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Its a Dog Day…..

First off…Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

I hope you had a great day with family and friends!

We had a memorable meal here, although it was a bit different as my parents couldn’t make it this year. Aunt Sue drove through the stormy rain to make it here though, to the delight of my girls! It was also a bit different as we were starting new traditions for our Thanksgiving, being the first one in our new house.

And so, let the Holidays begin!

It is officially the  Holidays in our home when someone from my family comes down to visit. Do you know how you can tell?

Domino’s Sugar starts sending us post cards and thank you notes!

Yes, my family can’t travel unless they bring the treats. And so, now stocked up this morning we had this piled in the corner…..


That is a collection of an Apple Pie, a Pumpkin Pie, a pan of Brownies, a tub of Macadamia Nut Cookies, and my wife’s ever so decadent Cranberry bars.… for three adults and two little girls. That pile would have been higher if my parents made the trip.

So I did fit in a run this morning, knowing what kind of day weekend  it would be.  I did a few laps around the block and then another as a fav Buffett song came on the Ipod, Pascagooula Run...With the warm and inviting thought of the Gulf Coast of Alabama on my mind I decided to run until the end of the song.

I smoked the bird and my wife did the usual amazing things with dinner. I really enjoyed it this year. I mean I really did! You can tell as I didn’t stop to take any pictures. Right?

We went around the table to say what we were thankful for, starting with Dylan. She said ‘Family’, which touched my heart. It went to Skylar next who said, ‘Pumpkin Pie’. Then Dylan said another and then Skylar. And back and forth it went.

It was nice to see the girls recognizing things they were grateful for, not just taking them for granted. The going back and forth with thanks finally ended when Skylar said she was thankful for God. Dylan couldn’t top that.

Dylan learned a lot about Pumpkins for two weeks prior to Thanksgiving in her Kindergarten. So she was really looking forward to her pumpkin pie. So much so that using the fork just would not do. Before long she just picked the pie up and ate it like a cookie.  ….crumbs all over the place!

Pumpkin Pie

I ended the meal looking for volunteers to help Daddy clean up all this mess. The room fell silent.

After all it was nap time. So you can’t blame our girls.

So I blamed Aunt Sue.

You see Dylan wanted Aunt Sue to sleep with her. Then Skylar wanted Aunt Sue to sleep with her. Then Dylan. Then Skylar. Then tears.

So after a lengthy debate it was decided Sue sleeps with Skylar while Mom went to sleep with Dylan.

Hello? Volunteers? All these plates? All these cooking pots and pans? Leftovers? Hello?

Stop and think what your kitchen looks like while you eat Thanksgiving dinner. Is it a pile of dirty dishes and empty counters kinda natural disaster like ours?  (sigh)

This was what was left after I hid all the dirty dishes and silverware in the dishwasher…the Leftovers!


Putting my thinking cap on, it was that time  I decided I was thankful for a few things.

First, after carting all the dirty plates to the kitchen, the dining room floor was a disaster! Remember when you had two small kids eating big meals?

So with little time to lose I became ever so thankful for technology and our Roomba Robot Rosie, who agreed to sweep and buff the dining room floor for Daddy.

Rosie RobotThanks Rosie!

Before I started rinsing all the dirty things and trying to find a place for them I noticed it was after 2:00pm. And so the Thanksgiving football games had started. THAT would be a good way to distract me while I labored over this disaster in the kitchen!


Thanks Fox Football!

So I got all the dirty things stowed. I only had the leftovers to put away yet. But where? What to do? Tupperware? Dirty containers? What to save and what to throw away? Mom usually does this chore for me! What to do! …the game was on!

How am I going to clean up all these leftovers I thought?

Enter my best buddy Chumley…..

DishesThanks Chumley!

I hope yours was memorable and found things to give thanks for too!

Now, did you hear there is only 3 weeks left until Christmas?

Thanks Online Shopping!

Life’s Ups and Downs…

We have a family ritual that we do at dinner. Mommy thought it up. After we sit down and start to eat she will go around the table and ask each person “What was your BEST thing that happened today?” Its kinda a way to get the kids engaged during dinner as well as have them stick around a little bit longer.

