Over on my Facebook page I was musing on how the biggest tiny has a birthday upcoming and looked back at how tiny he used to actually be. Check out for yourself below. My how kids shoot up like weeds. He'll always be a tiny heathen child to me no matter how old he gets. I just don't know how the girlfriend and I will handle the thoughts that one day each of the three tinies will act like they don't need us anymore. Tell me how you would handle these thoughts yourself please!
Head on over to my Twitter page for a perfectly accurate depiction of how a parent reacts to a child hitting a milestone as only Fowl language Comics can do. https://twitter.com/adventuresinbmm/status/719967773028429828
To further hype the duo for soccer I showed them various images from professional soccer. Then we came across one in particular which both tinies said it looked like a kung fu battle. So of course I turned it into a meme and they have been saying repeatedly for the last day, "Everybody was kung fu fighting!"
The kids were more interested in their tablets yesterday afternoon and didn't want to get ready for soccer. Thinking of something catchy that I recall being played in one of the stadiums I saw on television I quickly brought up on my computer a favorite from Bouncing Souls, Ole.
After they had danced around for the entirety of the song they were ready to get their shin guards and cleats on then kick soccer balls like maniacs. Thank goodness some catchy music can get them motivated.
As soccer has started up I found a photograph from the summer of last year at the end of the YES soccer clinic that the duo (Annelise and Zach) participated in. Seeing their happy faces reminds me how worth it it is to run them around for their activities.
Recently I talked about juggling when extracurricular activities are involved for the tiny people. This week began where the days the family doesn't have anything doing has dwindled to two days a week. Spring soccer started for the youngest and middle children. Soccer practices are on Mondays as well as Tuesdays. The oldest has drum lessons on Thursdays. Soccer games are on Saturdays and Sundays. The girlfriend and I are quite glad that they are all keeping busy and being active but we wonder as to what sort of free time we'll have for anything else. Heh. Seriously, I'm glad for the social interactions the tinies get to have with the extracurricular activities. It's good for them. Maybe in time the other parents will let us into their circle so C and I won't look like the odd ones out.
Are your children involved in any sports or clubs? Are you part of the in crowd with the other parents? Let me know your ways to getting into their circle, Until next time, keep it up on kicking butt and cleaning house!
I'm not the only one who has trouble juggling. And seeing Brian Gordon's comics at Fowl Language Comics reminds me that all parents have a tough go of it. Last year he had a brief write-up he did at Bored Panda that was the equivalent of smacking me up the side of the head as a reminder. I may not be as cool or successful as I once was but, this family looks at me like a superhero and that makes it easier to manage. The write-up Brian Gordon did is here. Go give it a read and then check out more of his work at Fowl Language Comics. You'll be glad you did.
Practically every time I feel I'm juggling my life and the lives of the family well, something happens and then it goes kaput. How do you manage to juggle and not have it go kaput. Let me know and perhaps I can use those techniques myself to better kick butt and clean house.
I was thinking about times when my juggling life is not so good and decided to look up bad juggling. I came across a cute video of a toddler being quite amused by his father's lack of skills. It reminded me that even if you're bad at juggling, others will notice you are trying and it will most likely put a smile on their face. give it a watch and it may brighten your day as it did mine. Don't forget to chime in with your own thoughts on how best to juggle!
How does one prioritize their own life when there is a significant other and three tiny heathens in the picture? I have been asking myself that same question for the last twenty months. It's hectic and stressful but I wouldn't change it for the world. From the moment the alarm goes off in the morning to either get the girlfriend up to head to work or to wake the youngest and middle child for school until I finally make my way to bed after having lunches made for everyone the following day, I wouldn't trade it for the world. I still have difficulty figuring how to achieve a balance. I'm not working, but I am taking college classes. And as any parent knows, being a parent is a full-time all on its own. There's school for the tiny people, homework, and extracurricular activities. Then there is the never-ending task of preparing meals, cleaning, laundry, and rearranging schedules As they are all still children one shouldn't be surprised that they can be rambunctious. When the girlfriend has days off she likes to try to have us all do things together so the tiny people are not bored. In our world of iPods, iPads, tablets, and other forms of technology it is important to get out of the house and do things so the technology does not take the place of the parents. This makes it difficult to find undisturbed time to do assignments. Frustration may occur from time to time but I continue to remind myself that I'm strong enough to juggle. How do you as a parent juggle your life and the lives of your tiny people?
