Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, and quick to make friends. And may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
Talk to you in 2012.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Random Acts of Shifeness

  • As you can see above, it is a little bit harder getting a family photo when your 2-year-old son and your 2-year-old basset have a hard time sitting still.
  • Still a little weird saying I have children instead of a child.
  • Really weird that I went almost 42 years before I heard the awesomeness that is mud falcon.
  • I really need to start meditating again. Once I get going it is awesome but I need to take 10-15 minutes out of the day and just relax.
  • I have a lot to be grateful for but I am having a hard time feeling that way today. I feel like dropping a mud falcon on something.
  • No one bothers you until you fart.
  • This needs to be Hayden's first bib.
  • If a man is standing in the middle of the forest speaking and there is no woman around to hear him ... is he still wrong?
  • What is your favorite holiday movie? I have a few but right now I am thinking about Just Friends. It is a silly and you actually might test lower on an IQ test after watching it but it has sentimental value to me.
  • Bill Hicks would have been 50 today.
  • I am master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul, and just need to realize that everything will be okay.


I will persevere, I will keep moving forward, I will be the stream.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Sometimes and Almost

Hello there. I apologize for the lack of posting but we have been a little busy at the Shifley household. I hope you and yours are doing well. We are doing not too shabby. A little more sleep would be nice but I don't think that is included in the 2 child plan. Kyle was not happy at first being a big brother - as you can see below - but he has warmed up to his little sister quite nicely and hopefully they will grow up to be the bestest of buddies.

So what have I learned in the almost 3 weeks that Hayden has been around? Sometimes and almost. With one child, Mrs. Shife and I sometimes get to do things like paint nude murals of famous Eastern European war heroes. But with two children we almost get to do things like karaoke our favorite Nelly song. Come on, who doesn't love seeing two middle-aged white people with no rhythm get down to "Hot in Herre." It is definitely a lifestyle adjustment taking care of 2 kids, and we are doing our best.

Well that is all for now. Have a great weekend. And remember never make eye contact while eating a banana.

P.S. Thank you so much for your kind words and warm wishes in my previous update.





I will persevere, I will keep moving forward, I will be the stream.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


I have plenty to be thankful for this year with my darling Hayden joining my already wonderful family, but I also need to thank each and every one of you who stop by and say hi. I am humbled and grateful for your support. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.






I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It's a girl.
Miss Hayden was born at 3:56 pm and weighs a whopping 8 pounds, 6 ounces.
Everyone is doing well.
Sorry about the photo quality. My phone doesn't take the best pictures but I will get some better ones up soon.
Thank you for all of your love and support.
Take care.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

OT: Day 14

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end
The way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance

Well unless something happens real quick it looks like tomorrow will be the big day.
We will be going to the hospital bright and early Monday, and once I have some information I will let everyone know the big news.
I just want to say again that I am humbled and grateful for all of you stopping by to check in on me and my family. I really appreciate it.
Wish us luck, and I will talk to you soon.


This is a picture of the Shifley family about this time last year. Next year's Thanksgiving portrait is going to look a little different.






I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

OT: Day 13

I dedicate this song to you, Mrs. Shife. In a few years, we will look back on this pregnancy and have a laugh. We had no idea we signed up for the bonus plan. After 40 weeks, you are entitled to receive 2 free weeks at no extra cost. I must have signed that when I was hooched up on the High Life. This has been out of our hands since the beginning, but it is just another adventure on our journey together. Looking back, I hope you had the time of your life with me. I know I am glad you decided to take a chance and accompany me to Pirate's Dance. Look what happens when two people fall in love. I am looking forward to meeting our baby any day now, and spending the rest of my life with you.






I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, November 18, 2011

OT: Day 12

Thanks Just Bob for today's inspiration.




And we will probably be waiting tomorrow and Sunday too.
Hope you have a good weekend.
Thanks for stopping by.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

OT: Day 11

Kyle is helping us pass the time by making cookies. The package said it would make 6 dozen, but I don't think the cookie manufacturers took into account that a 2-year-old would be the head chef. The little man helped himself to more than his fair share of dough.

Well here is the latest and greatest. Mrs. Shife's stress test was fine, and the baby doctor said he will induce at 7 a.m. Monday morning if nothing happens between now and then.
So what do you think? Will Baby Shife arrive before Monday or will Mrs. Shife have to get induced? I am done making predictions because I have been wrong so many times. I just know the baby will be here sooner that we think, and it is going to be a whole new set of adventures. Help me baby Jesus.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

OT: Day 10

Calling all wind talkers, code breakers, intelligence agents, super spies, deciphering dudes, encryption experts, and blogging buddies, what does this picture mean?



