Sunday, June 19, 2011

Why my husband is the best Daddy

I was going to try to make this organised and pretty, but my time is up, and I want to get this posted in time for Father’s Day tomorrow. So here are some pictures, and some of the reasons why Gabe is the best father I could ever have dreamed of for my children.
As a special birthday treat (his!), he took Avery to the circus last year :) Brogan enjoying some Daddy time :)
He makes the time to spend special one-on-one time with the children. (At the circus with Avery for his birthday last year, and making Brogan smile by a pond!)

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He is constantly coming up with creative ways to make therapy fun for Avery. Here are two of the stretches he came up with and named (the one on the left is the Dinosaur stretch – her leg is the tail!) to help her not mind doing them so much.

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Last year we got a Wii for Christmas, and I got Wii fit. Gabe helped Avery play to, and within a couple of weeks he had installed hardware into the ceiling to hang ropes and rings from so that Avery could stand up and play games by herself. They also make excellent rope swings, and Avery’s arms are so strong Smile Next on the cards, our front room is basically being turned into a therapy room.

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He makes them laugh. A lot!
Making Oliver laugh :D

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He will stay up with them all night if that’s what it takes to help them feel better when they’re sick.

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Because he doesn’t want Avery to miss out on the opportunity to experience and enjoy the outdoors, he plans hiking excursions with her, strapping her to his back if that’s what it takes. He wants to take her on as many hikes as possible before she gets too big for him to carry.

Exploring a cave with Avery Up at the Cascades.
On their recent outing to hike up to the Cascades. In preparation for this hike, he modified the jogging stroller so that he could take off the two back wheels if the trail got too rocky.

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He is silly, and encourages our children to have fun and be silly Smile (Don’t worry, the trash can was clean, and had nothing but freshly raked leaves in it!)

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He builds igloos and blanket forts…
One day Avery wanted to play with playdoh, but we didn't have any, so Gabe looked up a recipe and made some :)
…and homemade playdoh! Smile

The little ones were sandy, so of course the onlyl logical thing to do was to pull out the leaf blower... :)
He makes tasks seem like fun! The children were sandy, so instead of just rubbing them down with a towel or something, Gabe pulled out the leaf blower and blasted the sand off them Smile
Letting Brogan "help" him. Daddy's little helper... ;)
He tolerates Brogan’s helpfulness!!

A lot of times when Avery is hurt, or sad, or wakes up from a bad dream, the thing which will help her feel better is going for "a little walk".
He knows how to make them feel better when they get hurt or feel sad.
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He’s an excellent climbing frame Smile
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He does fun stuff with them on a regular basis! (Building a snow creature (?) with Avery, and playing in the river with Avery and Brogan on a recent camping trip)
Looking at a dragonfly :)
He helps them enjoy learning about things (here he is just showing them a dragonfly which sat on his sleeve for several minutes)
With all three of his babies :)
He works hard to provide everything for them. (We visited him at work this week and they sat in the ambulance for a while)
We love you Daddy.
You are the BEST.
Happy Father's Day!


Anonymous said...

What an amazing tribute to an amazing man. I'm so proud of you, Gabe, and always notice and so much appreciate all that you so thoughtfully, imaginatively and selflessly do for, not only your children, but your wife too. LOADS of love to you.

Talitha said...

That is a lovely tribute, and all true, I have seen it in action too :) Well done Gabe!

Syme Family News said...

I love when people love their husbands. Way to go Gabe. You are also good with my kids.

Eveymartine Naeem said...

Wow! Gabe, you really are the best daddy but I already knew that.

Lovely pictures of you and your lovely children. They will always remember what you've done and the time you have spent with them.

I hope you had a great Father's Day - you deserve it :-) x

Ginny said...

Love this!! Gabe really is a great dad, and so talented! You are a beautiful family, and so blessed to have each other.