farmhouse fall decorating

I think I fell in love with my husband because he makes me laugh.

Every. Single. Day.

Especially the dad humor.

master bedroom fall decorating

You know what I’m talking about.

You understand.

Dad humor is like a cross between why did the chicken cross the road and puns that make your roll your eyes and groan.

You simply can’t help it…..

…..and then you laugh in spite of yourself.

reclaimed wood bowl and acorns

The other day we left on a family trip.

It was raining and the skies were overcast and we were late leaving and a general feeling of grumpiness took over the car.

No one talked.

No one laughed.

We just stared out the window at the falling rain in silence.

fall master bedroom

And then my husband broke the gloom with a smile and randomly said, “I need everyone to clap in order.”


Clap in order?

What in the world was he talking about?

fall farmhouse decor

No one moved.

No one clapped.

I mean I thought about clapping and wondered why and then simply stared out the window at the rain again.

He looked at me encouragingly and said, “Okay.  I’ll start with a clap and then you clap and then each of the kids claps and so on.”

And this is the point in the story where I think I literally rolled my eyes.

fireplace fall mantel

But he looked so cute and he was smiling at me with those twinkling eyes and it was so gloomy outside and I had nothing else to do for the next eight hours….

….so I clapped.

He clapped.

And then I clapped.

And then each of the kids clapped in turn.

chenille pumpkins

And we sat there in the rain and clapped.

And clapped.

Round and round and round again.

fall decor farmhouse

And of course….we started trying to clap over each other and then the clapping got faster and faster and faster.

And the giggles started.

I mean….seriously….you can’t randomly clap in the rain without realizing the ridiculousness of it all.

rustic pumpkin display

The gloom lifted.

The car was full of laughter.

And then I turned to my husband and asked, “Why?  Why all the clapping?”

He smiled my favorite smile with the twinkling eyes and said with a mischievous grin….

“Me?  The clapping?  Oh (wait for it….wait for it)  

I was just looking for a round of applause.”

hee hee

Dad humor at its finest. 🙂

PS  If you liked the fall farmhouse decorating tour of the bedroom….you can see the rest of the tour here.

And I hope you have a Friday as amazing as you are.

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  1. Image for Stephanie Brown Stephanie Brown

    Here is a round of applause for you Too! So talented! Dads with twinkling eyes sometimes do not even have to Say anything to Get you tickled!:) enjoy the sun! Shining in My neck Of woods in KY!

  2. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz are ONE. BLESSED. WOMAN. What a legacy you are giving your children! And if they don't fully realize how lucky, and blessed they are to have the two of you for parents.... well, someday they will. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Thank goodness for dad humor! It has lifted the grumpies more times than I can remember. (And it still works on these young adult children of ours). Love your bedroom! Oh for a fireplace in mine. :) just beautiful.

  4. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    By the title of your post alone...I knew it had to be good. And it was! Gotta love Dad humor! Your pics are gorgeous....tell me about those pumpkins. Did you make them, if so how? If you bought them...where? Enquiring minds want to know! Have a great weekend! ;)

  5. Image for Shirley@housepitalitydesigns Shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    I am standing and clapping...a standing ovation for your hubby...he has a knack of bringing joy into a not so "joyous" situation....a gift....I think that is the secret to life...I have learned that from my hubby....laughter goes a long way...he has made me laugh since the 2nd grade!....Have a great weekend Kari....oh, and your hubby brings new meaning to the song, "If You're Happy and You Know it Clap Your Hands" !!!!!

  6. Image for Laura Laura

    Are those faux boxwood spheres in the urns flanking your fireplace? If so, what size are they and where did you get them? Thanks!

  7. Image for Pinky at Designs by Pinky Pinky at Designs by Pinky

    Oh Kari, I love, LOVE your stories! You are a blessed woman to have that guy who makes you laugh....and clap! Now when it rains I will be clapping! I need to go see if I can find a post on those ADORABLE fuzzy acorns in that wooden bowl!!! I fell in love with them! I love your bedroom too, did you light that fire just for us, you sweet girl!!!!

  8. Image for Terri Terri

    Seriously... I wanted to start clapping right here at my desk ... all by myself!! lolol..."Perfect" !!!!! Story is wonderful... background pics of the one and only ... amazing Thistlewood... GORGEOUS!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  9. Image for Maureen Maureen

    This is too cute... My Dad could just look at me when I was a kid and I would start to laugh. He had those twinkling eyes with a little devil in them too! When he got that look, you just knew something fun was about to happen.

  10. Image for Kerry Kerry

    And the moral of the story . . . it's the simple things in life that matter the most . . . applause to Mr. Thistlewood and his amazing family :)

  11. Image for Mary Alice Kenley Mary Alice Kenley

    You call it Dad humor; we call it silly and inane. But, yes, lots of goofiness around Kenley Cove! And, happily, it usually reminds me of Daddy--goofy for sure, and spawned much rolling of the eyes. Thanks for this memory, Karianne. You totally rock!

  12. Image for Colleen Colleen

    Thanks for the smile and good idea for the next rainy car trip! Can you please let me know where you found the wonderful straw/grass pumpkins? : )

  13. Image for Regina Regina

    Yep, he's a dad. :) Sometimes my husband is WAY too perky for my taste, but the longer I try to keep the stone face going, the faster he tries to break it down. Sigh . . . How did we get so lucky? :) Have a fantastic, SUN-FILLED day! :)

  14. Image for Debbie Esparza Debbie Esparza

    Your fall decorating is just breathtaking! You are such a doll, and always make me smile, and I thank you for that. I love, love the "W" on the door! Did you make it? Silly question, I know.

  15. Image for Jan Fusco Jan Fusco

    What a fabulous bedroom! Love it. Where did you get those cool pumpkins at the end of your bed? husband has a great sense of humor too and makes me laugh every day too.

  16. Image for Cristiana Cristiana

    I get so lost in your stories, I forgot to look at you gorgeous pics!! Sweet, funny guy you have!! Makes life sweeter I'm sure!! Your bedroom, swoon!! Can I move in?? Xoxo

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