The Last Day

To My Kids, Thank You for Making Me a Dad

The Last Day

Six years ago around this time my wife and I were gearing up for the birth of our first child. I am pretty sure we already had the nursery painted and a collection of everything we would need for our baby girl. Physically, we were ready for this kid to make her grand appearance. Mentally, we were no where near ready to become parents. Sure we had some semblance of experience from being an awesome aunt and uncle but being ultimately responsible for our own human, that was something I don’t think we were ever ready for.

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The day finally came for our daughter’s arrival. Our unpreparedness showed as we did not have a “go bag” ready, we forgot our camera, and were just overall not ready. Six hours later, Abby popped her little head out. Being a couple of novices at this whole parenting thing, we got our first scare just a few moments after Abby’s birth. She didn’t start crying immediately like you see on T.V. This scared us, but the nurse told us not to worry, she was OK, except she got a little meconium in her and the nurses had to help clear all of that out.

Cries finally filled the area where our beautiful daughter was being cleaned up. Never have I ever fell in love so fast. Before her birth I already knew I loved my daughter, but when you finally have that chance to see your child in real life and not through a ultra-sound screen everything changes. It was at that point that I became a real dad. With the meconium and everything else all cleaned off of my tiny daughter, I took her in my arms and thanked her for making me a daddy.

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Watching her grow into a little lady over the years has been filled with joy. Hearing her first word (dada), watching her take her first steps, and taking her to her first baseball game are all memories that wouldn’t be possible without her and because of that they will be treasured forever. Listening to Abby sing-a-long to songs and watching her create amazing artwork makes me realize just how thankful I am for this little girl. I see her personality growing into a little mini me and it just fills my heart with so much joy. Thank you Abby for making me a dad. I could not have done it without you (and of course mom).

Pampers, which has always been a big part of my toolkit when it comes to raising my kids, has released a new #ThanksBaby video that I think is great and beautifully captures the journey of fatherhood as it begins.

Years later I never thought I would be experiencing the same feelings again that I did the day my daughter was born, but I guess history is capable of repeating itself which is exactly what happened the day my son was born. This time however, we were more prepared. I had the bag and camera ready. When you become a father, preparedness becomes ingrained in your mind. But in reality, nothing can prepare you for fatherhood, except having a child.

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Our son Alex was a born stuntman and immediately started stealing hearts. He has grown up so fast and has dad wrapped around his finger with his “I sowry, it a ackident” when he gets caught doing something he shouldn’t be doing, like jumping on the couch or crawling into bed to sleep next to daddy just about every night. He loves his toys and has an imagination that can be envied by all. The little guy just melts my heart. Even though I know I will get some crumby sleep, how could I say no to this little cutie’s snuggles. Thank you Alex, you have taught me how unconditional love can be so amazing. You also taught me how to worry non-stop with your stuntman antics which you so eloquently call “magic tricks”. Your heart is as big as your bravery and I love that you’ve taught me to just go with it once again. You and your sister are me and your mom’s everything and I cannot thank you two enough for making me your dad. I love you both!

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When a baby is born, a dad is born. This Father’s Day share using the hashtag #ThanksBaby to give thanks to those babies that have made us the dads we are today. Because of them we have grown in life as dads that do what needs to be done to help those little babies have a better, loving, more fulfilling lives. I know it is going to be a sad day when my two leave the house, but at least they will finally be out of Pampers and maybe one day in the far future they will have children of their own and I can share my fatherly wisdom with them on how best to share a bed with a toddler.

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Our Beauty and The Beast Screening

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When starting this blog I wasn’t sure how I was going to come up with topics to write about as time progressed on. But after going at it for a couple years now I have found that I have plenty to write about, particularly about some of the opportunities that have presented themselves such as this particular event.

Working with Life of Dad and Disney, I had an amazing opportunity to host a Beauty and The Beast screening for the new Blu-ray that was released on June 6 (buy it!). My daughter loves Belle and all that she is capable of and when I asked her if she would like to have a big movie party she was immediately excited and her little mind started turning over ideas of what we could do.

Some of her ideas were too grand. Believe me, I think it would have been awesome to rent out a ballroom and have a beautiful celebration, however, this is going to be setup in my backyard, so the ballroom is going to be out of realm of possibilities. We were able to setup lights and decorations, along with a big screen to show the movie.

With a handful of kids, my wife and I hosted a fantastic screening of the movie. We had lots of candy, popcorn, glow sticks, and even a photo booth. There’s not much more to say about the screening other than the movie is worth picking up and thank you Life of Dad and Disney for this opportunity to screen the movie!

Check out the photos from our event and be sure to pick up your copy of Beauty and The Beast which is now available wherever Blu-rays are sold!

 

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A Rockin’ Weekend

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I gotta tell ya about a weekend that was absolutely fantastic. For starters, it was the weekend my wife and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. We have been together for 16 years and married for 10 of those years. It is an incredible feeling being with someone so awesome for that long. I truly love that girl and I am glad she is in my world.

