Soon To Be Father Of A Teenager and SCARED TO DEATH!!

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In a couple of months, my son will be heading into his teenage years….I AM SCARED TO DEATH!!! I don’t fear it because I think that my child is a bad kid…He’s far from it. I’m scared because I know all of the things that I did, as a teenager, and luckily survived. I wasn’t a bad kid either…GOING IN…but things changed, friends change, and people change. I also know that my mother suffered through those years and I am the one who made her.

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Once I was in high school, it seemed like we lost a student in a car accident or at some party a couple of times a year. You still hear about those things now every day. That could have been me EVERY weekend. I just don’t want that for my children. I just don’t want that for my wife and me either. There is nothing that my mother could have done differently back then to change the way I was. She did everything that she could to set me straight and I just wasn’t having it or helping her at all. It just seemed like anytime I was near my family I was angry. They didn’t do anything to deserve this at all and I LOVE MY FAMILY. It was just the way that I was feeling as a teen. There was nothing like being with my friends or being with a girl. I felt like a Rockstar and no one could touch me or talk me off of my stage.

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I survived though. I have apologized to my mother over and over about the way that I was in those years. I made my mother hate me. Not me, but the way that I was acting. She loves me again…I think. LOL, I know she does. We have talked many times about those years. I just look back and think about some of the things that I did and some of the places that I went. How did I survive?

So, this all brings me back to my original point. I AM SCARED TO DEATH! What kind of conversation can I have? What can I say that millions of others haven’t already said before me?

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We have tried to have an open door with our kids. We let them ask us anything and we will answer. We invite them to tell us things that they have done. Sometimes there are consequences but they know that they can tell us anything. We talk to them about being bullied and we TALK TO THEM about NEVER BEING A BULLY!!!!! We have great discussions and I am hoping that, as we get into these soon to be teenage years, we get a little pay off and a sign that things will be Okay. I know that they are going to get into situations that they feel like they need to get themselves out of and that’s great. I just want them to be able to make the right decisions when it counts and know when to call me to help out. Again, there may be consequences but that is something that we can all live with.

I guess, what it really boils down to, is that I love my children and I worry about them all of the time. The teenage years will be tough but I have a feeling that it will be rewarding as well. I guess we’ll see.

JINXED By A #TWITTER PARTY

Have you ever felt like you jinxed yourself or Karma got you? I have never been one to believe in things like that….UNTIL NOW!!!

The other night, I joined in on a Twitter Party that was hosted by the guys at HowToBeADad. During the party, you were supposed to tell #ickies. Stories about different gross things and nasty things that the kids, pets, MY Wife, or myself I guess have left behind. It was pretty much the same across the board…LOTS…of poop, piss, and vomit!! I told my stories and laughed at others. It was a great time and I even won $100 Gift Card. SCORE!!!

During the Twitter party, my cat, jumped up on my table by the bed and knocked my drink over in a basket of clean clothes….Really Bruiser!! STAY OFF MY TABLE!!

Looking back, the stories I told were of younger days for my kids and there were cat stories as well. The stories about my kids getting sick were from long ago though. We haven’t had a major puking event for years and I am thankful.

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Fast forward to about 30 minutes after the Twitter party. I hear something in the kid’s bathroom and my wife gets up and goes in there to see what it is……BRRRIIIIAAAN!! I need your help baby! I have already settled into bed because I had to work in the morning….BRRRIIIIAAN! I NEED YOU! So, I get up, mumbling something, and head into the area of the call. OH MY WORD!! The bathroom looked like my child had exploded! She popped like a double sided Roman Candle! There was party on the walls, the toilet, the tub, the counter, her clothes, and the cat!! #DAMNIT!!!!! All I could do was just place her in the shower and then I cleaned for about an hour. OH my lovely wife KAS almost added to the party so she had to get out. She became my runner for cleaning supplies.

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That has not happened for years. Why did it happen on the night of the #ickies Twitter Party? I think it was all a set up and an evil plan by HowToBeADad!! There is evil among us!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier OPENS TODAY!!

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From Marvel Studios comes the highly anticipated “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which continues the big screen adventures of Steve Rogers aka Captain America. Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” picks up after the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, and finds Steve Rogers living quietly in Washington, D.C., and trying to adjust to the modern world.

But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue and mystery that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting
off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable new enemy—the Winter Soldier.

