Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas

and Happy New Year to all my friends out there. Here are some pictures of Santa's newest little helper and I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday. I will be back in 2010 so see you then.
Take care.






Monday, December 14, 2009

So Very Thankful

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I am not exactly sure why I was so fortunate to cross paths with my lovely wife, Mrs. Shife. But more than 12 years ago, while I was dressed up like a trailer park pimp and wearing make up (fraternity party ... don't ask but there is a picture of me at the end of this post if you want to check out my hotness) and she had just gotten off work from cleaning a house we met. It is safe to say that neither of us made a strong first impression but somehow that initial meeting led to a first date and that first date led to the rest of my life.
So during this season of giving and thankfulness I just want to say that I grateful to that broken road that led me straight to her ....


"Bless The Broken Road"

I set out on a narrow way many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you

[Chorus:]
Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

I think about the years I spent just passing through
I'd like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You've been there you understand
It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true

[Chorus]

Now I'm just rolling home
Into my lover's arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you.


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Monday, December 07, 2009

Santa Shife needs help


OK I don't want to end up like the guy pictured above so I am reaching out to all of you wonderful bloggers who happen to stop by and check out this sweet blog o' mine. Sorry I just felt I needed a Guns 'N' Roses reference to really legitimize this post. Anyway with the number of shopping days dwindling I need some advice from you experienced Christmas gift buyers.
#1 on my list - My sister and her family, which includes her husband, 6-year-old son and 2-year-old triplets. It is just not economical for us to buy each of them a present, and my sister and her husband are very fortunate to both be retired under the age of 40 so the kids and them have pretty much everything you could imagine. Therefore it makes present buying very difficult. My goal has always been to buy them a unique family present but I need ideas, websites, inspiration, Ms. Cleo, and basically a swift kick in the arse to point me in the right direction.
#2 on my list - My dad. I know a ton of things I could get him but the problem is that he is now engaged and living with the woman (I have met her once and barely know her) and her 9-year-old daughter. What to do? If I buy something just for my dad then I might hurt his feelings because I am sending the message that I am not accepting his future wife and step-daughter as part of the family. I don't know the woman and daughter enough to even imagine what they might like, and I don't want to ask my dad for advice because I just don't. So I am channeling Princess Leah and asking "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobloggers, You're My Only Hope."

Sincerely Yours,

Mr. Shife

P.S. Here is a picture of Baby Shife. He lost a bet to me that me and Mrs. Shife's alma mater - the University of Idaho - would go to a bowl game this year so he had to wash his mouth out with his own foot. It is never to early to teach him father knows best. Or it might just be a picture of him being a little cutie pie. I really do love that kid more and more every day.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Rookie Dad Journal Highlights (November)

