In the past Father's Day was always about celebrating our own fathers. Todd and I would make our way over to our dads' houses and grill out, hand out some cards and gifts, and honor the fabulous fathers in our lives.
Last year was the very first year that neither Todd nor I had a father here to celebrate with. It was new and raw. Last Father's Day was low key as we both struggled to find our new normal.
This year we decided to kick the day up a bit.
I had been wracking my brain trying to think of something the whole family could do that Todd would also enjoy. After much deliberation I finally thought of a family outing to the ballpark. I checked the Brewers schedule and sure enough they had a home game on Father's Day, AND it was vintage bobblehead day! Perfect for the kids.
I had considered ordering the tickets as a surprise for Todd but it is a rather large purchase and I wanted to be sure he was up for it. He was. And he also found some pretty perfect seats right behind the dugout.
We didn't tell our kids the plan. Instead we kept it a secret. Even as we loaded them all in the car to head down to the Brewers game we still held our tongues about the surprise. I had secretly packed new t-shirts, their hats, and their baseball gloves in the car. We even brought along a huge cooler full of snacks for a little pregame tailgating but the kids are so used to me packing coolers (sheesh, my family is always eating) I don't think they thought much of it.
The kids begged and pleaded to know where we were going but we didn't give in. Even when the kids pointed out the stadium we still kept quiet. By the time we actually were pulling into the gates and handing out their Brewers t-shirts the kids were thrilled with excitement. I think Father's Day still turned out to be a pretty lucky kids' day too.
Todd was thrilled to finally take his entire family to a Brewers game. The weather was hot and steamy but with a good strong wind to keep us from getting too hot.
Except for this one. He can't help but be hot. He is one of those hot daddies. Woohoo!
It was a great way to honor Todd, a fantastic man and father who we are so lucky to have in our lives, sharing in his love of sports and continuing the tradition that his father started with him so long ago. I think it was a great start to a new Father's Day.