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Our DIY Father's Day Gift!

The final gift!

I know Father’s Day has come and gone, but I couldn’t show this to you guys ahead of time because my husband is such a devoted Babble reader (did you believe that?).

I gave you a few other Father’s Day gift suggestions, and then decided to make one myself.  I don’t know how all these other crafty moms do it.  Just getting three simple photos taken was a serious undertaking in our house!

I started planning almost a month ahead of time.  I spent far too long browsing wooden letter options in the aisles of Michael’s.  Next came the frame.  I didn’t like the ones at the store, so I headed home and killed several more hours browsing for one online.

Once I finally picked the frame, I realized I usually place our Amazon orders with my husband’s account because he has Amazon Prime.  Shoot.  So I then spent 30 minutes logging in and out of both of our accounts and “gifted” myself one of his free Amazon Prime family accounts.  Finally, the frame was ordered!

Two days later, it arrived.  In a million pieces.  Do you know how big of a pain it is to return something to the post office with a baby in tow?  I re-ordered a replacement, dug out the packing tape, slapped it all over the box, drove to the post office, and sent my box of shattered glass back to the warehouse.

In the meantime, we needed photos to fill the frame!  Even though I had planned to do it for weeks, I procrastinated as usual until the week before the big day.  Of course, Cullen got sick.  Photoshoot was put on hold.  A few days later he was finally feeling better, and the weather in Seattle turned into rain for a week.  With my deadline fast approaching, and terrible indoor lighting, I watched the sky for a break.  Finally, we got one!

Literally 500 pictures, two photoshoots, and two outfits later – we had a few good ones to pick from.  Whew!  A quick order to Shutterfly, and then arrived in the nick of time.  Of course I am dramatizing things (what else is new?), but I give major props to all the moms out there who are making crafts, sewing clothes, and hand-crafting five hundred paper flowers for first birthday parties.

I am not an overly crafty or artistic mom, but I wanted to do something special for my husband.  Hopefully he sees these pictures on the wall of his office each day and is reminded of all the love waiting for him back at home.  Happy Father’s Day, Casey!

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