Monday, June 22, 2009

Sometimes it's not enough.

I tried hard. I really did.
But it just didn't happen as I'd planned.

The Man will receive his Father's Day gift today rather than yesterday, when he should have.

The first photo shoot had one of the kids in a very bad mood and it came across in pictures.
I'm not naming names.
They looked terrible. So we redid them yesterday.

Put them on a disc and ran to the store, and the picture machine was broken.
Ran to another store and their picture machine was broken too!
We're in a small town and there are only two picture machines that I know of.

We were already late for an appointment, it was 100 degrees and humid, and I had three cranky kids. So I cried.
We gave The Man his card and told him he'd receive his gift today.

I tried. I felt like a complete failure, but he really didn't seem to mind.
He still had a great day. He's a great man.

My own dad? Also a great man. I talked to him on the phone into the wee hours of the night.
It was good.

You must read Nic's simple, but moving Father's day post here.

I've been seeing these pop up on various blogs, so here are a few - (If you've done one and aren't on the list, let me know and I'll add your link!)
Maple Memories
Happy Belated Father's Day!


Ink Obsession Designs said...

Awww...well it is the thought that counts! The photo looks really cute though! What a great idea!! :)

Polka Dot Moon said...

You started a trend! My "dad" photo has not been printed this gift is late too. sigh......

Laura said...

you did good. I know the feeling you had, though...but trust did good.

Beth said...

I think it's a great idea--especially doing it every year.

C. Beth said...

It turned out great--that's what will matter years from now, not whether he got it on time or one day late!

Wendy said...

Did Bad Baby strike again? You know I love Bad Baby...

Glad you finally got the pic you wanted!

Amy said...

I'm sure The Man didn't mind... Father's Day is just that: a day. I say, as long as he feels loved, I'm sure he is happy!

Trasie Bressler said...


I stole the idea from you. He actually got a frame with all of them in it.

Love your blog!
Trasie Bressler

Heather said...

I did one! I was lazy, and didn't print it out though, just posted it to facebook, flickr and blogged about it.

Kandis said...

Aww..the pictures turned out great & Hubby will love no matter when he gets it!! Thanks for the great hubby loved his!!

Beth said...

My husband loved it! I did too :-) Thanks for the idea :-)

Kelly said...

hey no worries, I am sure he will still love it! As for me... I have postponed mine for my husband's birthday. It is in the beginning of July.

My Trendy Tykes said...

It's the thought that counts, right??

Erica said...

if your hubby's like mine he probably didn't mind a bit! but i know the feeling. i had hid our father's day gifts in the garage & put a HUGE sign on the door from our kitchen into the garage telling my husband not to go in there... well he came home after working 24 hours on fri & guess where he went? straight through that door to the garage, and saw his gift! sigh, oh well. my 2 yr old probably couldn't have kept it a secret until father's day anyways. you're a great wife & mommy, i know he'll just love those pics!

Maple Memories said...

I posted ours!! ;) Thanks for such a wonderful idea!
P.S. I sent off for these to be printed, paid priority shipping, and they STILL didn't make it in time. So, not only did MY husband not get his in time, but all the others didn't either! Luckily, I am blessed with understanding friends!!!

Cristy said...

So cute Beki! Love The Baby peeking through his 'D'. We did a 'DAD' pic two years ago. It is still one of my favorites.

I forgot my sweet husband's card (which he will be receiving today), so don't feel too bad. It IS the thought that counts.

So fun to chat with you this me anytime.

Cthings said...

The picture turned out great!! I think that is a great way to do that and the years go by you can see them change. Better late than never!

Elizabeth @ My Life, Such as it is... said...

Hubby loved his but I didn't get him a card at all. The picture still isn't hung in his office either. Thanks for the idea though - it was absolutely perfect.

Samantha said...

Aww, but what a sweet present, I'm sure he'll find it worth the wait. :)

Brenda said...

I used your idea too this year (a big THANK YOU!!). My husband loved it! I have it posted on my blog today. "A" picture isn't the best because my son had enough by then and it was 100 degrees out, but we got one that works though. It is a great idea!
I'm sure your husband thinks his gift was worth the wait!!

Skamamama said...

hey there! i love all the variations. these were fun to look through.
next we're doing something similar for grandparent's w/ all 4 grandchildren spelling out "LOVE". thanks again for the wonderful idea.
i posted my husbands gift on my blog too. here it is.

Jenny said...

Thanks agagin for the idea. My husband really liked it (so did several family members!) Your picture is SO cute!! I am sure the Man was happy getting it, no matter what day it was. =)

kraftykash said...

We spent the afternoon at the pool & dealing with a very crabby teenager. I think its great that you take the time to think of fun ideas, like the pic.

Beadin By The Sea said...

Oh,I'm so sorry you had such a rough day. The photo is priceless though and I'm sure the Man appreciated all the effort you went through! It's such a great idea... doesn't work if you have an only child though, any ideas?

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I would say those photos are worth the wait. So pretty and the kids look adorable!

Jennifer Juniper said...

That pic is so sweet. How can The Man complain after he sees such a heartfelt gift?

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea for every year. A special memory!

Christina said...

Sometimes it just seems like there's a force that is against you! But you know what? What you said about he's a good man...that is what comes through. He's got to just love the end result, and what a precious family he has! And one day you'll laugh about the crazy time spent!

Holly said...

That photo is very cute! Maybe in a few years you'll look back on the mishaps of this day and laugh. :P

rentz said...

This info comes a little late, but Alco now has a photo thing. My mom was just telling me about it last night. She said there is never any line and they had a promo price of 40% off.

Cute pic, though. There's always next year! I feel like I never do a good job on Father's Day, so I feel your anguish. : )

Jenny86753oh9 said...

Wow! You did start a trend! Here my post on your idea:

Julie said...

I've seen this (your) idea popping up on blogs too! I wish I would have remembered it sooner . . .I'll have to steal it next year. :-) All I have seen are just precious.

You are so talented and creative! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

karla said...

Hey Beki, check out my blog and our father's day gift. Thanks for the inspiration!