Father’s Day 2014

Well, it’s Father’s Day, and just like Mother’s Day, I won’t be seeing either of my parents today (although I will be seeing my mother TOMORROW!). Dave and his dad celebrated yesterday with a round of golf. They were joined by Dave’s uncle, and it seems like everyone had a great time. The wives joined up with the men later for a steak dinner. I’ll be using FaceTime to catch up with my dad in just a little bit. Honestly, not having me around for Father’s Day is probably not too bad of a thing for my dad, because it will allow him to go and enjoy a day of fishing on the lake. Without me along, he doesn’t have to worry about me casting his favorite baits into the trees on the shoreline (which I may have done on more than one occasion…). 

I’ll let you in on a little secret about my dad. He’s a huge softy, especially when it comes to his girls. He’s surrounded by girls…not only my mom and me, but their little Mischa-dog, and of course his grand-doggy Katie. It’s a good thing Dave has entered the picture to give him some male companionship. Now that I’m out of the house, Mischa has somewhat taken my place as Daddy’s little princess. He spoils her rotten. Mischa insists on sitting on his lap every single night at the dinner table, and he obliges. He’s mastered eating around her head, and she knows that any food that’s on the plate is off limits. That said, any food that he drops or “accidentally” gets flicked off the plate is fair game. It’s a good thing my parents don’t have a lot of people over for dinner. As I said, he’s a big softy for all of his girls. 

That's my dad teaching me how to golf at age 4.
That’s my dad teaching me how to golf at age 4.

My dad has taught me a lot over the past 27 years. He was the one who first introduced me to golf. He also introduced me to fishing, but I didn’t take to that quite as well. I don’t really like touching the fish…yuck. That’s why he’s always in the pictures of me with a fish…someone has to hold my trophy! He taught me the importance of hard work. I saw how hard he worked for our family to have a comfortable lifestyle. He supported and encouraged me all through school, and believed in me at times when I didn’t believe in myself. He might have been happier than I was when I graduated with my Doctor of Pharmacy!

My dad introduced me to fishing at a young age too. This is before he became an expert angler...
My dad introduced me to fishing at a young age too. This is before he became an expert angler…
Now my dad knows where to take me to catch big fish!
Now my dad knows where to take me to catch big fish!
My dad rode horses when he was growing up. This is probably one of my first times on a horse, during a family vacation to Banff, Alberta.
My dad rode horses when he was growing up. This is probably one of my first times on a horse, during a family vacation to Banff, Alberta.
Here we are on another family vacation, this time in San Diego, California.
Here we are on another family vacation, this time in San Diego, California.

My dad is a big proponent of always being prepared….for anything and everything. He can take it to an extreme. He’s rubbed off on me a bit, and I’ve found myself on trips with items that have come in very handy that no one else thought to bring because of that “always be prepared” mentality. That said…I have to post a picture of one of the very few times my dad wasn’t super prepared. See that picture of us in a boat below? See how no one is actually driving the boat? See how there’s a line tied to the front of the boat? Our neighbor had to come save us when we broke down in the middle of the lake on a hot summer day. I will give my dad credit for having an emergency supply of bottled water on board that we definitely needed to use. I feel a little bad about the day – he was just trying to take me out for a spin in my favorite boat! It certainly didn’t go as planned….

LOTW

 

My proud dad on the day of Butler's graduation ceremony in 2011.
My proud dad on the day of Butler’s graduation ceremony in 2011.

Ashlen and Wes, 2010

 

And finally…here’s a picture of my dad on my wedding day. It’s one of my favorite pictures of him, and one of my favorite pictures of the day. He’s seeing me in my dress for the first time. My dad gave me the wedding of my dreams. He let me pick my venues, my dress, my flowers, no questions asked. He even found the bakery we used for our cake (which was spectacular), and he and my mom worked together to find the best DJ available (and he was AWESOME). He even treated me and my bridesmaids to manicures and pedicures before the big day!

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So happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I’ve off to FaceTime my own dad and let him know I love him!

Until later, Ashlen