Long Time No See

I can not believe it has been a month since my last post! I must say I have stay off the social media also. It is not that I have been busy but I have taken a break to focus on other things. That does not mean I do not have a load of stories rot tell cause I do.

For starters K-Dub has started Pre-K and she loves it.

We kept our nephews and their dog for a whole weekend and it was fun. It was also very stressful to have four kids and two dogs in the house. It was a lot of tag teaming between my wife and but we managed to prevail. We still had a blast. I can say that it was great birth control.

We spent a lot of time at the park and playing games. We even made s’mores in the backyard.

I been hitting the gym pretty hard over the past 5 weeks and I am really starting to see a difference. I am getting stronger. Now if I could only keep up with my meal plan.

More to come tomorrow.

 

 

 

I Am A Tired Dad

I am tired!

The past few months have been like a complete blur. We have had a lot going on. With the renovations, birthday parties, beach trips, sorting through old junk, working, and holidays I really have not had a whole lot of time to breathe.

I think my wife and I need a weekend of down time. As much as I love our crazy life that we built together, I would like to take a time out and sit in a hammock in the shade and just fall asleep for a couple of hours.

There are two things in this world that are amazing: Coffee and more Coffee. I never knew how much I loved it until I had children. My children are amazing but they are exhausting. I love them but they are at a 15 when I need them down at about a 3.

The other day my wife sent me a video of her in the drive thru at Chick-Fil-a and all you hear is my Evie yelling “BITE!!” and that was before my wife even got the food.

I sure I am not the only tired dad out there. I know there are some tired moms out there also. Parents should band together at these points. We all love our kids so it is ok to give each other a little break every now and then. Sometimes it is nice to go to a restaurant that does not have kid placemats.

Honestly I could not come up with something to write about today so this is all I got. Sometimes when you blog you get stuck and when you get stuck you tend to go on little rants like this about tired you are.

Have a great weekend…See you for #MedalMonday!

My Perfect Father’s Day

Just when I think my little girls could not surprise me anymore, they do. I had a great Father’s Day and thanks to my girls and my amazing wife, I was showered with love the entire day.

I woke up to “Happy Father’s Day” from K-Dub, which was followed by lots of hugs and kisses. After we got dressed they handed me their homemade cards. Nothing is better then a homemade card.

I was taken to my favorite breakfast spot which is Stacks in Waxhaw. If you ever go I suggest you go early as the line can get crazy. We stuffed our faces with pancakes, French toast, and hash browns and bacon. So good and so worth it!

After breakfast went on our usual Sunday Target run to get some things for the week and my wife bought me some new clothes. When we got home, I left with K-Dub and went to see Cars 3. It was a great time with just the two of us. I spoiled her with candy and popcorn and she soaked up every minute with me.

When we got home we went swimming for a couple of hours at the neighborhood pool and then went home where I made my famous Mac and cheese with fried squash and cornbread. It was yummy! Then I was treated to Pelican’s Snowcones in Waxhaw. This place is so good. They over 50 flavors and it is very affordable. I got cherry margarita and blue raspberry. So good.

I loved my Father’s Day. I got to spend it with my girls who I love more then anything in this world. Being a dad is the best job I could ask for and one that I never take for granted.

My Best Friend Dad.

This Sunday is Father’s Day. I am very excited but just like the past two years I am sad. It is hard to believe my dad has been gone three years this October.

It is a crazy feeling not having parents. You have no one to call and just talk to about things. My dad was a great listener. He would not give his two cents unless you asked. He would tell me if I was wrong, tell me it would be ok, and he always told me he loved me. He was my rock in many ways. Now I sit here and I catch myself listening to his voicemails and how he would always start them off with “Hey Tyler, Its your Dad!” like I did not know who I was talking to.

I read about the latest political scandals going on and all the things that President Trump is doing and I know that if my father were alive he would have a field day. I always told my dad to start a blog. It would have been a great blog full of his personal insight. My dad was very opinionated so his blog would have been an amazing read.

My dad always loved movies and he loved Marvel movies. Every time one would come out he raced to the theater on opening night to be one of the first to see it. Sometimes he waited for me to go with him. Going to the movies with my dad was one our favorite things to do together. It was our time to bond. Now I may not make it to opening night but I do go and see the newest Marvel every chance I get.

