Friday, June 26, 2009

Fathers and Fedoras kit

First of all, thank you to all of you who have sent me emails for the Christmas in July post. (If you don't know what I am talking about, read the post underneath this one). I have been amazed at all of your talents and stories, and it has been fun getting to know a little bit about you. I plan to post the Christmas in July post on the 1st of July, so if you wanted to send me an email, you still have a few days. And even if you don't get it to me in time I can always add yours on to the post anyways.

Okay, onto my next kit. It's a little late to be posting a Father's Day kit, but hey, the summertime gets busy and other things take the front stage!

When I think about being a father, I realize the important role a father can play in a family. I realize how lucky I was to have grown up with a father who gave me one of the greatest gifts...his time. He was a busy man with his work as well as duties at church, but when he came home he did not go sit on the couch and turn on the TV to watch sports or whatever. In fact, I rarely ever saw him watch sports, unless it was one of his own kids' sporting events. He was in so much love with my mother. My siblings and I were the type of kids to have said, "Ew Dad, stop kissing Mom in front of us!" However, we are all so grateful that they were willing to show us how much they loved each other.

My dad kept the mood light in the home. I remember on Sundays after church he would drive us around to look at model homes. We'd be gone for a couple of hours. Growing up these were such great memories for us. (We later learned that part of his reasoning of doing this was to let my mom have a moment of peace and quiet for a little while...there were 5 of us and the age gap between the oldest and youngest is 7 years). And although he was giving my mom a break, we also knew how much he loved to do this with us.

My mom used to accompany at the piano while my dad would sing silly songs (even with little dance motions now and then). He was always making us laugh. He always seemed so young to me because he was willing to just be silly and youthful (do not get me wrong, he was mature and responsible when he needed to be).

I love that he still has his youth and is still willing to have fun. The picture below is more of a family inside joke so I will not bore you with details, but as you can see he is very young at heart as we played ring around the roses (in a crazy way....my brother on the left is normally NOT that flamboyant!)

Because of the fun and youthfulness in my parents' marriage, all of us kids grew up with a sense of humor as well and an inner desire to remain young. When we get together, we are very immature and find ourselves laughing at everything. The picture below was taken at a family trip. At the condo we were staying at, there was a FOUR person jacuzzi. With the 5 of us kids, (4 of us are married), that adds up to NINE of us who were all wanting to be in the jacuzzi together. Let's just say that the water ended up with half of it all gone by the time we were out of there. But the below picture shows a little bit of our weirdness:
It's pictures like this that bring back memories for me and make me so grateful for my family. It makes me so grateful for my dad and how fun he helped our childhood to be. (By the way, my mom played a MASSIVE role in our humor, but since this post is about Father's Day, that's why I'm mentioning so much about him!) I love that we can laugh about things...and even enjoy our get togethers as we remember my mom on the anniversary of her death. Everything is joyful and I am so blessed.

My studly husband came home one day with a fedora hat. At first I thought to myself, "Oh my goodness, I am married to a teenager." But then as I thought about it, I thought how grateful I am that my husband wants to be young. (I love that in the reflection of his glasses you can see Caitlynn laughing at him).He makes me laugh, and when it comes to being a father, he makes my kids laugh and act silly and crazy. So often I think, "I am trying to calm them down to get them ready for bed", but then when I think that their dad works long hours and is sometimes gone for lots of days at a time, I am so lucky that he brings out that energy in them. They will have memories of having a fun dad and that is so important to me.

So, I called this kit "Fathers and Fedoras" because to me, it is so important to be young. I realize the wrinkles are going to come. I realize the energy won't always be there. I realize the gravity will drag us down. But I also know that we can still retain our youth in other ways. We need to laugh. We need to make memories. We need to spend more time with the ones we love. And for no reason at all, everyone should buy a fedora!

48 comments:

jmutchler said...

Thanks so much for sharing Summer. This kit is lovely as usual. Great job.

Krystyn said...

Thanks for the great kit..and thanks for letting us into your lives by sharing about your hubby and your dad.

cressfamily said...

thanks for sharing your talents with us. They are always great kits.

Jessica said...

I agree - that's definitely the perfect reason to buy a fedora! I loved the story behind the kit (as always). I can't wait to use it! Thanks, Summer!

Jana said...

Thank you so much for sharing another wonderful kit with us. I really appreciate it!

Music Mama said...

Thank you! Another beautiful kit!

Anonymous said...

This is a great kit! Thanks so much for sharing!

Emily M said...

I love this Summer!! I epecially love it because of the story behind it- how lucky those of us are that have amazing men in our lives! Thank you for sharing!

Lisa said...

I LOVE IT!!! Thank you!

Brittany said...

Thanks for another fab kit!

