Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Daaaad!!"

Poor Kendall...I did the best I could (last Saturday night) to keep him otherwise occupied, but he got away from me a few times. Mr.4444 thinks he's pretty entertaining (and he is, a lot of the time), but as anyone who's been a teenager knows, your dad are not typically funny when you have your friends over and he thinks you need entertaining.

Daaad! Moment #1
Mr.4444 interrupts dinner (he's standing in the doorway to the deck, where he is grilling more burgers and brats) to say, "Hey, you guys! Wanna see my horse cough imitation?!"  (He recreated the moment for me to video. As you can see, it's a little anticlimactic.)

video

The girls laughed, but I'm not sure if it was with him or at him.

"Daaad!" Moment #2
"Hey, while you guys are all here," Mr.4444 says to the girls, after dinner, "will you rake our yard?" [This was met with blank stares, followed by uncomfortable laughter. (I think they thought he was serious.]

As much as he is unpredictable in terms of being "funny," Mr.4444 is a wonderful dad. During the same sleepover, he grilled hotdogs and burgers for 14 girls, and he's so darned gracious, it drives me nuts.  He must have asked five times, "Anyone want another hotdog?" when the pan was full of hamburgers. Only Mr.4444 would open a brand-new package of hotdogs and run outside to grill it before he'd tell a guest to have a burger, instead. (I could probably learn something about graciousness from him.)

After supper, when the girls went outside to play "night games," Mr.4444 called a neighbor to give him a heads-up that there might be a ding-dong-ditch episode and to ask him if he might be interested in yelling at the girls a little when/if they rang his bell, just to make it more fun for them. (Unfortunately, the neighbor wasn't home, and his wife wasn't interested.) 

In the morning, Mr.4444 cooked pancakes (blueberry, plain, and chocolate chip) for the gang. Thankfully, we were down to about 10 girls by then, and they were tired from being up until 4am, so I didn't need to put my earplugs in.

And Mr.4444 was tired, so he didn't offer to do any more impressions, which is good....

...because his best impression (fortunately) is that of devoted dad.

20 comments:

  1. What a good dad. Dad's are the best when they are being their weirdo selves.

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  2. You can't be a proper Dad without a good line in stupid jokes, sounds like Mr.4444 has it down to a fine art :-)

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  3. You should rent him for parties.

    He really is an entertaining fellow.

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  4. Fun times! I'm sure your daughter was probably embarrassed to death (or maybe she's just used to it!), but her friends probably loved it!

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  5. Wonder how he feels seeing the video you put on your blog! :-)

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  6. Hi there,
    Thanks for stopping by. Nice to meet you too :)

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  7. Ahhh, horse noises or not, Mr. 4444's is very sweet!

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  8. LOL, you were right when you said Mark would get along with Tim. We both laughed as I read the post outloud and showed Tim the video. He is so like that with Tanner:) Way to go Mark, yes most times everyone thinks you are funny, even though your family might be rolling their eyes like, "not again."

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  9. Awwww!!!!

    You gotta love a man that's a mix of gracious, funny, AND prankster.

    *sigh* Does he have any single brothers that live in Texas?

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  10. LOVE IT! The girls had to have had a blast!!!

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  11. I bet the girls had more fun than any other sleep over because well dads are the best sometimes and Kendall has a goodone even with the "horse cough" thing ... lol

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  12. Lucky girls to have a great dad and wonderful husband! Sweet post :)

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  13. Ha! A man after my own heart. I wonder if he'd be willing to teach me that horse thing.

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  14. I absolutely love that you posted that video. He sounds like an amazing dad. My dad would have said the same thing, "Wanna rake the leaves?" I would have had to explain that it was a joke too. Sounds like the overnight went well!

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  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I enjoyed returning the visit -- the horse imitation wasn't half bad! -- and was tickled to be reminded of Ding, Dong, Ditch. Thanks for being one of the few parents to actually describe some things to look forward to when my kids are teenagers!

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  16. He really seems like a great guy!

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  17. On behalf of all dads everywhere, a pat on the back to him.

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  18. What an awesome guy you have there in Mr.4444!

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  19. Wow, what a guy! The horse cough had me laughing my horse's ass off. Made my day.

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  20. Even when they say they are soooo embarrassed, kids really do like it when parents want to be involved. (yah, lets keep telling ourselves that)

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