Monday, December 31, 2012

Ringing in the New Year...2013

Twenty Twelve is ending.  Some parts of it forgotten, some will live on.

I guess as the last day of 2012 rolls on I really cant complain that much.  I am in such a better place now.  T and I are happy, we have great kids and we grow and learn more together as a family every day. 

I can remember so many years ago, New Years Eve was all about the party.  Had to be at one.  Had to be at more than one.  People that know me know I am a clown and I always had to be the life of the party.  Had to be the clown then.  I was always safe, just goofy and silly and a lot of the times partied too too hard.

Now...The party is all about the kids.  The kids are who I party with.  The C's are who I act goofy for and they love me being a clown.  T, well she is kind of over the goofy silliness but she loves me so she will put up with it.

Instead of finding a baby sitter and T and I going out, which we have never done on New Years Eve anyways...As the kids get a little older and like to stay up and have fun, we are going to party at our house tonight.

We are going to play games, play wii, play ipad, have sparkling apple juice and snacks.  We are going to get down on it.  I will play C4's favorite Maroon 5 song and sing with him.  I will play a little Justin Bieber for C3 and dance with her.  As I sing and dance C1 and C2 will try to beat me and move me away since they are not fans of my artistic style.  They have no idea what they are missing.

Maybe a movie, maybe some of the live music and shows that are on tv. But all I know is that we will ring in the New Year 2013 with the kids and have fun while we do it.

I am looking forward to finding out more about the kids and learning more about being a better father.  I am a good husband so I don't need to learn more in that dept.  I mean, T has it all in me.  I'm awesome.  I'm a fit, fine forty year old balding mean lean loving machine....

This will be a great year coming up. 


Kiss The Baby



Friday, December 28, 2012

Year in Review....Part I

This is the last Friday of 2012 and what a year it has been.

There has been ups and downs and a lot in the middle.

The C's have all grown and celebrated birthdays.  C1 and C2 continued on in the awesome homeschooling experience and C3 joined them this year and T has gone above and beyond in working with them and being the best learning coach / teacher for them.

C4 who turned three in June is still breastfeeding and that is a great milestone for T and him.

We as a family have had some great times this year as well. We took the kids to White Water Water park and they loved that.  The kids took a trip to the beach with T and her sister, cousins and their mom. They had such a blast.  And even though I missed them, I am so glad they had a great time.

We took two trips to San Antonio to visit my parent the kids Nanny and Paw Paw this year.  For three of the four C's it was the first time on a plane.  And really C1's very first time was when he was just a month old and that really doesn't  We had fun at Nanny and Paw Paws house.  Moving everything in sight and playing with bears galore.  Swimming, going to the RiverWalk and my families Ranch was fun too.  Those trips were great.

We have had so much fun this year as a family and we have done so much.  I have learned more this year as far as being a better father and I know that I will grow every year in that area.  I also believe I have become a better husband as well. T knows I love her and would do anything for her. Except change diapers.  Thank god we don't have anymore of those.

Its been a year that has had lows too.  Some of the lows have been worse than others.  My job sucks. It has sucked for a long time and then to get hit with a pay cut over personal reasons made me realize who you and trust and who you cant.  Loyalty means nothing. Not even with family.

I had kidney stone surgery.  Damn that sucked.  Really no need to go on.

I have been looking for jobs and haven't had any luck yet.

The neighborhood we live in has gone to shit.  That sucks and I hate that we live in a subdivision where we are not even comfortable with letting our kids play outside for so many reasons.

There have been so many more great things than bad things.  Next post I will list more awesome things that have happened to me and us as a family so make sure you come back.

Kiss The Baby



Thursday, December 27, 2012

C3 Turns Six.

Something about having a daughter that makes the world seem ok.

Daughters are so special.

I didn't realize that until my sweet C3 was born six years ago today.

I never knew that it would all be so different. 

From my favorite song with C3 in mind being Tim McGraws "My Little Girl"  to her singing Justin Bieber and Maroon 5 with me in the car.  Or even when she listens to my phone and sings Bruno Mars, she is my special little sing-a-long girl.

It is so awesome that she is the fastest thing on two feet.  She is crazy, wreckless and adventurous.  She has no fear factor and she will take on any challenge you give her.  She climbed 8 feet up the rope at the CrossFit box and she was on that rower for countless minutes.  She is always asking me to do the pull up bar.  She loves her box that I built her for jumps.

We laugh when we brush teeth, we giggle when we say goodnight.  We smile when I kiss her on her cheek.

She is everything a dad could want in a daughter.

