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Am I Fireproof Yet?

 

As you may recall from an earlier post, my wife has been on a big “Couple’s” class kick.  We attended a movie / seminar called Fireproof, about 6 weeks ago.  Since that time, we have been attending a couples gathering once a week to review the movie.  This class (listed under the guise of a couples get-together) has spent the last 5 sessions reviewing individual sections of the movie and answering questions found within a “Fireproofing Your Marriage Workbook”. 

 

Now, I have to admitted that the movie was  a great idea.  I went into it begrudgingly, but found it to be a very good investment in our marriage.  Having said that, I’m starting to go through a slow death. In short, the group gatherings on this same topic are starting to wear on me.

 

Last night, I was called upon by our group “leader” to explain what things my wife does that I feel are “disrespectful” to me.  The second question I was asked later in the evening, was “what things my wife could do better in our marriage to support me”. 

 

We have a pretty strong marriage.  But no man could answer these questions even half-honestly without getting into trouble.

 

I also have to admit, that we have been at this church for only a few months.  I barely know these people, so I’m not real comfortable letting them into our lives yet.   My wife, however, is a social butterfly and doesn’t mind at all.  And of course, in a group like this, there is always one or two people who won’t let you off the hook with an easy answer.

 

Needless to say, my answers did not cut the mustard.  Upon answering the second question, my wife chimed in and told everyone that I should share what I really think —and that was OK with her.

 

So I went on to explain  that my wife’s interrupting and correcting me when I speak to people was both disrespectful to me and something she could improve on for the betterment of our marriage. 

 

This was an honest answer, stated as nicely as I could.

 

On our drive home, it was very quiet.  I asked my wife what she was thinking.  Her first statement was: “it bothers me that you think I am disrespecting you, when you need to be corrected.  When you are wrong, I think I should tell you”. 

 

Can you guess where this conversation headed?  I certainly didn’t feel “fireproof” during the following 30 minutes of discussion.

 

 Is it just my ego that I don’t like being corrected by my wife in front of other people? My feeling has been that she can always discuss it with me later. After all, just because someone has a different point of view it doesn’t mean that I’m wrong. Right?

 

To be fair, this is something that I had to work on at the beginning of our marriage.  It went hand-in-hand with trying to “fix everything”.  Sometimes our spouses want us to just listen and be supportive……and not turn into Mr. Fix it.  The same is said about “correcting” them.  My job as Husband is not to “correct my wife”.  The children are a different story, however.

 

So as we launch into the last 2 weeks of these couples evenings, I have to ask myself if it has been helpful or not.  As I said, I got a ton out of the movie.  But the weekly couples meetings ………….not so much. 

 

Regardless, this will soon be over and March 14th is quickly approaching.  This is when I get to spend a full day with my wife at a Couples Seminar located at my old University. 

 

Will somebody please take me out of my misery, and just shoot me………..

 

-Al

 

 

1.      I think that the things I learn about other people never stop to surprise me.  Case in point?  Sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer served as a sniper in Israel during the 1940’s.  As a teenager, she was a member of the Israeli underground, and was considered an expert marksman and grenade thrower.
 

I wonder how she made the jump from this to sex therapist?  She must have had one heck of a career councilor.

 

2.      I think that having a family is a little like having a bowling alley in your head.  It doesn’t matter if the ball goes into the gutter, or hits all of the pins; each is associated with some degree of noise.


I never realized how loud a little girl could scream.  I didn’t have sister, so when Kelley was born I had a steep learning curve (which I’m still going through).  My 6 year old screams when she’s playing with her friends out of joy, she screams when she doesn’t get her way, and she screams just to scream at times (but she is growing out of that phase).
 

As I tell my friends, she has no OFF button. She’s always going 100 miles an hour, and usually the leader of the pack – for better or worse.  Her poor older brother doesn’t stand a chance when she is in room.  She always demands all the attention, and if allowed, will chatter on forever with relatives or family friends. 

           And I thought the boy would be the loud one…….

 

Despite the noise, I think having a daughter is an experience I wouldn’t have traded in for the world. It’s so much different that having a son.  I never thought that anyone could get me to play “tea” or dress up a doll until she came into the world.

 

So despite the noise and accompanying headaches, I think I bowled a strike. 


