Christmas starts Sunday 12/16 (Momma Monday)

So the season is in full swing, and our family gets to start celebrating Christmas this weekend!  Sunday is the only day that my cousin, who lives about 150 miles away, can make it down for the holiday, so that is the day my mother’s family is choosing to celebrate Christmas.  How can this be…….it’s only the 16th for crying out loud!  But this is just the beginning I realize, holy crap!

Here’s the schedule so far, and let’s hope things don’t get changed:

Sunday, 12/16: Grandpa and Grandma S’s house

Monday, 12/24: Great-Grandpa and Great-Grandma T’s house at 6pm in Columbus.  Then we must leave by 7:45 at the latest to be to Grandma and Grandpa O’s house by 9pm that night in Urbana.

Tuesday, 12/25: Breakfast at Great-Grandma W’s house at 9am in West Liberty.  Then back to Columbus for lunch with my immediate family at Grandpa and Grandma S’s house.

Monday, 12/31: Grandpa H and Grandma Cindy in West Liberty for presents at 5 and then a rowdy party that evening!  (Ace will be going back to the grandparents in Urbana for that portion of the evening, Mom and Dad want to party too!)

Okay, so here’s my question; when are we having our family Christmas?  It was never a big deal before, we just spent four days a month driving all over Ohio to celebrate with our family and friends, but now with Ace, it just seems too much.  How do we not go though?  Who’s feelings would we choose to hurt if we decide to skip one house or the other?  I never really thought about this until now, but the plans are made, the gifts are bought, and we are going!

What a nightmare waiting to happen!  Merry Christmas Everyone!

(I will not be posting on the 24th, as you can see from above, we will not be in town and I hope that everyone is busy with their families instead!  Happy Holidays!)

Ace’s First Halloween…With Me!

Well, I made it back from Baltimore on time! YAY! I arrived at the factory where I was doing the work at 11:00 and had the machine fixed and was out the door by 12:30. Caught a flight at 2:30 and was home by 4:00. I think I broke every land and air speed record known to man! 🙂 Enough about work…let’s get to the fun stuff…

We got Ace dressed up in his skunk costume. Here are a few pictures from before our journey…

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I was surprised that most people knew what he was. Honestly, just by looking at the costume, I wouldn’t have known. We were greeted by many people saying…

  • “Oh, look at the little stinker!”
  • “Oh that’s what I smelled!”
  • “Oh, how cute! Look at the….lamb?”

However, since Ace doesn’t walk yet I carried him most of the way. We brought the stroller, but I just didn’t feel right standing in line with the little kids waiting on candy. When I would get up to the porch I would say “Trick-Or-Treat!” and then turn around and point towards the stroller on the sidewalk…”It’s for my boy.” I felt pretty stupid, so I sacrificed my arm muscles for candy. (Not to mention I was secretly showing him off to the neighborhood, as any proud Dad would do.) I decided that having my arms morph into limp slivers of Jello was well worth such a fun experience. 🙂

During the trek across town and back we saw many unique and unusual things…

  1. The high school trick or treaters… If you are old enough to grow a mustache…you shouldn’t be begging for candy. Also, if you have to put your cigarette in your mouth so that you can hold your bag open…there’s a good chance you shouldn’t be out getting candy with the youngins. 😀 Just my opinion…
  2. Second were the sluts-in-training…I mean improperly dressed pre-teen girls. Belly shirts, tube tops, fishnet stockings, high heeled shoes, big hair, and too much makeup. Any Prostitute Momma or Pimp Daddy would be so proud! I can hear Pimp Daddy when the little girls got home….”Where’s my cut of the candy, hoe?”
  3. Third was the miniature horse. That’s right! A miniature horse on a leash in the city! Somehow we got onto the subject of horse poop, and one of my friends said that horse poop is like dust. I’ve never seen a cloud of poop behind a horse, have you?
  4. Fourth were the numerous pets in costume (no offense BusyDad) 😉
  5. Fifth would have to be the lame costumes. You can’t wear jeans and a hockey jersey and call yourself a hockey player! Where is you stick? Where is your helmet? Maybe some missing teeth?
  6. Sixth would have to be the lack of costumes. One kid had no costume, but was saying, “I’m doing this for my younger brother. He is at football practice tonight and couldn’t go trick-or-treating, so I am getting some candy for him.” Please…we aint stupid! You would just be embarrassed to be seen by your 17 year old peers with a Power Rangers costume on, and you are too lazy to get a job to pay for your own candy!
  7. Numero seven…The kids that are too lazy to walk from house to house! Seriously there were a couple vans with the sliding doors open. They would stop at one house, 5-6 hooligans would get out and get some candy, then they all got back in the van. The van would drive three houses down, and then they would do it all again! Are you gonna cry because you had to walk a whole block where no one was handing out candy? Where has the work ethic gone in this country? I understand they were being more efficient. Their HPH ratio (Houses Per Hour) probably far exceeded ours, but excessive efficiency, in my book, equals laziness…
  8. The parents that drove their children from house to house! What great role models! I can hear it now…”I’ll drive you from house to house, but I’m going to need some of your candy to help offset the cost of gas. Deal?”
  9. My favorite was the local bar that had the kids come inside and pick three items of candy off of a table. It just didn’t look right to see a line of kids entering “The Red Brick” for a treat. It was a good gesture and they had the best of intentions, but it just looked funny. 🙂

