Who ARE These People?!?!

Who ARE These People?!?! …Gina’s Fav’s

by Gina Valley

It’s hard for me to believe it’s already been a year since my dad was killed in an airplane accident. I will never get over losing him, but my family and I are slowly beginning to heal.

Happy, funny memories like the ones that inspired this Gina’s Favorites post about him and my mom help a lot with that process. Honestly, just reading this makes me cry, but I’m smiling, too. He was a great dad and grand-dad. I was blessed.

Smile along with me.

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I try to take my kids the 1400-ish miles to visit my parents a couple times a year.

But I can’t.

We can go to their house.  We can visit the people who live there and look just like my parents.  But they are not my parents.

I don’t know who these people are, but they are not my parents.

My mom never baked a “Cake of the Day,” or, right before bedtime, or anytime for that matter, never encouraged us to “Have another big piece of cake or two to finish it up” because there’ll be a new cake baked in the morning.  Today’s Cake of The Day was chocolate, by the way.

My parents never let the dog sleep in our rooms, much less our beds.  Heck, our dogs were rarely allowed to hang out indoors at all.  I know my parents would never let their giant golden retriever beg for and receive food from the dinner table.  And breakfast table.  And lunch table.  And snack table.

My parents never said that we could “watch whatever you like” on TV, or “Let’s watch another movie. You can sleep in if you’re too tired in the morning.”  I grew up under the impression that staying up late and sleeping in was a character flaw.  These people encourage everyone in the house to do it, and occasionally join in themselves.  Who are they?

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Who ARE These People?!?! ...Gina's Fav'sMy parents never loaded us into the car for a trip, be it to Grandma’s house, Disneyland, or the mall, after 5:00AM.  Usually, 4:00AM was the goal.  We were told we “have to get an early start” so often that I thought it was a federal law.  These people scoffed at the idea of waking my kids before 8:00AM to start packing up our van for our trip.  “Let them sleep,” they said.  “They’re young.  They need to sleep.”  What?

My parents would never hire someone to bring in a crane to remove a couple of the 150 foot tall pine trees in the forest in their “backyard” to make a better sledding run.  I believe we were told to “steer around” any obstacles in our path while sledding.  Steer around?  How do you steer around?  Does that mean bounce off? ‘Cause that’s what we did!

My dad would never make a tool for girls who don’t want to touch the fish they just caught to hold up their quarry for a photo without having to touch the slimy, flapping thing.  I was told that slime was good for my skin and would keep them soft.  As I recall my soft hands stank for a week after each fishing trip.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Who ARE These People?!?! ...Gina's Fav'sMy parents would never say that children shouldn’t help with chores while they’re visiting their grandparents.  I don’t know who these people are who keep singing the “They’re on vacation.  They don’t have to help,” refrain every time I tell one of my kids to take out the trash or to clear the table, but I know they aren’t my parents.

My parents would never have a candy dish they constantly refill throughout the day so as to ensure children had an unending source of sugar readily available to them.  I don’t know who these people are who laugh about the trail of candy wrappers through their house, and say, “Isn’t that Sweet?”  Isn’t that sweet?  I don’t know.  I’m too confused to think.  I remember candy wrapper dropping costing me candy privileges for a week when I was a kid.

They don’t mind feet on the couch or toys everywhere, and just said, “We can vacuum tomorrow!”

Who are these people? And can I get that chocolate cake recipe?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Did your parents morph into different people, too, when they became grandparents?  Shoot me a comment.  I’d love to hear all about it!

Dad’s Dadisms

My Dad’s Dadisms …Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

It’s hard for me to believe it’s been a year since my dad was killed in an airplane accident. I will never get over losing him. My family and I are continuing to heal slowly. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever been through, and I was totally unprepared for how the grief would knock me on my rear.

Happy, funny memories like the ones that inspired this Gina’s Favorites post about him help me a lot with that process.

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Smile along with me.

Top 10 Dadisms

My dad was a pretty amazing guy.  In fact, the older I get, the smarter he gets!

