Saturday, June 23, 2012

BBQ Etiquette

My wife shared this with me.  It is interesting how sometimes we interpret things.

A quick reminder of the BBQ Rules:

We are entering the BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:

(1) The woman buys the food.
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables and makes dessert.
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - drink in hand.
(4) The woman remains outside the compulsory three meter exclusion zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities can take place without the interference of the woman.

Here comes the important part:


More routine...
(6) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
(7) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is looking great. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another drink while he flips the meat.

Important again:

More routine...
(9) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauce and brings them to the table.
(10) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:
(11) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
(12) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed her 'night off,' and, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Is is it a Vampire or a Werewolf Baby?

Baby Names

Before my kids were born my wife and I thought long and hard on what to name them.  Our list of baby names consisted of family names.  We decided that they not only had to be strong but a name that would be remunerable and professional.  After choosing a name we would check to make sure that it wasn't on the top ten so he would be unique.  I remember going to school and when the teacher would call out Mike, Jason, Christy, or Heather she had to include there last name due to the chances of more than one kid would respond.  Everyone wants to be different.  My mother name is half George and Emily combined together Jeorily spelled with a J.  My mother hated having to correct every one she met or having several nicknames but this did not stop her from naming her daughter Jenily.  Which is half of Jennifer and Emily?

People are all trying to name their kids from something they know but not realizing how it may affect them.  According to the U.S. Social Security Administration the top baby names from 2009-2011 have been names from Movies.   In 2009 the most popular baby name for girls is Isabella and the most popular boy name is Jacob.  Sound familiar?

Top 10 Baby Names for 2011

RankMale nameFemale name

That’s right Vampires and Werewolf’s were the top names for 3 years from the movie Twilight.  It seems that team Edward didn't make the top ten for boy names.
This crave for naming children after movies and celebrities has gone on for years.  Now with the new movie Hunger Games are we going to see names like:

Hunger Games

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Treasure Hunting with the Family (Geocaching)

Ahoy, Me Hearties!

Over the weekend we decided as a family to explore Geocaching.  It is a treasure hunt using GPS on your phone.  At first I was skeptical but after seeing a video and finding the first treasure the game was on.  We decided after stopping at a coffee shop on Sunday that we would see what was near and give it a chance.  It was a little frustrated when the gps kept on giving out and learning how to read a map on a tiny phone.  It would of been awesome if the iPad had gps but unfortunately that wasn't the case.  We were able to get clues left by others and a size of capsule that we were looking for.  after some searching in a parking lot we found it in a hole in a concrete post.  This gave the family hope and excitement on how it all works.  My wife thought it was a lot like survivor on how they hide immunity idols.  I guess that some of the other hunts give you clues to other treasures getting harder as they go.  It was a little difficult for the kids to follow being so young, but I think they just enjoyed the outdoors and how the adults were getting a kick out of it.  The log books in the capsules that we found were almost full of recent visits.  This proved that it is a success amongst family and pretty cheep.  The only expense to get started was a app that was 10 dollars and a cell phone with gps. 
The website that can explain more is

When looking at the website it looks like you can do Geochaching any where in the world.  I think that we may try this out when camping or on our vacation this year to Hawaii.  For those who want to experience the whole pirate treasure hunting you must first learn how to talk like a pirate.  Here is a website that will help you learn the lingo. 
 Have fun and enjoy the booty. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fathers Day

What is the best father's day gift?  

This is a question I asked myself all my childhood when think what to get my father.  Now being a father I think some of the best gifts that I received was the thought.  My favorite was breakfast in bed and being able to just be lazy for one day with the kids. 
    Awesome cupcake
  • Make his job easier —Anyone with kids knows parenting is a full-time job too. Help him out with chores, cooking or yard work to give him some extra free time with the kids the following days. 
  • Give him some Dad time — Give him a gift certificate for something he loves doing with just you or his friends. Does he like golf, movies or going out to eat? Hire a sitter and have a night or afternoon of relaxation!
  • Family Picnic — For a day he really remembers, organize a perfect family picnic with all his favorite foods. Head to a forest preserve or a park with benches for some time in nature with your family. Bring baseballs, frisbees or bikes to use after the kids eat.
  • Make him a desert-Find creative ways to make his favorite cup cakes, ice cream or just chocolate to make him feel special.

History of Fathers Day. 

There are a range of events, which may have inspired the idea of Father's Day. One of these was the start of the Mother's Day tradition in the first decade of the 20th century. Another was a memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907.

A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father's Day. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly married again.

Sonora was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother's Day celebrations. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father's Day was held in June was in 1910. Father's Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.

However it came about I am just glad that us men have a day to hang out with the family.

When is Fathers Day?

