The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Grandparents, Holidays, Play Stories | Posted on 26-01-2011

Who would have thought that these would be so valuable

Who would have thought that these would be so valuable

How many times have you received a gift that you just didn’t want? I mean one that was so bad, you actually considered giving it back to the person who gave it to you? Now that’s a pretty bold move, considering it’s the thought that counts. Returning a gift to someone basically says not only does your gift suck, but I also don’t care much about your feelings. Who would be so callous to do such a thing? You guessed it, I would! I have done it, and probably shouldn’t be so smug about my actions. The gift giver was my mother.

Imitation Of Life

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Activities, Tre | Posted on 24-01-2011

Notice Anything Different?

Notice Anything Different?

Typically, I open these posts by beating around the bush, starting out with rudimentary questions and examples, ending on a cliffhanger and letting the situation unfold as the post goes on.  Well I’m not going to do that today, I’m just gonna get straight to the point.  That point is: Tre got his ear pierced this weekend.  Yeah it looks cute, yeah he really loves it, and yeah he took the procedure like a champ.  But none of that really matters.  The only thing that matters in this story is the ‘why’ he got his ear pierced.  The reason why he got it pierced can strictly be attributed to the imitation of life.

Wine, Food, & Absurdity

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Activities, Advice, Fefe | Posted on 21-01-2011

This past weekend, I surprised Fefe with a wonderful treat; we went to our first food & wine pairing session. I must admit, I was quite impressed and learned several new things.  I found this cool deal on Living Social, for the Vineyards at South Point and immediately thought it’d be perfect for Fefe.  Myself, I’m not so much a wine guy, I’m a lot less civilized, give me beer and liquor and you’ve made my day.  Back in college, they used to call me the liquortologist.  I’m not sure if it was because I had a penchant for knowing my fine spirits, or because I was a lush.  Either way, wine was hardly ever on my menu.  So I felt this would be a good way to broaden my horizons and to build upon Fefe’s budding connoisseurism (no that’s not a real word, you don’t have to go and check).  Little did I know, deep down inside every little connoisseur, lies a drunken commoner just waiting to be unleashed. 

The Cheating Husband

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Activities, Fefe | Posted on 19-01-2011

Til Death Do Us Part...Maybe Not

Til Death Do Us Part...Maybe Not

Have you ever been accused of something that you know deep down in your heart, you didn’t do?  Have you tried to explain your side of the story, offering explanations, justifications, and just down right sound logic to no avail?  Only to have your accuser look at you with a condemning look that can make the most innocent man feel guilty.  If you have experienced these things, then you know exactly what I went through last night.  It was a horrible experience; it is over now, although the look on her face was one of distrust after our dialog was finished.  I don’t know where we stand after this, but one thing is for sure: I love my wife and would never break our sacred vows by cheating on her.

Dog Gone It

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Tank | Posted on 18-01-2011

The 3rd Child

The 3rd Child

Tank doesn’t get a lot of shine over hear at DFB, that’s partly my fault because I’ve never truly embraced him as ‘my’ dog, (we’ll save that for another story).  But it’s only partly my fault; the other part is because, well let’s face it, dogs just aren’t really all that exciting to write about. Once Tank starts reciting the alphabet, or doing doggie back flips, he’ll get featured more; but for now, this tail (intentional) will have to due.  This morning around 5am I awoke to the sound of clawing and scratching at our back door, mixed with faint dog barks.  I immediately got pissed, and immediately knew what today’s topic would be about.

I Am Not Afraid…Well, Maybe I Am

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Tre | Posted on 13-01-2011

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Do you have any phobia’s, I mean something that really scares the living daylights out of you?  If you do, then you know that coming in contact with one of your triggers can be an immobilizing experience. Some people just can’t understand the true frustration and fear that is stricken into the hearts of people with phobias. I am one of those people!!! I say man up you wussies, take hold of your own destiny and make a stand to never be afraid again.  Okay, maybe that was a little harsh, I understand that it is truly a daunting issue to overcome, but since I am not afflicted by any phobias, it makes it difficult for me to just stand by as it affects my son.  Last weekend, we chose to stand and fight, attack his phobia head on, he was strong, I was supportive, and for a moment, I thought the battle was won.  That moment didn’t last very long at all.

Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen – Toy Review

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Tre, Tre’s Thursday Toy Review | Posted on 13-01-2011

Tre’s Thursday Toy Review 1-13-11
Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen

 

 

 

Name: Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen

Manufacturer: Little Tikes

Price: $79.99

Length of Ownership: 3 weeks

Rating: 4.5 stars

Toy Review: Kids love to imitate their parents actions, so I knew that this toy would be a hit the moment we purchased it.  Tre enjoys “helping” Fefe while she prepares dinner, so a kitchen of his own would be perfect for him.  We selected the Super Chef Kitchen for several reasons, and it appears that we made the right choice.