He truly had this whole dad-thing down. You couldn’t find a better example. If you’re wondering what you need to be a real dad for the long haul, let these dadisms from my dad help you out:

#10.  You’ll need to develop a unique linguistic style. My dad had his own language. He was the only person I’ve known who used phrases like “Dab gum it!” or “Don’t be a panty waist!” (I’m still not sure what that means exactly, but I always took it to mean “Quit your whining and move your arse”).

#9.  You’ll need to be consistent. Every April 1st my dad went out to check my mom’s car’s tires, because every April 1st my mom told him, as an April Fool’s joke, that her car had a flat. Even though he usually remembered it’s April 1st long before he got to her car, he still checked on it. Just to be sure. Then, he’d go back in the house and play a joke on my mom.

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#8.  You’ll need to develop quality control systems. My dad reloaded the dishwasher after I loaded it. Every time. Even at my house. Of course, I did the same thing to him. Apple. Tree. All that.

#7.  You’ll need to find your center. My dad was the most even-keeled guy I’ve known. I once saw him get his finger caught in an electric auger and barely raise his voice. I screamed at my kids for letting the dog eat the Parmesan cheese last night (in my defense, the dog had run all over our house shaking the container as he went, thoroughly garnishing our home with a fine cheese coating. Nothing like a well garnished home to produce a “scream at someone” kind of moment).

#6.  You’ll need duct tape and a tool belt. My dad could fix anything. Anything. If he didn’t have the needed tool he’d get it. If they didn’t make the tool, he’d make it himself. I never heard my dad say “I can’t fix that.” He looked at stuff differently, through Dad-vision glasses. I might’ve see a former seating device, he saw a perfectly good chair that just needed 2 legs, an arm, a back, and a seat.

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#5.  You’ll need a rod and reel. My dad was an amazing fisherman. If there was a fish in the lake, he’d bring it home for dinner. I’m a pretty amazing fisherperson myself. If there’s wild caught salmon at Costco, I’ll wrassle a package into my cart every time.

#4.  You’ll need to speak “auto” and carry a big wrench. My dad was The Car-Whisperer. He rebuilt engines himself, left out a couple pieces, and still made them hum like new. I, on the other hand, am The Car-Killer. I’ve had cars burst into flames just because I thought about being on time to a meeting.

#3.  You’ll need to be a nutritionist. My dad always made sure people got just what they needed to eat. When my eldest child was only a few months old, my dad knew he needed some ice cream, and made sure he got some. I admit I wasn’t completely supportive of the idea at the time, but the fact that he chose Rocky Road to feed my little toothless wonder might have impacted my opinion.

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#2.  You’ll need to be a chef of haute cuisine. When I was a child and my dad would cook a meal, he always cooked everything in one pan. When we’d ask why he didn’t use separate pans for different foods, he’d reply, “Why? It’s all going to the same place.” Often, when I survey the mountain of pots and pans I’ve dirtied making dinner, I see the wisdom in my dad’s method.

#1.  You’ll need to realize that your kids will always be your kids. My dad still dad’ed me, until the very last time I saw him, even though I have kids of my own. He made sure I had a coat on when it was cold. He reminded me to drive safely. He told me I needed to eat more protein. In other words, he loved me.

Take a page from my dad, and you’ll be amazing.

And, no, you don’t have a flat tire.  Probably.

Well, you better go check.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What do you see in the dads in your life?  What dadisms should I add to my list?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Photos courtesy of Stock.xchng – Used with permission

My Dad’s Dadisms …Gina’s Favorites

My Dad’s Dadisms …Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

It’s hard for me to believe it’s already been a month since my dad was killed in an accident. I will never get over losing him, but my family and I are slowly beginning to heal.

Happy, funny memories like the ones that inspired this Gina’s Favorites post about him help a lot with that process.

Smile along with me.

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Top 10 Ways to Be A REAL Dad

My dad’s a pretty amazing guy.  In fact, the older I get, the smarter he gets!

