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Hot Tub'n with Daddy

Posted By: Allie
Dec 27th, 2011

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Heather Wrote: Jan 6th, 2012
How fun. Your kids look cute! I love your new background!
Allie Wrote: Dec 28th, 2011
Kairi looks so cute with you, I love when you spend time together.
Jared Wrote: Dec 28th, 2011
Kairi actually enjoyed it this time and had lots of fun. Last time we tried to have her get in, she just cried and wanted to get out. I turned the heat down so it was just warm for the kids.

Posted By: Allie
Dec 27th, 2011

Christmas this year was fantasic! Kaden and Kairi were so excited for everything. Kaden got a bike and spiderman helmet and Santa surprised Kairi(and me) with a HUGE doll house. We had talked about getting her one for her birthday, but Jared bought it sometime before christmas and just kept it a secret, even from me.  He also had a few other surprises for me that i've been wanting for some time now. This man is THE BEST!

We spent most of the morning assembling their new toys. Kaden's favorite gift is his bike and remote control car, and Kairi loves her Tinkerbell and doll house.

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myndi Wrote: Feb 8th, 2012
That is such a big doll house!
Heather Wrote: Jan 6th, 2012
awww Jar, good job!!
Christmas Eve

Posted By: Allie
Dec 27th, 2011

On Christmas Eve we visited family and celebrated Gram's birthday. We decorated cookies for santa, attempted making homemade snowglobes with a lot of trial and error, and then the kids had a gift exchange. Kaden got an airplance and Kairi got a mickey mouse coloring book, which they both loved. Until Kairi found out that Kaden got the airplane and then she got sad because she wanted one too. She LOVES airplanes and helicopters, but she also loves mickey mouse clubhouse...she just wanted both.

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Exploded pipe

Posted By: Jared
Dec 19th, 2011
So last week I went over to my parents house to try and replace the starter in my Jeep with the new one and as I opened the shop door, there was lots of noise. I turned the light on and saw a huge mess from a pipe that burst in the ceiling. The insulation was sopping wet and was tough to dig through because there were bolts and car parts everywhere underneath it all that I tried to find so it didnt get thrown away.

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50 Rules for Dads of Daughters {by Michael Mitchel

Posted By: Allie
Dec 2nd, 2011
I came across this "list of rules" one day and just had to repost it on here. It really made me think about growing up with my dad and the special memories I have spending time with him.

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.

2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she add years to her… add life to her years.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.

7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.

8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.

10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

Photo Credit :: Danielle Rocke Toews

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.

16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.

23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.

27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.

28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.

29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.

31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.

32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.

34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.

35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.

36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.

37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.

38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.

39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.

40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.

41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.

45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.

47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.

49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.

50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.

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Heather Wrote: Dec 3rd, 2011
oh, I am crying too. That is so cute!
Jamie Wrote: Dec 3rd, 2011
Oh that made me cry. Our sweet little girls!
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