My youngest daughter came up to me the other day and asked, "Daddy, when are you going to Heaven? I want to know before you go. I will miss you so much and I will cry forever." I was surprised and said, "Dear, we don't know when we are going to Heaven. It happens when it is time. Just always remember I am proud of you, I will always love you, and..." (pointing at her heart) "...I will always be here with you." Her tears turned into a smile and she said, "Good, because you can't go to Heaven until you are a Pop-Pop!!" and ran off.
This happened during a day when I was really behind schedule. I am late putting out my second podcast and segments for some others. My construction on my house is falling behind, and I don't seem to have enough time to do anything.
This discussion about Heaven,
Today the family went shoe shopping. My wife, my youngest, and I needed sneakers. My oldest needed a new pair of dress shoes for school. I quickly found mine so I took my youngest to find hers. After 15 minutes of "Daddy, which is prettier?" and "Do I have more clothes that are pink or white?" we found a pair of shoes. Meanwhile my wife was still searching for the right pair of sneakers. I took my oldest daughter over to look for dress shoes for school. Of course, being 9 and a half, she thinks she is much older than she actually is, and looked right at shoes with heels. Now, I don't mean 2+ inch heals, but half inch and one inch heels. She liked a pair of patent leather shoes with a 1 inch heel. Now, as a Dad, my first reaction is to say, "No, you are too young for heels, you need to pick something without a heel". But, I have learned over the years that I need to give my children some space. My plan was to let her put them on and then hope she would decide that she didn't want them, or I could "steer" her in that direction. She tried them on and her heels kept slipping out. She was starting to tell me she didn't want them when my wife came over and told her that she had to pick another pair. I told her that I planned on that she would be picking another pair, but I wanted to let her try on what she wanted. My wife looked at me and chuckled, "Oh, so I have to come over and be the bad guy?" We both laughed and picked out different shoes. All this before a fun filled day of Soccer games.
Tonight I, and some of my guildmates from DDO, were on The Grey Area Podcast with Jenesee Grey. I am going to be doing a segment for her shoe starting next week, like the ones I do on DDOCast and DDOCocktailHour. She produces a very professional podcast and I recommend you to check it out. I really appreciate that she mentioned this site, blog, and podcast during the recording of hers. The only drawback of Weebly.com is that I cannot track how many times the podcast has been listened to/downloaded. I will assume more than a couple have listened, but I wish I had some real numbers. Thanks again Jenesee for the chance to have people hear about my website and content. And thank you to all that have supported me thus far.
Part of the reason I don't blog everyday is that my schedule makes it difficult to make time to do so. With my wife working 1.5 jobs and getting her Master's Degree. With that, I am doing more than just "helping around the house". I play Mr. Mom, which I actually enjoy. I do the wash, cooking, homework with the kids, soccer, girl scouts, and then all the Dad stuff like the landscaping, home repairs, and opening pickle jars. It is hard sometimes, but we get through it. I know it's harder for my wife because she is sacrificing time with the girls to improve our family's future. So, as you can see, my schedule is very tight and difficult to fit things in. I have time set aside each week for the eventual podcast. I am unhappy that I am already a week behind, since I wanted to have it out already. But I will keep my chin up and push forward. The show notes are done, and I just need to record. Really hoping tonight is the night after the kids head to bed. I might even have it up by friday.
I have a question for all of my 1 regular blog reader (lol, Skaggy you rock) and anyone else that has tripped across the site. Do you want me to limit the podcasts to a story, a segment (if I have one), and "Dad News"? I am not going to have a Blog Podcast, so the information covered will not be an extension of my blog here. I want to cover the general populace. Please send me any suggestions you may have.
Did you ever experience what I did Saturday morning? You stay up a little too late Friday night, but you are ok with it because you can sleep in on Saturday. Well, if you are me that doesn't happen. My girls are like me and wake up at the same time every day without an alarm clock. So, at about 6:45 a.m. they are awake no matter what day it is. So after staying up past 2 a.m., I was not surprised to be woked up at 6:30 a.m. by the girls wanted to know what I was making them for breakfast. Saturday morning is my day to make special breakfasts for them. My wife works overnights at a hospital so she gets home around then, I make breakfast, and we eat together before she heads to bed. We sneak in family time when we can, lol. So, there was no sleeping in for me. My girls are 9 and almost 5, they are very self-sufficient for breakfast. Maybe if I leave them a note that I want to sleep in they might just make it themselves, hmmmmmm. Will have to try that.
Soccer was interesting. My little one ran around and had lots of fun. I was very proud of her when she was sitting on the sideline. All the other kids were playing with the cones and putting them on their heads. Not my little one, she not only watched the game and cheered her team, but she kept fixing the cones when the other kids threw them on the ground. My oldest did well, she played defense most of the game. I was really proud of both of them. I asked my youngest if she had won (they don't keep score for that age) and she said she didn't know. I told her, "As long as you try your hardest and have fun you are a winner." She smiled and ran over to my wife, gave her a high five, and said "Mommy, I am a winner!" It was really cute.
Ok, I wanted to record my iniitial podcast this weekend, but i ran out of time. I am trying to plan something really solid, and am hoping to get it recorded over the next two day. Everytime I come up with show notes, I rewrite them. I need to stop being so anal. Oh, and there will be a surprise segment for my first cast. Thanks Skaggy!!!http://skaggythepoet.wordpress.com/
Today started as a fun day. It was very cool outside last night and we had the windows opend due to a beautiful day yesterday. This morning I was awoken by both of my girls, "Daddy, we are cold. Can we cuddle with you?" I grumbled something I can't even remember and they crawled under the blankets with me. My wife was up early for work so they like to sneak in and cuddle with Daddy on those mornings. Next thing I know I am 15 minutes late getting up and we were in instantly into "Hurry Mode" as my youngest calls it. We got out the door in time. On our way to my Mother-In-Law's, who is their daycare, my oldest said, "Daddy, you are the best. I bet not all kids get to have cuddle time with their Daddy. I love you Daddy!" I was so happy, and it was well worth the loss of some sleep to know my kids look at me with such high praise.
Tonight is my oldest's first soccer practice. I admit, I am not a soccer fan, but I will be there screaming my head off in praise and support for her and her team. The fun part will be that my youngest is playing too. Which means no rhyme or reason, just a bunch of 4 year olds chasing a ball around the field. Lol
And now to address the "Humble" in the title. Now, I have spoken about Skaggy the Poet in a previous post. He just posted his 100th Blog Post, Congratulations Skaggy! The humble part is that he wrote a poem about me. Please follow Skaggy's Blog. He is a great family man with many insightful and witty things to say about the world. http://skaggythepoet.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/a-big-thank-you/
On a side note; the wheels of progress are turning. I have been working on getting my information together about podcasting, web-hosting and such. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate the help. I am hoping to get the first podcast recorded in September.