He’s truly got this whole dad-thing down. You can’t find a better example. If you’re wondering what you need to be a real dad for the long haul, let him help you out:

#10.  You’ll need to develop a unique linguistic style. My dad has his own language. He’s the only person I know who uses phrases like “Dab gum it!” or “Don’t be a panty waist!” (I’m still not sure what that means exactly, but I always took it to mean “Quit your whining and move your arse”).

#9.  You’ll need to be consistent. Every April 1st my dad goes out to check my mom’s car’s tires, because every April 1st my mom tells him, as an April Fool’s joke, that her car has a flat. Even though he usually remembers it’s April 1st long before he gets to her car, he still checks. Just to be sure. Then, he goes back in the house and plays a joke on my mom. I’m predicting fake dog deposits this year, as they have a new puppy.

#8.  You’ll need to develop quality control systems. My dad reloads the dishwasher after I load it. Every time. Even at my house. Of course, I do the same thing to him. Apple. Tree. All that.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley My Dad's Dadisms ...Gina's Favorites#7.  You’ll need to find your center. My dad is the most even-keeled guy I know. I’ve seen him get his finger caught in an electric auger and barely raise his voice. I screamed at my kids for letting the dog eat the Parmesan cheese last night (in my defense, the dog had run all over our house shaking the container as he went, thoroughly garnishing our home with a fine cheese coating. Nothing like a well garnished home to produce a “scream at someone” kind of moment).

#6.  You’ll need duct tape and a tool belt. My dad can fix anything. Anything. If he doesn’t have the needed tool he’ll get it. If they don’t make the tool, he’ll make it himself. I’ve never heard my dad say “I can’t fix that.” He looks at stuff differently, through Dad-vision glasses. I might see a former seating device, he sees a perfectly good chair that just needs 2 legs, an arm, a back, and a seat.

#5.  You’ll need a rod and reel. My dad’s an amazing fisherman. If there’s a fish in the lake, he’ll bring it home for dinner. I’m a pretty amazing fisherperson myself. If there’s wild caught salmon at Costco, I’ll wrassle a package into my cart every time.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley My Dad's Dadisms ...Gina's Favorites#4.  You’ll need to speak “auto” and carry a big wrench. My dad is The Car-Whisperer. He’s rebuilt engines himself, left out a couple pieces, and still made it hum like new. I, on the other hand, am The Car-Killer. I’ve had cars burst into flames just because I thought about being on time to a meeting.

#3.  You’ll need to be a nutritionist. My dad always makes sure people get just what they need to eat. When my eldest child was only a few months old, my dad knew he needed some ice cream, and made sure he got some. I admit I wasn’t completely supportive of the idea at the time, but the fact that he chose Rocky Road to feed my little toothless wonder might have impacted my opinion.

#2.  You’ll need to be a chef of haute cuisine. When I was a child and my dad would cook a meal, he always cooked everything in one pan. When we’d ask why he didn’t use separate pans for different foods, he’d reply, “Why? It’s all going to the same place.” Often, when I survey the mountain of pots and pans I’ve dirtied making dinner, I see the wisdom in my dad’s method.

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Take a page from my dad, and you’ll be amazing.

And, no, you don’t have a flat tire.  Probably.

Well, you better go check.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What do you see in the dads in your life?  What dadisms should I add to my list?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Photos courtesy of Stock.xchng – Used with permission

Who ARE These People? …Gina’s Favorites

Who ARE These People? …Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

It’s hard for me to believe it’s already been a month since my dad was killed in an accident. I will never get over losing him, but my family and I are slowly beginning to heal.

Happy, funny memories like the ones that inspired this Gina’s Favorites post about him and my mom help a lot with that process. Honestly, just reading this makes me cry, but I’m smiling, too. He was a great dad and grand-dad. I was blessed.

Smile along with me.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Who ARE These People? …Gina’s FavoritesWho ARE These People?

I try to take my kids the 1400-ish miles to visit my parents a couple times a year.

But I can’t.

We can go to their house.  We can visit the people who live there and look just like my parents.  But they are not my parents.

I don’t know who these people are, but they are not my parents.

