Monday, June 16, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Ok, so I know it is a bit late to be posting this, but I wanted to wish you all a Happy Father's Day for all the dads and those celebrating dads today (or rather yesterday by the time this gets posted.) I was working, but after work I went out with my parents and brother to celebrate my dad. It has been a rough weekend because my dad lost a dear friend earlier this week, so there has been a lot of mourning. It's been a sad weekend, but I did want to mention my dad on Father's Day, so you know the drill, click the link for more!





I've talked about my dad on here a few times. He looks like a terrifying mafia guy, but he is a real softy. Although don't get it twisted, he loves being compared to the Godfather and Sopranos. While some Italians would run from the mafia gangster stereotype, my dad fully embraces it. He firmly believes that the Godfather is the best movie ever made.

In fact, it was mostly due to my dad that I grew up loving movies so much. He has always been the master of movie quotes. Some of our requisite movie watching growing up involved Jaws, Revenge of the Nerds, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Predator, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. I remember when Terminator 2 came out, he took me to see it and I felt so cool because I was way too young to be seeing a R rated movie in the theaters, but he just really wanted to see it. (I wanted to see it too! Terminator 2 was a big deal, and I had such a crush on Edward Furlong.) Other movies I had fun watching with my dad in the theaters were Wayne's World and Ladybugs. He has always been a huge fan of Rodney Dangerfield, so I was schooled on the comedian early on.

I say all these things, because I have so many fond memories of my dad tied to movies and pop culture. But that isn't the only reason I love him. He has also always done whatever he could to care for us. He loves to laugh and he makes up words that are a cross between Italian and baby speak. He also is the one who has given me the most nick names in my life. My dad loves nothing more than shortening words or coming up with other phrases to describe something, it's a source of a lot of humor with my brother and me.

I really don't know what I'd do without my dad. It hasn't always been easy, I remember there was a time when I was going through a rough day, and I snapped at him. I was just not feeling it that day, and I felt so bad because he had this look on his face like, "Oh no, not my little girl. Don't tell me she is turning on me." It's different with my dad than it is my mom. Like my mom and I can go all Dark Phoenix on each other and then laugh it all off because we get that we were just going through something, but my dad totally freaks out about stuff like that.

One of my favorite stories about my dad involves the Crystal Castle, which can be read here. Essentially I had a bone marrow test taken when I was little to help with my genetic disorder I was born with, and I was in such pain and out of it, that my dad wanted to do something, anything, to make me forget about my pain. This being the 80's, a trip to the toy store was the logical option. He swooped me up in his arms and carried me through Toysrus looking for the Crystal Castle as a way of putting a smile on my face. Now, the part of getting a toy was not the part I love about this story. My love for this story is that my dad has always been the kind of man that has done whatever he could to help his family. He is a source of strength, laughter, and calmness that I don't know what I'd do without. He is my dad, and I love him so much.

He is not one for taking photos, he takes after his mom, they both hate taking photos, but I thought I would share some on here that were on my laptop through the past years. I hope that you all had a nice Father's Day!

My dad and me probably like 7 or 8 years ago.

My mom and dad. They love to dance.

Another picture of us. My dad loves wearing fun clothes. Black is his go to color, but he loves the flash and pizzazz of some color too. 

My brother and my dad from a family vacation like at least 6 or 7 years ago.

I tend to do this pose with my dad in pictures. You'll see it again.

See!

My dad and grandmother. They hate taking pictures, but I think they take wonderful ones!

Another one of my dad and mom. 

My dad and his granddog. Yes, my have a granddog. (Although they also recently rescued a poodle back in March that is the cutest thing.)

This was on my birthday from 2013 I believe. See, I tend to do the same poses with people. Also, my dad and brother are so lucky to have such nice olive skin.

Ok, so these next few pictures are some of my favorite. These were from my dad's birthday five years ago. 

He loves to have fun no matter what. Even when the candles are lit on his cake!

Just goofy. My poor dad was like, "I just want to blow these candles out and eat some cake and cream."

I don't know what my brother was trying to do here, but that cake was good.

One of my favorite pictures of my dad from Thanksgiving like 4 years ago. My brother took this picture and he said, "Dad, how do you feel right now?" And this is what he did.

Hope you guys are doing well. Happy Father's Day again! See you all soon with more fun stuff as always.