Well on Thursday night when she got to me. I told everyone, “I called the cancer doctor today and he said it is OK for me to start holding you kids again and let them sit on my lap; that the radiation in my belly should have subsided enough to where I am no longer harmful to them.”

Well smiles lit up all around the table.

He also told me I should be OK to start running again. And so we can start rebuilding some of the family dreams that have been put on hold these past few months.

To be clear, this has nothing to do with my body ridding itself of the cancer cells.  But a little family bonding should do this ol’ body and spirit some good.

I told the girls it was OK to sit on my lap again for an extended period of time. What my girls actually heard was, “Its OK to jump up and down on daddy’s belly again and maybe get back to a  little wrestling.”

That’s OK. I’ve been waiting for this! And so have they! Funny thing, few things in this family bring on such uncontrollable laughter as jumping on and diving at Daddy, with little care or regard about his welfare. See for yourself…

Nothing like having a 45lb girl drop to her knees on your belly! It was OK. The girls really enjoy this and so do I. I may make wrestlers out of them yet. And the boys better beware!

One other fun thing that happened that night was Dylan found her lost key to her Rapunzel book of secrets. She got this book about a year ago from one of her awesome grandmothers.

Its a kinda diary for kids and asks you to write down favorite things and such. It also has several listings of Rapunzel’s favorite things, as well as some fun facts. Flynn Rider has similar listings in the book.

So one thing led to another and we started doing our Rapunzel and Flynn Rider impersonations, based on pictures in the book.

Dylan would stand there and model like the picture of Rapunzel, right down to the hands and expression.

And then I worked on ‘the smoulder’. 

“Hey, how ya doin’?”

But every time I did this ‘smouldering impersonation’ Dylan would whack me in the nose! After the second time I stopped her and said “Why did you do that?”

Dylan replies, “Well that’s what Rapunzel does in the movie.” ….she was still playing her part of Rapunzel it appears.

Now, any of you out there that have seen this movie (my personal favorite Disney Princess movie) remember this seen? I kinda remembered the scene. It goes like this….

Now do you think she was yanking my chain or not? This is Dylan we are talking about and the unflappable memory of hers. Do you think she actually remembered it that way or she just enjoyed booping Daddy in the nose, burning out her left over violence from the belly jumping episodes earlier?

Regardless, she genuinely enjoyed my impersonations so much I just kept doing them. She laughed so hard each time.

Mom walked by and Dylan made me do ‘the smoulder’ for her. No, she didn’t whack me in the nose like Dylan had; thank goodness! She didn’t seem to get the thrill out of it like Dylan had each time either.

I dunno. I can do some good impersonations sometimes. What do you think…

OK, I am little embarrassed now that you actually saw that. Please don’t hate. I do a much better ‘Rainman’ and Bogart impersonation.

On the way to school the next morning Dylan asked to see my smoulder a few more times. And that put her in a good mood as she laughed half the way to Kindergarten.

We pulled into the lot to park and as we got Dylan says,  “Daddy I think you should do that Flynn Rider thing for my teacher in school!”

I will have no humility left when this girl is done with me!

One final note, I received this video in  my Inbox from Youtube this week. I think its a pretty snazzy vid on the whole Movember movement.

Are any of you still participating in this cause by boycotting your razors? Guys? Girls?

Again, think of some of the fun conversations you can have at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Not your usual holiday discussions.

Plus, you are raising some great awareness for the trendy Prostate Cancer! My cancer might have just been ‘stoomped out’ on Thursday!

Thanks to everyone for helping this awareness out!

Oh, and all the Kindergarten teachers loved the impersonation. It went better than I thought it would. 😉

The Hat Trick

This weekend was a burn burner…in terms of activities; and temperatures. The weekend hit the 80’s both days. Good thing! As we had more fall festivities in store.

Our town had its first ever Fall Festival at its new amphitheater. It was a gorgeous day so we all went to see what we could find!


The timing of the festival lend itself to more Veterans Day festivities, with the bulk of the bands performing playing likewise tunes.

