Naptime, an Obituary

LOCAL NEWS: NAPTIME DEAD, PARENTS EXHAUSTED, 4-YEAR-OLD REJOICES

(FLORIDA) — It is with great sadness and a tired heart that we regret to inform you of the death of Naptime.

Naptime was just 4 years old. She died of natural causes, peacefully, but not in her sleep.

The passing occurred last Monday at 1:34 pm when a certain 4-year-old refused to climb into his bed for books and a nap. He…

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It’s Good to Have a Guy

It’s Good to Have a Guy

The Guy, on his boat, circa 1972

The Guy, on his boat, circa 1972

Sitting in my car at the auto repair center (remember when they were called gas stations and garages?), my phone rang. I found myself talking with my Dad. He’s 81. I am 54. We talk a lot these days; his son my brother’s death, my brush with death via  pulmonary embolism, his age – our shared sense of mortality energizes every conversation. We were talking about…

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It’s hard to believe it’s already over. Our annual pilgrimage to my hometown in South Carolina, visiting relatives, and heading to the beach. Family vacation came and went so quickly. A blink of the eye and we went from the excitement of first arriving to the sadness of packing up to head home. Not that home isn’t a great place to be, but that these days we are away seemed to just disappear like a rising morning fog.

But as always, family vacation was the thing that many dreams are made of. In the weeks leading up, we dream about the smell of the salt air at the beach, the sound of the rubber on the road, taking us to our next adventure. While gone, at night, we dream about the day we had and during the day we make the memories that the following night’s dreams will be about. Time with family, time in the water and on the sand, visiting interesting places, and the list goes on.

We just arrived home from this year’s family vacation. I’m on the couch, resting up from the nearly 5 hour drive back home this morning. I am already looking forward to our next vacation, our next break from the norm of things. Our next big adventure where there’s no telling what’s going to come around the corner.

For now, I will just browse back through the snapshots that fuel the dreams we will be having this week, reminisce, and rejoice in the moments we had, the fact that we were able to have them, and that we were able to share them with those that we love. Care to join me? Browse with me through the gallery below, and check out some of the snapshots that stand out in my mind the most about the last week of family vacation.

Daytime Memories and Nighttime Dreams: Family Vacation It’s hard to believe it’s already over. Our annual pilgrimage to my hometown in South Carolina, visiting relatives, and heading to the beach.

RTD: Waking the Creative Mind

RTD: Waking the Creative Mind

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I took my boys to the Children’s Museum in Boston this weekend and it got me thinking once again about something that doesn’t come naturally to me — sparking their creative minds.

I’m a left brain type of guy and I thrive on the linear. Give me a point A and a point B and let’s talk about the steps that are going to take us from one to the other and then let’s execute those steps. I’ve always…

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Live Blogging Soccer’s World Cup (Not Really)

Live Blogging Soccer’s World Cup (Not Really)

There were throngs of people live tweeting last Sunday’s epic World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina. They captured the thrills and excitement of the showdown and also brought levity and significance to the game. I decided to try my hand at live tweeting — by capturing the minute by minute action of my 4-year-old’s youth soccer game last week.

@Happiestdaddy 7:42 am
“Fired up for the epic…

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My Son’s First Baseball Game

My Son’s First Baseball Game

This post would not have been possible without our friends, Daniel and Stephanie Rensing, and Stephanie’s father, Mr. Bob Jordan. We owe all of the memories of Eitan’s first baseball game to you guys. Please take a minute to check out their amazing line of baking products at The Smart Baker.

I don’t remember my first baseball game.

I went to four baseball games in person when I lived in…

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RTD: Hanging in the #BeerGarden

RTD: Hanging in the #BeerGarden #DadsRT

Every once in a while we open up our weekly chats to have a time to just hang out with some of our favorite people and enjoy the DadsRT community.   This is one of those weeks.  We usually call it an Open Mic Night, but since it’s baseball season and all, calling this style of chat a Beer Garden seems more fitting.

Many of us have done some Summer traveling and some of us still have those plans;…

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3 Real-Life Princesses Who Didn’t Need Magic to Kick Butt

3 Real-Life Princesses Who Didn’t Need Magic to Kick Butt

Thanks to the wildly popular Disney movie, Frozen, princesses are not just for girls anymore. As a father of a son and a daughter, I am happy to see Disney featuring more powerful and empowered female characters. We don’t have to wait around for the next theatrical release for our next heroine. Nor do we have to dig through the archives of film and story.

A quick search of our own human history…

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Cathedral Grove is located on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island in MacMillan Provincial Park. Our family spent an afternoon there and were completely thunderstruck by the size and beauty of the giant Douglas Fir Trees, some as old as 800 years. It is one of the most spectacular forests I’ve ever seen in Canada.

Please enjoy the following selection of photos of Cathedral Grove from our recent visit:

Walking Among Giants in Cathedral Grove Cathedral Grove is located on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island in MacMillan Provincial Park. Our family spent an afternoon there and were completely thunderstruck by the size and beauty of the giant Douglas Fir Trees, some as old as 800 years.
New Addition to the Family – New Tattoo for Dad

After the addition of our newest child, Graham, the next logical step was to get a new tattoo commemorating/welcoming the new tiny human into our lives. 

New Addition to the Family – New Tattoo for Dad

After the addition of our newest child, Graham, the next logical step was to get a new tattoo commemorating/welcoming the new tiny human into our lives. 

Gather. Learn. Be Heard.