This is what I found on the floor after Kyle went down for his nap. He is really getting into letters and numbers, and now he is organizing them by colors. It is so entertaining watching him sort his letters out and say what he thinks the letter or number might be out loud.

Oh by the way, still nothing going on with Baby Shifley. Mrs. Shife has another stress test tomorrow, and then she has an appointment with the baby doctor. Then we will decide what our options are if the baby decides to continue with Occupy Sarah's Belly.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

OT: Day 9

I came across this while I was perusing the Google machine trying to find another way to say that there is still no baby news. So here is an excerpt from that article:
Exactly when a baby will be born is one of the last great unknowns in life: something nobody can predict. These days, you can find out the sex of the baby, pregnancy tests can even tell you when you conceived and you can genetically screen for certain conditions. But if you leave nature to take its course, you cannot dictate the precise day when a baby will arrive, no matter how rich or powerful you are. I rather like this uncertainty, the triumph of nature over technology and "progress". When the baby is ready, it releases a hormone that crosses the placenta and triggers action stations. Imagine the take-off scene fromThunderbirds with palm trees parting, but perhaps a bit more slowly.

In completely unrelated news, Tank and I saw something that I was not quite prepared for. While on our walk, we saw a mature woman soaking in her hot tub while rocking out to Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me." She said hello, I returned the greeting, and then I rubbed my eyes to make sure I was not having an acid flashback. Not exactly what I expected to see walking the basset.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.


Monday, November 14, 2011

OT: Day 8

The stress test went just fine, which is good because that means the baby is healthy, but the test also showed that the baby is still content just cooking in Mrs. Shife's baby. Her next appointment is Thursday so hopefully something happens between now and then. Someone suggested that Mrs. Shife start working on a really intense puzzle because babies love to interrupt stuff. I thought that was a good idea, but maybe a nice tattoo would be the motivation to get that baby to come out and say hello.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

OT: Day 7


Hello there. Another day, and another report of nada.
Mrs. Shife goes to the doctor tomorrow to do some stress testing to make sure everything is OK under the hood. Honestly, everyone is doing fine but we are just waiting for something to happen.
The baby doctor told us he will not let Mrs. Shife go 42 weeks because that is when things can get scary for the baby and Momma.
I really want to post some news because I am running out of ways to say nothing is happening and recent pictures of Kyle to put on the blog.
Hope all is well wherever you are visiting from.
Take care.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

OT: Day 6

I broke down and asked the Magic 8 Ball if Mrs. Shife was having the baby today ...

Maybe tomorrow.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, November 11, 2011

OT: Day 5


A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.

And we are looking forward to those times, but we are still waiting on the stork.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

OT: Day 4


He is smiling because he is still an only child, and doesn't have to share his Mommy and Daddy yet. Mrs. Shife went to the doctor, and he said we will discuss options on Monday if nature does not take its course between now and then. So now maybe an 11.11.11 baby? We shall see.
Have a good night.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

OT: Day 3


Greetings and salutations. We are still here. Mrs. Shife has a doctor's appointment tomorrow to see what is going on with Occupy Belly: Day 283.
In other news, there was some interesting developments to our checking account as we had to call a plumber to unclog the toilet. I am not going to mention any names, but a certain 3-foot-tall little person decided to flush one of his action figures down the toilet. Well all 4 inches of Scuba Steve - as we affectionally called him until I got the bill from the plumber then it was more like Sh*!&%#! Steve - evidently wanted to try out his diving equipment and got sent on his merry way by his commanding officer. Unfortunately, he was unable to carry out his mission of getting Tank Tank a promiscuous poodle as he got stuck in the toilet flange. So that $5 dollar toy ended up costing me about $150. And then the plumber reminded that this is only the beginning.








I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

OT: Day 2


Hakuna habari mtoto bado. That is Swahili for no baby news yet.
I am humbled and grateful for everyone that stops by the blog to find out what is going with Baby Shife and the rest of the Shifes. Thank you.
Maybe tomorrow.



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Monday, November 07, 2011

OT: Day 1

I am going with OT for overtime.
We also considered Occupy Mrs. Shife's Belly: Day 281.
Since we got signed up for the bonus part of the pregnancy, I thought I would share some quotes that my wife might or might not find amusing.

