Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there! I couldn’t have picked a better man to have children with. We are lucky to have him home with us so we can celebrate the day.

And seriously could I have ended up with a cuter family? I think not!

Father’s Day brings up a lot of stuff for me personally. I grew up without a father. My dad passed away when I was very young and I never knew him.  Thankfully I had lots of uncles and two wonderful grandfathers who tried to step in and fill the void. It wasn’t the same and every time I opted out of going to a daddy/daughter dance with an uncle I was reminded of what I was missing. My mom did remarry when I was a teenager but by then I was already a pretty independent girl and I think my stepfather had a tough uphill battle with both me and my older sister.

Because of my ‘daddy issues’ (and it’s amazing I’m not more of a mess than I already am) I feel like I am always trying to make sure my kids (especially my daughter because you know how screwed up girls can get over this stuff) know how much their father loves them. And he does. So damn much. He is one of the more playful dads I’ve ever met. He bought a ripstick and learned how to ride it just so he could ripstick with our daughter. Even if he isn’t in the mood at all, if our son asks to play basketball, he’ll drop what he’s doing and go shoot hoops. Always in the back of his mind is: there will be a deployment in the future, these memories need to be made and the kids need to know that daddy loves them and loves spending time with them. It’s a wonderful and horrible thing living with the knowledge that there is an upcoming family separation.

Anyways, with that rambling I was really just trying to say, I really appreciate my husband I am so very happy my kids have such a strong, smart man to grow up with as a father. Happy Father’s Day to the father of my children, I got the best one.

Make This!: Pumpkin Spice Cookies

In the midst of cleaning out my pantry to get ready to move I had a can of pumpkin that I really wanted to turn into something yummy.

A few clicks online and I found the most ridiculously easy recipe ever. Two ingredients turn into delicious cookies.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

1 can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix!)

1 box spice cake mix

1/2 c. water

Mix together. I used a scoop so they would all be the same size. These don’t change much after baking so try to make sure they don’t come out too funky looking!


I used my small Pampered Chef scoop and these took about 10 minutes at 400.

After they were done I did a quick swirl of (store-bought!) cream cheese frosting over the top. SO. YUMMY! These are dangerous because they are one bit each so I keep grabbing one every time I walk by.