Happy New Year everyone. This year we're thankful to have wrapped up a relatively peaceful year, which was a goal of ours after many years of nearly constant major life changes like I wrote about here. I'm pretty sure we either moved, had a baby, changed jobs, or Kelly was pregnant every year for the … Continue reading 2019 Recap and my 200th Post
This is it. The moment I've been training for. We've got one more FastPass+ to hit before our lunch reservation on the other side of Magic Kingdom. The hot Orlando sun beats down heavy. The stench of old cotton candy is thick in my nostrils and my hands are sticky. My 11 month old is … Continue reading Disney World: The Super Bowl of Parenting
Hello Everyone, I have some personal updates for all of our friends and colleagues out there. First, Kelly and I are excited to announce that we have welcomed our fourth baby into the family. Baby George was born on 5/16/2018 at 12:11 PM. He's a big healthy boy, born at 9 lbs 10 oz. My wife … Continue reading Demma Family Update
The term "game-changer" is so overused today, but I can't overstate how much parenting has changed for me since listening to "How to Talk".
Participation trophies aren't just a way to make everyone feel good about themselves. Maybe they're that too, but they're so much more to my son.
This post is for anyone thinking they shouldn't use their PTO because it might upset their boss or cause their boss to look unfavorably upon their work ethic. Because that's just not the case.
People seemed to like my personal finance posts from the past few months about things like getting rid of cable and saving money on food, so I figured I'd share some other small changes we've made over the past year to keep more of the money we've earned. If you're keeping score you'll notice these … Continue reading 3 Quick DIY Life Hacks to Save You Money
Studies like this one from Gallop show that the average Joe is spending $151 per week on food. For two adults and two kids (let's say the kids cost 1/2 that much) that's $1,800 per month! And this is in a country where people say, "you need two incomes in a family to get by these … Continue reading How We Saved $1,000 Per Month in Food Cost
I swore I wasn't going to be one of those parents who would toss empty threats at their kids to try to coerce them into good behavior. You know the old, "If you don't stop I swear we're not going to the park," routine. I can hear my son thinking, "Who you kidding dad? The … Continue reading Management Skills: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick
There are Demma ghosts all over that place, you know, especially in the basement. I hated going down there, except for cleaning out the shoot at the end of the night. The shoot is an old wooden slide that glides beer bottles from the bar above into a big wooden bin in that haunted basement. … Continue reading Short Story: Closing Time
Her eyes blinked open and she saw the brilliant white light bursting from behind the white curtains. She smiled every morning when she awoke, but today she smiled brighter. She didn't remember why, but she knew today was going to be special. Mommy came in a while later, picked her up, squeezed her, and gave … Continue reading A Tribute
Dear Jack, Today you are only sixteen months old, so you won't understand any of this yet. This is a good thing, because I haven't got it all figured out yet. This is what I've kind of figured out so far. The best thing you can do with your life is marry a nice lady … Continue reading Advice To My Son
A year ago I wrote about how my wife and I had our first baby in this post. I wrote a lot of that post in the hospital late at night when Kelly was in labor and the next night, our first with Jack. The weeks and months after 2/28/2011 transformed me into a different … Continue reading One Year Of Being A Father
It's August hot and our street shrieks with the sounds of insects yelling in the summer heat. The high-pitched noise is distorted by the humidity, and the summer sounds wave through the air like I'm under water. A jetliner roars over head and baby Jack stares at me with a curious and puzzled look. We … Continue reading Summer Stroll
The Days Before I now realize how clueless I was in the days leading up to Jack's birth. I had nine months to talk myself through the process and develop expectations about what our lives would be like once the baby was here. Boy, I wasn't even close. One thought I had remains true –– … Continue reading On Becoming A Father