Friday, June 13, 2014

Frock Fridays: Father's Beach Day

You know that scene in It's Complicated where Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin and their kids are all cuddled up watching a movie and Alec Baldwin mouths silently "I'm so happy" to Meryl Streep?  (It's at 2:25 in the trailer, if you haven't seen the film.)  That's what my dad is like.  My parents are still together, of course, but Dad is sometimes overcome by regret that he missed out on so many of those ordinary family moments when my sister and I were kids because he was working so much; these days, he can't get enough of them.

Because of that, my Father's Day present includes a hint of family time circa 1999: I'm taking Dad to the beach.  Mom already has plans for Saturday, but Daddy and Charlie and I will hop in the car tomorrow morning, blasting oldies and trailing the scent of sunscreen and bug spray as we drive up 95 towards Baltimore.  Charlie will have his head out the window in the back, his tongue and ears flapping in the wind, and he'll try to insinuate himself into the front when we turn into Downs Park.  We'll spend a good few hours at the dog beach there, playing fetch and swimming and digging holes, before enjoying a picnic with a view of the Chesapeake Bay.  On the way home, we'll stop for ice cream - my treat!

father's day beach trip

A quick note about taking Charlie on adventures like this: traveling with dogs is like traveling with toddlers.  You end up packing more for them than for yourself!  I love this Ollydog 1L waterbottle, which comes with a detachable bowl that clicks securely onto the bottle.  Because Charlie has a history of escaping and tearing off his tags in his wild romps, his collar has his name and my cell phone number embroidered onto it.  I can't recommend that enough if you're taking your dog somewhere unfamiliar!  I also suggest using a double-looped leash for more control if you're going to a place with lots of distractions.  Finally, we splurged on a water-resistant doggie seat hammock a few summers ago and it's absolutely proved its price since - it keeps the worst of whatever Charlie brings into the car off the upholstery, is indestructible and easy to clean, and ensures that he doesn't fall between the seats when he's tired and trying to get comfortable in the back.  (It's true.  That has happened.  It was hilarious.)

I hope you all have lovely weekends, dear readers!  And happy Father's Day to your dads.

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  1. That sounds like a blissful day! I wish I were home for Father's Day this year. Also, digging that swimsuit. Any recs for a cheap version? (merp)

  2. ha - love the TB suit but it's definitely only in my fantasy wardrobe! I have my eye on this one and this one|pdp|14847837|ClickEV|item_page.vertical_1&lnk=Rec|pdp|ClickEV|item_page.vertical_1 from Target! the red bullseye always saves the day :)

  3. Those are so cute! You know, I always miss out on the best Target bathing suits when I look in the store (at least for two pieces). I've been wary of ordering online but I'm going to check out their return policy and I think I might get that first one... :) Thanks!

  4. I love how much you enjoy your time with your dad. Keep on enjoying it, every second! x

  5. have the best time with your dad!! (ps LOVING that swimsuit!) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  6. Happy Father's Day to your dad! It sounds like you have the perfect adventure planned out. I hope you all have fun!


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