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Ahhh! Fathers Day is This Sunday!! *Also, Help With D&D Related??*

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The kids will be washing his car. 

 

I've got a very clever card planned; will be back here for help from you clever ladies later. 

 

We'll grill something tasty and dessert will be pie and ice cream.  He's an ice cream fiend. 

 

Gifts from the kids:  I have no idea!!!  Our budget is smaller than it has been.  I think we can manage $25 each, two kids, but that's pushing it. 

 

Would a Hawaiian shirt be totally lame?  He's has one that looks great but makes him sweat like crazy.  Last I looked, (last year), Macys seemed to have only cheap, uncomfortable Hawaiian shirts, or fabulous, perfect Tommy Bahamas that are priced way out of our budget.  Nothing in between.

 

Am I over-thinking the money part? Like I said $25 is pushing it, dh and I are worried about money all the time, and we shouldn't be adding to the worries.

 

We didn't do big gifts for my parents on fathers day and mothers day. We went out to a nice restaurant once for Mothers day.  Otherwise it was flowers, a card and breakfast in bed. 

 

I dunno, in past years we've gotten him neat shirts from Thinkgeek, but I'm not that organized this year. 

 

Suggestions? 

 

And tell me about your Father's Day plans, and stories from the past!

post #2 of 12

Mother's Day and Father's Day are very lowkey in our house -- just acknowledging the person and making them feel appreciated, no big gifts or gestures. A nice breakfast, homemade cards, whatever they want for dinner, and letting them relax. I might get DH the first Game of Thrones book, and the kids made him some things at school. 

post #3 of 12
We tend to do figurines and a giftcard for coffee or a lunch place because we all collect stuff and only splurge with giftcards. Figurines run about ten dollars tops. My mom loves the plastic toy ones because she is forever knocking them down and those are also inexpensive but meaningful for her.
post #4 of 12

We celebrated tonight actually.  My parents are going out of town on Sunday morning.  Also my mom's birthday is very soon, so we combined the event.

 

For my dad:  new tackle box

For dh:  a couple sweatshirts (he needed new ones so badly) and the girls created a dance to a montage of 3 theme songs (dh is the tv guy, I am bookish. . .lately he has been watching Magnum PI on netflix, he loves James Bond, and he loves Burn Notice).  

 

We had a BBQ at my place with my parents, sister, and grandparents.

 

IMO father's day/mother's day/valentines day  is best when the present or token is smaller rather than larger.  

 

Amy

post #5 of 12
I'm just making dh a dinner that he'll like... Not that I usually make things he hates:-)
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IMO father's day/mother's day/valentines day  is best when the present or token is smaller rather than larger.  

 

 

I agree, and I'm remembering that the nice fire pit he and the kids got me was for my birthday, 2 weeks before mothers day.  For mothers day they washed my car.  It was just perfect. 

 

I'm slapping my forehead.  For pity's sake, dd is 18 y.o., ds is almost 14 y.o. They can figure it out for themselves. Dd already knew what she wanted for him  -the very cute Star Wars 'Vader's Little Princess' book.  All of $8 or something.  She's making him a card.  Ds found the equivalent 'Darth Vader and Son'.  So there it is, cute little books, washed cars and blackberry pie. 

 

I need to sit down and focus on the D&D type card I'm making for him.  I saw a t-shirt like this that wasn't quite right, but it was something like, Dad-Man:  Loyalty +40, Wallet -10, Teasing +10, Wisdom +100.  None of those sound right for my dh.  The problem is that I've never played D&D, but he has a lot, and I don't know how to make it sound cleverly accurate.  

 

Any ideas??

post #7 of 12
There's a "gamer mom" thread around here somewhere, Tribes maybe? Gotta be some D & D players that would help you.
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Mother's Day and Father's Day are very lowkey in our house -- just acknowledging the person and making them feel appreciated, no big gifts or gestures. A nice breakfast, homemade cards, whatever they want for dinner, and letting them relax. I might get DH the first Game of Thrones book, and the kids made him some things at school. 

Well I ended up going a bit crazy. I got him a gift card for the driving range near his work so he can go hit balls at lunchtime if be wants to, then the kids and I stopped by a clothing store to get him a t-shirt but ended up getting him 3 t-shirts and a pair of shorts. So, more than I had planned on doing, but he really needs some new summer clothes. He feels guilty when he spends money on himself, so I guess with both gifts what I'm really doing is taking away that guilt component so he can just enjoy new clothes and hitting balls worry-free.

I also made him his favorite banana sandwich cookies (and some for my FIL and GFIL), put together some monkey bread to rise overnight for breakfast, and I'll make lasagna for dinner.
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his favorite banana sandwich cookies

ooooooh recipe please. I have not heard of such a thing. I googled and there's sooo much variety. which type do you make? please.

post #10 of 12

We keep things pretty small here.  I made dh breakfast in bed with help from the boys.  We're going to the beach, and I'll make him a special dinner with his favorite desert  tonight.  If we had money, I'd probably get him something small, but he'd be mad if I got him anything right now.  I also give him coupons for various things, like letting him sleep in and taking the boys out or a massage and other...umm...services.

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ooooooh recipe please. I have not heard of such a thing. I googled and there's sooo much variety. which type do you make? please.

I use this recipe, with the vanilla option in the filling and sometimes I add a splash of milk to the filling if it seems too thick.

http://www.online-cookbook.com/goto/cook/rpage/0011B9
post #12 of 12
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That sounds yummy!

 

Dh's blackberry pie turned into blackberry-peach-nectarine pie.  Sadly, almost half of the blackberries were turning moldy and had to be tossed. So the pie is probably a third each of each fruit. Oh darn, it sounds horrible. No, no, don't make me eat it. eyesroll.gif  

 

The cars are washed and look sooo much better.  Dd actually did a fair job of getting in there and actively washing without being prodded.  Ds, not so much.

 

The card I'm simply going to have to put on hold till I can get to it. 

 

 

Regardless, dh is pretty happy,  I think, having a few hours uninterrupted to play Marvel Heroes. 

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