Back At It Again

It has been a long time since my last entry. There really are no other excuses other then life happens and that sometimes breaks are a must. That does not mean that I am not ever coming back. It just means that my time was spent on more important things like my kids and family.

There last entry I posted was in February and so many things have happened since then. Let me take a second and update you.

K-Dub is getting big. I sometimes cannot believe she is five cause I swear in the last few months she has hit a growth spurt. She looks more like she is 7. In my last update I told you she was starting dance. She has since had her first ever recital and loves it. We have plans for her to re-enroll in the fall.

Speaking of enrollment… K-Dub is starting Kindergarten in less then three weeks! Where did the time go? We were very lucky she got accepted at one of the local charter schools near where we live. She is excited and this weekend I am going to start gathering her school supplies while BrittWhitFun gets her school uniforms. I just can’t believe that we are finally at this moment and it makes me sad and joyful.

Evie is a force of nature. She has been getting big also. She has really come around on the loving Dad front and now she never wants to leave my side unless Mom is around. She has been really trying to grasp this whole potty training thing. She has #1 down by #2 has been a really struggle for not only her but for Mom and Dad. I may have stepped on poop while putting her on the potty. It just kind of rolled out of her underwear. Sorry. I hope you were not eating when you read this.

We have tried to transition Evie from her crib to toddler bed but it was a disaster so we decided to keep the crib a little longer. She is just not ready and until she is fully potty trained she really needs to stay in her crib.

Here are some of the other highlights of the past few months:

My SIL got married back in April. 

K-Dub learned to swim

My brother and I could not be better

My brother dressed like a lady for charity

I decided to take on swimming

Easter was a lot of fun.

We went to the Zoo

I won Coordinator of the Quarter

Had a great Mother’s Day Mingle At The Mint Event

Got a Vasectomy and my wisdom teeth out in the same month

K-Dub graduated from Preschool

BrittWhitFun and I celebrated 7 years of marriage

I tried float therapy and like it and did not drown

I did a build for Habitat for Humanity

Enjoyed 4th of July with friends

What is next for the family? We have a lot of things coming up. K-Dub starting school, Evie is turning 3 and we are heading back to Disney World in less then 90 days and I am not even close to being ready!

As always comments are appreciated and I can’t wait to here from you.

 

Back At It

So it has been a while since my last post but I am back. A lot has happened since my last post. My family and I have been very busy and things don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

First, Happy New Year, I missed writing this blog, I missed you, yada, yada, yada. I am not going to waste my time or yours writing about goals for 2018 as if I was going to try and stick to them anyways.

It is really hard to find the words to put on the screen. Usually it is pretty easy but I am finding it hard these past few months to find my voice again. I really hate to waste your time so lets start with some updates.

K-Dub has been enrolled in dance and LOVES IT! All she talks about is dance class and her teacher. She is really cute in her outfit and to watch glide across the floor. She just turned five and the attitude is starting to be more intense. I cant believe that it will not be long before she is in Kindergarten. Where has the time gone? She still is a Daddy’s girl and I love every minute of it.

Evie is Evie. She is still mean as a snake. The best way to describe her is that she is a sour patch kid. She hits you in the face one minute and then the next she is hugging your arm and telling you she loves you. She is not a big fan of me but a die hard follower of my wife. She loves my wife. Her new thing now is to fight going to bed. When she commits to hating something she really commits to it.

BrittWhitFun is still the same. She is the leader of the pack. She spends her days working and calculating schedules and making lunches in the evening. She keeps our family going and I really have no clue what I would do without her. She is awesome.

As for me…My job has taken off in a very different direction then I ever thought would be possible as I am now more then ever in the core of my magazines. South Park Magazine has really taken off and we just had Greg Olson on this months cover. Carolina Bride has a new editor and I am working very close to her to get our magazine in front of as many eyes as possible.  In addition to working with the magazines I am also coordinating events which puts me in front of some new people and new places. I think this is by far the most fun thing about my job.

