Reporter’s father, despite busy schedule, makes time for kids
I hope you all were able to spend time with your dads this past Father’s Day weekend as I snuck some time in as well.It is surely a time to celebrate because I don’t know where I would be without my dad, and mom for that matter, because they are so supportive and helpful and guiding.Recently I spent time going through a box of old photos and I am so glad I did because while some may be embarrassing, it is amazing the memories that we may have pushed to the back or forgotten and I love the ones I found.I am so lucky to have had such an active dad, growing up and still today.My dad volunteered to coach our various sports teams growing up, we went on tons of family camping trips where we learned to fish and start fires, etc., and he was a great scout leader for my brother Cameron when he was active in boy scouts.Still, today my dad is a doer. When my brother and I come home we are rarely sitting around on the couch watching TV, except this weekend when it was quite hot, and instead getting together to go golfing, kayaking or heading out to our pond in Webster City.It is so easy to get in a lull so I am extremely thankful to have an active family — sometimes too active for us all to keep up with!Another great thing I love about my parents is that it is never hard to find gift ideas for them. Always on the go and always looking for a new adventure or hobby keeps them, and us, full of great ideas.While I was busy with another great bridal shower this past Saturday, my brother and dad took in another Twins game in Minnesota. Last year we attended as a family but this year the boys got some 1-on-1 bonding time.Sadly our Twins couldn’t pull out a win, but we just keep cheering them on anyways.I have to admit, I am at work, writing this column right now because of my dad as well. Watching him as we grew up and spending time at the office I saw that this was a profession I could get into to. I love the constant activity, being in the know of information around the county and how my job pushes me to attend all kinds of events I wouldn’t usually attend.While my dad is a sports writer and I went into news — I still saw how he was able to make it to my brother’s and my sporting events — for his job, which was more impactful than almost anything else. It was incredibly important to look out and see them there for their child and it makes me so happy still seeing that from parents today. Continue to take time for your kids!