My mom never baked a “Cake of the Day,” or, right before bedtime, or anytime for that matter, never encouraged us to “Have another big piece of cake or two to finish it up” because there’ll be a new cake baked in the morning.  Today’s Cake of The Day was chocolate, by the way.

My parents never let the dog sleep in our rooms, much less our beds.  Heck, our dogs were rarely allowed to hang out indoors at all.  I know my parents would never let their giant golden retriever beg for and receive food from the dinner table.  And breakfast table.  And lunch table.  And snack table.

My parents never said that we could “watch whatever you like” on TV, or “Let’s watch another movie. You can sleep in if you’re too tired in the morning.”  I grew up under the impression that staying up late and sleeping in was a character flaw.  These people encourage everyone in the house to do it, and occasionally join in themselves.  Who are they?

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Who ARE These People? …Gina’s FavoritesMy parents never loaded us into the car for a trip, be it to Grandma’s house, Disneyland, or the mall, after 5:00AM.  Usually, 4:00AM was the goal.  We were told we “have to get an early start” so often that I thought it was a federal law.  These people scoffed at the idea of waking my kids before 8:00AM to start packing up our van for our trip.  “Let them sleep,” they said.  “They’re young.  They need to sleep.”  What?

My parents would never hire someone to bring in a crane to remove a couple of the 150 foot tall pine trees in the forest in their “backyard” to make a better sledding run.  I believe we were told to “steer around” any obstacles in our path while sledding.  Steer around?  How do you steer around?  Does that mean bounce off? ‘Cause that’s what we did!

My dad would never make a tool for girls who don’t want to touch the fish they just caught to hold up their quarry for a photo without having to touch the slimy, flapping thing.  I was told that slime was good for my skin and would keep them soft.  As I recall my soft hands stank for a week after each fishing trip.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Who ARE These People? …Gina’s FavoritesMy parents would never say that children shouldn’t help with chores while they’re visiting their grandparents.  I don’t know who these people are who keep singing the “They’re on vacation.  They don’t have to help,” refrain every time I tell one of my kids to take out the trash or to clear the table, but I know they aren’t my parents.

My parents would never have a candy dish they constantly refill throughout the day so as to ensure children had an unending source of sugar readily available to them.  I don’t know who these people are who laugh about the trail of candy wrappers through their house, and say, “Isn’t that Sweet?”  Isn’t that sweet?  I don’t know.  I’m too confused to think.  I remember candy wrapper dropping costing me candy privileges for a week when I was a kid.

They don’t mind feet on the couch or toys everywhere, and just said, “We can vacuum tomorrow!”

Who are these people? And can I get that chocolate cake recipe?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Did your parents morph into different people, too, when they became grandparents?  Shoot me a comment.  I’d love to hear all about it!

I Thought YOU Had The Worms

I Thought YOU Had The Worms

by Gina Valley

Today is my dad’s birthday.

He’s the first man I ever loved, and he’s a tough act to follow.

He’s set an example of hard work, giving back, and kindness that is an inspiration to everyone who knows him. And, to keep us from being intimidated, he consistently forgets to bring the bait when we go fishing, and joins in when we laugh about it.

In honor of him and his birthday, here’s one of my favorite posts inspired by my dad.

Who ARE These People?

by Gina Valley

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I try to take my kids the 1300-ish miles to visit my parents a couple times a year.

But I can’t.

We can go to their house. We can visit the people who live there and look just like my parents. But they are not my parents.

I don’t know who these people are, but they are definitely not my parents.

My mom never baked a “Cake of the Day,” or, right before bedtime, or anytime for that matter, never encouraged us to “Have another big piece of cake or two to finish it up” because there’ll be a new cake baked in the morning.

Today’s Cake of The Day was chocolate, by the way.

My parents never let the dog sleep in our rooms, much less our beds. Heck, our dogs were rarely allowed to hang out indoors at all. I know my parents would never let their giant golden retriever beg for and receive food from the dinner table. And breakfast table. And lunch table. And snack table.

