Three Cheers for the Daddios

Father & DaughterFor all the awesome dads out there, Happy Father’s Day! For my readers rockin’ two X chromosomes, take a few moments to show your appreciation & gratitude for the awesome men in your life.

Being a parent is hard work, and dads often get the short end of the stick when it comes to the credit. Don’t get me wrong. Moms should be venerated and showered with praise. Every. Single. Day. But Dads deserve respect too!

There are countless studies that show the importance of positive male role models in a child’s life. No matter how awesome a mother is, she cannot and should not be all things at all times to her child.

Research shows that fathers are more likely to challenge their children, encourage risk taking, and engage in loud, rowdy play. I know the true identity of the tickle monster in our house. Hint: it’s not me.

I’m incredibly thankful my girls are growing up with an amazing, engaged father who isn’t afraid to change a dirty diaper, get down on the floor to play, and help around the house.

I could go on and on about my amazing husband, but  I’m going to switch gears and talk about my dad.

The Mighty Quinn

Celebrating Dad's 60th with my sister!

Celebrating Dad’s 60th with my sister!

My dad will be 69 this October. This is a big deal because he had a massive heart attack and quintuple bypass surgery when he was 47. They had to crack his chest open and replace not 1, not 2, not even 3 or 4, but 5 of his arteries.

My family likes to joke that our dad is so stubborn he’ll outlive us all. Joking aside, every day with him is an incredible blessing. I don’t tell him often enough how much I love him, but the truth is I’m incredibly lucky for my almost 32 years with him. I’m even more grateful that my girls will have awesome memories with Papa Q.

Like Father, Like Daughter

My dad and I are cut from the same cloth. We’re alike in so many ways, which led to some pretty intense standoffs growing up. To say my dad can be antagonizing is a major understatement, and he’s been known to spark some pretty ferocious debates in our family.

While my mom and sister wisely ignored his provocations, I was too stubborn to do the same. I’d jump right into the melee, often saying something I’d regret before storming off in tears. Later I’d eat a giant piece of humble pie and apologize.

As a much wiser, mature (ha!) adult, I have to thank my dad for teaching me the power of a sincere apology. And the wisdom to know when to bite my tongue!

Looking back, I can’t really remember what we argued about. Mostly silly stuff, I’m sure. Now I laugh when I see a stubborn look cross Bean or Monkey’s face. We’re in for some doozies, and I can guarantee it won’t be my husband losing his patience over some snarky comment from our tween daughters!

What I do remember from my childhood are countless sweet memories with my dad:

Daddy’s Little (Shy) Girl

I was quite shy as a child, and I’d often hide behind my dad when we’d meet other adults. I was also terrified of photographers. Back in the day, they hid behind a giant, scary camera and cloth. Can you really blame me for freaking out?

I love this picture from the summer I turned 2. My dad wasn’t supposed to be in the shot, but after having a monumental meltdown, he joined Pooh bear, my doll, and me.


Step by Step

I’ll never forget walking laps around the ‘loop’ in our house after my dad’s heart attack. In the beginning, his steps were painfully slow, and he could only make it around a few times. Before long, we were zipping along, counting laps and trying to beat the previous day’s record.

Beach Sunrises

My dad and I are the early birds in our family. On trips to the beach, we’d get up before everyone else and go for sunrise walks. My dad had an old 35 mm camera, and he was always trying to capture the perfect shot of the sun rising out of the ocean. I’ll never forget those quiet mornings together.

Earthquake?! Nope, Just Dad Snoring

My dad coached both my brother and sister’s basketball teams. When I started swimming competitively, he became an official. Even after I left for college, he stayed involved with the neighborhood team, coaching and mentoring kids.

Coach Quinn is legendary in Cherokee County. Despite his gruff exterior (he scared the daylights out of my first boyfriend!), my dad has a heart of gold and kids gravitate to him like a giant teddy bear.

I’ll never forget traveling all over Georgia with my dad for weekend swim meets. When we’d get to the hotel, it was CRITICAL to fall asleep before him. His snoring is legendary too!

Dancing at My Wedding

My dad always told my sister and me that he just wanted to dance at our weddings. Hands down one of my happiest memories of the day. Watching him dance with my sister a few years later reduced me to another giant puddle of tears.


Papa Q

My dad is now a proud grandfather six times over! I can’t tell you how sweet it was to watch him hold Bean and Monkey for the first time. Our girls love their Papa Q, and they can’t wait to climb into his lap when they see him.


Grandpa (another AMAZING Dad!) & Papa Q with Monkey

Thanks for the memories Dad! I love you!

