Monthly Archives: June 2017

A tribute…

To papa bear, daddy, dad, Timmy, Tim (all names our kids happily call their dad)

Father’s Day is nearly upon us and Tim’s impending 3-month hike is drawing closer (less than 2 weeks away). I thought it would be the perfect time to give you a glimpse into what life has been like for Tim the last two and a half years. Especially since he will be stepping away from his current role of child-rearing and toward his goal of hiking 1,500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Our two littles!

Our two littles!

All days are not like this picture above implies; in fact, most days have (many) moments like this picture below.

She is a stubborn, independent, fiery, and driven 3 year old!

She is a stubborn, independent, fiery, and driven 3 year old!

And this one…

A "little" mud never hurt anybody...but it sure is messy!

A “little” mud never hurt anybody…but it sure is messy!

Oh, and this as well…

Wrestling with dad on the beach...

Wrestling with dad on the beach…

And we (my OCD self) can’t forget these moments of messiness…

This picture is why we have 75% less toys ;)

This picture is why we have 75% less toys ;)

Even though the days aren’t perfect or easy, our kids are lucky and blessed to have so much priceless time with their daddy.

They have countless opportunities to go on “adventures” with him during the days while I’m working!

These kids love all kinds of playgrounds.  A favorite past time for all!

These kids love all kinds of playgrounds. A favorite past time for all!

Many trips to the beach with dad during the last 2.5 years!

Many trips to the beach with dad during the last 2.5 years!

Always time for silliness :)

Always time for silliness :)

Although many of his days are filled with laughing, playing, crazy and silly times; his role is always parent first. Because we only have 18 years (if we’re lucky) to foster them from innocent little humans into healthy, “well-adjusted”, compassionate, respectful, independent, motivated, and kind big humans.

Parenting is hard and rarely easy. With the phases of parenting only changing; bringing forth new challenges. Which we try (hard) to accept with grace, because we were all kids once. And Tim has had the “pleasure” of taking the lead with most of these.

He is their leader, teacher of new things, and role model…

The strength of nature to encourage us physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Such a powerful place to be!

The strength of nature to encourage us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Such a powerful place to be!

Fishing with dad...need I say more...

Fishing with dad…need I say more…

Tim is the engineer of the family.  Making sailboats out of our recycling to float in our community pool!

Tim is the engineer of the family. Making sailboats out of our recycling to float in our community pool!

Boys days often include tent camping in the redwoods or on the beach!

Boys days often include tent camping in the redwoods or on the beach!

Tim has successfully potty trained two kiddos...not an easy task for anyone!

Tim has successfully potty trained two kiddos…not an easy task for anyone!

He is their coach…

Not just their coach in soccer, but in life as well!

Not just their coach in soccer, but in life as well!

He is their comfort and cuddle-giver…

Occasionally having to tend to sick kiddos.

Occasionally having to tend to sick kiddos.

He is their steady hand, safety net, and shoulder to ride on…

Always there for his little girl!

Always there for his little girl!

He is their cheerleader and encourager…in our quest to raise brave kids…

Our attempts to raise brave kids is much easier with dad as the stay at home parent!

Our attempts to raise brave kids is much easier with dad as the stay at home parent!

He is our provider, builder, and Mr. fix-it.

Making the kiddos ladders for their bunk beds in the RV.

Making the kiddos ladders for their bunk beds in the RV.

Fixing a flat on the side of the road in New Mexico.  So nice to have a handy husband.

Fixing a flat on the side of the road in New Mexico. So nice to have a handy husband.

He is our dog-walker, groomer, feeder, and caretaker…

Tim's best friends...they would follow him anywhere!

Tim’s best friends…they would follow him anywhere!

He is our driver…and happily takes us from one amazing place to the next…

Tim has chauffeured us and our "home" all over the country in the past 2.5 years.

Tim has chauffeured us and our “home” all over the country in the past 2.5 years.

Tim is a lot of things for our family and we love and appreciate him for all of them.