June 26, 2011

oh, a hunting we will go: a papi day surprise

Ben got his late Papi Day surprise on Saturday afternoon (True was sick the day before father's day when we originally planned to do it). The girls and I put together a special package for him that was going to assist in the little adventure they were about to embark on.

What was needed: A large muslin bag, washi tape (purchased from Pretty Tape and speedily sent to me), fuji instax mini, fuiji mini film, and a mini hunting book.
a papi day hunt
The hunting book was put together using some string, black poster board, glue, white pen, and an exacto knife to cut the poster board.
a papi day hunt
In the mini hunting book, were the things that Papi and his big girls were going to be hunting for.
a papi day hunt
All was nicely contained in a muslin bag and ready for their hunting adventure.
a papi day hunt
Their Papi did not know what was in store for him. He thought we were all going out as a family, but what actually happened was we sat him down, gave him his present, gave him instructions and sent him off an adventure with his big girls. It was a special Papi and big girls date!
a papi day hunt
His instructions: Go and find the list of items (they weren't super specific, but little phrases that allowed them to be creative) and capture each find on film.

A bit panicked as this was not what he was expecting, Papi and his big girls quickly took off on their hunting adventure.

1. round and flies: They went to the nearby carnival and the girls played a ring toss game.
a papi day hunt


2. a little cat: Papi took them to the nearest Hello Kitty store and each girl got to pick out a special kitty treat.
a papi day hunt


3. a sweet treat: They went to a candy store and bought some sweet treats and came home with sticky, colored faces.
a papi day hunt


4. very pink: Papi bought each girl her own special pink rose.
a papi day hunt


5. black as night: They went to a nearby farm store and bought some delicious blackberries.
a papi day hunt


6. spins and spins: At the carnival, they rode motorcycles, a carousel, and a dumbo-like ride.
a papi day hunt


7. hugs and kisses: Giving their Papi some love!
a papi day hunt


8. super yummy: When their hungers called, they answered with some yummy Arby's sandwiches at the big girls' request.
a papi day hunt


9. printed word: They found themselves all over the newspaper.
a papi day hunt


10. totally rocks: They found a large pile of rocks, stood on top, and yelled, "Rock on!!!"
a papi day hunt
a papi day hunt
They came home with lots of stories and a heart full of joy. We ended the night watching fireworks from the nearby carnival on our front lawn and all of them recalling their favorite finds of the day. The girls had big smiles and lolliop remnants all over their faces and their Papi has a mini hunting book full of memories to look upon. I think this will become a new Papi Day tradition!
a papi day hunt
What did Mommy and Soulie do? While Soulie napped, Mommy got as much cleaning done as she could, then they had a quiet dinner together, went outside in the garden for a bit, then when Soulie went to bed, and Mommy got even more cleaning done (while watching a movie). It was kinda nice having a bit of quiet in the house, but I was so happy to have them home and hear about their fun adventure!

I am already excited to plan another hunting adventure!!!

51 comments:

  1. such a great idea! with such creative pictures and interpretations too! :)

    happy papi day to mr cakies!!

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  2. Looks like they had a blast! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  3. ah-mazing!!! what a fun way to celebrate their dear Papi!!

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  4. my goodness. you're the best mama ever!

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  5. that is such a fun and creative idea, i love it! what sweet memories they were able to create!

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  6. This is so awesome!! I love the idea of sending the m out with dad on a photo treasure hunt! & Recording it with photos just makes it that much more memorable!! Love it!

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  7. What a heartfelt gift my husband would adore this idea. Glad hubby had a special day

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  8. hello kitty, giant lollipops, and motorcycles...
    i'm pretty sure this is the best scavenger hunt ever!

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  9. very cute! I put together a little scavenger hunt for my husband last year for his birthday. my daughter was still too young to join in on the fun. i can't wait for her to be included this year. these moments are so precious.

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  10. This brought a big smile to my face! Very touching, and such a creative idea.

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  11. How fun! I love your families fun way of memory making! This mama is inspired, thanks! ;)

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  12. cool idea, ruby! Its so sweet and creative. The pictures came out really neat, too. I love brave's sweet little face in all of them!

    This seems like a fun anniversary or birthday idea too! :) If I do it, I'll give you full creative credit :)

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  13. This is so incredible. You are very thoughtful. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  14. You inspire me so much, Ruby! I love this!

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  15. Such a GREAT idea! I love how you guys really make father's and mother's days special. I am inspired!

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  16. Daw this made me tear up a bit (I'm a daddy's girl). Your family is so beautiful and full of love C:

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  17. this is the coolest thing! i love what you come up with for special days :)

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  18. this is such a crafty way to celebrate fathers day. i ♥ it.

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  19. so neat. you must love your life! you seem to live a happy one! :)

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  20. adorable! what a fun adventure + a treasured keepsake :)

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  21. love it!

    you are such a super mom. planning this and raising your three lovely girls. and being preggers... btw, i change my mind about my guess. and i'm sticking with it! :)

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  22. What an awesome idea, to give them memories for father's day. I so hope I remember this when the time comes that I have a family.

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  23. this so adorable & such a great idea! thanks for sharing!

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  24. This is just so beautiful and fun! I couldn't be with my dad on father's day... so the next time we get to spend the day together I definitely want to try & get him o do something like this with me! Looks like you had such a good time :)

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  25. This is SUCH an awesome idea! And one I might have to link in a Friday dance here soon. : O )

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  26. What a great idea. I'm sure that they all had so much fun. I think that I might have to borrow this idea for next year. I hope that you don't mind. Sending my husband & kids on an adventure...they will love it. I hope that your husband will treasure this memory.

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  27. Such a great Idea!! I can't wait to try this with my husband and kids(when they are a little older) Kudos to Papi for taking the big girls out all on his own!!

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  28. such a beautiful family. those girls are blessed to have a daddy as such, he seems to be an amazing dad! dad's don't get enough praise & recognition!

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  29. Oh My goodness! LOVE love love this idea!!! SO CREATIVE!!! Looks like they had so much fun, too :)

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  30. the-loudmouth- THANKS!!! I wholeheartedly agree!!! ;)

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  31. oh this is the MOST wonderful fathers day idea I have ever seen!!

    x

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  32. I'm sure Pappi was happy that day..:D (and tired too:D )


    Great idea!

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  33. What a lovely idea and a wonderful memento to remember the day.

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  34. This is brilliant! YOU are brilliant!!! I remember doing something like this for youth group as a teen and loving it but this is so special.

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  35. nomannescio- he was very tired!!! ;)

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  36. oh ruby, this is my favorite post. what a beautiful story & photos. thanks for sharing.

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  37. what a nice Father's Day gift ♥

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  38. You are a great gift giver, thanks for sharing the idea.

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  39. u have such a nice blog...following your blog.

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  40. this is such a wunderful and simple idea. Great work ;-) what kind of glue strip did yu use. where can i order those?

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  41. hierbinichdasprinzesschen- i used pretty tape for the pictures! i attached the link to the beginning of the post.

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  42. i love everything about this.

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  43. what a great thing "a hunting adventure"! Your girls will have amazing memories to cherish forever. Makes me wish I had my memories with my "Papi" blogged and comemorated. Too bad there wasn't internet in 1974! I love your little family.

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