Father's Day brings bittersweet memories for me these past several years. I lost my Dad 14 years ago and life has never been the same. He had a bigger than life personality. Even though he was a very successful concrete plant owner, he was an overgrown kid who loved to play.....golf, fish, camp, cards and spend lots of time with his wife, kids and granddaughters. Dad was a very generous man and wanted to make sure that everyone around him was having as much fun as he was. I really did have the perfect "Leave It To Beaver" upbringing. I always felt safe, secure and loved. A legacy that Frank and I are trying to continue through our children and grandchildren. So in honor of Father's Day here are a few pictures of some fun times that my Dad enjoyed.
A salmon fishing trip off of our hometown Whidbey Island, WA in Dad's boat with Frank, my cousin, Mark and his brother-in-law, Kevin.
He and Mom getting ready to throw a party at their home.
One of many camping trips.
Dad clowning around at Burger King.
Several summers we packed up our trailers and went over the North Cascade Pass to Perrigan Lake for a week of camping, fishing and swimming. This was always a highlight of our year and one that we included friends in. We have the best memories from these trips. My dad took all of us to town everyday for an ice cream cone. We had boat parades on the lake, stories by campfire at night and ate like kings.
But my favorite picture is this one. We were visiting my sister and her family off of Camano Island, WA one afternoon when our daughter, Jami was just little. It was hot that day, so we stripped her down and let her play in the water and sand. Here is Dad with her on the beach.
I could go on and on with stories of the tons and tons of wonderful times we have spent with my Dad and Mom. We were lucky to have lived in the same town and have them be such an intricate part of raising our girls. He would have got the biggest kick out of all these great grandchildren now. He loved kids and was a terrible tease. But we never tired of it and always came back for more.
Thanks Dad for being the best.
Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful Dad's out there!
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