Happy Father’s Day!

I’ve been working to get caught up on my blog posts.  Albeit moving at a snails pace, but catching up nonetheless.  However, it’s super boring living in the past and although I have a ton of older stuff to share, today I’m sharing something recent.  😉

Sunday was Father’s Day and while my biological father chooses to not have a relationship with me, I have a wonderful step father who has been there since I was 6 yrs old and would do anything I asked of him.  There were a lot of times growing up when I wanted that connection with my biological father and chose to ignore the man who signed up for this job, not being bound by blood or obligation.  When, in fact, my step father was the one who has always been there for me, whether I wanted it or not.  I’m just sorry I couldn’t see that when I was younger.

Hopefully, my children will never have to go through that.  So far Eric (aka hubs) & I are 14yrs and going strong…so far, so good!  😉  Even if we weren’t together though, I’m certain he would never abandon his children.  He is an amazing dad.  He’s definitely the “fun” one of the two of us.  I’m the cuddle bug one and daddy is the one who you can have adventures with.  He’s very particular, so I usually just let him choose what he wants to do for his day.  Something else you should know about my hubs, is that he’s more of a morning person than I am.  I am a big grump in the morning.  I don’t like to get up early and if I have to, then I will not be happy about it.  So, you can imagine my mood when Eric came in at 8am on Sunday to interrupt my sleeping and cheerfully inform me that today was “his” day, here was the itinerary, we have to leave in an hour, get up!  O.M.G.  I tried to close my eyes and pretend it was a dream.  “Please be a dream, please be a dream”.  Alas, it was not.  In the back of my mind, I knew what I wanted to do…whine, be a grump, complain, etc.  However, being that he was right, today was “his” day and that his day included a whole day of family time that the kids would revel in, I decided to stuff my whining down deep, get up and start getting ready.  I was still a tad grumpy and I think I might have been called ornery as well, but I think I did pretty good considering I didn’t go to be until 3am the night before, I don’t like being woken up and I certainly don’t like surprises coupled with being woken up early.

So, like I said before, my day started with Eric abruptly waking me up (after only 5hrs of sleep!) and handing me this paper…

After OMG, I think, “Are you serious?”, was the next thing out of my mouth.  It was just a lot to take in 60 sec after being woken up.  As I mentioned above though, I sucked it up, took a mental note of what I needed to do to get ready and got started.  The above schedule was a parent itinerary.  The kids got a folder that looked like this…

Eric is awesome at thinking up fun stuff like this.  The kids were only allowed to see one item at a time and could only advance to the next item when we completed the one showing in the cut out window.  They thought this was a super fun game!  The anticipation almost killed them.  lol.

After eating breakfast and driving to our destination, first up was to hike/explore.  We visited Fort Clinch in Fernandina Beach and spent about 45min-1hr strolling around the fort and exploring.

Next on the itinerary…the beach!

The collage below pretty much sums up my beach experience…soaking up the warmth of the sun, being visited by a little crab and watching the fam play in the ocean.  One of my favorite parts of the day!

The only fault I found in Eric’s itinerary was that he had us eating lunch AFTER making an hour drive home and being out for several hours.  I knew this wasn’t going to cut it because we’d all be starving and he agreed when we started the drive home.  So, we changed it up just a bit and had some yummy Mexican restaurant goodness on our way home.

Part of our play at home time was finally trying the experiment of dropping mentos into diet coke.  It was super cool!  We all had a blast.  Next time we’ll buy more 2 liters and more mentos so we can do it several times.

We were all exhausted at the end of the day, but Eric had a great Father’s day so that’s what matters most!  Whatever ya’ll did with or for your father’s or husbands, I hope everyone’s day was awesome as well!

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