Sharing Sunday: Week 13

I was in the shower with the 5 year old yesterday. I needed to shave and he was dirty so we joined forces. At the end of it we were standing in ankle deep water from Bang having put the plug in the drain. I started stomping and splashing. He laughed and splashed with me. The curtain was closed so I thought it was safe. But then DW comes busting through the door like she was a one woman SWAT team. Then I heard the smoke detectors blaring. I thought for sure I was going to have to flee a burning house wrapped in a towel. Turns out the bathroom floor somehow got flooded and water was pouring from the smoke detector on the ceiling directly below the new pool room formerly known as the bathroom. The water shorted the detector and set it off. Since all three detectors are wired together they were all blaring. Because they were blaring, the bird was squawking. DW’s blood pressure soared. We have a guy coming to find out why our pool bathroom decided to empty into the floor below.

For now… happy reading!

Rosie Culture
The best thing to be…

Three’s A Herd
Seeing our days in theirs and learning to love ourselves

Snoozing on the Sofa
Skunks, Kids, War, and Daylight Savings Time

Making Time for Me
A guest writes about being a teen in this day and age

A Opinionated Man
A Beauty, a Beast and another reason why some people suck

And in case you missed it last week, we took a short 3 day vacation to do some visiting and touring. You can catch the highlight video of friends, family, a science museum and animal rescue facility here.

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Sunday Share: The Monday Edition

So I didn’t do a Sunday Share yesterday. I did laundry instead.

Today is the first day of spring! We celebrated by shovelling 8 inches of snow out of the driveway. The wet and heavy kind.

Our road trip went well. We accomplished the three things we set out to do – Discovery Centre, visit the boys cousins, and Hope for Wildlife. The Discovery Centre was overcrowded as was March Break and every kid in Nova Scotia was out of school. Visiting DW’s brother and sister-in-law was great. Hope for Wildlife was as uncrowded as the Discovery Centre was crowded. We are planning a trip back this summer when the weather is warmer. I made a vlog style video documenting the trip. I’m currently working on uploading it, but it’s moving as slow as a toddler up the stairs. It’s uploaded! Please check it out. It’s lots of fun!

Happy Reading!

Dad and That
Men and breastfeeding…

Fatty McCupcakes
Too incompetent for a dog?

A Momma’s View
On Choosing your words…

Four Princesses and the Cheese
When your life is in the potty…

Making Time For Me
A teen making memories…

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My driveway this morning…

 

Sunday Share Week 11

Good Morning, Sunday! I hope everyone had a good night’s sleep. Good luck catching that lost hour for those of you who turned your clocks ahead. Crash was up at 6:30 (really 5:30 before the clocks the changed). Bang was up at 7 (really 6 before the time change). Fortunately, this is our March Break so we don’t have school all week. Lots of time for them to get caught up. Or be so tired and cranky that I’ll fear for their survival.

Have a great day!

The Other World: Book One
A book I beta read and you need to read (or at least see the cover of)

Dorky Mom Doodles
Lost in translation…

Coach Daddy
Boys and Baseball: A guest post

Faradays Candle
Music’s effect on brains

Apricots and Admiration
Instilling and bringing back confidence…

Wonderoak
A letter to our children should we feel we fail them…

SuperDad’s GoPro
See the boys and I ice skating and having fun with the camera…

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The Other World: Book One

Before last year I had never heard of beta readers. Being a technology geek I had heard of beta testing and beta versions of software/hardware. Never heard of beta reading, though I could easily guess what it meant. Proof read an author’s book.

Then I was asked to be one.

I must admit, confess, that a small part of me agreed to be a beta reader because I wanted to read the book before anyone else. I wanted to be the first. The bigger part of me wanted to beta read because I wanted I wanted to help her book to be successful. I had read her first, self-published book, Nowhere to Hide so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her new one. This second book is a completely unrelated to her first.

I speak about none other than Tracey Tobin. When I joined WordPress she was the first one I followed. I still follow her. Not in that creepy stalker way… just on WordPress.

Tori is haunted by past mistakes that caused her to lose her most beloved people. Wracked with guilt and haunted by has happened, she yearns for a new life. When a gift is mysteriously returned to her 17 years after events were set in motion, she finds a way out. However, this new world isn’t so perfect. It has it’s own problems. And it’s own secrets. 

Read The Other World: Book One on your Kindle App. It’s only $2.99. Bonus: If you’re a Kindle Unlimited user you can read it for free. FREE! And really, you can’t beat $2.99 either. That’s almost free. 

