Saturday, June 20, 2015

Father's Day Weekend | Jord Wood Watches and Flip Flop Shops Review

There are days that definitely make you reflect on life and what you have. Father's Day is one of those days for me.

Growing up I didn't give it too much thought. In school we would make our dad a cutesy little craft, and at home my mom would help us pick out some small token of appreciation--the typical tie perhaps--to give to my dad. Once my dad died though the holiday changed dramatically for me. Rather than being a day to celebrate my father, it became a painful reminder of what I didn't have... of what I had lost. I hated the day. I refused to go to church and hear people give gushing talks about their dads. I avoided social media. It was my least favorite holiday.

I don't have that same dread for Father's Day anymore. The void that was left by my dad's passing when I was a teenager has been filled with the beautiful little family I now have. When I hear "Father's Day" my immediate thought is of Sam and the father he is for our children. It has become a day to celebrate him. There is still some sadness of course. Until the day we're reunited I will always miss my own dad.  But, instead of sadness, I try to think fondly of my father. My reflections of him are much more positive--a feat I think time has allowed me. It's bittersweet.

Additionally I have some new father figures in my life--my father-in-law and my mom's new husband. Both are great men and extraordinary grandfathers to my children. I feel extremely blessed in that regard.

But, as I said before, Father's Day has mostly become a day of Sam for me. So let's talk about him, yeah? I think that first picture says it all. He currently has many titles--marketing director, Elder's Quorum President, guitarist, singer-song writer, son, brother, friend to literally every person he meets... but the ones I know he cherishes and honors most are husband and father. He is the best man I have ever met, and hands-down the best dad. I think a lot of people say that--their dad or husband is the best, and some even give the men in their life cute little mugs to declare that sentiment. But I really mean it. I think Sam is the world's best dad. In fact I have never met a better person than him. He's consistently amazing--patient, kind, selfless, hardworking, and fun. And, when I watch him interact with our kids... well, I get teary-eyed a lot.

No present could ever truly reflect the way we feel about him in this house, but its fun to spoil him anyway. For his first gift we got him this really cool Jord watch (pictured above and below). Wood watches have become all the rage lately, and this company didn't disappoint. As soon as I took it out of the box I could tell it would be perfect for him. These watches are beautifully crafted, high-quality pieces. It even came in a really cool wooden box--something that my detail-oriented husband appreciated. There were so many time pieces to choose from, but ultimately I went with the black Fieldcrest. I love the look of the darker wood and according to Sam I chose well. He loves it, and it looks pretty handsome on him if I do say so myself!

Next we got him this pair of Sanuk shoes. In his line of work he has to dress well. Impressions are important. At the same time though he doesn't want to sacrifice style for comfort... and with these shoes he doesn't have to. They're nice enough to pair with a button up for a business casual look, but they're as comfortable as slippers. We got them at Flip Flop Shops in Fashion Place mall. They have a huge selection of Sanuks and, as the name implies, other brands of comfy shoes and flip flops. If you're in Utah and you value the happiness of your feet, I highly suggest checking them out. These particular shoes even have a really cool built in feature where the heel can fold down to become slip-ons. Needless to say they have become a staple of Sam's wardrobe.

Apart from these two gifts Klair picked out a few small items and we have simply been spoiling him with treats this weekend. Additionally Klair and I have a special baking project planned for tomorrow... but I've already said too much. Provided it all goes well I'll be blogging about it next week.

And lastly... I have to brag one more time about my husband. Despite his hesitations, he kindly modeled these items for me. He is so supportive of me in every way, including this crazy blogging adventure. I'm seriously blessed.
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