2016 Father’s Day

We had a super fun Father’s Day weekend.

We kicked off the weekend with a fun surprise for the kids – a house! For 6 months I have been patiently waiting to score one of these in a local mommy resale group. These play houses go SO fast in our group and I am usually 15-20th in line for them by the time I see them listed. Anyway, there was a strict pickup deadline on this particular house which none of 15 mamas in front of me could meet but thankfully Matt has a truck and a flexible schedule! Home sweet home…

We picked up the house during lunch Friday but didn’t actually surprise the kids with it until Sunday because it took Matt two days to de-bug and bleach it to his comfort level. I’m sure that surprises no one. However, it was perfect we revealed the surprise Sunday because I’m not sure how many more plastic slices of cheese pizza I could possibly eat in one weekend.

And because our family is notorious for being the worst at waiting until the actual occasion to present gifts we surprised daddy with the yummiest Father’s Day cookie cake from the kiddos. Is this cake not parfect?! By Saturday night it was already demolished.

The kids really stepped up their card making skills for the occasion too.


Both kiddies also made their daddy the sweetest little gifts at school — tie art from Thomas and a tie dye shirt from Caroline.

Side note: it is nearly impossible to get pictures of my kids without one of Matt’s hands or a hairy foot in them. He is literally always within 10 inches of them. Ha.

On Saturday we packed our bags for a fun morning of splash pad fun. The puddle jumper was a huge success for Caroline. She was obsessed with lazily floating around the pool and now has absolutely no interest in learning to swim.

I successfully convinced Matt to stand outside the frame of this picture.

As for the goggles update – huge fail. Thomas is pretty tolerant when it comes to us harassing him with eye stuff (contacts, eye drops, patching, etc.) but he drew the line at goggles. We’re going to attempt each time we arrive to the pool but in the meantime we literally crawl around the splash pad (imagine how ridiculous we look) to stay at eye level with him to ensure he doesn’t get a DROP of chlorinated water in his contacts. 

We rudely interrupted Caroline’s cheese cracker break for this family picture.
Wrangling two non-swimming toddlers solo — super daddy.

Verdict is still out on whether or not his patch is Harry Potter themed.

We incorrectly assumed our busy morning at the pool would ensure solid naps but both minis refused to go down so off to an early bird dinner we went! We met our friends at a new dive restaurant close to our house. The restaurant was completely empty so we let the kids dance around to the jukebox next to our table. It was all fun and games until a corner of our table intercepted Caroline running to her daddy. She has a pretty solid gash in her forehead but thanks to the restaurant staff we quickly doctored her up and let her back loose to run around. After dinner our kids still had way too much energy so we took the party to the park and let them exhaust themselves before hustling home for bedtime.

After the kids went to bed I gave Matt his Father’s Day gift which was burning a whole through the envelope. I can’t believe I was able to wait as long as I did but was too excited to keep the surprise until the next morning. Not to toot my own horn but (toot toot) I knocked Matt’s gift out of the park. I had a custom watercolor painted of his new office location. He LOVED it. Like, really loved it.


On Sunday I made a big breakfast and then we ran every dad’s dream errand – Ikea! Ha! It actually wasn’t too bad and we were in and out in record timing. We picked up a second hi-chair so the kids don’t have to fight over our current one, some frames, the perfect little toddler pillow and a few other toys for the kids that they definitely did not need.

When we got home we surprised the kiddos with their play house which they played in the rest of the day (see: earlier pictures).

Once the kiddos were down for bed I made Matt the best steak ever and roasted broccolini for dinner.

And that was a wrap on Father’s Day! I am so very lucky to have an amazing daddy to my minis a great father-in-law and a super dad of my own! We are so fortunate to be surrounded by so many wonderful men!




  1. Ashley Carole (Sweet Carolina Belle)
    June 20, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    I am on the search for a easy clean high chair. This looks perfect. Now to make the trek to Charlotte to pick one up!

  2. emily
    June 20, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    oh the struggle is real on those mommy resale sites!! i've been (not so) patiently waiting and am always far down on the list, too! glad you scored one!! and that water color painting is beautiful… i'd love to get one done of our family!

  3. LHWinstead
    June 20, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    What a wonderful weekend!! You go girl for finding that house on a local resale group— I love finding deals on ours and being able to land the sale 🙂 Great job on the gift, too! So thoughtful!!

  4. Kelly Denise
    June 20, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Looks like a very fun weekend

  5. Camille
    June 20, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Such a fun weekend! We just scored an awesome little castle slide from a resale group.. love it! Your sweet kiddos are so adorable.

  6. Corie M
    June 20, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Love the watercolor! I'm sure it'll be framed and placed in his office in no time 🙂

  7. Jenuine Happiness
    June 20, 2016 / 11:46 pm

    What an awesome weekend! Celebrating those we love is always the best. You definitely rocked the gifts, and cards! Also, LOVE the house. I have been looking on our resale websites too. Someday, I might get one!

  8. Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog
    June 20, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    Just made steak tonight following your recipe and love it! I will always make steak this way from now on.

  9. Leslie
    June 21, 2016 / 2:23 am

    What a nice weekend for your husband and family! Love that watercolor gift. Such s great idea and yay for scoring a playhouse!

  10. Ashley {Word on the Streets}
    June 21, 2016 / 2:28 am

    What a fun weekend! Way to go on the Father's Day gift – super thoughtful and special! And we love the little IKEA pillows! My niece originally called hers "white pillow" and so now we have a white pillow for Avery too! Haha

  11. Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup]
    June 21, 2016 / 2:55 am

    That's awesome that you got the house! Those lines really do add up quickly. Sounds like a great Father's Day weekend too.

  12. Kim
    June 21, 2016 / 6:20 am

    We have the same eye patches for Will, they are Harry Potter Themed 🙂

  13. Ashley Jones
    June 21, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    I love your sunglasses!! Would you mind sharing where you got them?

    • Carolina Charm
      June 21, 2016 / 8:07 pm


  14. Owen Davis @ Davis Duo
    June 21, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    What a perfect weekend and such a great gift!!! He is super dad for sure!

  15. Julie
    June 21, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    I love seeing pictures of your precious family. Looks like a great weekend was had by all.

  16. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    June 21, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Love all these pics – what an awesome weekend x

  17. Tracy Lyons
    June 21, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    That house – too cute! Love!! Looks like a perfect Father's Day weekend as well!

  18. Mary Leigh
    June 22, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Love the house and those homemade gifts! Looks like a fun weekend and you are right – you really knocked it out of the park with that watercolor print! It is so good and special!

  19. Julie @ Just the Joy's
    June 27, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    What a perfect weekend celebrating father's day! What a great resale find on that house!! I love the father's day gifts! So cute!

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