"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty." - author unknown
I do not ever doubt that my children love me, however, there is something different about my kids and their daddy. Whenever they see Chris when he's been away from them, even if it's only for a short time, their eyes light up and they scream "Daddy!" and run to him...always. Even Cody who is not yet talking, lights up and starts moving like crazy when he sees Chris with his noise that sounds like he's gasping for air. It is true, genuine, love.
This father's day, we started out with breakfast at home, church, and then played in the backyard for a few hours. Despite having his own little setup, Cody just wanted to do what everyone else was doing, and kept making a break for the "big" pool.
(Don't you love Kailey's "floaty" in the picture above...you know, in that big gigantic pool we have in the backyard?)
When Cody started to get a little fussy, Chris rocked and sang to him and he fell right asleep in his arms.
After dinner, we surprised the kids with a trip to the boardwalk for a few games and some rides. We figured it was going to be a perfect day for it even though it was Sunday because it hadn't been the best weather all weekend so the crowds were lighter.
We are pretty lucky because the kids have learned that we always set limits on how many games and rides they can do and don't ever lose their cool when they are done with either. Occasionally they can get "one more" out of us, but don't push us when we say they're done. It's nice having the boardwalk so close by and it's a nice treat every once in awhile.
That night was fun because Colin and Kailey LOVE air hockey and their games are actually pretty competitive. They've gotten pretty good so it's fun to watch the 2 of them play.
Cody is anxiously awaiting his time to play!
My favorite to watch, however, is skee ball. While they have greatly improved, sometimes they can't keep that incredibly hard ball on their track and it will fly off to another lane or hit (very loudly) the fencing that covers the scoring area.
After we were done playing games, we went over to the rides for a little bit. Colin LOVES roller coasters, so we let him go first with Chris while Kailey and I watched. She's such a great little cheerleader!
I have watched this video over and over again because I LOVE seeing Colin on this. I actually can't wait to take him on some bigger rollercoasters in the future! I think he screams just because...he's definitely not afraid!
We tried to get our annual train ride picture, but we can't seem to get everyone in the shot...and looking at the same time!
Happy post-father's day to Chris, and to all of the other important men in our life....Granddad, Grandpa, Poppy, uncles, cousins, and friends....we love you!