"Being pregnant is an occupational hazard of being a wife." ~ Queen Victoria

"By far the most common craving of pregnant women is not to be pregnant." ~ Phyllis Diller

"Childbirth classes neglect to teach one critical skill: How to breathe, count, and swear all at the same time." ~ Linda Filterman

"Have you ever tried getting out of your car through the exhaust pipe?" ~ Murphy Brown

"Having a baby is like taking your bottom lip and pulling it over your head". ~ Carol Burnett

"If men bore children, there would only be one born in each family." ~ Unknown

"If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternately, there would never be more than three in a family." ~ Lawrence Housman

"If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters." ~ Nora Ephron

"Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside." ~ Rita Rudner

"Pregnancy The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." ~ Rajneesh

"Prepared childbirth is a contradiction in terms." ~ Joyce Armor

"There is a reason God makes you pee every 2 hours those last 3 months, it's training for the every 2-4 hour feedings." ~ Unknown

"Think of stretch marks as pregnancy service stripes." ~ Joyce Armor

"You can sort of be married, you can sort of be divorced, you can sort of be living together, but you can't sort of have a baby." ~ David Shire

"You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment." ~ Dave Barry



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.


Sunday, November 06, 2011

0 Days and Counting

Today is the day, but right now we have no baby news to report.
Nothing. Not a thing. Nil. Zero. Zilch. Zip. Zippo. Nada. Diddly squat.
So how is your day going?
Any suggestions on what I use for a title if I have to post tomorrow and beyond since I have counted down to 0?
I know the baby is coming soon, but we are just really excited to meet our new little person and want to know if it is a little brother or littler sister for Kyle.
A few days after Kyle was born, I was able to hold him all night long at home as I watched my favorite basketball team - North Carolina Tar Heels - beat Michigan State to win the National Championship. UNC and MSU rarely meet during the regular season because they are in different conferences so if they do play, it is usually during the NCAA tournament.
Well this Friday, the Tar Heels play Michigan State to start off the 2011 college basketball season. Coincidence or not? A sign from the universe? I guess I will find out if I am watching a basketball game at home holding my new son or daughter.
Take care.



I am not exactly sure what Kyle is doing in this picture. He might have been yawning or filling up his diaper or wondering why I am wearing a thong in November.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

1 Day and Counting


Well tomorrow is the due date.
Mrs. Shife and I will be surprised if that baby comes tomorrow, but Kyle kind of showed up in a hurry so you never know. We showed up at the hospital around 12:30 in the morning, and the little man arrived at 2:57. If the baby does show up tomorrow and this is our last day as a family of 3, we are having a pretty decent Saturday. We went out to a farm to get some meat, and Kyle got to see combines, chickens, cows, goats, and pigs. He petted a goat, showed the pigs how to make good snorting sounds, and saw the inside of the chicken house. Hopefully, Mrs. Shife and I will get to watch "Bridesmaids" tonight after Kyle goes to bed. Maybe a few LOL moments will get that baby ready to meet the Shifleys.
Have a good one.



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, November 04, 2011

2 Days and Counting

Still nothing to report.
Mrs. Shife is under the impression that she will be pregnant forever.
I assure her that not is possible.
She just tells me to suck it because I am the one who got her pregnant.
Good times.

In other news, I think it is safe to say grammar is dying a slow, painful death. As I was running errands today, I was amazed and appalled at the misplaced apostrophes. People seem to think if a word is plural or has an S at the end, then it needs to have an apostrophe. Walk-in's instead of walk-ins; Fee's instead of fees; Fridays instead of Fridays. Horrible stuff out there. Here is my favorite grammar lesson: Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.
Have a great rest of your Friday.


When you misuse an apostrophe in the Shifley household, you get the business from Tank.



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

3 Days and Counting


Did I mention that Kyle likes to climb? Now he also likes to jump from the places he has scaled?
Besides him looking like an awesome dude in his new winter hart, I also like to think of this picture as a metaphor as I just want him to keep climbing and reaching new heights. And fortunately for me, someone with much better writing abilities says how I feel:

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances but they're worth taking
When you come close to selling out reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance
-- I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

