Monday, May 21, 2012

A Manly Father's Day

"Oh boy! another handmade card/tie/stepping stone!!!" will not be the words uttered out of MY Man's mouth this year.  If you don't want to file yet another craft away for Dad, I suggest you read the following:


The Family That Plays Together 
Brings You :
 The Ultimate Guide to 
A Manly Father's Day

This is not my husband.  This is Alex, he won the Art of Manliness Contest

Totally Manly Suggestion #1: 
A Play Date

Get together with your girlfriend wives and get rid of send the boys off:

Arrange for them to go camping 
Sometimes a man needs to go into the woods and build a fire, and sit around it, and stare.  He needs plenty of wood to add to the fire so that it lasts the entire trip, so make sure to send him with a large and unreasonable ax/saw/chainsaw, whatever his fancy.  He needs another man around him so they can sit there and not speak to each other.  He needs to get the not-speaking out of his system.

Arrange for him to go hunting or fishing
Sometimes a man just needs to kill something.   Killing that spider last month, unless it was a tarantula, just didn't cut it.  And unless you were fortunate enough to have a large poisonous snake or a wild hog come into your yard, his protection instincts have not been honed properly.

Ball Games
Sometimes a man needs to sit on the sidelines and yell at other men, and tell those other men how much they suck at life.

Golfing
Some times a man needs to hit something other than the trashcan on the curb, with the car.

Concert
Because there is are only a limited amount of times you can watch your husband get completely annihilated at a Jimmy Buffett concert with his friends.  Make sure to get him a taxi and a hotel.  You don't want to smell him after that mess.

If he doesn't have any friends living near by and you are SUPER cool to be around, go with himUse great discretion in that decision.  Most Mom's super cool radars are pretty far off since they birthed children.  Not yours of course, but most others.

Maybe you can't arrange for any of the above. Maybe you just tell him "Hey, I'm going take the kids to grandma's/shopping/cross country.  I went ahead and called in a timed delivery meat pizza, hot wings, and a bucket of chicken, all dark meat.  Cold beer is already on ice. Oh, and I don't mind if you build a hobo fire in the back yard.  And make sure to play music, that only you like, really loud so that the neighbors will think we are rednecks".


Totally Manly Suggestion #2: 
Manly Gifts



Oh, these are gooood.  If you are going to spend the money, why not spend it on  a gift that will last for months?

Beer of the Month Club www.craftbeerclub.com
Bacon of the Month Club www.bacn.com
Steak of the Month www.gilttaste.com
Exotic Meats of the Month www.meatofthemonthclub.net
Beef Jerky of the Month www.kravejerky.com


And NEVER underestimate the power of a gift that comes in a crate!   Crow bar included.

mancrates.com


Totally Manly Suggestion #3:
Manual Labor 



Wash and Detail his Vehicle (or arrange for someone else to)
Yard Work
Massage him
Organize his tools (be careful, he may have a system in place)

 This is a cool idea on how to keep tools organized
(Pink will not be tolerated though)
adashofthat

Totally Manly Suggestion #4:
Educate Him On the Ways of Manly


Good Reads:








All of the above books can be found at Amazon.com



Totally Manly Suggestion #5:
The Ultimate Experience 
AKA: Man Camp


Performance driving, Grand Prix road racing, formula car racing, cart drifting, and anti kidnapping courses.  These classes really do exist at: www.bondurant.com

Send him to BBQ Camp hosted by Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbeque Bible, Primal Grill, and Barbeque University. www.barbecuebible.com

After completing the 3-28 day course at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, he'll be ready for anything. www.boss-inc.com

Surfing and Kiteboarding.  Gnarly.
www.realwatersports.com

ATV, Jeep, Hummer, Snowmobile, Water Rafting, Zip Line and Mountain bike Tours! www.outlawtours.com



I hope you can handle all of the Manliness that just took place.  
Here are some cupcakes to look at.

gateauxrose






Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pajama Run

There is this article I read over at Motherhood Your Way a while ago that I have been keeping stored in the back of my mind.  It's called:  5 Secrets to Being a Super Fun Mom.  I re-read it often when I find myself in a spontaneity rut.
 
My favorite is #2 on the list:


2. Be Spontaneous (written by Kat from Inspired to Action )

One of our favorite things to do with the kids is something we call a Pajama Run.
We put the kids to bed just like every other night and then after about 5-10 minutes, we run in yelling “Pajama Run! Get in the car! Hurry! Go! Go!”
Then we take them to get ice cream at a drive in restaurant like Sonic.
Getting ice cream is normal. Getting ice cream in your pj’s after bedtime? Awesome.

(Note: If you do this with your kids, you might want save the yelling and screaming until the second time you do it. Don’t want to freak them out. Also, we have a rule that if they ask for a PJ Run, we automatically can’t do one. This is key as it spares you from daily begging.)
                                           
                                      

Sonic is now offering the After Moon Delight deal all summer.  After 8 pm you get 1/2 off all ice cream shakes.

Perfect!  Bedtime for little man is 8 pm.  aaandd he happens to enjoy milkshakes. aaandd this would be a good excuse for me to get in on that action.  I believe the stars have aligned.

I don't know how we will pull off the pajama thing seeing as my boy likes to sleep free-willy-nilly. 

Maybe we'll just shout out "Diego Pull-Ups Run! Get in the car!"


 "Hurry!Go!Go"
 

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