4 years, 9 months.
This is the 1st of several entries in my new miniseries, Family in a Camry. In August while on our annual family vacation, Toyota loaned us a 2015 Camry for our road trips around California.
So I decided to compile all our video footage and photos into a narrative to remember our trip.
After a day of flying from Nashville to Sacramento, you and I set aside a day to spend together; just father and son.
I struggle for a relevant phrase to describe a fun father and son day of activities. In the past I’ve referred to it as a “dadventure,” but “daddy date” is the phrase most people identify.
However, that’s a tricky phrase because it typically refers to father and daughter dates. When you talk about a father and son having a “date,” it does sound kind of weird.
Oh well, I’m committing to the phrase. I don’t care.
But I should also acknowledge there are critics out there who would say, “Why do you have to call it anything at all? Why can’t a father and his son hang out without it having to be a big deal as compared to if a mother spends time with her child? That’s like when people say a dad is babysitting.”
My reasoning is this: Mommy and I both work full time. It can be challenging enough for us all 3 to have good quality time together; much less just 2 of us at a time.
Therefore, it’s worth celebrating when I can spend a whole day with you. I am very aware of the unique dynamics that occur when you and I get to hang out together doing fun stuff.
So with that being said, once we settled in, you and I had some good times together at the Elk Grove Park; in the midst of a family reunion. We discovered that you and your cousin Scarlet have the same owl toy; you got yours in the Nashville airport on the way there.
You and I went fishing. It was something you had been looking forward to for weeks. You even especially packed your bug catching net for the event.
Yes, you are a vegetarian and I am a vegan, but we still made it work…
We didn’t have much luck with the fish in the pond there at the park, but you were very successful at “catching snails.”
For some reason, there were large, vacated snail shells all around the edge of the pond. So you filled your net with them and you were quite proud of your catch.
Later we went to go a see a movie together. While you were set on going to see Minions, for some reason you changed your mind on the drive there. Actually, I’m glad you did, because we loved Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. I’ve written a couple of blog posts about it, too:
I thought it was funny how you told me your favorite part of the movie was the female character, Sadness, who you told me is “a boy with long hair.”
For lunch we went to a vegan restaurant, which is a franchise, called The Loving Hut. I let you choose what we’d have for dessert. You chose the orange vanilla cake; we split it 50/50.
I was happy that successfully shot you with the straw wrapper.
Of course, I created a 2 minute video that features everything I just told you. So here it is:
But wait, there’s more…
We also spent a couple hours together filming the 19th webisode of Jack-Man as well. Here’s that video as well.
So there’s the 1st official entry of my Family in a Camry miniseries. Still more fun to come…