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We kept things simple this year for Father’s Day, sticking to homemade cards and treats.
It was not really a typical Father’s Day, in the day off sense! With the 7yo’s sleepover birthday party last night and the 5yo at a birthday party at 9am this morning, there was no lie in, no breakfast in bed, no rest for the wicked :)
My husband made a very good point though, one that makes perfect sense and in fact actually makes today an okay Father’s Day, despite all the running around!
Breakfast with the 7yo’s guests, entertaining them, playing games, refereeing, taking the 5yo to a birthday party, picking up one of his friends on the way; doing all the usual dad jobs; well, that’s why it’s Father’s Day for him.
For my husband a perfect day is a day spent being a dad, and all these tasks and activities go hand in hand with that. So, no, he didn’t get a lie in, or get to spend the day on the sofa watching football; but he got to spend the day with the kids (and their friends!).
As an activity/distraction (!) at the 7yo’s party last night, we got all the kids to make some treats to give to their dads this morning. The 7yo and 5yo of course joined in, making up little bags of chocolates and creating gift cards with labels I had made earlier.
These joined the pile of handmade cards that the boys already had for my husband, and made for a lovely collection of treats for daddy. These personal notes from the children, written entirely by themselves (I had no input!), meant more to him than random presents (although he did buy himself some new tools…!).
My husband is a wonderful father, and this is what he loves; to simply spend time with the kids. To have fun, laugh, take the boys for a bike ride, sit on the porch looking for doggies with the wee girl, play games, read books, make memories. And this is why the children adore him too.
It was an ordinary, special day.