Father’s Day 2014


Our Father’s Day this year was super low key. We were recovering from camping this weekend and we all felt pretty rough. But I did want to show off these awesome origami birds the Little Man made for Jason.

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Jason hung them on the Christmas tree, and they look fantastic! I think he needs to make enough for us to fill up the whole tree. 🙂

Tales from past Father’s Days. More origami goodness from LM.

Our belated Father’s Day (plus an overload of photos)

On Father’s Day this year, we were just coming back from our trip, so we made the decision early on to celebrate it the next weekend. (We did something similar last year too).   I wanted to do something special, but I knew my time to get things together would be pretty limited.

I’ve seen this Father’s Day Quiz around the interwebs for a couple of days, so I knew that would be fun. My printer is out of ink, so I wrote out the quiz and had the Little Man fill it out. Here are his answers. And my commentary in italics.

My dad’s name is burrito <— hilarious mistake we decided to keep in
He is 38 years old (I had to help with that one, though clearly I’m not the best person to ask according to this year’s birthday cake fiasco).
He is 7 feet tall.
He weighs 187 pounds.
His favorite TV show is Apple TV.
His favorite food is burritos.
His favorite drink is sweet tea burritos (At this point, he’s just answering every question with burritos)
His favorite thing to do is have fun.
He likes to wear jeans.
He is REALLY good at mechanics.
I like it best when my dad is awesome.
My favorite thing to do with my dad is throw the (foot+ball)= football
When my dad goes to work, he works for the IT dept. It is hard (right?)

I also printed out a few (okay 200) pictures of Jason and Little Man throughout the years. Soon after we first got married, he had mentioned to me that there weren’t a lot of photos of he and LM together. I decided then and there that it would be my mission in life to make sure there are lots and lots of pics of the two of them from then on.

I didn’t do anything fancy, just printed them and put them in a two-up photo album from Target with a few Project Life cards. I put them in semi-chronological order and LM slid them into the pockets. The most time consuming part was gathering the photos, but it was definitely the most fun. And now I have a ton of ideas for future LO’s.  🙂

Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order.

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The above two were taken by Jason’s dad on our trip to St. Augustine last summer.One posed, and one completely spontaneous. I love them both.


Just a random everyday kind of photo.


At the Museum of Aviation in Savannah.

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Two from Busch Gardens. I love how LM is gazing up at his dad. Makes me melt. The other is hopefully as close as they’ll ever get to a lion. Freaked me out, but I still think the jackals were a lot more scary.


Our first outing together as a family after we got married, the Palm Beach Zoo. He’s so teeny!

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The first and only Easter we’ve all spent together. Jason made an Easter Egg hunt. LM is checking out his loot.


Playing the guitar together. I made a LO with this one here.


Our first air show, scrapped here.


I love this one because they look so similar, which is pretty rare.


Last year at Green Cay Park. They’re not big hand holders generally, so I’m glad I got this one. Scrapped here.


Our first time picking him up in California after he moved away. We could not contain the excitement! At the Proud Bird restaurant in L.A. I think I have three different pages with this picture.


With Darth Vadar on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Our first trip to West Virginia together. I know it meant a lot to Jason to show him where he spent his childhood summers.


And another tiny Little Man pic. I had this one put on a mug in 2006. 🙂

So that was our Father’s Day this year. Pretty low-key, but that’s what he wanted 🙂

Happy Father’s Day


To my dad, who is the best. Who always listens and never judges. Who wants me to be happy (though I still don’t think he approves of the housewife thing, ha!). Who has always been there for me. Who tolerates my foul language. Who talks to me about books, and politics, and history, and life. Who gives outstanding hugs. Thank you for being the best dad to me. I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know. Jamie and I are so lucky to have you.


To my husband, who is the best. Who always listens and gives good advice. Who wants me to be happy all the time. Who is always there for me whenever I need anything. Who tolerates my bossy-ness. Who talks to me about everything under the sun. Who I can be politically incorrect with. Who dances with me at the grocery store. Who is so patient. Who drives thousands of miles to give us the most amazing vacations. Who is a fantastic role model. Who makes us both laugh until we cry. Who has shown me that marriage can be the best thing ever. And that parenting might not be so bad either. Hopefully we’ll settle the changing table argument before the time comes to need one. I hope I show you every day how much I appreciate you. Little Man and I are so lucky to have you.

High Five for Friday

There was so much awesomeness this week!

1. Belated Father’s Day.  Super Hero Father’s Day was so much fun to put together. I’m actually sort of looking forward to doing something crafty for the 4th now. (Ignore the dirty bowl in the sink).

2. Swimming. Again. I actually hadn’t gone swimming for awhile, but we’ve already been three times since Little Man got here. We were all a little rusty at first, but we’re getting our groove back and even played some games in the pool. LM is also learning to snorkel.

3. Green Cay park. We went there last weekend and had a really fun time walking around checking out the wildlife. Even saw a couple of baby alligators!

4. The Boy’s Market. One of our favorite local Farmer’s Markets. It’s always really crowded, but so worth it. Fruits and veggies, cheese, baked goodies, and the Best onion bread and vegetable cream cheese. And all indoors so you’re not sweltering in the heat.

5. Jason and Jen keeping their s*** together with a child in the house. I’ve always been told by many people (including my mother) that nothing ruins a relationship like having children. And for the most part I believe them, lol. (Please feel free to chime in if you’re in an awesome relationship and have kids). And I know it’s only been two weeks, but it’s been really great having all of us in the house together. We are a good team. And sometimes we even get to have grown up conversations. And I know one night we’ll eventually get a full night’s sleep. Probably sometime in September.

Honorable mention this week goes to my new favorite skirt. Two things that I never thought I’d ever wear are horizontal stripes and maxi skirts. Because seriously this skirt makes me look as big as the side of a barn. But I. Do. Not. Care. I wear this thing Everywhere. It is so ridiculously comfortable.

Also Pro Tip: (Can you say that about things that aren’t tech related?) Don’t wear long skirts to the airport. They actually have a Skirt Alert. I got a Skirt Alert with No Cause, which meant I got pulled aside and patted down. And not just a friendly pat down, a serious Spread ‘Em kind of pat down. I won’t go into why I’m such an expert in pat downs, but trust me, that lady was thorough. And that’s the last time you’ll catch this girl in a maxi skirt at LAX.

I’ll be linking up with Lauren at From My Grey Desk.

Father’s Day 2012

Okay I know I’m lame. I celebrate things late, like Jason’s birthday week. But this year we were traveling on Father’s Day, so we decided as a family to celebrate a week later. I scoured Pinterest and had secret talks with Little Man to come up with ideas.

Here’s what we came up with- a Super Hero themed Father’s Day!

This post from Jordan at Oh Happy Day was the inspiration for the theme. Make your own super hero survival kit. So cool! It was a lot of fun to put together and really easy, especially considering my lack of craftiness. Check out her post for free printables so you can make your own.

We made this book with printables from Eighteen25. It was cute and simple. I like that we could write our own personal messages in there. For some reason I didn’t get pictures of it, but it was really sweet.

LM also made a comic starring Daddy and Miss Kitty fighting the forces of evil in the form of sand monsters, the Box King, and an overcharged tennis ball machine.

Oh and I also made a ringtone for him using a sound clip from this commercial. We’ve all been going around the house at random times saying “Ooooh that’s hippie talk!”

Then we rounded off the Super Hero evening by watching the Green Lantern. Pretty fun night with the guys. 🙂