Tuesday, March 30, 2010

365 days later ...

and my baby boy is turning 1 tomorrow. The tally after one year: 1,027 dirty diapers, 847 lost hours of sleep, 730 laughs and smiles, 322 new toys and outfits, 106 trips to Wal-Mart and Toys R Us, 17 bumps and bruises on his forehead, 4 new teeth, 3 lost pacifiers, 2 rookie parents, and 1 giant heaping of unconditional love. It has been a wonderful and educational year, and it still feels surreal that I am a parent. And the last time I checked he still has all his parts so I am not doing too bad as a Dad. I love and adore him so much and I am eternally grateful for the precious gift bestowed upon me. So happy birthday Baby Shife, and thank you wonderful readers for your patience as this blog slowly awakens from its hibernation. And my ankle is doing fine - thank you for those who asked. I am just doing physical therapy and hope to be running soon.

Happy Birthday Son
Covered in cake and icing,
Your smile stretched ear to ear.
A single candle celebrates,
The joy of your first year.

We sing Happy Birthday,
You play midst wrap and bows.
We marvel at how you touched our lives,
Just one year ago.

I remember the first time I held you,
Kissed your head, whispered your name.
You've changed our lives forever,
Our hearts will never be the same.

As a child you'll love this day,
For all the sweets and presents too.
As parents we'll love your day,
For the gift we got was you.

Each year we'll add another candle,
So proud to see you grow.
But always with the memory,
Of your first day long ago.





Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pause for the Cause

It looks like my short break is going on a little longer. I just thought I would let everyone know that I am still around but just busy with some other things that are occupying my time. I am not exactly sure what my problem is but I have narrowed it down to one of these things:
  • March Madness
  • World Cup Fever
  • Disarray in the Vajayjay
  • Insane in the Membrane
  • Hippy Hippy Shakes
  • Spring Delirium
  • Bones Withdrawal
  • Dedicated File Server Fervor
  • Passion for High Fashion
  • Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs
  • Loco en El Coco
  • Translyvania Mania
  • Finding Nemo
  • Running a Temp for Detlef Schrempf
  • Nuttier than a Squirrel's Breakfast
  • Wacky for Khaki
  • Mad for Plaid
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • Bejeweled Blues
  • Addicted to Love
  • Hooked on Phonics
See you soon.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Random Acts of Shifeness

  • Greetings and salutations. Well March has rolled in and I am definitely looking forward to the warmer weather. The thong is already at the dry cleaners. I have had a little bit of cabin fever since I am at home with Baby Shife so it will be nice to get outside and start playing again.
  • However I can't start playing until I have my ankle surgery. I will be going under the knife next Monday so I will be probably be out of it for a few days and therefore I would not expect the DWG blog to be updated until around St. Patrick's Day or as we like to call it around my household, Mrs. Shife's birthday.
  • Speaking of surgeries, Nip/Tuck will finally be put out of its misery tonight. At one point this might have been one of the best shows on TV but now it is pretty awful. I am not sure why I am still watching but it is the series finale tonight so I will be there for the final cut. Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
  • And with the end of Nip/Tuck, I am trying to fill that void in my TV schedule. Any suggestions? Supernatural and Fringe are the two that have been most recommended to me the most.
  • We filled a void since the Winter Olympics broke up with us by finally breaking down and buying the Wii Sports Resort. Pretty, pretty fun. Me and Mrs. Shife are hooked on the 3-point-shooting game.
  • Wow all of these random acts are not actually that random since they are segueing nicely into each other. I guess I will go with the basketball theme and say that I am glad that the college basketball season is almost over. My beloved Tar Heels had a very, very disappointing year. They have 2 games left and that should be it, but at least they will finish with a .500 record or better. They were ranked #4 to start the year and will end up with 15 or 16 losses. I guess that is why they don't play the games on paper.
  • Paper or plastic? Most of the time I go with plastic because they make great pooper scoopers when we take Captain Furry Pants for a walk.
  • I think I might do it. The fat basset is not the only one walking. Baby Shife took his first step at the end of January, and now he is putting them together like a wild man. He is probably taking 12-15 steps at one time. Watching him walk reminds me a lot of a really, really drunk guy trying to walk out of the bar. Anyway I have some video goodness below for your viewing pleasure. The other video is of the little man getting introduced to his rocking horse. I think it might be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. And I apologize in advance if the song the horse sings gets stuck in your head.
Have a great day and a great rest of your week. See you soon.

P.S. I forgot to reveal my actual age. Billy, Red, and Random Chick were correct on their guesses, I am 39. Turning the big 4-0 this year, and you know what that means ... that's right an awesome prostate exam. So excited.