My parents never said that we could “watch whatever you like” on TV, or “Let’s watch another movie. You can sleep in if you’re too tired in the morning.” I grew up under the impression that staying up late and sleeping in was a character flaw. These people encourage everyone in the house to do it, and occasionally join in themselves.  Who are they?

My parents never loaded us into the car for a trip, be it to Grandma’s house, Disneyland, or the mall, after 5:00AM. Usually, 4:00AM was the goal. We were told we “have to get an early start” so often that I thought it was a federal law. These people scoffed at the idea of waking my kids before 8:00AM to start packing up our van for our trip. “Let them sleep,” they said. “They’re young.  They need to sleep.” What?

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley I Thought YOU Had The WormsMy parents would never hire someone to bring in a crane to remove a couple of the 150 foot tall pine trees in the forest in their “backyard” to make a better sledding run. I believe we were told to “steer around” any obstacles in our path while sledding. Steer around? How do you steer around? Does that mean bounce off? ‘Cause that’s what we did!

My dad would never make a tool for girls who don’t want to touch the fish they just caught, so they could hold up their quarry for a photo without having to touch the slimy, flapping thing. I was told that slime was good for my skin and would keep them soft. As I recall my soft hands stank for a week after each fishing trip.

My parents would never say that children shouldn’t help with chores while they’re visiting their grandparents. I don’t know who these people are who keep singing the “They’re on vacation. They don’t have to help,” refrain every time I tell one of my kids to take out the trash or to clear the table, but I know they aren’t my parents.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley I Thought YOU Had The WormsMy parents would never have a candy dish they constantly refill throughout the day, so as to ensure children had an unending source of sugar readily available to them. Who are these people who laugh about the trail of candy wrappers through their house, and say, “Isn’t that sweet?”?  Isn’t that sweet? I don’t know. I’m too confused to think.

They don’t mind feet on the couch or toys everywhere, and they just said, “We can vacuum tomorrow!”

Who are these people?

And, can I get that chocolate cake recipe?

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Did your parents disappear, too, when they became grandparents?  Were they replaced by look-alikes who have a totally different attitude? Shoot me a comment.  I’d love to hear all about it!

Photos courtesy of Stock.xchng – Used with permission

Top 10 Ways to Be A REAL Dad…Gina’s Favorites

Top 10 Ways to Be A REAL Dad…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

My dad’s birthday was this week, so I figured my Top 10 Ways To Be A REAL Dad post would be perfect for Throwback Day this week.
Laugh along with this Gina’s Favorite post.

Top 10 Ways to Be A REAL Dad

My dad’s a pretty amazing guy.  In fact, the older I get, the smarter he gets!

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Top 10 Ways to Be A Real Dad

#10.  You’ll need to develop a unique linguistic style.  My dad has his own language.  He’s the only person I know who uses phrases like “Dab gum it!” or “Don’t be a panty waist!” (I’m still not sure what that means exactly, but I always took it to mean “Quit your whining and move your arse”).

#9.  You’ll need to be consistent.  Every April 1st my dad goes out to check my mom’s car’s tires, because every April 1st my mom tells him, as an April Fool’s joke, that her car has a flat.  Even though he usually remembers it’s April 1st long before he gets to her car, he still checks.  Just to be sure.  Then, he goes back in the house and plays a joke on my mom. I’m predicting fake dog deposits this year, as they have a new puppy.

#8.  You’ll need to develop quality control systems.  My dad reloads the dishwasher after I load it. Every time.  Even at my house.  Of course, I do the same thing to him.  Apple.  Tree.  All that.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Parenting Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Parenting Gina Valley Top 10 Ways to Be A REAL Dad...Gina's Favorites#7.  You’ll need to find your center.  My dad is the most even keeled guy I know.  I’ve seen him get his finger caught in an electric auger and barely raise his voice. I screamed at my kids for letting the dog eat the Parmesan cheese last night (in my defense, the dog had run all over our house shaking the container as he went, thoroughly garnishing our home with a fine cheese coating. Nothing like a well garnished home to produce a “scream at someone” kind of moment).

