Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Hi Dad

Last night, after I tucked him in and I laid down beside him, Sully picked up his head and said “Hi Dad” and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a kiss from him without requesting it. It was awesome.

It started me on a spiral thinking about how sweet my kids are. Cece and Sully both are just the sweetest things I’ve ever interacted with. Sure, they both have their times when they are upset or mad about something. Usually, they are just seeking a hug or a deep gaze into their eyes.


Driving Home

On our way home from up north, we had an important family first – both kids slept the entire way. That sure makes the drive a lot nicer. Cece does not like being in her seat and being awake. I think both kids were exhausted from the weekend and just needed a bit more sleep than they were getting at night.

Let’s hope we can do it again in a few weeks!

Tough Work First

I spent the first nice day up north mowing and cleaning off our roof while my family enjoyed the beach. I’d rather get it out of the way and have it be done then dread having to do it later.

Lazy Cottage Day

I spent the morning running, mowing and then cleaning the roof at our cottage so I could enjoy the rest of the weekend. The weather is perfect today, 75 and sunny. My parents are visiting tomorrow with their RV.

Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend, we are heading up to the cottage to relax for a bit. I am actually looking forward to mowing up north, since we got the new riding mower. It’s pretty relaxing.

We’ll go sit by the lake, have a fire and play games. Sully will want to drive the club car and walk the logs in the woods. Cece will play in the sand and crawl all over. It’s going to be great.


Parenting has brought up many new emotions in me, especially since we’ve had two kids. The one that stands out most is angry frustration. I always thought of myself as a calm, collected person, but I find I get triggered relatively easily with kids around.

The biggest thing for me is to notice it myself before reacting. I know what would feel good in the moment is to yell or worse. But if I do yell, I immediately feel bad and nobody learns anything.

Jess and I both started reading a book on this subject and it has helped quite a bit. It’s called The Awakened Family. One of the first points in the book is that we are the ones causing the issues, not the kids. The kids are living life, living in the moment. We, however, have expectations and schedules and plans that they don’t know about.

It’s been a great learning experience so far and I already can notice improvements.

Families Gathering

Last night, I was at the park late with the kids. There must’ve been 6 other families there at any given time and I had met most of them previously. It was great to catch up. I consider myself an introvert, but it does energize me to get to hang out with people that I know already and don’t have to get through pleasantries with. I love this neighborhood – it’s full of great people.

Pigs & Bunnies

Today, we visited Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary and got a fantastic tour. Sully enjoyed seeing all of the rabbits and even held one. The pigs are huge! We fed them potato snacks after they did some tricks for us. If you want to adopt an animal, consider checking out Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary.

Full Day

Today, we did a lot.

We scoped out the neighborhood garage sales and picked up a sweet Michigan chair and a puzzle for the kids.

Jess and Cece went to a baby shower for Dede. While they were gone, Sully and I made cookies, fixed Cece’s crib and then took the bus down to campus to explore. Sully liked the chance to get out and ride the bus. We saw the construction site for the Biological Science Building with all of the construction equipment there. We even ran into our photographer friend at the League on our way to get a snack.

Once Jess and Cece came home, we went to a baby’s first birthday party with the kids. Sully and Cece enjoyed the toys they had and we had a good time hanging out with friends.

These are the kinds of days to savor because they are so full of experiences, you never want them to end.

Farm Sanctuary

This weekend, I’m taking up my friends offer to give our family a tour of a farm sanctuary nearby. They keep pigs, bunnies and turtles. Sully is going to love it.

My friend got involved with it because they bought what was called a “teacup pig” which turned out to be a scam. The pig grew to 250+ pounds and became a huge burden to them. They kept him, but ended up getting involved in this sanctuary when they needed vet help for him.

I am excited for Sully to get a chance to hold a bunny and pet a pig. Should be a lot of fun.