It’s done.

He’s a kindergartner.

Mrs. D and I did really good. Max did even better.
His school is awesome and he will thrive, no doubt about it. The hardest part is making sure he gets in the daycare van to go to after school Kid’s Club where, as Max says, he gets to be a “Kid’s Clubber!”.

Now, how do you get them to be a pro at wiping their booty? Anyone?


Happy 5th Birthday to this little hambone!

Over five years ago when I started this Tumblr blerg thing it didn’t have a purpose, but slowly it found purpose because of this little human. He gave me reason to write and reflect on what a huge task being a parent is.  He continues to do so, even though I may post less often that’s simply because I’m busy being Dad.  Thank you Mr. Maximilian for keeping me busy and making me Dad.  

Mama and I are so proud of you and sometimes appalled at what pops out of your mouth (like this last Wednesday when you told the dental hygienist that I THREW the dog kennel at you?! And, Mama brushes your teeth WAY TOO HARD!?!!).  We are thankful each day you bust into our bedroom saying,”Can you put on my movie?” Sometimes you even throw in a “please”.  We are grateful you are thriving and becoming your own tiny person.  Keep up the good work, dude.


We love you very much!
Mama and Dad

Ok, another mushy anniversary blah blah blah…but, this has a weird twist.  These rubber duckies were bought at the last minute by some guests at the wedding.  They threw them in the fountain for fun, which everyone commented on that day.  They kinda stole the show, whatevs.  We never found them after we unpacked all the wedding stuff after the honeymoon.  That was until nearly two and a half years the day of Maximilian’s baby shower my mom said she got a random package in the mail for us.  We don’t even live near her, but her and my dad were hosting the shower.  We opened the gift and there were the two ducks, Bride and Groom, plus three tiny rubber ducklings.  I believe there were two boys and a girl.  We have NO IDEA who sent them to us, and are still pondering it to this day :)


We went to a local zoo a few weeks ago.  It’s always fun to get out of town with friends and check out the sights.  Zoos are quickly becoming my favorite places to visit.  The animals are just cool, plus Mr. gets to see things in real life that maybe he only sees in cartoon form or in books.  

Taking kids to do things is important.  We’ve firmly established “going on an Adventure” as a happy trigger phrase for Mr.  He beams every time we tell him and Adventure is coming his way :)

Plus, there’s always some type of treat involved, ice cream in this case, and that makes for a happy day.  Until it melts that is. The last photograph sums up the parent/child relationship perfectly.  He’s pissed the ice cream broke/is melted.  Mrs. D’s trying to save it for him at ALL COSTS.  

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