Tag Archives: Life

Now entering the terrible twos

Last week was Marc’s 2nd birthday. What an amazing feeling to watch my son blow out his own candles, to now hear him babble out words that sometimes I understand… weird but I’ve developed an hear for toddler-ese.

I know he’s understand about 70-80% of what I’m saying these days, which is great but also is troubling when you’re saying no dont touch that and as he’s staring me in the eyes goes and touches it. Hello my friend we’ve entered the terrible twos – something that will push my mental toughness to new limits because really why do our outlets look like little smiling faces? why is no equal to a yes to a toddler? why is it always yes, yes, yes until the one thing you really want them to do is now a no? why do people give you the stink eye when you’re kid is screaming like you kidnapped them in the elevator… lol its going to be a long but very interesting year.

I’m told the highlights will include potty training – yah right?! I’m going to stock up on the huggies diapers now cause I dont think there is enough vodka and wine in the state to keep my sane for that… I do ok with poop in a diaper on the floor? or in a plastic bowl that I need to scrape out isnt in the cards for this urban dad.

I love the fact that Marc can speak a good bit and can try to explain to me what he wants and now he knows to pull me and point to things if I dont understand his toddler-ese… I just wish there was an off button for jumping off the couch with no one there to catch him, and looking at the hot water tube like it was the golden ticket or something.

I can only imagine in his head – dada said no that must mean its really good and for him – I want to try this out myself.

Well pass the advil its going to be a bumpy ride!

Love kids hate life…

A few weeks ago New York Magazine published this article “I love my Children. I Hate My life.” [http://nymag.com/news/features/67024/] I was sitting at my desk watching headlines flow by when I just stopped and was like wow – only sometimes… After watching the tweets and blog posts about this article I was surprised to see how many denied ever having a single moment of saying I miss those good old days.

Dont get me wrong – the best thing in my life is my son, with a quick second being my wife. She’ll get mad as she would most likely would have wanted to be number one and having the kiddo being number two. oh well.  I do wish for alterations in my life – mainly in the life style department. I really dont know many people at this point in life who dont wish for different things in the lifestyle aspect. Perhaps a larger apartment, maybe some money in the bank, more support to help with the kids, money for private school… ect…ect the lists could go on and on.

One amazing thing when you think about having children is that we used to have child in order to create clans, or in some aspects of the world it was to help with the farm.  Now we have children out of the desire to have legacy.

I dont know if I hate my life right now, I enjoy having many different things on my plate and things are starting to take shape… I do know I’m not in love with my life in many of the aspects that I listed above… I would love to have money in the bank, money to put 20% down on a house, money for the best education my child could have… but there are aspects of my life I wouldnt trade for the world – the giggling-laugh of my child, the kisses my wife gives me when she’s happy (I’m sure there could be a joke in this one someplace), the moments I look out my windows on to the sea of people visiting the farmers market in Union Square.

I clearly thing there is a difference between life and lifestyle – I love my life – love the family and friends – love the times I share with my family. Its my lifestyle that I wished was something different and maybe thats my fault, maybe it is a combination of looking at what others have and having a jealous of why not me? (which I really try not to do) but I do know there is things I want and I’m trying to work hard to earn them.

Which goes back to the greatest issue of the modern times of work life balance, unless you have family money (and sometimes even then) you’re still working to make a living. That could be an American concept this live to work not work to live mentally like other nations have….

Getting the kids back to school, are you doing backflips?!

I don’t have a child who is now being prepped to go back to school – cramming that summer reading list (by feeding the cliffnotes editions – here’s a tip save the cash and read the Wikipedia entry :P) but I am starting to prep for the end of summer, which is a pro and a con… Pro I can walk a city block without changing shirts (seriously it was a brutal summer anyone at blogher will say you walked a block and needed a shower!) Cons are pretty simple is that fall is becoming a quick season and winner will be here sooner then later… which means I’m due to spend a lot more on the back to school clothing 🙁

This video has been making the rounds, I posted it on facebook a few days ago and I wanted to share it again… because I keep hearing from Dads who have children going back to school – that this video is really what they’re doing while shopping for school supplies (in their head at least :P)

Toddlers on a plane – a great sequel to snakes on a plane

What do I do with a purple cartoon backpack?!

