What You’ve Missed

Life Update I know it has been a long time since a new post went up. It has been crazy busy with a one-year-old girl now. Time has flown by. Eloise has learned so many things since then. She is walking everywhere. She is most consistently saying dada, knows mama, and is working on other words but in general, loves making noise. She understands when you ask her if she is all done after eating or if she wants more. She has been getting her molars and canines. Eloise loves to clap, laugh and explore around the house. Eloise recognizes when … Continue reading What You’ve Missed

Dad Time “Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood”

©2014 Max Lucado Published by Thomas Nelson Dad Time “Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood” focuses on the special and unique moments of fatherhood as the subtitle suggests. The book is a mixture of bible verses, personal stories, and snippets of advice. This combination makes this collection a quick but intriguing read. The personal stories and advice are actually from either prior books or sermons preached by Max Lucado. Lucado begins with reminding us that our children are God’s children and we need to give them to Him. But it starts with us dads looking to Jesus, trusting in who … Continue reading Dad Time “Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood”

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon ©HarperCollins Publishers Goodnight Moon is the classic children’s story. It covers many of the popular ideas like the cow jumping over the moon and three bears sitting in chairs. These ideas actually reference The Runaway Bunny, also by Margaret Wise Brown. The cow jumping over the moon picture in Goodnight Moon matches the original in The Runaway Bunny, as well as the fishing illustration of The Runaway Bunny being another picture on the wall in Goodnight Moon. A third spot is the open book of The Runaway Bunny on the shelf of the bookcase in Goodnight Moon. The rhyming … Continue reading Goodnight Moon

Guess How Much I Love You

The first book for the monthly book review is Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. This book has been around since the mid ’90s. It was published by Candlewick Press. Guess How Much I Love You fills your heart. When reading it your child, you can tell them how much you love them through this story. It has some funny moments like when the little hare pulls down the big hare’s ears to make sure that big hare was listening. It makes you want to say aw at the end when the two hares lay down next to … Continue reading Guess How Much I Love You

Nutri Ninja Auto IQ Blender

Everyone is busy. You’ve got work, kids to drive around, and household chores. There never seems to be time to make healthier meals considering the prep time for chopping vegetables and time spent at the stove. This device has helped out plenty considering we have only had it since Christmas! This blender comes with two to-go cups, an 18 and 24 oz with lids, and a bowl for larger quantities. The bowl has the regular blades but also has a plastic blade for dough churning. The system has buttons for start/stop, pulse, smoothie, fusion chop, fusion mix, and more. If … Continue reading Nutri Ninja Auto IQ Blender

Classic Play Kitchen

The play kitchen has become a favorite toy for Eloise. She is constantly opening doors, pulling play food out, and using utensils in the pots and pans. It is great that it comes with the ice maker that drops plastic ice cubes down into the cup (ice cubes and cups included). The kitchen does come with two pots, a strainer, and two utensils but you will want more to use with any play food that you buy. The base of the kitchen is wooden while the sink handles, burners, and stove knobs are plastic so it is very sturdy overall. … Continue reading Classic Play Kitchen

How to Read More This Year

As an English major, I love to read. I spent 4 years reading, basically. My childhood was all about reading. So why has it felt like I can never find time to read? It always feels like there is never any time to read and unfortunately, when there is I choose to watch TV instead. I have plenty of amazing books to read. There is clearly some time to read instead of watching TV. But for some reason, I can never get myself to grab a book instead. I have a couple ideas to help myself read more this year. … Continue reading How to Read More This Year

Healthy Living

Eating well and in healthy portions is extremely difficult. I definitely know since I am considered the guy who will eat the extra food that isn’t enough to save.  I used to eat way too much ice cream too often and my portion sizes are larger than needed every time. But despite my difficulties, I would say I don’t have it hard at all. I can make those choices on what and how much to eat. I have no food allergies and can eat anything I want. Sarah has it much harder. For most of our daughter’s life, Sarah has … Continue reading Healthy Living

How to be Present

Smartphone usage is through the roof. We may not think about how much we use our phones because they are so connected to us. But even Apple investors realized how connected everyone is and want Apple to focus on teen smartphone usage. As an adult, I use my phone all the time doing various things. But recently, I decided to try and be present. I am on my phone constantly instead of engaging with those around me and I think more people are realizing the impact that the current digital age is having on the time spent with others. I … Continue reading How to be Present

Success: Finding Faith Over Money

Money. Money is what everyone claims to be the standard for success and with money comes power. We all need money, of course, to buy essential items and other wants. It allows us to provide for ourselves and our families. We can give it to those in need. But mainly, we spend 40 plus hours a week working to gain as much money and material items as possible. Society defines us by our work position and wealth. The most influential people are normally the ones who have the most money. These people have worked hard, no doubt, but they find … Continue reading Success: Finding Faith Over Money

Four Months and Counting

 Eloise is 16 pounds and 3 ounces. She is also 25 ½ inches long! She is in the 90th percentile for both. Eloise continues to grow quickly; it is unbelievable. Over the past month or so, she began grabbing for things and now she loves to hold toys in her hands. She just learned to grab her feet after being able to grab her knees for a little while now. Eloise has been making use of her voice for some time now. Recently, she decided to scream a lot instead of making usual noises. She loves to scream happily while … Continue reading Four Months and Counting

Teaching Responsibility: How I Plan to Start at an Early Age

It is extremely difficult to teach responsibility to children, especially at an early age. Children want to do what they want when they want and not have to worry about cleaning up after. That is why toys are left all over the house, clothes all over the floor, and dishes on the table. I know I didn’t want to take any responsibility for any of those things as a kid and even as a teenager. I left everything all over my bedroom floor and never picked up despite being asked. My chore was to do the dishes and I would … Continue reading Teaching Responsibility: How I Plan to Start at an Early Age

Men Don’t Cry

Men don’t cry. This has been a statement declared for boys and men for generations. Boys don’t cry or show emotions. They are supposed to be stable and keep feelings hidden. Boys and men always have bottled up emotions and never shared how they felt. I have never been this way. If you ask my mom or my wife, they can both tell you that I have always showed my emotions more than most men. I cried when I got mad, I cried when I got frustrated, and I cried when someone special to me passed away. Yet, I was … Continue reading Men Don’t Cry

Children’s Books

The first book for the monthly book review is Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. This book has been around since the mid ’90s. It was published by Candlewick Press. Guess How Much I Love You fills your heart. When reading it your child, you can tell them how much you love them through this story. It has some funny moments like when the little hare pulls down the big hare’s ears to make sure that big hare was listening. It makes you want to say aw at the end when the two hares lay down next to … Continue reading Children’s Books