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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!

Summer For a Day
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Summer For a Day

February 05, 2014 | 05:49 PM

This morning I woke up to three sets of gigantic brown eyeballs asking me what we were going to do with our day. It was yet another snow day.

I told them I would have our day planned by the time breakfast was over. After carb loading on belgian waffles and getting a sugar buzz from the maple syrup, they were fired up and ready to play. Next, I told them a plan was in place, but first they would need to put on their swim suits. We were going to turn our basement into a pretend day at the beach. In no time at all, the kids returned in their swimsuits (and goggles) and also managed to find every blue towel in the house to use as the ocean for our beach day.

We piled up the towels and cranked up the space heater; it was actually starting to feel a little bit like a sunny summer day.

I turned on the Planet Earth Oceans DVD in the background so we had images and sounds of dolphins and whales as we played. The kids pretended to snorkel, swim and dive off of couch cushions into the pile of blue towels. They were calling imaginary friends and inviting them over to the beach and they played fetch in the ocean with the dog. They were having a really good time, until my son was almost attached by a shark while snorkeling. It was a close call, but luckily he escaped unharmed.

After a morning of sweating it out at the beach, and stressing out about sharks, I made strawberry smoothies so we all could cool off. Later, we colored beach pictures, blew bubbles and listened to Jimmy Buffett, by that time it was really starting to feel like a warm summer day.

We ended our beach day with a summer book and the kids watched a movie while I made dinner. Turning a snow day into a summer day at the beach was the prefect way to spend (hopefully) our last snow day of the year together.

Now, where did I set my margarita again ;) ?

-Pete


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