Life Happens #BlogProblems

  

Wow! I can’t believe that the month of July is almost over. Where did the time go? I also can’t believe it’s been well over three weeks since my last post. A lot has happened. Although, not all good, we are still here. 

Sometimes when you blog you have to take a few weeks off to recharge your creative side. To experience things, even if it is different or the same. I have spent my time away to focus on other things. My marriage, my kids, my training for this marathon, and find some new passions. All have been very rewarding and have made realize that when I set my mind to it. I can do anything. 

My marriage was never in trouble. When I say I wanted to focus on it, I mean reconnect. Our lives together have constantly changed. We are no longer those kids who were constantly all over each other. We have responsibilities like a house payment, kids, and careers. Sometimes there is just not enough hours in the day to reconnect. So with my time away I made it a mission to at least have two conversations with my wife a day. Not only did this actually happen but I learned so much about her. Things that I never knew. Here we are with only three months left before we welcome our little girl into this world and I know that things are just going to get even more crazier. Atleast now I know that my wife and I have an understanding that we can lean on each other and we are each other’s biggest fan. 

I am not going into much detail about this month of marathon training. I am saving that post for the end of the week. All I will say is that it has been both a struggle and a pleasure. I have learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. I can’t wait to write and share the recap for month three with you. It truly has been my favorite month so far. 

So for the future, I hope to have a few more post about recent fatherhood events. Some are wins and some are fails but that is what it like being a dad. You win and lose but at least you are there. This blog has always been my creative outlet and I honestly can’t wait to see where things go from here. 

Until next post, 

Tyler

300 Strong!

This week I celebrate my 300th post on my blog!!! Yay! It has been a very interesting journey on this blog. I have spent a lot of time reinventing this site over and over again. I never thought that the most viewed entry of all time was going to be my recipe for hashbrown casserole, or that this blog would turn into a fatherhood blog, or a fitness blog. I have enjoyed the ride every moment and it means the world to me to have such strong audience. To have over 909 followers over the course of five years has been a true blessing. I never think of my life as interesting but you guys make me feel like a rock star. My wife and daughter are what keep me writing and to truly tell our stories even if they are hard to tell.

So thank you all from the bottom of my heart and for your uncanny support of my family and this blog!

A New Year Of Hope And Blogging!

As many of you guys know I have been off the blogging map for sometime since my dad passed away. It’s given me some time to sit and think about what happened and also about how I plan moving forward.

Since starting this blog, I have told many stories about my own experience as a father. Raising my daughter has been nothing but an adventure that I would not trade for anything. Being a dad is the best job in the world to me.

So now that 2014 is now over. I can finally breathe and focus on the next chapter. It’s like a brand new start. One of my resolutions this year is to blog more. I hope that during my absence that my readers still want to listen to what I have to say. I got so more great stories and some updates on the family coming your way. Also of course I have some new recipes.

So here is to a happy blogging in 2015! I hope you will join me for the ride.

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Half A Year Of Fitness

I know a lot of my readers are more than likely tired of reading about my workouts but I have to say that I am really proud of this journey. I have enjoyed where it has taken me and excited for where it is going to take me.

I was sitting a home a few nights ago looking at pictures on my iPad when I noticed how much I have physically changed in six months. It’s hard to believe it all started with a simple walk on a treadmill.

January rolled around and I decided to start running something I have never done before. I weighed in at a rough looking and feeling 289 back then. I started with a small run of one mile. By the time I was done with the month I was running a solid two miles in 25 minutes.

When February came I reached the three mile mark. I could run a 5k in under 35 minutes. My pants were loose and I was weighing in somewhere in the 260s. My clothes were fitting better and I felt better as a person. I started changing my diet and counting the calories I was eating. That made a huge difference. I even had a killer swim workout that month. Still have a lot more work to do with that.

In March I decided after a dinner with my family to challenge myself a little. The weather was getting warmer and I needed to do something crazy. I decided to run a 5k race. So I began training three days a week for it. Running as hard as I could to get my time down to under thirty minutes. At this point I was about 255 on the scale.

April brought me another curve ball in my way. I was asked to run a 5k at the beach with my brother. I was excited and scared to run my first race. I had been training so hard for my suppose to be first race in May but I just considered this one a practice. I got to the race and ended up finishing third in my age division in 29:25! I was really proud of myself and I even got an award. I also went to my first yoga class and now I love yoga. I even got a mat.

Coming fresh off that win, I knew the month of May was going to better. I started off training really good but then life stuff happened and I became kind of lazy. I was scared u was not going to do good at my next race. I showed up nervous and scared but I ended up beating my time. I came in at 26:51. I was fifth in my age division but I did not care. I proved to myself I could do it.

Since accomplishing me race goal I made some really good choices in June. I bought a bike to try cycling. I started to run more. I even chose my next race which is next year in Charleston, South Carolina. The big 10k known as The Cooper River Bridge Run! I was not weighing in at my lowest which was 228 and I dropped to my third pant size. I thought to myself I am going to reward myself with a crazy adventure. So I decided to go zip-lining. My wife, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law went with me. It was the most scary and greatest thing ever. Also I went on my first hike and really felt relaxed and one with nature. That sounded super lame!