C3 is also so much like her Mommy.  More than anyone including myself can still to this day believe.  The smallest thing like the looks she will give you to the attitude she will throw back at you.  She has that fight in her that her mother has.  No putting up with anything from her brothers and at the same time making sure she is by their side.

Being that sweet little girl that sits there and gets her little curly hair fixed and then having a hair bow added for that extra special look.  And now its her straight hair, still with a bow but now T is adding color chalk to it to make her look cool.  She loves it, me...ummmm. It makes me scared.. lol

Now that she is six, she is eager to help her Mommy do everything.  Clean and cook and take care of what she like to call "her boys" (brothers)

She is the proud owner of a cat named Lily, who sleeps with her and watches over her while she does her schoolwork.

From that moment when I almost missed her being born cause I wanted to get something to eat to the exact moment when I got to hold her this morning and wish her happy birthday, I will always be a proud and happy father of a wild, crazy, smart, beautiful, fun and loving daughter.

I couldn't be happier.  I love you C3.  You are my rock star with crazy 80's rock band hair. lol.

Kiss The Baby



Monday, December 24, 2012

Twas The Night Before Christmas and Im Not Getting

Its Christmas Eve.  Are you ready?

Now that doesn't really matter does it?!  You better be ready and you will be ready by the time the kids fall asleep in their beds.

When does all the magic happen?  Well tonight.

Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through the house
T was walking around in nothing but her blouse. (Does she even own a blouse?)
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
Damn that ass of hers looks good and oh my its bare.

The 4 C's were nestled all snug in their beds
At this point I was hoping for some......Nah..too
And mama in her kerchief and I in my cap...(We don't wear that shit to bed)
What do I have to do to get this wife of mine on my lap?

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
My pants were growing now and T said "Whats the matter?"
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Think I might get me some if I offered her cash (nope, not her style)

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
Damn honey I love you so much don't you know!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
T said "Talking that shit still wont get you any...DEAR!"

With a little old driver so lively and quick
I was not thinking with my brain and instead with my ....(you know)
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came
T said "You will sleep on the floor you keep calling my name"

Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now Prancer and Vixen
On Comet! On Cupid! On Donner and Blitzen
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall
Honey look at this, look at what I just saw

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
If I don't get some loving tonight I may just die
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
T announces "I have had just about enough of you"

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
T tells me Im acting like a goof
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Im thinking Im about to get my Magic Mike on and get down
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
I have no idea of any good words to rhyme with
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
I know that if I nag her too much T will kick me in my sac...
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
I wanted to smack her on her ass and make it red like a cherry
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
T tells me "You are getting on my last nerve ya know"

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
I think she might try to choke me with the wreath
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
Better get your ass to the gym and workout she tells me
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
You have as much chance of getting any as the Elf on the Shelf
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Again she tells me that I am not getting any .......(shhh, too dirty)
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
I may be going in the bathroom to give myself ...(oh boy)
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
Why yes dear between my legs is some Mistletoe
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
This thing in my shorts can be considered a missile
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and Scott you didn't get any tonight"


Hope you all enjoyed my little crazy mind.

Kiss The Baby



Thursday, December 20, 2012

Don't Stop Believing

Our kids are getting older. That sucks in so many ways. If you have kids you know what I'm talking about.  Around this time of year, the growth of our children seems to be amplified even more.  Its Christmas time.  When you have kids, what usually happens around now....

Questions get asked.  Lots and lots of questions.  Letters are written and responses are expected back in return.

C1 is 9, C2 is 7, C3 will be six two days after Christmas and C4 is 3.

T and I have talked about how much it is going to suck when one or more of the kids find out some news about the big ol jolly fellow.  Not going to be good.  I know it happens, but I don't want it to happen.  I love that our kids still have that innocence.  Whats wrong with believing?  I don't think anything.  The waiting and hoping that they are on the NICE list.  It makes it fun.  Elfie our Elf on the Shelf, that too makes it a fun time.

I have gotten letters from the kids that they have written to Santa and Elfie and I love reading them. The question they are asking not only makes me smile as being their parent but makes me feel young again and have that feeling of wanting a big surprise. 

Keeping that sense of belief is one of the reasons I love the move "The Polar Express".  Other may not believe and may get you to think something isn't real, but as long as you have that belief in your own heart it can be real to you.

So many people and different things of our society will try and rob our kids of that last little bit of innocence they have left...Do we really want our kids growing up faster than they have to?  I don't.

I want my kids being young at heart and having fun for as long as they can. 

