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In which I say Happy Birthday Kevin


Last Christmas, my kids gave Kevin and I the best presents ever.  They made a list for each one of us of “100 reasons” why they loved us.  My birthday was June 20th and I republished the list for all to see.  Today, August 17th, is Kevin’s 53rd birthday and I’m printing this list again because I love him, he’s a great day, and very frankly I can always do whatever the hell I want on this blog.  I realize that many of these are inside jokes but you can see that my kids adore their dad.  So do I but don’t tell anyone.  Enjoy!

100 reasons why we love dad:


  1. because you waited too long, you blew it…

  2. …because he gets zosted…

  3. …because he sounds like a wookie in the morning…

  4. …because he’s scared of the hiccups

  5. …because we’re sad he didn’t pass on his tall genes

  6. …because we’re happy he didn’t pass on his pale genes

  7. …because it’s just a visual representation…

  8. …because he makes the best steak

  9. …because he makes the best pancakes

  10. …because of his forced proposal…

  11. …because he taught us to play pool

  12. …because he played the ladder games and the ball game at the pool

  13. …because he bit the ear off of Andie’s Micky Mouse (don’t worry: Andie is working through it)

  14. …because he’s a good workout buddy…

  15. …because you can never have too many operations

  16. …because you’re only tough if you get both shoulders done at the same time

  17. …because he’s an overexplainer

  18. …because when you ask him a physics question, you get the answer along with a long explanation about an hour and a half later

  19. …because he’s intense about Risk…

  20. …because he cheated in Candyland against Cammy

  21. …because he made Grandma cry in Monopoly…

  22. …because he THINKS he has mad skills at Ms. Pac Man

  23. …because he used to be Baby Bozo

  24. …because he used to play Bumpy Night with us…

  25. .…and he came and slept in our room when Keely had nightmares…

  26. …because he could throw us higher than anybody else in the pool

  27. …because he gave Keely a complex about grades and now we’re all doing exceptional…

  28. …because he’s good at parking (questionable)

  29. …because he bought Keely a really nice new mountain bike for Christmas

  30. …because he told her what was the point of having a mountain bike if you won’t go down this path?..

  31. …because that was not a path

  32. …because not only did Keely’s arm break, but so did the bike

  33. …because after all that he said, “Keely, do me a favor and get back on the bike”

  34. …because he’s the hardest worker we know…

  35. …because he inspires all of us to work harder

  36. …(because we got his work ethic rather than mom’s)

  37. …because he’s the golden boy…

  38. …because Goldie…

  39. …because the first ten minutes of Up make him cry…

  40. …because Charlie St. Cloud is “his kind of movie”

  41. …because What a Girl Wants is the best movie ever

  42. …because Love Actually is the best movie ever…

  43. …because Pride and Prejudice is the best movie ever…

  44.  …because we’re not sure what the best movie ever actually is, but it’s probably a chick flick

  45. …because he loves all Boston sports

  46. …because he’s so optimistic when watching sports

  47. …because that one time he almost caught the fly ball but he went to the bathroom instead..

  48. …because he loves Duke basketball

  49. …because he won a signed ball at the Globetrotters halftime show…

  50. …because Bambi is the saddest movie ever

  51. …because he is good at pool basketball and gives Tyler so much shit

  52. …because he almost won with Will Pugh…

  53. …because POLAR POST UP…

  54. …because he used to let Midnight crush his chest…

  55. …because Pepper used to cuddle up next to him…

  56. …because he doesn’t say Tucker’s name in words, or anything that sounds remotely like real English…

  57.  …because he has wine with his pizza

  58. …because he always gets mom and present and has Keely and Andie wrap it in alternative wrapping paper the night before Christmas…

  59. …because his feet are so pretty

  60. …because he makes mom hold his arm

  61. …because he slides his fist under your back when you’re laying down

  62. …because when he laughs really hard he punches you really hard

  63. …because he behaves so well at Passover…

  64. …because his face turns so red after he tries to eat more horseradish than Keely (which is impossible)…

  65. .…because he’s the best Jew in the family because he’s the only one who’s ever fasted

  66. …because he asked mom what bra size she wore the first time he met her…

  67. …because his elvish name means Little Father

  68. …because he explains movies while you watch them even when you get it

  69. …because of lunch at Zoe’s when he brings his big cup and still gets 5 refills…

  70. …because he always lets you have the bigger half when you’re splitting something…

  71.  …because he tries to pull the invisible string out of the palm of your hand even though it NEVER WORKS…

  72. …because when he finally got a mattress that he liked he let mom trade it in

  73. …because his basketball jersey for the March Madness pool says Candyass…

  74.  …because he threw water on mom in the airport for writing that…

  75. …because he refused to apologize for throwing water on her

  76. . …because when he texts he types “u” instead of “you”…

  77. …because STELLLLAAAA…

  78. …because he loves a good movie speech…

  79. …because he likes watching Arrested Development with us…

  80. …because he puts up with mom

  81. …because when he goes along with her stupid conversations they come up with awesome things, like monkeys that pick bugs out of people’s beards…

  82. .…because he was a (fighting) Blue Hen

  83. …because there’s a Barbie doll named after him

  84. …because he’s in the running for the biggest druggie in the house

  85. …because he ran against a step ladder for the position of “dad”

  86. …because we pretended he almost lost…

  87. …because he makes lists…

  88. …because mom never follows the lists he leaves

  89. …because he spelled shutters wrong on a list for mom…

  90.  …because he was born in August (like Daniel) and on the 17th (like Keely)…

  91. …because he let us watch Terminator when we were two…

  92. …because we just realized that The Last of the Mohicans might ACTUALLY be his favorite movie!…

  93. …because “Stay alive! I will find you!”

  94. …because he loves the butterflies in Andie’s room…

  95. …because he always tries to hide the clay thing Andie made for him…

  96. .…because he left all of Andie’s Styrofoam-ball-dog ornaments at the top of the Christmas tree

  97. …because he’s so meticulous about his car

  98. …because he gets haircuts more often than everyone else in the family combined

  99. …because he has a strong sense of family…

  100.  …because no matter how stressed or tired he gets, he’s still the best dad we could ever have.


Keely, Andie,

and Daniel

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  1. tracy fulks
    August 17, 2012

    That is truly awesome. It’s amazing how that simple list paints such a beautiful, anal retentive picture of him. Great post, smart, funny kids.

    thanks for sharing it.


    • Lynn
      August 17, 2012

      thanks…i love this list (and mine too)

  2. Mayor Gia
    August 17, 2012

    Aw cute list! Happy Birthday Kevin!
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    • Lynn
      August 17, 2012

      this list was the best present ever

  3. Julie
    August 17, 2012

    Even better the second time. Happy Birthday to Kevin.

    • Lynn
      August 17, 2012

      thanks…he’s out of town :(

  4. Jester Queen
    August 17, 2012

    Yes! Who DOESN’T tear up during the first ten minutes of Up? Also, he probably only really cheered up when the bird shared his name.

    • Lynn
      August 17, 2012

      i never teared up but then, i kinda suck

  5. Jayme
    August 17, 2012

    This is the best birthday post ever!

    • Lynn
      August 17, 2012


  6. Monica
    August 19, 2012

    Many Many Happy Returns of the Day Kevin!
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  7. Becca
    August 23, 2012

    Sometimes no word can express how we feel and how grateful we love
    our family. so touching!
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