My Best Friend Dad.

This Sunday is Father’s Day. I am very excited but just like the past two years I am sad. It is hard to believe my dad has been gone three years this October.

It is a crazy feeling not having parents. You have no one to call and just talk to about things. My dad was a great listener. He would not give his two cents unless you asked. He would tell me if I was wrong, tell me it would be ok, and he always told me he loved me. He was my rock in many ways. Now I sit here and I catch myself listening to his voicemails and how he would always start them off with “Hey Tyler, Its your Dad!” like I did not know who I was talking to.

I read about the latest political scandals going on and all the things that President Trump is doing and I know that if my father were alive he would have a field day. I always told my dad to start a blog. It would have been a great blog full of his personal insight. My dad was very opinionated so his blog would have been an amazing read.

My dad always loved movies and he loved Marvel movies. Every time one would come out he raced to the theater on opening night to be one of the first to see it. Sometimes he waited for me to go with him. Going to the movies with my dad was one our favorite things to do together. It was our time to bond. Now I may not make it to opening night but I do go and see the newest Marvel every chance I get.

One of the things my dad had that he loved was his truck. He was always so proud of his truck. After he passed away I got it and made it my own but all of his things are still in it. Sometimes when I am driving I reach up and grab his hanging cross on his rear view mirror and say “Love you Dad”.

One thing he loved more then me was K-Dub. I don’t care what anyone thinks but he loved my oldest daughter more then anything. I am 95% sure she was his favorite grandchild. He always came and saw her to play with her. She loved him and still today, she asks me about him. I miss watching them bond. It was something very special. I know that if he was here today then he would love Evie. They would have been great friends.

As the years have come and gone I don’t think missing him ever gets easier. Its just around this time of year I miss having a dad to honor. I miss being able to pick of the phone and call him. He was taken from me so soon and I did not even get a chance to say goodbye. Life is not always far and things happen. People die and it is sometimes ones that are real close to you. My dad maybe be died but his memories are still with me. His advice still guides me, his love is still in my heart. Just when I can’t think of a better gift, he still there to remind me what is most important.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

Our Little Family Beach Trip

This past weekend we headed down to Holden Beach for a little family vacation. Nothing fancy but us and the rest of BrittWhitFun’s family. We really had no choice cause of all the renovations going on we could not be at the house.

The first day we were there we had a great breakfast over at Nana’s house. We then headed to the dock and got on my FIL’s boat. There is just something great about being on a boat in the summer time. We rode around for a while and found a great spot on the inlet and set up camp.

We spent the entire morning and afternoon playing in the sand, swimming, fishing, and just relaxing. It was great. The beach is one of my favorite places and it is awesome that my in laws share the same joy.

After we got done we loaded up camp and came back to the dock. We went back to the motel we were staying and got showers. After we got cleaned off we headed back over to Nana’s house so the kids could have some alone time with their Pop and Nana while the adults went out to dinner.

We had a great dinner at Provision Company which included a couple of cocktails and seafood. It is always great to get away without the kids and enjoy some adult laughs and conversation.  After dinner we went to a local ice cream shop where my SIL just can’t seem to eat an ice cream cone the right way. I mean who bites the end of a cone with ice cream still in there?

After some much needed rest we ready for day two. We went back to Nana’s house and ate breakfast again and then headed down to the beach.

We spent another long morning and afternoon on the beach swimming, digging holes, looking for seashells, and eating burgers from the local pier. Its was an awesome day. My kids got disgusting, especially Evie, and had to be rinsed off before heading home.

I must say I love my in laws and my little family. Our beach trips are always so much fun. I hope that even though our Nana is selling her place that we can continue these trips and enjoy each others company.

Superheros And Horse Riding

This past weekend was my nephews birthday party. No they are no twins but their birthdays are like two weeks apart so my SIL like to do one big birthday party and to be quite frank, I do not blame her.

So the theme for their party was superhero. Man I wish I had boys so I could do cool themes like this. You can only be a princess so many times before you want to move on.

The party was so much fun and very hot as the whole thing was outside on my FIL’s farm. I love that farm. They have a ton of land and it is so peaceful unlike the loud suburbs we live in. To start things off we indulge ourselves in watermelon, funny cut shaped PB&J sandwiches, chips, and deli meat pinwheels. My SIL knows how to party.

After we ate, we began to to tractor rides around in the field.

And horse rides for the kids…

and adults..meaning me.

Then we had some really good cake.

I think my nephews had a great party. I am looking forward to spoiling them this coming weekend at the beach.

What A Holiday Weekend

I think that holiday weekends go by the fastest. I am pretty sure I am correct. I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and are ready to get back to work. I know that that last part is a little harder to hear. I know I could use another day by the pool.