For the better part of the last two weeks we’ve been traveling at some point or another. Its been pretty clear that worst part of traveling as a family is getting in long plane rides. There is limited ways around this, you could drug your kids (I think most of us wish that was cool but its usually not!), have a short enough flight were it feels like a car ride – like a hopper flight from NYC to Rochester, you can pack up a sweet to go back for a kiddo with games, books and TV/DVDs in our case it was an iPad loaded with dozens of his favorite shows.  Still that wasnt enough to stop the dreaded Toddler on the Plane… I honestly felt for the kids in front of us – thankfully their father had the foresight to place his two teenage sons where he was supposed to be siting (I really was holding in the laughter at the scene where he explained to them why he needed to sit with their sister).  In the end I’m sure those kids where saying lines that only Samuel L Jackson could truly pull off.

So if there is a movie producer out there looking for sequel to Airplane with some spicy Samuel L Jackson lines give me a call 😛 cause seriously don’t we all love that screaming baby on a plane (just sucks when its your kid who’s doing the screaming).

On the bright side for those who think we do a lot of traveling Marc is about to turn 2 in August which means we need to purchase a seat for him to fly with us…  I highly doubt we’ll be doing as much traveling with him when he costs us another 300-400 dollars to get some place. I’ll apologize now to all grandmothers and great grandmothers and great grandfathers because this will limit our traveling plans (ALOT).

Traveling with a baby or toddler is rough as we had to fly with a car seat, a stroller, and a bag full of diapers/wipes/milk bottles and dozens of other things you NEED to have… add the extra clothes that need to be split between the two check bags and now we’re also pushing bag weight limits. This really reminds me of all those National Lampoons Vacation movies or maybe the home alone where they wake up late for the flight and need to rush out of their home forgetting one thing or another (child). Really its how it is – STRESS to a different level between needing to take your child’s shoes off at security or have them test the milk it really could make one snap – add a screaming toddler for long periods of time maybe that’s why MamaDrinks and DadsGoneFishing could be such popular sites or topics.

The Evolution of Dad DVD giveaway

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or in a cave) the world is changing the role of Dad is changing. The Evolution of Dad (www.evolutionofdad.com) explores how fatherhood has evolved over time, what its impact has been on family and society, and how fatherhood will likely continue to change.

A filmmaker and screenwriter by trade, Glazer happily became the primary caregiver for his kids, but quickly found himself having conflicted feelings about his new role.  Realizing there has never been a documentary film to fully explore what it means to be an American dad, Glazer committed himself to the undertaking.

With expert commentary from leading sociologists, psychiatrists, and family law specialists, as well as profiling some of the most unique and heroic dads of the new millennium, The Evolution of Dad digs deep to uncover the challenges many of today’s fathers are facing and reveals how dads can make a stronger and more positive impact on family life and society as a whole.

As a result, the film is poised to challenge and potentially change many of the misconceptions that people have about what it means to be a father.  Beyond its educational merit, Glazer believes that watching the film for many people will be both emotional and inspirational, allowing them to openly share their feelings about their own experiences with fatherhood.



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YO GABBA GABBA! ANNOUNCES 60 CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY!

YO GABBA GABBA! ANNOUNCES 60 CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

AND SOLIDIFIES YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! PARTNERSHIP WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Advance Tickets For American Express® Cardmembers Go On-Sale Thursday, May 20

$1 From Every Ticket Sold To Benefit Habitat for Humanity Local Affiliate In Each Tour City

Miami, FL (May 19, 2010)– Fresh off a triumphant sold-out tour debut, a headlining performance at The White House, a critically-acclaimed, chart-topping album, and an appearance at Coachella that garnered rave reviews from spectators and media alike, DJ Lance Rock and the cast of YO GABBA GABBA! are heading back on the road with YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to play to enthusiastic fans on a 60-city tour across North America.  Today’s hottest live show for families will make stops at top theaters, arenas and amphitheaters throughout North America, starting August 27 in Bethel, NY and ending in Dallas, TX on December 12.  YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! is produced by S2BN Entertainment in association with Wildbrain Entertainment and The Magic Store.

