My Fatboy or soon to be bullied son

We use very hurtful nicknames for our kids. I call my 7 year old “Fatboy” and my 2 year old “Chubbs”. I don’t say it to be mean but that’s just the nick name that stuck with them. And for a while there my 7 year old really liked Fatboy Tobacco till he found out what Tobacco was (we saw it on a sign one day while we were in a different city.) So he rather just have it as Fatboy since he really likes it. DSCN5909
Now once again I have to mention that I love my sons more than life, again before someone gets mad at me. My girlfriend is still working on her Masters in counseling or something like that, Continue reading

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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

Buying my son his first Tool/Knife

English: A multi-purpose pocket knife with all...

English: A multi-purpose pocket knife with all the blades visible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I want my son to know that we acknowledge that he is growing up and to celebrate it we decided to get him a pocket knife. Which turned into a multi-tool because the pocket knives all looked really sharp and were about 5 inches long at Wal-Mart.  So just like the Berlin Wall a big NO from my girlfriend, till we saw a Winchester Multi-Tool.

I don’t know much about brands except Gerber, Bear Grylls and Black and Decker, but not much about toughness of tools. The only thing I really know about tools is that you get what you pay for, buy a quality tool and you only have to buy it once.  But in this case it’s not the brand of tool but more the act of relieving  the tool. Maybe even in his head its more of an understanding that he is becoming a man. Continue reading