IMG_8937For our anniversary we decided to attend Point Fest this year. I was super excited as it was said that Korn was going to be headlining the show, along with Breaking Benjamin. Korn has been on my bucket list of bands to see for the longest time. I have just never been able to be in a position to see them live and this was finally my time. That is until I got home from work Friday afternoon. Apparently, lead singer Jonathan Davis reported vocal issues and apologized in a video that the band would not be attending Point Fest. I was pretty bummed out. Korn was the only reason I bought tickets. I love Breaking Ben as well but they are in my top 10, Korn is top 3, so the news stung a little bit.

After boo-hoo-ing for an hour I finally got over it. Breaking Ben was going to play an extended set so that was a nice addition to the show.

IMG_8966So the day of Point Fest came and I was already over Korn cancelling and was ready to hear some Sick Puppies and Breaking Benjamin. We got the kids to mammaw and pawpaw’s house and headed out to the show. It was a beautiful sunny day and my wife and I were ready to rock. Upon our arrival we decided to do a little walking around, well we actually did a lot of walking that night. We ate, drank, and had a lot of fun. We met some interesting people and listened to some awesome music. After the Sick Puppies set on the side stage we actually got to meet the band! While waiting in line we were approached by a security guard that was awesome enough to give us two tickets to the next Point Fest the following weekend. We knew we couldn’t go but who says no to free tickets? We could find someone that would want to go so that was a very nice surprise.

IMG_3469Destiny got herself a shirt and I got myself a cool tall boy coozi cup. Our night was so much fun and Breaking Benjamin knocked it out of the park with their extended set. Below you can see a YouTube video someone from the concert posted of the set. The Star Wars Imperial March was insane to say the least.

Just like 16 year old kids as we were leaving after the show my wife ripped down a Point sign and shoved it in her purse. She’s a rebel without a cause!

A few days later I was able to give away the tickets to the next Point Fest which was featuring Soundgarden as the headliner. Then the news of Chris Cornell’s passing was announced followed by the announcement that Point Fest was cancelled. I understand why the Point did it but I also feel bad for all that wanted to go to the show. There is always Way Back Point Fest later this year. I am already on the look out for those tickets.

I had not been to a concert in a few years, and this concert proved that we need to go to more. My wife and I had so much fun. Eating junk food and drinking some drinks we could not have asked for a better night except it got even better after the concert when we went to the club but that’s a story for another time.

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Upgrading Outlets to USB with DIYZ

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with the DIYZ® app. All opinions of apps and companies that help me complete DIY projects are my own.

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One thing I hear all of the time from my family and kids is that I often forget to charge their tablets. My best excuse it that I have no idea where the chargers are or that I can’t find the big brick blocks that are required to charge these things. Fact is, it’s just a USB cable connected to some power. You can now upgrade your home outlets to include a USB port so you can charge your devices. Isn’t the future great? For this Mother’s Day, the kids and I are doing a little home upgrades. Mommy will be so proud.

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Now, I am a pretty technical person but when it comes to electricity, I can get a little freaked out. I need to be sure I am doing everything right so I don’t hurt myself, or someone else. That’s where this awesome app called DIYZ comes in. I downloaded the app to my phone and got right to it. It is a very easy to use app with a plethora of projects to look through for every DIY skill level. Each project includes step-by-step instructions and even the option to live video-chat with a professional contractor if you need it. The Pro Advisors are available Monday through Friday from 6:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET and on weekends from 8:00 AM – 1:00 AM ET. Check it out and #GetWise! The DIYZ® app is free to download and is available in the Apple App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android. For a limited time, the video-chat feature is also FREE!

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I easily found the project I needed and started going through it step-by-step. First, I needed to make sure I had all the tools needed, and within each project on the DIYZ® app you can easily browse a list of tools for each project with the option to purchase directly in the app via Amazon, if you don’t already have them. Doesn’t get much easier than that. I thought this project was going to be easy as I already had all the tools that were listed, so I was ready to get started right away. But first I figured I would get the kids involved in this as well. It is good for them to get experience with tools and get some hands on #DIYZ experience.

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So the first thing you always need to do when working with any sort of electricity is to turn off the breaker. Always be sure to double check that the flow of electricity has been cut with a none contact voltage tester, just to be sure no current is still going through. With all tools in hand and the electricity turned off, we were ready to start the removal of the old outlets. I picked up a couple outlets so we have some options on where we plug in our devices. We decided to start in the kitchen.

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The kids removed the screws from the outlet covers first and then they unscrewed the outlets themselves. I did all of the wiring. It was fun working with them on this little project using the DIYZ® app. The app really helps make the job a lot simpler and set my nerves at ease when working with something like electricity.

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There also wasn’t a big mess, and now Mom will be super happy being able to charge her devices just about anywhere in our home. The new outlets were unveiled on Mother’s Day and my wife was so proud of her kids’ hard work. It was a big hit in our home and I am finally out of the dog house when it comes to charging the kids’ tablets!

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