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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!

Black-Market Disney Guides
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Black-Market Disney Guides

June 12, 2013 | 05:38 AM

Have you heard about the way people skip to the front of the lines at Disney?

From local news station RTV6- "Some wealthy moms have figured out a way to jump the lines at Disney World by hiring people who use wheelchairs. The people in wheelchairs pretend they are members of the family who hired them so the entire group can move to the front of the line. The "black-market Disney guides" cost about $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day."

Wow! The crazy things people think of, and actually do, don't even surprise me anymore.

I do have a few questions about this though:

1. I wonder how people even thought of this idea in the first place? Do you think they were waiting in line at Disney and saw someone in a wheelchair go past them, and all the sudden had this "brilliant" idea?

2. What about the cost? One-thousand bucks for the day. Wow! Clearly this is not an option for everyone. But what if it were cheaper, would you consider it then? Is it easier to to say you would never do this because it's something most of us would never be able to afford?

3. Is there anyone out there that does not see this as a bad thing? Anyone think it's a great way for someone to make a quick thousand dollars and get to go to Disney?

We've yet to take the whole crew to Disney. We were close once, but my wife was 8 months pregnant with our second child and it was about 100 degrees outside, Downtown Disney was as close as we wanted to get. Maybe one day we'll get up the courage and the money to take our family to Disney, but if we do, don't worry we will be waiting in the long, slow line just like everyone else.

-Pete


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