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The day the boys turned into animals

My frantic morning with Austin included trips to Target, Aldi, Stop & Shop, and Big Lots - all within a 90-minute window. I think Christmas shopping for the boys might finally be done. Probably not, but the rest will be little things. Literally. Target and Big Lots are half-mile apart, yet they bookended my trip. … Continue reading The day the boys turned into animals

Top 9 Albums of the 2017

Death, taxes, and end-of-the-year Top 10 Albums of the Year lists. Here's another. A lot of the music I listen to is from cartoons or animated movies, but I'm outside doing yard work, inside prepping dinner, cleaning up, or driving to work by alone, I get a chance to listen to some adult music. And my … Continue reading Top 9 Albums of the 2017

Christmas Traditions, according to Nolan

I’ll revisit this with Nolan to see what the traditions are this year…but one thing I can tell you, we’ve already done four of the six things on this tradition list.

Home-Field Dad

With another successful hosting of Thanksgiving in the books, it’s time to set our sights on the next holiday – Christmas – and all things leading up to it. The other day, Nolan was sent home from school with a worksheet asking for family holiday traditions. It’s completely optional but because of his love for schooland exuberance, he decided todo it! I present to you our family traditions.img_1389

  • CHoP DoWN our tree!We went to Cedar Ledge Tree Farm cut downthe 2016 Darcy Family tree, a fluffy White Pine. We’ve been a Concolor Fir family for the past several years. We stay away from the spruces because the needles are too damn pointy and with boyswho touch everything, it’s a bad idea. Linds hung the lights and ornaments since I deferred to her last year after getting too frustrated miserably stringing the lights in previous years. She’s a lot…

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My 6-year-old’s (Practical) Christmas List

Nolan wrote a letter to Santa the other day consisting of what he's hoping to get for Christmas. And honestly, it's a damn good list, full of practical and useful things instead of outrageous requests - like a bounce house. There's only seven things on it, so here it is: one. The game sorry. A … Continue reading My 6-year-old’s (Practical) Christmas List

The REAL Dad Hat

What is a dad hat? Type this query in the Google search bar and you get a simple answer from Elle.com, a magazine that focuses on fashion, beauty, health, and entertainment: Simply put, a baseball cap. But not a snapback, flatbrim, or fitted. A dad hat is a baseball cap that's canvas or cotton and … Continue reading The REAL Dad Hat

Dream Big: Losing Teeth

Nolan was hopeful the value of losing his first tooth was equal to a real bounce house. The disappointment - not seen in this smile - he must've felt when he woke up - at 4:45am (!!) - only to realize all the Tooth Fairy left him was $1.41, two toothbrushes, and a tube of … Continue reading Dream Big: Losing Teeth

Why third-row seating is a MUST as a parent

Sponsored PostBuying a car is hard, plain and simple. But pulling the trigger on which one to ultimately go with is a real pain and a cause for a lot of stress. Everyone's checklist of what they need varies, so there's really no definitive car buying book - it's based on your family and your … Continue reading Why third-row seating is a MUST as a parent

Halloween hand-me-down

Just a random Halloween post I did last year about the ridiculous prices some people pay for a costume. Enjoy…your kids candy!

Home-Field Dad

It’s October and that means we’re really close to the time of year every parent steals from his or her children. Yes, of course it’s Halloween! Kids don’t really need fifteen pounds of candy, do they? They don’t even know that the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, no matter the size, is the best candy they’ll eat (or not eat). But it’s more than candy…there’s adorable and annoying costumes!

There’s two types of parents on Halloween:

  1. Those who cater to their child’s every want and whim when it comes to Halloween, dropping big money on a costume they’ll wear for one night and probably not even get a thank you for. Like this stupid Child Clock Costume … the kid wearing it looks freaking miserable and/or thinks he’s too cool … in an $80 costume.
  2. Those whose kids are too young to form opinions and will wear what we decide because their…

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“Lose yourself” in the moment

Lately, Nolan has been saying he's afraid of certain things, certain unknowns - asking the substitute school librarian for an "I Spy" book because they don't know one another, attending to his first ever dance class, and apparently nightmares where monsters are chasing him. Seems like rational fear. As I drove him to dance class … Continue reading “Lose yourself” in the moment