Sunday, June 15, 2008


Today's Wonder of the World is...Fathers!

After the mushy post from yesterday, you might be all sweet-ed out, but too bad because IT'S FATHER'S DAY PEOPLE!
Happy Father's Day, all you fathers out there!

Today is a two parter. I celebrate my daddy, and my children's daddy.

I would say Age before beauty, but my dad is pretty beautiful himself!
Happy Father's Day, Daddy!

There we are, Daddy and me, and my silly Sammy.
Here's Daddy in our den, back on Christmas of...1974? I'm not sure.

But I am pretty sure that I received a camera that year, because I've got bunches of pictures of my daddy in that snazzy shirt and vest, and Steve in his red pants and NC State shirt. Go Wolfpack!

Apparently I didn't know about centering back then. Nice drainspout.

I'm sure Daddy taught me how to use that camera, if I wasn't being stubborn and gave him a chance. He taught me all kinds of things.

Here's some random facts you might not know about my dad:

1. He's honored in Ohio State's Drainage Hall of Fame.
(He really is! I've called him Dr. Drip ever since then.)

2. Don't play badminton with him because HE WILL TAKE YOU DOWN.

3. He once shot his brother Lynn in the b-u-t-t with a beebee gun. And then an egg fight ensued. The joys of farm living. (It's part of Skaggs family folklore, but it really happened!)

4. When I was in college, he took our family with him on a huge business trip to Israel and then Europe. We lived in Haifa for a couple weeks, and one day he walked us down to a restaurant where the menu was all in Arabic and no one in the whole place spoke English. He managed to order for all of us--by talking slowly and doing charades. That was in 1984, and I still can't get over it.

5. He's an award winning scientist and college professor, but he's also awesome at Trot-A-Little-Horsey with his grandchildren.

Happy Father's Day Dad!

And now, Todd, the father of my children, the King of the Ramsey castle. Sort of.

Todd, dear, don't hate me for posting this picture. It shows what lengths you're willing to go to keep our family laughing. Remember that day? We were playing tourists in France and after the Parc Mini Chateau, the kids wanted to go to the donkey park, Le Fou de L'Ane, where we saw "the hairiest of the asinine species?"
What a good daddy you are!

Here are five facts that prove you're an amazing dad.
1. You used your frequent flier tickets to take Sarah and her friend Katie with you on a business trip to France for her 16th birthday. And when they confided to you that they wanted to be French and dye their hair red, did you freak out? No! You drove them to Auchan to buy the temporary hair dye and extra towels so that the hotel ones wouldn't be ruined!

2. You've spent countless hours on the soccer fields, watching and coaching our boys. And many times told me to stay home and write. (See, you're a great husband too!)

3. When Sam was a baby and freaked out about French hairdressers going at him with scissors, you bought clippers and taught yourself to cut his hair at home.

4. Anybody who's read French By Heart knows about the lengths you went to to find my favorite circus poster on the streets of Clermont. Not only did it make me happy, it taught our kids about love!

5. You wait up for Sarah to come home from dates, when I have already fallen asleep with my glasses on.

Happy Father's Day,Todd!

And Tanner says Woof woofedy woof woof woof.
That means Happy Father's Day, your majesty!

Hope you all enjoy the special day!
Love, Becky
PS. I'd love to hear about the dads in your life! Please share!


Nilz said...

Lost my father couple of years back. It reminds me of him. He was a talented musician and a person with friendly gesture who would always support us. Miss him a lot always.

My heartiest wishes for both.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I'm so sorry you lost your dad. He sounds like a wonderful man.
Love, Becky

Barb said...

Hi Rebecca,

Thank you for visiting my blog. Congrats on your anniversary! It goes by fast doesn't it?

My dad passed on Memorial day 3 years ago but lives on in my boys. Happy Father's day to the men in your life.

I have to tell you I read your book and it is hysterical. When you were in the bookstore and went flying, I laughed until I cried- sorry.
I have wondered what your family was up to.

Have a wonderful day,

JaxPop said...

I hope y'all have a great day - congrats on the anniversary. Todd looks like a good guy - he's welcome to watch shuttle launches from here anytime.

Kathryn said...

I love those pictures. So much emotion in them. :)

Rosemary said...

Hi Rebecca,
What a great post today, as always.
What a nice tribute to your dad and husband!!
Hope you had a nice anniversary.
My dad is no longer living, but he was a great dad!!
My husband is enjoying watching the US Open today, but nice guy that he is, we went to the flea market this morning, and we will be having dinner later with my daughter, and her husband.
Have a great day with your family,

Terri and Bob said...

Such a beautiful tribute!

TattingChic said...

Oh, Becky, your post made me chuckle and then it made me cry from all the sweetness and love you have for your husband and he has for you and your children. I hope he was a wonderful, fabulous, and happy Father's Day and that you have fun helping him celebrate it. Your family sounds divine.

Nap Warden said...

Wow, great photos...great post! I married a great father, my babies are lucky:)

StitchinByTheLake said...

My Dad was so in love with my mother for 63 years that when the doctors told us she would only live about 8 more months he said, "I won't live one day longer than her...I just can't" and he didn't. He died two weeks before that predicted 8 months was up. A day never passed that he didn't tell her she was the most beautiful woman he ever saw. I learned more from him about love than any book could teach me. I miss him every day.

Dana said...

Belated congrats on your anniversary---and many, many more to come! I loved your Father's Day post. It was so entertaining and touching. I hope it was a great day for the dads in your life.

M.Kate said...

Hi there, thanks so much for popping over. This is the most wonderful post on Father's day. I lost mine due to cancer 9 years ago, but he's always in my heart. You've got a wonderful blog and I'll hop over often.

Have wonderful day :D

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What loving stories!
Dads are so important.

Randy and Linda said...

Since we don't have any kids, well I guess there's no father's day for me. Unless you consider that we have a dog, and we refer to ourselves as mommy and daddy to our male dog. So that makes me, Randy, an adoptive father of a furry 4-legged wolf-like dog - who's now 5 years old. Will check-out Todd's scientist father's notoriety. I'll try to send you some interesting facts about my Dad who has lived an extrodinary life, which began in Paris in 1930, with an American mother and French (scientist) father.

Anonymous said...

wow. my david looks like his daddy. thanks for the post. I married your brother based on the fact that your dad was just so good looking and smart. happy father's day over there over there Wayne!

steve said...

Leah, don't give him the big head! I'm sure you married me for some additional reasons...or not. Happy belated Father's day Dad, you handsome devil.

Becky, based on the David Thompson t-shirt, those pictures are definitely in the years 1973-1975. I was in 1st or 2nd grade, and I wore that shirt out. I still have it, though, and David has worn it a few times as a PJ shirt.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Hey Randy,
I'd love to hear about your dad. Please do!

Hey Leah, you know, I never thought of my dad that way when I was growing up, but yeah, he is handsome! Just don't call him a hottie because that be weird.

And Steve, it's a David Thompson NCSU shirt? Wow. But Wow-er still is that you still have it! That's...amazing!
And you handed it down to David? Aw. Does he have your Winnie the Pooh too? Oh I forgot, he probably doesn't considering that you loved that thing to death and probably ingested the last scraps of him so Mom wouldn't throw it away.
:) Love you!

Now I must stop reading comments since Sam is at drum camp and I'm supposed to be working!
(Can you hear the whip in the background?)

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Wonderful post!