Lessons From My Legend

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Being that he’s often guest starring in blog posts and today is his birthday, I thought I’d pass along some of the valuable life lessons that dear old dad passed down.

My dad taught me –

That you should always have your family’s back…


…even if they maul you.

How to throw my hands up in the air…


…and wave them like I just don’t care.

To never leave home…

...without my shades.

…without my shades.

The importance of being able to blow up one’s muscles…


They keep blowing…


… and blowing…


…and blowing.

That pink isn’t just for gals…


…tough guys wear it too.

That sequins should be in my everyday attire…


…by giving me my first bedazzled top ever.

That it’s OK to stand out in a crowd…

…and be FANatics, even when your team sucks.

That giving is better than receiving…


…unless you’re three and don’t realize it’s not your birthday.

The importance of slathering on sunscreen daily…


…as long as there’s someone to rub it in for you.

The significance of jazz hands…


…because you never know when you’ll need to use them.

How to travel on a road trip…


…with rot gut vodka, a plastic cup and using your finger to mix.

That there’s more than one fish in the sea…


…especially after I shed tears over this one being dead.

That being the life of the party…


…is never a bad deal.


My dad taught me that shots…


…are cocktails, too.

And the family that shoots together…

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Stays together.

…stays together.

That it’s important to share…

at the

…even while eating at the Iowa State Fair.

How to relax…


…after a long day (preschool was so exhausting).

You showed me you’d always be there to carry me through hard times…

broken foot

…with a broken foot…

broken ankle

…a broken ankle…

…and when I’m just too drunk to walk.

You taught me that it’s OK to spoil people…


…especially when their nails are wet…

…as long as you return the favor.

Most importantly, you taught me that not all heroes wear capes…

Not all

…some wear their daughters on their backs.

So let us all raise our glasses today…


…and cheers your birthday away!

Those are just a few of my lessons from…


…The Man, The Myth, THE LEGEND.

Better get those shot glasses out and ready to celebrate this weekend…

Happy Birthday Dada!



59 thoughts on “Lessons From My Legend

  1. John says:

    Happy birthday to your pop!! Fun picks!!

  2. it’s my Dad’s birthday today too! So here’s wishing your Dad an extra special day

  3. Awe, Happy Birthday to the big guy!!

    I’d love to hang out and drink with him and his daughter sometime. It always looks like so much fun!! Have a great weekend! Take care of pops.

  4. elkee says:

    Happy birthday to your father! Loved your tribute. You really have a way with words.

  5. Phil Lanoue says:

    HBD to your dad and lucky you to have such a cool guy around!
    I like that motorcycle too!

  6. SerachShiro says:

    Sooooo lovely this post and it touched me ! The photo of you and your dad after a long day and blowing……………, gorgeous ! Happy Birthday to your dad πŸ™‚ !

  7. OK…i take it back.
    THIS is my fave post!! Im a daddys girl too!
    Happy Birthday to your Dad!

  8. markbialczak says:

    Happy birthday to your dad! Cool pops = cool daughter.

  9. Your dad ought to teach all men how to be a father. Lucky you, he’s amazing.Happy Birthday BIG guy!

    • My sister and I really did luck out in the dad category! Thanks for the birthday wishes – I’ll be sure to pass them along (my dad is still floating high from a comment you made a while back of him having nice legs)!

  10. MrJohnson says:

    What an awesome post. It made me smile and I almost wanted to cry. Can I take some pictures with your dad so I can do a post like this?

    • Thank you Mr. Johnson! My dad is available for photos anytime you are in our neck of the woods (although I can’t promise you that I won’t be in the background trying to photo bomb). He’ll be beyond please to guest star on another blogger’s site, as you can see by the photos he hates attention. πŸ™‚

  11. That’s a really nice post, will your dad see it? You two are obviously really close!!!

  12. Aussa Lorens says:

    Aw, this was a really sweet tribute to your Dad. Sounds like he is a great guy– you’re lucky!

  13. Tearing up, which does happen quite frequently as I giggle non-stop reading your blog, but this time for a sentimental, loving ode to dad. Not sure who is luckier, you or him.
    Hope he has a great, pink fuzzy jacket wearing, shot filled, pampered birthday!

    • Oh thank you reversecommuter! Sorry to make you teary-eyed – I just couldn’t stop myself from posting all of the photos once I’d dug them all up! πŸ™‚
      We’ll be celebrating in fabulous style this weekend, that’s for sure!

  14. Fabulous post! Happy Birthday to a great dad!

  15. That’s too sweet; I love that you, the daughter, get to play the part of the super-hero-dad’s cape. There’s a whole novel contained in that image…

  16. whatwewear says:

    awwwww love this, such amazing pictures!!!
    happy birthday to your dad, it seems you guys have ana amazing relationship! we’re both very close to our dads, dads are just the best aren’t they?!

  17. Aww pawesome post! Happy birthday Teddy’s grandad! Haha! Hope you all had fun celebrating! =^.^=

  18. adinparadise says:

    Happy birthday to your fun loving dad. Love the pink jacket. πŸ™‚

  19. Tracy says:

    That was SO sweet! I so enjoy your blog, makes me laugh, makes me cry (like this post – so, so sweet!). But always entertaining. You live life to the fullest and that is so important. Happy Birthday to your dad and MANY more!

  20. filbio says:

    Your dad seems like a great guy. Happy Birthday!

  21. paws2smile says:

    This post is fantastic. πŸ™‚ It warmed my heart with putting a smile on my face. πŸ™‚

  22. VivBlogs says:

    Your dad looks like a great guy! Happy birthday!

  23. FreeUrCloset says:

    You’re dad is pretty amazing and he can really rock the pink! happy belated b’day papa crossbones! xoxo N&N

  24. Awesome! Love the old pics, especially that Iowa tailgating! Happy Birthday to your dad!

  25. kellisamson says:

    I want to be adopted by your pops! Happy Birthday, man!!! I love how much you two love each other!!!

    • Consider yourself adopted, my friend! But we’ll be beyond late for Christmas at your house because my dad is cheap and won’t fly. And he drives about 5 miles under the speed limit, so expect us around New Year’s. πŸ™‚

  26. Awesome post! I’m getting misty here…oh that’s just my sinus cold.

  27. marisaporter says:

    How did I miss this? It’s so sweet! The first photo is priceless. I love how country your Dad looks – I have a soft touch for country. Country music, billcaps and overalls, cornfields, Texas. Darn I love it.

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