Jun 19

The Not So Father’s Day, Father’s Day

20110619-074500.jpgYou may know the plot, but not the story. As a child of divorced parents, an only child, and the husband of a child with divorced parents holidays and special events spell extra strain. Holidays are stressfull for the hosts in any case, but add the fact that you can’t be in two (or three) places at once to enjoy the holdiays with everyone in your family and it can be a nightmare.

So, how do I balance a nice relaxing day with my kids and honor the Father’s in my life without wearing myself out? A not Father’s Day, Father’s Day. That’s right. We’re going to do Father’s Day on Saturday this year.

Pop came up from Jacksonville and we invited my Suegro, Suegra, and my Mom for a Saturday cook out at our house. I wanted to honor two of the dads in my life by cooking my Coffee Crusted steak for them and have some good ole fashioned Father’s Day fun (not doing much of anything).

Yesterday was truly a great day. No drama. No nerves. Lots of laughing kids (including me) and lots of good food.

Of course there was some family that we missed yesterday, but we had a great time regardless. I beleive the key to yesterday’s success was no expectations about how the day would or should turn out.

The steaks rocked, the conversations flowed, and the kids danced into the night (including me). I cannot remember a better not Father’s Day, Father’s Day.

Special thanks to everyone that helped pull it off, especially my loving wife.

If you’re a dad, Happy Father’s Day. Hear your kids laugh everyday even if you have to tickle them.

P.S. If you want a printed copy of this picture leave a comment to let me know.


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  1. April Maas

    I am so glad that you guys had such a wonderful day Ryan! You deserve the best fathers day ever!!! The Maas’ wish we were there to enjoy the fun with all of you. We love and miss u guys! Kooper wishes his Tio a happy fathers day xoxoxo! PLEASE print us a copy of this picture!

  2. Auntie Bea

    Ryan, I’m so glad you all had a wonderful Day. You are truly a wonderful Dad and husband. I hope today you will have a wonderful day as we honor you for being the best dad ever. Thanks for being who you are and always being a great husband to Amber. We love you so much. God bless you always.
    Love ya
    Aunt Bea

  3. Lisa Sweat

    Ryan, I am so glad that all of you had a wonderful Father’s Day. This was a great idea. I am so very proud of you and all that you have accomplished. You have a beautiful family and I would love a picture of your beautiful children. I would also love a picture of you and Amber so I can show off to friends and family that do not get to see you. Love and Miss You.

  4. Ryan McKinney

    Pictures are on the way! Thanks for your comments. They make the website worth doing;)

  5. lola

    Glad to read your F athers day blog…that is why we do not plan things for Sunday.unless the kids just can’t come anyother day.Sunday is our day for Church and we don’t want others having to miss their service.You are a special Dad and you have a special dad.Amber is so blessed to have someone care for her parents too.God bless all of you.
    aunt lola

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