4 Days and Counting

The setting is ominous: A dimly lit home on a cold, Fall evening. Not one where the sleep-deprived or wary tread. The parents ready themselves for a toddler attack that could come at any moment. After all, there must be danger nearby. He is 2 1/2-years-old boy hopped up on sugar. Sure it seems safe for now, but is it ... is it ever? Then someone breaks the silence, "It's way too quiet in Kyle's room."
And he got us again.
The little man was playing "I Dump It." Every 2-year-old's favorite game. The object is for the little person to dump out as much stuff as they can before their parents realize it is way too quiet back there. Kyle decided to go with 2 cans of butt powder and he thought the powder would look outstanding on his stuffed animals. And his dresser. And his toy chest. And his diapers. Good times.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

5 Days and Counting

You see that cute little dude up there? Yep, that one. He is awesome. Not much to report today except that I am trying to figure out how I am going to love another little person as much as I love him. I know it will happen but right now it just seems baffling to me. I wish I had more to say, but feeling a little blah today as the first real cold spell has hit us here in Boise and not looking forward to the darker, dreary, and not-so-warm days heading our way.
Have a good one.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Monday, October 31, 2011

6 Days and Counting

Happy Halloween! Hope everyone has a fun and safe time.
We had the best of intentions of taking Kyle out for some trick-or-treating but we got a visit from Great Halloween Meltdown Goblin right before it was time to deck him out in his pirate costume. And it is not wise to use logic and rational thought with the Goblin because evidently the only thing that appeases him is bath time.
Maybe next year.
In other Halloween news, I did go to the dentist today and made out OK for not having been in a few years. Also, unless Mrs. Shife goes into labor real soon, it looks like we are getting a November baby.
Have a great rest of your night.









I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

7 Days and Counting

The signs are everywhere, you just have to open your eyes.
It dawned on me that Kyle has been fascinated with the color pink lately, and then it dawned on me that maybe that is his way of letting us know we are having a little sister for the big guy. Mrs. Shife and I ask him all the time if we are having a girl or a boy, and he doesn't provide much of an answer. Maybe he has been telling us along but we just have not heard him. Anyway that is my deep, intellectual thought for this Sunday, which is 1 week away from the due date. Enjoy your week.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

8 Days and Counting

Mrs. Shife and I figure we are going to be pretty tired when the new baby arrives so Tank is going to have to pick up some of our slack. Right now we are teaching him to read so he help out with Kyle's bedtime stories. Hope you are having a good weekend.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, October 28, 2011

9 Days and Counting

All I know is if this baby really loves his or her Daddy then he or she will show up Sunday so I don't have to go to the dentist on Monday. It has been more than 3 years since my last visit, and I am not looking forward to the results.

Happy Friday everyone. Hope you have a fabulous weekend, and an Irish blessing to all of you:

May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

10 Days and Counting



Hi there. You need to click on the picture to make it larger, and please do. It is an awesome montage that Mrs. Shife created earlier this year when Kyle learned how much fun it was to dive into his pool. He did it about 50 times and just laughed as hard each and every time. Being a kid is awesome, and watching them grow, develop, and explore their world is pretty cool, too.



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

11 Days and Counting


It has been a little selfish of me not to mention that Kyle's mom is awesome. Despite being tired, extremely pregnant, uncomfortable, nervous, anxious, restless, and dealing with three boys all day long, she has been amazing. Kyle, Tank, and I can be on the little high maintenance side some days, and she handles us like a pro. I am sure here are days when she probably wishes we would all go play leap frog with a unicorn. Maybe even a quadricorn. But she doesn't. She just loves us and we love her too. I just felt it was important that I point out and recognize the most important person in the Shifley boy's world, the wonderful Mrs. Shife. Thank you love of mine.



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Monday, October 24, 2011

12 Days and Counting

  • Well the movie was "Step Brothers." I would be feel comfortable saying it is not on many best film lists but it makes laugh ... a lot. "Hey Derek, Sprechen Sie Dick!" I love it.
  • I posted this on Facebook but wanted to share here as well. I watched American Masters: Pearl Jam Twenty on PBS. And it is awesome. Easily one of my favorite bands. Feel fortunate to have seen them live twice. Watching them in Missoula in 1998 at Grizzly Stadium was one of the best times I have had in my life. Thank you Pearl Jam for the music and the memories.
  • Something to think about. The U.S. increased spending on prisons 600% in 20 years. Spending on education per capita has been flat. We are jailing minds not just bodies.
  • It has been about a month since I had the Mountain Dew. All that processed sugar was not good for me so we had to break it off. Plue the Dew would not sign the pre-nup. Just sticking with hot tea and iced tea right now.
  • Not much else to report except that we are just waiting on that baby.
  • Yes I have lots and lots of pictures of Kyle, but I am running out of current ones as I was not quite prepared for the countdown to Baby Shifley. Fortunately I was able to get a nice one of him at his soccer class. He was having a good time.



