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Social Beast

Do you find it difficult to coordinate and run your family household schedule?
Are you overbooked? Mama has work, yoga training, girls’ night out/breakfast. Jefe has dodgeball, kickball, Books & Bars, music, movies, a voracious social appetite after being with the kids all day. Pablo has school, after school Spanish, choir, swim lessons, soccer and homework. Doodles has pre-school, playdates, swim lessons and his Youtube addiction. How do we fit it all in?

Schedule it on the Google Calendar. Request a date. Request night out with the guys, etc. Mama and I have to determine whether each event is for the whole family, for the two of us, for one of us, for the boys, for one boy. Then we decide which ones require a sitter and have to factor their availability into the equation. Which is why my standard response to most event invites starts at “maybe”. Have you noticed that Facebook has become a sort of glorified events calendar? It seems many of the options begin here.

Are you a social beast who craves company? Or do you recharge from downtime and quiet reflection/solitude? This is where Mama and I differ a bit.

It’s not easy but it works for usually works for us. It takes a village to raise the children and a powerful computer network to keep us all on track. We access our calendars on-line and on iPhone and keep a paper copy on the refrigerator.
At times I want to add “Be Spontaneous” as an event. This schedule allows me my precious 6 hours a week to myself during the week. But during this time I must also grocery shop, do other household things and try to work on writing and Books & Bars.

Perhaps we are overbooked at times. We seem to be doing okay socially for parents. Living in the city helps. Having family in town to babysit is key. Keeping our outside passions and interests alive helps with our general well being. Tonight is a date night involving dinner and a play, August: Osage County.

How do you manage your time or the family time? Are you feeding your social beast?


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Playing with Gririls (sic)

Playing after pre-school, Pablo wasn’t happy that I allowed a girl to be a Clone Trooper.
He shook his head, upset.

Pablo: Dad, next time you can’t tell Christine K. she can be Commander Bly.
She can’t be a Clone. She’s griril (sic), Dad.

Jefe: She just wanted to play with you guys. Who can she be?

Pablo: She can be Padme or Princess Leia. They’re gririls (sic).

I let Mama reinforce the “what women can be” speech when she got home, as she’s living proof. Mama is secret government agent.

Spring has sprung. Pre-school kids run wild in the park after class. Just boundless energy, no focus. The younger ones are literally growling and running at each like monsters. All you can do is stand back and let them air it all out.

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The Play Dictator

Sometimes you just need to tie ‘em up to settle ‘em down. Now wait, before you get worried that I’m using bondage tactics, know that it’s just a robe (or as they say “rope”) belt around them.

Pablo (Indiana Jones) and Doodles (Dr. Henry Jones, Sr.) reenact a favorite scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Later in this scene a fire starts and Jones, Sr. tries to blow it out before Junior sees it.
Pablo, the elder, plays the younger man here whilst Doodles has always taken a liking to Sean Connery.

We were watching TV. I prefer anything like PBS, Sprout, or Noggin (it’s like pre-school on TV!) which are commercial free. Everytime they’ve seen this commercial they’ve either run and hid or covered their eyes with the arms.

Maybe someone should tell the company they’re scaring kids into not eating their food.

But anyway, this elder/youngun reversal manifests itself in other ways.
I think it was Nick, Jr., when a different commercial for Clone Trooper toy gear
(Clone Wars) was seen by our merry men:

Doodles: I’m the Commander with the helmet and the dun (gun).
(Everything is a gun but that is a future post to be sure. This actually was a toy gun.)

Pablo: I’m the assistant!

Although the other side of this is that Pablo is the Play Dictator, or if I soften it, Director. He casts the play, sets the scene, gives Doodles his motivation for his character, etc. As a director he does veer towards a dictatorship at times. Everyone he controls or portrays is usually named Patrick or Jack
and the color purple is prevalent. (also hear Infinity +3 here.)

The Dict–er, Director usually casts me as the bad guy. I’ve been sharks, robox, bad pizza,
mustache robbers, wild animals, monsters, Darth Vader, and many more.

I think we were watching Bolt and I joked about the villain, to soften his scary edge.
Something I’ll usually do if a scene looks potentially frightening.

Jefe: He’s funny.

Pablo: No he’s a bad guy. Bad guys can’t be funny.

Actually, I think bad guys can be funny (Joker, anyone?), and often times are, but maybe not to a young child. There’s nothing too funny about a villain yet. And that’s probably a good thing for them to learn. But what does that say about me? Bad Dad?

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lift off

lift off

Every kid at Painter Park stopped what they were doing and joined in the Stomp Rocket! fun.

You fetched it, you stomped it. 

Spot the stomp rocket in the sky?

Spot the stomp rocket in the sky?

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