Champions on the stage and in the community, the Gabba Gang will participate in various service projects aimed at building homes and hope in the cities they visit during their four month journey across North America.  In addition, $1 from every ticket sold during the 2010 YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY North American tour will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity local affiliate in each tour city to further their homebuilding efforts.

Pre-sale tickets are available to American Express Cardmembers starting Thursday, May 20.  A special Gabba Tix pre-sale offer for members of the Gabba community will begin on Wednesday, May 26 at 10 a.m.  VIP packages with premium tickets and meet and greets will also be available.   For complete tour, ticket, and VIP package information, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com.   Children under one year of age will be admitted free to sit on a parent’s lap.

To celebrate the North American tour and partnership, DJ Lance Rock and friends are inviting fans and Habitat for Humanity families to a dance party at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday May, 20.

The state-of-the-art production features music, singing, dancing and animation.  The show is an interactive experience that offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life.  Joining the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie to teach kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day”.  Special guests will join the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show and Dancey Dance segments.

Released in October, 2009, YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME Volume 1 topped kids and overall music charts at iTunes (#1 kids album), Amazon (top 5 kids album) and Target sales, which reached more than 40,000 copies in only 6 months since its release. YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME was picked as one of 2009’s top holiday gifts for toddlers by both PARENTS magazine and the popular Mom web destination MomLogic.com.  YO GABBA GABBA!: MUSIC IS AWESOME Volume 2 will be released on iTunes and will hit shelves nationwide this September.