I know I am all about sharing my meatloaf recipe but there are those who have family member (specifically of the tiny heathen variety) who are picky. Browsing through the internet I stumbled upon yet another comic from Fowl Language Comics that reminded me of the days when the trio here are not in the mood to eat. Do some days you have this occur? If so, how do you handle it?
If you like to have something to watch during your prep of the simple and easy meatloaf recipe, I have included the video for Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything For Love." Are you a fan of this man's music? Would you deny that this song is a classic?
Some people like to have silence when they cook but I am not one of those people. As the kids like to bounce in and out of the kitchen (I mean seriously, what kids don't?) I choose to have some music play as it helps me to focus. So what better choice for making meatloaf than the band by the same name? Here's one of the songs I be bopped around to from the man known as Meatloaf himself, I would Do Anything For Love.
I'll be honest, the trio are picky eaters. It is a challenge getting them to eat prepared meals some days. When I first made meatloaf for dinner I was skeptical on them actually eating it. I was joyfully surprised when all three ate everything on their plate! Below is the recipe I use for my meatloaf. Give the recipe a go and let me know if it goes over well for your family.
2 1/4 pounds ground beef
1 medium sized onion, chopped
1 2/3 cups milk
1 3/4 cups dried bread crumbs
16 ounces mushrooms, sliced (if not using fresh mushrooms canned will work just as well)
4 ounces shredded cheese (any kind will do)
2 ounces shredded cheese (optional)
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup mustard
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F
2. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients. Season your mix with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
3. (optional) Sprinkle 2 ounces of shredded cheese evenly on top of your meatloaf.
It has been a slow week in social media and I apologize for that. There
hasn’t been too much outside of the norm this week. It has just been constant
here. Things are beginning to be put in motion. Just stay tuned…
Recently I had a day off from being Mister Mom while the girlfriend also
had off from work. We started the day off with going to Waffles Incaffeinated
and having some amazing waffles as well as tasty coffee. We took a leisurely
drive, took in some tunes, visited the mall to do some shopping, took in a
movie, and caught up on some television. It may not have been as exciting a day
off as some may have but it was quite enjoyable and I’m glad to have had a
Yesterday the girlfriend and I decided we would have a family movie night at the movie
theater. The children were asked to agree on a movie for the family and the
consensus wound up being Kung Fu Panda 3. Here is a brief description from the
search result on Google: “Living large and loving life, Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a
lot to learn if he's going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved
instructor (Dustin Hoffman). After reuniting with his long-lost father (Bryan
Cranston), Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of
fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the
kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai (J.K. Simmons), a supernatural
warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.” (https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=kung+fu+panda+3) As I had not seen any of the movies in the
series I checked out the official Kung Fu Panda 3 site so I could get at least a degree of familiarity
with the characters and the franchise. It was an exciting time enjoyed by all of us. Now I need to go back and watch the first two. I'm thinking that may be on the agenda over the tiny people's Easter break.
What’s another fun way to enjoy a day off? Catching up on a more adult
version of Harry Potter, that’s what! Have you seen The Magicians? If so, what have you thought of it? If you haven't I highly recommend it!
and welcometo Adventures in Being Mister Mom! My name is Bernard. I’m
thirty-three years old and became a stay-at-home parent of three children in
August 2014. I never saw myself years ago falling into an already made family.
I’m used to working for a living and the only experience raising children (or
tiny people as I like to call them) was when it came to helping raise my
youngest brother. There has been a growing trend of males taking a more active
role in parenting, similar to that of a stereotypical mother from decades gone
by. Some choose to do this for the benefit of their significant other. Some
have the choice made for them because of a loss of a job and their significant
other works to support the household. There are many different reasons as to
why, but one thing that seems to be quite evident: many males are challenged by
becoming “Mister Mom” and really do not have much of a clue as to what to do. I
typed “mister mom blogs” into Google and did learn there are blogs out there.
The problem with the blogs though is that they dried up after roughly a dozen
entries. I know there isn’t an official instructional guide handed out to both
males and females alike when they become a parent. If that were the case it
would be in my opinion rather nifty. I choose to try to give voice to all the
males out there who are staying at home to raise children. This isn’t to turn
into myself, or anyone else, seeking praise for taking care of the tiny people
we love and cherish more than life itself. This blog is to share recipes,
stories, reflections, and the adventures in being Mister Mom. If you leave
questions, comments, or concerns I will do my very best to respond back to you
inside of twenty-four hours. In time there shall be many outlets stemming from
this blog and I encourage each and everyone one of you to get involved as I
shall be available through all of them. "Views expressed here are not supported by the Community College of Beaver County or any employee thereof."