Father’s Day Has Come & Gone

My Saturday started early as I had to pick my sister up from the Quad Cities Airport. I had an hour to mentally map out how the kids and I would execute our crafty projects for dad. On the agenda were the following:

  • “We Love Daddy” photo
  • Painted catch-all tray
  • Kabobs on the Grill cupcakes

After dropping my sister at home, I took the opportunity to hit up the grocery store while I was still kid-free! We had some quick sandwiches before Kelly decided to run to his shop and get the golf clubs ready for the morning. As soon as Kelly walked out the door, Henry and I got to work on our catch-all trays. Quite a few weeks earlier, I found some porcelain trays on an end aisle at Target. I was just sure I could/would find something to do with them. Sure enough I did! We tried to accomplish a watercolor look that I discovered on The Crafted Life blog. We did not succeed, BUT we will try again.

Charlie woke up from her nap as Henry and I were cleaning up our mess so I had the kids change quick into something nice and we headed outside. I tore the flap off an Amazon box sitting in the garage and asked Henry to write “we love daddy”. He did a great job and and I captured a handful of beautiful photos before Charlie got bored!

Later Saturday evening we gave the catch-all trays another try and printed out the photos we took early in the day. This time, we decided to use vinyl instead of paint. Henry designed his layout, I printed his design with my Cricut Explore One and he finished it off with a coat of Modge Podge. Our craft projects were complete and all laid out for daddy to find in the morning!

Sunday morning Charlie and I work up early (not my choice) and got coffee at Starbucks for daddy and Henry before they left to golf. While the boys were golfing, Charlie and I got our bake on! I went ahead and colored the frosting, piped it on and had the cupcakes ready to decorate for Henry. Once Henry was home, I had him help me with the grill and kabob parts of the cupcakes. Finally, finished and we all got to enjoy!

We finished our day off enjoying the sun with our cousins and grilling some burgers for dinner.

Father’s Day 2016 was a success!


Father’s Day is coming!

Father’s Day is just around the corner. June 19th to be exact. Every year I rack my brain trying to come up with the perfect gift for my husband and without fail, I end up throwing something together the night before and telling myself, next year I’ll do better!

Here it is, next year and I feel just as lost as I felt last year on gift ideas. I have been trying to pay attention to what my husband needs/wants or anything he may show interest in. I’ve done a wallet, a beard trimmer, a briefcase, fun socks, a nice polo, blah, blah, blah. Part of the problem is that my husband, like most, is easy-going and claims to need nothing. The other part of the problem is me! I’m indecisive and put too much pressure on finding the perfect gift.

As the years have gone by, I’ve begun to realize the gift is not what makes the day special, it’s the time we spend together. The memories we make and cherish. In the last few years, we have participated in a fun 5K race (well, I just observed as I was 9 months pregnant), enjoyed breakfast at our favorite diner, spent an afternoon on the golf course and grilling/cooking together at home.

I have also done my fair share of crafts with the kids and I’d have to say some of my favorite pieces are the pictures that Henry makes on his own and the “All About Daddy” fill-ins.

I did, however, do some browsing for potential gift options and came across a few cool websites. Most of these gifts are geared towards men and don’t necessarily have to be gifts for Father’s Day….that might be why I like the site so much!

Since it isn’t Father’s Day yet, and I’d like to think my husband reads my blog, I won’t share what I am doing just yet. I promise to follow-up with pictures of the how we celebrated Father’s Day this year. I have come across some cool options (see links below) via Pinterest that I think you all might like.

Follow in Daddy’s Footsteps

We Love Daddy photo

My Daddy fill-ins

“Daddy we love you to pieces”

Hand tree framed

Monster Trail Mix

Happy crafting and Happy Father’s Day!!