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Sesame Street Funko Pops

Funko Pops are a big deal in our house. I currently have several different characters and my daughter also has a few Frozen Pops. Coming this May 2015 you can start picking up Sesame Street Funko Pops! The announcement was made today so be sure to setup your pre-orders. Mr. Snuffleupagus is a 6″ super sized Pop! It doesn’t look like we will be getting Elmo, Murray, or Big Bird just yet. I am sure if these sell decently we can get even more in the next series.

Are you a fan of Funko Pops? Which ones do you like to collect? Share in the comments below!

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Most Requested Items Before Bedtime in 2014

Any kid will run any errand for you, ifThe data has been thoroughly collected and analyzed and the report is in! Actually, the data in this infographic is not even 100% accurate. It’s also not even 100% true, but it sure feels like it. Just about every night before bedtime it’s always something. Daddy I need water, Daddy I need milk, Daddy I want a snack, Daddy I want to watch Frozen, no not that Frozen I want Frozen SING-A-LONG! It is a never ending battle with my four year old and getting to bed at a decent time. I will say that there are times when she passes out all on her own and I carry her into bed. Those nights are spectacular. There is no having to get additional items just to keep her from throwing a tantrum and waking up her little brother.

“Daddy, can you turn on Frozen?”

So what we have here in this infographic is what I feel are the most requested items before bedtime this past year from my daughter. The big take away is that she watches Frozen far too often. Practically every night she watches the movie at least once. I have slowly but surely gotten her to watch other cartoons/movies, but it’s always her fall back. We of course have two different copies of Frozen. First we have the regular theatrical release and next we have the sing-a-long version. This one has all of the words to the songs at the bottom of the screen. My daughter can barely read, so it is a little odd that this version is requested as often as it is…

“Daddy, I need a snack…”

Next on the list is snacks. Fruit snacks, cookies, muffins, etc… If she doesn’t get something in her belly before bed we will hear about in the middle of the night. Personally, it’s no big deal if she wants a snack before bed. That is completely okay in my book. It’s only a problem when it’s actually time for bed and she’s wanting something else, or better yet, the next item in her request repertoire, milk or water. More often than not it is a request for milk. A drink is okay too, just as long as it doesn’t go to waste (if it’s milk).

“Daddy, strawberry milk please.”

The last item in the pie chart (mmm pie). Is her constant request for additional lighting in the room. It doesn’t matter that she has a night light, nor does it matter that Pawpaw built her a bed with cool Christmas lights built into it as an additional nightlight. To her it’s not enough, she needs more. She would rather sleep with the lights on than even just one turned off. I don’t know if it’s some kind of interrogation technique or what, but she has mastered it.


I Cannot Believe What My Wife Asked Me Today

BASIC NEEDSWell, it wasn’t actually today, but it was recently… So I get home from work and settle into my after work routine of taking over the kids and as we start playing with toys, getting a snack, and what not, my wife lays this question on me that left me completely taken aback.

She asked me if she could take a shower. I was shocked and dumbfounded, but most of all I was ashamed. Ashamed that the basic psychological needs that every human being requires, including my wife were being asked of me like she’s some orphan in a Charles Dickens story.  I was embarrassed that my wife actually felt that she had to ask me if she could take a shower instead of just saying “Hey I’m gonna get in the shower”. I have never told her that she has to ask to take a shower. So I was just completely shocked at the situation. Once I gained my composure I said to her with the sincerest of eyes and the calmest of voice…

“You never have to ask me if you can take a shower, just tell me you are going to get cleaned up. There is absolutely no reason for you to have to ask permission. It is your right to be able to have this personal time. So, no matter what I am doing, just tell me and I will drop everything and take over the kids.”

“You never have to ask me if you can take a shower…”

And I meant it. I did not realize that my wife was so worried about interrupting what I am doing just so she can get cleaned up. Any husband that requires their wife to ask to watch the kids so she can get cleaned up is a bum in my opinion. I love my wife so much and I know how hard it can be watching the kids each and everyday. I understand that when she is at home by herself with the kids that she doesn’t always have the time to get in the shower. She relies on me to take over when I get home so she can do what she needs to do. I have no problem with doing my job as a parent so she can refresh.

Just like going to the bathroom, or eating a meal, a shower is a basic necessity and in my opinion should not require any sort permission. Sure, let me know what you plan on doing but never is it OK to have to ask for permission just to take a shower. We’re not running a boot camp over here and I would like to keep it that way.

What are some other basic needs that you feel every person deserves? Comment below!

Skywatching Events in 2015

Over at they posted this great infographic that has the 9 must-see skywatching events of 2015. If you have a child that loves science then I highly recommend checking out any of these amazing skywatching events. The first event is only a few days away. If you are able to capture a photo please share it with me and I will post it here. I know I will be setting up the telescope for as many of these as possible.