23 comments:

  1. So lovely, and what a great collection of photos. He sounds like one in a million.

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  2. That was a great read! My dad was also the softy in the fam. Mom was the lawgiver. Don't know what I'd do without either of them.

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    1. Thanks Tony! Yeah my dad is more of the softy, though they can both be the lawmakers. lol But he is easier to melt.

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  3. I don't think its late if its posted the day after, especially less than 12 hours after. You've got to have time to collect your thoughts and feelings to be able to do a post like this to be able to do Dad justice.

    What is the connection between Fathers and Film? I just did a post of my own blog were I talked about Dad introducing me to retro sci-fi films like 2001: A Space Odyssey or Planet of the Apes among many other titles of various genres. I just figured that since he works in advertising and I'm an illustrator that there was just this visual storytelling gene that got past down to make me appreciate films, but maybe not, maybe Dads just know how to pick good movies.

    Its curious that you highlight "Temple of Doom", I think "Last Crusade" would be the easy Father's Day connection. Although really all this does is make me want to revisit my favorite movies post. Maybe thats because I fell down a rabbit hole last night looking through my old notebooks and started to map out my most persistent influences.

    Man, this is the third photo this month I've seen were someone wears a red shirt in a red room. That "Her" future is not far off!

    Oh and speaking of photos, you just look so darn cute when you go all cray-cray in the background. You should seriously consider adding "photobomber" to your resume. I can't decide which I like best, the mouth open with bunny ears or the one were you look like your trying to steal his hair.

    Good to see your dork heritage and gave your Dad the dignity he deserves.

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    1. Hey Erik! I am so sorry that I am just now replying to this comment. I have been so incredibly behind. I loved your post about your dad. I think it was so good.

      Last Crusade was a good movie that we really enjoyed, particularly because I actively recall seeing that one in the movie theater with my dad and it was so much fun. But Temple of Doom was a special one because it was one we watched on a loop and quoted a lot. Indy, cover your heart was something my dad would say all the time. It was a great movie. I am also Willie Scott in another universe. lol

      And my parents love red walls in their house. lol So I have a few pictures of me in red in their kitchen. And thanks for saying that about my cray cray pictures! lol I love being goofy. As much as I love a good "glamour shot" photo of myself, I love being able to crack up over being goofy. And the one where the hands are trying to take my dad's hair I believe are my brother's arms trying to yank off his head. lol

      I also have tons of dork heritage stories. lol My parents try to act clueless as to how I turned out so dorky, but the blue prints were always there. Talk to you later!

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    2. Its great that you can be your dorky self at home and at ease. I would love to hear more of these "dork heritage" stories!

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    3. I'm sure there will be plenty more! lol

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  4. This was a nice post and great tribute :^) Thank you for sharing your story!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Robot! I am always happy to share a good story! lol

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  5. He looks like such a great, fun guy. My Dad was much the same. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Kal. Yeah, my dad is a fun guy. I loved reading about your dad too Kal. Hope you are doing well.

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  6. What wonderful dad you have there M....Happy Fathers Day to him from me. : )

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    1. Thanks John! I hope you have been doing well.

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  7. what a cool tribute miss m. your dad is one in a million . and nice to actully put a face to the old man and also the brother you talk about sharing your private life here. but mostly what a nice way to honor your dad for fathers day.

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    1. Thanks demoncat! I love sharing about my family and the fun stories. Thanks for always commenting and I hope you are doing well.

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  8. Awwww... you and your dad are adorable! I think it's cute that you have a default pose for pics with him. I hope he had a great Fathers' Day!

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    1. Hey Derek! Yeah, I try to have as many default poses as possible. It helps prevent problems in pictures. lol I hope you had a nice Father's Day as well!

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  9. So your dad is in the mob!? (gulp!) So I guess I wont be showing up at your house with a bouquet of flowers serenading you outside your window with the She-Ra theme! ( though that would be hard to do anyway because the She-Ra theme doesn't have any lyrics, and the only instrument I can play is guitar, and I don't think it has any guitar in it.)
    Your brother looks way more bad-ass in these pics then in the last pic you showed of him, I love his 80's jean-vest thing with the leopard patches he is wearing in that one pic!

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    1. lol No, my dad is not in the mob. lol I don't think. ; ) So anytime you want to serenade me with flowers and a She-Ra theme is always a good time. lol My brother has liked to mix up his looks throughout the years.

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