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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!

Skylar gets her first wedgie!

OK you guessed it by now…this is not about Skylar getting her first wedgie at all. But the title did get your attention.


It was her second wedgie. Actually we have been having tons of fun these last few nights, practicing our wrestling and our tickling and then outta nowhere last night, Skylar got her first wedgie. (Shhh….Mom was out of town last night)

Th first night was so funny. She didn’t know what it was or what to do. She just had a bewildered look on her face as she wondered what that feeling was. ~ I hardly laughed at all….

OK. I am a terrible Dad. So terrible in fact that when Dylan walked in the room moments later that night…she got her first wedgie too.

I never mention our youngest child as often as Dylan. For one, she is still profecting her talking. She may not be quite as smart as Dylan, yet, but I imagine she could do a lot of what they are going over in D.’s Kindergarten right now.

of course, she may still have a few things to learn

of course, she may still have a few things to learn

But she is as cute as could be. She is super friendly and loving. She has to give every one a kiss good bye. If the nanny leaves without saying good bye to Skylar, and Skylar doesn’t give her a kiss, Skylar will start to cry!

She can be quite a character at times. I don't know who who gets that from?

She can be quite a character at times. I don’t know who gets that from?

But Skye is a beautiful girl, chock full of some lovely Mediterranean features. She gets so tan in the summer I swear she can literally tan through windows.


She is really going to be the heart breaker one day! And a big source of daddy losing sleep in about 10 years.

...and  smile that could melt the poles

…and smile that could melt the poles

Wait. What am I talking about. Skye and Dylan were up at 3:45am Thursday morning looking to color. I lost two good hours right there!

So, while I have really not much to talk about this week I wanted to give a shout out to our adorable Skye. We love you! …you stinky booty-dooty butt!

No, I'm just Skylar!

No, I’m just Skylar!

Happy Good Day Skylar!


Happy Weekend to YOU out there!

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….

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