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6/21/11

Father's Day Weekend: The Recap

What. A. Weekend.

If you follow me on twitter, and/or read my post Friday night, you know it was a rollercoaster of a weekend.

The original plan was to drive down Friday, spend some time that night with the boys if possible, do stuff all day Saturday, and breakfast Sunday before hitting the road.

Well, that didn't happen.

Friday was full of drama, arguments and miscommunication.  Saturday morning was filled with sorrow, which changed instantly when I got to spend time with the kids.  Granted, it wasn't a full day of adventures like I hoped, but it was just good to get hugs and kisses again.

We wrestled, we chatted, we played Angry Birds (yeah... I know...).

We even discovered a dinosaur egg!

My oldest found this egg in his room (after excavating, of course) and wanted to hatch it.  Apparently the best way to hatch a dinosaur egg is to submerge it for a day or so?

So he jacked mommy's water cup, and plopped the egg in.  At first, they told me it only takes 5 minutes.  5 turned into 20, then "oh yeah, it takes a day (after some corrections from mom)."

I laughed a little when, 20 minutes later, she turned to the boys and goes "HEY... did you use MY cup for the egg???"  The oldest smiled and said "yup."

Sunday morning was a Father's Day breakfast, cooked by the ex.  My mom came, and the 5 of us chatted, played with the boys, and had lots of fun.  (yes, I used the terms 'ex' and 'fun' in the same paragraph...)  More wrestling (with the kids, not the ex), playing tag in the middle of the street, and other fun shenanigans ensued.  Overall the weekend wasn't what I planned, but it was still really nice.

Best of all, two really good things came from the weekend:

1 - My kids are like my drug.  I missed them.  I went through major bouts of depression over the last few months because of the separation, and this visit recharged my batteries.  They still remember me, even though I'm 858 miles away (from doorstep to doorstep.  The oldest LOVED that fact).  They still love me, even though we don't see each other as often as I'd like.  I moved to Idaho, and life still goes on.  I'm still their daddy, and the validation is what I needed more than anything else.

2 - The ex.  As you read in previous posts, communication between her and I isn't always that great.  We talked, and I think we have come to a good mutual understanding.  She hears what I am saying, and vice versa.  This is great news, and I hope it becomes the norm.  While her and I will never have the relationship we had as husband and wife, we still need to keep a level of rapport and respect for the children's sake.  Besides... it's always better to be on someone's good side.

I rolled back into my driveway at 11:30 Sunday night, only to drive back out at 6am Monday.  Monday was day 1 of the new job, and meant a 260 mile drive to Boise.  I am currently typing this from a Super 8 motel in Caldwell, ID.  I have put over 2000 miles on my car in the past few days, and I'm smiling.

What an adventure.  I can't wait to see how I'm going to top this for Dad's Day 2012...
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Adsila said...

Glad you had a wonderful Father's Day. It sounds like you needed that time with the kids. Have a save journey home to Idaho.

Haven said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend. I'd say those two good things would be enough to make anyone's weekend stellar. And holy crap the dinosaur egg, haha. Cheers.

Smart Ass Sara said...

So the most important thing is that even though things didn't go as planned... you still got to see your kids AND have good memories from it. :) Win!

Astronomy Pirate said...

Sounds like you are keeping busy, but it sounds like its all worth it in the long run.

Bunny Hill said...

Look like you had a fun time with your kid, good for you. I didn't knew that stuff about dinosaur egg ;P

Tony Van Helsing said...

858 miles? That is a serious separation. Not surprised you suffered depression.

AllenTesch said...

I saw that twitter post. Glad everything turned out better.

becca said...

glad you got to spend time with the kids

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Jewels said...

I love a good road trip but that is a lot of driving...then again that is some pretty fantastic motivation. So glad you had a happy Father's Day with your boys. :)

Dale said...

That's so great you got to see them and you're on pretty good terms with the ex. You're right that is a long distance, I like the doorstep comment. Glad you had a nice fathers day.

Dale :)

Zombie said...

hey man, there is nothing wrong with playing a little angry birds! :D

RedHeadRob said...

Father's day is awesome.

Lendo Khar said...

These last post I can't believe it was just a weekend, a lot happened. I'm glad you spent time with your kids, and hope you do well in your new Job.

The Reckmonster said...

YAYYYYYYY! 'Nuff said.

D4 said...

This really makes me happy. Glad you had a happy fathers day, you deserved it :)

Random Girl said...

Yeah and Yeah!! So glad you got to see your loves again. I know that there is no better cure for whatever ails you than hugs and kisses from your babies.

On My Soapbox said...

What a weekend you had! Although it wasn't as you had planned, some really good things came out of it. Hope the first week of work is going well!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Man, I am so glad that it actually turned out for the best for you. I read your very sorrowful post over the weekend and my heart just broke for you. Because I went through the same thing, and to a certain extent and still going through it. I hope I didn't cross any lines in my comments, but I'm not really one to pull punches when it comes to subject like this.

In any case, I hope you are eating more than just pizza in fast food on this journey!

The Empress said...

It's wonderful to hear that you did end up getting to spend some nice quality time with your kids. You sound like a really loving and devoted dad. Hope the new job goes very well for you.

Nom de Plume said...

Awwww, man I wish that egg had hatched! :D

Thank, Q said...

Man, this is great! I'm glad you got to get the greatest high a dad can get!

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