Father’s Day Fun~

Nate & his fleet of sailboats

Nate & his fleet of sailboats

The weather today for Father’s Day couldn’t have been any more perfect.   It is a gorgeous 85 degrees and sunny, so why not head out to Lake Harriet.  That’s exactly what we did.  Kelly even set her alarm clock to wake up, so you know it’s a special day.  ha!

First stop on our way to Minneapolis was at Caribou.  This whole idea of getting up and going out early (10:0o) started with Megan asking her dad out for coffee.  She has a Caribou app and had a  “buy-one-get-one free” coupon.  So off we went.  Yes, Kelly and I hoarded in our their date.

Our “start-me-up” for the morning.

Our “start-me-up” for the morning.

We got our jolt of coffee’s and teas and made our way to the lake.  We weren’t the only ones thinking of spending Father’s Day outside.  It was very crowded, but that’s the fun of being at the lake and taking in all of the people watching, and just being a part of the atmosphere.  We got lucky and found a close parking spot and Nate didn’t even have to parallel park!   That’s unusual for out there.

First stop is always walking over to the bandshell and looking at all of the sailboats docked nearby.  There were plenty out in the water today, as there was a nice, tiny breeze to help guide them through the blue waters of Lake Harriet.    They have a sailing club that you can join and learn how to sail.  Today they were out practicing maneuvering around the buoys that were set up for them.  Nate would love to join this club…maybe that will be a Father’s Day gift one year.

Hanging with Dad in his happy place.

Hanging with Dad in his happy place.

calm waters~

calm waters~

We spent a little time in the harbor area, then decided to walk a little ways to get some exercise and to go see the Rose Gardens.  We hit them  at prime time this year!  They were exploding with colors, flowers, and wonderful aromatic smells as you entered through the gates.   We just kept sniffing as we walked.  Once in awhile, we’d bend over and put our noses right into the middle of flower.  So nice!   But we also got wise to the bees, and made sure to check each flower before getting too close.  There was plenty of buzzing going on in these gardens.

Nate’s always a fan of the red ones.

Nate’s always a fan of the red ones.

The girls & I loved the purple roses.

The girls & I loved the purple roses.

Loving these gardens!

Loving these gardens!

Mmm...Take a whiff!

Mmm…Take a whiff!

We walked back to the Bandshell hoping there was a band playing, but it was still too early yet.  I think the Sunday concert is at 5:00, but many people were just hanging out, relaxing, reading, and picnicking.  Even the little ducks were eating lunch by their mom…hmm, no Dad, I guess he had the day off as well.

Staying cool in the water.

Staying cool in the water.

The smell of grills out at the park was making us hungry and Nate had plans for Johnsonville Brats back in Burnsville (sorry Sheboygan).  We headed home and Nate fired up the grill and we enjoyed a delicious lunch on our deck.  Great idea!    Then we had a few gifts for Father’s Day that he enjoyed opening as well.   Kelly found this T-shirt that she knew he’d like and Megan went for a classy look.  He loved them both.

He likes his guitars~

He likes his guitars~

It’s nice to get a new shirt for summertime~

It’s nice to get a new shirt for summertime~

Staying with the theme of guitars, I ordered him a guitar songbook of surfing music.  This is his new passion and we hear it on the radio when he’s home.   The book came with a CD, so he can also listen to what its suppose to sound like.  I thought that was a good idea and would be helpful.  Maybe yes, or maybe more frustrating, if it’s hard to play.  He’ll figure it out and then we’ll have a surf party with him strumming in the background.  ha!

A man & his surf music~

A man & his surf music~

We finished the day off with dinner on the deck.  As always…Nate makes his Father’s Day dinner…mainly because we always grill and he mans the grill, especially this new one.  I was allowed to place four tortilla’s on it this past week and flipped them over.  Whoo-hoo!  He made “shrimp on the barbie” coated with a cajun spice and a mango/red onion salsa.  We paired it with a chilled Rosé wine from Argentina.  The girls had the same, only with chicken and I made rice pilaf as a side.  All was delicious and a nice ending to a hot summer day.

Our summer sipper~

Our summer sipper~

Its going to be so good!

Its going to be so good!

Dinner is served~

Dinner is served~

What a glorious day and I know Nate enjoyed his Father’s Day with his three girls.  It’s fun to celebrate these special days with the people you love.  I hope you dads all enjoyed your day.  Happy Father’s Day!

Great husband, wonderful dad!

Great husband, wonderful dad!

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4 comments

  1. Great pictures of a fun Father’s Day! Boy, I haven’t been to that lake in a long time. We spent the day at Lake Johanna. Sarah brought her kayaks and Bob grilled, wonderful day!

  2. What a beautiful day ,I am sure Nate felt spoilt by his girls.Love the opening photo of Nate holding the sailboats.
    What a wonderful Father’s Day for all.

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