Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sometimes you just have to let them be a kid.

Evan and I hiked into John Heinz National Wildlife Reserve which is super close to my house. It was a classic father/son day: No plan, just father and son taking a walk in the woods. We found an embankment where people usually fish and I showed him how to skip rocks and he got a kick out of throwing some big ones in there to make a big splash. The most fun of all was when we made a makeshift fishing pole out of a stick, some fishing line, and a lure with a hook attached. We dropped the line in and tried to catch a fish. No idea what I would have done had I actually landed one, would have made for a good story I'm sure. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I'll Always Be Your Dad

No matter who comes in and out of your life, I will always be your Dad, I've been your Dad since day one. No one can take that away from us. Not a single person. Ever. The position of Evan and Eliana's father is not a vacancy, nor will it ever be. I may not be there every single day, but there is not a minute that passes where you are not on my mind or in my thoughts, and especially, in my heart.  I was there when you both were born and cut both of your umbilical cords. No one else can say that. Those were literally the best two days of my life; the days that you were born. Things didn't turn out as I'd hoped, and while in large part, I am to blame, don't think for a second that I didn't fight like hell to keep our family together, because I did. Was I perfect? No. Far from it. But my heart has always been in the right place. I love you both unconditionally and I will always be here for you. There is not a single person on Earth who can take away your father. We are blood. We will always be family. No matter what happens I will always be close to you and I am always here for you.



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Eliana Swing Portraits

Eliana's favorite place at Daddy's. The swing. 

Losing those baby teeth one by one!

Evan didn't want to be bothered with portraits. He was opening up the soybeans that we grew in the garden.

He even tried one.