What would we do without our dad! This post is dedicated to all the wonderful dads out there, but especially Matt, my dad Bill and Matt's dad Russ. I know Matt would say some really wonderful things about his dad, but I'm going to have to do it so that I can write about Matt :)
Matt and I both have awesome families. They both live within 15 minutes of us and we know that they care very much about our family. They have done so much for us and we love them all so much. Matt's dad Russ was just out here today digging hole's in our backyard for the deck that he is helping us build. He is great with the kids and has always been there for us. Obviously Matt would have much more to say on a personal level seeing as though he was raised by him (and he has done a great job because I truly have yet to meet someone that's husband is as awesome as Matt)! So thanks Russ (and Liz of course) for raising a truly wonderful person. I know it wasn't always easy, but in the end, I can't imagine you could be any more proud of what he has become. Matt is truly one of the most generous, caring and loving people I've ever known. He has been this way since the day I met him and surprised me even more the day he became a father. Matt showed me that not only was he this way with me, but also with his children. I could tell the minute Will was born. I remember Matt by my side as they took Will over to be checked not moving to be by me but not taking his eyes off of his new son. I had to say, go see him before he moved. He has loved our children unconditionally from day one. He would do anything for them and has. We feel so lucky to have him and I feel so lucky to have someone who never puts his kids and wife second. He is wonderful with the kids. So good that it's really hard to put it into words! We love you daddy!
I also want to say Happy Father's day to my dad, Bill. Bill has been my dad since I was 10. I didn't realize how true this was until a few years later, when I figured out what a father really was, but I feel so thankful for having Bill. He married my mom, never having been married or having children, to get a family. I know when I was younger he heard the words 'you are not my real dad" many times, but there's really nothing further from the truth. I don't and haven't had a relationship with my biological father since I was much younger, and I feel so lucky that even through some hard times (for all of us) Bill has always been there for me. He never, for one day, played the roll of 'I'm not your real father.' He loved my sister and I from the very beginning and I know he loves us very much today. Although I never used the name dad when talking to him, there's no one that I would rather call my dad. He has been there for me, cared about me, and loved me for a long time and I feel very lucky to have such a special dad in my life. So special that I named my son William after him and middle name Russell after Matt's dad. It certainly wasn't because we had to, it was because we wanted to. I can only hope that Will grows up to be as good of a dad as my dad, Matt and Russ. Thanks Bill for not only being a great dad when you had no obligation to do so and for treating me like I was nothing less then your 'real' daughter but for loving Will and Kaela the way you do.
So thanks to the three of you for being who you are and loving us the way you do!
Matt and Kaela (Kaela's 1st day) Daddy and Kaela (end of May)
Matt and Will (about a week old) Will and Daddy at the end of May (his little clone)
Will with his Grandpa (Bill) -Cheers!
Will with his other Grandpa (Russ) being silly
A list of Will and Kaela's favorite things about daddy:
I love when you act like a dinosaur and chase me down the hall.
We love when you get us and tickle us.
We love that you are home with us during the day.
We love that you take us to play group every week.
We love that you let us run around in the same clothes we wore to bed all day when mommy is at work.
We love that you change our poopy diapers.
We love that you make us yummy lunches.
We love that you give us lots of hugs and kisses.
We love that you love us even when we scream and cry and throw things, usually for no reason at all.
We love that you teach us new things.
We love that you play outside with us.
We love that you set up our swing set.
I love that you put my train tracks together and play with my trains with me.
I love that you are silly.
I love that you know I am hording binki's in my room and you don't try to find them and take them away.
I love that sometimes I get Lucky Charms and you let me eat just the marshmallows
We love that you love everything about us no matter what anyone else thinks.
We love that you think we are perfect in every way (we know we are, but of course it's nice that you and mommy think so too).
I love that you care enough about me to put my brace on, even though I don't always like it.
We love that you cuddle us.
And most importantly we love that you are our daddy! We love you and hope you have a great Father's Day. XOXO
Will and Kaela