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A Seven Year Dad

IMG_0361Well it is official. I have been a dad for seven years now. My beautiful baby girl is only getting older and there is not much I can do about it. It doesn’t really make me sad, because I know that she’s going to grow up regardless of me wanting her to or not, it’s just going to happen. But what it does do is makes me happy that my little girl is growing up to be a respectful and intelligent person. These past seven years are all pretty much new to me. Aside from taking care of our nieces and nephews when they were little my wife and I are still just figuring things out all on our own.

So here we are, seven years later and still having a lot of fun. This 7th birthday party sleep over was no different. Snacks, silly string, playing, outdoor movies, and a sleep over all were on the agenda for our little girl. We got her what she had been asking for over a year now, a bunk bed, but it was the JoJo Siwa hair bow from her cousin that brought the house down with excitement. I mean I could have bought hundreds of bows for what I bought the bunk bed for, but maybe she wouldn’t have gotten as excited. Either way it is a treat watching your kids go crazy while opening up gifts from family and friends.

Being a dad to this little girl has been an emotional roller coaster. So far I’ve watched her grow into a spectacular young lady and I could not be more proud as a dad. My little doodles is growing up too fast and there just isn’t anything I can do about it except love her even more.IMG_5378

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Labor Day Staycation: Escape to the Movies with $5 Films at Select Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres

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Labor Day is coming up and many families use the long weekend as an opportunity to have a mini vacation. Well how about a staycation and $5 movies? This Labor Day weekend, Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres is offering select $5 movies at participating locations in greater St. Louis – plus free popcorn for kids! Whether catching one of this summer’s hottest blockbusters or reliving the beloved classic that is “The Goonies,” a trip to the movies can provide the perfect escape, especially for those who aren’t headed out of town.

Summer Rewind: $5 Movies Friday, September 1 – Thursday, September 7
Now is the perfect time to catchup on the films you missed this summer. From family-friendly flicks to comedy to drama, the following movies will be offered for $5 at select Marcus Wehrenberg

Theatres locations:

  • · “Cars 3” — Lighting McQueen sets out to prove that he’s still the best race car in the world.
  • · “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” — Surly and his friends try to save their home from destruction.
  • · “The Big Sick” — Romantic comedy about love, death and the everyday humor of being a 21st century American.
  • · “Kidnap” — A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

“The Goonies” Retro Series: Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4
Whether you’re an eighties kid or introducing the next generation to the beloved classic, you can see “The Goonies” on the big screen for $5 at all Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations.

“Dunkirk” Military BOGO: Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4
Active duty military and veterans who see “Dunkirk” can enjoy a special buy-one-get
one admission at select Marcus Theatres locations. (Must present ID Card at box office.)

WHERE: All nine first-run Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations in Greater St. Louis: “The Goonies”

Select first-run Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations in Greater St. Louis: “Cars 3,” “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature,” “The Big Sick,” “Kidnap,” and “Dunkirk.”

Visit www.marcustheatres.com for a list of participating theatres, showtimes and to purchase tickets.

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We Bought a Van!

IMG_4301Does owning a van make you suburban family official? If so then I should’ve signed up years ago. After years of driving the same old car we finally purchased a new van. It is a thing of beauty and comfort. Riding a little higher does weird me out a little bit but I can imagine that after some time passes I will get use to it.

Before the purchase getting kids to and from places could turn into a chore if we had more than our own with us. Sometimes we would even have to take two cars to get everyone to where we were going. Now with our beautiful van that does not seem to be the case. I am also thrilled that I can easily load larger items without having to call on friends to help us out with the load.

I know this is short but I had to put it out there that I am now a van dad. It’s not my primary vehicle, I leave that status for my wife but I do drive the van and am proud to call it my own. One thing for certain though is that I am excited to see what kind of van accessories I can use with this beast, so if any brands out there are interested in some partnership with this awesomely new van dad, hit up that contact section. And if you are wondering, yes I already asked if I could turn my van into a 2017 sheep dog, but I was quickly shot down.

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To My Kids, Thank You for Making Me a Dad

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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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Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad  and Pampers for this promotion. Check out www.pampers.com and be sure to follow them on social media to learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.

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