A Surprise Break for Dad!

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My man comes home every day from a long workload, hoping for a good ten-minutes of peace and quiet to unwind. But is that what he gets?? Nope. Most of the time he comes in from the garage and walks right into…. a loud, crazy house, with kids jumping off the walls and ringing in his ears just to welcome him home. After all, they are bored with mom at this point and are extremely excited to get a chance to win over his attention. But don’t you worry, I too, am fighting for a little of that attention. Which by the way, is usually accompanied by the longest “Honey-do-list” you can imagine! After chasing these 5 kids of ours around all day, you bet I can think of 100 things that still need to be done!!

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So one day, last week, I had an epiphany!!! He NEEDS a break!!! I literally woke up with this idea, called my sister to have her confirm my thoughts, and put it into action! With 5 kids, an idea as simple as this CAN and MAY take all day to prepare, in between juggling the ‘normal’ day-to-day stuff!
It was Wednesday, which happens to be the busiest day of our week. Dom knows that he CANNOT pick up any overtime at work that day because from the second he walks in the door, he has to take over the babies and I head out with the eldest in tow. I juggle the older girls between dance and gymnastics and he holds down the fort until our return! Needless to say, he probably has to mentally prepare for this day ALL WEEK!
This was the perfect day to surprise him!! The plan was to have his dinner ready for him to chow on from the moment he walked in the door. He wouldn’t come home to a house full of his needy family because we would be gone. The movies would be set up along with his card, notifying him that the house would be his for the taking for at least the next 2 hours!

So during the morning I made time for a movie run! I am so happy for the newest form of vending machines: REDBOX! It was super easy to go to the website find a few flicks that were just his style and reserve them to be picked up by me, when I could find a minute! Thank You, Redbox!

Dominick’s favorite drink is COKE, hands down! We usually have some on hand, but instead of storing it in the fridge (due to lack of space) we keep it in the pantry. So when he gets home he has to stick a bottle in the freezer to get it cold as quickly as possible. Well, today was not going to be that day……….I went ahead, made some space, and put one in the fridge early so that he could come home and quench his thirst right away!
I spent the afternoon preparing HIS favorite supper, Spaghetti with all the fixins’! I say that because he just LOVES my spaghetti sauce! It really is easy to make too! It is just a matter of simmering it for hours so that the flavor blends together perfectly!
Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
1 lb of Ground Beef
1 16oz. can Tomato Sauce
1 16oz. can Italian Diced Tomatoes
1 clove Garlic
1 Tbls Sugar
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp Parsley
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
A Dash Oregano
Red Pepper Flakes
Brown beef and garlic. Drain and return to pot. Add all other ingredients. Stir. Simmer for 2 hours. Wa-La and Bon Appetit!
On my way to pick up the kidlets from school is when I was able to pick the movies up. Let’s face it, with three toddle-waddlers at home, it is a lot of work no matter what we’re doing, so loading them up as least as possible is the goal! And since I needed to get them strapped in the car anyway, to pick up the older kids, this was my perfect opportunity!!!
Once we got home I had our two older girls help me come up with a poem for the inside of Dom’s card. They also got really excited about what I was doing for Dad and created some fun things for him that we’re personally from them. This is how the poem went:
I got everything done just in time……..we sped out the door just minutes before he was due to arrive home!! Not 10 minutes later did my phone start ringing. I had my older girls answer it saying, “Surprise!” And quite the surprise it was. We had talked earlier that day, discussing how he needed to make sure he was home at 5 so we could do the usual Wednesday routine! Needless to say, it was everything but usual and he was very happy about having some unexpected downtime!

About the Author: Lisa M.

