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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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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!

New Year's Eve Has Come Full Circle
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New Year's Eve Has Come Full Circle

January 01, 2013 | 06:52 AM

Early 80's- One of my first New Year's Eve memories was all about the food. I was with my grandma and grandpa in Hindsboro, IL, population 400. We stayed up late eating pint after pint of Rocky Road ice cream watching the ball drop in Times Square on TV. Midnight in NYC, 11pm Central Time, but I never knew the difference.

Late 80's- Spent New Year's Eve with a few friends, drank a lot of soda (although I think we called it pop) and barely stayed up till midnight.

Mid 90's- Carbondale. Bar entry age 19. Out with lots of people. drinking, closing down the bars at three am. Totally useless on New Year's Day.

1999. Y2K panic on the horizon. My favorite part of this New Year's was the Y2K kit I made in preparation for disaster. My roommates thought my kit was hilarious especially since I had been snacking on the provisions in the weeks leading up to New Year's so it was almost empty anyway.

Early 2000's- Spent New Year's Eve with a few friends, a couple of beers and barely stayed up till midnight.

Mid 2000's- New Year's Eve with a new baby. No more staying up late, because the baby will be up a couple of times overnight and bright and early New Year's Day.

Today- New Year's Eve has come full circle, once again it's all about the food. Getting ready to smoke some chickens, grill some veg. and maybe enjoy a pint just like I did thirty years ago today. This time around instead of Rocky Road I'm thinking Guinness or Sun King.

-Pete

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