As far as fitness goes I have been in slump for the past few months. I have given up Crossfit and decided to journey out on my own. So far I am just not feeling it. I have however been focussing on my nutrition very heavy. Trying to find what works best for me and how different food affect my body. Once I find a new balance I will get back to it.

Very thankful to be here working hard to be a better me.

K-Dub’s Concert

I have no idea why I did not share this a few weeks ago. I must have had a ton of other crazy things going on. A couple of weeks ago K-Dub had a concert put on by her school for the parents. It was her first one in the entire three years she had been there. I was actually pretty excited about going. What is more cute then a bunch of adorable kids singing? Right?

So we got her all dressed up. I left work early to ensure I was there on time. We got to the school and dropped her off at her classroom before going and taking our seats in the auditorium.

Soon it was time to start and the kids came marching in looking all adorable. Soon they started singing. I could not find K-Dub at first. I had to stand a little out of my chair and found that all the other kids were singing and she was standing there with her hands over her mouth. Only my kid. Take a look.

I was not made at her by any means but it was still pretty cute.

My Kids Are Special

This week we have had a lot of issues with our kids. I know every parent has issues with their kids but now it is my turn to vent a little.

Lets start with the oldest. K-Dub is having an issue wetting the bed. I am not sure how we have gotten to this point in our lives but I am so tired of striping this bed and washing sheets every day. I know my wife is because she is the one my kid was up in the middle of night to strip her wet pee soaked clothes off and put clean PJs on. I guess as dads we are automatically blocked from the kid waking us up in the middle of the night. My poor wife.

This has been going on for almost two weeks and I am tired of it. I have done everything in my power to help the situation. I started cutting her off the water an hour before bed and even pleaded with her. What else can you do? If your response is to wait it out then SHUT UP! Sorry that was a little extreme but you have to understand my frustrations.

If you have any advice please let me know.

The little one. This kid has a very serious attitude problem and if you are fooled by the cute smile then you are an idiot. Sorry again, it has been a crazy week. She actually got kicked out of class at daycare a few months ago cause she kept hitting the kids who were trying to nap. She is mean and if she does not like you then watch those tiny hands. They are about to come down on you.

I am not one to allow violence in my house by any means. Evie gets punished trust me. The only person that matters most to this little girl is her mom. If you take away the fact that her free line to unlimited milk is nestled in the breast of my bride then she would fall victim to these horrible acts of violence to. No one is safe from Evie. I don’t even get kisses from this girl. I get her forehead pushed against mine. Talk about disrespect.

Ok I am done venting now. I love my kids but sometimes that are real assholes. I mean I would walk on fire for them but sometimes I think they know this and try to take advantage of their old man. Anyways I know this is going to be temporary and I am going to look back on this post a year from now and laugh…or at least I hope.

Have a great weekend! See you next week!

 

She Is Four

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As a dad, it is hard to watch your kids grow up. I am more then likely not the first person to tell you this as almost everyone said this to me at the time of K-Dub’s birth. It is however true. So true that sometimes you feel like if you blink your kid will be packing their bag and heading off to college. I am being way more dramatic then I need to be but you get the idea.

This week K-Dub is turned four. Wow, four years old. It wont be long before she starts Kindergarten. The other day I was making plans for her party which was Saturday and I could not help but get a little emotional. Its hard to keep it together when you know you are just another year closer to when your oldest leaves you.

I remember the day she was born. It was there day that changed my wife and I forever. Funny how you never knew some much love could exist until you have it bundled up in your arms.

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I remember when she first started to walk. Now I can’t keep you from running around Target.

I remember the first time she got sick.

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I remember the first time Paw Paw held her

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I remember her making Christmas goodies with Maw Maw.

I even remember her first birthday party.

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It is so hard to believe she is growing up. Now she loves to be a princess, likes to swing at the playground, get her nails done, wear jewelry and even help Daddy make dinner. She is so special to us and a delight to raise. Sometimes she makes things harder then they need to be. Dinner time is always a fight to get her to eat something other then Goldfish and a cereal bar. She freaks out if she gets the slightest drop of water on her sleeve and must change her shirt ASAP. She only can be a princess when she has a dress on and don’t call her one otherwise. She never wants to go to bed unless you tell her that there is a bath before hand.

