Our Father’s Day weekend could not have been any better… and yet it could have… that is the reality with kiddos I think. At least that is the reality when trying to camp.
Some pretty amazing dads right here!
This weekend we had planned a Father’s Day backyard camp trip at Marissa and Kyle’s house with a whole slew of friends. We arrived around one on Saturday afternoon with the intention of everyone putting their children down for nap and us ladies surprising our men with an afternoon out at the Washington Brewer’s Festival while we took care of the children. The surprise went off without a hitch and the guys were excited to go drink beer without any cares in the world - we even had their driving all planned out so we weren’t sending them with needing someone to lay back on the beer.
An attempt at getting all the kids to relax
and watch a show as a last ditch effort
as over tiredness sets in.
The naps however were not entirely successful. Some kids slept - all at alternating times - and Vivian was not one of them. For the first half of the afternoon there were 4 moms on 6 kids but then Ale had an event to go to for a short period so we were down to 3 on 6. Then when Nora went to go pick up the boys (which took at least a solid hour) we were only 2 on 6 and that is where the tricky part really began. It felt like an eternity.
Outdoor play was so much fun!
How many kids can fit in Mini Blue?
Luckily we survived the afternoon and the dads had an amazing time at the festival. Once they got back we all set up tents and vans (us and some friends have vanagons) and started getting kids ready for bed so us adults could eat and relax a bit around a fire. Some kids went down easy, some not at all, and Vivian was sort of in the middle where she went down pretty darn easy (thanks to no nap) but she woke up a few times disoriented and scared because it was her first time sleeping up in the top of Big Blue - she was upgraded from pack ‘n play this year!
The plan for our sleeping arrangements was to have Vivian up top by herself since she isn’t really a great co-sleeper and Tyler, Conner and I would be down below sleeping. Once Vivian woke up for the who knows how many times, Tyler finally just went up and slept with her and she was happy with that. Conner and I snuggled down below and it all worked out just fine.
As it usually does with camping, the morning came much too early. Vivian started the day at 6:50am. It was drizzling (as it had been since 11:30pm) and we were glad we could retreat to Marissa’s kitchen to warm up and stay dry. The rest of the morning was relaxed with moms and kids getting up and making their way inside while the dads snoozed just a tad longer. By about 9am everyone was up and breakfast was well under way.
The kids played while we cooked and talked and enjoyed each other’s company before we all headed to our homes for family nap time.
Viv giving daddy some gifts
Camping - even in a backyard - sure takes a lot out of everyone! Tyler, Vivian, Conner and I all slept from 1pm to 4pm which was amazing. When we woke up we got to FaceTime with Ty’s mom and dad to wish his dad a happy Father’s Day before we headed out to a quick dim sum family dinner. When we got home we got to Skype with my parents to wish my dad a happy Father’s Day too.
I am so blessed to have such wonderful fathers in my life. I am so thankful that Tyler’s dad was such a great example and helped shape the amazing father and man that Tyler has become and I am also thankful to my father for being an amazing dad to show me what to look for in a man and partner. We love you both!
I am grateful every single day for Tyler, my husband, father to my children. The patience, love and respect he shows me and the kids is saint worthy. Vivian and Conner are so very lucky to have such an amazing dad to grow up with. One who would do anything to make his kids happy - even if it makes his lovely wife less than happy sometimes - but that’s just what fun and loving dads do! I love you!
Happy Father’s Day!
Just another day at home with my awe-inspiring husband.