It’s been a crazy life changing year for me. I have learned so much about myself and what it really means to be active. I at least try to be active an hour a day. I do sometimes fall short but I just pick myself up. I honestly believe I would not be able to do this without the support of my amazing wife and daughter. They are the reason I have even started this. They say fatherhood changes a man and I believe that with all my heart.

Now what’s happening for the rest of 2014? Here is what’s happening and coming up!

-Right now I am finishing up my July Crossfit Challenge. If you read the blog regularly you already know how that is going.

-In August and September, you will be seeing a lot more cycling and more weightlifting.

-October is a big month cause I will be starting my training for The Cooper Bridge 10k. Also, more yoga!

That’s just a few things I have planned. I am sure there will be other great stuff. I really want to try a kickboxing class or boot camp. My long term fitness goals is to run a half marathon, a marathon, and then a triathlon before I am 35. I would also like to complete a Spartan Race and a Iron Man. All in good time!

Thanks everyone for being so supportive. I do promise that I have some great new blogs about K-Dub coming so look out for those.

Until next time!

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New Title, Same Great Blog!

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If you remember me saying last week that I was thinking about changing the name of my blog to showcase a little more of the family. I finally came up with a title. The FUN House I think is a great new title for the blog. My life has changed a lot since starting a family and I can’t wait to share with you the experiences my family has. Our last name is Funderburke so the new title  not only fits but its clever.

As for the next coming weeks, I will be changing and updating some of the things on the blog like my extremely out of date “About” page. Also I might even change the theme of the blog. I will keep you posted about new things going on. I appreciate your patience and excitement as we relaunch this site.

Thanks Guys!

T-Fun

 

100 Posts Of Absolute Amazingness!

I cannot believe we made it this far. 100 posts on this blog. I am amazed that most of my loyal readers have stuck with me this long. It either shows me that you love what I write or you have nothing better to do. I hope it is the first one cause you loyalty is most appreciated. This blog started out to be a blog just about my relections on everyday life and became my escape and “happy place” where I could just be myself with no filter.

This blog has changed my life in so many ways. I never cooked or even thought about sharing my favorite recipes online. The first time I did, it was welcomed with great applause (My recipe for my hashbrown casserole is still the most viewed post on this blog.). I then began coming up with more ideas to write about and made a list of things I wanted to accomplish. I know I have only completed two things on this list but later you will know why.

My posts have always tried to be about my real life experiences. Some were great and funny and some were sad and the hardest thing to ever write such as when Brittney and I lost our first baby. You never stop showing your love and support and I am truly blessed to have so many friends in the blogging community. I know I never met any of you face to face but just from reading you life experiences and sharing mine I feel we are connected in a way that needs no definition.

So from the bottom of this blogger’s heart I wanted to take some time and say thanks and I hope you all stick around for the next 100 posts cause I am just getting warmed up! Talk to you all soon!

2012 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

My Never-ending Journey To Be Freshly Pressed!

I have been using WordPress.com for over a year and like every blogger out there, I have some entries that I am proud about and some ones that I wish I never published. One thing about the blogging community that lets you know you have made it is when you see you have been featured on the Freshly Pressed page.

I visit this page on a daily basis and read most of the entries that are featured and some in my opinion deserve the fridge treatment rather than the trophy page. I don’t understand how your trip to the grocery store can be considered as funnier than my trip to Taking Care of Baby class. I don’t care about your kids superhero themed birthday party or your quest to find gluten-free products. That is about as interesting as watching a snail climb on the side of my house.

I guess you can call it jealousy but I think that some of my posts should have been featured on the Freshly Pressed page. My post about my Christmas freak out was really funny in my opinion. I also think the epic story on how I became a Swaddling Master deserved to be published in a parenting magazine. So to answer the question above, I do think that being freshly pressed would be better than sex and without the awkward faces and silence that follows normally afterwards.

So now I continue my journey to make it in the inner blogging circle that is known as being Freshly Pressed. Its going to be hard but I  think I have some creative juice left in my veins to make this dream a reality. It could be a lot worse. I could be writing about how many times I farted today. That my friends, would be a long post. Just saying.

The Stagecoach Project! (30 Day Challenge Completed!)

Well its finally over! That 30 days went by really quick. This project was a lot of fun for me. I got to be creative and it was awesome that my wife and my friends helped me by giving me ideas. I know I have been away for almost a week due to crazy personal things but now I am back and going to share my experience with this challenge. Special thanks to The Jump Project for the inspiration!

Day 1- Getting Started!

The first day was the easiest just because I had to show what I was going to be taking a picture of for 30 days.

Day 2- Stagecoach Needed Coffee.

I was just getting started with this project and I really wanted to show off my new coffee cup.

Day 3- Attack From Tanny!

