Father’s Day 2018 Recap and Reflection

CBUS Dads dad blogger Steve Michalovich enjoying some baby pool action over Father's Day weekend

Last week my wife and I debated whether Mother’s Day is a more significant holiday than Father’s Day. My argument is that it is. The basis for my argument derived from my time working at restaurants, where Mother’s Day was a huge draw, and Father’s Day brought in just the atypical summer Sunday crowd.

In our family, my wife has always gone above and beyond since we’ve had kids to make me feel special during this holiday. I’m a lucky guy. This year was no different, as she had some surprise plans in mind for the weekend.

Unfortunately as the weekend kicked off, my wife came down with a stomach bug that, oddly for mid-June, has been going around. Plans of church, brunch and patios as a family were put on hold, and Dad was left to lead the charge, as Mom nursed back to health.

Most parents reading this are all too familiar of the regular challenge of going from man-to-man defense to zone coverage. With two energetic little ones, being on your toes at all times is definitely a requirement.

Thankfully, this “daddy day” was wide open with no deadlines or obligations. We didn’t end up doing anything overly special: bike rides, #DonutSaturday, some baby pool action in the backyard. I try my best to cherish these moments as much as the vacations and big events.

CBUS Dads dad blogger Steve Michalovich taking his kids out for a bike ride
CBUS Dads dad blogger Steve Michalovich on a bike ride with his kids

Life happens. Plans sometimes have to fall through. In the game of parenting, I’ve learned in my nearly four years at it, it’s all about rolling with things and making the best of any situation.

By Sunday, my wife was thankfully feeling better, so we capitalized by spending some time together as a full family unit.

In the end, it was a memorable Father’s Day weekend, aside from my wife sadly being knocked off her feet for part of it. Brunches and gifts are great, but what I’ll remember most from this weekend was my day bonding and enjoying some simple time with my kids.

By Steven Michalovich, Regular Contributor

Places We Love: The Draft Room

The Draft Room

I know this is a strange way to open up a post on a dad blog, but a few of my buddies have been preaching about a new bar in Westerville called The Draft Room. Hang with me here.

On Sunday, they hosted their second Family Funday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. I was sold after reading the description: Free crafts for kids of all ages from Arts in Uptown and beer specials for the “growns”. Oh, and this time there’s delicious brunch for all from Broke Johnny Food Truck…MMM. Beer, waffles and crafts. Whoa, what a Sunday.”

That hits about eight cords for me.

I had a chance to chat with the owners, a couple about my age with a toddler. They opened The Draft Room in September, because they wanted to open a bar that was welcoming to all beer enthusiasts.

Even more endearing, they wanted to open the kind of bar they’d like to hang out in. One they can come to with their entire family.

Mission accomplished.

The beer selection is incredible, and I certainly made a point to indulge in some delicious waffles, covered in syrup and strawberries, topped off with a chicken finger.

But the highlight for me, was the activities for the kids. What we anticipated would be a 45 minute pop in, ended up being 2+ hours.

Several tables were set up with a variety of quality crafts that my daughter was completely consumed with.

My son – still a little young for painting and paper mache – was able to stretch his legs and walk about the space. And the owners said they designed the interior so that it’s acceptable for such activity. When so many restaurants make it embarrassing or disruptive to walk around, this place actually embraces the busy body baby.

The two televisions above the bar showed Trolls and Moana, keeping both kids motionless for a short period of time.

What still seems like a hidden gem, the Family Funday was steady with families rolling in. After talking to the owners, this will be a monthly occurrence. As much as I want everyone to know about it, I hope it stays accessible, because this was an incredible event that my entire family enjoyed.

A quick scan of their events calendar will show tap takeovers and brewery release parties. But I’ve never seen a watering hole with programming that spans canvas painting and yoga too.

While The Draft Room doesn’t have a kitchen, they are partners with the other restaurants nearby. Patrons can order food from the neighbors, and they’ll deliver as customers sit and enjoy a frothy beverage and a board game.

The Draft Room embraces everything it means to be a community spot. They support the arts and local brewers. They aren’t pretentious or take themselves too seriously. And most importantly, everyone is welcome – including young families.

By Steven Michalovich, Contributor

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