Monday, June 16, 2014

Something New

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 day (despite the disappointing game) finished up with a fantastic dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant, La Fuente. Good stuff.

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.


Wisconsin Girl said...

Fun day! Great family picture of all of you!

betty said...

Good for you for thinking of and starting a new tradition for Father's Day! Looked like a great fun time for all! I like how you kept it a secret from the kids up until the very last minute! I'm sure the looks on their faces were priceless!


Cyndy @ Back in the Bush said...

Great way to put a happy spin on a potentially difficult day. Glad you all enjoyed it!

Bijoux said...

Wow! That sounds like a really fun day! And yes, a very hot Dad :)

Tabor said...

Lovely and I will bet both granddads were smiling as well.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Way to make the day special for your whole family, kat!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

What a great way to celebrate! You are much better than me...I just can't sit at a baseball game!

We did Mexican for Father's Day, too!

Mimsie said...

You are the most inventive Mom, thinking up surprises for your family.

Elaine Alguire said...

SO fun, I love that y'all found a new way to celebrate. I miss going to the ballpark, we used to go watch the Rangers when we lived 5 minutes from the stadium.

Happy Father's Day, Todd!

Karen Deborah said...

I love this idea!!! The picture with Grace is so cute her little nose is all wrinkled up with excitement. Such a beautiful family. You are right lady you gotcha a hunky hubbins....smokin and his smile is so sweet...makes it even better.

Verna Lantz said...

Is there anything better than All American baseball? No, there's not. Looks like a good time!

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