Father's Day is generally celebrated on the third Sunday in June; including US, UK, Canada, Chile, France, Japan and India. We then see the nations of Uruguay and Dominican Republic celebrating Father's Day in July, with Brazil, Samoa and Taiwan in the month of August. Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji honoring Dad's on the first Sunday in September each year with Latvia and Nepal following later in the month. October is the month for Dad's to celebrate in Luxembourg and Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden honoring him on the second Sunday in November. Thailand and Bulgaria celebrate this traditional day in December.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

How to maintain a Man Cards or obied by the Mens Room rules

Urban Dictionary describes the Man card as a requirements to be accepted as a respectable member of the male community. Can and should be revoked by other respectable males for doing non-respectable-male things.  I think that us men need to start holding other fathers up to a higher standard maybe it should be a Father Card or a different type of Man Card.  Some sites have been created helping men recognizing men and others who should be revoked basically calling them out.

One of these sites is:

  This site has forms to fill out for those men not holding up the standards or being caught doing the men gender wrong.  It is quite interesting to browse the sight and even fill out an application to receive your own man card.

Miller light has played to a Men's audience by calling out the use of man cards.  I think this is great making men become aware in  a joking matter to try to hold up to a better standard.  Sometimes it takes jokes to help curve the over all stereo type of men. 

99.9 KISW The Rock here in Seattle have also seen that men are a great market to look at by creating a whole radio station after men.  One of the afternoon shows that all genders tend to turn to in the after noon is the Mens Room who not only have a great show but now a line of beer.  There Mens Room rules are very similar to the Man Card rules in how a man should act.  I enjoy hearing them interact with each other as they deal with being parents are marriage life as a man.  It helps fill in the gap of a social group when at home with little ones.  Being a man doesn't mean you can't be passionate but how you handle and express yourself.  If interested in a list click on their sites and see the full list that will give you some laughs and incite on how we should act. 

Stay-At-Home Dads

Is another place for men who are at home at want to socialize with those that may be in the same boat.  Unfortunately this club is too far for me and wish that there was one for cities not as big.  In time I believe that these sites will start to pop up as us men start to become more apart of our children's life.

Is a great site calling us men out who try not to stand up for there responsibilities.  I think that this site has a lot of great information for those who are thinking of skipping out and those who are disturbed of others who do.  It has information on laws and ways for men to pay.

All of these examples is proving to the world that we are not like women and when men are stay at home Dad's we may raise kids different.  It may not be wrong but just a different view.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Did Ken loose his Man Card to Barbie?

Making it worth the Hassle for Dads.

Stay-at-home dads now have Web sites, support groups and an annual convention.  They are showing up in "Mommy and Me" classes and PTA meetings.  Many men restrooms now have diaper-changing tables, and companies’ market souped-up strollers with brand names such as "the Bob." 

During the day sometimes I click on the television other than cartoons to just relax.  It is extremely hard as a dad to find shows that are for us.  The networks fill their day time spots with soap operas and  talk shows that are full of women topics.  It seems that lifetime television spreads from there network to all networks giving us Dads a run for our money to find a man show.  Our only saving grace is on demand television.  For now my honey list have filled the gap along with school work that seems to be never ending.

I recently read a blog of men tell stories of being excluded from mothers' groups and hearing of police questioning fathers seen hanging around the playground. Some have found close friends among stay-at-home mothers, while others say they don't feel comfortable with such socialization or fear their wives would disapprove.  The key is to just roll with the punches because it only get easier. 

The other day my son and daughter were playing house.  I was surprised to hear my son say “you go to work and make the money and I will stay home and clean house.”  My daughter grabbed her Barbie and placed it in her toy car making a car noise waving goodbye.  He then grabbed the fake vacuum and Ken to clean the Barbie house.  I thought to myself is that how my kids portray us?  This would never have happened when I was a little kid.  These moments make all of the difference when thinking if I am impacting my children.  My wife loves how attached they have become calling her dad on accident.  I was the bad guy and feared since I did all of the punishment but now when my daughter falls she prefers me.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Dad Taking on the Kitchen

Are we better Cooks?

Dads are starting to take over the kitchen.  Blogs such as Cooking for Dads by Rob Barrett have given hopes for those who are starting to find their talents in the kitchen.  There are several recipes out there for fathers who just want to experiment.  It is a great opportunity to teach your children a talent that will help them survive and save money. 

 Kids Cooking with Dad

In addition to being fun, your kitchen is also one of the most valuable places for kids to learn in your house from the moment your baby can sit up. Colors shapes and numbers are all there waiting to challenge your child each step of the way. Babies will pass up their fancy toys every time for a chance to match up pots and lids or stack plastic containers. Toddlers love to "sort" silverware and fold napkins into triangles. Next time you need 60 marshmallows for Rice Krispie treats, have your preschooler count out 6 groups of 10 marshmallows each and teach fractions with sticks of butter.