#6.  You’ll need duct tape and a tool belt.  My dad can fix anything.  Anything.  If he doesn’t have the needed tool he’ll get it.  If they don’t make the tool, he’ll make it himself.  I’ve never heard my dad say “I can’t fix that.” He looks at stuff differently, through Dad-vision glasses.  I might see a former seating device, he sees a perfectly good chair that just needs 2 legs, an arm, a back, and a seat.

#5.  You’ll need a rod and reel.  My dad’s an amazing fisherman.  If there’s a fish in the lake, he’ll bring it home for dinner.  I’m a pretty amazing fisherperson myself.  If there’s wild caught salmon at Costco, I’ll wrassle a package into my cart every time.

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#3.  You’ll need to be a nutritionist.  My dad always makes sure people get just what they need to eat.  When my eldest child was only a few months old, my dad knew he needed some ice cream, and made sure he got some.   I admit I wasn’t completely supportive of the idea at the time, but the fact that he chose Rocky Road to feed my little toothless wonder might have impacted my opinion.


#2.  You’ll need to be a chef of haute cuisine.
  When I was a child and my dad would cook a meal, he always cooked everything in one pan.  When we’d ask why he didn’t use separate pans for different foods, he’d reply, “Why? It’s all going to the same place.”  Often, when I survey the mountain of pots and pans I’ve dirtied making dinner, I see the wisdom in my dad’s method.

 

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Take a page from my dad, and you’ll be amazing.

And, no, you don’t have a flat tire.  Probably.

Well, you better go check.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What do you see in the dads in your life?  What dad-isms should I add to my list?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Top 10 Cool Things About Being In The Hospital

Top 10 Cool Things About Being In The Hospital

by Gina Valley

I’m staying at the hospital with my dad this week.  He had open heart surgery to correct 5 blockages in his heart a couple days ago.  He is doing amazingly well, and now that he’s out of ICU and in a regular room, he’s getting a bit tired of the whole hospital thing.

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So, I figured today would be a great day to review my Top 10 Cool Things About Being In The Hospital.

If you or one of your loved ones is facing a stay at a medical megaplex soon, I hope it eases your mind.  Or, at least gives you a giggle.

Top 10 Cool Things About Being In The Hospital:

#1.  You don’t need to set an alarm clock because someone wakes you up every 15 minutes to ask if you need a sleeping pill.  Convenience on the quarter hour.

#2.  Awesome designer wardrobe provided at no extra cost. It’s breezy.  It’s light.  It manages to combine stiff, itchy fabric with revealing nudity, all completely without sexiness.  It’s a wardrobing miracle.

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#4.  That foldy, bendy bed.   How fun is that thing?  50,000 different positions, every one of them uncomfortable, and a crinkly sound every time you turn over.

#5.  That row of weird equipment hooked to the wall above the head of the bed that even the nurses don’t know what to do with.  Ask a know-it-all health care provider what one of the pieces is for, and sit back and enjoy some made up medical mendacity.

#6.  You meet new people every 15 minutes … Oh wait – that’s the same nurse; you’re just sleep deprived.

#7.  Those funky containers the food comes in.  Don’t you wish you had some of those at home?

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#9.  Completely losing track of what day and time it is WITHOUT the aid of mind altering drugs.  It’s like your dreaming while you are awake.

#10.  Completely losing track of what day and time it is WITH the aid of mind altering drugs.  And, it’s all legal.  Pretty much.

And, relax.  Remember, your medical team is going to do everything they can to ensure you live a long, healthy life.

After all, they want you around to make the payments on your bill.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Has your extended warranty run out?  Any new creaks or squeaks showing up? Any fun medical times in your family?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

For more of my helpful medical advice or fun travel and vacation planning please visit my The Emergency Room – Like Disneyland, But Cheaper and Fun Times At The ‘Ole Urgent Care Center posts.  As always the clicks to get there count as cardio.

