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    Father of the Year

    June 21, 2010 by Brandy Vencel
    My husband won Father of the Year hands down. Granted, there was little competition here on the microhomestead, but even if there had been, Friday night sealed the deal. Some fathers lounge around on Friday night. Mine makes me nervous by saying things like, “Hey, you think tonight is a good night for ________________?”

    And who knows what _____________ might be.

    Might even involve leaving the house.

    Thankfully, Friday night’s fun didn’t spring anything on me beyond making two giant bowls of popcorn and generally offering moral support.

    {What can I say? I try to be spontaneous, but I am not.}

    Anyhow, here is a photo:

    Yes, that man is brave. He slept in this contraption with an eight-year-old, a five-year-old {who was ecstatic, by the way, and all of her jumping up and down was reminiscent of dribbling a basketball}, and a three-year-old {who was happy, yet sober}.
    I, on the other hand, remained inside in order to be within hearing distance of Number Four, who was best left in his crib for the night.
    In all, it was a great success, though they were surprisingly cold.
    A. said they could see stars through the top.

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  • Reply Rebecca June 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Nick and L did the same thing on Saturday night. I had to stay inside with the boys (cough, cough). We are going to need a bigger tent when the J and C are ready to join in the fun.

  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts June 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm


    You really should! They had so much fun. I would highly suggest shopping for tents in late July/early August when places like Target and Costco start to discount their inventory in order to get rid of the seasonal items. I think I got ours for $45 or something, and it was regular over $100. You can’t see it, but there is a little “wing” off the side that fits another child or two. It is quite large and would probably sleep all of us, as long as there was no luggage.

    Sara, These men are brave, aren’t they? How much fun they had, though! And it is the perfect time of year. I don’t know about your area, but we eventually get to where it doesn’t go below 90 or 80 in the summer at night, and then sleeping outside is not the most exciting thing to do.

  • Reply sara June 22, 2010 at 3:05 am

    My DH did that with the 3-yr-old and 5-yr.-old last Tuesday while I stayed inside to be in earshot of #3. *whew*

  • Reply Kansas Mom June 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Oh, we want to do that! Or, at least, Kansas Dad wants to do that with the older two. One of these days we’re going to get a tent, even if it’s only used in the backyard for the near future. (I don’t have any problems with camping, really…just not when pregnant and probably not with a newborn.)

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