Since I did a post about my mom on mother's day, it's only fitting to do one about my dad on father's day. I've always been a daddy's girl and he's always been my biggest supporter. My dad was always willing to help make my dreams come true and I'm eternally grateful for that. Like many little girls, I had a dream of competing at the olympics as a gymnast. He spent a lot of his time at gymnastics meets and a lot of money on training, camps and equipment. For my 13th birthday he got me a trampoline for the backyard! He never batted an eye, when I asked to go on a week long gymnastics camp in Texas to train with the legendary Bela Karoli. Unfortunately, all that training and hard work couldn't make up for the fact that I kept growing and eventually got to be too tall for gymnastics. So, I switched to volleyball, ha! I think he welcomed this switch because the games weren't nearly as long as gymnastics meets and it wasn't quite as expensive :)
My dad is an accountant by trade, so he thinks about money and how to save it all the time! I probably inherited a little bit of that too - a trait my husband is thankful for! He's also a successful entrepreneur - he owns a printing company (bopi) and also a horse farm (Hunter Oaks). I've known for a long time that my career path would eventually lead to entrepreneurship. I'm always grateful to be able to call my dad and ask for advice or for references on who to call for help.
My dad is an awesome grandpa to my kids. My oldest is obsessed with his homemade waffles and asks at least once a week, "when can we go to grandpa Tom's and have waffles?" Actually, the whole family never misses an opportunity to eat his waffles - they are THAT GOOD!!
Whenever my kids are around my dad, they always have smiles on their faces. He knows how to make them laugh, how to wrestle with them, how to compete with them and most importantly how to love them. It's a joy to be able to watch your parents make that connection with your kids. It just melts your heart!
So Happy Father's day, to my one and only Dad - Life wouldn't be the same without you! Thank you for everything you've done for me, thank you for everything you've taught me and thank you for being an awesome grandpa! We love you with ALL our hearts!!
A little love for my husband - the father of these crazy boys we have!
I also need to give a little shout out to my husband because he's a great father too! Ryan always told me he'd always have boys and never any girls - well he was right. I love my 2 little boys, but Ryan definitely knows how to parent boys because sometimes I think he still is one :) What's that saying? Men are just boys with bigger toys... SO TRUE!!
Those 3 are like little cub lions - they wrestle, chase and run circles around each other and love every minute of it (well, until someone gets hurt!) Pictures say a thousand words.... and from them, you can tell that he loves being a dad to these two and they think he's the best thing to ever walk the planet!
Side note: the black and white picture of Ryan with our oldest on the soccer bench is one of my favorite photos!
Melissa Ash - mom of 2 energetic boys, wife, and business woman. Just trying to "do it all".