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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!

A Trip to Grandma's House

August 07, 2013 | 03:41 PM

There's nothing quite so relaxing as a trip to grandma and grandpa's house.

EXCEPT when that trip includes...

1. A mechanical problem with our SUV right before getting on the road. A sudden change of plans meant we would be taking my wife's car; squeezing three kids, two grown-ups, and a sixty pound dog, along with our luggage into it.

2. My son finding a kids sing along CD in the car. The last thirty minutes of the drive was all of us singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and many other, "Greatest Hits."

3. Our seven-year-old not bringing or wearing any shoes. Her nearest pair of shoes were at home, two hours away. On our first morning there, my daughter (wearing a pair of seven sizes too big shoes that belong to her grandma) and wife went Wal-mart, of course, to get some new shoes.

4. Three trips to the dentist, and being the only person in the family to have a cavity.

5. Paddle boating with three kids and having our dog swim out to the boat and try to get on it.

6. Attempting to fish with my kids. We all had kid poles, including me, After spending the first thirty minutes untying their knotted lines, and getting them untangled from rocks I decided I would show them how it's done. I somehow managed to hook myself in the back of my shirt (twice) while casting my line.

Ah yes, fun and relaxing times with grandma and grandpa.

-Pete


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