Funny Farm, Husband, Marriage

Annual “Get Dad” Days

Over the summer months, the girls and I plan a surprise day for their dad. At first it was a day for fun and to let him know that we were thinking of him and wanted to do something special. Over the years, it has turned into “Get Dad!”

The first summer (JULY 2010) we were having a horrible heat wave and P would come home feeling tired and worn out, and said he could not get cooled down. We wanted to help! We planned a day to keep him cool.

This was our First one…BEAT THE HEAT!
We left clues to direct him to a frozen bottle of water for him to take to work. Then we secretly dropped off a Mango Rita’s. When he came home we left him another clue to go to the kitchen, where he found his swim trunks and a water gun, and the directions told him to go to the backyard…WHERE WE BLASTED HIM!!!! It was a fun day!





Our 2nd Annual “Get Dad” day, (AUGUST 2011) was “BEAT THE STORMS!” We had been having days of thunderstorms, and we decided to make some “thunderous” noise for ourselves.

Clues were:
5. 10 to 1
4. marble

3. sometimes it can be “thundering”
2. its local
1. unlike the “beat the heat” last yr that was outdoors, “beat the STORMS” is indoors!!!




Our 3rd Annual, (JULY 2012) was “BLAST THE HEAT AWAY!” We did the same clues, with the frozen water bottle, and we took him a Frosty from Wendy’s and then left a clue in the kitchen to take his cell phone out of his pocket and he got a small bowl of balloons…we got a cooler full! 😉

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Our 4th annual (JULY 2013) was, “CHRISTMAS IN JULY?” We made shaving cream mixed with flour balls. It was a ton of fun to make, but after the balls sat for a few hours they became these hard bullets. It took weeks for them to break apart in the yard. It was actually painful to be hit by one!

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Our 5th Annual (July 2014) was “Silly Daddy”. We bought a bunch of silly string cans at the dollar store, and ambushed him when he came home. We did our traditional clues, so he knew it was coming. It was so fun and easy and cheap!

Clues were:
5. Fun
4. Silly

3. Colorful
2. Messy
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6th Annual “Get Dad” day, was a Water color battle. Our summer theme that year was “Color-FULL summer”, so in keeping with the theme we used washable paints and thinned it out with water. We bought water guns at the Dollar store and set the bowls of paint around the yard. The paint tasted Terrible, but it was so fun!

7th Annual “Get Dad” day, we used those easy to fill water balloons. They were really easy to fill up, but they lost their water pretty quick, so if you use them, use them immediately after filling, don’t fill and wait to use. It was was still a great day. Clues were, Cold, wet, color, round, and balloon.

8th annual “Get Dad” was water guns. We gave him his clues throughout the day and the girls said that they won.

Clue 1 was given with a water bottle and said “Wet”. Clue 2 was a note at work that said “splash”. Clue 3 was a Wendy’s frosty with the word “Cold” written on a napkin. Clue 4 was “Fun” in a text where he was told to go to the kitchen for clue 5. Clue 5 was a water gun.


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