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How My Dad Says “I Love You!”…Gina’s Favorites

How My Dad Says “I Love You!”…Gina’s Favorites

by Gina Valley

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I’m loading this Gina’s Favorites post at 3AM while I sit at the end of my dad’s hospital bed listening to him softly snore, signalling the first real sleep he’s had in the 36 hours since his quadruple bypass heart surgery.
I’m so thankful for that sound, as it reminds me that he is still here. I’m brought to tears just thinking about the possibility of losing him. I love him, and I’m doubly blessed because I know he loves me.

How My Dad Says “I Love You!”

My dad is the sweetest man alive.

While I visited my parents this past winter I needed to drive from their tiny mountain village to the closest big city to pick up my husband from the airport.

My dad wanted to serve as my chauffeur, as he usually does when I visit. But, had he done so that day, my mom, who has Parkinson’s disease, would have been left home alone with 9 grandkids to care for.

I wished he could come with me, as I love our rare time alone together, but I wasn’t worried about making the drive alone.

My dad, on the other hand, was quite concerned about me making the long, snowy drive.  He knows I’m a SoCal beach girl, and don’t often drive in isolated areas, much less snowy ones.

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He told me to wear my tennis shoes for the afternoon drive to the airport.  “You’ll be more comfortable,” he said.

He packed my boots and coat in his car for me. “You never know if the car is going to break down and you’ll need them if it does,” he said.

He sent a water bottle with me.  “It’s cold so it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated and you’ll be gone for 3 or 4 hours,” he said.

He told me to park on the second level of the parking structure at the airport, in the back, on the street side.  “That way you’ll have the shortest walk,” he said.

He demonstrated to me how to work the heater in his car. “You don’t want to over-heat,” he said.

He showed me where the light control switch was located.  “It’ll be starting to get dark before you get there,” he said.

He reminded me to use the car mirrors as I backed his car out of his garage. “Use your mirrors. Use your mirrors!” he said.

He was looking out the window when I returned to his house that evening.

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He’d worried about me the whole time I was gone.  “The roads get slick here. Black ice can sneak up on you,” he said.

He carried in my coat and my boots from his car. “You’ll want these for your walk in the morning. They’ll be warmer when you put them on if we bring them into the house tonight,” he said.

What he really said, each and every time, was that he loves me.

My dad is “Papa” to 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

But, he will always be my dad.

-gina

How does (or did) your dad tell you he loves you?  How do you tell your kids that you love them?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

This post appeared on Dads Round Table in June 2013
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Top 10 Ways to Be A REAL Dad

Top 10 Ways to Be A REAL Dad

by Gina Valley

Today is my Dad’s birthday.  He’s only got the one a year, so I like to do something special for it. This year, I thought I’d share a little bit about him.

My dad’s a pretty amazing guy.  In fact, the older I get, the smarter he gets!

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Top 10 Ways to Be A Real Dad

#10.  You’ll need to develop a unique linguistic style.  My dad has his own language.  He’s the only person I know who uses phrases like “Dab gum it!” or “Don’t be a panty waist!” (I’m still not sure what that means exactly, but I always took it to mean “Quit your whining and move your arse”).

#9.  You’ll need to be consistent.  Every April 1st my dad goes out to check my mom’s car’s tires, because every April 1st my mom tells him, as an April Fool’s joke, that her car has a flat.  Even though he usually remembers it’s April 1st long before he gets to her car, he still checks.  Just to be sure.  Then, he goes back in the house and plays a joke on my mom. I’m predicting fake dog deposits this year, as they have a new puppy.

#8.  You’ll need to develop quality control systems.  My dad reloads the dishwasher after I load it. Every time.  Even at my house.  Of course, I do the same thing to him.  Apple.  Tree.  All that.

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#6.  You’ll need duct tape and a tool belt.  My dad can fix anything.  Anything.  If he doesn’t have the needed tool he’ll get it.  If they don’t make the tool, he’ll make it himself.  I’ve never heard my dad say “I can’t fix that.” He looks at stuff differently, through Dad-vision glasses.  I might see a former seating device, he sees a perfectly good chair that just needs 2 legs, an arm, a back, and a seat.

