Friday, November 19, 2010

100th Post!

Wow.  I can't believe this is my 100th post.  It seems like something I should celebrate!  This little blog is really starting to grow and I have met some amazing people.  So many of you have had such kind words to say when I was down and made me feel not so alone when things get crazy.  Thank you!

I was thinking about what to write about for my 100th post and for a few days I couldn't think of anything that seemed special enough to dedicate this post to.  Until last night on my way home from the grocery store.  I was listening to the radio and the song "Highway 20 ride" by the Zac Brown Band was on.  I've heard this song a million times but for some reason, these lyrics really got me:

A day might come you'll realize
That if you see through my eyes
There was no other way to work it out
And a part of you might hate me
But son, please don’t mistake me
For a man that didn’t care at all

See, my Dad was that guy.  Except it was every other weekend that he would drive 2 hours from New Jersey to Pennsylvania to pick us up for a weekend.  He would get there Friday night or Saturday morning and drive us back on Sunday night.  That's 8 hours of driving just to get up for work Monday morning.

I know that if I go on too much, he'll be totally embarrassed so let me just say that he's gone above and beyond what is expected of any father.  He was there for all of us regardless of how we behaved or what we said.  He pushed me to go to school, was my rock throughout my mom's illness, and was still there whenever I made bad decisions.  Now that I'm a parent I dread the day that Abby puts me through what I put my parents through. 

If there was one thing that I could say my Dad has taught all of us, and continues to teach us over the years, it's food.  Without him none of us would be the food connoisseurs we are today.  Seriously, people are shocked the first time they have Sunday dinner with us.  Well, shocked first and then usually sick from over eating.  It takes a true connoisseur to know the proper way to navigate a Chinese Buffet.  Or how to order a White Castle cheeseburger... aka murder burgers.  Or that when eating at Rutt's Hut (a must if you're ever in Jersey!) always stand at the counter because the food just doesn't taste the same if you sit in the restaurant.  He's my go to guy for recipes, which I then make for family and pass off as my own.  He's also one hell of a baker!  These are priceless lessons from a one of kind Dad! 

Here we are on my wedding day.  Feel free to leave a comment about how much he looks like Al Pacino!  It'll really make his day!  

Sorry Dad if I embarrassed you but I thought for my 100th post I should honor someone who helped make me who I am today!  Thank you!
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  1. Yayyyyyy congrats on your 100th!!
    Super sweet post for your dad. I have to say though to me he looks like that guy from Criminal know the sexy mysterious one!!
    I am so happy that you both have that fantastic of a relationship! Never forget how lucky you are!

  2. What a sweet post!

    Happy 100th!

  3. Kasey, happy 100th post! This is a lovely post about your father! It is amazing how much we put our parents through as we grew and learned. That picture of you two is so beautiful! Have a great night my friend! Happy 100th post once again!

    Thank you for your support during this difficult time. It is very hard to se my mom in so much pain. It is so nice to have great blog friends! I appreciate it! Have a good night!

    Mama Hen

  4. Congratulations on your 100th post! What an awesome tribute to your dad and he does look like Al Pacino! :)

  5. Congratulations on your 100th post. I am so very proud of you.
    I also would like to thank you for dedicating this milestone post to me. There is no greater gift a parent can receive in life than to have his children say the things you have said here. I believe as parents we all try to do our best. The problem is that it takes a lifetime to know the truth. Having 5 great kids made some of the things I've done very easy. If I had to do it all over again, the only thing I'd change is that I would do more.
    You've been a great daughter and your a great mom. Don't worry so much about Abby. You will do as we all do. Follow your heart and make the right choices. Just remember your THE MOM and sometimes that puts you on the wrong end of the popularity contest.
    You know I've never been comfortable taking credit for doing what I believe was simply the right thing to do. But it did bring a tear to my eye knowing that in some way I've helped you become the wonderful person you are today. I love you all, DAD

  6. Thank you Kasey for your concern. My mom is not well and it is really hurting me so much to see her this way. I appreciate your support. Have a good day! You should stop by and enter my giveaway. I never do them, but this ornament one was really cute! I think you might like it!

    Mama Hen

  7. I found your blog today while clicking around on the internet... I felt like I stumbled into a birthday party! Congrats on 100 posts!

  8. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving Kasey! Have a good night!

    Mama Hen

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    Nice blog!


  10. Congratulations on your 100th posts. This is such a lovely way to celebrate.

    I love how songs can make us think of certain people or memories. I'm preparing a list of top 10 songs of 2010 and it's taking a lot to pick them!

    Have a lovely day,

  11. LOOOOVE That picture of you two! Soooo cute! Congrats on having such a loving dad. My parents divorced when I was 10, which was good. I rarely saw my Dad. Today we talk about ever 3 months and I've forgiven him. I will always have admiration for people who have such loving fathers, luckily my Father in Law is a gem and my husband is an incredible father to KLV. Congrats on getting a good one and Congrats on your 100th post!

  12. Your picture is beautiful.
    Congratulations on you 100th post.



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