Fathers Day Reflections: 5 Favourite Moments So Far

The hubby and I are celebrating our fifth Fathers’ Day this weekend. Time sure does fly!

I’ve written openly about the ups and downs of raising a child with great potential and challenging needs since launching this blog in December.

This weekend, it’s all about celebrating the positive and favourite moments on this unpredictable and joyful journey of life with T.

There are too many to list, so I’m picking just five, one from each year T’s been with us.

Wishing all the wonderful dads, dads-to-be, and father figures a Happy Fathers Day!

Our First Camping Trip (Summer 2016)

Beautiful Killbear Park

At 17 months old, we took T on his first camping trip to beautiful Killbear Provincial Park.

The hubby and I have been camping annually since first meeting each other in 2003 and we wanted to instill that love of the outdoors with T.

It was certainly a memorable experience, including setting up T’s portable crib inside our tent.

I loved seeing the genuine look of wonder on his face as he stood on the rocky shores, looking out at the breathtaking view ahead of him.

We’ve taken T on five camping trips so far and marvel at his maturity and growth with each successive trip.

We look forward to many more camping trips in the years to come.

Our First Family Cruise (Winter 2017)

We didn’t know this when we took this picture, but he had poop in his trunks.

Two friends got married with a destination wedding on a Caribbean cruise.

The three of us were happy to tag along and it was T’s first time going on a cruise.

T had multiple cringe-inducing meltdowns on the flight and boarding the ship, including one at the airport that was so bad that the kind staff let us bypass the 45-minute line up. Silver lining!

T had awful night terrors in the middle of the night that must’ve been heard by the neighbouring rooms.

But you know what? It was a wonderful trip filled with great memories, beautiful sights, amazing food, and stories we can laugh about now.

A few weeks after returning home from this trip, we finalized our adoption in court.

Visiting Grammy and Granddad (Summer 2018)

A beautiful windy gray day at Grammy and Granddad’s cottage.

It’s a summer tradition to spend a week visiting the hubby’s parents at their waterside cottage in the East Coast of Canada in a small Acadian town.

T loves it there, because there’s a nice beach to run around in, it’s not very crowded, and he sleeps so well at night with the sound of the waves and the salt water air.

It is also nice for the hubby to see his parents whom he only he gets to see one or two times a year (if they visit us). I get to see my family in town much more often.

We’re lucky to have wonderful and supportive parents and family on the hubby’s side and on my side too.

Mexico! (Winter 2019)

In beautiful Mexico.

For our family trip in 2019, we stayed at a beautiful resort in Mexico.

It was T’s first resort trip and the hubby and my first time in Mexico.

At our prior resort trips, we liked to pack our itinerary with day excursions and activities.

This trip, we took the complete opposite. Zero plans. Slept in during the day, lied down by the pool and beach. Did nothing but eat, drink fruity cocktails and be merry.

T had such a great time. He still talks about it and asks about going back. We will one day when things return to a bit more normal.

Staying Home (Most of 2020!)

This year will be remembered as the pandemic year when life came to a screeching halt, when we were forced to slow things down, when stress levels reached new records of high.

But it was also the year we were gifted with an unexpected amount of concentrated family time and to get a front row intensive look at T’s growth and maturity.

We’re not out of the woods yet and I will be a little sad when we do emerge out of this experience – to be honest.

I have so much gratitude in my heart for this unexpected experience.

11 thoughts on “Fathers Day Reflections: 5 Favourite Moments So Far

  1. Beautiful, inspiring Father’s Day tribute. Moments and memories filled with love and joy are everything. Thank you for bringing a smile to our day. Take care.

  2. There is something unique about the bond between fathers and their sons or daughters. It is extraordinarily special, sacred, and beautiful. To celebrate Father’s Day my youngest daughter Alize put together a YouTube Video singing “Papa Can you hear me?” – Barbara Streisand – The song is like a prayer and really touches your soul. You can listen to it if you go on my website – https://authorjoannereed.net/happy-fathers-day/. Definitely worth a stop-over

  3. The flight and ship sounds so stressful Ab. You are very strong and T loves his dads very much. Be have many screams along the way. I do sympathise. But you are loving and you grow as a family together.

    Happy Father’s Day guys x

    1. Thanks Andi! We joked that having meltdowns in an airport is advantageous cuz the staff will move us to the front of the line. 🙂 We only have a few more years to enjoy this perk! Haha.

      I hope you and your family enjoyed your Fathers Day. Look forward to seeing all the wonderful food you prepared and enjoyed!

      1. Thank you Ab. The meltdowns hey! We have enjoyed many, many over the years! Haha, Thor is our major ‘Meltdown Super Star’, he just absolutely loves an audience! No care whatsoever on the consequences! I dream of a time post the tantrum stage… but there are so many smiles and laughs on the other side of the spectrum too!

        Have a great day.

      2. You are absolutely right. The smiles and laughs are plentiful and help balance out all the madness! 🙂 Meltdown Super Star is a great super hero name!

  4. Happy Father’s Day! What great experiences to highlight. All the trips sound very memorable and enjoyable. I hope you have a great day today doing something special and memorable as well!

    1. Thank you Robyn! I’m waiting for the caffeine to kick in. Lol. Can’t keep my eyes open. 🙂 I hope you have a great Fathers Day celebration with Bob and the kids. Enjoy this Sunday!

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