Parenting is hard. It just is and no one is better at then others. People just do a better job of hiding it then others. Kids are tough and fearless which is scary. It is a never ending rid that goes way up and then comes crashing down the next turn. I love these moments even though they are hard and I feel like a failure as a dad, I still would not trade them for anything.

Watching K-Dub grow up has been a privilege. Yes that is the word I chose. I could easily have left at any time but I chose to stay and love this little girl. I love teaching her right from wrong, making snacks with her, taking her on special dates, fighting with her about proper shoes for school and punishing her for talking back to her mom. It is all in a days work.

Now she is growing up and one day will not me. Even after I spend three hours of my day off building her a Disney Princess Dollhouse.

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Until then I will just continue to enjoy the ride.

The party was a blast. K-Dub had a lot of fun and the day was truly about her. Here are some pics from her party and when we gave her her present.

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! 

Saturday Adventures


Today my wife and I went to our town’s semi annual consignment sale. K-Dub had no 4T clothes so we needed to stock up. 

Through the years my wife and I have become pros at these sales. We always bring our own bag and work together on picking out the clothes. 

This sale we managed to get all of K-Dubs fall clothes and even got her a pair of shoes. 


After the sale we went and had a nice family breakfast at Stacks in Waxhaw which is by far the best breakfast place ever. 

Later we picked K-Dub from her Grandmas house and went and saw my mom at the hospital. She was going much better today. She could speak better and she was starting to get some feeling back on her left side. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments, phone calls, text, and Facebook messages. Mom has a long recovery ahead but we are very hopefully.  

K-Dub’s Little Adventure

IMG_2892 One of the things I look most forward to as a parent is not planning birthday parties, trips to the park, or hanging around watching cartoons. My favorite thing in the whole world is when someone asks me or my wife if they could take my kid for a few hours.

I know you might think I am a horrible parent and don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my children. Sometimes I need some time away. Some time to reming myself that I am a human who has interest and a life outside of being a father. I find these times most cherished between my wife and I.

So today my wife and I had the opportunity to have K-Dub spend time with her grandparents. I immediately said yes. Now we only had to deal with Evie and she is by far the easy kid. A meal time with no fights made want to stand up and dance.

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So her Pop picked her up from school and they went and got a doughnut. Then horseback riding farm followed. After that she ate corn on the cob.

What did Mom and Dad do? Ate a nice steak dinner with a baked potoato, had a real conversation about adult stuff, watched TV that was not animated. It was the best 45 minutes of my life.

When K-Dub finally came home she was so happy. She told us all about her adventures with Pop. The it hit me like a ton of bricks. I actually missed her. I missed her a lot actually.

I guess this is a losing battle cause I love my alone time. I crave it, however, I love spending time with my kids and the highlight of my day is dinner and cartoons before they go to bed. I guess my girls have me wrapped around their little fingers.

My Kid Is Creepier Than Yours

We started this past weekend off pretty good. My wife and I wanted to stay pretty close to the house cause we had a ton of stuff to get done at the house. Trying to get things done with a toddler and an infant around is damn near impossible. So we took the kids to the park. 

We met up with some good friends of ours and let the kids play. They played more by themselves cause my kid is weird and does not like to play with others. I think she gets that from me. Maybe it’s because she likes to be the boss. She gets that from her mother. 

When I say my toddler played hard I mean hard. We got home from the park and she wanted a snack. I gave her some goldfish crackers, which I am convinced is cocaine for kids. I proceeded to make dinner and then that’s when I heard it. 

I came around the corner and found this. 


Creepy right? 

I never have seen someone fall asleep with their eyes open before. My wife tell people that I do it but that is not true, also like I fart in my sleep. 

Here is a better shot. 


Here is to say my kid is way creepier then yours. 

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.