Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Best Laid Plans

I have been trying to figure out what to get Nathan for Father's Day. I had originally planned on selling all of our outgrown baby gear (swings, bouncers, strollers, car seats), pregnancy paraphernalia (body pillow, maternity clothes), and bags upon bags of baby and toddler clothes in order to come up with the cash needed for an iPad. I knew he definitely wouldn't be expecting such an expensive gift, but I could see the value of him using it while in chiropractic school (and let's face it--I would enjoy using it, too!).

The plan was going great, and I had already sold $70 dollars worth of baby gear by last Saturday. A woman was coming later on in the week to buy several larger items, and I knew I would be able to buy the iPad. I felt amazing! I kept thinking I would earn "The Best Wife Ever Award" for decluttering our house in addition to earning some money. Nathan was pretty clueless that I was even selling stuff, so it would be a great surprise. I love surprising people with gifts :)

On Sunday, I left my wallet in the minivan for some reason. Maybe it's because I always have a huge diaper bag, two infant car seats, a stroller, and a toddler to get inside the house...or maybe I am just scatterbrained. I didn't intend to leave my wallet in the car, and I certainly didn't mean to leave the doors unlocked. Long story short, though, our car was broken into that night and everything was taken...everything down to the GPS and my breast pump power chords. 

I was distraught. I should have locked the doors. I should have brought the wallet (with the $70.00 inside). Nathan was so nice about everything and wasn't upset with me at all for leaving the door unlocked. He made sure to point out that it wasn't my fault that someone targeted us and stole from us. I guess that is true (to a certain extent). We filed a police report, and I let Nathan know about the cash I had been saving to buy his gift. My plan was ruined. I would be short some money for the gift I wanted him to have.

Again, he assured me that he didn't need an iPad, I hadn't ruined Father's Day, and that there were probably a number of other gifts he would enjoy. In fact, he told me exactly what he wanted: Sassy spoons. 
He loves feeding the boys with these spoons, but I think he deserves a little more than dining utensils for our children.

Nathan is such a great guy. I feel lucky everyday to have such a good friend. When I was crying over my lost wallet, he reminded me that I had won $200 to DownEast Basics--on of my favorite stores. We went and got a couple of dresses that day to cheer me up. I loved them and loved that they were free! 
See? Doesn't he look nice with his crazy hair and little vest?  And doesn't DownEast have cute dresses?!

So, I would welcome any and all ideas for Father's Day gifts. I love giving gifts, but I am not creative in the least or good at finding "the gift" on my own. Care to help me? Please?


  1. I love this picture of you guys!! As for ideas...I got nothin'. I'm still trying to figure out what to do for Ty. Blurg!

  2. I can't believe someone took all of your stuff. So crappy. And in Othello too. My purse was stolen out of a car while I was hiking once, way out in the woods when we thought there was no one else around. I totally get forgetting stuff when you have a kid and gear to haul in. I left my keys (to the house & car) IN the front door OUTSIDE. Overnight. At our new house. Yep, could've died.

  3. Ugh! Loser stealers! My car was broken into the week we got engaged when Ben and I went rock climbing. I was so upset, but kept thinking about how I'd ALMOST left my new engagement ring in my wallet in my purse so it wouldn't get scratched but decided not to! Small blessings :) Check out my etsy store- I have a few men's ties and cool aprons and fun pillow cases if you think he'd be into any of those things! Or let me know a design or words you want and I can do a custom one! I'm out of town until next Wed. so it may not get delivered by Fathers Day, but it could be a totally personal and unique gift (and I wouldn't dream of charging for it. I like FREE too, and my materials aren't expensive at all! Plus I LOVE making things for friends) Just shoot me a FB message or something if you have any ideas for those things and I'll get them done and shipped by Thursday for you! http://www.etsy.com/shop/uVinyl?ref=si_shop


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