The Supers

by Stefani on 13-June-2008

Who says you can't buy happiness? 

I happen to know that it can be had at Hobby Lobby for about six dollars.

We made a little trip down there to pick some up, and spent the rest of the afternoon wallowing in it. 

1 pack of popsicle sticks + 1 pack of old fashioned clothes pins + some markers and mama's fabric scrap bin = hours of entertainment.

Meet "the Supers," a rag tag bunch of do-gooders if ever there was one 🙂

The Supers 

My guys worked and worked at those capes and hair-dos. 

Then, their heros all had to have names of course, like "Lettuce Man"

Lettuce Man

and "Space to the Rescue Guy."

"Space to the Rescue Guy"

Every good hero has to have a "mobile" too. So there were lots of popsicle stick flying, submerging, "faster than lightening" creations. 

With the transportation situation covered, they needed some bad guys to fight, and some people to save. 

Then, the boys cleaned out the bottom dresser drawer and divided it up with blocks, creating a sort of superhero apartment complex – complete with beds, a shower, computers and "important equipment" made from Legos.

Then, came the crowning achievement, the "Time and Space Portal." 

A Super goes in, pushes a few buttons, and comes out where and when he chooses.

"Time and Space Portal" 

Oh, and a carwash, because you know how super heros are about cleanliness.

Car Wash

The Supers have done a lot of righting wrongs and saving innocents, and some even more incredible feats too – thanks to them, I managed to get my online bill paying done, fold my laundry, and (gasp) SHOWER! Super indeed. 

But… they aren't the only superheros in the house. There's another one, a particularly handsome one, and I'm going to brag on him shamelessly. 

For no reason at all, our Papa secretly planned for my boys to spend an evening with Grandmother and Grandfather. I dropped them off, and then Goodwill-hopped until he called and said he was ready to give me my surprise. 

When I came home, he had transformed his office… moved a table in, laid out a tablecloth and candles and everything. He had brought in dinner, complete with appetizer, a salad course, and my favorite red wine. Even more astonishing, he picked out a chick flick and watched the whole thing with me. The whole thing.

Now that, THAT is super! 

And it is only one of the many ways that this man is my hero. 

Our hero.

For all the playing at super heros that my boys do, really, they most want to be like their Daddy – their patient, soft spoken, gentle, thoughtful, easy to laugh and slow to anger papa. 

My boys trail after him, eyes wide, and eager to know what he knows, do what he does. They wonder if they will ever be that tall, that strong. I wonder, do they know how lucky they are, to have a daddy who is present, involved, and in love with each and every one of them. 

Filling his shoes will be no small order for them, but they will, I know they will, and I'm fairly certain that it will happen "faster than the speed of lightening" as they say. They will be super heros in their own right, just like their Dad. 

Happy Father's Day, Papa, and to all the papas out there, building the next generation of heros.
Patty Thomas June 13, 2008 at 8:20 am

What imaginations! That’s awesome! And I’m sure they are watching and learning. What a great example for them. It’s so important for men to remember to make their spouse feel cherished. Lucky girl!!!

brit June 13, 2008 at 9:48 am

aww…dang it you got all sentimental at the end…beautiful.

Amber June 13, 2008 at 9:50 am

beautifully said – what a great guy!! I love that he even got an appetizer and salad! Isn’t it great to have a guy your sons look up to as their hero – I feel the same way about my hubby.

Lisa Clarke June 13, 2008 at 9:56 am

What a wonderful surprise! And as for the Supers, I definitely need to show this to my guys. We have a bin full of wooden people we embellish every so often, and we never thought of *capes* before. Very cool…

Valerie June 13, 2008 at 10:00 am

I love that your boys call him “Papa”. We have a super “Papa” at our house, too. When someone outside of our family refers to him as “Dad” or “Daddy” to my little guy, he has a big look of confusion on his face, because Papa is PAPA!

erin June 13, 2008 at 10:34 am

oh he’s a keeper!

Molly June 13, 2008 at 11:22 am

Oh, what a sweetheart. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo

Karen June 13, 2008 at 12:14 pm

I’m delurking to say that I love your posts and this one in particular hit home with me because my Dad was always MY hero. He’s gone now, but not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and remember what a great Dad he was and how lucky I was to have him as my father. Happy Papa’s Day!