Kiss The baby



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Thoughts

T and I are parents that homeschool.  As of last week and the tragic horrible events of Sandy Hook Elementary School, it really doesn't matter where and how you educate your children anymore for certain reasons.  Parents send kids to school thinking they are going to get and education and that the worst possible thing that might happen is that they learn something bad or eat a bad school lunch.  I used to feel safe that my kids were at home all day learning.  All of that has changed.  It has changed for all of us.  Everyone I talk to and know and converse with on social media have the one main thing in common......We all love our children and want them to be safe.  We even share concern for others kids and families. 

We are one giant big family.

This post I am writing isn't about facts, it is my opinion.

We as parents, grandparents, family and friends need to do more to make the society we live in safer for our children.  It starts at home.  Everything starts at home.

I am an advocate for Gun Control. All you gun lovers and 2nd Amendment lovers can talk all you want about your right to bear arms.  I have no issue with people having guns.  I have a gun IN A LOCKED SAFE in my home where only T and I know that it is.  Bear your arms.  But for the love of god why do you need to bear a semi or fully automatic gun? Oh yeah your arguments will be....Hunting, Collecting, and that Red Dawn Attack that may come to your door, and how can we leave our that it's your right.  You still didn't tell me WHY you NEED to own anything other than a handgun or maybe a shotgun or regular rifle.  What are you hunting with a semi or full automatic rifle?  A tank.  If you suck that damn bad at hunting as to where you need a high powered semi or fully automatic rifle...Then start fishing.  Collecting guns?  Don't people collect things that are antiques?  Go buy your ass a cannon while you are at it.  Get you a warship and plant it in your driveway.

We as a nation need stricter gun laws.  It is way too easy for anyone to go get a gun.  Yes they can also get them on the black market but if you are a legit, honest gun owner and want a gun, then you should have no problem going through a harder more detailed process to get a gun.  And make it so NO high powered guns can be sold.  You want a high powered gun to play with, join the Military.

Video games and movies and television.  I used to play these game and I watch shows and movies that are violent.  I am an adult. I am of sound mind.  But kids play these games and watch shows and movies that are way out of their league.  Someone told me yesterday that a 7 year old girl wanted Call of Duty the video game. Why in the hell would a 7 year old girl want to play a live action game where it has so much detail that it looks like you are watching a high def Rambo Movie on a big screen?  Whether people want to believe it or not violence is violence and you have to keep kids away from that.  Why do kids need to see that anyways. Cause you as a parent want to see it.  Why does a young child need to see and hear things that are negative in the first place.  Along with shooting and killing and raping being in video games, what about negative language like idiot, stupid, shut up, moron, dumb and etc..Do kids really need to know that. And if they hear it from somewhere else, cant they be taught that those are not nice words to hear or use?

Another thing I am sick and tired of hearing about it the mental health issue.  Stop blaming mental health or some sort of disorder for each and every bad thing that happens in America.  If a black person commits such acts, they are thugs.  If a foreign person does it, they are terrorists.  If a white person does it they have Mental Illness.  If you think someone has a problem, get them help.  If you think a person is being bullied, get them friends.  Not every person that has a mental problem is a killer. A lot of them are sweet people that need to be loved and talked to.

This is such a major problem and it involves so much more than what I have written.  I don't have the answers and I don't know where to start.  But we all have to start.  You and me.  US. Everyone is passionate about this.  It involved children, parents and loved ones and we all care.  No matter what side of the road you are on, we all care.  Lets discuss it.  Lets argue about it.  Its a start.

You may or may not agree with what I wrote, but this is my opinion and I'm sure I have left something out.

Here is a link to a write up that someone who I really enjoy reading and I value her opinion and she is a great mom and person.  Go check out Dagmar Bleasdales...Dagmar*s Momsense.  I loved it and you just might too.

Never Forget Newtown.

Blow kisses toward the sky for those kids.



Monday, December 17, 2012

A Wishful Thinking Christmas List

With Christmas a week away there are plenty of people that will be doing last minute shopping.  Mostly men, a good number of women and then kids who have to be taken out by parents to finish off some shopping for a spouse or brothers and sisters.  Needless to say, a lot of shopping will be going on this week and weekend.

A great dad and good friend John at Daddys In Charge just wrote a post about things NOT to buy him for Christmas and I loved it.  I'm going to give you some ideas of what you can get some of us regular guys that we wont open the gifts and be like..."Damn! Really?"  These may be good ideas for some, but not all.

For those of you that like to hit the gym and workout and maybe even some of you that are awesome enough to do CrossFit like myself.  Just needing something to read to know all you can know about CrossFit subscribe your man or woman to Fit Soldier Time formally CrossFit Times. Editor Diego Centeno does a great job with this along with all his contributors. I read this everyday and love it.