One of the things my dad had that he loved was his truck. He was always so proud of his truck. After he passed away I got it and made it my own but all of his things are still in it. Sometimes when I am driving I reach up and grab his hanging cross on his rear view mirror and say “Love you Dad”.

One thing he loved more then me was K-Dub. I don’t care what anyone thinks but he loved my oldest daughter more then anything. I am 95% sure she was his favorite grandchild. He always came and saw her to play with her. She loved him and still today, she asks me about him. I miss watching them bond. It was something very special. I know that if he was here today then he would love Evie. They would have been great friends.

As the years have come and gone I don’t think missing him ever gets easier. Its just around this time of year I miss having a dad to honor. I miss being able to pick of the phone and call him. He was taken from me so soon and I did not even get a chance to say goodbye. Life is not always far and things happen. People die and it is sometimes ones that are real close to you. My dad maybe be died but his memories are still with me. His advice still guides me, his love is still in my heart. Just when I can’t think of a better gift, he still there to remind me what is most important.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

Daddy And Daughter Movie Night


After a crazy week at the office and all the stuff going on with my mom I needed a night out with one of my special ladies. She is smart, funny, and loves to carry on a conversation. My wife was busy so K-Dub. 

I really have not seen her lately. With late visits at the hospital I have missed dinner and bedtime with her. So tonight I asked her if she wanted to go on a date with daddy and the excitement on her face was enough to melt my heart. 

We went to the movies and saw The Secret Life Of Pets and it was cute. I bought K-Dub a little kids try with popcorn, candy and a drink and she sat in my lap and did not move. 

Afterwards we went to the grocery store and headed home. She told me that she liked our date and wanted to do it again soon. I can’t wait! 

A Very Snowy Birthday

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Well this weekend were blessed to have a crazy snow storm. i have to say that I hate snow. Its really pretty when its falling but i don’t like it to stay. The only thing other than snow I hate is ice. ICE SUCKS!

Before we go into all that snowy stuff, i just have to say that I can’t believe that my little girl is three years old. That is right, K-Dub turned three on Thursday and I am not sure how I feel about. On one end, I like that she is getting older, smarter, more energetic, and wants to be around me and my wife all the time. ALL THE TIME! Then I am sad cause my little girl is growing up and I feel it is happening so fast. I used to hear that all the time but never truly paid it any attention until I had kids of my own. They were right. Soon K-Dub will be driving, then college and then getting married.

As of right now she is obsessed with princesses, puzzles, The Lion Guard, and a new found love of Rugrats thanks to Hulu! She enjoys eating chicken nuggets, fruit, fruit snacks, apples, apple juice, oatmeal, and pasta. She also will tell you that Mommy is her best friend and that Daddy is her girl.

Since this past Thursday was her birthday, we planned an amazing Cinderella party at our house but the weather had other plans. We had to cancel the party and schedule it for the following weekend. It kind of worked out good cause K-Dub was coming down with a killer cold.

But we did manage to play in the snow…

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Confessions From A Temporary Stay At Home Dad

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So this week I have been a full time stay at home dad. No odd jobs this week so I got to stay home with my little girl and be a domestic hurricane while my wife worked.

The week so far has consisted of a all morning coupon trip which will be talked about later, cleaning the house, having dinner either ready or ready to be prepared, doing laundry and of course half marathon training.

K-Dub and I of course had a great week of watching Curious George, eating waffles, playing princesses, playing with her puzzles, naps, and a lot of peanut butter sandwiches and fruit snacks. I have to say that hanging out with her has been a lot of fun. Between our morning cuddle sessions to our trips to see Maw Maw this week we have been all over the town.

We have also had our share of hard times. K-Dub fought me on some of her naps, we had a few meals that could not be are until they were in are in my lap, and a lot of fights about watching too much Curious George. Not all days were easy but I would not trade them for anything.

Being a SAHD has been great and not so great. Since loosing my job I have been a little depressed but taking care of my daughter is a great reason to get up in the morning. Besides, no one plays princesses better then Daddy!

