I look forward each year to Father’s Day! I think it’s super fun for the kids and I to plan a day to spend with Jason and fill it with things he likes! But I also know how incredibly crazy the month of June is!!! I feel like Father’s Day has crept up on me this year in and amongst dance recitals, hockey wind ups, year end school parties, and blogging events. Father’s Day is really about appreciating and celebrating the fathers in our lives…it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming production. In fact, most men like things a bit low key!
If you are short on time, here are a few last minute Father’s Day ideas…
1. Make dad his favorite breakfast. What’s dad’s fave thing for breakfast? It doesn’t have to be fancy. Get up before he does (that’s actually super hard to do in our house!), get the coffee going and have the kids help make dad his favorite dish. The kids will have a lot of fun being a part of the surprise! We aren’t sure what’s going to be on the menu at our house…we are debating a few options, but we know for sure that a cappuccino will be involved!
2. Wash the car. This is another great way to get the kids involved. Don’t just wash the car…do it right! Armor All the tires and detail the inside, vacuuming, cleaning out the garbage, and Windexing the windows. Finish it off with an old school air freshener like this one.
3. Go for a hike. Jason and I love going for hikes, but we don’t have the chance to get out in nature as much as we’d like to. Set aside a few hours. Pick a hike that suits your family….it’s no fun if it’s too difficult for the kids and dad has to carry them most of the way. Pack some water bottles, granola bars and apples and enjoy a snack at a view point.
4. Watch dad’s favorite movie. I’m thinking of taking it way back. Think of the movies that dad has talked about watching when he was growing up. I’m thinking of some classics here like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Star Wars, and Top Gun. Fire up Netflix, make a big bowl of buttered popcorn and have fun watching as the kids make fun of the movie you thought was so great!
5. Make a fire and roast hot dogs and s’mores. There’s just something about eating a meal roasted over a fire! Maybe because it makes you think of camping and maybe it’s the smoky flavor…or both! Growing up, this was my dad’s fave thing to do for Father’s Day. Nothing fancy here…mom won’t be in the kitchen all day. Don’t like hot dogs? Roast smokies or sausage. S’mores are a favorite around here. My fam likes just the classic…graham crackers, milk chocolate and marshmallows. If you want to amp it up you can put out sliced strawberries and bananas, mint, dark chocolate and a Caramilk Bar. The best thing about gathering around a campfire is all the stories that are told! We’ve even had some spontaneous dance parties break out!
So, don’t stress! Pick an idea and roll with it! Dad will love that you’ve taken the time to appreciate him and enjoy the time spent together!
Dads….we celebrate you! Thank-you for being our protectors…for being strong, yet a soft place to land.