Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Father's Day Wrap: Coffee, Kids, Swinging, and Beer

Father's Day was a pretty terrific day here at the LIAYF household.  I heeded the advice of a few fellow Dad Bloggers, and decided that, rather than use the day as an excuse to get away from the kids for a few hours, I would instead use the day as an opportunity to spend some extra quality time WITH them.

Can you tell I like this?

With that in mind, I decided that I would ditch the electronics for most of the day (I did glance at my email a couple of times during naps and quiet time) and concentrate of giving Lukas and Annabelle my full attention.  

It turned out great, too as Lukas and I played an extended game of tag in the morning, and Mrs. LIAYF and I loaded up the kiddos to go on an afternoon picnic and hike in the afternoon.  We also stopped off at a local playground where Annabelle had her first playground swing action!  We then rounded out the day, of course, with grilled brauts & beer ( for dad, not the kids).

As I mentioned earlier that this was a great idea, and it ended up being a very satisfying Father's Day. I'll leave the getting away part for another time.

My Influential Male Role Model
But the celebration didn't start for me on Sunday, but rather on Saturday as I traveled home to our family dairy farm to see my own dad and to drop off his Father's Day gift.  My namesake has always been a terrific dad and a stellar all around man too.  He is someone I have looked up to ever since I can remember, and easily the man I admire most in this world.

So when the folks at Keurig sent me a note saying they were looking to honor influential male role models and asked if I would like one of their coffee makers to give to my Father, I jumped at the opportunity to give one as a gift to him.  He loves coffee.  He loves things that are easy.  Boom, sold!  

They look perkier already
I get a ton of  requests to do reviews and giveaway's here on the blog, but rarely will actually do so.  However, the reason I jumped so quickly at this opportunity is that I have my own Keurig Platinum Plus brewing system, and I know how easy and convenient they are to use.  

I'm actually the only coffee drinker in the house (Mrs. LIAYF doesn't even drink decaffeinated tea - because there is too much residual caffeine in it) which makes having the ability to make quick, single cups of coffee at the press of a button a godsend.

Last word I received, both my Dad and Mom were really enjoying dad's gift, and were as happy to see me on Father's Day weekend as I was to see them.

All in all, Father's Day weekend for me was a huge success.  I got to spend quality time with Lukas and Annabelle, see my own dad, and enjoy plenty of rare Seattle sunshine.

I'm sure glad I don't have to wait another year to do it again.

*Full disclosure.  As I mentioned, I received products from the Keurig corporation, but they didn't ask me to write about it here.  I voluntarily did so because I fully endorse the K Cup brewing system.


Homemaker Man said...

Is Mrs LIAYF allergic or something? Does she think she's better than me or something. Probably she is, but still.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Homemaker Man - yes, but she is better than me too so...

Not alergic, just highly sensitive to the effects. Unlike yours truly, whose blood mostly consists of caffeine.

Dan said...

I decided to spend the day with the kids too - in fact my wife even went out with her own dad and left me to it.

I had a much better time than if i'd just gone and hidden from them.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Dan - Amazing how that works, isn't it. Happy belated Father's Day.