Fatherhood book project

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I am glad to announce that I have signed on with 59 other fathers to write and publish a book about fatherhood.

Since that is a huge project I am a little scared to tell my girlfriend. I don’t think she is the kind of person to say that I a
m wasting my time but it also doesn’t look good that I don’t have a job. This is also on top of volunteering as a District Committee Chairman, South Dakota Recruitment Chair, and as a Wolf Cub Scout Den Leader. So even though I’m not getting paid I am busy. Continue reading

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Building rounder kids

For the last year I have volunteered as a Den Leader for the Cub Scouts. It’s also a good spot to mention that I have never been in Scouts or to a meeting before, so it’s all new to me. I made a great plan for the kids and even kept it exciting. I am looking for a full-time job and I would really enjoy volunteering again as a den leader. I plan on getting the scouts to be more community helpful with community service projects and doing some fundraising. Even though some of the kids are moody little drama queens.  I plan is that it will show the scouts that each of us can help change someone else life.Kayaking

I have noticed from my time working as an assistant tee-ball coach that every kid wants to play and hit but no one wants to pass the ball. They all want to make the play. I’ve had our center outfielder run in a ball to try to tag the guy out at home. They love being part of a team but don’t understand the aspects of teamwork. Continue reading

I’m Clueless on How To be a Dad

From what I can tell from the people I follow on here or articles I read on being a dad. Most of the time we all are just trying not to screw it up. DSCN6493

The most recent information we got was from my girlfriend’s father about my son’s behavioral problems in school. Just like a wise old man he said Continue reading

First time cooking out

So for the first time I was given the task to start a fire with whatever I could find in the car and some firewood. So mentally I was already thinking what I could be doing, while also trying to figure out if stating a fire in Custer State Park was legal without a permit?

Which was on my mind since I have never started a fire by myself with no tools and definitely not in a state park. I really didn’t want a park ranger getting mad at me for starting a fire when it is a little windy.  Or be responsible for a forest fire just because my girlfriend wanted me to make some smores and hotdogs. Since this was her first time hiking, I decided it could be a celebration for her and Ayden.  So the hell with the park rangers.

Now came the challenge of what to use to get the fire going and how to get the huge logs cut into something that wasn’t a short fat log. So I used a knife I bought at a Marilyn Manson concert back when I was around 14. At the time it was the coolest thing I have ever bought. After Rambo-ing the logs it clicked in my head that I should be chopping the logs down to a more workable size. The tip broke off of my knife, you can see it in the picture,  so I started the knife in the log and started hammering them down on a man-sized boulder. Great thinking on my part.

I also had some pre-made Petballs, Petroleum rolled with some dryer lint, since I have started becoming a prepper for survival. This really made the fire start slow with some dry twigs I found. Then quickly moved up to bigger sticks which made the fire just keep getting bigger.

This whole fire challenge was fun for me since It was a Man Trial I have never had. So you can mark that on my man card. What kept me going on that fearful day was remembering her words, which were more smug than helpful, she said “you like survival stuff now prove it.”

First Cookout My First Fire

Thanks all survival blogs I follow.

10 Reasons Why You SHOULD Teach Your Son To Pee Standing Up

I ran across this steaming pile of nugget called 10 Reasons Why You Should Teach Your Sons To Pee Sitting Down written by dadcamp. Blogging to me is an act of self relief, so any opinion shared on a blog shouldn’t be judged to harsh. I really don’t care if you say the world is orange, just don’t try to push that color on me. I respect everyone’s ideas equally but somethings just set me off and I have to vent about them.

I don’t really know why this post got to me so much but I read it a week ago and still haven’t closed the tab. Maybe cause I didn’t want to come out by telling this guy that he’s wrong on everything that came out of his mouth or maybe because I wanted some time to actually think of what to say without being angry

Like most men out there it really isn’t an issue that we fight for or that we let just slip by that is until someone tells us that we might be doing it wrong (for some reason vegans come to mind).  Now how dadcamp raises his sons is up to him and his partner. But the problem I have with it is how he tries to reason it for everyone else. I wasn’t part of the early beginnings of my first son’s life, but when I got here I could immediately see that a single woman was raising him (as if I didn’t know already).

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Our First Adventure

My son wanted to do something fun and weird so we decided to go hiking. It was fun because we both have never gone just exploring without a map or destination.

So we packed a few bottles of water, some apples, and a few pears and left for Custer State Park. Yeah I’m not sure what we really should have taken to drink and eat but those sounded good for a couple of hours hiking. We did have a back pack with some half-assed supplies for survival if things got worse. I am trying to slowly build up my prepping life style while teaching my family to use these things. Continue reading

First Father and Son Project – Bird House

So I got this summer idea off the net somewhere and figured it would be a great project to get my son started on building things with his hands. With no plans or idea of what to do we went to Menard. Not the brightest ideas but it was a way to get the proverbial ball rolling.

I used the guise that it was for her father who was visiting for the weekend. That meant the project was getting the green light. Continue reading