Things I Will No Longer Do Since Becoming A Father

When you become a parent your life changes a lot. Soon you find yourself doing things that you never thought you would end up doing. Your schedule changes, you plan outings and get-togethers around nap times, and you never quite get enough time to yourself. Welcome to Fatherhood! That is what my brother told me about a week after K-Dub was born. 

It amazes me how much my life has changed since having a child. Here I am, a year of fatherhood under my belt, I can now say there are certain things that I will never do again in everyday life. Some of these things are by choice and some are by force.

1. Sleep
I almost laughed myself out of my chair when typing this. Sleep is a thing of the past when becoming a father. I use to sleep in on the weekends until 10 and now I am luck enough to make it 8. I went from a solid 8 to 8.5 hours a sleep a day and now I average to about 5 to 6 a night. I have of course become the master of nap time catch ups.

2. Staying up late
See number one! Why stay up when you know you will be woken by that hungry little critter at the ass crack of dawn? Staying up is parental suicide!

3. Getting Drunk
There is nothing like taking care of a baby while nursing a hangover. It is the worse possible feeling i the world. So pay attention to the ads on TV and please drink responsibly.

4. Watching a movie.
In the past year I think I may have seen 4 movies. When having a kid you don’t get to see as many. It was bad that I never saw any of the  Oscar nominated movies this year. If it was never on Disney Junior then I never saw. I did find that I was not the only adult that who realized this. These parents did too.

5. Go out
The only time this happens is when we plan on having a sitter at least a week in advance. It’s hard to be a spontaneous romantic when you have to worry about who is going to watch your kid. Date night use to be so much more easier but now its more like the trying to solve world hunger.

Don’t get me wrong that there are more great things about being a dad than bad. Like a wise person once told me, The only thing that stays the same in life is that it is always changing.

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My First Father’s Day!

First let me say that i am so sorry that i have been away from my computer so long. i have had a lot of stuff happen in the past month. I have become an uncle for the second time as you can see the pictures above of my sweet nephew Holden. I have also been busy with some new interest that I can’t wait to blog about. I just want to touch base with you all and share my experience as I celebrated my first Father’s Day.

I woke up pretty early cause my 4 month, who turns 5 months on Friday, was placed on my chest. She had a canvas the said Happy Father’s Day and a card. She even had that sweet smile that I am so madly in love with. My wife of course helped her decorate he canvas and come up with the sweet words that were written in the card. it was perfect and I could not ask for a better present. 

After getting showers and playing while watching Sophia The First on Disney Junior, we took my dad out for lunch, and as you can see in the pictures above, he and Karsyn had a great time. I love my dad and he really is amazing. He is like my best friend and we have so much in common. He is always there for me and my family. He may have been absent when I was younger but he was there for me when I had my sweet girl. He is the best grandpa. 

After lunch we went to Brittney’s sister’s house and made ice cream with the new homemade ice cream makers that Brittney’s dad bought Spencer and I. Spencer is my brother-in-law and Holden’s dad. We ate ice cream and talked about the babies and enjoyed an afternoon photo session. 

All and all My first Father’s Day was the best. I look forward to many more. I am so glad to be the father to such a pretty little girl who brightens my day with her big smile. I just wish she did not grow up so fast. 

 

Do I Smell Poop?- How I Made It Through 3 Months Of Fatherhood Alive!

I can’t believe its been 3 months since i have become a father. I am truly blessed to see my little girl grow and learn new things everyday. I use to think that when people told me to watch her cause she will grow up fast was stupid but those people were right. She is already three months old and soon will be able to roll over. Thats crazy!!!

I have to say that three months of being a father has been the best adventure. I have had to deal with poop explosions in Target, meltdowns in public restaurants, and a lot of sleepless nights. Would I do it again? In a hot minute! I love being a dad. Karsyn has made me a better man. There are days where I want to check into the nearest hotel but I can’t stand to be away from the face for more than eight hours a day!

My wife always tells me that I am doing a great job. Most of the time I have absolutely no clue what I am doing. On Monday, Karsyn and I watched Game of Thrones instead of Sesame Street. Does that make me a bad dad? She seemed to like it when the Lannister boy got his hand cut off at the end. You know the one that was having sex with his sister. Am I a bad dad now?

Fatherhood has been so amazing and i look forward to the next 3 months! Maybe I won’t get pooped on as much as I have latley. Heres to hope!