It was taken on Father's Day seven years ago, but it's the picture I always think of when I think about this special day. Steve is covered in kids! These were the days of look at me, play with me, help me, listen to me, Daddy, Daddy, Daddy. Precious, wonderful, exhausting days we wouldn't trade for anything!
Fast forward seven years...
Shall we play What's Different About This Picture?
Let's see, everyone is independent in the bathroom, can ride a bike, and knows how to swim. Yay! (Two are even lifeguards!)
Everyone is in school and can do their own homework. Just in time, too! Apparently, Dad and Mom are a lot less intelligent than they were seven years ago. We used to have all the answers and now our kids are the self-proclaimed experts on EVERYTHING. It's okay though because we've heard we gain back most of our intelligence in about another seven years!
No kid takes a nap...and some even go to bed after we do. Time alone after the kids are in bed? A distant memory...
Some kids can drive, and pick up things from the grocery store. This is AWESOME!
Sometimes sibling rivalry disappears and the kids are friends. Sometimes they even gang up and make fun of us now!
Family dinner hour is, more often than not, (dare I say it?) enjoyable. We get to chew our food and sit down the whole time!
Yes, lots of things are different, but one thing is the same. We still wouldn't trade these precious, wonderful, exhausting days for anything!
And now a special shout-out to my most faithful reader. Drum roll, please!!!!!!
Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you!!