 

3.      The month of March marks the 10th anniversary of the tanker accident involving the Exxon Valdez, in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.  It is also the 20th anniversary of the partial core meltdown of a reactor at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant. 


I think I’m a little concerned about what horrific event will occur this March, to keep this trend going. Will it be a total meltdown of the financial markets, the bankruptcy of 1 or 2 of the American auto manufactures, or will the site Dad.Blogs go down again?


 

4.      This month also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Barbie Doll. To Celebrate, Delegate Jeff Eldridge wants to ban the sale of Barbie Dolls in the state of West Virginia.  Why? Because Barbie’s influence girls to place undue importance on physical beauty to the detriment of their intellectual or emotional development (his words – not mine). The bill is currently in the House Judiciary Committee.  http://www.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=8458
 

Now…….. I’m not a big fan of Barbie Dolls. I do get his point to a certain degree. However, I think this is another case of our state representatives not staying focused on what’s important right now.  Did the residents of West Virginia elect this guy to worry about Barbie Dolls, or the state’s financial issues?

 

 

5.      To spank, or not so Spank. In a Research Paper by Burton White (PhD in Child Behavior), he states that in “The First Three Years of Life, There is no evidence that children who have been spanked when they are young become either aggressive older children or abusive parents”.      An article, found at   http://www.crosswalk.com/parenting/11599466/ , outlines this research and conflicting data as well.

 

I was raised by a fairly heavy handed father.  Both my brother and I grew up unscathed and as relatively normal adults.  Therefore, I have first had knowledge of one end of the spectrum. 

 

As you would guess, my wife grew up on the other end.  Our approach has been heavily tilted toward “time-outs” and taking away privileges.  When all else fails, a spanking is the next and last line of discipline.  And, as much as some of you may not like it, it works with our kids.

 

I think I would be interested to know what side of the spanking fence our bloggers fall on.

 

 

6.      They say that marriages are made in heaven.  Well, so is Thunder and Lightning.
 

I think I am very fortunate to have found a woman who shares my values, and continues to work to make our marriage strong.  That said, we run into rough patches like everyone else.
 

I think that after 12 years of marriage, I almost get it.  You enter marriage not for what you can get, but for what you can give.  That’s the meaning of real love in a relationship. 

 

I am not her husband so I can fix her problems, but so I can support her. This allows us to raise our children as a team.   It took me a long time to get that.

 

 I think that Peggy is definitely the Lightning which sets off my Thunder.


 

7.      You may have noticed that I really enjoy reading the blogs of people who are different than me.  I may not always agree, but it is endlessly interesting to me.  I came across a post this week, which really slapped me upside the head – — as in, I had no idea that this was an issue. 
 

I think you should take a moment today, and go to:  http://www.makesmewannaholler.com/2009/03/my-piano-keys-her-mom-is-not-white.html

 

I got an education from reading this, and the blog “Makes Me Wanna Holler” got a new fan. 

 

 

 

In think that’s it, for this volume of Seven Things I Think I Think.

 

 

 

Love and Marriage

Question:  If a man is talking to himself in the woods, and no woman hears him………is he still wrong?

In my house I’m the boss……my wife is just the decision maker. It’s clear to see this every day in our home.  The kids come to me with a question or complaint, and my wife can overrule my decision much like a head referee overrules a line judge in a tennis match.  You can argue if you want, but in the end the head referee makes the final call.

I don’t know how this happened.  It was so gradual I didn’t notice it until recently. 

All I know is that my marriage is the only place in my life that I can get overruled on a semi-consistent basis.  In my professional life, I may be asked if a different approach would be better; but I’m never overruled without warning or discussion.

At the Evil Empire (i.e. my company), I know my role and responsibilities.  It’s clear where the boundaries are, and what decisions I am authorized and unauthorized to make.  In my family life, it appears to be a moving target at times.  There are some decisions I make that my wife doesn’t hear about until later, and she’s OK with them.  Sometimes she overhears my response to the kids,  and lets it go.  And of course, there are those times when her voice is heard from the other room, overriding my decision.

 I don’t worry much about making a mistake with my decisions, as long as I’m consistant with discipline and praise for my kids.  My wife agonizies over many of the small (at least to me) issues / questions.  If she’s wrong, or things don’t work out, she is very hard on herself. 

