A New Stroller, A Custom House Portrait, & Other Adventures

Ah yes, the much awaited Father’s Day post. First off, thanks to all of those who wished me a Happy Father’s Day on Sunday. Here’s a belated one back to all my fellow man-parents out there.

I had a wonderful weekend with my girls and my main man Burger. I learned from my own dad to think of celebrating these holidays not with things, but by doing things… together (like the trail run I took him on Sunday morning). That’s what fatherhood is all about, right? And this year Clara was old enough to participate in the weekend’s activities a bit more, which made it even more enjoyable. Not that she wasn’t fun to be around last year for my first Father’s Day (in the old sunroom- we miss you old house!):

So this year we packed as many activities as possible into the two-day-span (working around a few house projects, of course). The three of us (sometimes four) went out to breakfast, read lots of books, played outside, went on some walks, made some homemade pizzas, and hit up the Farmer’s Market – as you already probably read about here and here.

But perhaps my favorite activity of the weekend was christening my big gift from Sherry and Clara on Saturday morning. Yup, a yogging stroller (much more fun to say than jogging stroller).

Okay, so that pic isn’t representative of its first use (I don’t usually run in a button down, khakis… or with a tiny-legged chihuahua). We just forgot to snap a pic after I returned from our inaugural 3 mile jaunt around the neighborhood with Clara leading the way (so we grabbed this photo after using it on a family walk on Sunday night that capped off the weekend).

I love this thing. And Clara seems to enjoy it plenty too, which is the icing on the Father’s Day cake. Wait, maybe the icing is actually the awesome deal that we scored on it. Sherry and I had been casually stalking Craigslist for a used jogging yogging stroller for a while. But none of the used ones turned out to be that much of a deal (one I found would’ve saved me $20, but was a 75 minute round trip drive away). Then I spotted a slightly upgraded model on Diapers.com that was marked down by $65 (from $189.99 to $124.99) with free shipping.

Though, as you can see, there was a problem: it was out of stock. With no assurance that it would come back in stock (or stay at that price if it did), I thought my deal was dead in the water. But Sherry suggested that I call their 800 number just to see if I could pre-order one or ask to lock in that price or something.

They didn’t let me pre-order. They did me one better. They honored the discounted price on the out-of-stock “Yellow/Grey” model for the very-much-in-stock “Grey/Yellow” version (which I slightly preferred anyways – sweet). So instead of paying $189.99 for the gray/yellow one in the picture above, I got it for $124.99. Score. Somehow the woman applied my discount over the phone – so within a few clicks, Sherry was checking out with this whopping $65 discount applied to her cart (along with free shipping). Thirty five percent off – just for taking the time to call and ask what they could do. So worth it.

It’s a bit over the $100 budget that Sherry and I originally set, but we’re both glad that we splurged on the upgraded version with a built-in speaker for Clara. I know it sounds kind of high tech and crazy, but playing her favorite kid songs during my morning runs and our evening walks have kept her so much more entertained (that and fishing for goldfish crackers in her cupholders). She’s a musical (and fish-loving gal). And since many jogging strollers are in the $300-400 range these days (be still my beating heart) paying closer to $100 felt pretty good.

Oh yeah and one other pretty major Father’s Day development occurred. Clara took her first steps! Completely unassisted. Two of them actually. From Karl the Sectional to Artie the Ottoman (ok, he doesn’t really have a name, but it sounded good). It was amazing. Even though I completely missed them the first time around (I was in the kitchen) I came running in while Sherry went crazy and Clara thankfully gave me a repeat performance. Here’s where I’d insert a photo but of course we didn’t have the camera close enough. So this recent video of her enjoying her walker will have to do (the self satisfied clap at the end gets me every time):

And to my surprise, the stroller and those first steps weren’t my only gift. Sherry used Father’s Day to surprise me with a custom 8.5 x 11″ rendering of our first house that she commissioned from a charming artist named Jennifer Ahnquist from Kentucky. How sweet and sentimental is that? It’s currently somewhere in the mail on its way to us, but we’ve seen this preview photo of it – and are both completely enamored with it (we’ll have to share a photo or scan of the real-deal when it comes since this is just a preview photo of the sketch).

