The photo of me holding my daughter in the hospital seems like an eternity ago, but it just happened back in August. Now two-and-half months into this whole Fatherhood gambit and I feel like we are starting to get into a rhythm.
Granted, I keep saying that and then my daughter will throw us a curveball that makes The Librarian and I question everything we have been doing as parents.
Still, like everything else in my life, I am perfectly comfortable just blundering my way through parenthood making things up as I go and pretending that all the good things that happen are planned that way.
At least this is what I will tell my daughter when she gets older.
MCC this was not so much a marketing department idea. Rather, this was conceived and written by MCC-Penn Valley student Bro.
It really drives home the well-worn idea that success is not something that is won by a single action or single person. Success is won by entire cities, families and people who are committed to the idea that education is the key to lifting any community.
All joking aside, I am honored and excited to work with this group. It is my first big step into working with Lee's Summit and City Hall. In talking with my friend who helped me submit my name for consideration, he says this council is incredibly diverse and very active in the activities and programs they oversee throughout the city. In working with MCC I have seen the council's work first-hand as they have been long-time supporters of the MCC-Longview Kite Festival, Longview Arts Festival and Longview Literary Festival.
Along with many sponsored events, the council also works with artists and art organizations to advocate for their work in the many different venues around Lee's Summit.
This week I will be sitting down with Parks and Rec. folks to get my official orientation into my first major board appointment and what my one-year term will entail.
Aug. 13 is our first meeting and hopefully, if we are sans baby, I will be able to make the meeting and start working with this group.
My cousin's kid decided that he wanted to have a Doctor Who-themed birthday party. Of course, I had to come dressed as one of my favorite Doctors. Even though he and his younger brother were the only ones who recognized who I was supposed to be, it was still a great time.
This was also a prime example of how my family will plan theme parties and invite everyone to dress up and then I end up arriving as the only adult in costume.
I know there are a few of you who don't follow every amazing project I lovingly hand-craft and post to the Interweb. Hell, I'm pretty sure I have close family that only pop in here from time to time to make sure I am still alive...
So, I'm sure some of you might have missed this gem of an update from my other amazing web project 40 Weeks To Fatherhood.
The Librarian and I decided that while we are going to love our daughter we are not going inundate her with pink and princesses and other gender-specific decoration. Instead, as two educated (read: nerdy) individuals, we thought that Space and Space Travel was a much more suitable theme for our future little scientist/astronaut/engineer.
Sure, this might seem like a very science-oriented theme choice, but what other science has inspired more literature, art, poetry and introspection than outer-space?
And so with the AstroMonkey sheets in hand, we set out to design and create a whole solar system right in Elliott's room.
I designed the planet using Illustrator and had our printshop at work print them out on vinyl wall cling paper. We are now on the hunt for a TARDIS, Enterprise and X-Wings to fill in some of the holes.
The Librarian, designed and hand-painted the letters over the crib. She then painted each with a star and added some glitter before applying a clear glossy coat to make the whole thing shine. It's like each letter has its own galaxy.
The whole room is putting a definite reality to my wife's pregnancy. It is almost here. And, starting today all our Baby-Doc appointments are now weekly... One month until the big day.
Not by much, but still a little calmer during his photo shoot.
Of course, while my brother is not a pet of mine, he does looks like a dog who just discovered the front gate was left open.
He was part of the KC Royals Pop Fly Challenge before Friday's game. They put him out in right field and lobbed a few balls at him. He caught all three and won a $25 gift certificate for the Royals team store — which might buy him a hat or keychain.
One year ago today I — and about 40 of my closest friends and family — were gathering in a small chapel outside the casino of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
We had already spent the last 24 hours drinking and celebrating everything that was leading up to this moment.
When soon-to-be- wife walked into the chapel I knew, from that moment, that she and I were starting a whole new adventure with one another.
A new job
And that is all just in the first year.
Unlike most traditional weddings, we did not have a cake where we could save a piece for our anniversary. Instead, we save the chocolate bars the MGM Grand gave after the wedding and broke off a couple of pieces for breakfast.
If our first year as husband and wife is setting the pace of the rest of our life together, then year two is going to be circus.
Get ready. Because with my best friend by my side, we are just getting started here.
My wife has said on several occasion that she is glad she did not know me in college. I made a lot of ... questionable decisions that I can now look at as learning experiences. You know, the hidden curriculum of higher education.
Despite what The Wife might think, not all of my time in college was spent in some bizarre Hunter S. Thompson-esq haze while I struggled to keep my grades at a respectable "barely passing."
For four years I was heavily involved with the STRIPES sober-driver program. A lot of my Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights were spent working at the STRIPES house or driving students home. Volunteering for this program, and eventually being elected its director, was probably one of the most rewarding things I did while in college.
There is so much about the program that I know still has an influence on the professional work I do today.
Recently, I was asked to give the keynote speech at the annual STRIPES Gala fundraiser and I have to say I am both pumped and terrified to do this.
Team, just let it sink in, I have been invited by an organization to give a speech... like an adult... for a fundraiser.
Now, it's not the actual speech part that has me scared. I have given speeches and spoken publicly. I just have NO IDEA what to say to this group.
I could talk about my time at STRIPES and wax poetically about the good times and the way things used to be... but that is not really very inspiring to a group of college students who have probably changed and grown this program since I left.
I could talk about how important STRIPES is to the community and how as volunteers they are building valuable leadership skills that will help them when they gradua.....zzzzzzzzzz....
Maybe I could just do 30 minutes of celebrity impressions?
Aw hell! I have got to figure this out...
If you are free the weekend of April 13, I would really appreciate you coming. Yes, YOU are invited. You can request to be at my table and make sure that I don't drink too much before heading to the lectern.
The old Metropolitan Community College has released a series of awesome ads for the Business and Technology campus and its Career Exploration Nights.
Now, I will say up front, I had nothing to do with the creation, shooting and editing of the ads - aside from the voice over work at the end. Still, I wanted to feature them here because I think they are pretty damn cool.
We always try to feature students, but those can come off as canned or stilted... Matt, our new-ish video producer did a great job keeping the interviews authentic and interesting. Not to mention the video just looks stunning with the lighting and camera work.
I had stopped at our neighborhood grocery store on my way home from work. While I walked through the parking lot with a bag full of fruit, ice cream and pickles for the pregnant wife at home when I ran into the local newspaper publisher.
I have known John since 2006 when I took my first newspaper job and he has popped in and out of my life ever since. We talked snow, city council and the new Walmart development in town.
We then shook hand and said we need to catch up over lunch soon. I hopped into my car and headed home wife.