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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
This is a blog about my life. My wife and I have three kids, ages six, three and one. Last year I gave up my gig as a middle school teacher to stay home with my kids full-time. This past year has been the most challenging, easy, relaxing, stressful, fun, tiring and rewarding year of my life.

My wife Amanda and I have been married for seven years. She spends her days (and nights and weekends) as an overworked Medical Resident.

Our oldest daughter, Eloise, is a bright, sweet, emotional first grader that loves to talk (she gets it from her mom). When not at school she is most likely playing dress up, turning some part of our house into a playroom, or creating a craft projects that involve: glue, magazines, markers, staples, stickers, scissors, crayons, pens, and a dozen sheets of paper.

Henry, the three year old middle child, is hell on wheels. There is not a house or store Henry cannot destroy in five to seven minutes max. He loves playing with his trucks, digging in his sandbox and occasionally putting on his sister’s pink plastic high heels.

Maggie, the one year old, is as sweet as they come. At a very early age she learned that her crying could barely be heard over the volume of her siblings. She has developed a blood curdling scream in order to get our attention that would make any horror movie producer proud.

Well there you have it, that’s pretty much my family in a nutshell.

DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for parenting advice you have come to the wrong place. Enjoy!

How to NOT train for a Marathon
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How to NOT train for a Marathon

October 04, 2012 | 11:48 AM

Last year I signed up for a marathon.

I ran two previous half marathons in the two years prior, so I knew I could follow a training plan, and stick to it. I had six months to train. It had been months since I last ran so my first training runs were three, four and five mile runs.

Training was going great, I was staying on track with three runs per week, speed, pace, and a long run, but then my marathon training hit a snag on July 21, the day my daughter was born. That morning while I was out on a run, my wife called to tell me she was in labor. I cut my run short and headed to the hospital.

After that, I didn't run for over a month.

In the months that followed I only ran occasionally. When had free time I choose extra sleep over logging more miles.

Finally the day before the race arrived. I had already paid for my race bib when I signed up in May. I didn't want to waste the $50 I spent on an entry fee, but there was no way in hell I could run a full marathon.

I walked into the race expo with my three kids in tow and headed straight to the help desk. I told the lady I was scheduled to run the marathon, but needed to switch to the 5K. With those words I felt like I was handing this lady my dignity and a portion of my manhood. She made a joke about that being quite a setback. I told her I had been a little preoccupied with other more important things in my life. During our conversation, I was holding Maggie in her bucket seat and my two big kids were literally running circles around this lady. At this point she understood and gave a half-hearted apology for her smart ass comment. So 2011 ended up not being my year for a marathon.

Oh well, there's still a couple of months left in 2012, lets see what happens!?!

Happy Parenting!



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