father’s day 2017

This already feels like forever ago, but we had a sweet, simple Father’s Day celebration for our one and only best guy. Michael is the most amazing Daddy. His girls are his whole world, and I’m so grateful for his love, patience, and guidance when it comes to raising our daughters.

Each of the girls surprised him with one of his favorite candies…
…and subsequently begged him to share everything with them!Kaya made him a custom pipecleaner-pony-bead bracelet. He’s actually worn it every day for the past two weeks, and it’s surprisingly still holding up!I think the pictures just get crazier as this post goes on…
We ended up having our church’s stake conference on Father’s Day, which made our Sunday schedule a little different than usual. The primary kids sang “I’m So Glad When Daddy Comes Home” the previous week, and at the end of church, all the dads enjoyed some pie.

Of course, we still wanted to make him a special treat on the real holiday. We mixed up some homemade brownies. Kaelyn is always the first to jump up and help me bake!
If you can’t tell, the girls got completely sugar high on the brownie batter. Needless to say, they didn’t eat any actual brownies.

Kaya came home with one of those “my dad” surveys from primary, too. Here were her answers:

My Dad is… 29 years old.
My Dad’s favorite thing to do is… tickle me.
My Dad’s job is… helping me take a bath.
My Dad’s favorite food is… pizza.
My favorite thing to do with my Dad is… play hide and seek.
My Dad is really good at… volleyball.
My Dad makes me laugh when he… tickles me.
I am so happy when me and my Dad… hug each other.

Happy Father’s Day, buddy! We sure are lucky to have you.

a girl and her “dada”

I never truly realized how little time fathers get to actually see their children every day. Most days, Michael leaves for work before Kaya is even awake, and she goes to bed only about 2-2.5 hours after he comes home at night. We definitely try to make the most of the time we all have together.Processed with VSCOcam with a7 presetI also never realized how much it’d warm my heart to see the love Michael shares with his daughters. I love hearing their laughter ringing through our home and how she runs to him when he first walks through the door. I love all the silly things he does just to get her giggling.

I love how bath time is “their thing” and how she snuggles into his arms at night. It warms my heart to see how much she looks forward to spending time with him every day._MG_4090

Michael had a seminary meeting a few nights ago, and he wasn’t here to tuck her in and snuggle her to sleep. When she realized she was going to bed without him, the tears came pouring down. She kept crying “Dada, Dadaaaa”, and my heart was breaking for her._MG_3255Since then, she’s been extra sensitive to her Daddy leaving, and she asks for him as soon as she wakes up.

I love their love.