Single-Tasking in 2016 – My 5 Step Plan

Jan 14, 2016 by

I don’t know if I really do New Year’s resolutions. I think I make a series of small promises to myself for living a healthier life, but I don’t really ever make a true PLAN. I realize that making a plan is really the first step in committing to something, so I guess I’ve never really taken any resolutions all that seriously. Until now.

I need a change. I need a big change. Yes, I need to eat heathier, work out more, take care of myself better, yadda yadda yadda. But what I really need more than anything is focus.

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Holiday Stress is Real

Dec 10, 2015 by

I feel like there’s a collective *harumph* going into December this year. Many of those around me, including me, seem to have a feeling of foreboding about the holidays and are grumbling about how 2015 was a crappy year. Any gratitude and thankfulness revolves around being happy that 2015 is almost over.

I know for my wife and I, we’ve had a lot going on and feel a little stressed and strung out. I feel like between work, family, obligations, money, home, kids, etc., that we are just churning and attempting to run through tar to get to the next commitment. I acknowledge that our problems are “first world problems” and would be scoffed at by others. But I don’t think that means we can push aside our stress and fail to recognize the chaos for what it imposes on us. Our problems may not be huge to some people, but they are personal and important to us.

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“Dinner is in the cup holder”

Nov 19, 2015 by

I love articles and posts about how important it is to eat dinner together as a family as much as possible. I heartily agree with that advice and think it is an integral part of the family growth and development together to have a calm, homemade, electronic-free dinner at a table in your own home at a reasonable hour as often as possible.

But what about when it’s not possible?

My commute home is a minimum of 90 minutes. Even with 2 kids only having one activity each, life can be crazy. Sometimes, I don’t leave work at 5 pm. Who does? I can’t make the rest of the family wait for me when I’m running late.

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They used to love each other

Nov 5, 2015 by

My boys are just shy of 3 years apart. When we knew we were having a 2nd boy, some of my friends warned me about how badly some brothers can fight with each other at young ages. Thankfully, my boys have really gotten along fairly well. Maybe it’s because their personalities are so different, they don’t (didn’t) cross each other too much.

Owned by H.K. Robinson

Owned by H.K. Robinson

Until now.

Lately, they’ve been in each other’s grill like crazy. I’m not sure what is going on but they just cannot stop each other from constantly bickering. I’m trying to not get involved too much but when I see that it’s the older one (8 year old Andrew) finding ways to pick on, put down or just be a nudge to his brother, which is followed by Dylan (the soon-to-be-6-yr-old), losing his temper, I can’t just let it be.

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Our Stories

Oct 22, 2015 by

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I love stories. More particularly, I love stories about our past. What I love about family history stories is that they put in perspective the delicate balance of who our ancestors were and how what they did (or didn’t do) got us to be where we are today.

My 8 year old came home with an assignment last week whereas he was to identify the countries involved in his lineage. It involved a discussion about where Lois’ relatives were from (Italy and Ireland) and he didn’t seem to be as interested in where my family was from because “he came from Momma, not me.” But I said, “you are here because me and Momma came together. Both of our [Lois and my] histories are an equally important part of your past.”

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