I am a wife to one, mom to five, and pet owner to two. I consider myself very fulfilled in this journey we call life. If you were to visit my home, you would quickly discover that my kids come first and above all else. They keep me busy and on my toes, which doesn't leave a lot a wiggle room for much else. But somehow we make it all work and keep chugging along. My husband, Dom, is my rock. He helps me keep my head on straight when I need it the most. I love all the moments that I get to spend with my husband, children, family and friends. They bring me endless joy every day and I cherish them all. In my "extra" time I enjoy movies, girls nights out, date nights, shopping, projects, vacations and sometimes.........doing nothing at all!!

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23 Responses to A Surprise Break for Dad!

  1. Wow, the beginning of your post sounded so familiar to me. We also have 5 young kids and I can only imagine how he feels when he walks into the den of needy people. Thank you for the inspiration. I am excited to do something like that for my husband. Although I sense he would prefer a long bike ride and the opportunity to rest after in peace.

  2. I ADORE this idea! We need to start doing more things like this! I SOOOO have an idea that I will bring up on the retreat (or maybe sooner…) 🙂 Good job, babe! 🙂

  3. I can only imagine what an AWESOME surprise that was for him! You ROCK, Mama! What a great example to your older girls on love and service too! LOVE IT!!

  4. I don't know why that totally choked me up. Maybe because I have twins and your adorable triplets got to me? Maybe because I know all to well the craziness of feeling overwhelmed and throwing all my troubles at hubby the second he walks in the door. Thanks for the awesome idea! 🙂

  5. What an awesome and thoughtful idea! I LOVE it! I also have 5 young ones ages 1 1/2 to 7. your household sounds just like mine…as soon as daddy walks in there is no peace and quiet! I'm definately going to show my hubby how much we love him!

  6. I haven't done anything like that before, but I have arranged for him to go to the movies. We have 3 kids the youngest is 3 months. Needless to say movies are not seen to often yet:) So I have just bought him tickets and told him to go. I know he enjoys that a lot.

  7. This sounds like a fantastic idea.
    Although, in our home, it would probably work better for me to receive a gift like this since my hubby won't relax at home even if given the chance. He would more than likely clean the house if we were all gone.
    Yep, with him…I have to kick him out of the house with his rock-climbing gear in tow in order for him to REALLY have time to relax.

  8. I love this idea. Only thing is that my husband is determined that he is more happy to hang out with me than with any of his friends or by himself. I think I could make this work if I could get everyone organized and ready for when he got home and have a family "date" at home without needing any help from him.

  9. What a great idea Lisa. I'm a mommy of triplets too. I don't cook at all because the trips are 11 months old and let's face it, I don't have time to do that. So thank you for the inspiration. I needed the encouragment to give that to my hubby. 🙂

  10. I have loved this idea since I first saw it several months ago. My husband coaches football which eats up a lot of his time between August and November. Then he drives our son’s basketball team around two days a week from November through February and year round he is the go-to helper/ good guy for our extended families. He does everything from picking our niece up from school when her mom can’t get away to helping my parents with their car trouble. Oh and he works full time as an Insurance agent too. Anyway, giving him time alone in our home was something I wanted to bless him with so tomorrow I have it all planned out. I will have the house ready with his favorite drink chilling, some chips (which he loves but I rarely ever buy), his favorite candies and a couple of crime novels to choose from. Here is the text of the note I am leaving for him:


    There’s So Much You Do
    You Have Day to Day Stresses
    Get your in-laws car towed
    Handle Financial Messes

    And I Love That You Love
    To Walk Through Our Front Door
    But I Started To Wonder
    Could I Give You More?

    I Wanted to Give You an Hour to Relax
    So I Chilled You a Drink
    And I Got you Some Snacks
    There’s Something S Soothing
    Bout Being Alone
    In Your House, In Your Haven By Yourself
    On Your Own

    I’m Bringing Home Dinner
    Chill Out Read a Book
    I Know It’s Not Elvis
    But It’s Worth a Look

    So Welcome Home Baby
    Here’s Your Kiss and Your Hug
    Use your Time as You Want to
    Just Unwind and Unplug

    I will let you know how it goes but I wanted to thank Lisa P for sharing her fantastic and loving idea!