We have begun a new family tradition - a Father's Day picnic! The Dreamer's summer camp session begins with check in on Father's Day and it is a 3 1/2 hour drive to the camp. Last year we packed a picnic lunch and had our first Father's Day picnic at a quiet little park about halfway to camp. This year, we did the same!
Our menu included homemade lemonade, potato chips, pickles, mandarin orange jello salad, potato salad, deviled eggs, ham and cheese croissants, and New York style cheesecake and fudge brownies for dessert. I was supposed to make fried chicken to eat cold, but ran out of energy. I also made homemade caramels for The Historian since they are his favorite. It was warm and sunny with a 'saving grace' kind of breeze that made for a perfect picnic.
We spent a bit of time exploring the park, which we didn't get to do last year, since there was an incident on the monkey bars for The Storyteller. He was just recovering from surgery last year and should not have been on the monkey bars, but he was, and he slipped, and he was in such pain. He remembered it as soon as we pulled into the parking lot!
Things went much better this year and we got to watch the fish swimming in a limestone walled pond, and pet a real St. Bernard dog, who was really quite friendly. We had a lovely time!
'Daddy's Day' at our house is a celebration of the all year round wonderfulness of our Historian. He is a great Daddy in many ways, but in the most important way, he is a faithful Daddy because he is daily demonstrating Jesus Christ to our family. We couldn't love him more! My own Dad and I talk on the phone almost everyday - it is hard to be apart on these kinds of special days, but no matter how far apart we are, he's my Dad and I love him!