Thursday, June 21, 2012

Father's Day

Father's Day was a two day celebration so that we could spend time with each side of the family.  On Saturday, along with my sister, we took Papa down to Burr's for some dinner and ice cream.  Really, we just went for the ice cream, but the dinner part was good too.
Things aren't great with my dad.  It's been six months since his dementia diagnosis and, wow, this disease is a fast mover.  He likely won't be at home for much longer and definitely won't be there for Father's Day next year.
So, I wanted to get him out to do something we've been talking about for far too long.  My dad will rarely pass up the chance for a chocolate malt, and this one didn't disappoint.
It was nice just spending time together and kind of forgetting for a while that Papa's daily care is such a concern and stress.  Ice cream and good company will do that.  Noah loved that Papa was playing peek-a-boo with the menus and wanted to share his malt.

On Sunday we celebrated with the Boyces.  Noah just loves his Grandpa.  I am increasingly grateful for him and the important role he'll play as grandpa for our kids, particularly as my dad's health worsens. There are so many things that my dad would have liked to do that this grandpa will make possible.  Oh, how we love him.
 It was a great evening of family, playing with cousins and, of course, delicious food.
We are so blessed to have so many wonderful dads in our family.  They are such examples of hard work, putting family first and sacrifice.

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