N.C. State Fair Recap

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Activities, Family | Posted on 27-10-2010

Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger

Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger

Ah, the good ole fair, what a great way to spend the day.  If you’ve never been to a State Fair, I’m here to tell you that you’re really missing out!  How can I make such a bold statement? Because I missed out for 22 years on all the fun and excitement that a State Fair has to offer.  Back home in Buffalo, I had never even heard of a State Fair, I mean sure, we had little rinky dink fairs that were usually set up in a grocery store parking lot, but we never had anything half as amazing as the State Fair.  I think the NY State Fair is held in Syracuse, about 2hrs away, which at the time was way too far to drive for a stupid foot long hotdog and some cheap rides.  I say at that time because now that I’ve become a veteran fair goer, 2hrs wouldn’t even be considered a minor inconvenience in my book when compared to all the fair has to offer.  Hopefully after you read about our adventure this past weekend, you’ll be pumped up and ready to seek out your closest State Fair and give it a go if you’ve never experienced it before.

The Stash Spot

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Grandparents, Tre | Posted on 22-10-2010

"Dope On The Table"

"Dope On The Table"

The mess that you see above was found in a secret spot this past weekend while Fefe and I were rearranging our living room. We were both shocked when we came across this discovery, but mine wore off quickly. Because I’ve been here before, it was like seeing a glitch in the Matrix, déjà vu if you will. But in order to explain, we must travel back, far back in time. The “stash spot” started two generations before Tre and has mysteriously been handed down genetically with each new rendition of the Keiths.

Yes, my father is the culprit who originated the stash spot in our family. The motives have changed over the years however, what began out of necessity has now transformed into mere mischief. I was told the story of my father’s stash spot during my teen years, long after I had developed my own. But hearing the origins of one of my own habits actually put my mind at ease about what I had been doing for so many years.

Hot Wheels Color Shifter – Custom Garage Color Shop

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Ty’s Tuesday Toy Review | Posted on 19-10-2010

Ty’s Tuesday Toy Review 10-19-10
Hot Wheels Color Shifter – Custom Garage Color Shop

Name: Hot Wheels Color Shifters Custom Color Shop

Manufacturer: Mattel

Price: $27.95

Length of Ownership: 3 weeks

Rating: 2 stars

What can I say about this race track/color change garage? Um, how about this, IT SUCKS!!! Okay, maybe that was a bit too harsh. Let’s just say that it doesn’t operate very well. Let me give you a quick overview of the premise of this toy. It is supposedly able to allow your child to change the color of their cars by boosting it up a ramp and letting it perform a jump under a waterfall of cold water. After the waterfall jump, the car slides down the ramp into the “spin drying” station and is then launched onto the road.

When I started the description, I said SUPPOSEDLY, that’s because we have never been able to get this thing to function properly in its entirety. As you can see in the video, the spin drying step is horrendous, sometimes jamming up and not spinning at all. Also, you have to smack the hell out of the launch button in order to give your car a big enough boost to make the waterfall jump. I have seen disappointment on Ty’s face many times as his car fails the jump and falls into the abyss below. Even the color changing aspect is underwhelming. You need extremely cold or extremely hot water to make the cars change colors and after a few minutes of play the temperature of the water has changed enough that they have a hard time actual changing. This means you’re constantly swapping out water; something that leads to a lot of spills. Even the cost of the cars is ridiculous, $6 for 2 color change cars? I’d say that’s a bit steep.

However, Ty for some reason unbeknownst to me really enjoys this set. It’s one of the few toys that he plays with and it holds his attention for a while day after day. So I am thankful for that, but just wish it was constructed a tad bit better.

Weekend Warrior

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Activities, Advice, Family | Posted on 18-10-2010

“Living for the Weekend”, that’s a phrase that rings true in many of our hearts. It’s a phrase that I didn’t truly understand the meaning of until I got a real job. Sure, I thought I knew what it meant back in school, but I had no idea at that point how valuable the weekends truly are. You work hard all week and when Friday rolls around, it’s time to relax, unwind, and let loose. The weekend is party time, it’s when you make up for all of the hours of your life that you’ve given away to “The Man” during the week. But in our attempt to make up for lost time during the weekends, do we somehow do ourselves a disservice by cramming too much excitement into that short two day period? I find myself trying to make up for the fun I lost out on during my 40 hour work week, over a miniscule 48 hour period on Saturday and Sunday. I’m no math expert, but I think even Ty and his Kindergarten education can see that it doesn’t add up.

Party, Party, Party, Let’s All Get Wasted

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Activities, Holidays, Ty | Posted on 06-10-2010

Happy Birthday Ty

Happy Birthday Ty

Disclaimer: No children were wasted during the duration of this party. lol

Today is the birthday of someone very special. Do you know whose it is? If you guessed Ty, then you’re absolutely right. Now take a moment to wish him a Happy Birthday, I’ll wait….

A Stronger Family Would Have Survived

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Advice, Family | Posted on 05-10-2010

Let me start off by saying that I am so appalled; I’m disgusted, and utterly disappointed!!! Those are very strong words, especially when they are used against yourself and your family. But you know what, when we’re wrong, we are wrong and I’m man enough to stand up and admit it. So yes, I’ll say it: my family has grown to be a disappointment. The level of character and self discipline that I thought we possessed has diminished and every last one of us should hang our heads in shame. But I won’t allow them to do it, I’ll take the heat and spare them the ridicule. We’re going to pick ourselves up, take our lumps and bruises, and pull together to carry on. Although our perfect record of being able to overcome anything has been forever tarnished, we live to fight another day, and fight we will!!!

Trial Of The Century

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Activities, Advice, Family, Play Stories | Posted on 01-10-2010

For those of you that know me, you already have an understanding of how “out of left field” I can be.  I enjoy having a good time and bringing joy to the people that I love; so when I got a text a few weeks ago saying that Ty would like to discuss the possibility of watching TV at night on the weekends, I immediately knew that it would be an opportunity to have some family fun. 

I don’t know where my ideas come from, but I do know that my family enjoys them and that’s all that matters.  I encourage all of you to break the mold, and invent new and exciting ways to enjoy family time.  The video that you see here was my stab at it, and we had a great time doing it.  Ty gained the opportunity to watch TV until he falls asleep on the weekends, but he also learned that even though you may have earned the right to something, it isn’t always handed to you.  Sometimes you have to fight for it and prove that you actually deserve it.  The fact that he was able to gain such a valuable lesson, while having fun is quite an accomplishment in my book. 

Do you have any ideas or examples of ways that you interact with your kids in an unconventional way to teach them values, or just to break the monotony of board games and standard “family time” activities? If so, I’d love to hear about them.