Friday, June 26, 2009

Thanks for the Kudos!

I wanted to thank Jennifer @ The Extreme Housewife for her kind review of this blog.
"Today I stumbled across an awesome daddy blog. I normally don't read daddy blogs. They don't hardly ever appeal to me. I mean, why do I want to read a whole post on the art of burping or a post on how to get out of changing diapers? Yeah. I don't. However, Craig over at You Could Call This A Blog has a wonderful blog chocked full of thought provoking posts with tasteful humor mixed in. I haven't read the whole blog, so please don't hold me accountable if you find a post on burping. :) All joking aside, he is an awesome christian daddy of three, so what are you waiting for? Go check him out. I will still be here."
Jennifer talks homeschooling (cool), crafts (I guess okay), Christianity (great), cooking (I like to eat) and is going to the National Tea Party (fight the power). Stop by The Extreme Housewife when you get a chance...she uses a lot of pictures. I have found her posted easy to understand even when talking about foreign subjects like decorating and vintage dresses. She is a fan of Thrift Stores but don't fault her for this. Learn about the dark underbelly of Thrift Stores here ...

What does F.A.T.H.E.R. mean?

The acronym F.A.T.H.E.R. can mean several different things. Here's the breakdown...

To The Great Dad To The Child To The Spouse
F - Faithful
A - Attentive
T - Teacher
H - Hero
E - Encourager
R - Recreationalist
F- Fear monger
A - Annoying
T - Tool
H - Heavy
E - Entertainer
R - Retarded
F - Fix-it Man
A - Apathetic
T - TV Watcher
H - Handyman
E - Exaggerator
R - Really Cool

What does F.A.T.H.E.R. mean to you?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Fathers Day!

Today was a great day, Fathers Day 2009. I am blessed with three great kids. I am also blessed to have a great father growing up, he looks like the cream of wheat guy but don't hold that against him...

Last night my 8 year old, Skippy, made me a Fathers Day present. He was keeping it a secret and was very proud.

Today I unwrapped these two great items, a little basketball and a tin foil man, I named him Tinny.

The cool thing is they were so happy to give these gift to me for Fathers Day. I love them, and the gifts. It's amazing how many different giftscan be made out of paper, tape, stickers and staples.

Not sure what I'm going to do with Tinny but he has movable arms and legs and dances well to my Father Day card that plays "You Cant Touch This" by MC Hammer. (Referring to the TV remote being off limits on this holy day for dads).

For the record my better half authorized me to acquire a drum set! And yes, I can lay down a wicked groove...

Even with all this, the best thing about today was the Fathers Day nap...Happy Fathers Day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Backwards Thinking

I just read this great blogpost about cognitive skills and walking. This one takes a different direction, literally. Wray Herbert talks about brain function and the difference between walking forward as compared to walking backwards.

Researchers had a few volunteers walk some steps forward then they took a cognitive test. They walked left and took the test. This was repeated to the right, then backwards. The researchers concluded the following:
Those who had walked just a few steps backward were far more focused and attentive than were any of the others. That is, their physical retreat triggered increased mental control—presumably because of the ancient link between threat and vigilance. Confronted with a problem or difficulty, it made be advisable to take a step back and think about the situation—literally.
When I was in school I loved use techniques to help me assimilate information. I learned that drinking coffee an hour before a test helped with recall, I never missed a cup. Taking frequent breaks while studying helps process the info, I was the king of breaks. Now I learn that I should walk backwards when I need more brain power.

So if you see me walking backwards one day -- I'm not crazy -- just trying to get my brain to work.

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Clean Summer

Random thoughts on bathing the kids...

While brushing the teeth of my 8 year old boy, Skippy, last night I asked him, "Don't you feel good being clean". He said no, he liked being dirty. He spent the day at a "I Love Bugs" camp playing with bugs and fishing and he earned his filth.

Two months ago my oldest boy, after several days of camping and caving, came home with a layer of dirt caked on him. It was literally like pigpen. He thought it was cool to touch his skin and a puff of dust would come off him.

Last night I had two baths going. My daughter was in one bath tub asking to be "waterboarded". Just for the record waterboarding is where I rinse the hair without cover their face. I'm not extracting information from them for national security reasons...I have other techniques for that, anyway...

My son was in the other bathroom taking a shower. For him a shower means sitting on the floor of the shower and emptying out the shampoo bottle so he can "clean" the shower walls and floor. When he uses shampoo on his head he only does the top of his head.

We force our kids to have a least 2 baths a week sometimes more if the have a heavy dirt day. The rule, if you can see dirt and grime take a bath. Fortunately with Summer here, cleaning the kids will be easier.

We will spend more time at the pool this season. It's so much easier to get the kids clean after swimming. I just have them all get into the showers and squirt them down with soap and tell them to have fun.

Have a clean Summer!

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