This blogging thing has gotten tough for me. I am actually forcing myself to sit down and write something since it has been some time. It’s going on 11pm and the kids are all in bed. I’ll head that way myself shortly, but I wanted to get a post out.
Today was a good day spent with my son after he got home from school. My wife Jen works at the preschool and on Wednesdays, she does aftercare so she does not get home until closer to 5 or 6. This means that Ricky, my son, and I have a few hours to hang out. After I wrapped up working me and him took a walk, that turned in to about a 3 and a half mile walk around the soccer park. I was going to try and have him practice soccer a bit, but the fields were taken so we just walked around. That’s all we did, and it was great!
Moments like these are things that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. The idea that there is going to be a point in time when I won’t have the luxury of just hanging out with him when I want to. He’ll get his friends and his own little life, and those moments of hanging out with dad and being pumped for it probably isn’t as long as you’d think. I also saw a post on Reddit today about things girls would have liked their dad to know growing up, and the top item was just having moments together, like just her and dad thing. This is something I want to work towards. Now my daughter is 3 1/2 so I still got time to find that “thing”, but even just finding time if Jen takes Ricky out for me and her to just hang out is something I really want to start appreciating more. You really think about how you are doing as a parent, and I don’t want to miss opportunities with either of my kids.
This definitely holds true for setting time aside to just hang with my wife without the kids. It’s a constant balance of making sure that opportunities are not missed and also making time for all of the above. Finding time with the wife is probably even tougher because we can tag-team the kid time by taking one or the other, while with each other, we have to find a poor soul who will take on the two hooligans for a day/night. I say that jokingly, our kids are pretty well behaved, and we have tons of family who would absolutely adore taking them for a day. It’s harder for us to ask probably.
On another note, I’ve been doing this WeRally program through our health insurance which allows me to earn gift cards for various challenges completed. One, for example, is like a health survey and a biometric test will get me a $150 gift card. I can earn $50 for walking about 7.5 miles in three days or complete 3 tasks over a month to earn a $75 gift card. I can max out at $600 worth of gift cards, and I’ve already knocked out a couple. The annoying thing is that I have to wait for my biometric test to be received before they release the gift cards, but when they do I believe I’ll have about $325 worth of gift cards. You may ask what I am going to use that little bit of dough towards? Well, how about a sweet authentic cosplay Red Power Rangers costume? Yeah, that’d be sweet. No, I’m kidding…I think. God, I would wear that to work. Look at this thing.
I’m partially embarrassed that I have researched this, but it was strictly as a Halloween costume. Yeah, that’s it.
On a final thought, I have been listening to the Story of the Year station on Apple Music, and it pretty much is bringing me right back to my early college years. I’ve been thinking about compiling a playlist of music from that time. A lot of it will come from this station, but there is some music that isn’t heavy/screamo type stuff. If I come up with a playlist, maybe I’ll post it for those to check out. I could probably even share a link to the playlist if I got super inspired.
That’s all for today, I need to head to bed. We’re almost to the weekend, I hope everyone’s week is going well so far. I’m ready for some nice weather!