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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!

12 Hours of Cheer
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12 Hours of Cheer

January 09, 2013 | 05:37 AM

I mentioned before my wife's family participates in a pre-Christmas gift giving called the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Here is the post from my Facebook page explaining, "The 12 Days."

"My wife's family does this thing called the 12 Days of Christmas. Each year, each grandchild gets one present for each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas. My wife's grandmother does it for her and now each of my three kids get 12 presents from their grandmother.

Confused?

Let me summarize for you, right now there are 48, yes 48 presents under our Christmas tree and exactly 0 of them are for me."

The post was supposed to be harmless fun. But, I think my wife's grandmother though I was seriously bummed out about this, because when I saw her Christmas Eve she handed me a note written by her and my daughter. It said the following:

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CHRISTMAS DAD

There once was a Daddy who felt very sad,

When he looked under the tree he almost felt MAD!

As far as he saw were presents galore...All wrapped and trimmed and marked Amanda, Maggie, Eloise, and Henry. And not one, even one, said anything close to Honey or Daddy.

As the 12 Days went by, getting close to the end,

HE soothed his feelings by telling the world of this distraught event...

NOT REALLY SURE OF WHAT HE MEANT!!

But it is all ok as Christmas is near and a "12-hour event" will make life fuzzy clear!

To make you forget you were no one's dear,

The Grinch has come up with 12 HOURS OF CHEER.

HAPPY 12 HOURS OF CHRISTMAS!

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On the kitchen table were 12 individually wrapped beers, each with a time marked on them. Starting at noon, until eleven o'clock that night, each hour, on the hour, a timer would go off and I would get to open a new beer.

It was so clever, so creative, and of course a great way for me to score 12 beers.

Here is my list of 12 Beers, in order

12pm- New Belgium Trippel

1pm- Leffe Belgian Ale

2pm- Shiner Bock

3pm-Ranger IPA

4pm-Goose Island 312

5pm- Mad Hatter IPA

6pm-Molson

7pm-Goose Mild Winter

8pm-Red Stripe

9pm-Guinness

10pm-Magic Hat #9

11pm- Schlafly Pale Ale

In case you were wondering, I didn't even come close to drinking all twelve beers that day.

Cheers!

-Pete


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