Father’s Day weekend

Father’s Day wasn’t just a single-day celebration this year, it lasted all weekend.  It included a Kids Concert at Ravinia, a trip to the park, a breakfast and dinner menu selected by daddy, special time for daddy and son, and lots of time for cousins.

It all started with a trip up to Ravinia for our family’s first Kids Concert with Laurie Berkner.  Sean and I had visited Ravinia before, but we didn’t know what to expect for a Kids Concert.  What a great event!  We packed a picnic dinner with chips, salsa, sandwiches, cheese, and more and met Gramma, Aunt Colleen, Uncle Paul, and 3 cousins in the shade of a great tree on the lawn. There was dancing, singing, snacking, and loads of fun.  We’re looking forward to our next two Kids Concerts later in the summer.

Colin’s cousins stayed overnight at our house, so Father’s Day started a bit brighter and earlier than usual.  Colin came into our room to wish Sean a Happy Father’s Day and gave him a card and gift bag.  In the gift bag were two items that Sean needed – a new Chicago Blackhawks hat and a bicycle helmet.  He was thrilled!  The day continued with a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon – a menu selected by daddy.  All enjoyed the yummy start to the day.  We all then headed out to the park – Colin and his youngest cousin in the wagon with his older 2 cousins carrying the equipment for a family T-ball game.  Everyone had great hits, quick base-running, and good fielding.  After the game, we headed over to the farmer’s market to buy tamales, mangos on a stick, and strawberries, listen to stories and music, and meet up with friends and neighbors.  The outing ended with some excited playtime on the playground.

After a lot of playtime in the back yard, front yard, and all the way around the block (and a few naps), the day ended with a dinner of bratwurst, sauerkraut, corn on the cob and sweet potatoes – another menu selected by daddy.  All plates were cleaned, so an ice cream cone treat was enjoyed by everyone.  Father’s Day included outdoor fun, food, and family!

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Cousins sharing an ice cream treat

Colin and daddy

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Playing a homemade guitar at a Ravinia concert