Monday, June 16, 2008
Father's Day recap
So, last week I frantically asked for Father's Day gift ideas and several of you offered up some great suggestions. Thank you!

Here's what I did for Oronzo:

1) I took a favorite picture taken in Mexico of Oronzo walking on the beach with Snuggle Bug and Boo and opened it up in Photoshop. Oronzo was carrying Boo in an "airplane" position so you can't really see her, but I really liked Oronzo & Snuggle Bug's footprints in the sand.

2) I searched on line for a Father's Day poem and found the "Walk a little slower" poem that I thought would be great when combined with my picture. I copied the text and overlaid it next to my picture in Photoshop.

3) I printed the picture/poem in an 8x10 size.

4) I painted footprints of Snuggle Bug, Boo, and Baby bug (each a different color) and after they dried I cut out one footprint for each child and glued it on the border around the picture/poem.

5) I made wallet sized mug shot prints of each child and glued them near their footprint and added a little tag with their name next to the picture.

6) I put the photo collage in nice white frame and wrapped it up as Oronzo's Father's Day gift.

Since I'm such a procrastinator, I found myself assembling this gift on Father's Day as Oronzo was napping with the kids. I didn't give him his gift until later in the evening so I'm sure he thought he was getting nothing but a kiss and a "Happy Father's Day" greeting from me.

Last night we attended the last Spring season outdoor pops concert with Oronzo's parents, his sisters and a niece and a nephew. I gave Oronzo his gift at the concert and he carefully read through the poem and then gave me a hug, telling me that my gift almost made him cry. Hooray, he liked it!

To top off the evening, Snuggle Bug was selected to be one of eight to get up on stage and play some big drums during a portion of the concert. Oronzo went up with him to help him. They both had a blast and I got great pictures and even video!

Oh, and for my father and father-in-law I had Snuggle Bug and Boo paint on some poster board that I had cut into an 8x10 size, then I added the text "Grandpa lets us walk all over him!" and "Happy Father's Day". Then I added the painted footprints and the mug shots of each child. I framed these, wrapped them, and gave them as gifts. They loved them!

So, how was your Father's Day and what gift ideas did you come up with for the men in your life?

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10:37 AM

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous chelle said...

aww what a sweet present! I am in awe that you find the time!

We gave our favourite Dad a dress shirt, a wii game and a flash drive with photos from the last fours years and a special note :) He was overjoyed :)

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

What a great gift idea. I didn't do anything nearly as creative. My hubby got shorts, a shirt, cologne and DVDs.

At 2:07 PM, Blogger cityfarmer said...

Hello there dear friend....I've missed our chats...

What I'm about to share over at my post, I've waited two years to experience...Nic's wedding....

Here's a blanket invitation to share in our joy....

let's chat

At 6:59 PM, Blogger Grateful Gramma said...

What a beautiful gift! Your husband is very lucky!

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What wonderful and thoughtful gifts!

Sounds like a very special day.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Crystal said...

That's a very sweet picture and the poem goes perfectly. :)


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