If you’re an old school reader and prefer to hold a book, to smell a book, to take a book to bed, the paperback version is coming very soon.

If nothing else, just go take a peek. The cover itself is well worth it. If your first thought is “Wow, nice butt” you won’t be the only one. If your second thought is “What is this other world?” you won’t be the only one either. Go read it… you can thank me later.

You can find it here: The Other World: Book One

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see the full cover @Amazon

#MyFirstPostRevisted

 

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That’s What Anxious Mom Said has nominated me for this chore. So, like the good house-spouse that I am, I’ll clean this up. Plus it give me something to do while we watch Gold Rush, The Voice, and This Is Us. 

I’m supposed to reblog, repost, or copy and paste my very first post. I kinda like my first post. I started on Blogger. I still can’t believe my first post was posted on April 25th, 2013. The end of next month will mark 4 years in the blogging world. Though for the first couple years I was only posting a few times a month. But even then, I knew what I wanted to write about – being a dad. I spent the first couple years finding my voice and writing style. I think I’ve arrived at something I like. Informative, funny, slightly unexpected, a free spirit. Without further ado, here is my first post…

In the beginning…

This is a dad’s blog. It’s what this dad does and how he does it. 2 kids, a five (almost 6) year old, Crash and a 1 (nearly 2) year old, Bang and a smart, beautiful, compassionate DW. This is how I have fun, survive, thrive and just plain get through the day. I shall write about everything from my joy of running to the playground project, but mostly about raising 2 kids in today’s information overloaded world. This is the beginning…

Actually, that was just this past Easter… this is the beginning:

Wow! Crash was only 5 and Bang was just one! The first picture was from Easter of ’13, taken just before publishing my first post. And that last picture was from DW’s very first trip to Maryland to meet me – August 24th, ’03. You might not recognize me with hair. 

Here we come to the rules:

Obvious rules:

  • No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…first post only.)
  • Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).

Other rules:

  • Copy and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.) (done did)
  • Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title. (check)
  • Tag five other bloggers to take up this challenge. (yep)
  • Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  • Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.
  • Include the rules in your post. (duh)

People who should also do this: 

Deb Was Here
FattyMcCupcakes
GrubbsnCritters
Not The Average Mama
J Dub

Sunday Share Week 10

Welcome to week 10. Week 9 was supposed to be lucky because 9 is a lucky number in this house. It was and and it wasn’t. My new GoPro arrived in the mail a month after I sent my broken one back to them. So be on the look out for some fun YouTube videos. Then yesterday we went to file our taxes only to find out we owe. WTH? We don’t owe much, just enough to be annoying.

On a more positive note, I’m not sure if you’ve heard of this “new” show called Little Big Shots. I say new, but it’s second season just premiered tonight. What a fantastic, family friendly show. If you haven’t seen it, Steve Harvey interviews kids who are either smart, funny, or talented and they never fail to disappoint. I made sure to record it as the boys love to watch it, too. I can’t wait to see their reaction to the 6 year old basketball player.

Hope all y’all have a spectacular week! Here’s what I liked reading last week…

J.A. Allen
Home

Dorky Mom Doodles
Why can’t our kids be like this at home, too?

Return of the Modern Philosopher
If Satan had my barber…

A Momma’s View
Where little boys go…

Who’s My Favorite Today?
The mixed emotions a large envelope causes…

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Month In Review

My last Month in Review was just 10 days ago as I was late in getting to it in February. Now we’re into the third month of the year. I’m not exactly sure if March has come in like a lion or lamb. Perhaps a gentle lion? Or maybe an aggressive lamb? We’ve had clouds and rain for the first two days of March, but it’s been 9 C. Nova Scotia’s groundhog, Shubenacadie Sam, saw his shadow and therefore predicts an early spring. Regardless of shadows, spring will officially be here on the 20th. Incidentally, that’s the day before my parent’s 900th 42nd wedding anniversary.

Anyway, last month was a rough month in the beginning and it pretty much threw the rest of the month for a loop and barrel roll. If my blog were a soapbox car in a soapbox derby, my stats would be the perfect downhill.

February saw 19 posts. This is down from 24 the month prior.
Since there were fewer posts and I was reading fewer blogs, I received 1,263 views for the month. This is down 62 from January. I hope to turn this around in March and get those numbers climbing again. Last April saw 2,000+ views per month. It would be nice to be there again.

There were 565 visitors which is down 30. I’m as grateful for those 565 that I am for the 595 because they are the ones who came for a read and stayed for a Coke and a chat.

