Saturday, August 29, 2009

From Little Boys to Macho Men

I'm about to lift my husband up on one of those shiny tall pedestals for just a bit! Chris is an incredible Daddy! Some of my greatest joys are watching him interact with the boys. He is perfect at patiently training them and teaching them new things. It comes so naturally to him and it makes me smile from the INSIDE OUT!

A few years ago, Chris started a family tradition with the boys...a No Girls Allowed tradition. Each summer he would take ONE boy out on a Father-Son Camp out. This allowed for special one on one time with Daddy. Cameron Skyler got to go first. This year was Kotah's turn. Titus is anxious for his turn next! The purpose of the camp out is to teach them survival skills and all those macho man qualities! He has a series of things he wants to teach them and several things he already has taught my little men!

They include:
-tying knots

-starting a fire

-handling a gun safely
-setting up a tent

-filtering water

-etc etc etc

I got Chris this book The Dangerous Book for Boys for more ideas.

I appreciate his doing this because even if my boys grow up wearing Armani suits and living in the sleek city streets of America, I still want them to possess the skills to protect and care for their family if the need arose. I'm all about tough, real, macho men! I'll pass on the pansies {wink}.

Thank you Baby for raising up capable little men, I love and appreciate you so much.

Indulge in some Redneck pictures ya'll
(FYI, we're not always quite so redneck...I have to disclose this to protect my pride!)
Most of the pics are of Kotah on his 1st Guy's trip
Oh wow


Kotah being himself
Titus patiently fishing
Skyler's first fish a few years ago

What traditions make up the blueprint of your family? What are you doing today that can be remembered tomorrow? I'm a fan of learning, so send me your ideas!


b. said...

love it! adorable post! i hope i get to meet your great family some day!

Kara said...

So cool! My husband wants to do these type of trips with our sons too. What an awesome Dad your hubby is!

Heidi Boos said...

What a wonderful way to bond and learn how to "survive". Such a fun tradition that will always be a great memory for the boys!

Love the question at the end about "what traditions make up the blueprint of your family?" One that I will really truly ponder on to see if we're making a lasting impression for our children.


Jessica Loukota Leimback said...

What a great idea! It is so true even if we are city folks the good old lessons are so important in life!

Clueless_Mama said...

Hey your little guy is a good shot! It is so nice that your hubby takes the time with his sons. Very sweet post and props to your hubby.

Unknown said...

That is great! Sometimes I wish Husby was a little rougher. Let's just say the idea of camping scares him.

Abby Killam said...

love this!! not exactly the same but my dad used to take me and bree out for daddy daughter dates!! we went to dinner and to a church dance, I remember it being so fun. I think he even bought us corsages. We felt so special having one on one time with dad while he taught us how to be treated by a man ;o)

Susan said...

Your kids are SO cute, and you got some great photos there! Way to create memories :)

Tessy said...

Love this tradition :-) I think girls need to learn it as well. I am really not into hunting but I hope someday my girls will go with their dad. I'd go with my dad and sit in the woods.

Thanks for the comment on my site on the Muffin Tin Mondays

Dorey said...

Love it! Such a great tradition! =) It is an amazing responsibility that we are given to raise little boys into good men. You two are doing a great job! =) I have the Dangerous Book for Boys book, it's so cute. {I received it in a gift basket swap I did last summer, have you ever done a swap? You would LOVE it Lisa} =)

Jane said...

Hi Lisa,
As a mother of 3 grown sons, I can tell you that what your wonderful husband is doing is so very important! At 29, 27, and 23, our sons still talk about those special one-on-one trips with dad. The bond the men in my life share is great.

To Chris...Keep up the good work. You are the head of your household and have the privilege of raising your sons to be men. As we are told in Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Jane (Artfully Graced)

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