Week o’ Shane

Starting with Mothers Day and ending with the twins birthday, we have a 5 week party going on in our family. My birthday is a few days after Mothers Day and this week was dubbed, “Week o’ Shane 2012” since his birthday was Wednesday and he also celebrated his first Fathers Day today.

This year, Shane turned the ripe old age of 33. I love to tease him on being old (since he does the same to me!) but actually to be 33 with two kids is quite young, for this area anyway. Shane is notorious for not wanting to make a big deal out of his birthday but hopefully the boys and I were able to make it special. I put up a cute banner and made sure to have his gifts wrapped and cupcakes waiting for his arrival from work.

Make a wish!

I had a vision of the boys patiently watching him open his gifts, but of course, it was witching hour so we had to get on with our night. Since a weeknight birthday isn’t too exciting we decided to have a “date night in” on Friday night. We ordered from our favorite Greek place, drank beer (…and then wine) and watching a movie. We’re not hesitant to leave the boys with babysitters, but let’s face it, who wants to spend an extra $40 at the end of a night? We’re cheap like that. Oh, and then on Saturday morning Shane got to sleep in while I woke up with the boys at 6am (I can’t wait for them to be teenagers that sleep in late!).

So this morning, Shane got to sleep in AGAIN because it was Fathers Day. I told you it really was the Week o’ Shane. I made reservations at Matchbox and we enjoyed a delicious brunch with the boys. Somehow, on Mothers Day, we planned it so the boys napped the entire meal. This was NOT the case today. They were fussy and needy and didn’t want to stay in their stroller which made it next to impossible to eat without them diving head first into the plate. We managed to somehow finish our meal and then headed home. We had lots of options for the afternoon; a local minor league baseball game, our neighborhood pool or the boys’ splashmat in the yard. We ultimately decided to stay home since the weather was nice but not hot enough for the pool and we didn’t feel like driving an hour to the ball game. We put a blanket on the front grass and let the boys play outside and get some fresh air.

Since the afternoon was so nice (these humidity-free days are probably coming to an end) we also went on a walk along “our” lake. It was the end to a perfect day.

I consider myself very lucky to have snagged “one of the good ones.” Not only that, but the boys are incredibly lucky to have a dad that is hands-on and there for them every single day. He will always be such a good role model in their lives and I hope they grow up to be just like him. My goal was for Shane to feel loved and appreciated on his first Fathers Day because he is, so very much.

my three dudes


I'm a working mom of three fantastic boys: Caleb, Wyatt and Parker. My husband, Shane, and I live in the Washington DC suburbs where we enjoy playgrounds, pools and never getting to sleep in. This blog is a journal of our day-to-day lives as well as a chronicle of Caleb's progress after a recent spinal surgery to alleviate the effects of his cerebral palsy.

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2 comments on “Week o’ Shane
  1. madeline says:

    Shane is a great guy and yes Ali you did “snag” a great husband and father for your boys but we gained the best son-in-law in the world.
    Happy Father’s day Shane!

  2. Pat Berman says:

    The picture of the 3 Dudes and the sentiment of this post is just GREAT!

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