Lynn June 13, 2008 at 1:10 pm

I enjoy your blog so much — it’s a wonderful blend of inspiration, upliftment, entertainment and GREAT photos. Regarding that last: how on earth did you manage such a great close-up of your kids and their cars on the slide? I posted a photo of similar shenanigans to my blog a while back, but the viewer pretty much needs binoculars (magnifying glass?) to see what’s going on — ha!

From one all-boy (plus Mama) household to another, thanks for creating such a lovely place to visit!

citystreams June 13, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Oh! I feel so warm and fuzzy now! I love the idea of a generation of men building the next generation of men. Great post!

Mama Urchin June 13, 2008 at 4:04 pm

have a wonderful Father’s Day

Yunia June 13, 2008 at 4:15 pm

😉 funny the things you can do with popsicle sticks LOL

Relyn June 13, 2008 at 4:53 pm

What a wonderful Father’s Day post. I can’t help but marvel at how blessed you and I (and many others, I know) are to have such wonderful men in our lives. Happy Father’s Day to your sweet man.

Lynn June 13, 2008 at 5:27 pm

My boys made capes for their lego “guys.” I had forgotten that.

jessica June 13, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Seeing your photos made me fall back in time. I made very similar clothes pin men when I was a girl. I made a set for my house and a set for my grandmothers. She still keeps them out as a little decoration in her office. I just love this Father’s Day post!

OMSH June 13, 2008 at 7:52 pm

While I’m waiting to go and see The Incredible Hulk with my husband yours is renting a chick flick?

But then you know that.
Way to go Papa.

And I love the car wash the best.

Kate June 13, 2008 at 9:32 pm

So adorably cute! And creative! The car wash and time portal are divine. Great photos!

Have a great weekend & Father’s Day.

Kim June 14, 2008 at 10:30 am

Love it!! How wonderfully fun and creative.

Thimbleina June 14, 2008 at 11:14 am

What a great Daddy and what wonderful imagination your children have.

Julie Alvarez June 14, 2008 at 8:58 pm

What a sweet post. My husband is also that kind of PAPA. I love your words…

Heidi June 15, 2008 at 8:19 am

How creative! I look forward to my son being old enough that we can take on similar projects. Beautiful words about your husband too. I feel similar towards mine. It’s nice knowing our children have such positive role models.

Vanessa June 15, 2008 at 11:59 am

Stefani, that man of yours is truly amazing–to be so involved, attentive, and deliberate; but I have to wonder who wouldn’t be with a wife like you and kids as super-delicious as yours? My boys are now ludicrously stepping all over themselves to get to the car and get over to the Hobby Lobby. Thanks for the inspiration and the reflection on heroism: my grandpa, he was heroic in lots of those ways and quite a few others. I am so grateful that you channeled my thoughts in his direction this morning. XOXO

Julie@Letter9 June 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Oh my god. I’m dying from all the cuteness. THAT CARWASH??????? Dead. I am actually dead.

Tracey@Paper Dolls for Boys June 15, 2008 at 5:47 pm

This is such a well written post. It’s beautifully & lovely.

And I could use the help of Lettuce Man – if he’s not too busy dragging his space and time portal through the carwash.

Lynn June 15, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Whoa — my son had a gang that he called his Supers, too!! They included Sergeant Super, Cinco de Mayo and a host of others that I’ve forgotten (but who are immortalized in stacks of homemade “comic books”). That Time and Space Portal and carwash are brilliant!!!

net June 16, 2008 at 4:14 am

What an amazing post, I laughed and had tears in my eyes. I know what it is to watch your son admire and adore his father and it is a wonderful, magical, thing to see. So often I hear “I’ll ask Dad, he knows about everything”.

Your supers are amazing! Letting a mother have a shower is a super power indeed! I love “Super to the Rescue Guy”. I’ll have to make some of these with my son, when he grows up he wants to be “a rescuer”.

michelle June 16, 2008 at 4:45 am

My daughter saw this post as I was reading this and really wants to make some of her own. Thanks for a wonderful, wonderful idea!

amandajean June 16, 2008 at 6:50 pm

I LOVE lettuce man. that is so so good!

Tracy July 10, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Your blog is so wonderful – I have loved reading through your posts : )

I made these dolls with my son and the kids at my home daycare – they had a ball! great idea!

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