June is Jumping for Dads and Blogging With Friends
Summer, summer, summer. At best, we are usually frenemies. At worst, I’m sweaty and sunburned, but even then, I’m happy to be out in the sun and wind, living and laughing (before the oppressive August heat hits, and I just can’t breathe). The high point of June, however, is the celebration of Father’s Day and all things that make Dad the “funnest guy ever” (quoting the 4 year old on that one). And you can bet, the Blog With Friends crew has some spectacular ideas and options for you. Because, let’s face it, not all dads are just waiting around for another bottle of cologne.
For a celebration of Dad, six bloggers are presenting you with their ideas on how to show your love for the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and other “father figures” in your life. Check out a salty sweet twist on sandwiches, a delectable and maybe a little sinful cake, a heavy metal wind chime, fun gifts from the preschoolers in your life, and a sweet tribute to one amazing dad. Then there’s me, trying to decide how to put dad in his own timeout. See the links at the bottom of the post for these fabulous ideas from the beautiful Blog With Friends team!
And now…helping Dad take his own timeout.
So my idea for this post arrived after I pondered why dads don’t get the same kind of gifts that moms do. For Mother’s Day, my husband kept the kids inside while I sat on the porch with my friend, talking the day away. Other years, I’ve gone and gotten a mani/pedi or a massage, and even went shopping all by myself. There were flowers and cards and cakes, and choosing what we had for lunch, but ultimately, I was able to enjoy life without the kids around.
Why can’t Dads join in on this phenomenon on Father’s Day?
Since my husband is pretty much the easiest interview target I have in my life, I sat him down and asked him what he would want for his “timeout/time off” day. And this is what he said:
- Beer and a boat. “That’s always a good time,” he said. Yes, well, here’s the Shiner Bock, and I’ll see about renting a flat-bottom boat for you.
- Stay home alone. “Then he can be as unproductive as he wants,” he said. Now, I could toss some sarcastic hand grenades here and note that is pretty much every Sunday, but whatev. I’ll take the kids out for a movie and some park time, but then your time is up.
- Tickets to his favorite sports game. “Two tickets, but be sure to stress that you don’t want to go,” he said, because otherwise he feels obligated to invite you along. “It’s a trap and he knows it,” he said. I’m starting to have doubts about all the fun he’s claiming to have on our date nights.
- No to breakfast in bed. Doesn’t everyone think it’s fun to have the kids make crazy meals and serve them to you first thing in the morning? “It’s too awkward to eat barbecue sandwiches in bed,” which, apparently, is what my husband would choose as his favorite meal.
- He doesn’t want to go out to dinner, either. Because getting dressed up and going out to his favorite restaurant can be done any day of the week. Keep in mind, getting “dressed up” usually entails the clean cargo shorts and the t-shirt that doesn’t smell weird.
- Perfect gift? “I could spend hours looking at fishing lures,” he pondered. “Do that.” Translation: give him a gift card to his favorite sporting goods store and tell him to go spend all the time he wants. Shopping. Alone. Anyone notice a coincidence here?
Okay, so maybe I didn’t get a ton of great ideas for how to get Dad to take a timeout for Father’s Day, but it would appear that men and women aren’t so different in wanting a break from their kids every once in a while. Cheers to all the dads!
Now…ready for more ideas for Father’s Day fun? Keep on reading!
Celebrating Dad – June Blog With Friends
Need some Pinterest-worthy projects for June? How about suggestions on food and beverage, DIY gifts and getting personal with Dad tributes? Check out the other bloggers in this month’s A Blog With Friends Project!
Pretzel Sandwich Snacks by Karen at Baking in a Tornado
Manly Wind Chimes by Rabia at The Lieber Family
Gifts for Dad from Preschoolers by Lydia of Cluttered Genius
Amaretto and Coke Chocolate Wacky Cake by Dawn at Spatulas on Parade
A Husband Tribute by Sarah at Not that Sarah Michelle