December 7, 2016: Gingerbread Dreams

Do I even need to say that Sprinkles has the most awesomest cupcakes in the entire universe??? …or dare I say this time of year in the entire Winter Wonderland?! I mean, at least as much as Central Florida experiences “winter,” anyways… 😉 Tonight I topped off a stellar meal at Morimoto Asia over at Disney Springs…

December 4, 2016: A Promise to Share the Wealth…

One of the important tenets that I’ve found myself trying to follow during this time of year – particularly as I’ve been getting older and have the means – is to make an effort to help those less fortunate than myself. ‘Tis the season to be sharing, Fred! 😉 Over the years we’ve been building a…

December 3, 2016: Yes, we need a little Christmas right this very minute!

I haven’t put our Christmas lights up yet, despite numerous sparkling decorations sprouting up around the neighborhood. And despite having an awesome Christmas vacation over at Disney World coming up in a little over a week, there’s an ever-growing to-do list looming between me and vacation that’s making it really hard to look forward to…

December 2, 2016: If They Gave a Prize for Being Mean…

“…the winner would be him!” I love me some Muppet Christmas Carol, and honestly I haven’t had a chance to watch it the last couple of years just because of Busy Life Syndrome, however back before TNT started the tradition of airing the Lord of the Rings trilogy for Thanksgiving, one of my fond memories of childhood around this time…

December 1, 2016: Why I *LOATHE* Elf on a Shelf…

Today’s humor piece over at Just Laugh was a bit of a rant about everyone’s beloved Christmastime tradition, the Elf on a Shelf. And how much I hate him. 😀 The thing is, thinking about it made me realize that it’s not even the goofy act of putting him in different scenarios each night for the kids to find that…

November 30, 2016: Introducing Scott’s Holiday Advent Blog!

This is a fun, little holiday project that I’ve been doing more or less for the past five years, so now that I’ve dedicated this site as my attempt at DAILY BLOGGING, I suppose it makes only sense that an advent blog of sorts would fit best over here rather than on my regular blog. The idea is simple – every…

November 26, 2016: Something New?

I spent some time while I was supposed to be putting up Christmas lights this evening instead thinking about what I want to do next year from a writing perspective. And I suppose I’m a bit torn because as it usually happens, very much at random I came up with an idea for a new…

November 25, 2016: Sneaky, Sneaky

I suppose it’s a pretty good thing that my oldest* son is a very heavy sleeper. * It’s so weird now having to actually specify that! Anywho, my wife went out shopping last night for Black Friday, but on Thursday Night … why doesn’t this have a proper name yet??? … and came home with a bunch of toys for the kids. After…

November 24, 2016: Thankful for Closure

I’m writing a couple of other posts about thankfulness and whatnot that I’ll be posting later over on my blog and my editorial site, but for today’s Thing-a-Day I thought I’d share this wonderful picture that I took this evening of the twins sleeping peacefully together – at home – and elaborate just a bit on what a tremendous relief it’s been…

November 23, 2016: Taste-Testing That Oreo Candy Bar Thing…

We saw it on Facebook a few weeks ago, and tonight I was surprised to find it on the shelves in the candy aisle of our local Walmart, so a family consensus was quickly reached that we all knew we were going to have to try it! …Christopher included, who took it upon himself to guard that…

November 22, 2016: Synchronicity

We’ve had both of the twins home together for barely 24 hours at this point, but if there’s one thing that I’ve learned already, it’s that we’re going to have to find a way to sync these swings so that they move together or it’s going to drive my OCD absolutely bonkers! 😛 It doesn’t help…

November 21, 2016: Happy Homecoming

I can’t believe we got the whole family to fit!!! It probably wasn’t the best approach to not bother trying to fit all three car seats into our SUV until we were literally ready to go pick Matthew up from the hospital, but you can see here that despite the snug packing job with Christopher now…

November 20, 2016: My Favorite Time

I think my favorite time bonding with David right now is after he’s had the last drink from his bottle and he starts falling back asleep on my shoulder after burping. And I don’t just say that because it’s easy, but let’s be honest here – he’s nine weeks old right now, so it’s not like we’re singing along…

November 19, 2016: Quelling Construction Frustration

In a way, it’s really neat to see Christopher more actively playing with his Duplos as of late because right now he seems to love building these gigantic towers out of the plain 2×2 bricks with just as many of them as he can find! However at the same time, more often than not it…

November 17, 2016: Nothing is Quick Anymore

I think this is going to be one part of having an even larger family that’s going to take some real getting used to because with time right now being my most valuable commodity, it’s painful to see things that used to be quick, little trips now taking up the better part of an afternoon or evening… Tonight I…

November 16, 2016: Parenting, Level 2

So last night was my first night alone with TWO CHILDREN. 😯 😯 😯 We survived! Though I’m still grateful that my wife will only be working one day a week so that she can be home more to take care of the kids, I think us boys (plus Cleo) got by alright during our 12 hours of unsupervised freedom. Meals…

November 15, 2016: Happiness Is … Always Having a Dry Towel Handy

Maybe Douglas Adams was right – you never leave home without your towel. This cool fountain is in Downtown Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park and regardless of the time, or temperature, of day, I don’t think I’ve ever seen people not playing and running through it and just having a great time! I was reminded of this after seeing a random…

November 14, 2016: Burrito Baby

I don’t think that I picked up on this with the first kid, but I wish somebody had clued me in on the fact that a good, successful swaddle is really a solid 40-45% of the key to a happy baby. I’m still not very good at swaddling, to the point where my wife actually bought these…

November 13, 2016: The Writer Writes Again!

Say what you will about all of the craziness that’s stemmed from politics over the last week, but at least it’s gotten me writing again… 😉 I’ve been going back and forth a lot this year with regards to my writing, and what I really want to do, and having the motivation to actually do it, and…

November 12, 2016: Round and Round

My son Christopher really loves him some carousels. They’ve got one at the Magic Kingdom, and another at Legoland, and we have to ride either one pretty much every time we walk by because he just seems to love going up and down, and spinning around in a circle, and even petting the horse before the bell goes off…

November 11, 2016: Little Shower Buddy

I’ve found myself taking comfort in the little things a lot the last couple of days. Last night it was running into a guy pulling a trio of small dogs around Walmart in a red wagon (?!), and today it was a quick, impromptu shower with my little buddy… 😉 It’s funny how those things…

November 10, 2016: Crazy Election Talk

It’s been a nutso couple of days, to say the very least… 😛 We all went to the NICU Tuesday night to visit Matthew and I sincerely thought, like many, that Hillary had the election in the bag, but as it turned out, the polling site that I was watching didn’t refresh automatically for me…

November 8, 2016: Voting For Keeps

Thankfully voting for me was pretty easy today … once I was able to finish my research to actually figure out how to vote for all of these weird, local positions, anyways… 😛 It admittedly made me feel a little old, but I actually filled out my sample ballot in its entirety over the last…

November 5, 2016: Christmas Bells Are Ringing … Already?!

Admittedly it was a little weird seeing the icicle lights up on the Castle this evening, much less the giant Christmas tree on Main Street and all of the assorted wreaths and garlands to boot … and yet in a way it was also kind of nice. …because not for nothing, but I think I…