391 people were inspired enough to click that star – the like button. I like that, even though it is exactly 100 fewer likes than January.

My favorite stat to look at though (besides views, of course) are the comments. This is what brings me back to blogging. I could have a million views a day, but they would be meaningless if there were zero comments. Thanks to the 330 of you who were so kind, so moved, and so inspired to leave a comment in February. This is only 12 fewer than January. Not bad considering I had 5 fewer posts. I wonder who left the most comments?

February’s most popular post was Get to Know Me Tag with 77 views. In this post I made up some fun questions and directions then tagged some blogging friends. I’m not sure if it’s still going or not, but it was fun to see it pop up. In a close second was Sunday Share 6.This is one of my favorite recurring posts to do. Here I give a shout out to some bloggers and a post I enjoyed reading. It’s a fun to network as what goes around comes around.

33 countries came to visit. This is down 8 countries. The top three were the US, the UK, and Canada. The Netherlands and Australia were knocked down to fourth and fifth!

When I wrote my last Month in Review 10 days ago I had 777 followers. Since then I’ve gained 10 followers bringing it up a total 787. That’s a follower a day! My latest three followers are Happily TannedGlesgadelic, and Miss Mummy Life. I’m well on my way to 1,000. Will you be next?

Remember, you don’t need a WordPress account. You can sign up for delivery right to your email.

There were some interesting search terms that lead people to my blog. I’m not sure they found what they were looking for, but they came anyway.

  • data entry work from home
  • pounding the pea
  • can i crash and bang your mom
  • toe tapping tuesday
  • traveling with kids

Lastly, my favorite the bloggers who have commented the most. There are some new faces this month. Welcome to this elite group! Thanks to all those who commented. Your discussion and stories and comments are an inspiration that, like the crayon on the wall, does not go unnoticed.

GubbsnCritters (96)
A Momma’s View (55)
That’s What Anxious Mom Said (47)
Larva225 (24)
Elen Grey (23)
Kountry Momma2012 (22)

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Sunday Share Week 9

Nine weeks into the new year. I guess it’s not new any more. Nine is a lucky number in this house. I was always nine in the sports I played growing up. DW was nine in her sports, too. By sheer luck, Crash was handed his baseball jersey last summer and guess what number was on the back. Nine.

I expect this to be a very lucky week.

Harsh Reality
If you’re looking for a new blog to follow this is where you should be looking…

J-Dub
To motherly instinct or not to motherly instinct…

Phickle Philly
A mysterious disappearance (underwear are involved)

True North Nomad
A long long loooooong drive…

Lutherian Liar Looks at Life
Screwing up the English language

Green Grapes
Learning to love roses

Sunday Share Week 7

I could schedule this for the morning. It’s only 6 hours from now. Additionally, it’s called “Sunday Share“. Why share it on a Saturday? For those of you spending your Saturday night browsing Facebook and perusing the blogosphere, I’ll leave these here for you now. Perhaps I’ll have a little something extra for you Sunday evening.

Happy Reading!

Dream Big, Dream Often
Let him know what you want him to share and he’ll share it!

Dramatic Momologue
Anyone with more than one kid knows…

Old House in the Shires
That glass of wine waiting downstairs…

Ethan and Evelyn
Being firm with threenagers…

Kippers and Curtains
#KidsExploringTheWorld

Just in case you missed my two posts this week, you can read Time and the latest instalment of Go Ask Your Father. It was a pretty poopy post.

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Sunday Share Week 6

Wow. What a response! Thanks to all those who replied to the Sunday Share post I posted on Thursday. Normally on Sundays I share posts from bloggers I follow or blogs I have read and thought you should, too. This time I asked you to share with me so I could share it with others. I usually share five. Today you get 14! It’s kind of like a meet and greet, except you don’t have to do anything but mingle. Go check out some of these posts and I guarantee you’ll find some new follows. We all win!

Happy Reading!

Moms Ranting
How to take a hiatus from social media

Invisible Illness
On lucid dreams…

Curious Hart
On the structure of text…

Humor Columnist Blog
A blond and a catfish…

A Momma’s View
Stop eroding yourself…

Grubbs n Critters
Join this recipe showdown!

The Only Sup
What would happen if…

Thunder When It Rains
Masquerade

Nocturnal Mom Talks
The best of friendships…

Four Acorns
Kids who experience nature…

Super Mommy of Twins
Being beautiful…

Confessions of a Reborn Girl
The power of positive thinking…

Not the Average Mama
The power of essential oil…

Ethan n Evelyn
Blogging hosts picking their favorite posts…

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