Our Five Ring Circus: Celebrating Father's Day

Monday, June 20, 2016

Celebrating Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there!

Happy Father's Day

I want to give a special Father's Day shoutout to Grant. He is such a wonderful daddy to our four children!

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He's the man who wanted just one-maybe two-kids, but ended up with 4.

He's the man who actually SMILED just seconds after receiving a suspected Down syndrome birth diagnosis and assured me that everything would be okay and that we could rock anything. (He was right.)

He's the man who helps me wrangle the chaos every single day.

He's the man who teaches his oldest son about music, good movies and the right sports teams to follow.

He's the man who teaches his oldest daughter about art and carves out time just for her so she doesn't feel lost in the shuffle.

He's the man who can't leave the house without saying goodbye to his youngest daughter, who is the child he spent the most time with.

He's the man who wears his Down syndrome attire with pride and chokes up while discussing his baby.

He's the man who doesn't think he could handle another child, but could easily rock 4 more. (Still. Not happening!)

He's the man who would do anything to protect his children and give them a good life.

He's the man who laughed with me at 11 PM on Father's Day, when we discovered our diaper-less kid sitting in his crib, painted in poo.

I am so thankful for my sidekick and our kids are so thankful for their awesome dad!


We had a great Father's Day weekend!

We kicked it off by spending it with MY dad for a mini family reunion with my Godparents and cousin who were in town from Texas, and some of my extended family.


My aunt, uncle and cousin were in town from Texas for a visit (and to go to the U.S. Open). They were renting a cute cabin in the middle of nowhere and invited us all down for the day.  My parents crowded into our SUV and we made the (very noisy)  hour drive past Pittsburgh and down toward the bottom of the state. We joined our family in the middle of the woods for a day of fun!


It was so nice to spend the day with some of our most favorite relatives!  It was a day full of fun, food, laughter, family and memories. The hours flew by and before long it was time to say goodbye. Just before midnight, I loaded my filthy, exhausted kids AND a water bottle full of tadpoles into the SUV, and we drove back into civilization. The only bad part about the day was saying goodbye to my relatives from Texas.  I love them so much and it's always so impossible to say goodbye.

The rest of our weekend included an Orange is the New Black marathon, sleepovers and lots of shopping!  Dylan spent the entire weekend in Maryland. He joined my sister and his cousins on a road trip for a Lacrosse tournament. He had so much fun, but we did miss him!  Liam was thrilled to be reunited with him!


After Dylan got home, we had fun celebrating Father's Day with Grant!

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It was such a wonderful weekend!  We were able to see all of our favorite dads over the past few days! 

How was your weekend?



  1. Awww!! Love this post. What a great weekend. I think my favorite photo is the one of Dylan and Liam hugging. So sweet!

  2. Your pictures are always so fully of joy!

  3. Yay! What a fun weekend! Sounds like Dylan had fun, too. Have a great Monday, girl!

    1. Thank you! We all had a good weekend. Now we're just tired. Haha!

  4. Sounds like a great weekend spoiling daddy!

  5. Oh my goodness I love this post so much. I love how he has a special connection with each kid. That is so awesome. Looks like you guys had a great weekend. Hope Monday at camp mom is going well.

  6. I love your Daddy tribute! Grant sounds like the most amazing father! I hope he had the best Father's Day ever!

  7. Such a wonderful man you married, Stefanie! Happy Father's Day to him! I'm glad that you guys had a great weekend!


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