Daddy's Pride / Toys

  • Short Term Chaos

    A while ago I read an article that said to enjoy having toys all over the house because it won't last forever. So, that's what I am doing. I have learned or truthfully still learning....to embrace these words of wisdom. I try to not worry so much about toy cars being under the sofa, children books not on the shelves, puzzle pieces left in the corner of the room, and etc. As the article states...this chaos is only for the short term. So, this is my mindset. I have to believe that nothing lasts forever. I need to just enjoy the moment, and not worry so much. So, the next time I see a lego piece in the bathroom, I will just smile, and put that piece in my pocket. What can I really do...I live with a soon-to-be three year old. :)

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  • Puzzle

    I bought the little man a puzzle. At first he was frustrated, and impatient. He would get upset because he couldn't connect the pieces together. And honestly,..as a parent, I had the same feelings. :) All my teaching was not really helping, and I was losing my self control. :) However, sooner than I expected, the little man understood what he was trying to solve, and how to solve it. So another life lesson has been learned by being a parent. Just stay the course, focus, and be patient.

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  • Hula Hooping

    Hula hooping is one of those things that I will never understand how to do. The little man will just have to learn how to hula hoop from someone else like his mom....or maybe a professional....or perhaps the internet will teach him. :) So, I will be completely hands off on this area. I don't want to teach him bad fundamentals on how to hula hoop :) I guess as a parent you can only know so much, and therefore it is wise to know when to ask for help. 

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  • Toy-Jacking

    The little man needed an outing, so my wife and I took him for a walk. While exploring the outdoors he wound up toy-jacking some other boy's tricycle or whatever you want to call this toy vehicle that's in the picture. :) Luckily, he's beginning to understand things that don't belong to him, and so he easily gave back his new ride.

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  • Happy 2nd Birthday!

    We celebrated the little man's 2nd birthday this past weekend, and honestly...I cannot believe we have been parents for 2 years already. Time sure is flying by...so I better make sure to enjoy each moment. In regards to the festivities...well, we just kept it low key...family, presents, and cake. What more does a 2 year old really need? Happy birthday my son, and I hope you enjoy your new toys.

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  • Donate

    The little man's birthday is around the corner, and that means we have to start making room for his new stuff like clothes, toys, and books. Can't keep everything....right? :) So, all those things he's stopped using or playing with needs to go somewhere. We decided that we can donate his stuff rather than throwing them in the trash can. There are so many children that can still enjoy his clothes, toys, and books. Here are a few places that we found outside of the local establishments, and we hope you will find it useful:  Clothes; Salvation Army: www.salvationarmyusa.org Clothes; Goodwill: www.goodwill.org Books; Got Books: www.gotbooks.com Books; American Library Association: www.ala.org Toys; Toys for Tots: www.toysfortots.org Toys; Donation Town: www.donationtown.org

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  • Bouncy Castle

    Trying to get the little man into the bouncy inflatable castle was difficult. Who could blame him? It was his first time, and he had no idea what it was. But once we threw him in there :) he never wanted to leave. I guess who could blame him for this too? I would love to jump around in a room where everything is soft and bouncy, and that also has a slide. 

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  • Wagon Boy


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  • Tinkering

    My son enjoys trying to figure out how things work. He often turns his toys upside down to determine how it all fits together. He snaps things apart, unscrews them, and then tries to make sense of the disassembled parts. So, I was not surprised when he was attracted to this toy tool station. He might grow up to be one of those people who is talented in doing their own repairs and mechanical work. I don't think he gets this quality from me or my wife! It is nice to see him developing his own unique characteristics.

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  • Baby Doll

    My son and I were browsing a children's store the other day, and he came across a baby doll in a carriage. I wonder what he was thinking?

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  • New Toy

    Last night we opened up a new toy that our son received during Christmas, and boy he was excited. Just look at him making sure we have all the parts to build his new toy.

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  • Tool Box

    My son received a tool box for Christmas from his cousins. Right now, he is having fun pushing the buttons that make noises like a saw and hammer. However, we are hoping he does not discover that the box opens until later, since the box contains some play tools with parts that are a little dangerous for him now. His taste choices are a little non-discriminatory at this age...he is as likely to eat a toy screw as a piece of candy.

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  • Easel

    How awesome is this gift that my son received. He can be just like his parents who live to write and draw.

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  • Remote Control

    From all the toys that we give our son, he always goes back to the mighty remote control. I guess its because of all the buttons, numbers, and colors that the remote control has to offer. Oh yeah....and it also makes our son wonder how the device changes the television channels.

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  • Animal Sounds

    What a smart book. Whoever thought of this was a genius. Pictures of animals combined with the sounds they make is pretty awesome. And the best part is when your child tries to imitate the animal sounds. He giggles and squeals to imitate it. I enjoy seeing him learn.

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  • New Toys

    Our son received a bunch of new toys for his birthday last month. These toys are much appreciated because he was getting bored with the old ones, and he truly needed some new things to play with because his brain needs to be stimulated. Also, I have to admit, my enthusiasm of showing my son how to play with his old toys was going downhill. So, the new toys are working out really well for both of us. And since we received a boat load of gifts, my wife and I are slowly introducing them to the little guy so he doesn't get bored too quickly. Hopefully, they last until Christmas.

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  • Abacus

    This classic counting toy is currently entertaining my son by its colorful beads that he spins back and forth. Little does he know that I am trying to teach him math, and have plans for him to be a math wiz or at least perform arithmetic without a calculator.

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  • Half and Half

    Sometimes when you think you have things all figured out, you quickly realize that you still have a lot to learn. The other day we went out for breakfast, and like always we move all the table items, such as knives, forks, and plates, away from our little monster. The goal is to make sure that all the table stuff is far away from our son's reach so he doesn't break anything or spill anything. We usually do a good job in making sure no one gets messy, however on this day I can't say we were on top of our game. While my wife and I were talking, and setting up the table, our son managed to get a hold of a half and half individual creamer. He started inspecting, playing, and eating his new toy, trying to figure out the object's shape, material, and taste. Very soon, all three of us learned that half and half creamers are not toys. Our monster managed to puncture the creamer and have it explode on all three of us. Luckily, the creamer was mainly on our son's face and shirt, and not ours. :) And while asking for more napkins and cleaning the mess, the little rascal managed to get a hold of a dish, and pretended to play the winter olympic sport curling. He softly pushed the dish and made direct contact with his mom's coffee mug, spilling her daily does of caffeine. On this day our son did not show proper table manners, however we did get a good laugh. I'm also happy to say that once we finally ordered our food we had no more accidents.

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  • Boxes

    My son has all the toys a baby could wish for, but he seems entertained with the small things such as boxes. I guess imagination and new experiences can make even the most mundane object interesting to a child.

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  • Lifting Weights

    The other day my son was lifting some dumbbells that we have in the house. He was trying to single hand curl 2lbs and max out on 5lbs. While I was watching him lift I realized that he was trying to lift 25% of his body weight with the 5lb dumbbell. This was his first time hitting the gym, so I can’t imagine what he would do on the second day. I was very impressed as he played with his new toy. Also, if I were to single hand curl 25% of my body that would mean I need a 40lb dumbbell. I guess I have a new goal, increase my curls from 15% to 25%.

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