I have to quote something that my brother-in-law said at the end of the night as we were talking about all of the crazy things that we had seen… He said, “A person can be very smart, but people in general are dumb.” My question is…are people in general really dumb? Or is free candy just dumby bait? Or are people so intoxicated by the sugar rush that they left their inhibitions, morals, and values at home? Your guess is as good as mine…

All in all we had a great time…both enjoying Ace’s first Trick-Or-Treating experience, and also watching all of the inhabitants of this wonderful city.

As you probably know, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be going Trick-Or-Treating or not, so I didn’t put much thought into a costume for myself. At the last minute I came up with the following costume… Can you guess who I am?

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I’m the ex-lobster panty specialist…Dorky Dad!

At the end of the night, after walking for about three hours, we were all tuckered out! Especially Ace…

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Hope you all had a Happy Halloween! I sure did!

Trick Or Treat…Without Me

Jack-O-LanternAs many of you know I am a travel some for work, and whenever there is something I really want to do, I end up being out of town that day.

Well, tomorrow, Halloween, is one of those days.  It is Ace’s first Trick Or Treat and there is a very good chance that I will miss out on it.

I got a call today informing me that I have to be in Baltimore, MD on Halloween day.  I can’t say no…it is my job.  This kind of thing is expected, but still sucks!

However, I am not giving up hope.  From what I’ve been told, this should be an easy job.  My flight gets in to Baltimore at 9:30 AM and I should be in the jobsite around 10:30 or 11:00.  If I work for three hours and get the machine fixed I can catch a flight out at around 4:00 PM and be home around 6:00 PM when Trick-Or-Treat starts.

My fingers are crossed…

Happy Birthday To Me!

Go KartYesterday, 10/26, was my birthday!  I turned a whoppin’ 29 years old!

We went out to dinner with some friends, then to Magic Mountain to ride some go-carts, and then our younger friends were tired and went home.

Momma and I drove down to the local bowling alley, laced up our bowling shoes, and bowled about three games before heading back to Grandma’s to pick up the little man.

We made it all the way to midnight, unlike our younger counterparts who called it a night at about 10PM.

I may be getting older, but that is not going to stop me from having a good time! By the way, since when does bowling make you sore the next day??? 😀

Happy Birthday Mrs. DadThing!

Today is my wife’s birthday!  She is ?? years old. (I’m no dummy.  I man could get killed for publishing his wife’s age online!)

It really sucks that I couldn’t spend time with her on her birthday.  I travel some for work.  I go to different factories and fix their machinery.  Sometimes I have to spend the night in a hotel somewhere.  It is usually last minute and impossible to plan for.  It always seems that it is on a night when something important is happening!  We were supposed to be going out to dinner tonight with some of our friends.

That’s what I love about my wife.  She understands.  She understands that my job is demanding at times and doesn’t get upset about it.  She knows that I would much rather be at home changing dirty diapers!

Well, dear…I hope you had a happy birthday.  Sorry I couldn’t be there to share it with you!  I’ll make it up to you…I promise!  Tell Ace that Daddy will be home to see the both of you as soon as possible!