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October, 2010 | Everyday Childhood

Archives for October 2010

Breaking the Ice… Daddy Style

Today is going to be one crazy day!! No seriously, let me tell you! I’ll be waking up at my usual 5’ish. Then I’ll be driving 80 miles to work (yeah, you heard that right), working 9 hours, driving back home, packing the car, and then driving another 400 miles with my wife, 2 babies, and our dog! We’re going on a very fast weekend trip to visit my wife’s family. They’re having a 40th birthday party for her brother and we can’t miss it!

Ummm…I just realized that you have no idea who I am or what I’m doing here. Maybe I should fill you in a little before I’m flying off on my tangent.

Hi! My name is Josh, otherwise known as @DadStreet on the Twitters. This is going to totally knock your socks off…Are you sitting down? Ready? Wait for it…Wait for it…I actually have my own blog and you know what it’s called? DadStreet!! I know! Crazy, right?? Well all the good names were taken and by the time I could think of a better name I was stuck with it. So there you go…

Let me first start off by saying I’m not a writer. This might come as a surprise but I’m just telling you so when you start thinking how bad I suck, you can’t say I didn’t tell you. What I mean is, I never grew up wanting to write. In fact, I hated English class and didn’t even read my first book until I got out of high school. I write how I feel. It’s really as simple as that. I don’t pull any punches, I’m very in touch with my emotions (I know I’m a guy…), and I’m extremely open about things.

I plan on sharing my time here with my good buddy Adam of DadaRocks. We make up half of the DadsTalking crew (www.DadsTalking.com and #DadsTalking on Twitter). Hopefully, we’ll be able to add some things from a Dads perspective and in return learn a lot about all of you!

So what’s my story and what can you expect from me? Well, I live in Monterey, California with my wife, my daughter O, my son Jake, and our dog Cody.

Note: O’s name is Olivia and ever since I started writing about her I’ve always just called her O.

I’m originally from the east coast (Baltimore, MD) and have been living in CA for about 10 years. I work full-time as does my wife (actually 4 days a week) and I’m completely and utterly in love with my children. O just turned 2 and a half and Jake will be 14 months old tomorrow.

Here’s just a few things you might see me write about:

The little things I see in my children, my struggles with disciplining them, four years of infertility treatments, my mother’s cancer, living in another country as a child, my thoughts on living away from family, being a good husband, reaching out to you for advice and support, what guys are thinking, Dads are the other half of the parenting equation, and many other topics.

I hope you’ll stick around for our posts and I can’t wait to share our experiences together. Thanks for having me…maybe I’m getting ahead of myself? I suppose you could be kicking me off of here by next week. Well assuming you don’t, I can’t wait until next time!

Tears, Trials, and Giggles… Our life with Diabetes


I don’t write very regularly about a very regular part of our life. It’s been nearly a year now since my youngest, Allison, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Maybe I don’t write about it much because it’s difficult. It’s full of tears and trials. It’s often hard to find the giggles.

Alli Cat, as she refers to herself, will be 5 in December. I’ve already started saying she’s 5. She’s a big girl. She’s heads above the rest in her Pre-K. She out weighs her big sister by 5 pounds. Alli looks very well in proportion to herself… but it’s so hard to see her as 4 years old anymore.

The thing is… she is still 4. She’s a happy, smart-as-a-whip, snuggley 4 year old. And she has Juvenile Diabetes. This hasn’t gotten her down though. She’s been a trooper since day 1. She doesn’t cry or complain about the injections she gets every meal of every day… for the rest of her life. It’s so true when they say that God won’t give you a burden you can’t handle. Alli has been well equipped to handle it… but what about me?

I’m not sure I handle things very well at times. It’s hard when their dad’s  job doesn’t offer affordable insurance. It’s hard to be a stay at home mom… doing freelance writing on the side. It’s hard when the state tells you that you make $50 too much for any sort of health assistance. Oh… and the mandatory Kid’s Care coverage? They aren’t taking new patients and the list is long…

But we pray and somehow we manage. Just barely. Twice we’ve been given boxes of needles and testing supplies. Their dad’s work just sent home new options for health care. I’ve been offered a more stable opportunity… doing what I love. All of these things have been graciously given and accepted through prayer.

Still… there are times when I wonder if prayer is enough and it’s those days that I have to look through the tears and the trials. It’s those days that I have to find the giggles and have the faith of a child.

Halloween Mood: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds


I’m in a Halloween mood… we don’t usually carve our pumpkins. I’m bad with knives. Instead… I have cute little pumpkins sitting around the house. But today, I was feeling moody… a good moody. I wanted to have a snack that felt like Halloween. I looked at one of those cute little pumpkins and decided we should carve it up and toast all the seeds. And that’s just what we did!

Supplies Used:

Sharp knife
Round pumpkin
Big spoon
Baking sheet
Salt
Olive oil
Butter
Tea light candle

Directions:

Preheat your over to 350*.

Carve out a hole in the top of your pumpkin that’s big enough to fit your hand inside.

Once you remove the lid… dig in! We like to use our hands, at first, to bring out all the goop and seeds. Then I use a big spoon to scrape the inside walls of the pumpkin.

Separate the seeds from the goop and spread them evenly over a lightly buttered baking sheet.

Drizzly lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Bake at 350 for 10-15 mins. The seeds should be crunchy and delicious!

While your seeds are toasting… carve a face in your pumpkin and light a small tea light inside!

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

DIY: Stealing Jess’ Ideas…The Table

Ok… so it’s not really stealing when I ask her to post it so I can steal it… right?

My friend Jess @Shuggilippo is always making something new out of something old. Instead of “Decor” I should call this section “Jess’ Ideas”.

Her most recent furniture rebirth is actually on it’s 3rd life. She started with an old 2 drawer table. It was pretty old and shabby looking. It was reminiscent of the 70s.

Jess thought something amazing could be made from this old table… so she painted it the most hideous delightful shade of yellow. The transformed table also got some new hardware.

The yellow table hung around for a while… but today as I was talking to her on Skype… I found out that the table has been reborn once again!

That’s my favorite look of all… Way to go Jess!

To read more about the rebirth of this table or to check out Jess’ blog… go here.

Kid’s Snacks: Cream Cheese-y

I’m forever looking for fun and easy kid’s snacks. Lately, I’ve been in love with the Kraft Foods site. They have loads of easy snacks and full meals. They’re all categorized and easy to search. I wasn’t even paid to say that! I just really like it!

So… today… I ran across a crackers, fruit, and cream cheese snack. All three of these ingredients are things we love.

Supplies:

RITZ Crackers
PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread (You could even use the flavored kind!)
Sliced fresh fruit, such as strawberries (Or whatever you like)

The How-To:

Spread some delicious cream cheese on your cracker and then top with fruit! It’s as easy as that! Enjoy!

DIY Tutorial: Fabic Circle Wall Hanging

Today, I’m going to teach you how to create a circular shaped wall hanging using your favorite fabrics and some embroidery hoops!


1. You’ll be making these custom to fit your decor… so paint your embroidery hoops if you’d like to! Use different sizes for some variety.




2. Choose your fabric! Again.. this is all up to you. Is your room pink? Find some fabric with pink accents. Are you wild about prints? Show your adventurous side with some animal prints!

3. Loosen the embroidery hoop and fit your fabric. When you tighten the hoop… the fabric should be taut. There shouldn’t be any wrinkles… that would look tacky!



4. Cut off the excess fabric… but leave about a half inch border. Use hot glue to fold back the remaining excess fabric.



5. You’re done! Hang up your circular wall art and enjoy!