My Perfect Father’s Day

Just when I think my little girls could not surprise me anymore, they do. I had a great Father’s Day and thanks to my girls and my amazing wife, I was showered with love the entire day.

I woke up to “Happy Father’s Day” from K-Dub, which was followed by lots of hugs and kisses. After we got dressed they handed me their homemade cards. Nothing is better then a homemade card.

I was taken to my favorite breakfast spot which is Stacks in Waxhaw. If you ever go I suggest you go early as the line can get crazy. We stuffed our faces with pancakes, French toast, and hash browns and bacon. So good and so worth it!

After breakfast went on our usual Sunday Target run to get some things for the week and my wife bought me some new clothes. When we got home, I left with K-Dub and went to see Cars 3. It was a great time with just the two of us. I spoiled her with candy and popcorn and she soaked up every minute with me.

When we got home we went swimming for a couple of hours at the neighborhood pool and then went home where I made my famous Mac and cheese with fried squash and cornbread. It was yummy! Then I was treated to Pelican’s Snowcones in Waxhaw. This place is so good. They over 50 flavors and it is very affordable. I got cherry margarita and blue raspberry. So good.

I loved my Father’s Day. I got to spend it with my girls who I love more then anything in this world. Being a dad is the best job I could ask for and one that I never take for granted.

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!

K-Dub’s Concert

I have no idea why I did not share this a few weeks ago. I must have had a ton of other crazy things going on. A couple of weeks ago K-Dub had a concert put on by her school for the parents. It was her first one in the entire three years she had been there. I was actually pretty excited about going. What is more cute then a bunch of adorable kids singing? Right?

So we got her all dressed up. I left work early to ensure I was there on time. We got to the school and dropped her off at her classroom before going and taking our seats in the auditorium.

Soon it was time to start and the kids came marching in looking all adorable. Soon they started singing. I could not find K-Dub at first. I had to stand a little out of my chair and found that all the other kids were singing and she was standing there with her hands over her mouth. Only my kid. Take a look.

I was not made at her by any means but it was still pretty cute.

Exploring Charleston

As. you could tell from last weeks posts it was mine and BrittWhitFun’s anniversary. We decided that instead of taking the usually trip to the beach to go somewhere we both have never been. So after some talking my wife decided to book us a weekend in Charleston, SC. I have always heard that Charleston was a beautiful town that was full of local artist, good food, and some great local beer. I have to say that after a long weekend I have never been more sick of food and beer but it the greatest way possible.

We arrived in Charleston Friday afternoon. We were both starving. We decided to stay in Mt. Pleasant cause it was cheaper and there were plenty of stuff to do here also. The first place on our list was some good lunch. After some suggestions from our friends we ended up at Shem’s Creek Bar and Grill. I of course had to try shrimp and grits for the first time and it did not disappoint. We sat near the water and watched people paddle board in the creek. I tried an IPA called Damn Yankee that was very good.

After lunch we headed to Isle of Palms beach. This beach was cool. There were plenty places to park(for a $1.50) and lots of shops. The beach as amazing. The sand was so soft. My wife and I took a long nap on the beach and just relaxed with one another.

Soon it was time for dinner. We headed to our hotel and checked in and then went to Melvin’s Ribs and Que. It was a lot of food and I could not even finish it but it was good what I ate. Then we went to a bar and had some drinks and desert. before calling it a night.

The next day we got dressed and headed to Charleston. We stopped first at Another Broken Egg Cafe. After waiting for a table for an hour and another hour for our food we indulged in a cinnamon roll that was out of this world followed by a Hello Lucy. The food was worth the wait! So good and I wanted to steal there little cute mugs but my wife told me we did not need another one.

After breakfast/lunch we explored the market place. I loved this place cause it was nothing but local artist and chiefs. We bought a few gifts for some loved ones and ourselves and I did manage to get a nice coffee cup. We even found a cool Charleston Christmas store and bought some ornaments for our tree this year.

We managed to find a cool wine bar and sat down and enjoyed a couple of glasses before heading out to see some sites.

The first place we went to was Washington Square Park. This place was so cool and it had plenty of shade. It was behind this beautiful church. After cooling off we headed to Waterfront Park which had an awesome view of the water, a pier, two splash pads, and a water taxi. It was just so neat to walk through.

By this time we were tired so we got to our car and went to Starbucks and grabbed some iced coffees. I fell asleep cause according to my wife I can fall asleep anywhere. True story.

I had made dinner reservations for us at an upscale restaurant called Magnolia’s. So we headed back into downtown and made our way there. We had some great martinis to start us off. We then were seated and indulged ourselves in some fried Mac and cheese and palmetto chesse, which now that I am typing this makes it sound bad for my stomach. My wife got a salad and I got buttermilk fried chicken that was out of this world. I wish I could have stopped myself long enough to take a picture of it. So good.

After dinner we went to the hotel and chilled out for a little and then headed back to Isle of Palms again. This time we just got some ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s and walked on the beach and looked for shells. It started to get dark and we headed back to our hotel for some rest.

I must say it was a great vacation with my wife. It is not every day we get to have some alone time. She did a great job about being away from the girls all weekend. Sunday she was ready to get home and I really can’t blame her. I was missing them also. It was a great anniversary with my love. I still can’t believe we made it to six years and I can’t help but feel we are only getting started.

The Wedding

Here we are. We are finally at our wedding day post. It is hard to believe that this was six years ago and that so much has changed since then. Our marriage is far from perfect and everyday we strive to be better for one another and our children. We love each other very fierce and that has not changed in six years.

To my love, partner, and best friend… I love you and Happy Anniversary! Here is to many more.