For me, I always believed that a married man should quickly forget his mistakes; there is no use in two people remembering the same thing. 🙂

Groucho Marx once said, that “The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open.”  I definitely disagree with the “checkbook open” argument.  However, there is some small degree of truth to keeping silent and not correcting or disagreeing with your wife over every little thing.  As I have gotten older, I’ve slowly learned that my wife’s self worth is more important than me being “right”.

As silly as this may sound, I’ve been using a scale to determine if I should react to a comment from my wife that angers me or I disagree with.  The scale is 1-5, with 5 being the top of the volcano.  If her statement ranks as a 3 or less, I let it go.  If her comment ranks as a “4”, I make it a point to discuss it with her later in the day when I’m not upset or argumentative.  Believe me, waiting is not easy for me.

If her comment ranks as a 5, chances are I already blew it and said something I shouldn’t have.  But I’m working at it.

The point is, if I hold back my comment, I usually realize that it wasn’t a big deal anyway.  It helps me keep things in perspective.  In the past, I would jump in and let the world know if I felt a comment was unfair or incorrect. This, of course, never resulted in anything positive between my wife and I.

I have learned that in love and marriage, the best way to grow your marriage is to put your wife’s feelings and her self worth before your own.  This isn’t a wimpy decision.  In fact its hard to do, at least for me.  What I have found is that this makes for a much happier wife.  And after all, you know the old saying: “if Momma isn’t happy, the family isn’t happy”.

-Al

On Monday morning we took our 8 month old dog, Buck to the vet.  He was very excited to see everyone there.  He even decided to leave his mark (i.e. pee) on the reception desk.

Little did our little guy know, that he would never be the same.  Buck was their to get snipped.

About 7 hours later, my wife returned to the veterinarian to pick up our dog.  Drugged, confused and a little pissed – he got into the car.

He wasn’t upset about getting snipped, I think he was to druged to notice.  The real reason for his attitude……..

cone-head

was the cone on his head.

If you have ever had a pet that had minor surgery, you know that glazed look in there eyes.  They really aren’t totally clear headed for a good day.  Poor Buck, was simply pathetic.  He kept bumping into things with the cone on his head, and couldn’t find anyway to lay down and get comfortable.

Upon my arrival home, I saw him frantically shaking his head trying to the get the cone off.  I looked at our poor little guy, and decided something had to be done.  I reached down and touched the cone on his head……….and got bit. 

I swear, he has never so much as even nipped at me.  It’s really not in his nature.

Turns out, he was not happy with anyone touching his head since he got the cone put on. It would of been nice to be forewarned by my wife, but I wasn’t so lucky. 

After several unsuccessful tries during the course of an hour, I finally pinned down our glassy eyed dog and got the cone off his head.  Despite my wife’s objections, I felt Buck needed a break and the opportunity to eat without the cone.

Buck quickly eat, and then proceeded to throw up on our family room rug.  Turns out the drugs in his body didn’t agree with his dinner.

As my wife was cleaning up the throw up, she informed me that I MUST put the cone back on his head so that he didn’t chew on his stitches.  Mind you….the only thing Buck wanted was a quite corner to sleep in.

After an hour or two of lively “discussion” on the subject, I relented and put the cone back on his head.  As I explained to my wife, there was no way that the dog could sleep with this cone on his head.  My wife insisted, that he could not only sleep; but he was going to sleep in his kennel like he does every evening.  By this time it was 11:00pm and way past my bedtime (before you call me a wimp, please keep in mind that I get up for work at 5am.  I need my beauty sleep).

So I stood back and watched, as my wife tried to put Buck to bed.  Soon she realized, that he had to be “Backed” into his kennel due to the cone.  Sure enough, she backed him up and got him in……..and he immediately got stuck.  The cone on his head was wedged into the walls of his kennel.

Our dog frantically tried to get unstuck, and eventually gave up and started to cry.  For me, I was at the point where my temper was about to take over.  After all, it was past my bedtime, I have a bandage on my hand from being bit, my wife and I are not getting along due to the course of the evening, and now I have a drugged up dog with a cone on his head – stuck in his kennel.

I therefore did the only thing a tired and ticked-off man would do. I went to the garage and got my work gloves on.  NOT the wimpy cloth gloves that you garden with .  No, these are the type of gloves that men named Bart and Butch wear when pouring cement or building a deck.