I Took The Orlando Vacation Challenge

***Disclosure: I was compensated for my time All opinions are 100% mine. ***

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So, I just took the Orlando Vacation challenge at OrlandoVacation.com and I must say that I am impressed. My family and I go to Disney World on a regular basis. Sometimes we stay on site and sometimes we stay off site. It just depends on the time of year. When I accepted this challenge, I was told that I could use an expert over the phone. I have to tell you that it was so easy that I did not need to talk to anyone. I was on the site and put in my dates and found a resort similar to what we are use to in a matter of minutes. I did spend the next hour trying to figure out some other sites and got really frustrated and just gave up. So, Here I am a few days Later to finish what I started.

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I went ahead and did another vacation plan tonight just to see if it was easy the second time and I have to say that it was. I was done in around nine minutes. I do kind of know what my family likes and what we are used to so it may take you just a few more minutes to shop for the resort or hotel that you like but as I said it is EASY. At this point I am going to take a look at some other sites and compare prices using the same criteria that my family looks for.

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I started the search above on Kayak.com and ended up on Booking.com. It took me a lot longer to navigate this website and I did have a lot of frustration trying to find what I wanted. At first, all it would show me were hotels. I tried and tried to find a way to get tickets with the resort but could not find them. I did, however, find the resort that I booked on OrlandoVacation.com so that we could get a fair comparison. As you can see, the prices are quite different. Our family has been spoiled in the past so the resort home was the only way to go for us.

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This time I went to Expedia.com. Once again, I couldn’t add tickets to my package for Disney. I will have to go on the Disney site and add them to the post in order to get an accurate total. The resort that I had for the first two searches could not be found on Expedia so I went for something as close to what I had as possible. It also took me a little longer to navigate. Maybe not as much as Kayak.com but definately more than OrlandoVacation.com.

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FINAL RESULTS

  • 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Executive Pool Home for 8 nights
  • 6 Day Magic Your Way Base tickets to Disney World
  • $2343.40

Now Disney runs deals all the time on packages and tickets so I just did a base ticket for viewing to add to the last two websites and show the full price. As you can see, OrlandoVacation.com blew the prices out of the water for the other two sites. I am now a believer. I will look to OrlandoVacation.com in the future when we are planning our trips to Orlando. They don’t just do Disney but Disney is what my family does. I can highly recommend their site for your future Orlando Vacation needs.

AMBER ALERT In My Hometown

It was a scary moment in my small town. There was a boy missing and everyone was out there looking for him. There were TV crews, fire department, Local Police, state police, TBI, and what seemed like EVERY citizen of this small community. My friend and I joined the search and looked through bushes, creeks, and anywhere else that we could find. All the time screaming out this boys name. The whole time we were looking, we were just talking about what we would do or how we would feel if this happened to our family.

A few hours into the search, there was an eruption of applause and cheers. He had been found!!! He was alive and well!! A pizza delivery driver had found him and called authorities. (The story varies a little on that part.) Anyway, it turns out that the boy had gotten into trouble and had ran away in order to avoid punishment. When he learned that everyone was looking for him he got scared and hid. Hey, he’s just a child. Punishment can be a scary thing.

There were some in the community that stood up and screamed…”MAKE THE FAMILY PAY FOR SERVICES OF THE POLICE AND OTHER EMERGENCY PERSONNEL!!” “THAT’S NOT THEIR JOB!!!” My take is that it is exactly their job. What about the days that they are getting paid and don’t have anything to do? Don’t get me wrong, these great heroes in our community would not have wanted to be anywhere else than where they were. This was just a few in the community throwing a fit. Most of the city were just elated that the little boy was safe as was I. It just amazes me that there are people who think about nothing other than finding negative in situations like these.

To me, the family had been through enough of a nightmare. Leave these people alone! Yes, the little boy would need to be disciplined in some way but that is up to the parents. The same people that complained about this would be begging for help if it were their child.

Where are you in all of this? What if it were your child?

I Think I Am DIVERGENT

***Disclosure: I reviewed this movie at a press screening. All opinions are 100% mine. ***

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Kas and I went to view a sneak peek of Divergent the other night. I am now excited to read the books as well as see the next movie. I was on the edge of my seat through most of the movie.

It is a story where the world has changed and the need for labels in society, to keep the peace, has taken place. There are five groups that people belong to.The groups are Abriegation (Selfless), Amity (peaceful),Candor(honest), Dauntless (brave), and Erudite (intelligent). When you reach a certain age you must be tested. After your test, you may choose which of the five that you will want to join. You can never go back once the choice has been made. There IS one other thing that you can be….DIVERGENT.

Tris is on a mission to find herself but runs into a huge obstacle along the way. Check out the trailer!