We can’t wait to slap it into a white frame with a big fat mat in our hallway frame gallery. Jennifer sketches them using a pen and ink technique and then segues over to Prisma marker to complete each rendering. And to anyone interested, she’s running a “Christmas in June special” so the first 75 people to order a house portrait by the end of June can get an 8.5 x 11″ rendering for the same $50 deal that Sherry snagged (they’re regularly $90). Just email her at jennifermariedesign@gmail.com.

As much as I love my gifts – especially how one reminds me of good times in the past and another promises more time spent together in the future – I really just appreciate Father’s Day for reminding me how lucky I am to have wonderful people around me, whether it’s the little lady I play father to, the gal who made that little lady possible, or the old guy who still runs faster than me. At least now I can use my jogging stroller as an excuse for my relaxed pace.

Comments

  1. kristin says

    awsome stroller and great price!!! I’ve looked around for a double stroller and the prices are outrageous! Settled on an instep double bike trailer from Target the other day for $89 so my hubby can pull them with his bike on the path while I run. Happy running and happy belated Father’s Day!

  2. Liz says

    Whoa, do you guys not have to pay tax in Virginia?! Up here in Ontario, Canada we have 13% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax).

    Love the stroller by the way and congrats on Clara taking her first steps!! :)

    • Stephanie says

      What?!?!! We are supposed to save receipts and pay them at tax time???? Although I have been noticing taxes added to more online purchases, I didn’t know that if taxes weren’t added at the time of sale. Huh.

    • says

      Yeah it’s kind of confusing but our accountant explained that if you live in a state with sales tax (unlike DE for example) then you’re supposed to keep track of online purchases and tally them up as a line item and pay taxes on the total at the end of the tax year. I wish they would just take it as you order things online, but I guess not all companies are set up to do that. Some online companies do take sales tax though, so you only owe it on items that didn’t charge you when you ordered it.

      xo,
      s

    • Amanda says

      Companies that have no brick and mortar store in your state won’t charge sales tax at purchase. In most states you are supposed top pay this tax when you do your taxes. It is called a use tax.

  3. Liz R says

    I swear I got a tad misty at “the old guy who still runs faster than me.” Enjoy your yogging stroller!

    • Sara says

      ME TOO! John – you’re awesome. You deserve all the wonderful people in your life.

  4. rachael says

    Aww!!! I love that you take Clara with for your jogs! Anything to spend more time with your child is alright with me. I can’t wait to see the photo of your house too!

  5. Amy says

    Clara is just the CUTEST things!! I love her tounge fluttering as she is walking! They grow up so fast, my little one, Cooper, just turned 5 months.

  6. Jill says

    I could KISS YOU!!!! Thank you for posting about the drawing!!! My parents are possibly downsizing from the house we’ve lived in for 19 years. Their anniversary is in July and this will be the BEST gift ever!! And $50 is right on budget. Thank you so much! Happy belated father’s day!!! Sounds like a wonderful weekend with your lovely family!

  7. says

    Sounds like a great Father’s Day! Love that you all did stuff together.

    Hey, since you guys are the ultimate bargain shoppers, do you use ebates.com? It offers you cash back (the percentage varies depending on the store) on your online purchases, but you have to access the stores you are buying from through the ebates website to get you month. Then quarterly they either send you a check or put money in your paypal account. Sounds too good to be true (and this sounds like an ad) but I love it. I bought all of the bathroom fixtures for our remodel online and got maybe $80 cash back or something.

    Anyway, just wanted to give you a head’s up if you haven’t already checked it out!

    • says

      We love ebates! Sometimes I forget to use it (like on the stroller- duh!) but when I do remember it’s awesome. Thanks for the reminder!

      xo,
      s

    • says

      I’m so glad you gave the heads up about Ebates because I didn’t know about it. Checking it out now!!

      And Happy (belated) Father’s Day to John! Sounds like a wonderful weekend :) The painting of your old house is beautiful and it would make such a sweet, sentimental set if you get one of your current house someday as well.

  8. DanielleR says

    You guys have a beautiful family. I think Clara is the most happy go lucky kid I’ve ever seen, seriously does she ever cry? lol. So cute!

  9. Alison U. says

    Seriously – Clara is the most photogenic, smiley baby! It’s amazing how often she’s actually smiling directly at the camera – she must really love whoever is behind it :)