I returned to the kennel and bent the cone until I could pull it off his head.  After a moment of stunned silence, Buck slowly walked out of his kennel – looked at me, and let out a huge pee on the carpet.

He then calmly turned around and went into his kennel for bed. I did the same, getting up from the floor and heading to my bedroom; leaving my gloves on top of the kennel and my wife with another wet carpet to clean.

I swear, getting him sniped wasn’t worth it.

1)  I think that I couldn’t help but smile a little bit, when I read that nearly 75% of ex-Bush officials are unemployed. That’s right. Of the nearly 3000 former members of the Bush administration, almost three-fourths haven’t found another job.

In Wall Street Journal Article, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123518630430139343.html , former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez stated that this “is not a great time for anyone to be job hunting”. 

Really?!?  And, who’s fault is that?

2)  I was recently asked if I ever lie to my children. Of course I said no, but then I started to think about it.

Does Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy and the fact that my daughter thinks that she was given to us by a Stork,  count?

I then started to do mental gymnastics – like only a wacko such as myself would do.  What’s the difference between a “white lie” and a “real lie”?  When do I need to tell my son that Santa Clause was invented by the Coke a Cola Company (true!). Do I ever use White Lies to get out of a conversation or to avoid a temper tantrum from my kids?  Why do we use the term “white lie”?  Why isn’t it called a “yellow” or  “red” lie?

I think that this was the point that I decided to start drinking Scotch again.  I haven’t figured out where the line is crossed between a White Lie and a Real lie, but I’m sleeping better at night since I changed my evening beverage.

 3)  I think I under estimated the cost of parking my new Tent Camper at a storage facility. Our neighborhood is a little uptight about things like campers parked out in front of the house. So I started looking for a place to park it.

The quotes, for indoor garage parking, start at $199 a month and top off at $305 a month.  Who in there right mind would pay $305 a month to park their camper indoors?

 As much as I don’t like it, I will be parking the new camper in an outside parking facility —for the monthly cost of $80.00 a month.  I think I should have put that in the budget, when we decided to make this camper purchase.
 

4)  Every five or six months, I think we get another one of these stories. This time it is a Teacher in West Virginia having an affair with a 15 year old. Keep in mind, often these stories are about female teachers and young boys. Why we have seen so many of these stories in the last few years, I have no idea.

On this occasion, the boy was missing for seven days and was finally found in a hotel room with his girl…….I mean Teacher. http://snafu-ed.blogspot.com/2009/02/teacher-15-year-old-student-found-in-w.html

But seriously, what is the deal with these  transgressions?  Are there no morals anymore? Forget that she’s a teacher for a moment, doesn’t’ the fact that the boy is a minor tell you that this is so very wrong?  
 
I guess I just can’t wrap my head around these stories.  What are these grown adults thinking, and what’s the attraction? 
I think that my little girl isn’t the only child I have to keep an eye on, regarding predators and mentally confused adults. 
 

5)    I think that I have discovered the one thing in life, that is almost as bad as having two sick kids. What is it?  Having a sick wife.

I got the call at about 2:30 this afternoon.  In a very raspy, weak voice, was my wife on the other end of the  line. She finally caught the bug all the kids at school had been passing around. My kids got it a few weeks ago, and now, apparently, it was her turn. 

So out of the office door and into my car I went.  I got to the elementary school by 3:30, just in time to pick up Bud and Kelley.  From there, I think you all know the drill.  Take care of the wife, fit in a Teleconference call in between helping the kids with homework, laundry, dinner, showers and finally…..put the kids to bed. 

This doesn’t happen very often.  But when it does, it just reaffirms that I don’t want Peggy’s job.  I appreciate her so much when I have to step into her shoes for a day or two.   Dealing with the Short People (i.e. my kids) can be a real drain, no matter how much I love them.

6)  I think that seriously, I have had enough of the OctuMom . From all the TV shows (Dr. Phil, 20/20, Oprah, Larry King Live, etc) talking about her, to the absolutely insane guy who announced to the press this week that he might be the father of all 14 kids. Even the Grandfather has shown up on TV this week (Oprah show).  Octu-Grandfather

To top it off, OctuMom is behind $23,000 in back payments for her mortgage.  The house will go on the auction block in a little over a month if she doesn’t make the payments.

And you know – this story isn’t ever going to die.  Child Services in California is going to be watching this very closely.  Lord help us, if she can’t handle all the kids on her own and Child Services step in.  It will be another 2 month of relentless bashing of OctuMom on the air waves.