The following is from a previous blog entry

Our wedding day was very busy. Brittney and I had a lot of things to get done and a lot of loose ends to tie up. I woke up and my groomsman and I headed over to my parents house for a much appreciated breakfast. My mom made me liver mush and for those of you that have not tried it, it is actually really good.

We then had to leave and meet my father-in-law at the park to set up the chairs and the sound system for the wedding. I waited there while Spencer and Chris left to go and get some cables for the sound system. I stayed there by myself and called my friend Cattie.

Once we were done with that I took the guys to get some lunch and then we headed to my apartment to get our luggage for our honeymoon. We then left there and went to the hotel and got ready.

Once we arrived back at the park, I saw tons of cars of our friends and families. My groomsman and I had to hide in the park bathroom to avoid Brittney and I from seeing each other. After praying with the pastor and having a moment alone with my brother, I was ready to do this.

I headed down to the gazebos where everyone was waiting. I walked my mom down the aisle and kissed her cheek as she took her seat. I had to have my back to the audience as the bridesmaids walked down the aisle cause Brittney did not want me to get a peak of her as she was getting ready to marry me.

I was told to turn around and saw the woman I love in her beautiful gown. It was better than I could have imagined it. I immediately started to tear up at the beautiful sight that was my bride.

After exchanging rings and vows, we were finally pronounced man and wife. We both had a very interesting journey to this day so it was awesome to enjoy this moment we both have been waiting for.

Our reception was amazing. We had great food and music. There was lots of dancing and cake! I remember dancing with my wife for the first time and how I told her that we finally did it, We were husband and wife!

We left our reception, with lots of hugs and kisses from friends and family. I remember looking back as we rode off together and thinking to myself that if I had to do it all again, I would in a heartbeat. Maybe not the same way.

 

How We Got Engaged!

 

In a continuation of honoring my wife this week on the blog leading up to our 6th wedding anniversary, here is the story of how I asked her to marry me.

The following is from a previous blog entry. Enjoy!

I always wondered how when it came time to officially ask Brittney to marry me, how I was going to do it. It was not a shock to our family and friends considering we had a wedding already being planned. I still wanted my future bride to have that moment where the one who loves her more than anything gets down on one knee and look her in the eye and ask the question. Will you marry me?

For sometime I was in the process of trying to finish paying off her engagement ring. I picked it out in May of 2010 but could not get it paid off till January of 2011. I finally just said “You know, I am ready for her to have this and make this official”.

I spent a few days trying to come up with the perfect plan. I was thinking of taking her out to dinner in Downtown Charlotte and then having our families and friends waiting for us at the restaurant, but the only problem with that was it felt kind of dumb cause everyone knew we were planning a wedding.  So then I decided to just let it be the two of us and got that Saturday night and just go for it on the streets of Charlotte.

I got the ring out of “ring jail” on Thursday, January 25 and was really excited. I went to show my mother the ring and she said for me just to do it today and surprise her. I thought it was a wonderful idea.

On the way home to meet her I called her dad and asked for his permission, which again was not needed, but I wanted to do the right thing. He told me to go for it and to have her call him afterwards.

I got to the apartment and told her that my Dad wanted us to look at a catering place for the wedding in Charlotte.  So with so much hesitation from Brittney, we got in the car and headed that way. It was so hard to keep the excitement in. I kept feeling my pocket and she kept looking at me. She later told me she knew I was acting weird.

We got to the heart of Charlotte and started to walk around. It started to rain and I was starting to get nervous looking for the perfect spot.  i found a fountain on the corner of the street. I stopped us and got down on one knee. She asked me what I was doing and I said I was tying my shoe. I then told her I hated the rain and she responded with then get up and lets go.

I looked up and said, “Or I could do this. Will you marry me?”

She was so excited she grabbed the ring from my hand and put it on her finger and said, “Yes!”

We kissed in the street in the pouring rain and started to walk back to the car. I later confessed everything over a cup of coffee while we were between calls to our families.

How I Met Your Mother

So this week is BrittWhitFun and I anniversary! We have been married six years this Saturday! For the next few days I am going to travel back in time and show some old photos from us when we started dating and also telling the stories of how we met and got engaged and finally married.

As many of our friends and family know we met at the local Urgent Care. My mom was my wife’s boss at the time and had been pushing for us to meet. I just went through a really bad breakup and my wife was left at the alter. I know right! Its like an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I was not one to like being fixed up, especially by my own mother so I declined.

One day I woke up and I knew I had pink eye so I called my mom and she got me in to see the doctor. So I drove to the Urgent Care and sat in my my moms office until I was called to a room.

Once I was in the room and settled, this girl walked in with a red scrub top and curly hair. She could barley look at me and I just could not stop looking at her. She was stunning. As we went through the list of questions we came to “are you a smoker” and I said “yes”. She looked at me and asked, “Does your momma know you smoke?”

I replied and yes and later seen by the doctor. Once I was finished I went back to my moms office and found out I was set up by her. She had a plan all along to have my future wife take me back to the room. I told my mom she was cute and I would like to go out with her but I had to run. I wrote my number on a sticky note and gave it to my mother to give to her.

A few days later she called me and we ended up going out on a date. We talked about our past relationships and what we wanted out of love and life. We found we have very little in common but there was a spark. Soon that spark turned into a fire.

Since that first date we never left each other’s side. She would come to the apartment and eat dinner and sometimes sleep over and then rush home before her dad got home from work. We went to the beach and I met her Nana for the first time. Soon I was dating my best friend and it was not long before I told her I loved her for the first time on Holden Beach Pier.

The rest is history.