Posts Tagged ‘Dad’

To all the under appreciated dad’s out there: thanks.  So much is expected of you from family, work, friends, society yet you march on.  Good for you.  Wives and mothers get lots of praise and support (as they should!) but culture tends to be quite on all the dads out there.  We are often depicted as overweight incompetent losers by popular media.  Rarely is there a positive depiction of fathers or husbands on popular media.  Well, we don’t need them because we’re lions.

Be the freaking beast God created you to be.  You are a lion!  We forge our own paths, we hunt to provide for our families, and we could care less what the other animals think of us.  You are appreciated.  Don’t succumb to the mediocrity our culture expects from us.  I know the weight you feel.  I know you aren’t valued by many.  But even if no one ever thanks you, press on.  Your deeds may go uncelebrated.  Your hard-work at a job you probably don’t like expected.  Your efforts to be a good husband and father overlooked.

But you’re a lion.  Pick yourself up and keep going.  Set the tone in your home.  Expect more out of life than just scraping by.  You’ve achieved the greatest gift and responsibility any man could ever have – being a husband and a father.  No culture or job can ever take that away from you.  You are appreciated!  Don’t lose heart.  Go win the day and be the best father and husband you can be.

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As a man (26) with a wife and baby on way, our whole financial situation is about to change.  Forget money, our whole lives are about to change!  No more sleeping in… No more buying random stuff for myself… No more quiet evenings as I decide what new hobby I will take on next.  All those other things aside, money is still a big issue.

If you’re a parent, you know how expensive toys and such can be!  I went to target recently and was blown away by how much they are charging for about 10oz of colored plastic they call a toy! See I’m having a daughter, so I already know I’m in trouble, because if she looks anything like her mom, I won’t be able to say no. Enter Michaels.

My wife and I went here this afternoon so she could walk around and hopefully have her water break.  “Clean up on Isle 4.”  Sadly that didn’t happen so we are still playing hot potato with those gallons of fluid in her belly ready to split out anywhere… probably my car 😦  Anyway, as we walked around we came upon an amazing section of the store.  The dollar section.  Now we’ve all been there before but this time it was different.  This time we noticed all the amazing kiddy toys and baby stuff in this isle! We thought to ourselves how great it would be to take Zelda (Our little girls name is going to be Zelda, epic, I know) into this store.

Just think, we give her $10 dollars and tell her she can have anything she wants.  Think of the gratitude! I would be her hero!  I can hear it now, “Thank you daddy!  Your amazing.” My wife was totally on board with this too, because she saw the prices for all that random junk at target too.  Some people might feel bad for getting their kids stuff from the dollar section or from the dollar store.  Bump that, I’d much rather spend 10 bucks on some cheap toys, but another 10 bucks in the bank for her college fund and then go to GameStop and get a little something for Daddy 🙂  I mean just take a look at these adorable little pink oven mits we found for a buck!! My wife couldn’t believe all the fantastic stuff there was.  By the way, this is my beautiful, amazing, wonderful, godly wife in this photo.  39 weeks pregnant and she is still as hot as the day I married her.  But that’s another topic for another day.  Bottom line: You can save a lot of money on kids if you teach them to be grateful when they are young.  They don’t know the first thing about name brands or any of that stuff. Take full advantage of the dollar sections until they start asking for Levi’s, Uggs, and who knows what. Oh well, off to one of my other 139 hobbies 🙂

Question: How have you saved money with your kids?  How do you plan to save money with kids in the future if you don’t have any yet?  LEAVE A COMMENT!  Thanks!

Hobby #2 on my list – Mobile Gaming.

So if you’ve been watching TV, Hulu, or Netflix, you’ve likely been bombarded with “The Sim, Free to Play!” commercials like I have.  And well, after seeing a commercial numerous times I decided to submit to the mighty advertising and give it a try.  I wasn’t a big fan of the mobile version.  My wife, however, has spend hours upon hours on it already. She already has about six Sims and is looking to upgrade her house.

So obviously the first thing, like any normal person would do, she does is have her Sims look for jobs.  She was highly frustrated to find out that once you send your Sims to work they are LITERALLY gone for 7 hours and return with only $135.  She was devastated because at this rate she would never be able to remodel their houses with only the finest digital wallpaper Sims money could buy.

Upon fiddling around with other money making options in the game she discovers that if you buy a bag of seeds for $40, you can grow $300 of potatoes in a mere 2 hours!  That’s a $260 profit!  But this is where our story turns into something straight out of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. It always starts off innocent enough.  But it always ends in horror…

She tells all the Sims to quit their jobs.  She pools all their money together and buys a new plot of land with no house on it.  She then plants 6 dirt patches and calls all the Sim’s over.  Finally she commands each Sim to tirelessly working the field, 2 hours a a time to bring in $1,560 in just 2 hours instead of letting them have a social life and bathroom breaks at a real job which would only produce $918 (among the six of them) in 7 hours.

Notice my wife's Sims Slaving Farm. Complete with a fence on all sides. Also protected against anything that might hinder productivity: Tv, Computers, Chairs, Human Resources Department, Bathrooms breaks, Talking, Questioning their Supreme Leader... But they can have all the potato's they can eat*!

*Limited to one potato per day.