Daddy's Pride

  • Kiss and Hugs

    This past weekend the little man finally got me sick. I was holding on strong throughout all of winter, and early spring, but my body finally gave in. This is the price you pay when you kiss and hug your child. I guess I will make this mistake all the time. :)

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  • Ribeye

    Sometimes having a fantastic dinner with a toddler means to just eat at home, and not eat at a fancy expensive restaurant. So, last week we splurged on groceries, and cooked ourselves a bone in ribeye. All three of us shared this chunk of mouth watering steak, along with some oven roasted asparagus, and baked parmesan truffle fries. :) The little man was happy with his dinner that night, and we are sure of it because he kept on saying "steeeeaaaaak!". :) And this makes my wife and I really happy. Oh yeah...and we ate picnic style, but on the living room floor. :)

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  • School Bus

    The little man loves school busses! And whenever we see one, he has the sudden urge to yell "schoooolll bus!" So, when he saw this hummer he of course thought it was a "schoooolll bus!" 

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  • Still Cold

    The cold weather has finally become depressing. We still have snow on the ground, and a nor'easter is on its way....which I find unbelievable. And the worst part about all of this is that I told my son two weeks ago that once spring comes we will get to play outside without wearing winter coats. Well, I have officially become a dad that does not know what he's talking about. :) Hopefully he will trust me when I tell him that the cold will end in the near future.

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  • Bedtime Reading

    We read to our son all the time, but around 6 months ago we made a declaration to read to him "every night" before he goes to bed. And this also means we shut off the television, tablet, and phone. It is pretty obvious why we are doing this...we want our child to enjoy reading, and we want him to get away from "in your face" technology for just a little bit. So, I am happy to say that all of our efforts have been paying off, and hopefully it will continue. Every time we get ready to hit the sack the little man requests a book to read. And the best part about it is when we bring home a new book....he gets super excited. :)

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  • St. Patty's Weekend

    The little man is finally back on his feet, and just in time for St. Patty's weekend. :) He somehow managed to miss a whole week of school, and is already planning to reward himself with some bangers and mash. I wish I was as smart as him. :)

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  • Gray Side

    The little man is out for the count, and here he is under the covers sleeping in darkness. :) He has been sick for the past few days, and all of us are just waiting for him to get better. We need his liveliness back into our lives because our home is on the gray side.

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  • Stingray

    Took the little man to see the stingrays, and honestly, I didn't really get the chance to see them until I posted this picture...even though I was there. :) You see...I was too busy making sure that my son gets a glimpse of the stingrays, while I was on camera duty. This is the life of a dad or a parent. You might not get the chance to see the stuff around you, but as long as your child is happy then you are happy.

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  • Miss the Warm Weather

    Last week we were down south, and our mornings started at the beach. Oh how nice it would be to live in warm weather. You get to wear shorts and sandals year round. :) Can't wait any longer for Spring!

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  • Suitcase

    Now this is a clever hiding spot when playing hide and seek. However, we are not playing any games. The little guy is just clowning around. This is what happens when you have too many winter storms. :)

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  • Boppy

    I played hide and seek with the little man this past week, and this is his hiding spot. :) We still need to work on the invisibility aspect of the game. However, he did a phenomenal job staying in his hiding place for a little while. :)

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  • Stickers and Chocolate

    Breaking news...the little man exchanged his first set of Valentine's Day cards earlier today. :) He gave all the girls (and boys) car stickers at school. He's a true romantic. :) Also, for breakfast he ate a few pieces of chocolate. Valentine's Day just might be his favorite holiday...you get stickers and candy,...and a steak dinner which will be ready for him to devour this evening. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  • Sochi

    I have been watching the The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, and loving every minute. These olympians are truly amazing. I cannot believe the things they can do like snowboarding 360+backflips, and ski jumping 100 meters. The competition has been so impressive that I have been trying to get the little man to join in all the fun :) So, the first step for him to start enjoying winter sports is to go outside, and play in the snow. Well,...to keep it short. The little man might not be a winter sport type of guy. He might be more of a Summer Olympian. :)

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  • Broken Routine

    Last few days my son decided to break his daily routine of eating and sleeping at certain times, and this has had a snowball effect on our household. My wife and I are going to bed later and waking up later. As a result we are a little more tired. I personally have become more forgetful, and my days seem to be a little bit inefficient. :) Now, I don't mind change....I'm perfectly cool with it. I actually think change is a good thing, or at least we need to occasionally get out of our comfort zone, or even be somewhat spontaneous, and not so planned and organized. However, as a parent I really would like my child to be on a nice schedule. I'm sure his health will benefit from it, but it will make our days easier :) So, this morning I woke the guy up super early, and hopefully he will fall fast asleep around 9pm. I will try this again tomorrow, and on Sunday. Hopefully we will all be back on track by Monday. That's the weekend plan.  