I feel like I am Divergent because I have a little of all of those traits listed above. I am just the opposite though. I feel like I can fit in with just about anyone. This is a great movie for everyone. It shows that it really is okay to be different and that you can stand up for your beliefs and your rights. You do not have to be the same as everyone else. Be different and be proud. Show the world that we don’t need all of the negative labels. We can all be in this together.

In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.
Based on the worldwide bestselling novel by Veronica Roth, DIVERGENT is directed by Neil Burger, with a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. DIVERGENT arrives in theaters & IMAX nationwide March 21, 2014.

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DIVERGENT is in theaters NOW!!!

10 Great Ways to Wake Up Your Kids

Number 10

Call or text them

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In today’s era, I don’t even have to get out of the bed. Dude, you up? Dude, wake up. DUDE!!!! GET UP NOW! I have my cellphone man!

Number 9

Yell from bed

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BUUUDDDYY! PRIIINNNNCCEEESSS!! It’s time to get up and get ready for school. No, you can’t stay home today. Get out of bed and get ready!

Number 8

Cat Attack

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Put the cat in the bed and let the never ending kneading of dough begin. I can’t stand it when he does it…clawing…..purring…..scratching.Note: If cat gets in my bed, IT’S ON!!!

Number 7

Water

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No, I’m not dumping water on my kids in their beds! That would be cruel and I would have to clean it up. Just water on my hands and a little face caress will do the trick. If you sneeze first, it really freaks them out.

Number 6

Earthquake

This one isn’t mine, It’s Pop’s, but it seems to do the trick on the bunk beds at my mother’s house. Kids start falling from everywhere. Calm down they aren’t really falling!!

Number 5

Sneak Attack

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Again, not mine, this one belongs to our little stealth princess. She can scare the crap out of her mother…not me though…I’m not scared of anything.

Number 4

The Stand by the bed stomp

This is where you get out of the bed and stomp in the sounds of walking. Alright!! Here I come!! You better be up when I get there!!! If you listen, you can hear them fall out of bed and the rustling of clothes.

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The Stare Scare

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Ease into their room, get right down by their face, and just stare at them. I don’t know what it is, but it works every time.

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Daddylanche

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You guessed it, I flop down on the bed beside them and scare them to death. After the initial shock and panic wears off, we laugh.

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Snuggles and Tickles

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When all is said and done, this is my favorite. I just go in and lay down beside them and hug them. They wake up so peacefully and it puts them in a great mood for the day….And once they are awake…I do the tickle torture….I love being a dad

TWITTER PARTY!!! Westgate Resorts PLUS GIVEAWAY

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My family and I enjoy vacation. I wish that I had vacation all year and three days of work. Next month we are even going on our first RV Adventure, BUT before then my wife and 3 other amazing bloggers are having a TWITTER PARTY!! Info:

What: #WGEvents Twitter Party #WestgateResorts

When: Thursday, March 20, 2014 9:00 – 10:00 pm ET (8pm CT)

Who: Follow your host @tasalinas @WestgateTravel @lomargie @SBellasWays and @MomStart

Where:
Twitter under hashtag #WGEvents and #WestgateResorts

Prizes: 5 $25 Visa Gift Cards (one awarded preparty), 3 night stay at any WestGate Resort Location + $100 Visa Gift Card

How: RSVP over at Southern Bellas Ways to enter to WIN the $25 pre-party prize, tell your friends & mark your calendar!

The Eyes Just Stare Right Through You

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Giveaway: 5 Night RV Rental Vacation

***Disclosure: We have partnered with Mamas Spot & All Access RV for this RV Vacation getaway. All opinions are 100% mine. ***

As a father, I just hit the jackpot!! I have a chance to do something that most dads only dream about. My wife got this great opportunity for us to travel cross country in an RV stopping at great sites along the way. Some of which are on my bucket list.

Not only do I have the luxury of going, but I have the great opportunity to giveaway for a FREE five day RV vacation with a handful of bloggers who are a part of an upcoming All American RV Blogger Event & Mama’s Spot I’m even more excited to share this gift with another family. The entire family is excited about this trip and now you can be too!

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Access RV is giving away a 5 night RV Rental vacation with 800 miles included in one of their current year 31′ double slide out motorhomes!! RV includes, TV/DVD with 5.1 surround, GPS navigation, back up camera, power awning, Serta Pillow-Top mattress, Air Conditioning, unlimited generator use, final cleaning and dumping and much more! The value of this giveaway is $2150

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