November 1 – Back home after a nice weekend up north. And then we came home and tore the house a new one by rearranging furniture so the little man has a nice play room to roam around and create his own version of the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark. I swear he is setting up booby traps for me and Mrs. Shife is going to come home with me hanging from the ceiling.
November 2 – I think Quincy has elevated Baby Shife to a full-blown terrorist now. Baby Shife discovered his dog food and doggie door today. Good times.
November 3 – The play room is all set up and ready for him to destroy, errr, be creative. Unfortunately my new TV room is going to need some work.
November 4 – I could spend $100 on a toy for him but he is much happier playing with measuring cups and a popcorn tin. He likes to bang on the popcorn tin and make noise. I thought about buying him a little drum but he likes the tin much better. And we get some popcorn out of the deal so it is a win-win.
November 5 – I was putting dishes in the dishwasher while Baby Shife was crawling around the kitchen floor and he tried to give the detergent dispenser mouth-to-mouth today. Another thing added to the watch list.
November 6 – We get free Internet radio through our Blu-Ray player so Baby Shife and I spent the morning rocking out to some of my favorite songs. It was fun dancing with my son while singing a song to him. I am not a good dancer or singer but the little man didn’t seem to mind. Oh how much I love him.
November 7 – Baby Shife got to play in the leaves today and his lovely momma got some good pictures of him. Unfortunately we didn’t get as many as we wanted because he spent most of the time trying to put the leaves in his mouth.
November 8 – It is just amazing how his giggle and smile can make your day. I truly do feel blessed to have such a wonderful son.
November 9 – I feel so fortunate to be able to stay home with Baby Shife every day. And I hope I do help influence and teach him to be a wonderful little person, but ultimately I think he is the one that is going to change my life.
November 10 – Very trying week with my patience this week when it comes to Baby Shife. One day he takes great naps, and then the next day he barely sleeps. Not quite sure what is going on but the duct tape might get broken out so he strapped to his bed and goes to sleep. Lately he seems more interested in practicing in his Ninja assassin moves on Dexter his stuffed animal dog.
November 11 – It also appears that sleeping in past 7:30 during the week is completely out of the question. As soon as Mrs. Shife heads out the door to work, just like clockwork the little man is up and ready to start his day.
November 12 – A quote I saw about being a Dad, “Until you have a son of your own ... you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son. You will never know the sense of honor that makes a man want to be more than he is and to pass something good and hopeful into the hands of his son.”
November 14 – So Baby Shife is using my leg hair as leverage when he tries to pulls himself up when I am standing by him. Feels really, really good. Better than waxing.
November 15 – Baby Shife got to go furniture shopping with Mommy. I tried to explain to him that it is only going to get worse as he gets older because some day he will go shopping with a woman and have to spend his money.
November 16 – Baby Shife got his flu shots today, and also got a mouthful of dog food. He snuck in behind me while I was adjusting his high chair and had himself a little snack at Quincy’s dog food dish. I don’t know how much he ate but he had a handful of food when I caught him.
November 17 – Baby Shife has said a lot of words but unfortunately the baby translator is broken so it only sounds like a bunch of gibberish to us but he does seem real close to saying “ma ma.”
November 18 – I am trying to teach the little man some sign language. The only one he really seems interested in is the sign for dog. And giving me the bird when it is nap time.
November 19 – Moving on up … Baby Shife is now wearing size 3 Huggies. I also forgot to mention that when he got his flu shots that he weighed in at just about 16 pounds.
November 21 – Baby Shife whacked his head on the computer desk so he has another nice bruise right in the middle of his forehead. I have a feeling he is going to get a bunch of bruises there.
November 22 – We are working on the Christmas card picture for 2009. I think it will be a picture of a certain little baby wearing nothing but a Santa hat and maybe a cod piece. OK no cod piece. They are not in style anymore.
November 23 – I forgot to talk about this last week but Captain Mudbutt took his first shower. He took a dump that defied gravity and went up his back so he had to jump in the shower with me to get all cleaned up. He didn’t like the shower as much as taking a bath.
November 24 – Someone knows how to give his daddy a high five now. Pretty cool.
November 25 – All the boy wants to is pull himself up and walk. I have limited experience in the baby raising department so I don’t know how normal this is but I swear he is determined to walk by Christmas.
November 26 – We are on the road to the Tri-Cities for Thanksgiving. Baby Shife has not gone on an extended road trip in a long time so we shall see how he does. It is about a 4-hour trip so hopefully he will do OK. And no visits from the mud butt fairy would be nice.
November 27 – Baby Shife’s first Turkey Day was a good one. The long car rides are not his favorite as he had a meltdown or two but for the most part he did well and it was nice for him to meet more of his extended family. It was also nice having more people tell us how cute he was.
November 28 – We got the Baby Shife Christmas card completed and it turned out pretty good. It is hard to go wrong with a cute baby, a big smile, and a Santa hat.
November 30 – 8-months-old and it is almost time for him to start working on his Christmas wish list. And Baby Shife gave the fat basset a nice birthday present today by not stalking him for about 10 minutes then it was game on.

And here is a picture of the 8-month-old baby boy showing off that sweet smile ...



P.S. Sorry but I had to turn on the word verification for comments again because I have been getting bombarded with anonymous comments on a lot of my older posts. Hopefully this will keep them away and I can turn it off after a bit. Thanks for your understanding.