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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!

How to do a cartwheel in 10 simple steps
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How to do a cartwheel in 10 simple steps

July 29, 2013 | 07:35 AM

My daughter's attempt at learning cartwheels...

1. Evaluate current athletic ability.

2. Watch You Tube videos demonstrating cartwheels.

3. Try what was seen in video, hurt wrist, cry, get ice pack

4. Fully recover from injury in four minutes

5. Watch dad do an unsuccessful cartwheel demonstration (picture a large awkward animal tumbling out of a moving car)

6. Using painter's tape, tape a straight line on the floor

7. Change into appropriate gymnastics leotard

8. Dip hands in water so you can tell where your hands are hitting the blue tape

9. Forget the water trick. Thanks for nothing You Tube.

10. Sign up for gymnastics class.

Best of luck!

-Pete


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