adventures in weekending: father’s day bbq (and a b-day)

Bob and I on the bus to New Jersey.  I love how we’re the only ones that aren’t sleeping.

My brother spraying the boys with the hose.  Ever notice how water activities can keep kids busy for hours on end?  Summer + pool = godsend for parents.

Lively conversations.
The best Black Forest cake I’ve ever tasted.
I went for seconds.

No one knows how Mason got sand all over his face and hair (too many somersaults in the sandbox?).  And I also don’t know why he looks so sad in this picture.  Aw!

Crackers for the kids…
and hard drinks for the adults!

It would have been fitting to have a photo of my Dad for this post, but he absolutely refuses to take pictures! The only pic I got of him was of he and my brother flipping the bird to the camera (his signature move, by the way).  Ha!

Did you do anything special for Father’s Day?

-jillian m.

28 responses to “adventures in weekending: father’s day bbq (and a b-day)”

  1. Pink Ronnie says:

    Looks like the most wonderful and heartwarming celebration!

    It's funny because in Australia, Father's Day is in September so I almost feel like I'm missing out!

  2. M@coffeeandkitsch says:

    I absolutely love that second photo!

  3. Magdalena Viktoria says:

    The kids are sooo cute!

  4. Mary ♥ Mur says:


    oh.. so nice post.)
    Love your blog.))

    I now spend a survey of bloggers with such questions.
    1. Why did you create a blog?
    2. For whom you taking him? Want to be popular?
    3. How long will it keep going?

  5. Ana Degenaar says:

    This is so cute! some of the pics made la laugh. Adorbs.

  6. Janey R. says:

    the pic with the hose is the best! love it! really captured the spirit of the day. :) Mason with all that sand…..omg!

  7. Felicia says:

    My dad hates being in pictures too!
    When I was younger I loved playing with the hose. So much fun! And I love drinking water out of the hose.

  8. amy b.s. says:

    great photos! that cake looks amazing!

  9. Euniece Santiago says:

    Such beautiful pictures! Candid shots have always been my favorite – way more real than anything posed! & A simple hose and slip and slide did the trick for hours when I was a kid, which wasn't that long ago!

  10. SE says:

    "Daddy's sippy cup"
    Love it haha
    & Those kids are adorable, they look so happy playing in the water

  11. Gloria says:

    "Daddy's sippy cup" is hilarious!! Wish my family parties were this much fun :-)

  12. Anait says:

    When my sisters were little we got them a "crazy daisy"…basically this flower shaped water sprinkler that you could stick in the grass and it would twirl water all around. I think it was a sanity saver for my parents….they just turned it on and it would keep the little ones busy for hours :) happy monday!

  13. Val says:

    Looks like a great time…..the kiddies are ADORABLE!

  14. cailen ascher says:

    looks like a super fun time & that cake looks delicious!

    yesterday, we celebrated both father's day and my dad's bday with a seafood extravaganza – swordfish steaks, tuna and scallops on the grill. yum!

  15. la petite coquine says:

    What a great weekend, and a delicious cake-yum!

  16. Caroline says:

    SOOOOOOOO much fun!!! LOVE THESE PHOTOS!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  17. jillian m. says:

    Eunice – I completely agree. Candid shots are the best kind. I love capturing moments when no one is looking!

    Anait – The crazy daisy sounds like the perfect kids game. I'm telling ya, water and kids get along swimmingly (cheesy pun, yes).

    Cailen – That sounds so delicious! I wish we would have had some seafood too. Sometimes, hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken is just a little too much meat to handle!

    Thanks everyone for the lovely compliments!

  18. Mrs. T says:

    I like that sippy cup! hehe

  19. Anna says:

    Um, I would REALLY like a piece of that cake. Holy YUM!!

  20. YONi's style park says:

    THis is beautiful pcis. ^^

  21. April says:

    You have an amazing camera!! All these pictures are so crisp and clear, and just downright cute! 😉 Looks like a great Father's Day.

  22. Belly B says:

    Oh gosh how sweet!!! I love the little kids! :)

    <3 Belly B

  23. Dancing Branflake says:

    How fun! I hung out with a bunch of guys oddly enough. It was definitely a bachelor night and I was missing my girl friends. Fun, just not as fun as your awesome day.

  24. Aquí says:

    wonderful photos! Your family looks so happy and whole! I love the lively conversations photos!

  25. THE CHEAP says:

    AWWW I'm LOVING these photos. You're really talented. I love the shots of the kids…

    xx THE CHEAP

  26. audrey marie says:

    aw those kiddies are too cute!!

  27. Claire says:

    aww looks like such a good time :). Am new here, am liking it! x

  28. iris says:

    The sprinkler + kids photo is so awesome, so summer!

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