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  • Prepping

    The little man loves his veggies so much that he is willing to help make them. Go figure!?? Here he is mixing the olive oil with the brussel sprouts before they go into the oven. I guess children are never too young to learn how to prep food.

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  • Broncos vs Seahawks

    Superbowl weekend is here, and the little man is anxiously waiting for the big game. He's all set to see the Broncos and Seahawks face each other, but has yet to reveal which team he wants to win the championship. My wife and I are patiently waiting for him to tell us. If he's like his dad, he will be rooting for Seattle. However, if he's like his mom, he will be cheering on for Denver. :) So, watching this sporting event will be the highlight of our weekend, and hopefully our son enjoys it.

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  • No Shirt!

    The little man enjoys selecting his daily attire. :) Every morning he easily spots a shirt he likes whether it is in his closet, drawer, or still in the laundry basket. This is great because he is making his own decisions, and being somewhat creative. However, at the same time, he is making decisions on what he does not like to wear. And this is causing a slight problem. Trying to get him to wear a sweater, fleece, or something that provides an extra layer of warmth to protect him from the cold is becoming a battle every morning. I tried to bribe him, but we all know that's a temporary solution. So, my wife and I need to man up, show who's boss, and nip it in the bud :) We need to do this quickly because sooner than we know it he will be capable of taking off his shirts and pants all by himself, and then this will be a lost cause. Parenthood!...gotta love it.

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  • Oreos

    My wife and I are beginning to do a few things that we did during our youth...like eating Oreo cookies. :) We have not touched Oreos in years, but we bought them the other day for our son. To us eating Oreos is somewhat of an American tradition while you are a kid. So, we figured the little man should have this experience too. Also, and more importantly, we really wanted to see how he ate his Oreo cookies. :) Would he be like his mom who enjoys taking the cookie apart, and turning one cookie into two cookies? Than dunking each half cookie quickly into a glass of milk? Or be like his dad who likes to drop the whole cookie into a glass of milk, and let it sit there for a few of seconds. Then scooping the cookie out when it is not too hard and not too soft....just right? Well, the little man had his own way of eating Oreos. He likes taking the cookie apart, and eating only the cream. He leaves the rest of the cookie for someone else to eat. :) There you have it. Our weekend goal was a success!

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  • It's Finally Over!

    For the past 10 days we have been giving the little man medicine twice a day, and it's finally over! I don't know who's happier...our son or us? :) I can completely understand him not liking the taste of medicine, and not enjoying to being forced to taking it. But from a parent's perspective, it really is an uncomfortable feeling to make your child do something he or she does not want to do. We just felt really bad for him. :( However, I guess he wins. My wife and I signed up to be parents, and this is simply part of the job. Who said parenting was easy? So, in conclusion, and on a positive note, the little man is now illness free, and is back to his daily routine of playing and learning.

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  • Printed Books

    I love reading books. I use to carry a book everywhere I go, and whenever I had couple of minutes to spare, I would just open up my book. However, over the past couple of years I stopped reading. I can easily say that reading books became a pastime thing I use to do. The reasons why I stopped reading is because I became a father. I was a little busy trying to raise a child. :) However, more importantly, I made a decision to not buy printed books because I wanted to start reading books on a tablet....that's the future...right? Well, reading on a tablet is simply not working for me at the moment. I'm not ready for it. Even when my son is fast asleep not trying to get my attention, I would just use the tablet to surf the internet. I can openly say, I lacked any type of focus while trying to read on a device. So, this year one of my many New Year's resolutions includes to start reading again on printed books. However, I am doing it for more than my personal pleasure. I want my son to know the importance of reading, and to one day enjoy it. Even though we read to him every night before bedtime, he does witness many people pulling out their cell phones whenever possible. Therefore, I think in this day and age as a parent I need emphasize reading a little bit more to compete with the likes of facebook, google, youtube, etc. And to teach him this I personally need to show him rather than one day lecturing him. My son needs to see his dad reading real books, rather than looking at a some technological device. If he sees me reading a book, he knows I'm only reading. However, if he sees me looking at my iphone, he really has no idea what I am doing. At the moment my son does not associate using a phone or tablet for reading, along with other stuff like checking email, internet research, paying bill, etc. He just thinks its meant for watching movies and playing educational games. This technology is great, but right now I want my son to learn how to be in the present and use his imagination. He should be trying to read, along with other creative/imaginative outlets like drawing, painting, building, etc. So, I want to pass down my love of reading to my son, and to do this I need to show him. And one way of doing this is to just put away the devices, and lug around 300 page book.

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