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Random Thought for Friday, December 12, 2014: Dodge…everything!

wpid-wp-1417989692023.jpegWelcome to Friday’s Random Thought.

My son Logan is 2 years old now.

Something that I have noticed about 2 year children is that they suddenly become major league pitchers and have a fascination with throwing things. All things, any thing, any little thing that fits into their tiny hands, away it flies.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about our new exercise regime, “duck and cover”, but there has to be a better way to deal with this.

So, what shall we do, eh? Shall we spent lots of money on tubes of crazy glue and secure everything to solid surfaces?

I don’t think that would work out very well, especially if we needed to use a tissue from the tissue box and suddenly it is stuck to the coffee table.  Ah yes, I am sure that hilarity would ensue on that front.

Shall we replace everything in our house with Nerf products?  Does anyone know if Nerf and Vizio have partnered for that 2 year old proof television yet?  If anyone has any leads on that one, we are MOST interested.

I am trying to remember back to when I was two years old. What was going through our minds way back then? To be very honest, I can’t remember much other than everything was much bigger than it is now, awareness of time doesn’t seem to have been a factor and cookies and milk were the most awesomest thing ever!

Logan’s most awesome thing right now is ability to inhale a banana in less than 30 seconds and keep munching on the same apple for a few hours.

Well, I guess I will me seeing many more games of “duck and cover” in my immediate future. At least, he gives hugs and kisses with the same vigor and his recent table clearing of crayons and apple bits.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Random Thought for Friday, December 5, 2014: Are We Confusing our Kids?

xmas2014Welcome to Friday’s Random Thought.

It is that time of year again where we attempt the all important “picture of the young kid with Santa” photo.

Logan is two now and last year, our attempts did not go so well. We were only able to get a good picture from this very nice family who had a kid in his daycare.  They offered to do Santa photos for everyone and they were really the best anyone could hope for.  I am sad that they are no longer there this year.

This year we made our first attempt at Phipps Plaza.  Nope, it didn’t go well.  Just a note to those of you in the Atlanta Georgia area.  I don’t know if this is the norm, but the Santa crew at Phipps Plaza is not at all that kid friendly.  You may want to try elsewhere.

The second attempt was much better.  A big thank you to Santa’s Village crew at the Southlake Mall in Morrow, GA. All of you were very kind and helpful with trying to help Logan get a good photo with Santa. Your crew was the kindest, most helpful, patient and professional we have ever seen. Happy Holidays to you all!

It stuck me suddenly this morning though. What if Logan is doing what he is supposed to do when he starts to cry and throw a fit.

Consider this thought. As children begin to get older there are various things that we teach them. One of those ever important things is how to deal with strangers. We will tell them to not trust someone they don’t know, don’t go away with a stranger, don’t get the car of a stranger, etc….We will tell them that if there is someone you don’t know on your playground to stand and point at that person and say stranger.

We tell them these things to keep them safe.

So, why is is that at age, say two, we are surprised that they throw a small fit when we place them on the lap of this person they do not know that is wearing a bright alarming color, red and makes a deep chuckling sound when they see their little faces?

Did you ever wonder about that? Like I said, it never occurred to me until this morning. I think I should congratulate the little guy on a job well done then, eh?

Happy Friday Everyone!


Random Thought for Friday, November 21, 2014: He’s two now…

20140609_150843Welcome to Friday’s Random Thought.

My son turned two years old.  Oh my god.  Yup, two years old and already he has like 50 girlfriends.

I am soo screwed.  Of course, it didn’t help matters that when he was still a small baby, we put him in onesies that had things like “I like to be picked up by older chics” printed on them.

What has it been like?  Well, any parent would tell you it has been awesome and I will be that giddy proud father and say the same thing.

It has been awesome.

What I love the most is how everything is new and magical.  Logan find new things and ways to explore the world and it keeps me and my wife on our toes all the time and or course, we find ourselves remember our childhoods.

It is the little things like he will never see a working rotary phone, a tv that doesn’t have a remote control or is not a flat panel.  He will not know the joy of watching SciFi movies on a UHF TV station…he will know about Sharknado, this generations good/bad SfiFi film series.  Mine was something about killer tomatoes.

He will never know a world where computers are not everywhere and a world where if you want a book, you had to go to a library or a bookstore..

When I was a kid, camping was something you did for fun with your dad or with the scouts.  Now it is what you do in online games.

He is a child of the digital age more than I am in the sense that the analog world is so small now.  It makes me sad that he will not share in some of the joys that I did when I was a kid, but its tempered with the knowledge that Logan will too, have the same moment I am having now.

He will see a world where people don’t use smart phones as we know them, where we live on a planet that doesn’t have trees or gas powered cars.  He may know a world where the view of Earth from the Moon was a bit greener and Mars was still a red planet, not the dull grey of a partially terra-formed world.

Heck, his kids may even ask him, “Dad, what was a ‘blog'”?

Happy Birthday Logan and Happy Friday Everyone!

I am sorry I've not been more active these past two weeks, but it's been a busy time in the Castine household with the new addition, Logan. He's finally settling down into a schedule of eat, sleep, diaper adventures and of course, becoming more interactive

This shot my wife captured with her phone of me, Logan and Annie enjoying a quiet nap this past Saturday. Yeah, I am really loving being a dad.

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Welcome to the world, Logan Jayden Castine


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