Want to get some of the best gear for your Wods whether you are in a gym doing Crossfit like me or you belong to a Box check out Reebok or Rogue Fitness for the best of the best CrossFit gear. Anything from clothing to equipment.  I love all of my Reebok gear and I would love something...anything from Rogue Fitness.

A lot of us men, like to listen to some music when we are either doing yard work, working out and sometimes when we are traveling.  How about getting that person you love a Ipod Touch.  Some of us don't have ways to put music on our phone and like me I am just not smart enough to get music on my droid phone.  Get that Ipod Touch and maybe some iTunes credits and let the downloading begin.

Cooking. A lot of us guys love to cook.  A lot of us guys have hot wives that are good cooks too.  How about you wives get yourselves a sexy apron to cook our meals in.  Looking sweet and sexy while cooking would be an awesome gift.

Want to look for some different and unique kinds of gifts?  Go to Novica.  This helpful gift finder will help you find exactly what you are looking for. It has so many different things that a guy could want or need. I think what each of you should do is go look on that gift finder and come back and tell me what your wishlist item would be from their site.  If you chose the most unique gift that you want or would give someone else, you could be the big winner of a New Years Gift....A $40 gift code from Novica. Email me at your perfect gift choice. Winner will be chosen on the 1st.

I'm not a drinker.  Have not had a drink in five plus years.  But I know that some of you do and if you are needing a gift for someone that drinks then I only know of one person that can give you the best advice and info on what kind of beers to buy. Pat who lives in Kansas City has KC Beer Blog and it is full of great information.

Game systems and Electronics.  Guys love this shit. Plain and Simple.

Clothes.  I don't recommend buying clothes.  Let the man buy his own clothes. Unless you are a clothing idiot like myself and need a wife to pick everything out.

Reading.  Sure buy us shit to read.  Gives us more time to spend in the bathroom reading, while the kids are going crazy around the rest of the house.

PO-DO.  Give us as much as we can handle.

So that is just a basic list.  Just a few items and ideas of what you can do for us guys that will make us happy and at the end of a long Christmas day.

Merry Christmas

Kiss The Baby



Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Trip to San Antonio

After two trips I think the kids might have become airport professionals.  They have it down.  Pull your own suitcase, stay behind Mommy and in front of Daddy, get through security, get on the plane and then go pee all the time.  They have been awesome.  I couldn't be more proud of the way the kids have handled themselves at the airports and on the planes.

We just recently got back from another trip to San Antonio visiting my parents and the kids Nanny and Paw Paw.  The trip there didn't start off that great after boarding and sitting on the plane for an extra 45 minutes due to overbooking.  Why overbook a damn flight?  Really!

Once in San Antonio, we had lots of fun. We saw the local Christmas parade and that was nice. They even had an animal parade.  We went down to the Childrens Museum again and the RiverWalk.  I love the RiverWalk.  Ate some really great Mexican food down there.  T did a little shopping in the local town and picked up some nice things. 

The kids had a blast playing on my parents property which spans 13 acres.  Just about most of it is still rough area so the kids love to go exploring.  They call themselves Indiana Jones.  Climbing trees, hiding in the bushes.  We built a rope swing for them, used a wood plank for the seat.  Only C4 fell off and that was better odds than T gave  Maybe when we go back we will have a used tire by then for a tire swing.  They also got a kick out of building houses and towns out of the scrap wood my dad has left over.

It was nice to see my Aunt Toni and Uncle Buzz again too. The kids also like seeing them.  We all went and ate with my Grandma Barbara for her birthday, that was nice and I think she enjoyed it.  Shes not doing great...Not too too bad, but not great.  I think that dinner made her day.

My parents had the house all decked out for Christmas.  Everything was out and the kids loved looking around and finding stuff to play with.  My mom used to collect beanie bears and the kids love to go around and find new ones and play with them the entire time.  Antique trains and cars get played with and the moved around..We laugh cause its like my mom and dad get to decorate all over again after we leave.  My dad had an extra tree that went outside by the pool and the kids decorated that one.  They loved doing that.

My parents are getting Peacocks so I helped my dad finish the Peacock Cage that they will stay in for a bit.  We also fed the deer daily and waited to see them and the huge jack rabbits.  That is always cool to see.

I think one of the cutest things was the whole time we were there, C4 made it a point to follow my mom and dad around (mostly my dad) and ask him a million and one questions. It was so funny.  Question after question.

We did so much more from building a Gingerbread House and Train to playing Uno and just relaxing and watching some shows with my parents.  It was a good time and it was nice to see them before Christmas this year.  I know the kids had a blast and T and I had fun too.

Thanks for a great trip Mom and Dad and Nanny and Paw Paw.

Kiss The Baby


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