Is there any chance that all of us in the Blog World can start boycotting shows that won’t drop this story?
 

7)  I think I’m heading down the path of having a very interesting discussion with my 9 year old son. Our dog, Buck, will be going to the Vet on Monday. Can you say “snip, snip”?
 

My son keeps asking why our dog has to have a minor operation.  He is getting very concerned about the furry member of our family.   The answer that we give him, that we don’t want Buck to become a Daddy, isn’t going to satisfy him.  You can see the wheels turning in his head, every time the subject comes up.

At what age is it time for the birds and the bees talk?  I think it would be very interesting to get comments / opinions on the right time for the big talk  with our children.  Is now the time, or do I wait until he is older?

 

 

That’s the Seven Things I Think I Think, for this week.

The Big Purchase

Before Peggy and I got married, we starting camping together.  At that time, my wife insisted that only TENT camping was REAL camping.  You see, her family is a group of hikers.  For them, if you don’t get blisters on your feet from a long hike – you really haven’t been camping. 

For me, camping gave me an excuse to be in the great outdoors and drink beer by the camp fire.  There really was nothing more to it than that for me.

My wife grew up feeling that those of us who used campers or travel trailers, weren’t really camping .  So for 12+ years we have been sleeping on the ground in our 6 man tent  (mind you, there was only 2 of us when we purchased this behemoth tent). As our family started to grow with children, the amount of dirt and additional items in our tent started to multiply.  Until last summer, that is.  Finally, my wife had had enough.  In fact, Peggy had an epiphany —that camping would be much more fun for our family with a camper! 

You have to understand, this was a breakthough equivalent to the invention of disposable diapers.  Who would ever go back, after purchasing them for the first time? Same thing with tents and campers.  Right? 

Of course, I immediatly agreed with my wife’s brilliant idea.   

As a result, my wife has been gently pushing for a camper or tent trailer since this magical idea was birthed last September.  It wasn’t until the last month or so, that I started looking in earnst for our first family camper.  We went to an RV show a few weekends ago, and quickly discovered that my Toyota 4Runner wasn’t going to easily pull the 25 foot campers I had in mind. 

Thus, we went to my parents mode of camping when I was a kid – the Tent Trailer (also known as “pop-up” trailers or Tent Campers). I grew up using the old Starcraft tent trailers.  They weren’t fancy, but they were light, easy to travel with, had plenty of sleeping space, and basically got you off the ground during your camping adventure. 

 This worked just fine for my brother, Dad, Mom and myself.  We werent the cross country camper types, but always enjoyed a few long weekends during the summer with our tent camper.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that today’s tent trailers have really evolved.  A 16 foot trailer expands to 28 feet with the sides (i.e. sleeping area) pulled out,. In addition, a side dining area slides out, giving you more room inside.  Hot water heater, air conditioner and a front storage trunk are all fairly standard with these now.

The best part is probably that we started shopping when the dealers are trying to unload the 2008 models.  The combination of the bad economy, and the dealer trying to dump his last two Fleetwood-Utah models, we ended up getting a great deal.   We pick up the trailer next weekend – needless to say we can’t wait.

So, while I’m patting myself on the back for getting such a great deal — I thought I would share with you our big purchase.  At the very least, it should give me some great material for this blog during the summer.

– Al

1) I think the cost of professional tutoring for young children is out of line.  My 3rd grade son is in the bottom forth of his class in grammar and vocabulary.  I made the decision to have him tested at Sylvan and the C2 Learning Center.  The test results from both learning centers, which use different testing methods, basically told us the same thing —he needs a little help to get caught up.  For two visits a week (2 hours each visit), for a period of 5 months, I received quotes of over $3,500  from both learning centers! 

I don’t know about you, but that’s an awful lot of money for my wife and I.   I think, for my son’s sake, we are just going to have to find a way to pay for it.   

2) I think congratulations needs to go out to the “New Dad”.  After months of blogging about his wife’s pregnancy, little Reagan Ann came into the world on February 13th.  Who says only bad things happen on Friday the 13th?  I think I’m really looking forward to reading how he and his wife deal with diapers, sleepless nights and all the fun a newborn brings to your life.  http://new-dad-blog.com/

3) The old rhyme “Monkey see, monkey do” appears to be true as U.S. researchers say teens are 40 percent more likely to drink soda if their parents do.  According to the Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California, Teens are 16 percent more likely to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day if their parents do. 

