Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Going to the Lake

There is nothing more Minnesotan than going to the lake, or as it is often referred to "going up north."

Some of my fondest memories of childhood revolve around time spent fishing, swimming, and skiing at our family's lake cabin. It was a very basic cabin, but served it's purpose very well.

We are very fortunate that we are able offer the same experience to our boys. We have some very generous friends that enjoy sharing their cabin with our family.

Time spent at the lake is different than vacation or a lazy weekend at home.The pressures of "having to do something" while on vacation are not there and the guilt of not working on a home project or 3 is also left in the driveway on the way out of town. Time spent by the lake is fun and relaxing and often seems to stand still. It is amazing how you can play for what seems like all day until you look at the clock and realize it's only 2 in the afternoon. Plenty of time left in the day to grab a beer and keep on playing.

The best part for me on trips to the lake always are watching the boys having fun, learning new things, and overcoming fears. I feel very blessed that I can share these experiences with our boys.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The lazy Saturday.

The modern family seems to life a hectic lifestyle. Both parents work, kids are involved in activities and there is always something for everyone to do around the homestead  (or  the compound as my wife likes to call it) that there is little time left for true "quality family time". Toady was no exception. I had a list of tasks as long as my arm that needed to be done, yet today morphed into one of those days that on the outside appeared a waste, yet in the big picture was quite valuable.

It started out as a typical Saturday of trying to sleep in for a few minutes, but with a 4 year old and a 6 month old, that's not going to happen. A brunch of bacon and eggs led to fixing the digital picture frame, which led to watching all of the pictures on the frame. The whole day continued with "distractions" that led to a Saturday of family time that was enjoyed by all.

At the end of the day maybe only one task got checked off the list while a few more were added, but alas, it was not a total loss, as the time spent laughing, chatting and bonding far out weighed any unfinished tasks.

Never feel guilty about spending that lazy Saturday with the family, your kids won't.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Why Traditional Dad?

After much thought I decided it is time to welcome my self to the 21st century and blog about one of the most important things in my life, Fatherhood.
I want to create something for my boys to learn about their father and at the same time share the trials and tribulations of trying to raise boys in a world that is going to hell fast.
Thank you for stopping by and I am looking forward to sharing this adventure with you.