Author: mrjones

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Birthday Invasion

On Saturday, our daughter “A” had a birthday party for a classmate at her preschool. The Good Doctor had worked overnight and then also had to work the morning/early afternoon to cover anesthesia in...

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Let me sum up…

So  I was going to do a great post wrapping up the last of the year,  but as a wise man once said, there is too much. Let me sum up. My wife, The...

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Zen and the Art of Yard Maintenance

As a child, yard work was mostly a forced labor exercise. A chore to be done. Saturday morning my older brothers would mow the lawn and I would rake. We would weed the garden,...

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How Do You Do It All?

At a birthday party we hosted for our 2nd child I was chatting some of the parents as I interacted with each of my 4 kids. I could almost see the wheels turning in...

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HasBeen at HASCON

Hasbro, the global toy company,  participates in many conventions (Star Wars Celebration, BotCon, GI Joe Con, Comic Con, etc) every year, but this weekend was  the first time the company itself celebrated all of...

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I Hate Camping

My early experiences with camping were church-organized Father and Sons campouts with their magical bonfires, tin-foil dinners prepped by my mom and s’mores followed by sing-a-longs. Bucolic. Nostalgic. Fun even. Then I became a...

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Father of the Year

“Wow…Father of the Year!”: said to me when taking 4 kids to have their pictures taken while The Good Doctor was at a work function “You’re such a great dad”: said to me while...

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Happy Home-iversary

May 1, 2017 passed without a lot of fanfare. It was only a week or so later that I realized I missed an important anniversary–no not my wedding anniversary. The Good Doctor and I...

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My Name is Not But Dad

“But Daaaa-aaaaad!” The child cries out in anguish. You offered cucumbers as a snack and not Cheetos. You suggested a book instead of a TV show. Or you suggested a TV show but they...

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Learnings from The Great American Road Trip

Sometimes the vacation  family outing to a location that is not your home for an extended period chooses you. Trips vs. Family vacations has been written about before, but I digress. Due to the timing of...