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.
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!)
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.
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 Next on the cards, our front room is basically being turned into a therapy room.
He makes them laugh. A lot!
He will stay up with them all night if that’s what it takes to help them feel better when they’re sick.
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.
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.
He is silly, and encourages our children to have fun and be silly (Don’t worry, the trash can was clean, and had nothing but freshly raked leaves in it!)
He builds igloos and blanket forts…
…and homemade playdoh!
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
He tolerates Brogan’s helpfulness!!
He knows how to make them feel better when they get hurt or feel sad.
He’s an excellent climbing frame
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)
He helps them enjoy learning about things (here he is just showing them a dragonfly which sat on his sleeve for several minutes)
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!