Her back is “out”

Kathryn’s back is “out”. Not “out” as in “un-cool”; “out” as in “out of commission”. (I find her back very cool.) So she asked I post a little something to let you all know that she has not, in fact, passed away, but is merely immobilized for the time being.

Because staying on her back is crucial to her recovery, today was a unique Father’s day–I got to really be a dad, full-bore, the whole day. It was tiring, but I love my family and it was great to be able to run the whole show for them.

Do you like my party hat?

Thank you so much to those who have been aware of Kathryn’s sidelined state and have been so kind. Your encouraging words and especially your helpful hands (thanks for the dinners!) have really cheered us and helped us along.

One such friend, whom I will call Brandy, went so far as to take Laylee shopping to get a Father’s Day present for me. Laylee had decided (on her own) that I needed new “work shoes”. Not your everyday Father’s Day gift idea, for sure. I guess my current pair are starting to deteriorate a bit. So Kathryn sent her to get me a new pair like my old ones:

Old shoes.

Instead, here is what she came home with:

New shoes.

Apparently, the trip to pick them out was quite fun, too; Brandy sent us an email afterwards to detail their exploits together, from which I quote:

“Laylee was so adorable today =) She made Roberto and I laugh the entire time! I’m going to try and remember the funny things she said and share them with you.

But first you should know that Laylee picked out the shoes for Dan all by herself-—she didn’t want to get him tennis shoes-—she wanted to get him ”˜work’ shoes. She was so cute-—very particular about which shoes he’d like. So, yeah — I hope you like them, or rather Dan likes them!

Laylee was very proud of herself. I pointed out many Skechers and Laylee would say ”˜those actually look like Bobsled shoes’ if the soles had bumps on them—-which most of the Skechers had. She said that about 3 pairs of Skechers. It was hilarious—-like when have you ever been shopping for Bobsled shoes before and how does she know what those would look like?!

She liked the fact that the shoes she chose would look good with “jeans… and even sweats”—-she’s so funny. I tried to steer her towards running shoes like you described or other Skechers that you had to tie up and had some design on them-—like two-toned or stripes, but she was set on black as he already had a brown pair of shoes. I had Laylee try on the shoes for comfort testing—-it was cute—-she tried on one pair and said they had ”˜bumps’ on the sides, so they wouldn’t work. She really thought the ones we ended up getting were comfy!

Laylee told us she made a Father’s Day card and said ”˜I wrote a Father’s Day card and put “To Dad” and other Father’s Day stuff’ =) It was funnier the way she said it because it sounded like ”˜To Dad’ was a Father’s Day saying or something.

Laylee said ”˜I am a good example in my family because I always have to remind my mom and dad to not say bad words’. Which after we laughed, I told Roberto it is probably words like ”˜hate (I hate peas) or stupid’ etc. But it sounds so funny coming from a child — as though you used swear words 😉 <ed.: We used to sometimes, in extreme situations, say “gosh”. I guess we still do, since Laylee has to remind us not too. 🙂 >

I told Laylee she could pick out Dan’s favorite candy bar — so we were looking at all the choices and she picks the Hershey Bar and says ”˜I’ve seen him eat one of these before, so it must be his favorite’. Ahhhhh, too funny.

Laylee told us she was going to keep Dan’s present a secret, so it’s like ”˜keeping the beans’ instead of ‘spilling the beans’–too clever! =)

We bought Laylee bubble gum and she said as she chewed some ”˜it makes me smile because it is so delicious.’ She then stated ”˜when people are sad, they should eat food because then it would make them smile and be happy’—-she has no idea that it’s called emotional eating-—LoL.

So, it was entertaining and enjoyable to spend time with Laylee-—she’s great Kathryn!”

Thanks for “keeping the beans”, Laylee. It was a great Father’s Day surprise. 🙂

Dad and Laylee, Father's Day 2008

P.S. I wore the shoes to church today, and they were comfy and looked great.

