On Saturday we were having the flooring in our living room laid. We had to move all the furniture out into the dining room and hallway and it was a bit of a nightmare trying to get to the things we wanted/needed.
My dad came up on the Thursday evening beforehand to help lift the carpet etc and then returned Saturday morning to help move out a sofa and some other last few items of furniture. My parents then had Emma and Daniel for us Saturday daytime so we could get on with some other jobs.
As a thank you we decided to do a barbecue. Barbecues are the one time when I am not in charge or preparing the food! Well, not the main event. I always do a potato salad (with spring onions, mustard and lemon) which is a lovely summery dish as well as a garlic bread and some lovely crisps. I usually make up some vegetable kebabs with halloumi (chunks of red onion, peppers and Halloumi) which are lovely when they are barbecued.
I don’t really eat a lot at a barbecue, but Damian enjoys doing them and his treat last year with some vouchers he had earnt from work was to buy a barbecue. We need to be a bit more adventurous though with the things we cook on it, so if you have any good vegetarian friendly ideas then let me know and I’ll try them next time we get the barbecue out.
It was a nice relaxed evening and the children enjoyed spending the time with their grandparents and it was our little way to say thank you to them for the help they’d provided in the week and during the day – it was big help that they took Daniel and Emma out for the day so we could have the flooring sorted in peace!
Legel & General recently published some research about the ‘value’ of a Dad (in the North West they are valued at £23,290 per year) but I don’t think you can put a price on the things that my Dad, and Damian do for our families. The research talks about household chores and the such and all too often parenting articles talk about the many different roles that a mum must hold. I know I am a first aider, cook, entertainer, teacher, personal assistant, head of procurement etc etc etc – the list is endless. But the same can be said of Dads. Damian is the head decorator, plumber, grounds maintenance, spider catcher, bee remover etc etc. All jobs that are important to the everyday functioning of our family.
Being a family means sharing the load and taking time to say thanks – and for us that’s often with a bottle of beer, a glass of wine and a good meal.
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