I LOVE the grungy brushes! :)

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 26 Jun [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 27 Jun [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

Mrs. Schmalison said...

Amazing kit, as usual! I loved hearing about your dad and all the memories, it helps me feel like I know you a little better and from reading some of your family blog I can tell you are someone I would strive to be more like.

kelly said...

Thank you yet again! Love the colors and I think your husbands fedora is great. I also enjoyed the pic of you all in the hot tub, too funny!

Holly said...

What a beautiful post Summer. I grew up in a large family too; six daughters. I remember my dad as being able to do anything and he was always calm and patient. Loved hearing about your family memories.

Van said...

Thank you so much for another fabulous kit!

Janice said...

I just absolutely love your blog and your kits. I use them all the time. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing.

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Father's Day Theme post on Jun. 27, 2009. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it!

I can't wait to be able to use it. I'm new to digital scrapbooking.

Nikki O said...

I just found your blog, and I wanted to say a big THANK YOU! I'm brand-new to digiscrapping (never paper scrapped), and your kits have supplied me with more than enough to get started on my daughter's first scrapbook. Thank you so much!

psychozoe said...

Summer, thank you so much for sharing about your family. I admit I'm jealous of the way your family has love for each other and is close and does fun things together whenever they can. Even though you miss your mom, you all still have so much life in your family unit. I'm LDS, too, and so I understand families can be forever.. I'm so afraid it's too late for my family.. so many poor decisions, angers and misunderstandings still fester, I tried so hard at one time to understand and heal those relationships... but others are so unwilling. I'm sad... but when I read about you and your family, I have hope. Sorry if I brought you down with my story... I just meant to thank you... for the inspiration you share... and your graphics talent too.. Susie aka Psychozoe

Laura said...

Thanks so much, I love this kit, especially those brushes! Can't wait to use them. Thanks so much!

Beverly said...

thank you Summer for all the beautiful kits you make and all your time that you put into them! I love your family stories. many blessings to you.

Gabriele said...

Thanks a lot for sharing this kit! It's a beautiful one (like always ;-) ).

You are blessed with your family, everybody can see how happy all of you are on the photos. And in my opinion, this is what counts most: the happiness in a family, as with it, family members can master any problem which may arise.

Greetings from Germany,
Gabriele

Sapphires-Crafty-Cards said...

what a lovely kit summer..thank you so much for sharing..your kits are amazing...
Michelle Xx

Mattsbrt said...

Thank you for allowing us into a piece of your life & experiences you have had...the kit is great as always! THANKS so much!

Nicki said...

these are lovely thankyou for sharing
looks like you were all having fun in the photos!
Nicki
x

Jenn said...

You have an award on my blog http://jennck.blogspot.com/2009/06/my-first-blog-award-and-freebie.html... Thank you for all you do!

andi@ldscreativitycorner said...

Love it. Thanks for sharing, you're sooo talented.

michiganhills said...

Awesome kit - and I love the colors! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents.

Micki said...

Thanks! The kit is fantastic!

Stathis Five said...

Great Kit. Thanks so much.

SandyPie said...

What a beautifully written piece, and the kit is gorgeous as all your work is. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your kit with us.

dzamy said...

Thanks so much! Your kits just keep getting better and better!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the new kit. I will really enjoy using it. BTW I love your family stories. I get a smile and a lift when I visit your site.

scotspanda said...

oh wow what a lovely kit and even lovlier memories.

thanks for sharing

lotsalove

Amanda xx

Sunny Archibald said...

Thank you for sharing another great kit.

Jen W said...

Thanks for the great kit! Love your stuff!

Kathy Carroll said...

Thank you so much for the kit. I just downloaded my first from your site...Great stuff!
Kathy

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Juls~ said...

Hi Summer!

Came across your blog today and I'll add you as a link on mine! Love the kit and the sweet story about your hubby. I will have to use this for my son's golf layouts. I've been keeping my eye out for a good one - so the argyle pattern will be great, and the blues are his school colors.

Thanks so much!

Juls~

Renee said...

Thanks so much, I love this kit, especially those brushes! Can't wait to use them. Thanks so much!
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Katie said...

Thanks for letting us create with your kits...so wonderful!

Leah said...

A wonderful story and a fantastic kit. Thank you so much for sharing!

Christina said...

I LOOOVE this kit! So pretty and perfect for my boys or my husband...or my daddy for that matter...so versitile. So sad the link is no longer active. Is there any way you could put it back up?

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

I was bummed to see that the link isn't working, too. I somehow managed to download only 1/2 the kit the first time around and I love it! Wish I had the rest!

Tine said...

Thank you for such lovely papers.

Nikbee said...

Fab papers. Thank you.

Nikki x

Mamma Mia said...

Thank you for this lovely kit ... and for sharing the lovely stories of your family too! Helen x