Can it get much better?

After my first fathers day I’m not sure it can get much better! From enjoying a great time with my daughter as age made me a garden stone to celebrating Leah’s dedication to the Lord. It was great to have my family together in Columbus. It’s rare that happens unless it’s a Saturday in the fall #BuckeyeNation. Continue reading


Peek A Boo!

I feel like I probably should start calling this blog “peek a boo” as its been several months since my last post. It just so happened we welcomed the most beautiful baby girl into the world around the same time. So needless to say I havent wanted to step away from her or our video monitored for any length of time over her first few months. But I also love the timeline this blog created up until her birth and we definitely want this “archive” to continue on for all her years.

So quick recap…

Leah is growing by the minute it seems and hitting passing all the little milestones along the way. Already hitting all our favorite summer hot spots.

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My sports dream for my daughter


Over the past weekend my father and I enjoyed the OHSAA state track meet a tradition I have greatly enjoyed for the past 9 yrs. Recently I have pictured my daughter running certain events and competing at the highest level of the sport. But witnessing this incredible story just a few feet away changed my mind on my wish for her sports career. Continue reading

Fatherhood is not for Sissies

Some great quotes from a book I received…

“Fatherhood Is Not For Sissies”

  • I felt something impossible for me to explain in words. Then when they took her away, it hit me. I got scared all over again and began to feel giddy. Then it came to me. I was a father. – Nat King Cole
  • When Dad cant get the diaper on straight, we laugh at him as though he were trying to walk around in high-heel shoes. Do we ever assist him by pointing out that all you have to do is lay out the diaper like a baseball diamond, put the kid’s butt on the pitcher’s mound, bring home plate up, then fasten the tapes at first and third base? – Michael K. Meyerhoff
  • Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare. – Ed Asner
  • To become a father is not hard; to be a father is, however. – William Busch
  • A baby has a way of making a man out of his father and a boy out of his grandfather. – Angie Papadakis
  • One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. -Old English Proverb
  • Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories. – John Wilmot
  • Steve was terrible in chemistry and I’d try helping him with his homework. Once, when he got a D in the subject, he came home and said, “Dad. you flunked.” – Arnold Spielberg
  • My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.”- Harmon Killebrew
  • People who say they sleep like babies usually don’t have them. – Leo J. Burke
  • A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a women he turns her back again. – Enid Bagnold
  • One night a father overheard his son pray, “Dear God Make me the  kind of man my Daddy is.” Later that night, a father prayed, “Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.” – Unknown
  • You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. – Franklin P. Jones
  • If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm. – Bruce Barton

One Lump Or Two?

I love tea! I have become quite the tea fiend lately. But recently I found myself saying things like “One lump or two?” “Would you like a crumpit with that sleeptime?” and raising my pinky when I take a sip.

Yup I think Im preparing myself for all the tea parties in the future I will be having with my princess.

Any good recommendations on tea? Flavors? Brands?

40 day plan

So lent is almost here and if any of you grew up catholic its time to give up something, Mostly as a child it was ice cream, pop, or chocolate. As I have gotten older I don’t always give something up but try and do things to remind myself of what these 40 days lead to. This year is going to be a reminder at every meal…
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Things Not To Say/Do To A Pregnant Wife…

Here are some things that all us dads should probably avoid saying/doing to our wives…

  • Ask her to rub YOUR feet
  • “Stop looking at those clothes you can’t fit into anymore”
  • As looking thru old pics.. look at your stomach or lack there of
  • After working 17hrs and 5 hrs of sleep don’t ask her if she wants to go to the gym
  • Don’t ever say anything she will eat drink whatever will harm the baby
  • Don’t tell her that her goal dress can be her senior prom dress
  • “Those boots will fit your calves better when you get kankles”
  • Don’t ever ever ever say “Whats wrong with you?”
  • Don’t throw anything at her because when she misses guess where it hits her? So when she asks for the remote don’t throw it across the room.
  • When watching one born every min. Don’t say that looked like cake. She pushed 3 times and boom it was out
  • “Don’t get me sick”

And a few things for the delivery…

  • Don’t tell your wife just go to bed its nothing because u want to sleep longer, when she tells you “I think my water just broke”
  • Don’t say your hungry during labor
  • Don’t say its going to be a long day
  • Don’t ask if she could wait another 22 hrs till mybirthday
  • Don’t say man my feet hurt from walking 5 hrs thru the halls
  • Don’t slide all around the delivery room in the “Drs” chair

Thankfully my wife is a good sport and we had a lot more laughs than “evil eyes.” But just a heads up to all you soon to be dads.