The sweet spot

Sure, being a stay at home parent can be a little challenging….

  • You almost always take your work with you on vacation
  • Work can call you “in” at 3am ANY night or keep you up till 1am ANY night
  • You deal with rear-ends a lot
  • You have multiple people that can “assign” other duties
  • Most people think it is an easy job
  • etc…

But every once in a while you hit that sweet spot…. I just had one.  It lasted about 15 seconds.  No really, it did.  The puppy is asleep on her bed, the Triplets are enjoying a smoothie in the back yard, the laundry is folded, the kitchen clean.  Ahhhhh!  But then in come the Triplets wanting lunch, the dryer buzzes and the dog decides that socked feet are toys.  Oh well, it sure was nice while it lasted:)

I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.
William H. Mauldin
Kids spell love T-I-M-E.
John Crudele

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Yes, it’s real…. it’s allergy time!

Sometimes you see things in life that mimic the movies.  You think, THAT is exactly what it would look like in a movie….

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Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.
Will Rogers
I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.
James Thurber

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Slightly macabre but funny

We had Jack cremated as we have done with all of our dogs.  Yes, I know, they are pets and that money could be better spent but we like keeping them.  Or at least what we believe is them.  Not to be too cynical but there is a good chance that one or more of the ashes we have contain at least some cement.

The vet called the other day to say that I could pick up Jack’s remains.  Jack’s ashes were (and still are) in a very nice wooden box.  Dash and Princess wanted to see his ashes so we opened the box.  Bruiser was watching TV so when he came downstairs he asked “I want to see Jack in the Box.”

‘Wrong’ is one of those concepts that depends on witnesses.
Scott Adams, Dilbert
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
Mark Twain

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Gone but not forgotten

I hear a noise and have to catch myself when I think “what is Jack doing?”  I expect to see him at the top of the basement steps when I come home.  I miss the sense of protection he gave us.  I miss him.

But we promised the kids we would start looking for another dog.  Frankly, I was worried that if we didn’t look I would start liking not having a dog; come and go when you want, no poop to pick up, etc…  But we are dog people.  So we took a family outing to the local dog shelter.  We are not only dog people but shelter dog people.  We prepped the kids for a long wait to find the “right” dog.  We had looked on and off for about two years to find Jack.

The CFO and Princess went to the shelter to look while the boys and I got sunburned at baseball practice.  When we joined them after practice I found out they had spent 1.5 hours with a cute little pup that turned out to be “the one.”  Meet Butterscotch…

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She is WAY younger that I would prefer but she is a great dog and submissive.  Bring on the episodes of the Dog Whisperer!

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.
Mark Twain
A man is given the choice between loving women and understanding them.
Ninon de L’Enclos

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The end of an era…..

We had nine good years with Jack dog… almost to the day.  He died unexpectantly Thursday.  Long story short… Wednesday was great.  Thursday morning he was BAD.  The CFO took him to the vet and what we thought was a partial bowel obstruction quickly became VERY bad news.  The good news is that it was quick.

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We all miss him very much.

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Episode 4…

Check out episode four of how to ride a bike.  Why we wear helmets.  She’s OK.

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
Lillian Hellman (1905 – 1984)
People are beautiful wrecks.
Emilio Estevez

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So, you want to learn to ride a bike….

Princess made a video about how kids can ride a bike.  Keep in mind that she made this video one day after the CFO taught her to ride!

You gotta love it:)

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Merry Christmas! Next year I’ll be ready….

I worked quite a bit over the last few months.  Of course I laugh when I say that because I only worked 30-40 hours a week.  Before the kids I routinely worked 50-70 hours a week!  But when you combine my permanent full time SAHD position with any other position I go way over the “normal” 50-70 hr/week mark.

I have finally had some time to think about the last three months and look at all the pictures.  MAN, I missed a lot!  For instance we had some nar-do-wells steal our brand new inflatable.

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No doubt it was some young punks.  But I have a lot of grace for young punks as I was once one:)  But it was a bit surprising.  We put it up around 5pm and it was gone by 10pm.

The kids were distraught   I did what any good father would do.  I said “this is a lesson to us not to spend money on stuff that others can steal.”  It worked, they got over it pretty quickly.  Hey, the Bible IS really useful in raising children!  lol!

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
C. S. Lewis
The word “Christianity” is already a misunderstanding – in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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I said get in bed!

You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry…:)

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Where are all the buzzards in Zombie movies?  Talk about food to go!

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Sometimes I do want a yes person

I have mentioned before that I do not want the Triplets to grow up to be yes people.  But this is becoming more problematic that I expected.  With every request I make of them I feel as if I am in front of a Congressional Panel on Triplet Affairs…. “Mr. Pollard, why do you feel that this request is essential to the current goals  of the Pollard family?”  When I start to answer another would start in “Isn’t true Mr. Pollard that you have made many requests in the past that have led to poor outcomes?  Let me call your attention to exhibit 1A.  Do you remember the stop talking request from February 1st 2012 Mr. Pollard?  Isn’t in fact true that immediately thereafter you actually required a response to a question?  How do you explain these actions Mr. Pollard?  How are we to know which request is more important Mr. Pollard?  Please explain your actions.”

Oh well… as we say… no good deed goes unpunished!

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
Ronald Reagan
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

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