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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!

The Saddest Day. The Happiest Day.

November 21, 2013 | 01:16 PM

Today, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the JFK assassination.

From the generation before me it was always referred to as one of those, "you will always remember where you were when this happened" type of events. For me, the two major, "always remember" moments were the Challenger explosion and 9/11. These have to be three of the saddest events in recent American history. Which got me to thinking, what are some of my, "I will always remember" happiest moments of my life?

The first one that comes to mind was the day our first child was born. It was such a surreal day. The doctor let me "catch" the baby (of course her hands were directly below mine) and they immediately handed our new little baby to my wife. My wife and I were both crying tears of joy, it was such a great moment. We knew from that second on, that our lives were changed forever.

How about you, on this day of remembering a sad day in our country's history, what is one of the happiest moments in your life?

-Pete


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