Dancing Through Life with My Dad

Happy Father’s Day everyone! I hope you’re celebrating your dad today—either with him in person or in spirit. I’m with my dad this morning and I’ve actually been quite excited for this day. I baked the little Pillsbury cinnamon rolls that he used to make me when I was a kid and I got him a classic UCLA shirt to top it off (that tends to be the typical gift for this phase in my life).

My dad has been a huge positive influence in my life and I like to think I’ve been given at least a small dose of his positive energy and humor. In honor of my dad today, I thought I’d share my 10 favorite memories with my dad:

1. Dancing together: My dad introduced me to joy of dance. From being my pas de deux partner when I was four, to dancing the waltz at the Debutante Ball—we love to shake things up on the dance floor.

2. Tide pooling: My dad is the master hunter. Every year when we visit the beach house we create a mini aquarium and my dad always finds (and feeds) the treasures we collect. We’ve had starfish, nudibranches, and even octopi before!

3. Getting Kiko together: We drove all the way to San Diego to get our Siamese kitten. The best drive home ever.

4. Sunday mornings: It is the time when our family comes together before we start our day. My dad always tells the best jokes—every day is a good day when it starts with a laugh.

5. Motorcycling on PCH: What a thrill! I was holding on for dear life but it was the best time.

6. Exercising together: My dad is a gym and now yogi guru. He always challenges me to do better whether it comes to athletics or life.

7. Christmas mornings: My dad makes every holiday more fun.

8. Parasailing in the Caribbean: He was such a good sport to go on the Disney Cruise. It was the best vacation of my life! At least he got a trip to the Kennedy Space Center out of it.

9. Any vacation: We’ve been to Paris, Colorado, Hawaii, and Alaska among other places. None of these places would be nearly as magical if my dad wasn’t along.

10. Scuba diving in the pool: My dad is a big scuba diver and he gave me a mini course in our pool when I was little. Now I have to do the real thing!

I hope you’ll honor your dad today. Tell him that you love him and show him that you care. Happy father’s day everyone!

Keep shining,

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

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  1. Marian says:

    Lauren – love your blog and your Father’s Day post about your dad. He sounds like an adventurous man! I love that. Keep up the good work. It’s great to read something that is happy and positive.

    Posted on 6.20.11 | Reply

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