While moms get flowers and breakfast in bed on Mother's Day, dads tend to look forward to fishing and dinner on the grill for their holiday a month later. Three Sandy men share their responsibilities and traditions as they prepare for Father's Day.
Aaron Hanson, owner
When Aaron Hanson was a kid, Father's Day often fell on the same day as his birthday, making June 18 all about dad. But now that Aaron is older and has two children, he is looking forward to the coincidental overlap.
"Now it's all about me," he jokes.
The ambitious brewer opened up shop in Sandy in 2013. At the time his daughter was 8 years old and the only child, so following his passions to create a pub could more easily be scheduled around when her mother was available and when she was at school.
Now, with 1-year-old Newton in the picture, Hanson says, "figuring out a schedule is a challenge."
"I take care of him most days," Hanson explains. "It's hard maintaining a balance and still getting to do all I want to do on all sides."
But being a dad is ample enough reward for Hanson.
This Father's Day, Hanson looks forward to time with family and friends Saturday night over the campfire, and enjoying his new LEGO Saturn 5 Rocket set.
"Most of my Father's Day this year will be playing with LEGOs and making sure Newton doesn't eat any," he says. "I'm (also) looking forward to summer when I'll be able to have a baby sitter — the 12-year-old."
Thomas Fisher, engineering technician for the city of Sandy
For Sandy Engineering Technician Thomas Fisher, Father's Day means time outdoors and homemade pizza with his girls.
"It's usually pretty low-key," Fisher says. "It's mostly just spending time with family. Nothing extravagant."
With his three daughters being so young — 9 months, 3 and 4 years old — Fisher says they don't really have any traditions set in stone yet. This year, however, may be different.
"My girls say they have a surprise for me," he says. "That's the thing I'm most excited for."
They main thing Fisher says he does try to do is call his own father, who now lives in Colorado.
"He never wanted anything," Fisher says of his dad. "(Time is really) all they want — to spend time with me, come help weed the garden and hang out."
As a city employee for the past four years, Fisher adds that he appreciates the flexibility of his position. His family also lives fairly close to Bornstedt Park, so they enjoy access to that benefit as well as attending city events with Fisher.
"If I ever need to miss work, they're very flexible," he explains. "I get to do a lot more with the girls than I think I would elsewhere."
Garet Luebbert, principal
at Kelso Elementary School
Having spent the past 14 years of his life as an educator, Garet Luebbert doesn't know life without the chaos of balancing work and children. Luebbert's oldest son is in fifth grade, and he has three sons in total, so most Father's days are spent at sporting events.
But, Luebbert wouldn't have it any other way.
"In my family, Father's Day tends to be hang(ing) out on the sports field," he says. "I really love baseball and educating — teaching and coaching — so I look forward to the nice, sunny days I can be out on a baseball field, coaching and watching my kids play. I wouldn't want anything else."
Luebbert actually played baseball professionally for two years following college, and now he coaches his son's team. For this Father's Day, he looks forward to coaching a baseball game in Kennewick, Wash.
Luebbert chocks the busy-ness of his family's life up to his effort to be "involved" — a lifestyle that can be hectic and tiring, but in the end makes time together even more valuable.
"I would say the key word is 'balance,'" he says. "It's definitely more difficult to find the time with family when you have kids and work full-time. One of the main reasons I stayed in education is I could be on the same schedule as my kids. At the end of the day, my kids are only this age once. That's something I definitely don't take for granted."
Although Luebbert does wish he had more time with his children, he continues to enjoy the rewards of being involved in other children's lives.
"The rewards of what you're doing, when it pays off (is incredible)," he adds. "That's something you can't find on Netflix."