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Celebrating Dad

Celebrate awesome dads this fathers day

Mike is an awesome dad. He takes the kids on wonderful adventures, takes all four shopping at Costco (by himself!), and uses our coin collection to teach them about the world. He leaves them notes when he is out of town and has told countless Star Wars themed bedtime stories.

Exploring technology with dad

Mike also loves technology. He takes things apart with the kids, and takes us on early-morning field trips to watch students fly unmanned model planes on Stanford University campus.

kid-made list of Fathers Day Gifts

For Father’s Day we are going with our traditional homemade gifts, as well. Emma got the idea of making him coupons after her second grade teacher told her class about how her daughter had done something similar. She brainstormed with Johnny and Lily to come up with this list – it took them a few days to come up with all of these ideas:

Ideas for tickets in envelope for Father’s Day Present

  • Kiss
  • Hug
  • Day off with your friends
  • Invite a friend over
  • Have dinner with a friend
  • Bring a kid to work
  • Ice cream party with kids
  • Have the house clean
  • Paint Mom’s nails (NICELY!)
  • Have dinner at a restaurant
  • Get your own ice cream sundae made by the KIDS!
  • Get a LEGO set (made by the kids)
  • Take kids to NASA
  • Go on a date with mom or a kid

These ideas were then carefully written on pieces of nice colored paper and put in an envelope to give Mike on Father’s Day. I love the combination of things that they know Mike will love, things that they love, and things that they want Mike to do with them.

How are you celebrating Father’s Day this year?

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

20 thoughts on “Celebrating Dad”

  1. I love your gift ideas for Father’s Day! The ticket idea is wonderful! I hope Mike has a wonderful Father’s Day. My husband will be watching soccer since our middle is playing all weekend at a Father’s Day Tournament in Rhode Island. At least it’s near the beach!

  2. jeannine: waddleeahchaa

    So sweet. You can tell how much they like spending time together. It’s heart warming to see a strong connection between children and their Father.

  3. He sounds like a great Dad, especially for going grocery shopping by himself! Home made gifts are truly the best, aren’t they? Though I’m sure he’s loving the new watch!

  4. Elisa | blissfulE

    Awesome! :) We celebrate Father’s Day on Australian time (September) since June is sooooo crowded in our family.

  5. **I love the combination of things that they know Mike will love, things that they love, and things that they want Mike to do with them.** – I love that list for the same reason! And that watch sounds awesome, I know Tatha will love it too :)

  6. It looks like Emma and Johnny have a conspiracy to turn a Father’s Day into an ongoing kid day :) I could see that Mike is an awesome Dad with my own eyes – your kids are truly blessed to have two amazing parents.

  7. We did our first “painting party.” I took the boys to one of those places where you choose things to paint and then paint, and then they fire it in the kiln for you.

    Chris, my husband, loves tea, so the boys each painted him a tea mug. Picked them up yesterday and they look so good!

    Told the boys not to tell him so it could be a surprise.

    My son yesterday: “Dada! Guess what we did?!”
    Me: “Don’t tell him, it’s a surprise.”
    My son: “Don’t worry mama. I’m not going to tell him that we painted him a mug.”

  8. We’re big on special treats that Dad loves like Tang, Gummi Bears, and Nerds. It’s fun to brainstorm with J about what he thinks his dad likes.

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