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.

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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.

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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.


Christmas recap

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Favorite things about the holidays, in no particular order.

Family.  So much family.  Loud get togethers with kids running around.  There’s always someone around, someone laughing, someone talking.  Being surrounded by family is the most amazing feeling in the world.

Food.  Oh all the food.  Christmas eve dinner at our house with my favorite (super easy) slow cooker pot roast, mashed potatoes, veggies and gravy.  Christmas morning breakfast tradition that I’ve stolen from Jon’s mom with quiche, cinnamon buns, and croissants.  Christmas day lunch at grandma’s with potato pirogis, baklava, kielbasa, shrimp mold, and so much more.  I’m drooling just thinking about it.  On top of the traditional meals, Jon’s mom packs her fridge with all of our favorites and her pantry with Peanut’s favorites.

Traveling.  I know that there are a lot of times that I’d rather complain about traveling but I actually love the holiday travel.  2 hours in the car with my husband while the kids are asleep and no distractions – no cell phones, no TV.  We talk and sing and flirt and talk and talk.  We stop at our favorite places and get coffees to go.  It’s relaxing, unwinding.

Presents.  I, like many, absolutely love the act of opening presents.  But what I love even more is watching my children and those I love open their presents.  The excitement as they rip through the paper.  The surprise on their faces when it’s something that rises above their expectations.  The love as they thank you for their gifts.  The little fingers running over carefully selected toys and books.

What are your favorite things about the holidays?