Next week, we’re packing up the children and the dogs. We are heading out on a grand adventure to see the winter. To begin, we’re heading north into the plains. We will spend a week at a house in Missouri. I will be working from there, because I don’t have any PTO left. It is not the best scenario, but I will make it work!
It is the first extended trip we’ll do as a family since my youngest was born, and it is the first ever with the dogs. I’m still iffy about the dogs, to be honest. My wife thinks it’ll work out just fine, though, and I trust her.
You may have noticed that there are photos of me on my posts, but there are not any of my children. This is an intentional act on my part, and it is difficult to accomplish. Most of my photos these days feature at least one of my children.
So, why no pictures? The internet these days is awash with photos of peoples’ children, and why not? Parents are understandably proud of their little ones’ accomplishments and want to show them off. I do too, and I do post plenty of videos and photos, but with access limited to family. I don’t even share with my friends.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it is right for everybody. It is my personal preference to keep our children out of the public eye. You may have noticed that I don’t even publicly post their names. I feel that it is important that I give them the cleanest possible slate as they grow up. I believe posting their names and photos publicly is not going to help them in the long run.
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“I was invited to a convention this weekend. It starts in 5 hours. Want to go?”
I looked up from my work computer. “Um. OK. Do we have a room?” “Not yet, but I wanted to check with you first.”
Fast-forward 5 and a half hours and we are pulling up to the hotel. The drive was 1 hour, give or take, and it took us an hour to load up the car. Before that, we hastily packed everything we thought we would need, but there wasn’t enough time to do that well.
We are on the second night of this trip, and this is going better than the previous night by far. I have learned a lot in these two days. Things to pack and things not to pack. How to get the little ones to go to sleep while sharing a cramped hotel room. How to keep them that way. (Hint: it involves hanging out in the hallway, preferably with a beer.)
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Last week, we dug up the girls’ tablets from their hiding place. I spent a hour adding time limits and locking down the available apps to just a few pre-screened, educational games. They have Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablets, which I am extremely happy with. (I might do a post later on how I have them set up.)
On the night before we revealed them, we told the girls that if they were well-behaved and went right to sleep, they would get tablet time the next day. My wife and I both prayed really hard that they would take it seriously. As it turned out, they did. The next morning, I handed them the tablets, helped them get started, and got my work done in relative quiet. Continue reading “The tablet experiment”
Fathers day this year went great! Bacon on a stick at church, got two “Dad rocks!” rocks from each girl (they were in class for both services, so they got to do the project twice.) Got some stuff done around the house, and ended the day with a grilled rib-eye. All in all, I felt loved and cherished.
I have been having a hard time lately, allowing the stress of my job and worries about parenting to affect me more than it really should. This father’s day really lifted my spirits. Praise the Lord for all the good He has placed in my life!
Our girls JR and E, are super cute, obedient, and sweet — most of the time. During the day, they are great, but when bedtime comes around, it is difficult. They both would rather run around and play than go to bed. I’m sure that this is totally normal, especially since they are so close in age, but it can be really infuriating at times. My wife and I really cherish our adult time and if they stay up late, then we don’t get so much of it.
Right now, they are in separate rooms, across the hall from each other. At bedtime, they tend to treat their two rooms as a single play area. So, a few nights ago, we tried something new: we let them have a “sleepover.”
We used it as an incentive. If they both made happy plates, and if they were obedient during bath time and while getting ready for bed, then we’d let them share a room for the night. We even let them have a half hour of “conversation time” before lights out. At first, it seemed like it was going to work… Continue reading “Attempting to share a room”