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18 Responses to Her back is “out”

  1. Liz says:

    Laylee is quite the snazzy Dad dresser. Kudos to her not picking out the old man grey tennis shoes with velcro.

    (I hope Kathryn’s back gets back “in”)

  2. Lori says:

    I hope you get better soon, Kathryn!

    And Dan, don’t knock shoes for a Father’s Day present. I got my dad two pairs. He loved them. (But I think he liked the Simpsons card better)

    To both of you, your daughter sounds absolutely adorable. Congratulations.

  3. Mary says:

    Nice pick Laylee! I’m so impressed she had such firm ideas on what she wanted to get her dad. What a funny girl!

    I hope Kathryn is feeling better soon. Having a back out is ridiculously awful!!

  4. lainakay says:

    Too cute! Happy Father’s Day, Dan. Hope Kathryn’s feeling better soon!

  5. Shalee says:

    Move over, Big Mama. Laylee is on the fashion prowl.

    Happy Belated Father’s Day, Dan. You do such a great job keeping your family well-loved.

    Kathryn, sorry to hear about your back! Stay down and enjoy your “rest”. You know you’re not gonna get much the moment you show that you’re on the mend. As a matter of fact, why don’t you just stay on the couch a few extra days. You wouldn’t want to have a relapse…

  6. Pam in Utah says:

    Oh, your parents must be so proud of you, Dan, at the way you are able to “run the whole show” in a pinch, and do it so well. 🙂 !!! And we are all hoping the “back” comes back in, soon, too, DYM! And good for Laylee and her confidence and shopping prowess! What about Magoo? How’s that feller holding up? Or rather, how are you holding up with him? Lots of work these kids, but WORTH it!

  7. Becky says:

    Oh, my goodness, that daughter of yours says the cutest things! Hope Kathryn feels better soon!

  8. Rebecca says:

    Oh no! Get better soon, Kathryn !

  9. Jia says:

    Feel better Kathryn!

  10. mother of the wild boys says:

    Love this post! Happy Father’s Day Dan, and my thoughts are with you Kathryn. 🙂

  11. Yes! More sweet art from Laylee. Also, I love her taste in shoes.

  12. grammyelin says:

    I’m so sorry for all of you. It’s just rotten when a parent is laid up. I’m sure that God intended you folks to come “in twos”, since parenting is just too much work for one person.

    Sincere thanks to “Brandy” for helping you to get to have a father’s day surprise, despite the circumstances.

    Huge kudos to you Dan, for being a “step-up-to-the-plate” kind of husband and father.

    Hope you are able to completely recover, Kathryn. Back pain is the worst and seems to take forever to heal. Hang in there,

    We love you all!

  13. grammyelin says:

    What somehow got erased from my last comment was for Dan. Your family will always remember and appreciate that you were always there for them. You’re doing a good job!

  14. Carrie says:

    Please Dan, don’t wear the shoes with sweatpants (even to get the newspaper) – it just wouldn’t be right. Bobsledding, on the other hand . . . And thank you for taking care of dear Kathryn. You are a saint!

    Hope you feel better soon!

  15. Honey Mommy says:

    Get better soon Kathryn!

    That Laylee is a hoot! She reminds me of my kids… only mine are younger and both boys. :o)

  16. Crystal says:

    Nice shoes Dan! You’re daughter did a good job. Probably one of many blessings of having a daughter is that they keep their dad somewhat fashionable. I have two sons. I don’t know if I’ll be able to trust their opinions when it comes to my clothes.
    You have a cute family and one hilarious wife. I hope she feels better.

  17. Sweet shoes!

    And I am so sorry about your back, Kathryn! I hope you’re feeling (and smelling) better!

  18. KYouell says:

    Excellent post, DYD! Congrats on the cool looking and thoughtful gift. Good work, Laylee. And good work, DYM, letting Dan take care of everything on his special day, because sometimes that’s just how it needs to be. Hope you are well soon.

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