How to celebrate Father’s Day Without Dad

There are so many great, fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day with your Dad and be grateful for all the years you have together. However, if you’re like me you’ve lost your father way before you were ready, so this post is for you.

Ways to celebrate Father’s Day without your dad:

  • Send balloons Heavenward. Write messages on helium balloons and send them skyward as a fun form of Father’s Day airmail. At night-time, releasing Chinese lanterns are very moving and beautiful. Just be sure you have plenty of room to avoid starting fires.  Chinese Lanterns
  • Do what Dad loved to do. Maybe you and your dad went to the ball games together or loved to sit in a boat and drown a can of worms. Whatever it was, do it again. Invite a friend or take the family along and relive old memories of Dad. fishing in boat
  • Honor Dad and his favorite charity or organization. Make a donation of money or your time to a worthy cause. Send the Zem Zem Club a check because their motorcycle riders were Dad’s favorite in the annual parade. Volunteer an afternoon at the local soup kitchen because Dad always remembered those who were less fortunate. Whatever the idea or value, you can find a way to assist others in honor of your dad.  volunteer symbol
  • Share photo albums. It can be very therapeutic gazing through old photos. Kids love to see parents and grandparents as kids. Or make a collage scrapbook page of your favorite dad memories and post it on the refrigerator door for all to enjoy. photo ablum
  • Make your dad’s favorite meal or dessert. Invite everyone over to enjoy dad’s favorite chili-cheese dogs, triple cheese pizza or Cajun chicken fried steaks. Relive memories while eating crumbly topped apple pie, chocolate chip cake or oatmeal raisin cookies.  chili dog

I hope I’ve given you some good ideas to enjoy Father’s Day even if your father has passed away.

Is there something you or your family do that isn’t in this post? I’d love to hear about it.

Father's Day

 

7 Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday so start planning now!

mother and baby

7 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day:

  • Browse through family albums. Young kids love to see photos of their parents as kids and older kids will be thoroughly embarrassed with their own baby pictures 🙂  And all kids enjoy looking at old pictures of grandmas and grandpas when they were young.  photo album
  • Make some scrapbook pages. Use photos or mementos from activities of the past year. Children can express what “mom” means to them with stamps, stickers and markers.
  • Read some books about mothers. Cuddle up with your small ones and read about other moms and their young ones. My family always loved Are You My Mother by Dr. Seuss.
  • Get outdoors. Go on a picnic, hike through a state park, take a bike ride or go to the beach. Spending time together and outdoors will make lasting memories to scrapbook about next year.
  • Honor your own mother and grandmother. Enjoy a light lunch together or a massage at the spa. If your mother or grandmother has passed away, you can write a message on a balloon and release it or plant a tree or flowering bush in their honor.  balloons in the sky
  • Help other mothers. Donate any slightly used children’s items to your neighborhood thrift store to help other mothers struggling to support their families.
  • And don’t forget yourself. Be sure to reserve a little time for yourself. Take a luxurious bath without interruption, chat with a friend, take a nice nap, whatever will serve to recharge your batteries in order to survive until another mother’s day 🙂

 

I wish all the mothers out there a wonderful and happy Mother’s Day!

Be sure to tell me how you like to spend Mother’s Day.

Photo Challenge: Face

This week’s Daily Post’s Photo Challenge is to celebrate our many faces. So, here are faces familiar to me 🙂

cat

Our sweet Aggie Girl has a beautiful face that sometimes looks like she’s smiling.

tree manThis guy is made from the roots of a tree in Cooper’s Rock State Park in West Virginia.

Buddha

Look at that happy face! Doesn’t it make you smile?

What kinds of things make you smile? Comment and share with me.