We all dream of it. Financial freedom, the ability to travel at will, the cars, the mansion, vacation houses, butlers, jewelry, the ultimate man (or woman) cave, your own posse, and a laundry list of other haphazard ideas that are associated with the life alternating experience that is the lottery. And after months and months of pressing my luck and wasting my money, it has finally paid off. I finally won! Continue reading
Becoming a parent means much more than walking your child to the bus stop on their first day of school, watching their first organized sport, taking them to their first social event, chaperoning their first date, or watching them graduate from high school. Becoming a parent means you get to be a kid again! You get a chance to relive your childhood through them by watching cartoon movies you liked as a child yourself, playing with action figures, and playing tag on the playground at the local park. But I’ve recently learned being the father of a two-year old boy who has an unbreakable obsession is starting to take its toll of the rest of the family. Continue reading
We all face it as bloggers and/or writers. A blank page, staring back at you, mocking you. “Haha, you can’t think of anything to write on me.”, I can hear the page saying. “Bastard piece of paper! Why won’t you let my thoughts stain your emptiness!?“, I ponder.
The oddity of this phenomenon is that each and every time we prepare a post, article, or whatever you want to call it, we start with a blank page. So why can’t we transfer our thoughts through the tips of our fingers onto the keyboard every time? Continue reading
Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of country livin’ is the opportunity to be as self-sufficient as possible. A garden, wood-burning stove, and now, raising beef cattle, are just a few ways my family has taken advantage of our country plot. With prices raising everywhere you turn, one heat bill and a trip to the grocery can easily exhaust a pay check nowadays, especially when you have five mouths to fed (6 including the dog). Continue reading
As promised, “Halloween 2011 – Part II” is here; highlighting my family’s night of Trick or Treat.
First, we had a pirate, Aerial, and a cop. Continue reading
One of my children’s favorite times of the year, Halloween is amongst us and Trick or Treat is tonight! The sugar induced frenzy that is Trick or Treat is a special one for my family this year. You see, our youngest child Wyatt, was too young to partake in the festivities last year. At only 8 months old last year at this time, he had to sit in his stroller and could only watch while his sisters raked in all the goodies. I couldn’t imagine the envy he must have been feeling. But this year is going to be different for our son, as he’ll be trudging up to each and every door flanked by his sisters while they ALL cash in on the candy. Continue reading
As the Summer blues and greens give way to Autumn’s browns, reds, and yellows, we can count on a few things for sure. The sun will rise and fall with unspeakable grace and natural beauty, the clear night sky will dazzle our senses with its dancing stars, Halloween and Thanksgiving are fast approaching, the odor of freshly burning wood will fill our homes, and a visit to the local orchard will be in order. Continue reading
Do you ever wonder what God was doing when He was creating men in his likeness? I don’t either but if you could explain to me why He disadvantaged men, please fill me in! After all, wasn’t Eve that disobeyed Him? Yes, women give birth and have their little monthly thing but that’s nothing compared to what men are forced to deal with when they’re sucked into the role of playing Mr. Mom! Continue reading
Like most parents, my wife and I spend most of our free time (free time…what’s that!?) with our children attempting to educate them on life lessons such as sharing and saying please and thank you as well as counting, differentiating between colors, all the different types of animals, and so on. I remember doing this with all my children when they were about a year or so old where we’d also ask them basic questions about their anatomy. For instance, where’s your nose? Where’s your eyes? Where’s your mouth, etc. Again and again, we’d ask our toddler children these same questions and while doing so, we’d point to that particular body part until they got it down pat. After much repetition, our kids were able to identify their nose, eyes, mouths, fingers, toes, amongst other parts. Given the assumed thought process and attention span of a toddler, this process is truly a remarkable feat of accomplishment!
My son is now 19 months old and is getting pretty good at this little game, except he has one thing confused…
Rest assured, my wife and I will continue to work on this…