Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks

Ah… Thanksgiving; the day where most Americans will begrudgingly trek to some relative’s house that they really don’t want to be at, stuff themselves just short of exploding, watch football and if we are lucky… take one second out of their jam-packed day of gluttony and selfishness to be thankful for something… anything.

Most Turkey Days, I am ashamed to admit, I could qualify for all of the above. This year though… life is different. The veil of self-pity, selfishness, depression has been lifted… and boy am I THANKFUL!

I am thankful for my family. My folks are still around and my dad seems to be recovering nicely from his broken hip. My marriage has managed to survive another stress-filled year. My kids are happy and healthy. My father-in-law is still raising havoc at the age of 90! Things at work are going well too, I have a career doing something that I LOVE doing and have not felt like I have ever had to go to a “job”.

Usually that would round out the list. But 2011 has been different. The list is a lot longer, and it is time that some people got some praise and thanks.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Greatest Birthday Gift... EVER.

Since I can remember, I wanted to be a dad.

Most kids could tell you they wanted to be a baseball player, a veterinarian, a ballerina, a fire fighter or some other career goal. I had those too. Mainly stand-up comedian, SNL actor or radio personality were the things I wanted to do more than anything. Somehow I landed in TV, and I feel fortunate enough to never feel like I go to a “JOB”. However, professional aspirations aside, more than anything in life… I wanted to be a dad.

That opportunity finally happened on November 3rd, 2005. Born exactly on her due date, my beautiful Bianca came into the world… on my 34th birthday. When asked, “What was the greatest birthday present you have ever received?” most people have to think about it a little. Not me. Not only was Bianca the greatest gift I have ever received in my life, she continues to give and enrich it by teaching me to be a better man, husband and father every day we spend together.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Trick AND Treat

Yet another year of little ones dressed like everything from scary to funny, superhero to anti-hero, dead to undead and then the ones that you don’t know how to classify.

Bianca had a class Halloween Party, so my wife and I went to take pictures, help out and meet other parents of the kids in the room. I have gotten to know the kids pretty well since I volunteer to help with recess once a week, but I am not that familiar with the other moms and dads. The kids seemed to enjoy their pumpkin decorating and nachos. The cookie decorating was a particular favorite of Bianca because she got to eat a cookie, and because she inhaled every possible candy sprinkle she could find.