Friday, October 26, 2012

384 words about Kyle ... mostly

Any guesses on what the topic of my post might be about? Did the title give it away? Well the little man has entertained me thoroughly this week and I thought I would share some of it with you.

The first story is from Tuesday as I was reminded by my 3-year-old not to take life so seriously. I was sitting at the kitchen table reading article after article on the computer about the Cardinals epic collapse in the baseball playoffs and feeling more and more crestfallen. Then I hear a door open down the hallway and then the sounds of footsteps heading my way. Kyle was supposed to be taking a nap and I was expecting it to be my lovely wife to join me in the kitchen. Well I was wrong. I look up from the doom and gloom on my screen and my frown is turned completely upside down as I see Kyle heading towards the living room completely naked. He peeled off all of his clothes in his room and decided it was party time. He just looked at me, said "Hi Da Da" and then just giggled as he started running around the house playing a game of chase with Tank. Sure I am disappointed my team lost but it is just a game. The game that really matters is being a good Dad to my boy. So I shut the computer down and started playing chase with Tank and that 3-foot-4-inch naked little dude.

My next Kyle story involves a trip to the grocery store. We went down the road to get some ice cream. It was raining outside so I carried Kyle in my arms as we headed into the store. As I was carrying him, Kyle's butt erupted with a loud fart. I asked him if he tooted, and he said yes. Then I asked him why he tooted on my arm, and he responded with "because that is what Kyles do." I laughed a lot as we entered into the store.

So how was your week?

Since I spent the whole time talking about Kyle, I better include a picture of Little Miss Hayden and Tank too.

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

Friday, October 19, 2012

Random Acts of Shifeness

  • I had to change my comment settings. Sorry. I was getting upwards of 50 spams a day in my e-mail account from "Anonymous" and it was driving me nuts. If you have problem leaving a comment please email me at 
  • The S & M Ranch has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? On a drive one day, Mrs. Shife and I were enjoying the beautiful homes on the way to Sun Valley and a few of them went so far to name their property like "The Anderson Ranch" and stuff like that. We then thought what we would name our ranch, and I came up with "The S & M Ranch." Why? Well S is the first initial in Mrs. Shife's name and M is mine. So yep when we can afford our own ranch that is what we are going to call it. I look forward to the solicitors we might get. 
  • Little Miss Hayden is walking, and I have proof.

  • She also likes to wave, and I have proof of that too.

  • Kyle makes me laugh. We got a new bath tub installed and I asked him if he would like to take a bath in the new tub. There was a moment's hesitation and then he blurted out "Are you kidding me?" He also told me that I turned on the ABC instead of the heat because he was still cold in the car. 
  • If you have a moment, read this inspiring obituary written by the woman herself. She may have lost her battle to cancer but her words will live on and motivate many.
  • I don't do this often but if you would not mind sending positive energy and thoughts to my sister-in-law and her babies that would be awesome. She gave birth to her twins today, and she was only 30 weeks along so they were pretty little - the little girls is 2 pounds, 14 ounces, and the little boy is 3 pounds, 1 ounce. So far everyone is doing well but good thoughts are still needed and appreciated. 
  • Like father, like son. If you are going to be a clown, you have to wear the make up.

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

    Friday, October 12, 2012

    Is it over yet?

    Seriously. I don't think I can handle any more TV featuring arguing idiots, people trying to look good in front of the camera, and folks basically lying about everything. Enough is enough.
    Some one get "Jersey Shore" off the air.
    You thought I was talking about the presidential race and debates. OK you caught me. I was but I just wanted to have a little fun with you. Speaking of fun, here are some excellent Twitter comments regarding the VP debate last night - which I did not watch but I saw some highlights and read some news articles today. Good times. I will be so glad when the race is over so we can get back to the important issues like complaining about the Kardashians.
    • Joe Biden's having a scotch right now while Paul Ryan's mom is putting his "debate participation" certificate on the refrigerator.
    • Paul Ryan slams the door to his room and cries into his Jolly Rancher novelty pillow. "AAAAAAARGH I HATE HIM I HATE HIM I HATE HIM"
    • This debate is like the last episode of LOST I don't get anything that's happening but sense it's about good and evil
    • Biden's not really taking notes. He's just writing LOL LOL LOL on the back of his hand.
    • Joe Biden is like a poor man's Jim Carrey, but Paul Ryan is like a poor man's worst nightmare.
    • Biden's teeth are so white they've already voted for Romney.
    • While Ryan speaks, Biden looks like he's trying to order a drink at the bar and the bartender is ignoring him.
    • Joe Biden keeps laughing during the debate because he can’t stop thinking about Air Bud dunking a basketball.
    • I hear Joe Biden is pretty excited about getting to stay up late this evening.
    • What if tonight's debate just opened with Biden breaking a barstool over Ryan's head?
    • No one has a harder job today than the Secret Service agent who has to keep confiscating pairs of brass knuckles from Joe Biden's pocket.
    • Paul Ryan being coached not to kiss his biceps when asked about "gun control."

    Kyle cruising with Little Miss Hayden. Man oh man I love those two kiddos so much. 

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

    Friday, October 05, 2012

    Photo Bomb

    The Shifes are back in town, and it is good to be home. We had a most excellent adventure in Las Vegas and it was a great way to close out September. Below you will find some highlights of our expedition in the form of photos. I hope you enjoy and I hope all is well in your world.

    We let Kyle pack his suitcase and obviously Mrs. Shife and I missed the news about the fruit snack shortage in Las Vegas. He jammed every single fruit snack bag we had in the pantry into his suitcase.

    Besides in desperate need of a pedicure, do you notice anything unusual about my feet? I got stung by a bee or a wasp right before we flew out and it swelled up quite nicely. I just thanked the bee or wasp gods that I did not get hit in the balls because well ... I think you can figure out why. 

    Kyle cruising in my Uncle's neighborhood. He had a blast riding the car all over the place, and he also had a blast petting those three dogs in the background. Every morning the guy would walk his dogs - Kelly, Korey, and Katie MacDougal - by the house and Kyle would run out there to say hello. 

    Any guesses on who the sober driver was for our night out on the town? Mrs. Shife and I took a picture after the concert we saw at The Hard Rock Cafe where we celebrated our anniversary, and one of us really celebrated. We saw The Gaslight Anthem, and they are quickly becoming my new favorite band. Loved seeing them live. They were awesome. And so is my wife for being the designated driver.

    Little Miss Hayden showing off her smile, dimple, and walking skills. She was a big hit with everyone. 

    Little Miss Hayden at the aquarium with Grandpa and Rene. It was the first time she met my Dad and I was so happy that we were able to spend some time with them.

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