Holy Crap. I’ve been a dad for a decade… Part 2.

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Time rockets by. Perhaps it’s trite, but enjoy each and every day that you have with these little monkeys because before you know it, they’ve done full grown-up.

Happy Birthday my boy.

The definition of parenting…

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Eat, throw-up, repeat. Ahhh… the life of a lab.

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Yeah, so this is a great way to spend a couple of hours after school. Solution? Call in the special assistants and remove the apples by whatever means possible…

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And here’s a small gif created from the above sketches.  It turned out ok though I’m not crazy about the timing… Anyway here’s the lab in action!

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Being mindful… of not absolutely losing it.

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The truth is I came close to swearing in the car when this little discovery was made. I didn’t, and while I was very clear about my frustration, I also made sure that everyone knew in the grand scheme of things this wasn’t a huge deal, and that if this was the biggest problem we had to overcome then we were pretty darn lucky. That’s the lot of being a parent right? Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone forgets something now and then (think about the number of times you’ve misplaced your wallet, your keys, your phone….). How could I possibly get mad at a kid who does so many things so well and with such maturity and thoughtfulness most of the time? Aren’t we really in a grand training exercise anyway? Isn’t it our job to prepare our kids as best we can so that they are competent, confident, functional adults when they leave us? If I have to occasionally drive an additional 50 kms to provide gear for a sports event, that ain’t such a hardship in the grand scheme of things. It’s the journey that should be enjoyed, not just the end goal right?

Just to be clear though, a new house routine will be enacted starting tomorrow that all materials for the following day must be laid and ready the night before… Keep your eye out for a future post about how well that is going.

It’s crazy I know but it’s true…

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Give Thanks

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I hope your homes are as full of chaos and love and thanks as mine. Happy Thanksgiving!

I know. You know?

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