DATE

CITY

VENUE

ON SALE

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bethel, NY

Bethel Woods

May 22, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bristow, VA

Jiffy Lube Live

June 4, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Philadelphia, PA

Mann Center for the Performing Arts

June 4, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gilford, NH

Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion

May 28, 2010

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Albany, NY

Times Union Center

June 5, 2010

Friday, September 03, 2010

Buffalo, NY

Artpark

June 5, 2010

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Toronto, ON

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

May 27, 2010

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Montreal, QC

Place des Arts

June 5, 2010

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Edmonton, AL

Northern Jubilee

June 5, 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Calgary, AL

Southern Jubilee

June 5, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Vancouver, BC

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

June 5, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Vancouver, BC

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

June 5, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Regina, SK

Brandt Centre

June 5, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Winnipeg, MB

MTS Centre Theatre

June 5, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

London, ON

John Labatt Centre

May 27, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ottawa, ON

Scotiabank Place

May 27, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rochester, NY

Auditorium Theatre

June 5, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Burlington, VT

Flynn Theatre

May 28, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Portland, ME

Merrill Auditorium

June 4, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Boston, MA

Wang Theatre

June 4, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Boston, MA

Wang Theatre

June 4, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Providence, RI

Providence PAC

June 5, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wallingford, CT

Oakdale Theatre

June 4, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pittsburgh, PA

Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

June 4, 2010

Saturday, October 02, 2010

New York, NY

Radio City Music Hall

June 4, 2010

Sunday, October 03, 2010

New York, NY

Radio City Music Hall

June 4, 2010

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Hershey, PA

Hershey Theater

June 4, 2010

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Cleveland, OH

State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare

June 4, 2010

Friday, October 08, 2010

Detroit, MI

Fox Theatre

June 4, 2010

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Chicago, IL

Chicago Theatre

June 4, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Chicago, IL

Chicago Theatre

June 4, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Louisville, KY

The Palace Theatre

June 9, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Indianapolis, IN

Murat Theatre

June 5, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Richmond, VA

Landmark Theater

June 4, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Greensboro, NC

War Memorial Auditorium

June 4, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Charlotte, NC

Ovens Auditorium

June 4, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Chattanooga, TN

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium

June 4, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Huntsville, AL

Von Braun Center

June 4, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nashville, TN

Jackson Hall – Tennessee PAC

June 4, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Atlanta, GA

Fox Theatre

June 18, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Atlanta, GA

Fox Theatre

June 18, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jacksonville, FL

Moran Theatre at Times Union Center

June 4, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Kissimmee, FL

Silver Spurs Arena

June 7, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tampa, FL

St. Pete Times Forum

June 5, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Miami, FL

AmericanAirlines Arena

June 18, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Columbia, SC

Township Auditorium

June 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Knoxville, TN

Tennessee Theatre

June 4, 2010

Friday, November 05, 2010

Tulsa, OK

BOK Center

June 26, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Kansas City, MO

The Midland

June 4, 2010

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Denver, CO

1st Bank Center

June 5, 2010

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Salt Lake City, UT

The E Center

June 5, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Spokane, WA

INB Performing Arts Center

June 5, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Seattle, WA

Tacoma Dome

June 5, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Portland, OR

Memorial Coliseum

June 5, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Eugene, OR

Hult Center

June 5, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sacramento, CA

Memorial Auditorium

June 4, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

San Francisco, CA

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

June 4, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

San Francisco, CA

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

June 4, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Los Angeles, CA

Nokia Theater

June 4, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Los Angeles, CA

Nokia Theater

June 4, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

San Diego, CA

San Diego Sports Arena

June 4, 2010

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Phoenix, AZ

Dodge Theater

June 7, 2010

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Phoenix, AZ

Dodge Theater

June 7, 2010

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

El Paso, TX

Abraham Chavez Theater

June 4, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

San Antonio, TX

Freeman Coliseum

June 4, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Houston, TX

Hobby Center

June 4, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Austin, TX

Cedar Park Center

June 4, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dallas, TX

Dr Pepper Arena

June 4, 2010

For more information check out http://yogabbagabbalive.com

Dates, venues and ticket prices are subject to change.


Hey its Mothers Day – Did you completely forget?!

Here is your quick recovery list

1) Get a card ASAP! cant get out of the house check out below for the “just print one at home” It is at the bottom of the post, just print it out sign your name (and your kids name too).

2) Get a gift ASAP! price isn’t the object here its the idea and thought that counts right? Maybe for you – for me I need to have something insightful and then something useful… Starbucks giftcard (useful) and an new iPhone Case (useful since she needs one that glows in the dark at this point :P).

Can you say your gift is in the mail? Sure, but it better be a damn fine gift… Here are some quick suggestions Jewelry from Tali Gillette [Link] she’s got an amazing MAMA necklace. What about photography setup a session with Suzanne Cohen Photography [Link] she’ll capture this moment in time for your family. Gift Cards to a Spa – you know she’s working 24/7 to keep the family happy the best gift is a few hours off and someone pampering her! Let her shop – retail therapy is a real thing! Drop a gift card to her favorite shop – cant pick just one try getting a gift card to an entire mall or try a prepaid AMEX or VISA.

3) Its her day give her whatever she wants/needs/deserves most of all remember what you do today will come back to you in a month when all you’ll want is a 12 pack of cold beers and a ball game on TV (maybe a BBQ with the family at the end).

4) Break out of the routine – while keeps everything moving forward it – it also makes it feel same old/same old – try something new – try something different. If nothing else is a story, but you might just find that you get a little glimmer back in her eyes that there is life post kids.

That’s it! Here’s the card that you can print out in case you’re really locked up at home!

First time to an arena sporting event: MSG New York Rangers

Today was a big milestone for Marc it was his first major sporting event.  He loved it (at least I’d like to think so)… Marc is now 19 months old, we didn’t do baseball with him last year because he was a little young. We’ve taken him over the last year to a few live shows/concerts and he seemed to liked them.

I finally said its time pulled the pin and took him a major sporting event! The best part is that it was at Madison Square Garden (MSG).  Ok I hear my Yankees & Mets fan getting upset already… but to me I have a ton of memories from watching the islanders play against the rangers as a kid being taken to MSG for games or the circus (which is coming soon!).

Sure the seats where in the 300’s but it wasn’t about watching the game and we didn’t stay for the whole game made it in to the very end of the second period.  It was the fact that Marc sat on my lap watched the Rangers while eating bites of a hotdog.

This summer we’ve got big plans together… I haven’t been to either of the new baseball stadiums in New York (Yankees or Citi-field) we will be going to both.  This is just the start of the memories of major milestones in Marc’s sporting history but it will be a great beginning and will make for great stories.

In advanced (and a little belated) to the people we seat behind, I’m sorry that Marc will at some point accidentally kicks you in the head. I kid… I kid…