Father’s Day Adventures

Although we don’t have a lot of traditions, one of my favorite ones is the “no gift” policy for anniversaries and other special occasions like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  Jon and I established this early on in our relationship, both confirming that we prefer to spend the day on an adventure than purchased gifts.  As a result we have the gift of memories that lasts a lifetime.

After a Saturday away with the boys to celebrate the soon-to-be brother, Jon asked for a low key, unscheduled day for Father’s day and we delivered.

After a little extra sleep in the morning, we showered and packed up for the day and headed out to a late breakfast at a local diner.


We take up a full booth now.

The girls were awesome at entertaining themselves as we spent 20 minutes waiting for food (apparently Father’s Day is a popular day to go out to a late breakfast, go figure) and we made friends with the table next to us as the two parents looked at our girls and reminisced to their adult children about their younger years.

After breakfast we lathered up the sunblock in the car and met up with friends at a local strawberry patch for some berry eating picking.


I was sure that we would get in trouble considering how many berries were consumed by our children prior to weighing the boxes.  (As a tip to the orchard, I would advise weighing the kids themselves before entering the strawberry patch and then again after.  I bet it’d really increase the profit margins.)

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While our friends, Jon and Peanut picked berries and I took photos, Taylor just pretty much sat in one spot eating strawberries.   Life’s tough when you’re 1.
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After filling our bellies, we headed to the grocery store to grab some non-berry foods and then the beach for some lounging.

The kids filled their clothes with sand, the boys flew a kite, and I…well….someone had to document.
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Nap time at the beach,
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and we headed home for some dinner and an early bedtime for everyone.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.


  1. I love this post!!! So fun, lighthearted and relaxed!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! :0)

  2. Looks like the perfect day! Sometimes unplanned days are the best days. No expectations to live up to!

  3. What an awesome day!!

  4. I am pretty sure those berry people factoring in kid eating! Amelia did the EXACT same thing last year. I tried to put her in a spot where I thought she couldn’t reach any berries, but her face and hands told another story!

  5. SO jealous of the beach! Looks amazing!

  6. I love that idea of no gifts. Why can’t we just spend the day together?

    Great pictures Kat. I have always wanted to go strawberry picking.

  7. We do the no gifts thing, too. Since having Ethan, he and I make daddy gifts for Father’s Day but other than that, no bought gifts. So much nicer to just spend the day together!

    These pictures are gorgeous. Such a beautiful family! :)

  8. It looks like you had a wonderful weekend! I love the beach pictures!

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