We also don't do Mother's Day/Father's Day gifts for each other, I tell Dave to worry about his own mother on Mother's Day. The kids give me stuff, they give him stuff, so it works out. I try to do something nice to show him what a great dad I think he is, though, or give him a break somehow. Also Dave's birthday is always right near Father's Day (his birthday is this Friday) so that's what he gets a gift for. This year it was a total stranger sitting next to me on the train who suggested the present I ended up buying! Funny.
I got DH an engraved bottle opener for Father's Day, and I'm trying to buy him a new grill as a father's day/graduation gift, but I'm all stressed out about not getting the one he wants! (he has somewhat told me about it but I don't want to dig for more details and ruin the surprise)
DH always does something for me for Mother's Day (usually flowers, balloons, cards, etc) and I love it. Once the kids got old enough to know what was going on, he incorporated them in the action and has started making some "traditions"...but it will be a while before they can really do things for me totally on their own. Of course I also want to show special appreciation to him on Father's Day !
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07
'The kids' are getting DH a watch for fathers day. We are really bad. He picks out what he wants, then hints about it a ton to DD, she decides that it is what she wants to get him, with prompting from me, he picks out exactly the one he wants and hints some more, I show her the one he has picked out and discuss how it is exactly like he has been saying he wants, DD picks it out and we order or buy it in her and DS's name. We also do this with Christmas and birthdays, though sometimes I will get him to make a list and then give the kids a choice etc. We figure this way he gets something he would have spent money on anyways, and everyone is happy.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
I like to celebrate DH on fathers day. We aren't really "ruley" about holidays, and we like to celebrate in general, and aren't stingey about who gets what when. Some years we get one another actual gifts, other years he just does flowers/cards dinners and stuff, it just depends. This year I'm taking him to the Open, he will probably buy himself a shirt there, that will be his gift. The kids are super excited to make him a special breakfast in bed and let him sleep in, which will be good as we have a late night out on Saturday. Most years we play golf that day, ditto Mothers day. Cards, of course, usually I make him something he especially likes that night for dinner. We buy our Dads something and send them cards, but nothing extravagent. Usually we take them golfing as its easiest and we like spending time with them the best.
We popped a nice bottle of champagne to celebrate my not going back to work. We are having a super summery dinner with pesto quinoa, chicken on the grill and yellow and green squash in tomato sauce with tons of our garden herbs. We got our first (cherry) tomato off the vine tonight!
Today was DS1's last day of school and we celebrated by going to the store and letting the kids use old gift cards to pick out a toy each. The boys picked out water guns and my daughter picked out this barbie fashion coloring set. I remember as a new mom swearing off barbie AND any form of gun. Ahhhh its nice settling into this Mom role and laughing at my old "I nevers". Happy end of school to everyone else celebrating it!!!
Melissa, so happy that you are in a good mindset about this job. I stayed home for the first few years and going back was so hard, and so great all at the same time!
I buy Dh fathers day gifts, this year it is some new ray bans, I love to buy him gifts.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Mother's Day and Father's Day stress my husband out so we let the kids' crafts cover the present giving. Win win for everybody.
Melissa, it sounds like you're definitely at peace with the job thing.
We don't really do anything other than maybe cards for Mother's/Father's Day. My in-laws always want to do a bbq or something like that, and honestly - I just want to stay home and relax with the family. This year they're doing it on 6/22 and I'll be at a bachelorette party .
We've had some nasty storms here this afternoon/evening. The boys and I were leaving TGI Friday's when a bolt of lightning struck right behind the restaurant - good thing I didn't need to pee when that happened!
Carolyn - 37
Wife to Chad - 39
Mom to Tom - 15
Nathan - 10