Going Through The Holidays

It has been a while since my last post and a lot has happened. The holidays are full swing here at our house but lets catch up first.

Halloween was a lot of fun. I dressed us as Flynn Rider while K-Dub dressed like Rapunzel. Evie was Mickey Mouse and BrittWhitFun was a witch. Check out our pics.

No Halloween could be complete without some pumpkin carving and trunk or treating with the nephews.

Thanksgiving is and will always be my favorite holiday and this year was no exception. I made lunch for about 10 people and I made all the fixings. I made the turkey, Mac and cheese, green beans, stewed cabbage, mash potatoes, and rolls. I also made cake pops for the kids, a butterfinger cheesecake, and a apple pie. It was so good I spent the rest of the afternoon passed out on the couch.

Now we are at Christmas and our house is in the full Christmas spirt. The gifts are bought, tree is up, and the lights are shining outside.

Got some great stories coming on the blog this week after having a reader reach out to me wanting an update. Stay tuned.

 

A Little Daddy-Daughter Date


Last week you may remember me talking about how much my oldest daughter hates me and wants nothing to do with me. It really hurt my feelings and to hear that I was not her best friend was life crushing. So I took matters into my own hands and told myself that this was a cry for help and I must answer it. The solution you ask? It was time for a Daddy-Daughter date.

I sat K-Dub on the kitchen counter and asked her if she would go on a date with me. She was so excited that she said yes immediately. From that moment our date was all she talked about. She told her friends and teachers at school and nagged my wife about. I think she just needed some time with her dad. Work has been crazy and training for all these races and The Crossfit Open have really took a lot of my time so I wanted to devote all my time and attention to my little girl.

So Saturday  rolled around and we left and went out to lunch where we sat and gossiped about the peeps from daycare and how much she loved a little boy named Eric, which I was not happy about. We laughed and colored on the kids menu. K-Dub asked me to sit next to her instead of across from her. She hugged me and gave me a kiss. It was amazing.

After lunch we went to get ice cream. She wanted pink ice cream but I got her vanilla and told her it was a light shade of pink. She bought it and started to eat it. We sat and talked some more. The conversation was mostly about Paw Patrol, Frozen, and The Lion Guard. Then an old man walked up to us and stopped. He told me my daughter was cute and that he use to take his daughter out on little ice cream runs. He then explained that it was the highlight of his week when they got to go and do something just the two of them. He said now she is married with a family of her own and that time flies and that I should treasure every one of these moments.

I started to think about what the old man said as I put K-Dub to bed that night. Time is a valuable thing and that one day my daughter will be on her own with her own kids and husband. She won’t be so small to go on dates with me. I need to devote more time to my daughter. Sometimes when you are a parent you get distracted by all the other millions of things you have going on that you let the most important things slip between the cracks.

Since our date, K-Dub now tells me that I have joined the list of her best friends and that she loves me. For those of you who are asking, the list comprises of Pop, Aubrey(her friend from daycare), Eric(her little boyfriend), and me. I maybe last but at least now I am on the list. She is already talking about our next date and I am excited to take her.

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!

Another Race In The Books!

 

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This past Saturday I had my second 5K race and I have to say it went very well. I was so worried all week leading up to Saturday that I certain that I was going to make a fool of myself.

It did not help things when my wife reminded me that I had not trained nearly as hard for this one as I did the last one. This truth made me more worried as I was sure that all the hard work I did attempt to put was going to be all for nothing.

Saturday morning came quick. I woke up at 6:30 am and put on my race attire. I put on the same stuff I wore at my last race cause I am ver superstitious about stuff like that. My wife got K-Dub up and dressed and then we were off.

We arrived at the Monroe Aquatic Center 20 minutes before the start of my race. My dad was already there waiting on us and gave me some last words of encouragement as I stretched and warmed up. Then it was time to line up. I took my position at close to the back after getting a good luck kiss from BrittWhitFun and K-Dub and then I heard GET SET, GO!

I was off to a great start, I was passing a lot of people while still keeping a steady pace. My music was pumping the usual MC Hammer jams and I was in a good place. Soon I was in my second mile and I started to get tired but kept pushing and pushing. Soon I was in mile three and I felt like I could die but still kept pushing harder and harder. The sun was beaming down as I was going up the last hill. Finally the finish line was in my sight and I decided to sprint. I ran faster and faster and I saw my wife and daughter clapping and cheering as I got closer to the finish line. I crossed the finished line feeling accomplished and happy.

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Crossing the finish line!

What was my time?

Did I place?

These questions were burning in my mind as I sipped on my water and tried to cool off. Then I noticed the results were posted on the wall. I walked up to the wall and saw my name. My stats were as follows.

Time: 26:51
Overall Place: 57
Division (20-29): 5
Gender Place: 36

So I did not place but I beat my time so I will take it. If the age divisions were every five years instead of 10 I would have placed with no problem. The point is that I completed my second 5k better than ever. I am ready for my next race but I have some great activities planned this summer and I can’t wait to tell you about my upcoming adventures.

 

Ninja Baby And The Toilet Incident

 

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So what I am about to share with you all today is something that I have not even told my wife. Its one of those things that only a father and daughter share and take with us to our graves. Not really but I actually forgot about it until just now. I thought it was a funny story and worth the share.

So Monday I was busy taking care of K-Dub and cleaning the house. We just got a new vacuum cleaner and I was really excited to clean my floors. It was much-needed after the Tan Man left his hair every where you could imagine. So after cleaning up K-Dub’s toys and vacuuming while enjoying the wonderful smell that is Febreeze, I started to hear K-Dub making some serious noise. I was finally done downstairs and decided that I might as well tackle the upstairs too.

After gathering my bathroom and dust cleaners, I headed up stairs to K-Dub’s room. After a quick diaper change, I asked her if she wanted to help Daddy clean. She said “NO!” but I could tell she was just kidding. At least I hope so cause I needed to get this done. So I carried her in the play room where keep her lost toys. Lost toys are toys that we put in the play room that she hardly ever goes in cause we just never hang out up there. In this room there is a lot of stuffed animals including a stuffed life-size Minnie Mouse and a Simba.

After dropping her off in the playroom and turning on Disney Junior, I proceeded head to her bathroom to clean it. I wiped down the sink and the tube. I even went as far as clean her bath toys. I think my OCD was in full force at this time. I was having a panick attack until K-Dub’s rubber duck was completely spotless. I started to tackle to toilet. I put my toilet bowl cleaner along the inner rim and turned to gather the trash. When I turned around there was K-Dub.

After almost falling cause she scared the living hell out of me, I looked down. K-Dub had something in her hand. Her hand was in the toilet. I got closer and saw a that she had decided to giver her stuffed Simba a bath. So Simba’s feet were covered in blue water. Dirty blue toilet water. I took it out and wiped it down with some cold water as K-Dub looked at me and could do nothing but laugh. She thought it was so funny to see Daddy panick.

After getting the blue off Simba’s feet and a quick hair dry session. Simba was good as new and you would never know how we took a dip in our toilet. I have to say that I was, however, very impressed with my daughter’s ninja skills. I never heard her coming.

So I learned two things that day. One being to always look over your shoulder when it is quite. You never know when Ninja Baby is going to attack. Two being that some toys need to stay “lost” more than others.

I guess a third and extra thing I learned is to always keep the toilet lid down.

On the bright side, I still managed to clean the entire house, wash and dry and fold all the laundry, and have dinner ready before BrittWhitFun got home. So I have to say I won!

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