"And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers” -Malachi 4:6 (NKJV)
The head of our household is a man of God. He puts up with chaos, lots of vegetables and an unusual amount of half dressed kids. He prefers to sleep in but is usually awoken early by singing. He gets a lot of random Trivial Pursuit questions from Molly and referees a fair number of wrestling matches. Ryan also attempts fun projects, usually with E a half step behind, undoing them.
Ryan is abnormally patient and excellent at tuning out the unessential. I think this is because during the school year, he is surrounded by adolescents. Either way, it makes parenting the boys a little easier for him. I love that he isn't phased by our hectic household and that he always thanks me for making dinner (he prefers meat/potatos yet he married a woman that could enjoy vegetarian-ism). He is home all summer, and although he isn't ready to tackle story time alone with the entourage, he easily manages the park or Home Depot.
Did you know that developmentally,when boys are ages 4-6, they begin to identify gender differences? They prefer their daddy to anyone else? This is so incredibly true, especially with Etienne. E has always preferred his father, and I am so thankful that his father is a man of integrity; fun yet strict, patient and tolerant. Below is the fort Ryan built the kids. I think he was shooting for my popular dad on the block.