I had to show my dog off a little and it took me five tries to get this dog to stay still. I have to say this picture is in my to 5 favorite of this project. I love the angle and Tanner looks pretty awesome too!

Day 4- Stagecoach Better Watch Where Its Going!

I wanted to do a picture of the stagecoach almost getting ran over by a car. I like this photo but I know I could do better. At this point I needed a very clever idea.

Day 5- Stagecoach Hanging Out With The Cast Of Dark Shadows.

My wife and I went to the mall and saw this and I just had to include it in the challenge.

Day 6- Stagecoach Meets Captain America

I went with my wife and some of our friends and saw The Avengers and there were people at the theater dressed up and I just had to get a picture for the challenge.

Day 7- Swing Time

This has to be the weakest of photo of my challenge but I needed to take one quickly.

Day 8- Pit Stop!

This one I thought would be funny but it turned out to be really gross. Not my best and I am sorry. GROSS!

Day 9- Stagecoach Meets Spider-Man!

This is one of my favorites of the challenge. My friends Melissa and Andy have a life size Spider-Man in their house and I just had to get a picture of it for the challenge. Thanks Melissa and Andy. You guys ROCK!

Day 10- Pepper In Some Fun!

My wife and I had a date night at our local Chili’s in Monroe, NC.

Day 11- Playing With The Cat

I don’t really like cats but this was a photo not to be missed. This is another one that Melissa and Andy helped me with.

Day 12- Grocery Shopping

I was starting to loose momentum in my challenge but I needed to get groceries. I knew I had to get better.

Day 13- Dishwasher Safe

Again this is not my best but I needed to take a quick photo. Looking back now it is kind of funny.

Day 14- How I Met Your Mother Finale.

Everyone who know me can tell you this is my favorite show and I just had to find a way to add this to my challenge. Got to love Marshall!

Day 15- Spring Has Sprung!

This is my favorite one out of the entire challenge. I love the way it turned out and when I shared this in a post saying I was halfway done I just could not help but think that this challenge finally got its groove back.

Day 16- Sending My Love!

I think the picture says it all!

Day 17- Ice Cram Run

My wife and I were on one of our many ice cream runs and I just had to use it.

Day 18- Working On Making That Paper!

I just wanted to take a photo a work and it ended up working

Day 19- Hello Wilington!

My wife and I took a trip to the coast and I just want to document it.

Day 20- Aquarium Visit

My wife and I visited the NC Aquarium at Kure Beach and I just had to take a picture here.

Day 21- Playing In The Sand

We headed to Holden Beach, NC for a day of fun in the sun and thought it was a great time to bury the stagecoach in the sand.

Day 22- Ferry Ride

We took a ferry ride from Kure Beach to Southport and thought it was a great opportunity.

Day 23- The Upside Down House

We saw the upside down house at Broadway At The Beach in Myrtle Beach, SC and I just had to get a picture of it. I wanted to go inside but it was way too expensive.

Day 24- Goodbye Beach!

Going down 74 heading back home.

Day 25- Pool Time!

I just got back from vacation and returned to work so I needed some time to relax.

Day 26- Shower Time

This one was in my bottom five of the pictures I hate from this challenge I needed to finish this challenge out strong.

Day 27- Trip To The QT

My brother and I went to the new QT that just opened in Indian Trail, NC to get my mom a slush. Again this is not one of my favorites.

Day 28- Day At The Park

Just wanted to snap a quick picture of the park beside my office. There was a crazy crane down by the water but could not get it in the picture.

Day 29- Mama Stagecoach

I wanted to finish my challenge out strong and I had my last two pictures planned but the one I wanted to do I could not cause of the rain that came by. So I grabbed my cookie jar and took a picture with my little stagecoach. I think it turned out awesome.

Day 30-Hanging On The Railroad Tracks

This was the picture I wanted to do for day 29 but could not. I love this picture. This one and day 15 are my favorites. I think I did a great job finishing this challenge.

Which one is your favorite?

Well now that the challenge is over, I wanted to thank everyone who helped me complete it. You made the month of May very fun for me. You guys are awesome for all the help and support you have given me. Thanks to all my Twitter (@Tylerfun) follows for the words of encouragement. I am now working on a new challenge and this one is more about me than something I have that came from my desk at work. I am currently working on somethings from my 25 all time list of to dos. So I will keep you posted soon. CHALLENGE COMPLETED!!!

Having A Wonderful Time, So Follow Me!

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Well now that I got you attention with an awesome picture, I wanted to tell you about some new things that I am doing.

I got a new Facebook page that is all about the blog. All of my posts will be coming to this page and I am even going to share some great pictures of my recent adventures. The address is Facebook.com/tfunworld Please like it!

If that’s not enough for you, follow me on twitter @Tylerfun for real time updates about the blog and my life.

I love taking pictures so I naturally love instagram. I post on this daily. My screen name is Tmfunde.

So now that you have my contact information we can connect and share ideas and recipes. See you soon!