

Any man can be a father, but it takes a special kind of man to be a dad.

Just a bunch of babes

Just a bunch of babes

It takes a special heart to be a daddy. It takes patience, understanding, presence, strength, support, acceptance and most of all an active love.

Visiting daddy at work

Visiting daddy at work

Daddy is an earned name. It is called in times of joy, in times of pain and in times of sorrow. It is called when a defender, cheerleader or teacher is needed.

Melted.

Melted

Dads are a daughter’s first love and a son’s first hero.

My world <3

My world ❤

The first time I can remember knowing that I loved Michael, was the first time I watched him with his innocently beautiful daughter and beyond adorable son. My heart melted and never recovered. He is so much more than a father. He is a dad.

Happy Father's Day, Michael!

Happy Father’s Day, Michael!

Happy Father’s day to this wonderful man of mine – your children are beyond lucky to call you their daddy and I can’t wait to witness your relationships as they grow.

~ Toni

Mr. Right

Smart.

First boyfriend to have a licence AND a car. Dreamy

First boyfriend to have a licence AND a car. Dreamy.

Good father.

Dressing our first for the first time.

Dressing our first.

Funny.

145

Power struggle.

296

Hottie even when he’s silly.

120

Nice hat.

Ben Hat

And again…nice hat.

Good father.

Daddy and his girls.

Daddy and his girls.

Strong.

136

Sophie sitting on the ceiling.

267

Jungle-gym Daddy

322

Lillian flying high.

551

Unimpressed Christmas angel.

Ben Strong

Pipes.

Good father.

Father and son.

Father and son.

Handsome.

Smokin'.

Smokin’.

Good father.

Sophie hated water. Brave Daddy made it okay.

Sophie hated water. Brave Daddy made it okay.

 

Snow angels for Sophie.

Snow angels for Sophie.

 

Best snuggler. Ever.

Best snuggler. Ever.

 

Best bed. Ever.

Best bed. Ever.

 

Best heater. Ever.

Best heater. Ever.

 

Best lunch date. Ever.

Best lunch date. Ever.

Mr. Right for all the right reasons.

Seriously. Luckiest gal. Ever.

Seriously. Luckiest gal. Ever.

Happy Father’s Day to the best thing that’s ever happened to our family. You are awesome. Incredible. Amazing. And we’re so blessed you’re ours.

~ Julia