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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What will you do for Father's Day?

So Father's Day is this Sunday, right? Just checking because my sleep-deprived brain isn't working yet thanks to baby #2. I've been thinking and thinking about what to do for DH this Father's Day and haven't exactly come up with anything new and exciting. I thought maybe I could steal some ideas from YOU!

My back-up is the usual: DH sleeps in while the toddler and I make him a yummy breakfast. Toddler will also probably make him some sort of homemade card or art project (if I can get my act together on that one). But this year I think DH deserves a little something more. Maybe it's because he is just as sleep-deprived as I am and somehow still functioning at work without an afternoon nap. Maybe it's because of all the middle-of-the-night diaper changes he's done, bouncing baby girl back to sleep, or playing with the toddler even when DH is exhausted. Or maybe it's the fact that this morning he got totally pooped on when he was about to leave for work. And I mean projectile, newborn POOPED ON!

Anyway, since I still have 4 or so days to figure out what the heck I'm gonna do, please share your plans (anonymously if your DH happens to check this blog for some reason)! Do you have a fun family tradition, or a great gift idea? I don't really want to steal your super cool plans (okay, maybe I do), but seriously my brain is FRIED! Maybe we can get some new ideas from each other and feel inspired to change things up a bit. So what do you plan to do for your hubby (or dad or anyone for that matter) this Father's Day?


  • DH sent me out for the entire day to play on my own for my mothers day gift, and i loved it. I was thinking maybe that would be something fun to reciprocate, but i have a sneaking suspicion dads dont need it as much as moms do. Since DH works a lot, he loves to spend time with the boys and really loves it, so maybe a day with just his little guy while you take the baby? or a pedicure, if you can get him to go. (i think lots of guys actually want to do this but are too scared) or maybe get a babysitter and take him out for a lovely evening without kids and poopy diapers. something romantic with just the two of you. Or maybe concert tickets, opera/theatre tickets or you could do sport tix too. thats all i got so far.
    posted by Blogger kristie at 6/11/2008 10:40:00 AM  

  • I'm going to make breakfast for dh with my girls while he sleeps in. He got to choose and he chose crepes, so this will be a first for us. After that I thought we'd go for a hike and have a picnic with sandwiches. When we get home from the hike I'm going to give him his gift, Guitar Hero. I thought he'd have fun with that and it would be something he could do with the kids as well. Doing these things with an infant might not be that easy, but I thought I'd share. :-)
    posted by Anonymous MKC at 6/11/2008 12:46:00 PM  

  • This year, for the first time, my DH requested a tie picked out by his children. Soley by them. So yesterday I gave them free reign at Ross and they actually picked out a nice one and agreed on it!

    They'll each do a picture for him and they like to make up songs to sing for him so I imagine there will be some kind of an impromptu "program"...
    posted by Blogger Chloe at 6/11/2008 12:56:00 PM  

  • I got a gift and family activity for the day all in one. My dh grew up with a bocce ball set (lawn bowling) and we play it now and then at his place when we visit. We also played it with friends the first time we saw each other post-mission (awww). It's such a simple, portable, fun game. So, I thought it was a great one to get him (sentimental value) and the family will get some great outside together-time out of it. Besides, birthday (nov.) and Christmas are too cold to play bocce ball!

    And I'll make him something better than grilled cheese for dinner. :)
    posted by Blogger Katie at 6/11/2008 05:55:00 PM  

  • DH got exactly what he wanted - a session with a mountain bike guru. It made him so happy. That was last night. On Sunday, we will do a yummy breakfast, yummy dinner and present him with a few crafty things the kids and I have up our sleeves.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 6/11/2008 09:43:00 PM  

  • My poor husband is going to be all alone on Fathers Day because I'm out visiting my parents. So last Sunday I made a nice dinner and cleaned up (normally he helps with both), and we all hung out together and didn't go anywhere or have anyone over (his request). Also I tried not to automatically hand the baby over with every messy diaper... For a gift he got an upgrade to a phone he had been coveting (was due for an upgrade anyway but normally we would have just gotten one of the free ones).

    Generally he is interested in things like electronics and tools, which he likes to pick out himself. So before gift-giving times I try to pay attention to what he wants or needs...but often the gift ends up being a card that says, "your gift is (such and such) and you get to pick it out yourself." That way he can read user reviews and all that and pick what he thinks is the best one. Not really my gift-giving style but it's the only way we can do gadget-type gifts.

    I also have found in general that he doesn't like being asked what he wants as a gift, or what he wants to do or what he wants to eat. He'd rather I picked something I think he'll like and then just do it. Gadgets being the exception, although at least I make the decision "this gadget is your gift" and then he chooses within that limit.
    posted by Blogger grannybabs at 6/12/2008 08:03:00 AM  

  • Oops...since I'm at my mom's house I just posted using her username. Then I signed out to re-post before thinking to delete it. So, the comment from Grannybabs is really from me.
    posted by Blogger Eliza at 6/12/2008 08:05:00 AM  

  • the girls picked out some stuff for him at the 99-cent store. SUPER fun. i'll actually get up early for church (he gets home from work at about 5:30 a.m. sunday mornings), spend some times with him, and make a real breakfast, not just a (FAST) sunday one. he needs a new barbecue (our old one was stolen from our yard!) and he already has a bunch of giftcards, so i think we're just going to suck up the difference and surprise him with one.
    posted by Blogger makakona at 6/12/2008 02:05:00 PM  

  • happy fathers day to all fathers!

    my wife made a surprise blog entry to me here and my two month old baby prepared a card with the help oh her mom...they put foundations colored blue to the baby's hand and stamp the finger of the baby to a piece of paper and laminate it. so cool. its my first fathers day...we hold it here friday in saudi. We dated thursday night at the mall with our baby. it was fun.

    heres the link http://jbsolis.blogspot.com/2008/06/maybe-youve-forgotten-something.html
    posted by Blogger Kenji at 6/13/2008 01:41:00 PM  

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