My little family had a great weekend. We started Saturday by cleaning the house and getting ready for our new furniture to be delivered. We bought a new kitchen table and chairs and a big girl bed for K-Dub. The only problem was that they never put the box spring on our order so we spent a great part of our afternoon tracking down a box spring for her bed. Once we found on at Mattress Firm we got it and K-Dub had her first night in her new bed.

Sunday we got up and had coffee and went to the new Whole Foods that opened up near us in Waverly. I had never been inside a Whole Foods and had read many blogs were people account their own horror stories. I found this place really cool and I can’t wait to go back. The produce was fresh, the hot bar was amazing, and they atmosphere was cool. They even had their own little seating area upstairs. Is it a grocery store, is it a restaurant, or is it a coffee bar? Who knows but it was a neat experience.

After eating lunches and nap times we got ready and went to the first of many to come pool sessions. I think my girls loved it. They enjoyed it so much that when we got in the car to grab dinner they both fell asleep so my wife and I ended up getting our food to go. After super we decided to take the girls for a snow cone in Waxhaw and it was good. My favorite was the cherry margarita.

Monday I went and worked out. I then came home and cleaned up the backyard. My BIL and SIL came over with my nephews and we went back to the pool for a couple of hours. once we got back I put on my Martha Stewart hat and got to cooking. I made baked beans, I grilled some corn and bacon cheddar burgers, cut up a watermelon, and served warm apple pie with some ice cream. The kids enjoyed playing with some bubble guns we got them. We gave the kids a bath before the nephews went home and I passed out.

It was a great weekend and I hope you got to spend some time with your love ones and remember those who served us so we could celebrate this great holiday.

Happy Wednesday!

 

Uncle & Nephew Time

It is not every day I get to spend the entire afternoon with just my nephew but this past weekend was one of those rare occasions. We met up with my SIL and BIL at the park the other day and let the kids play and run any excess energy they had out. It also gave us adults some time to chat. My nephew Holden and K-Dub where playing and having a great time like always.

When it came time to leave I may have invited my nephew over to hang with me not thinking he would actually want to. He is three and his parents, especially his mom, are his world. The was a very good lesson for me cause he actually said yes and I would have looked like a complete A-hole if I said no.

So after we all went to lunch together, his parents dropped him off at my house and went on their way to do some shopping. My wife and kids had a birthday party to go to and I was left with Holden. I had no idea what we where going to do. He looked at me and I asked hime. He said he wanted to go the movies.

We ended up going to the movies and seeing Boss Baby which was actually a great little movie. It was way better then I expected and it also gave me an opportunity to spoil my nephew with popcorn, candy and soda. He loved it.

After the movie I really wanted a cup of coffee and Holden may have let it slip that he wanted a cake pop. So being the cool uncle I am, we went to Starbucks.

When dropping him off he told me I was his best friend and showed me his new Captain America costume he got for Costume Day at school. I really ended up having a ton of fun with this kid.

I love all my nephews and nieces and sometimes it is just nice to take them and spoil them a little bit and work on our relationship. My mom once told me that every person you come in contact with, even if it was a bad contact, shape you to who you are and who you will be. I feel that I am shaping my nephew to be even more awesome then he already is.

The Last 3 Days Part 1- Back To The Kingdom

Sorry for the short break. The Wifi in the room was not very good so I had to wait until I was home before I could share more pics of the trip.

Day 4 had us venturing back to The Magic Kingdom for some more fun. The first thing was a breakfast at 1900 Park Fare which was by far my favorite breakfast on our trip. There we ran into some familiar faces like Mary Poppins, Alice, The Mad Hatter, and Pooh and Tigger.

Then we headed to the park and rode The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

Then we got the great flying elephant DUMBO!!!!

And of course THE SPINNING TEACUPS!

After our spin we walked around the park and I manage to get some cute shots of the kids

After we ate a great dinner at Liberty Tree we got on Aladdin’s magic carpets.

Finally it was time to go but not without witnessing the awesome fireworks of The Magic Kingdom.

It was a great way to end a great day!

Rescue Watson

So last week I did something that I never thought I was ever going to do. I got a dog!! Here is the story…

For a while my wife and I have talked about getting a new dog. We love Tanner but I was really wanting to add a new member to the family. I originally wanted a basset hound cause I grew up with them. I had been looking at websites and newspapers looking to see what was available but I knew one thing and that was I did not want to get a puppy.

So I went to the shelter and got Watson!

He was just standing there looking at me and when they let him out he came over a put his head on my leg. It was love.

Welcome to the family Watson!