Father's Day. The day all mothers wish Mother's Day was as epic as this one because of all the creative ideas, organisation and effort that go into making this day a winner. Yes I admit, as much as I love celebrating how awesome Cam is, I do look back on how amazing we made the day for him and wonder if it is appropriate to drop a couple of hint bombs on making Mother's Day this good. Cam and the kids do a lovely job so don't think I am being a spoilt brat but do you know what I mean by all this? Mother's Day every year is still 70% run by me. Getting up to organise clothes, making beds, cleaning up after Cam and the kids 'clean up' etc etc. Some mummas have this sorted and really put their foot down and do absolutely nothing and gosh I wish I was wired this way! But then again, I wouldn't have much to say in this blog!
So I thought I would share how we celebrate Father's Day because I love it and look forward to it every year. I have had a lot of comments about how friends are going to use my idea next time and we think it is pretty cool. I got this idea a long time ago from a friend when Jack was a baby when we had made Mother's Day and Father's Day like an extra birthday, giving ourselves proper presents or ones we actually wanted. These days the presents look a little different.
Gone are presents of hair straighteners, new cameras and whatever is on the giant list of wants and needs. For us, it is all about traditions. I love a good tradition and if I see an opportunity to turn something we do more than once into a tradition, I am all over it. As you can imagine we have hundreds. We have the first fire in winter tradition, the last fire in winter tradition, game's night traditions, camping traditions; you name it, we do it.... as a tradition! Father's Day though is by far my favourite.
Most guys like to use certain products and generally stick with that one. Usually this is hair products or cologne. For Cam, he has a love for Aesop soap. I agree it smells divine and makes you feel so clean so can see his passion for the stuff, but OMG it's expensive! $50 for one as opposed to the 2 for $10 bottles of Palmolive. However, I love Cam and he's the best kind of dad so this one special day he gets that put in his hamper of Father's Day goodies. However, I do warn him to use it wisely because he won't see another one until next Father's Day.
Cam, unlike me doesn't go crazy over sweets. I'm the kind of person that looks at the dessert menu before ordering my main so I can work around making sure I fit it in. Entree's hardly ever happen unless I am feeling really confident I can do all three. For Cam though, he has found a friendship in Lindt Dark Sea Salt chocolate so a few packs of them go in as another sure winner. Side note, he gets these all year if you are wondering.
The best presents of all are the ones creatively picked by the minis. Aside from the piles of daddy and daughter drawings, handprint poems, home made biscuits and paper bow ties, they each give their daddy a present that is absolutely 100% picked by them and all at the low amazing cost of $10.
On Saturday morning, we got up early and gave Cam a list of things to do outside, I call them the 'boy jobs'. I can do most of them but just choose not too. We joined the rest of the population of Sydney at the shopping centre and squeezed our way towards Kmart. Gosh I love Kmart. It's our preschool wardrobe and go to for everything but their new funky home decor products are my new Freedom. A fraction of the price, looks just as good and I won't cry for all the money spent when it goes out of trend. Triple wins all round! So with my tribe of very excitable children holding their hands outstretched, I pull three $10 notes out of my purse and hand each of them one. I remind them of the rules, you may choose anything up to the total of $10 and they go for it. We walk up and down every aisle and the kids make a note of all the things they would like to buy before making their final decision. With a trolley full of 'interesting' presents, thank you Kmart, we set off home to wrap them up.
It's FD morning and there is no sleep in for excitement of watching Cam open his presents. We begin with the soap and chocolates so he doesn't lose hope in our abilities to chose gifts that he actually wants and then follow with the more imaginative ones. Eva, with some help, presents Cam with hers and watches eyes bulging with joy as he unwraps his new doormat. Yep a $10 doormat that contains apparently one of her favourite words, WELCOME. Jack is next and hands over a piece of gym equipment, which looks more like a planet containing a ball in the middle of a ring that you stand on to balance. We agree, it's pretty cool and his present choices are improving as he gets older. I would say it's more something he wants to use but still, his intentions are to impress and make his Daddy happy. Next is Franklin in which was a bit of a fail by me. Franklin pointed to the books section and I helped pick a book; one of the only books I know Cam will read and annoyingly go home to find I bought him the same book the year before! BRAIN FAIL. Thankfully with $2 left he got another box of chocolates which I took it upon myself to help eat last night while he was working late. I just ate the bad ones!
A day of gardening and a dinner out for Cam's favourite, we had an all round pretty amazing day celebrating how much we love him. Hoping your FD was as great as ours and all the Dads were loved and spoilt.
What's your FD tradition?