On Finishing a Good Book

We started our journey some 2 years ago. Tonight it came to an end. Harry Potter died, but didn’t die. He returned to finish Voldemort properly. It’s been quite the adventure and Crash sure did love it. So much, in fact, that he checked out The Philosopher’s Stone from the library and has started rereading the series on his own. 

So in light of sending off our best friends, Harry, Ron, Hermione and the whole Hogwarts gang, all I can think to do is leave you with some quotes about what it feels like…

But not to worry. I’ll visit them again in a couple years when it’s Bang’s turn to have them read to him. In the meantime, Crash is already wondering what we’re going to read next!

Lucy At Home

Questions I Asked My Kids: Episode 41

I’m toying with the idea of setting up a Facebook page to accompany my blog, All In A Dad’s Work. Actually, I’ve already started setting it up, but haven’t published it, yet. Right now I share all my posts to my personal Facebook page. I’m now considering not publishing there. Have you tried, successfully or not, to run a Facebook page that was a companion to your blog? Right now all communication occurs on WordPress. Rarely does anyone comment about a post from FB. This would separate my blogging “life” from my personal. Though, often times, they’re one in the same.

Now, on to the questions. The boys had a friend over so naturally, we included her in the questioning. Happy Reading!

ND = Neighbor’s Daughter

1. If you creatd a new flavor of gum, what flavor would it be?

Crash: Strawberry milkshake
Bang: Trampoline grass
ND: Strawberry smoothie

2. Which fictional character do you wish would come to our house?

Crash: Squirtle
Bang: Queen Amadala
ND: Pikachu

3. What two animals would it be fun to combine?

Crash: Pig and elephant
Bang: Camel and cow
ND: Spider and giraffe

4. If you got a trophy, what would you get it for doing?

Crash: Nintendo championship trophy for being the best gamer in the world
Bang: First place for racing in my car
ND: For being the best sister

5. What do you think your favorite animal’s favorite sport would be?

Crash: An eagle playing Quidditch
Bang: A giraffe’s favorite would be soccer
ND: A cat playing football

6. If we communicated with musical instruments, which instrument would you use?

Crash: Recorder
Bang:
Trumpet
ND: Tuba

7. If you went to a super hero pet store, what pet would you get and what would its super power be?

Crash: I would get a chameleon that could turn invisible and have super springy legs
Bang: I would have a dog that could fly
ND: A hamster that could brainwash people

8. You got your picture in the paper for making a discovery at the park. What did you discover?

Crash: A treasure chest with a million diamond gems, dollar bills and other loot and treasure like that
Bang: I discovered a blue and red train
ND: I discovered a lemon shaped like snake

9. If you could make the moon a different shape, what shape would you make it?

Crash: Pidgeon
Bang: Triangle
ND: Heart

10. What would it be fun to be for Halloween if you could really turn into it?

Crash: Eagle
Bang: A ghost
ND: A Hummingbird

Sunday Share: Monday Edition: Week 18, The Z’s

The A to Z Challenge has come to an end until next year when we decide to take on this task yet again. It was fun, as always. This year I didn’t miss a single letter. Though, a few posts just barely made it in under the wire. I’ll let you know how the month went tomorrow. Tonight, I’d like to share one more time, some others who also finished up the challenge spectacularly.

coach daddy Coach Daddy
Z is for Zen and your chances…

dorky Dorky Mom Doodles
Z is for Zzz and the bedtime battle

momma A Momma’s View
Z is for a Zesty ending…

zigzag Little Heart Speaks
Z is for leading a Zigzag life…

ziggy What Is Hoped For
Z is for a vulture named Ziggy not voiced by the Beatles…

stomperdad All In A Dad’s Work
Z is for The End (not Zebra)…

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Sunday Share: Week 16 #AtoZChallenge

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I hope the Easter Bunny found everyone happy and healthy this glorious morning! Bonus points if you figure out the common link in all these posts!

Dorky Mom Doodles
M is for Marriage

A Momma’s View
M is for Miracles

Coach Daddy
M is for Men I Forgot to Be

John Mark Miller – The Artistic Christian
M is for Music of Mercy: Echos from the Titanic

Writing is Communication
A – Z Blogging Challenge, Raising Boys: The Penis Chronicles Presents the Letter M for Magic Mike

All In A Dad’s Work (aka Stomperdad) (aka me)
M is for Mom

Have a letter M post you’d like to share? Leave it in the comments!
Not enough Easter Bunny today? Hop on over and find me on Twitter!

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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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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Thank You School

Here in Nova Scotia, our public education system is under an intense amount of stress right now. Teachers are being overworked to the point that they’re losing teaching time in order to fulfill other mandanted requirements. These mandated requirements may or may not be improvements to the system, they’re arguable. 

Crash and Bang are still receiving proper education from their teachers, even with the “work to rule” strike still in place. I’m not here to discuss what they’re learning from their teachers.

I’m here tonight to discuss what they’re learning in school from their friends.

You’ve all seen the latest phenomenon. Bottles of water drank down to the last 1/4 of the bottle. Intentionally. It flips better that way. I’ve got mixed opinions on this little game. I’m cool with it. I’ll even admit I’ve flipped a few bottles myself.  It’s not as easy as the internet makes it seem. The only flipping I do now is flipping him off behind his back when he frustrates me. After listening to someone make it thunk a few times it starts to get annoying. Like a jackhammer-outside-your-bedroom-window-at-6-am-on-a-Saturday kind of annoying. Now he tries to flip everything. Empty kiddie cups. His bedroom garbage can. His clothes hamper (which a larger version of his garbage can). His reusable water bottle. A yogurt container. The ketchup. Fortunately, he hasn’t tried to flip his brother. 

