Uncle & Nephew Time

It is not every day I get to spend the entire afternoon with just my nephew but this past weekend was one of those rare occasions. We met up with my SIL and BIL at the park the other day and let the kids play and run any excess energy they had out. It also gave us adults some time to chat. My nephew Holden and K-Dub where playing and having a great time like always.

When it came time to leave I may have invited my nephew over to hang with me not thinking he would actually want to. He is three and his parents, especially his mom, are his world. The was a very good lesson for me cause he actually said yes and I would have looked like a complete A-hole if I said no.

So after we all went to lunch together, his parents dropped him off at my house and went on their way to do some shopping. My wife and kids had a birthday party to go to and I was left with Holden. I had no idea what we where going to do. He looked at me and I asked hime. He said he wanted to go the movies.

We ended up going to the movies and seeing Boss Baby which was actually a great little movie. It was way better then I expected and it also gave me an opportunity to spoil my nephew with popcorn, candy and soda. He loved it.

After the movie I really wanted a cup of coffee and Holden may have let it slip that he wanted a cake pop. So being the cool uncle I am, we went to Starbucks.

When dropping him off he told me I was his best friend and showed me his new Captain America costume he got for Costume Day at school. I really ended up having a ton of fun with this kid.

I love all my nephews and nieces and sometimes it is just nice to take them and spoil them a little bit and work on our relationship. My mom once told me that every person you come in contact with, even if it was a bad contact, shape you to who you are and who you will be. I feel that I am shaping my nephew to be even more awesome then he already is.

Splashing The Planet With The Kiddos

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As many of you know, I always tried to do at leat one fun activity with K-Dub on Monday. We go to the indoor pool at the gym, take a nice long walk in the neighborhood, or spend the day at the park. I have found it very easy to keep K-Dub active and entertained and she always finds away to make her Daddy exhausted. Although it is easy for me to find fun things to do with K-Dub on Mondays, my wife has had a rough time trying to find things that are not too pricy and fun to do with K-Dub on Saturdays.

 I work every Saturday and my wife works on Mondays when I am off so we each try to make a special activity for us to do with K-Dub to get some quality time with our daughter. My wife most of the time just tries to find something for them to do around the house, like a craft,  make some kind of new recipe, or almost 98% of the time my mother is there to see them.

Last weekend, my wife came up with a great idea. My mother-in-law was busy and was not able to make the long trip from Hickory to come for her visit, so my wife started to look on the internet for something for her and K-Dub to do. After a couple of hours of searching she found it. After finding her destination, she called her sister Kate and asked if she and my nephew, HJ would love to come. They agreed.

Where was this amazing place you ask? It was really amazing and a lot of fun. It was in the heart of the city of Charlotte. It was called Ray’s Splash Planet, which is an indoor water park and also a recreation center for Mecklenburg County residents.

I actually was able to get out of work early so I could go too. I met my wife and her sister and we left with the babies in tow. When we arrived there was hardly a place to park. We ended up parking at a local elementary school and walked over.

The line to get in was very unorganized, but once we finally got in it was worth it. They had a splash playground complete with little slides and tunnels. They had a big pool with a vortex that I did not care for. They had the big tube slides to go down. We stayed close to the kids who had a blast splashing around. They had so much fun that they passed out on the way home.

All and all it was a great day and will be back soon.

 

Daddy and Daughter Mondays

One of my favorite days of the week is Monday. A lot of people hate Mondays, but I have come to love them and look forward them every week. Why you ask? Cause its the only day I get to spend alone with K-Dub. I am off work on Mondays and BrittWhitFun still has to go. Also, we give Nanny E that day off so she can get her personal stuff done. So it’s a great time for me to connect with my daughter and really spend some quality time with her.

We use to just hang at the house on Mondays, but now I try to find us a great activity to do either in the morning or in the afternoon. Like I said last week, we go to Storytime at the local library, we go to the park in the neighborhood, or we go swimming like we did this last week. It is just a chance to get out of the house and be around other kids and adults and swap “parent stories”.

I really enjoyed the time we went swimming at the local Aquatic Center. K-Dub loved it when I would hold her on her stomach and move her on top of the water. She would kick her legs and even put her face under the water! She is so brave. I almost freaked out but then calmed down once I saw her laughing and smiling. Her Maw Maw got her a ladybug float and she loved getting in it and hitting the speaking horn. After we got changed and dried off, we grabbed some lunch with Paw Paw and then headed home for a much-needed nap. The nap was for K-Dub and not me, although, I did lay down for about 30 minutes.

Now that winter is almost over, or at least I hope it is, the weather will soon be a lot warmer and we can do other fun activities. We can go one of the local parks, go to the zoo, take a day trip up to the mountains, and we can even go to the new aquarium that is opening up soon. The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait.

On Mondays, I joke around with my wife and tell her that I am a part-time stay at home dad. I am parenting K-Dub, doing the laundry, making dinner, and cleaning the house so my Mondays are super busy. I can’t help but feel that if my situation would allow me to that I would love to be a stay at home dad. I guess it’s because of the fact that when I am at work, I really miss my kid. I also am constantly thinking of all the stuff that I have to do when I get home. Sometimes I feel there is not enough hours in the day. Maybe one day I can reduce my hours at work and stay at home a little more. One day…

For now, I can say that Mondays are the best time for me. I love spending time with my daughter and we are making memories. Thats what I would like to think every parent is trying to do. One day in the future K-Dub will ask me about the times we had off together and I will be able to show her all the pictures and tell her all the stories of what happened on Daddy and Daughter Mondays.

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Happy Mornings With Daddy!

Yesterday was my first day watching Karsyn all by myself. It was actually not that hard. I was so nervous but my amazing wife told me that I would do fine and not to worry.

We spent the morning playing and she kept smiling and then we had lunch with Mommy. We even went to Grandma’s house to see her. I also managed to keep Karsyn on her nap and feeding schedule and even found time to clean the kitchen and fold Karsyn’s laundry. I was really a super dad yesterday. It also gave me time to bond with my little girl. Love her so much!

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