Father’s Day

Evie composed a song for me, totally on her own. It went like this:

Happy Father’s Day to you!
That’s all the things that you do!
and I love you!

For the rest, I’ll let the pictures do the talking:


Father’s Day

Well, another Father’s day came and went. The thing about Father’s day is that, by definition, it is not relaxing. Because, in order to participate in Father’s day, you must have had some kids somewhere along the way.

So the day was a little hectic, but we had a really good time nonetheless. Evie gave me a card in which she wrote “Daddy”, so that was pretty cool. It was so cute, Sara told me she had to redo it a second time because she made a mistake the first time and she didn’t want to give me the one with the mistake.

The best part about the day was the time we spent playing in the “zero-depth” reflecting pool that Sara discovered close to our house. Zero-depth means that the water is maybe an inch deep; when I stand in it the water doesn’t even cover my feet. Evie just loves it, and we got some great pictures.

This thing is so cool, and huge too! It looks awesome. It’s amazing that such a thing could exist so close to our place and you wouldn’t know about it.

It looks cool day...

...or night.

And I guess we weren’t the only ones who didn’t know it was there, because very few people came over while we were there. So we pretty much had the thing to ourselves. We ran and splashed, played hide and seek and pretended we were dinosaurs. Like I said, the best part of the day.

Our dinner plans included grilling some shrimp for pasta. However, when I opened the package to clean the shrimp, I found out the shrimp was already cooked! So, I saved myself all the time of cleaning, skewering, and grilling, but I was a little disappointed because I had been looking forward to it! Finally, we capped off the day with some strawberry rhubarb crisp from the strawberries and rhubarb we bought on Saturday at the farmer’s market. Heavenly! I’m glad Sara discovered she likes rhubarb, because it’s one of my favorites. Evie likes it too!

So anyway, that was father’s day. Thanks to the well wishers, hope everyone had as good of a day as I had!

Hand, Foot and Mouth

Some friends came to visit over the weekend and, unfortunately, Evie wasn’t feeling very well. On Sunday, Evie woke up at 4:15 (Happy Father’s day!) and proceeded to have an absolute fit until maybe 6. It was a doozy and I was very embarrassed to have her behaving as such with company over. It’s one thing for us to wake up at 4:15, but quite another for the entire building to wake up then.

We soon realized she was sick with a cough, a runny nose and a slight fever. She’s pretty much always sick though, so we decided to proceed with our plans anyway. We hit up the Pirate Exhibit at the Field Museum…so maybe it was a successful Father’s Day after all! She had a good time at the museum, but on the way home she was clearly exhausted.

Sara had noticed that she had a rash on her hands and was a little suspicious, but later when Evie fell asleep and Sara took off her socks and shoes to get her into bed easier without waking her up, she confirmed her suspicions when she saw a rash on Evie’s feet. It was not surprising, therefore, when we noticed some sores on Evie’s tongue: she had hand, foot and mouth disease. I will save you from seeing some of the awful results that show up in an image search, but if you’re a glutton for punishment it is quite disgusting.

We confirmed with the doctor that there is really nothing we can do except ride out the virus. Our friends wisely ducked out once it became obvious that “irritability” and “tiredness” (which are more or less the same thing) were actual side effects, not just the idle threats.

So we had a couple of rough days, although she seems like she is on the mend now. She can’t bring her plague to daycare this week, so her grandparents are staying with her.

I feel really bad for her because she was probably as miserable as she has ever been in her short life. One of the things we did to help her feel better was allow her to watch a movie. Now keep in mind this is only the second time we’ve ever let her watch T.V. The first was an Elmo potty video. And you can tell she doesn’t see much T.V. because when the movie started and Tinkerbell came out and painted the Disney logo, Evie said, “That was great!” and jumped down from her seat and made to leave.

The height of movie technology

The height of movie technology

She enjoyed the movie, especially the songs, but she got bored before the end. One of the best parts for me is when she went over to our cat and said, “Nala, I’m watching a movie about you. You’re big now.”

(Note to grandparents, this does not mean she’s allowed to watch T.V. whenever!:) )

Another funny thing that happened this weekend, obviously we were taking her temperature a lot due to her illness and, as usual, she replicates what she sees. Therefore there was a very awkward moment for both Sara and I independently when she pretended to take our temperature…let’s just say we don’t take her temperature orally.

In completely other news, the other night I had a dream that I was in Wisconsin and I got a fine for not having a moustache.

Happy Father’s Day

In honor of my very first Father’s Day ever, Sara was gracious enough to sleep in and let me spend some very early quality time with my daughter!

Evie got me a frame and some paper and some special non-toxic baby finger paints to make me a picture to hang in the dining room.  We haven’t made it yet, I’m not sure when we’re going to.  Sara bought me a wall clock.  I’m not quite sure where to hang it yet since it is too nice to go in any of the rooms that currently don’t have clocks.  A clock might seem like a strange present, but you have to understand that I love clocks.  I couldn’t even tell you why.  Big huge wall clocks, like this:

I don’t know what it is about clocks exactly, but I just like them and I always look at them at Target or where ever (for some reason Target has good clocks) and it was a good present.  One time we wnt in a clock store and Sara practically had to drag me out.

Anyway, since it’s Father’s Day and all, here is a really good game to waste some time on.  It is a 2D / Flash version of the console game Portal.  I know Meg was the first person to tell me that I personally would really like Portal, but I have since heard from many sources that it is a really good game.  Since I don’t have an XBox 360, I guess I will have to settle for the Flash version.  I haven’t beaten it yet, but I’m somewhere in the 30s.