Yet. 

Then there is this thing called “dabbing”. The best I can describe is that it’s a one step dance move. None of this 5,6,7,8 necessary. All that’s needed is the 5. One arm covers your eyes, the other arm goes out and up in the same direction. So now he wants to do everywhere he goes. He dabs in Walmart (though I suppose it’s normal to dab there. It’s normal to do almost everything there). He dabs when a camera points at him. He dabs while ice skating. It resembles Usain Bolt’s signature move. Except less cool. So less cool that it’s damn near boiling. 

Speaking of boiling… that’s hot. Though certainly not in “both ways”. I had to laugh when he came out with that one for the first time. He had just come inside from playing basketball or something and he was a bit sweaty and he tells me, “I’m hot.” He took a dramatic pause before laying on the charm, “In both ways.” 

Huh? You’re hot in both ways? “No, son. My wife (your mom) is hot in both ways after she’s done her walk/run thing that she does. You, sir, are 9.” If he’s hot in both ways, I’m too sexy for my shirt (like Right Said Fred said). I asked him, what are “both ways”? He defined the first way, no sweat. He wasn’t clear on the second way. When I say “wasn’t clear” I mean he hadn’t the foggiest idea. 

So thank you school for giving him such cool friends to teach him these cool things to do to drive his parents batshit crazy. I don’t even want to guess at what the next “cool” thing will be. I know it won’t be as cool as the Electric Slide, big hair, or “Eat my shorts.”

What fads and sayings do you remember from our glory days?

Sunday Share

I don’t know about you but my excitement is as hard to contain as a toddler in Disney World. Just two more weeks until Christmas 2016. One more Sunday! We’re not ready!!

AHHH!

And, like every year, it will come and it will go whether we are ready or not.

We’ll be ready.

All Things Steph
A pitch for a new reality show

Opinionated Dad
On fashion accessories…

Gnandt Girl
On being brave…

Who’s My Favorite Today
On Catching Lizards…

Ah Dad
The worst part of travelling alone…

Smorgasbord
For a good laugh…

Harsh Reality
He touched it!

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Appropriate since I’m heading to a Christmas party now!

 

 

For What I Don’t Have

Happy Canadaland Thanksgiving!

Or Columbus Day if you’re in the States. 

I normally don’t get all religious. Normally, I don’t get religious at all unless I’m in church. However, on occasion a story will come along that just makes sense. I get it. Thanks to Father Conrad for this homily.

It’s a Jesus story, but also a story about giving thanks. For when Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem (for his crucifixion) he met 10 men all asking to be healed of leprosy. If you’re up for a Halloween scare Google images of leprosy. I triple dog dare you. Anyway, Jesus told the 10 men to go see the priest. They did and *POOF* they were healed. One man returned to thank Jesus. Only one was thankful for his healing. 

While 9 men were asking themselves “Why me? Why do I have to be a leper?” the tenth was asking “Why me? Why heal me?” He was the thankful one. 

How many lottery winners ask, “Why me?”

How many ask, “Why me?” when good fortune comes their way? Yet we’re quick to question the bad luck, the bad situtations, the tragedies. Yet we always seem deserving of the good that comes to us. 

The theme, naturally, is to give thanks. In the past we usually tell what we’re thankful for; family, friends, food and house (usually in that order). Today is a little different. There’s a twist, if you will. 

There are so many reasons to give thanks. But what am I thankful I don’t have?

I’m thankful that I don’t have:

  • leprosy
  • to cook the turkey today
  • to be the turkey
  • kids who hate me (usually)
  • to worry about money (usually)
  • troubles that are anything more than trivial
  • to worry about where my next meal is coming from, where I’m going to sleep, who’s going to love me.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’ll write another of these thankful posts at the end of November. I love getting two Thanksgivings.

What are you thankful you don’t have?

Shunday Share

You just gotta love cold, rainy Sundays.

No. No you don’t.

But it is what is. No point in complaining about it, though.

I do love listening to the rain. We listened to it pound the windows last night in bed. We listened to it patter the roof during church. The rain seems to bring all the finches to our feeder like we’re bird whisperers.

Besides the rain, you know what else is coming down? My stats. It’s really weird. All month my stats were stable and good. Then one day they dropped. not just one or two. But 20 or 30. That’s not much unless you only have 50 to begin with. That’s a 40-60% decrease. I’ll blame it on the first day of fall (or spring for my southie friends). Weird.

Nevermind the stats. I read and write and share anyway…

Opinionated Man
Learning to blog

Coach Daddy
Love his new header and directions on how to get where you’re going

Deb Was Here
The measures one little girl took to get out of going to school

A Momma’s View
We’re all fantastically fierce. Let’s just get along…

Ah Dad
On toddlers and teen and they’re one in the sameness

Making Time for Me
Seeing adults in little people

That’s What Anxious Mom Said
Charlotte. Safe again?

Green Grapes
When your planes reroutes from Italy to Holland

In China 8 is a lucky number and since I just found out I’m Chinese I have included 8 links.

*Note: I am not Chinese. Just a running joke from my brother-in-law’s father-in-law. A million bonus points to you if you can follow that lineage. 

Two more notes…

I finally uploaded The Disappearing Wood Pile video to YouTube. It took us about 5 days to stack 16 cords of wood. One cord measures 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet. We had 16 of them. I also got up close and personal with some finches and time lapsed myself from the roof mowing the yard.

The second note is that I joined Instagram. You’ll find me @stomperdad over there.

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Video coming soon to a YouTube near you…