The first thing that attracted me to this kitchen was its height.  I wanted to ensure that whatever we purchased wouldn’t be outgrown in a few months.  This kitchen is the perfect size for a 3 year old, the upper portion is just the right height, so that they can open and close the cabinets, etc, but they are not towering over it, which is a plus.

Secondly, I looked at the features; if I was going to buy a kitchen to replicate Fefe’s cooking activities; it needed to have a vast variety of kitchen applications.  The Super Chef Kitchen has just that: variety, and tons of it.  It comes equipped with a refrigerator (with water/ice maker), an oven, stovetop, microwave, cabinet,  a faucet, as well as countertop space.  I’d say that covers the major activities that take place in our kitchen on a daily basis.  This kitchen also features a few sound effects to enhance your cooking experience; it makes bubble sounds for washing dishes and frying noises to mimic cooking on the stovetop.

So far this thing sounds great, but you may be wondering if kids will really enjoy it.  My answer to you is YES.  Tre loves this kitchen; he “cooks” on it daily, and is constantly coming up with new ideas to further his enjoyment of this toy.  Now don’t get me wrong, he’s not the greatest chef in the world: he drops food on the floor, serves you french fries in a coffee cup, etc. but he has a ball trying and that’s all that matters.

If you notice, I gave this toy 4.5 stars, but from the sound of this review, you’d think it’d be a 5 for sure.  The only complaint is that it does not come with many accessories.  Sure they throw in a pot, pan, and a few plates, but that’s not enough to run a full fledged kitchen.  What are the kids suppose to cook, imaginary food?  We went out and purchased a food accessory and kitchen accessory pack which provided Tre with 100 pieces of food and about 50 kitchen utensils.  I believe it was a wise investment ($30) as it has enhanced his play experience tenfold.

If I Don’t Do This Now, It’ll Never Get Done

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Activities, Family, Fefe, Holidays, Tre, Ty, Vacation | Posted on 07-01-2011

Ready For Santa

Ready For Santa

Since this is the last day of the first week of the New Year (wow, that’s a mouthful), I figured, that it’s the last opportunity to share a quick holiday re-cap with you guys. I didn’t blog much over the holidays and during that time we had Christmas, Tre’s Birthday, and New Years. I wouldn’t be much of a Daddy Blogger if I didn’t share the share a few highlights from these events. Of the three holidays that occurred during my vacation, I’d have to say Christmas was my favorite. We had a ball celebrating each of the days, but for some reason Christmas was pure comedy from start to finish, so let’s start there.

Cold Stone Misery

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Activities, Family, Tre, Ty | Posted on 06-01-2011

Looks Can Be Decieving

Looks Can Be Decieving

Yesterday was very interesting to say the least.  I tried to do something nice for my loving wife and ended up paying the price.  I decided to take the boys for a little outing after work to give her a break and some well deserved “Fefe” time.  I should have known better, taking those two brats lovely children out after a hard day of work is just asking for trouble. Feelings were hurt, stomachs were upset and lessons were learned.  Three lessons were learned in fact, lessons that will change the nature of family ice cream outings nationwide!

Wild Fire RC Monster Truck – Toy Review

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Posted by Keith | Posted in Ty, Ty’s Tuesday Toy Review | Posted on 04-01-2011

Ty’s Tuesday Toy Review 1-4-11
Wild Fire RC Monster Truck

 

 

Name: Fast Lane Wild Fire Monster Truck

Manufacturer: Fast Lane

Price: $89.99

Length of Ownership: 2 weeks

Rating: 4 stars

Toy Review: This remote controlled monster truck is pretty awesome. I’m just gonna come out and say it, I love (almost) everything about it. Ty loves (almost) everything about it. Before I get to the almost, let me tell you all the great things about this truck, once I finish, that “almost” really won’t matter.

To start off, this thing is huge, I mean it’s really big, it gets one star based on its size alone.  It truly dwarfs most RC cars/trucks that I’ve come across.  Not only is it large, but it is really fast. For a truck of this size, the speed that it can reach is pretty phenomenal.  Another good thing is that with such great size and speed, durability is a must have and the Wild Fire surely has it.  We have taken this thing down a couple of stairs, run it into walls, demolished other toys with it and it still runs like new.  I was a little worried about how this truck would handle, but right out of the box Ty was able to maneuver it like a pro, its gets pretty good distance as well.  To add on to the standard remote control features, it also comes equip with real life monster truck sounds that simulate firing up the engine and several other monster truck sound effects.

So where is that “almost” you told us about, you may be wondering.  The only thing that I could find wrong with this toy is the horrific battery life.  When I say horrific, I truly mean it.  After about 15 mins of playtime (10 mins with sound on), the truck starts to get lethargic, a few minutes later and it will barely move.  The bright side to this is that the truck does come with its own battery pack and its the same one used by most other RC cars.  So you can easily swap them out if you have an extra one laying around the house, if not, I’d recommend spending an extra $10 to pick up a second battery pack.