Monday, September 6, 2010

Why Michael is the best.

Michael is the best dad ever.  Case in point.  A few weeks ago Michael stayed home from church with Calvin and Sophie since Calvin had been randomly throwing up in the middle of the night during the previous week and we didn't want to pass that along to anyone else.  So when Ryan and I came home from church, we found this on the door:

Michael had found a cool new walking path on the Mississippi that led to a beautiful shady island with a cool rocky beach while he had been out for a walk with Calvin, so he made Ryan this awesome map and let him lead the way.  He was SO EXCITED.  It was pretty much adorable.  The map had 6 steps:

1. Go under the train 
2.  Cross the busy street
3.  Go left and under a plum tree
4.  Turn left at the big white rock
5.  Take the forest trail
6.  Cross the wooden bridge

It was complete with awesome illustrations.  He strapped on his little backpack and then followed the directions to a "T".  He felt like such a big boy.  It was really sweet to see him love his little adventure so much.  Michael has the best ideas!  You're the greatest dad a kid could ask for, Michael!  Here are some of the pictures from the adventure:

Ryan checking out the map (serious business for an adventurer):

Calvin getting a good look, too:

Not quite as serious business for this adventurer:

Ryan leading us across the wooden bridge:

The boys running ahead to explore the island:

Michael and Calvin taking a good look at part of the river:

The boys smelling some flowers we found along the way:

After arriving at our destination:

 Sophie testing out the water:

 The whole family on the beach:

It really was so much fun to do all together.  Thanks, Michael!  We sure are lucky to have you! 


Derek, Rachel and Cadence said...

Wow! Michael is great! Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun!

AnnaMarie Ferrell said...

Michael is the best!

Elizabeth said...

Aw, so sweet!

Anyway, that's totally fine about the card... I just really wasn't sure if I put the right stamp on it or not, so yay!

We miss you guys so muuuuch!