Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day to Mark

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all of the wonderful fathers out there! 

Today was a fun day but started off a bit hectic. 
Mark went to get Ava out of her crib so that she could run into our room and be there when he opened up his Father's Day gifts. 

Mark forgot that he had just put down his cup off coffee on his nightstand table... 
You guessed it!
 Ava went straight for the mug and before I could even react, she dumped it all over our brand new Tempur-Pedic bed. All I can say is THANK GOODNESS Mark bought the extra $70 "special" mattress cover!!! Not a drop of coffee went through to our foam mattress!!! Yay. 
I was very impressed. 

Anyways, the day got better after that! :) 
Mark opened his gifts, Ava had her breakfast, and we got ready for church. 

Ava didn't last long in church this morning so she and I ended up in the toddler nursery playing with all of the toys. She loves it in there. 

After church, we headed over to Mark's mom and step dad's house for Father's Day lunch. 
We had such a great time as usual. Ava has a blast with all of her toys there and we got to catch up with his parents and brothers over a delicious meal. 

Ava especially loves her "car" that is kept at nana's house for her. 
(Makes it extra special since she doesn't have it all the time!) 
 So she got to go for a spin or two on the street. 

I had to get a quick photo of the three of us while we were out there. Every time I drive down this street, I can't help but think back to our childhood when I first met Mark on this exact street. We have so many memories playing with our friends out there and now his two younger brothers and their friends are the ones playing out there. 

At 13 years old, Mark told his mom that I was the one that he would marry one day. 

Thank goodness he has always been a man of his word because now he is the most amazing father to our beautiful daughter. 
I couldn't be more thankful for such an amazing husband. Watching Mark play with Ava is my favorite part of the day. 
Ava is such a daddy's girl and Mark absolutely loves it (and do I.) 

He is so proud of Ava and it shows in all the little ways he cares for her. 
He always wants to be the one carrying Ava when we are out...
He always wants to be the one holding Ava when we are taking a picture...
He wants to be the one pushing her in the shopping cart...
He wants to be the one pushing her stroller... 
He wants to be the one to go get her after she wakes up... 

(Most of the photos of us in the hospital when Ava was born were of Mark holding her. I'll never forget when my good friend, MaryAnn, commented on one of the photos: 
"When does mommy get to hold Ava?!

haha... It is still that way today. 

Their bond is incredible after only 19months and is only getting stronger. 

Where it all started in Coral Ridge - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Happy Father's Day, Mark. 

You are Ava's hero and my rock. I couldn't imagine being on this parenting journey with anyone else. 

I love you, 


  1. Ahh this is awesome. Such a beautiful family!! Sounds like a special weekend and Ava's dress couldn't be anymore darling!

  2. Lovely photos and it looks like you had an awesome fathers day!

    1. Thank you, Liane! Thank you for stopping by :) I am sorry for the late response.
      Hope you have a very Happy 4th of July.

  3. Awwww I remember that picture like it was yesterday:) love it. And love the 3 of you together so much. I'm glad Mark had a great day!!:) xo.

    1. I am just now seeing my comments?! HI! I can't wait to see you in a few weeks!!!!! eeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! XOXO

  4. Ava is just continuing to get more cute and cute! And Its so sweet the bond they have!!!

    Love Always,

    1. Thank you, Elizabath :) Yes, she is a super duper daddy's girl for sure! haha


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