Monthly Archive: January 2018

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“This Is Your Last Chance, No Really, I Mean It…Really…”

Parenting small children is maddening. Everyone not currently treading water with small children is an expert when it comes to how to deal with them and what works best to help them listen, learn, and develop into perfect adults who will save the planet blah blah blah… As the great philosopher, Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. You know how many times I’ve said: “This is your last chance”? Me neither,...

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Marmaduke, the Dalmation?

Marmaduke came to our family in a moment of insanity by my ordinarily level-headed parents. My older and slightly shorter brother Seth was at a charity auction with my parents during his Senior year of high school (I must have been busy reading philosophy because I didn’t get the invite). This auction had a group of Dalmatian puppies on the block, and Seth convinced my parents (somehow?!) that he needed a dog. A dog that HE WOULD NOT be able...

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My Dad and My Clara Jane

Clara Jane turned five yesterday. This girl loves hard, she puts so much of herself into every moment of her life, like the waves pounding steadily against the shore, she handles every moment as if it is crucial. She’s not severe or intense; rather she is passionate, if passionate was hopped up on Jolt Cola… And while I can go on and on about how much I love her, which you know, and a step further and tell you how...

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The Witch’s Brew – Things You Should Know

We are coming up on the 1 1/2 month stretch in which all 3 of my kids have birthdays.  Right now they are 2, 4, and 6, a delightfully easy breakdown to remember, but starting next week the years will jumble until early March, and their ages will shift incoherently like me trying to unlock my middle school locker. So, if you ask me how old my kids are over the next few weeks, I am just going to say...

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How long have you been fever free?

Davis is down with the flu, you may think, “oh, I am so sorry…poor little guy!”, and you would be right, this is such a hassle for me. He’s the one we set our watch by, he is on cruise control, a calm and solid oak tree standing steadfast in the midst of a terrible storm, a grown-up trapped in a six-year-olds body, the third parent, his planner is more organized than mine is, HE HAS GOALS, who does that?! a...

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3 am is the new 9 am

I wrote this post on January 13, 2016, exactly two years ago, but it feels like it was last week. I woke up at 3 am and am now wide awake. Over the last almost five years I think I have been awake nearly 80-90% of the nights with one kid or another for some period of time. I made a promise to Amanda that since she has the kids all day, I would handle the nights…(obviously she handled the...

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How it all Started…

It seems the only place to start this blog is where it all began…well, where the parenting portion of our lives began. Amanda and I had been married for 4 years and were wistfully waking up after 10 am on Saturdays and going to movies whenever we wanted. We were the King and Queen of Cherry Point Lane, two high-class pseudo-adults fresh out of college who did what we wanted when we wanted. Then innocently enough the idea of having...

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Adam in Public – A Snotty Situation

I am having some work done on my car. Tires needed some attention so I thought I would drop it off at the tire shop and slide next door to the local health food restaurant (Braums) for lunch while I wait. Great plan you say…it was moving along swimmingly…I had a lovely health food lunch (Burger and small shake…I’m not an animal) and was listening to an audiobook while working on my laptop when it happened… It’s not too busy...

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Fake Fights Bring the World Together

Amanda and I are having a lovely dinner at McAlister’s. Since I am so petite I thought it was a bit too chilly inside so “we” decided to sit on the patio. She was pretty animated when recounting some of the days events. As we settled in and waited on our food my lovely bride was talking about some frustrations she had during the day with people that rarely ever frustrate anyone (our kids). She was pretty animated when recounting...

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Kids’ Resolve > Grownups’ Resolve

It’s weird to look up to a six year old…and thankfully Davis is only on MySpace and still mastering the whole reading thing or this sappy middle of the night post might go to his head. He is so good and kind. He doesn’t respond to difficulties with disappointment or let down…he responds with resolve and tireless will. Stay calm and make a plan. We always tell our kids, “stay calm and make a plan,” for whatever the task or...

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