Our girls didn’t understand too much of that part though. Not when there were Jump Castles to conquer!

Skylar going up the castle....

Skylar going up the castle….

..and Dylan sliding down!

..and Dylan sliding down!


And when Skylar found some tables with some arts and crafts Dylan found this mess to get into….


It was truly and afternoon of fun including a rendezvous with the now blog famous Katy (Who is this? This is Dylan!) and also a sighting by the newly famous high school mascot, that just fascinated Skylar all afternoon.

"Hi Mr. Bird"

“Hi Mr. Bird”

"Mommy! Daddy! The bird talked to me!"

“Mommy! Daddy! The bird talked to me!”

Hay rides, dancing, face painting, games, magicians, fair-type food equals loads of fun. So much so it even kept me occupied during college football Saturday afternoon.

Sunday was the Hat Trick though!

Dylan won a prize recently by reading 3 books (Hockey’s Hat Trick) during the week on Halloween. As a PR promotion, our local hockey team, The South Carolina Stingrays, gave out free tickets to anyone completing this Hat Trick that week.


Dylan did, so we went!

One thing I noticed was, even though it was 80 degrees out doors the stands still were nearly half full in the ‘cool’ inside for this game. Second, practically every player in this game was from another country, most notably our friends across our border to the North. And I don’t mean North Carolina.

I tried to explain to Dylan what was going to happen in the game but, only being to one prior hockey game I had a hard time explaining it.


I told her it is fast, like soccer, but on skates, the guys are big and when they look like they are wrestling, like when her and I wrestle, it is actually not as much fun as what we have. I told her it would be loud and a party like atmosphere inside so get ready to dance and have some fun.

We made it in on time. Found our seats. Found some stadium food. And prepared to for some fun!


Seven minutes into the game they scored. Moments later so did the home team. And the place got loud and wild inside! Next thing I know, I look up to see Dylan’s picture  on the big Jumbo-tron TV over top of the arena!

I tapped Dylan on the shoulder and pointed up at the gigundous overhead TV. She smiled ear to ear.


I told Dylan, every time there is a break in the action the TV people will span the arena looking for people waving and jumping up and down and having a good time. Dylan took the hint!

“Daddy, hockey is fun!”


About five minutes later I get a text from Mom saying Dylan’s best friend just saw D’s picture on the big TV at the hockey arena and wanted to know where she was sitting at. It turns out Dylan’s best friend from school was sitting exactly straight across the rink from us, to the row.

So we waved madly at them and I sent our section number to them via text. Low and behold Dylan was sitting with her best friend from school about 10 minutes later.

The young girl and her mom hung out with us for a little then went back to their seats. When the period was over we trekked over to their section and sat with them the rest of the game.


OK, that was not the truth.

Dylan and her friend actually stood in front of the section’s railings most of the time and talked and laughed and jumped and waved the rest of the game.



Dad sat there eating the rest of her popcorn in the stands…keeping a watchful eye on them.

I think Dylan had a great time. She was fast asleep before I made it up to her room to give her a hug good night that evening.

And that, my friends, was our Hat Trick of a weekend.

'Cool Ray' the mascot

‘Cool Ray’ the mascot

I hope you all scored some fun yourself this past week. Stay tuned, there is one more Fall Festival to come next weekend.

Come on and join us!

Knock Knock….

Its us again. Remember us here in 3D? We have been distracted with Fall Festivals and Fall Carnivals at school this past week. Plus college football Saturdays, completely removes one day of the week from the calendar. (sigh) Don’t ask.

So I am coming up completely uninspired to write lately. It’s either a dry spell or ‘Life’ just isn’t popping with as many great or funny stories to rehash. (sigh again). I got nothing for ya but wanted to let you know we are all still alive here. What should I do?  Pictures of dinner? Reblog? Don’t worry…they are coming….


Do you know what I mean when I say a ‘ Highway Pee”? A Highway Pee might be when you have to go to the bathroom while you are driving but there is not another exit or rest stop on the highway for another 15 miles to go.