So…..let me see if I get this right.  This means, that as parents, we are roll models.  How we behave, and what we do (including what we eat) has a direct impact on the behavior of our children – right?  I think our government didn’t need to give the University of California a grant to tell us this.  See the article at http://www.wilm.com/cc-common/news/sections/lifestylearticle.html?feed=104679&article=5019101

4) I think that Symantec Corporation is on to something.  They recently announced beta software for “Norton Online Family”.  It’s a different approach to connecting to our kids on-line lives, and protecting them from unwanted material and individuals.  It’s unique, in that it is supposed to guide dialog between the parents and kids about content they attempted to access but were denied. 

I think that this software is worth checking out.  If you’ve seen the beta, let me know what you think.   https://onlinefamily.norton.com

5)  I think I don’t know WHO to believe anymore, about the link between Autism and the vaccines for Measles / Mumps / Rubella.  Eleven years ago, a study was released that tied these injections to Autism.  In the last week, the London Times has issued investigative articles stating that the testing performed 11 years ago contained “altered data”.  As a result, the test results are unfounded and untrue. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/parenting/2009/02/the_original_vaccineautism_stu.html?hpid=topnews

In addition, a special court in Washington ruled on 2/11/09 that evidence presented in three cases by parents of children with autism did not prove a link between autism and certain early childhood vaccines (see story at http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/11/autism.vaccines/index.html?iref=newssearch). The court ruling went on to state that there is no link between Autism and these medications.

Now we are being told in editorials at CNN and the USA Today, that their is NO excuse for the kids not to get vaccinated.  So, what are we to believe? Do the have it right this time, or is there still some uncertainty about this? And, are we willing to risk our kids health on these vaccinations? 

As a family, we haven’t had our kids vaccinated due to the Autism scare. I think I’d like to know if you have, and if you feel its reasonable to do so.

6) I think I’m still learning how to handle those evenings, when I come home from work and my wife is having a small melt down regarding the kids.  Today my son came home with a note from the school, which said that he forgot to turn in some homework (again).  We have spoken to our 9 year old about turning in his home work on time, I’ve grounded him in the past, and taken away certain privileges.  So far, we haven’t gotten through to him about the importance of doings his homework on time and in the best way he can. 

To top it off, our kindergartner who never has issues at school, got into trouble for the first time.  She lied to the teacher, refused to apologize and lost her recesses for the next day (which is a huge deal for a 6 year old). The best part is, my wife was in the class room when this occurred (she volunteers a few days a week at the school). 

And if this wasn’t enough, my wife and son had a little spat about his Wii privileges.  Needless to say, my wife was having a full Conniption Fit by the time I came home.

I don’t know about other Dad’s, but I find it hard to stay calm when confronted with all these issues the minute I come in the door.  I’ve gotten much better during the last year – but there is still that little voice inside of me that wants to send everyone to their rooms for the next 5 days as a punishment – just so I can have some low-stress time at home.

Like I said before, I don’t know how stay-at-home Mom’s and Dad’s do it.  I ‘m sure I would be frustrated and upset, just like my wife, if I was having a bad day with the Short People in the house.

7) I think I am really enjoying the community of people I am meeting on-line through blogging.  There is a whole set of people with similar, and many with Dis-similar backgrounds and value systems out there.  In the last week, I’ve read blogs from a Mormon Dad, a new Dad, a single dad, a gay dad and several dad’s like myself (i.e. boring dads – straight, married, and somewhat religiously based). 

Through Dad.Blogs, I found another “new dad type” blog that I really like.   “Life of a new Dad” is about a father and his new born son – Branden.  He also writes about things that hit close to home for me, but for some reason I never thought about writing on;  such as the furry members of the house & how they have to adjust to the new baby, and his love for baseball (he’s a Cardinal’s fan, which isn’t so bad when you consider that I’m stuck with the Seattle Mariners).

I think what I like most about his blog, is that he is exactly the same age as I was when we had our first child.  I can really relate to where he is right now.  Check him out at:  http://lifeofanewdad.blogspot.com/

 

I think I’ve run out of time today—so that’s it for volume 5 of Seven Thinks I Think I Think.