I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

13 Days and Counting

Holy fat basset balls, I can't believe we are under two weeks. Crazy, weird, excited, and scared sum up my emotions right now thinking of another baby in the house. We are as ready as we will ever be I guess, and it should be an interesting journey. Well, today is also the halfway point to me getting older, and on my birthday I watch "The Big Lebowski." I wanted to start another tradition by watching a movie that makes me LOL with 6 months to go before I mature again. Any guesses? I think I will keep everyone in suspense until tomorrow but I will give a clue. One of the stars is Will Ferrell.

Fall weather has finally kicked in here in Boise so Kyle had to thrown on his winter hat today when we took Tank for a walk. The picture quality is not the greatest but I think you can see him in his new hat.





I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

14 Days and Counting

Got a lot off my chest yesterday on this blog, and I feel a lot better about life in general. After I wrote what I wrote, I took a long walk with Tank and talked out loud to my biological dad. I told I will own this pain, not him. I am in control, and my family, friends, and life are bigger and more important than what he did to me. I also told him to eff off. Sure there will be days when I don't feel right, but acknowledging and accepting the past will help me to eventually move on to better days. It is a start, and I am ready for the journey. Plus, this little dude below makes me want to be a helluva Dad, a great husband, and a good dude.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

15 Days and Counting

This is is going to be a long one so if you want to come back another day then I understand but I need to get this out there.
Thank you to everyone for their comments. I sincerely appreciate it, and all of your suggestions and kind words are awesome. The problem with depression and the way it affects me is that I don't feel worthy of any of it.
When I am in the middle of a blue spell, I don't feel like I am entitled to love, happiness, success, kind words, etc. I am completely aware of it but I just have to battle through the low self-esteem and I how feel inconsequential in life. When I feel better, these feelings are there but they just do not surface and I can manage them.
Yes, I do medicate, they do help, but - and maybe it is me - they do not balance you out completely. In my case, there are going to be days when the blue beast is going to kick my butt.
I also do therapy, and it helped me realize that the anxiety/depression/panic attacks have been there since I was a kid, but I just thought I was moody and anti-social some days. I also know the cause of my depression.
My biological dad left my mother and I when was just born. I never had a relationship with him but we did occasionally talk and meet in person over the years, and as I got older I always wanted his love and know that he was proud of me, but I never got it. Even on his death bed I got nothing from the man who helped make me. So no matter how much love I have in my life, I will always yearn for the one person's that I did not get. I should be able to get over it especially since I barely knew the dude, but being rejected by someone who is supposed to love, nurture, protect, and always be there for you is one obstacle that still haunts me and makes me believe I am unworthy of a lot things that I have in my life.
The one positive for being abandoned by my biological dad is that it did show me the type of father I do not want to be. I will always be there for Kyle and his little brother or sister. There may be some bumps in the road, but they will know that I love them and always be proud of them.
Thank you for reading.
I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, October 21, 2011

16 Days and Counting

I usually try to keep the language clean on the blog, but not today. I fucking hate depression. Not that anyone I know enjoys it. For the most part, I am good to go on a regular basis, but there are days like today when I feel overwhelmed, uninspired, and miserable. I wish there was a magical pill you could take and it was blue skies, sunshine, and happy trails. I have to weather the storm, and I usually do OK managing the depression, but today I am just more crestfallen than usual. This to shall past but I just needed to vent a little bit. And remember the things that really matter.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

17 Days and Counting

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to find love in the world.


And if children live with a basset hound, they learn how to play laser tag in the nude.
(Kyle has a laser pointer in his hand and for some reason Tank Tank loves to chase the light.)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

18 Days and Counting

Well we think we finally have the names picked. Then again we might take a look at the kid, and decide that the little person is not a Shaquille or Sinnamon Shifley. So 18 days until the due date? What do you think? Are we going to make it to November 6? Are we going to make it to Halloween? I think the baby is coming early, and I think we are having a girl, but then again I watch "Jersey Shore" and thought butt cleavage was going to take the fashion world by storm.

It is never too early to start the child labor.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

19 Days and Counting

This has to be my new favorite picture of Kyle. As mentioned in a previous post, he is going through a nudist phase and Mrs. Shife caught him on film cruising through the kitchen while he was chasing Tank with his stroller. Oh I just know that grin is going to cost me a lot of money in the upcoming years. Have a good one.

