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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!

T'was the night before school resumed....

January 07, 2014 | 10:38 AM

T'was the night before school resumed and all through our pad....

all our creatures were stirring, due to snow, it was bad.

All snow clothes were thrown on the ground without care,

no longer being used, due to sub-zero air.

My oldest refusing to sleep in her bed,

While visions of her getting on the school bus danced in my head.

While mama on her couch and me on mine,

Had just settled down for a bit of red wine.

You see, the kids have been home for about a two-week range,

and things around here have been a bit strange.

First it was the sick kids, it started New Year's Eve,

the first little one in our house started to heave.

It slowly made its way to others around the way,

our house smelled like vomit mixed with Lysol spray.

Then, the day of the snowstorm and all through our subdivision,

the stores were full of people, but there were no provisions.

People drove like assholes, around in their cars,

but with no more gas at the stations, they couldn't get far.

Next, our van wouldn't start, in the garage,

our two-year-old drained the battery using "dome light sabotage."

The snow finally came, halfway up our front door,

and we shoveled and shoveled until we were sore.

Finally the freezing cold temps hit and I continued my gripes,

"What could happen next?" I said, and then froze the pipes.

So, damn it's sure been interesting around here,

2014, not off to the best start, but Happy New Year!

-Pete


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