Daughter on Father’s Shoulders Photo by By: Stella Yodo

What are your favorite memories with your dad?

53 thoughts on “Three Cheers for the Daddios

    • Can’t wait to read your post on Sunday! I hope my dad reads your comment and feels motivated (guilted) to restart his walking and fitness routine!

  1. This was so sweet. I’m sure your dad will love it, too.

    My dad has played a huge role in my life. I don’t live near him and don’t get to see him enough, but treasure the phone calls and visits we do have!
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  2. Okay…I totally lost it and broke down in tears when I got to the picture of your dad in your photoshoot. He wasn’t supposed to be in the photo but did to comfort you?! That is just the sweetest and most adorable thing ever. What a cherished photo!!
    So basically I was a puddle of tears reading how you helped him walk the loop after his surgery. I can barely even see to type this after the loving look on his face holding your sweet baby.
    You got me this morning. What a loving and sweet post.
    Now I’m going to go call my dad. –Lisa
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  3. Thank you for the water works this morning sis ;)
    Papa Q is a very special man indeed. Always involved in all of his kids activities no matter how time consuming. In a recent conversation with him our “tough guy” daddy said that his greatest accomplishment was being a dad and his next one will be being a Papa Q.
    I know everyone says this, but we are so lucky to have such sn amazing man as our father.

    • Thanks Laura! Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy celebrating with your hubby and little girl. There’s nothing sweeter than watching daddies with their little girls!

  4. When my Dad used to say, “I’m a Dad first” as he wore his Navy uniform meant much to me. He didn’t care about the stripes or the eagle when we were with him- unless, of course, we were in Navy-land. Then we knew how to behave and that Daddy was in Navy mode. We wanted him to look good, so we behaved better than ever! (Because we loved him, and he loved us.)

    Happy Father’s Day to all who are called Father, Daddy, Dad, or other in any language.
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  5. This is so sweet, I love that you shared these precious memories. I tell Eric all the time that he is the best dad I know. He will do anything and everything for Jack without a second thought. He is definitely the tickle monster in the house and he makes Jack laugh more than anyone else. It’s one of my favorite things in the world to hear the two of them laughing together, I want to freeze those moments and keep them in a jar forever.
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    • I’m right with you on wanting to bottle up the sights & sounds of my hubby with our girls. There’s nothing sweeter than the sounds of hysterical giggles when the tickle monster strikes, and watching them play together makes me melt into a big pile of mush!

  6. I have a lot of great memories with my dad however the one that comes up in my brain is my most recent and slightly embarrassing…or it would be if we were a family who knew what shame felt like!

    The topic of Shingles came up last night at dinner and I asked what they were as I really didn’t know (think adult chicken-pox). He said he had Shingles and dropped his pants revealing the Shingles he had on his quads. It was hilarious and weird all at the same time. You gotta love family!
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    • Thanks Lillian. I really love that pic too! I’ll have to ask how much time had elapsed after my meltdown. If I tried to take a picture after crying now, I’d be a red-faced, puffy mess!

    • Thanks Kim! I’m just happy we look so stylish for a pic taken in 1983! There are some other childhood pics from late 80s and early 90s that are truly frightening!

  7. Hey Nicole! This is a great tribute for Father’s day! This is my first visit and so much in common. I’m turning 32 this month, played basketball in college, and am a GA girl. Are you still here? Anywho, I’m a SITS girl but I saw you on Michelle’s bloglovin post. Gonna follow you there. Nice meeting you, enjoy the Father’s day wkd!
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    • Hi Joi, thanks for the GA shout out! My parents still there, but my family is in NE TN. It’s not too bad of a drive, so we get down to Hotlanta quite often.

  8. What a wonderful tribute to your dad. One of my favorite memories is him teaching me how to slow dance for my wedding. We danced around the living room and laughed. I’ve been married 20 years next month and the memory still brings tears to my eyes. The next time we talk I need to tell him :)

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  9. What a wonderful tribute to Papa Q! I couldn’t believe you still had those pictures. The one of you and Dad when you were 2 was always one of my favorites. Dad loved it! He is so proud of his family and it is what has kept him going all these years. Enjoy Father’s Day with your family! Yes you made me cry too!

    • Of course I still have that picture! I found one of my baby pictures the other day. I was 10 months old and my teeth looked just like Monkey’s do – with a little gap between the top two!

  10. What a beautiful tribute to your Dad! He sounds like an amazing man. I love how he was in your photo shoot and the fact that he was so involved with your competitive swimming (and that he stayed involved after you went to college)!
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    • I didn’t realize at the time how great it was that my dad was so involved with my activities. Now I look forward to being just as involved with my girls!

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