Monday, October 17, 2011

20 Days and Counting


He did it. I am so proud of my little man. He peed into his potty chair.
He has been going through a nudist phase lately, and we figured it was just a matter of time before he started taking care of business. I don't know if it was watching his old man get down on his knees and pee into the frog's mouth this morning, but whatever it was, he let us know this evening that wanted to pee into the frog and that is what he did.
It really is is the little things.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

21 Days and Counting

I just want to make sure but I assume if you notice that I have not updated the countdown then I am either another tragic victim of auto-erotica asphyxiation or we are having the kid ... well Mrs. Shife is having the kid.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

22 Days and Counting

I heard some great parenting advice that I wanted to pass along. I know that we all love and are proud of our kids - at least most of the time =) - but we tend to tell them that we love them but we are not very prone to tell them that we are proud of them. That's all folks.



This is Kyle's game face. He is ready to ride. And I will always be proud of him.

Friday, October 14, 2011

23 Days and Counting


Kyle knows how to work the pouty face, and he has been having some "awesome" meltdowns lately so I imagine I am going to be seeing a lot of Mr. Pouty next month. I might be a little pouty myself because I don't want to see the little guy upset because there is another child in the house, and he is no longer the center of our world. I know I have the capacity to love another child but right now it just seems like a weird concept that I am going to love another little person as much as I love Kyle. I also know I will look back at this post in the near future, and laugh at this post. Mostly I will laugh because I will be hysterical from the lack of sleep. Good times.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

24 Days and Counting


Holy Cannoli!!!

Not really much of significance to add today. Sorry. Hope you are having a good one. Talk to you tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

25 Days and Counting

I have failed as a Dad. The little man has picked the evilest of all the teams, the Yankees. Help me baby Jesus.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

26 days and counting

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Steve Jobs

One of my goals is to teach Kyle and his brother and or sister to live their own lives, and know the joy of being true to themselves. I hope they honor and appreciate life by fully and truly living the one very special life that is yours.


Come on, you should know me better than that, and know that I was going to have to put up a silly picture to balance out that seriousness.

Monday, October 10, 2011

27 Days and Counting

What am I thinking about today? Not a lot except that I am a total scrot. Running a marathon is pretty hard, but running while you are 39 weeks pregnant is wicked hard. Then the lady starting feeling contractions towards the end of the race and gave birth shortly after the race. So my Sunday afternoon of spackling holes in the wall, painting, and fixing the deck does not look that impressive anymore. However, I did have a slight hangover so that has to count for something, right?




Somebody was pleased with themselves after they picked some Hastas from the garden, and put them in his batting tee.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

28 Days and Counting

This is something I wrote about 20 days before Kyle was born, and it is appropriate right now because I am having the same feelings I did before I met my little man.

Well folks believe it or not but I am going to be a Dad again real, real soon. I know some of you have been down this road and others of you can't even imagine taking this path. I am excited, nervous, and scared, but as the due date - November 6 - creeps ever closer I find myself looking forward to this moment that will turn my life upside down more than ever. So Kyle's brother or sister I hope you inherit the best of what Mrs. Shife and I have to offer.

I can hardly wait for you to enter the world and see the joy you bring.
Sweet baby of mine, you're a magnificent gift.
Living proof of how your mother and I have shared our love.
I hope you have your mother’s eyes
Then you will go into the world able to look at all things wise.
I hope you inherit my ability to plan.
With that you will be able to face all things in life as a strong woman or man.
I hope you receive from your mother her selfless ways.
For this will bless you all of your days.
I hope you learn from me, spirit and let no one take it.
Believe me you will need it in life, and many will try to break it.
But with that spirit you must have your mother’s center.
With that you will be cautious of any door you enter.
I want you to have my curiosity. There’s nothing wrong with questions you may blurt!
But receive your mother’s discernment, so you'll know when to let go before getting hurt.
Have my big heart; know what emotions are and how to be real.
Share your mother’s strength so you can handle what you feel.
Share my sense of humor! Laugh a lot it helps you through life.
Share your mother’s sense of duty. Know how to be serious and take strife.
And most importantly please remember to be true to yourself and know that the day you are born you will inherit the greatest love your mother and I could ever offer anyone.

I can’t wait to meet you Baby Shifley.

The Shifley family is going to get a little bit bigger here real soon.