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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!

Road Trip
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Road Trip

July 22, 2013 | 09:49 AM

Our family recently took a seven hour car trip. Somehow we managed to do it with just one food/gas/potty stop. Sure we made good time, but there were definitely some bumps along the road.

We started our road trip after lunch, prime nap time. The only problem with this plan was they only people tired were my wife and I. Our kids slept a total of about 20 minutes the entire time.

Our youngest daughter put a new spin on the age old car phrase, "Are we there yet?" She asked, "There yet? Home soon?" Cute right? The first time she asked this our GPS showed we still had six hours and forty-four minutes left. Home soon? Not exactly.

Due to what could only be described as a temper tantrum, our oldest daughter's dolls were put in a timeout. She was convinced we were going to torment them, so for several of those miles we had to listen to her screaming, "Don't rip Saige's legs off, PLEASE!!!"

Having the DVD player for us was a must. The only downside was listening to kid movies the entire road trip. Their favorite movie was Animals something or other. It played the same theme song at the beginning of every five minute animal mini-movie. The movie appeared to have defied the laws of how much movie time can fit on a single DVD, because I swear that damn thing played for five straight hours.

Despite all of these things, overall the trip was a success. Eventually we made it home. We all survived, some of us endured the trip more than others. When we finally got home the kids were so happy to be out of their car seats all they wanted to do was run around and play.

All I wanted to do was go to bed, far away from the sounds of the Animal movie DVD.

-Pete


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