This has been my way of life the last few weeks… a small inconvenience for prostate cancer. And while the feeling of urgency is graphic, the ending result is usually a minimal or disappointing load. This bladder illusion over the past 2 months  has taught me that if I just whack myself in the jewels a time or two the urgency alarm subsides. Kids, don’t try this at home! Again, a small inconvenience for having and treating the C-word. 

Plus, I can still get lucky, when circumstances permit. And I am not very lucky guy! I wish I was luckier. Many prostate cancer patients can’t experience that kind of luck with their spouse anymore; which, of course, affects more than one party. So that makes me doubly lucky it seems like.


So, if a highway pee several times day and getting a self-imposed sock in the groin occasionally is a small inconvenience for me, why not put down YOUR razors this month? 

Ladies? Howabout you? I was really expected to see hoping to see some ‘furry or prickly’ legs by now. Think about the great conversations you might have over Thanksgiving dinner on your selfless, charitable act! Happy Movember! Enough said.


My mustache is filling in nicely and starting to gather crumbs. My little 3 year old calls me a “Hairy Monster” now. She says, “Daddy is that hair growing?”

And oh, how I can embarrass my wife in church! ….sneaking a powdered donut in the kid’s Sunday School beforehand ~ yes I can’t get away with anything!  Busted! Did I mention I wasn’t too lucky?


But I am starting to look famous! 


With all due respect to Wolowitz and the Big Bang,

I call this ‘the Connery ‘….


How many of you are thinking about the big meal for Thanksgiving yet? And the hosting of families or the traveling to? We talked with my parents Sunday night about who was doing what for the big meal. They have always come to visit us in the comfortable climates of the South for T-Day.

Of course, while they try to mask their intentions with the Sunday call, with questions about our week, jobs, and health, they really just want to talk with our girls.

So I put each granddaughter on so they can start warming up ‘Santa’ with their Christmas wishes.

It was cute. Our youngest just likes to go on and on and on on the telephone. Finally she got to her Christmas wish. …a Stuffie.


Of course that is the same item Dylan is wanting as well. So when it was time for Dylan’s Christmas list it came back to the Stuffie. Her grandmother said she never heard of it. So Dylan proceeded to tell her how she can order it over the Internet, being an old hack at that already. My parents would never understand this, or even trust doing a tranaction over the Internet. So I hope Aunt Sue can help the girls out.

You know, I frequently paint out some of the kid’s amazing exploits here in 3D but 99% of the time they are just typical kids. They wrestle for Mom’s cell phone. Love to color and swing outside. Dylan had her best friend from Kindergarten over this past weekend and their other best friend, their next door neighbor, frequently accompanies us out to lunch on the weekends. They don’t want to go to bed. They get up WAYYYYY too early and always want a story, hug, and a kiss good night. They are both good kids and we are blessed.

Plus it is less than 5 days until the radiation in my belly dissipates low enough for me to hold the girls on my lap again. Then they can wrestle with Dad instead of for Mom’s cell phone. And Dylan is counting the days….

The other big news is that I had my biggest day of views in almost ever on Sunday. I received a Notification on Sunday that my blog was getting HOT!

Your blog, OUR LIFE IN 3D, appears to be getting more traffic than usual!

88 hourly views

1 hourly views on average

The hour before that I had 49 hits. It turns out the great country of Japan, or someone in it, viewed this blog 130 times in one hour. What are your thoughts on this?

Of those 130 ‘clicks’ 27 of them came from a post on Ocean City, NJ. Another 20+ clicks came on photos of my kids. Oh, how I hope this was some long lost friend of the family that was just bored in Japan on Sunday….but I can’t think of who that would be. If you see this, Mr. or Mrs. ‘Japan’ and you know me, please say’ Hello’ by way of a comment. I would love to catch up! Otherwise I am having WordPress look into it. …cause they saw it first.

And that’s about it right now from our little part of the coast. I wish it was more. No happy feet. No new technolgy acheivements. Just us. Or, like my oldest would say, “I’m just Dylan”.


Thanks for dropping by! I’ll try to do better next time….

Just like kicking a dead horse…

I know this fall I have been pretty top heavy on a few topics but two more instances just popped up. So forgive if I go down these lanes one more time.