#5.  You’ll need a rod and reel.  My dad’s an amazing fisherman.  If there’s a fish the lake, he’ll bring it home for dinner.  I’m a pretty amazing fisherperson myself.  If there’s wild caught salmon at Costco, I’ll wrassle a package into my cart every time.

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#3.  You’ll need to be a nutritionist.  My dad always makes sure people get just what they need to eat.  When my eldest child was only a few months old, my dad knew he needed some ice cream, and made sure he got some.   I admit I wasn’t completely supportive of the idea at the time, but the fact that he chose Rocky Road to feed my little toothless wonder might have impacted my opinion.


#2.  You’ll need to be a chef of haute cuisine.
  When I was a child and my dad would cook a meal, he always cooked everything in one pan.  When we’d ask why he didn’t use separate pans for different foods, he’d reply, “Why? It’s all going to the same place.”  Often, when I survey the mountain of pots and pans I’ve dirtied making dinner, I see the wisdom in my dad’s method.

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#1.  You’ll need to realize that your kids will always be your kids.  My dad still dad’s me to this day, even as I have kids of my own.  He makes sure I have a coat on when it’s cold.  He reminds me to drive safely.  He tells me I need to eat more protein.  In other words, he loves me.

 

Take a page from my dad, and you’ll be amazing.

And, no, you don’t have a flat tire.  Probably.

Well, you better go check.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What do you see in the dads in your life?  What dad-isms should I add to my list?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

Boys Are Weird

Boys Are Weird

by Gina Valley

Boys are weird.  They really are.

But,

They’re a lot of fun, too.

I’ve met some great, grown-up (well, sort of grown-up) boys through social media.

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In fact, I’m hanging out with some of them today.

Some of my favorites have a site together called Dads Round Table.

James @JamesHudymaBrandon @TheRookie Dad, Joe @ManvDadhood,  John @DaddysinCharge, Brandon @BrandonPDuncan, Jimmy @jetts31, and Brad @readbradthedad started Dads Round Table as an online parenting magazine, focusing on providing a place where dads (and moms) can gather to communicate, learn from one another, and discuss parenting and its occasional challenges in a safe, non-retribution environment.

I think they also did it to have another reason to goof off on-line, but don’t tell them I said that.

They’re a fun, crazy bunch of guys, and the community they’ve created at Dads Round Table is a valuable resource for dads and moms alike.

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You should check it out.

Especially today.

Because today (alert: shameless self-promotion to follow) a piece I wrote, Studying In The Hallowed Aisles:  Raising Tomorrow’s Dads, is debuting on Dads Round Table.

It’s funny; it’s informative; it’s low-calorie.

It’s everything you need for springtime reading.

Here’s a snippet of what you’ll find when you click on over to my Studying In The Hallowed Aisles:  Raising Tomorrow’s Dads piece on Dads Round Table:

Studying In The Hallowed Aisles:  Raising Tomorrow’s Dads

I’m raising four dads.

It’s not easy for a mom to raise dads. We’re not fully equipped to train our sons in all the nuances of daddy-hood.

So, like any responsible mom, I seek help.

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I study the experts.

I take them to Costco.

Costco sells everything you need for life, but the lessons it holds for Dads-Of-Tomorrow are free.  And, many of them are tasty, too.

I suppose the most obvious thing Dads-Of-Tomorrow learn at Costco is strength.  Let’s face it, that 50 gallon drum of mustard isn’t going to load itself.  Muscles are built and men are made loading up the provisions we purchase.

But, there’s another, more important, kind of strength Dads-Of-Tomorrow learn at Costco….

Click on over to Dads Round Table to read the rest of Studying In The Hallowed Aisles:  Raising Tomorrow’s Dads

You bring the apple wedges (No chocolate today. I’m still trying to fit into my purple pants).  I’ll bring the giggles.

And, remember, the extra click to get there counts as cardio!

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What do you think are the most important lessons Dads-Of-Tomorrow must be taught today?  What do you wish you’d learned about life when you were still a kid?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.