Older Kids helping Dad

Older kids will learn basics of science when they knead dough and stir sauces. And there is the all important lesson that cooking is accomplished with all the senses. As dinner is brewing, talk about the smells, sounds, textures and appearance of the food being transformed. Your children will then taste with a new appreciation, especially if they've had a hand in making dinner.

Warning Men Cooking!

I believe that not all of the time things work out in the kitchen for us men.  We seem to make a mess due to our lack of multitasking. I believe that in the kitchen we are willing to take more risk.  This is why some of the top chefs are men.  My father-in-law is always trying to add something to his meals that he cooks.  Over the years he has mastered several meals with his own recipes not Betty Crocker’s.  This is just some of the benefits of having us men in the kitchen. 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Top 5 Dad Blogs

Here is some of my favorite Dad blogs that I have found.  I believe that all of these men have some important lesson that all of Dads could take from them along with some laughter.  Keep it up men. 

A Family Runs Through It 

Cynical Dad

Dad Gone Mad

Frugal Dad 


There are many Dad blogs out there and I will continue to update my list.  If you know of some others that I  should follow please let me know.

Gun Safety in our Homes.

Is teaching our kids gun safety the answer?

To me, teaching gun safety is like teaching water safety, stranger safety, dating safety, playground safety, driving, etc. You cannot control every circumstance of your child's life, but you can help prepare them for those circumstances by deliberately teaching them safety rules and your standards of behavior. This is part of our job as parents. It isn't the school's job, and we can't expect teachers to teach our kids these things. God trusted us we these kids and it is our responsibility to teach them and the tools to protect them. 

These recent tragedies that have happen here in Washington State have been disturbing to the public.  The first reaction to the situations is to make more restrictions on guns and how they are obtained.  I think that only the responsible gun owners will oblige by them and will not reach those who truly need the help.  The instances of kids in grade schools getting shot or finding a gun in the glove-box are all due to ignorant people who are careless with their weapons.  The accidents are due to people being ignorant and those who go on a killing spree have been reaching out prior.  Our system does not need to be harder to obtain a gun but educating the public and officials to look for people that may be disturbed or reaching out.

I applaud the Seattle Police Department on how quickly they were able to reach the killing spree suspect yesterday.  With technology police officers were able to get the descriptions on their cellular devices.   This help locate the suspect but when doing so  he took his own life.  With technology I believe that these instances are resolved faster.  Now the solution is to stop these instances from happening.  I believe this is like I mentioned earlier by educating our young ones.  For the ones who are disturbed in almost every case they had a past record and were not treated to the full before being released back into the public.

Dad in Charge

Dads at Home

Historically, women have been the ones to stay home and raise children while fathers work. However, women’s increasing independence and power in the workforce means they’re now frequently out-earning their spouses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2009 nearly 40% of working women earn more than their husbands. In trying economic times, it especially makes sense for women to keep their jobs once they have babies while Dads leave the workforce to stay home with the kids.

Reasons Dads Stay Home

Dads become stay-at-home-dads for more than one reason. Some dads just love spending time with their kids and want to become the primary care giver. Other dads stay home because their kids require special attention or have disabilities. Also, childcare costs are higher than ever. To save money and gain time with their little ones, many fathers decide childcare isn’t worth it and become stay-home-dads.  Sure, some dads face stereotypes from people who aren’t aware of how normal a dad staying at home really is. However, doing what’s best for their families trumps all for stay-at-home dads.

With the growth of telecommuting, many men are also able to work from home. In this regard, he is contributing financially to the family while also acting as the primary caregiver of the family's children. Differences in parent's schedules can also account for some of the stay-at-home dads. Sometimes the father works odd work shifts while the mother has a typical nine-to-five work schedule.

History of a stay at home Dad

In colonial American families, the family worked together as a unit and was self-sufficient.  Because of the Industrial Revolution, large-scale production replaced home manufacturing; this shift, coupled with then-prevailing norms governing sex or gender roles, dictated that the father become the breadwinner and the mother the caregiver. When affection-based marriages emerged in the 1830s, parents began devoting more attention to children and family relationships became more open. World War II found many women entering the workforce out of necessity; women reassured the caregiver position after the war, but, together with cultural shifts leading to the feminist movement and advances in birth control, their new-found sense of independence changed the traditional family structure. Some women opted to return to the care giver role. Others chose to pursue careers. When women chose to work outside of the home, alternative childcare became a necessity. If childcare options were too costly, unavailable, or undesirable, the stay-at-home dad became a viable option.