I think you all are familiar with my 5 year old techy, right? Do you mind one more story about her?

How many of you have a smartphone with the voice that you can ask questions? I think Siri is the name of the voice in the phone.

Well sometime Dylan likes to talk to Siri like she is a real person. She will ask her questions, personal questions, like favorite color, where she lives or her favorite Disney Princess.

Well Thursday morning last week she asked Siri to find ‘Hello Kitty‘.


Any Mom out there with child under 10 knows who Hello Kitty is. I don’t know if she was looking for a story or a video or what. She just said, “Find Hello Kitty“.

Well, Siri came back with a listing out of Mom’s contacts in her phone book, an old work friend from 7 or 8 years back named Katie.

So Dylan asks Siri, “Who is this?” not knowing it is a real contact.

Siri, does her job then and transcribes Dylan’s question into a text to Katie.

Katie, a few states away and probably half awake as this was before school, gets this mysterious text out of nowhere from a phone that doesn’t register on hers evidently and does what most of the rest of us would do…who just got a text asking her ‘Who is this’. She texted her back asking ‘Well who is this?’

Dylan, thinking Siri is playing a game with her now, sees the text reply asking her ‘who is this’. …which in itself is still kinda amazing that she is reading all this from a phone, and so she answers Siri back, “this is Dylan”.

Siri, of course, hears Dylan’s reply and sends in a text back to Katie. Not amused anymore by this inquisitive texter Katie answers back, “You have the wrong number Dylan. I don’t know you.

Which comes back to Dylan, apparently looking like a game or a challenge from Siri.

So my little Kindergartener, undaunted, decides to take a quick picture of herself with Mom’s phone and attached to her new text to Siri.

Now let’s stop for a second. When I got my smartphone for the first time it took me about 3 weeks until my wife to showed  me how to figure out how to attach a picture to a text.

Little Miss D. just flips it over to the camera and back to the text message and shows Siri…….”This is Dylan“.

I can only guess what Katie’s thoughts were when receiving a picture from her anonymous texter, and finding out it was from a little kid. … so early in the morning. But Katie is a good person and she simply replied, “Happy Halloween Dylan

It wasn’t until Mom got to work, and later in the day sees this mysterious thread of texting to her long lost friend that she didn’t remember making. She called her friend that afternoon and got the story from her.

Hello Kitty!So if any of you out there get a text from my little girl…will you please tell her to give the phone back to her father!

Now the SECOND piece of great news is for the whole month.

Do you know what month this is?

That’s right, its the rockin month of MOVEMBER!

Movember you ask?

Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities. (we gave you women the prior month of October for your great cause)

That’s right, men, across the world are asked to put down their razors to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer and other male related cancers. By encouraging men (which the charity refers to as “Mo Bros“) to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.

Now do you think this is a cause I can get into this month?

Heck Yeah!

Heck Yeah!

Since 2004, the Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and depression, in Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, events were launched in Ireland, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, and the United States.

It has spread from Australia to South Africa, Europe, and North America. As of 2011 Canadians were the largest contributors to the Movember charities of any nation. Ask Wikipedia!

Men’s Health points out:

Using scary stats to motivate people is not how we roll at Movember, but the facts below are too startling to ignore. In the US:

  • 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women, will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
  • Over 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in 2013.

I don’t know if you noticed but I see my name 3 times in those 3 lines above. And I wouldn’t be sitting here smiling today if I did not get checked early. To me, this tongue in cheek event is actually not so small of an event that it shouldn’t be taken seriously.

So I am asking you….

Put Down That Razor Matey!

Put Down That Razor Matey!

Please help raise some awareness of those numbers above as well as the great outcomes that can and DO happen when you get checked early! I’m not asking for any money here. Just put down that razor and tell people why you have joined the cause.

Now I realize most of the readers of this blog are ladies and if you ladies want to put down your razors for the month of November, and I sense some of you do, please do it in support of prostates everywhere. One in six men will thank you!

Thanks everyone for dropping by today!

Remember…Put down those razors!

And if you get a text from someone named Dylan, remind her she should be doing some homework.

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