Happy Holidays!

From our family here on the ‘Detour – Happy Holidays!

Our holiday greeting is either late because Thanksgiving is over, or early because Christmas is yet to come. Really, it’s a matter of perspective, as are so many things when children are involved. I hope the stay-at-home Dads can back me on that. Heck, I hope all parents can back me on that.

Big thanks to Sister Younger-Older for hosting a heck of a Thanksgiving. Take some good food, throw in some family time, add plenty of room to stretch out, and top it off with a little fresh black coffee and we had a good day. The fallout has lasted all weekend, with nap schedules and appetites all over the place, but it was worth it. And it gave Wife and I a good excuse to keep the house, the entire house, in pajamas all day Friday.

We have continued our weekend with family visits and some work around the house, just staying close to home. Tomorrow we top it off with family photos and possibly placing the order for our Christmas card. While this may seem pedestrian and boring, it easily bests the “real life” that we go back to on Monday. Wife will go back to work and we will shift back into routine. But like Thursday’s meal, I am walking away from of all this family time feeling satiated and satisfied. Feeling good and ready for the holidays (Christmas shopping, what?!?).

So welcome to the holidays, folks. I hope you had a good couple of days over this long weekend. I hope you enjoyed a little bit of everything that makes you feel good. There’s so much more to come, but if it follows this weekend’s trend it’s going to be a good holiday season.

AGH! Happy Thanksgiving!

AGH! Happy Thanksgiving!

$10 Mo’ Campaign

As many of you have read I have been growing a moustache for the Movember annual fundraising event. The monies go toward combating men’s cancers (testicular and prostate) and supporting men’s mental health concerns. We are well into the month and the mo’ is looking pretty sweet (okay, it’s no Frank Reagan, but still). The fundraising has plateaued though.

Mo' inspiration

Mo’ inspiration

So I am launching the $10 Campaign. Up to this point my Movember fundraising has been word-of-mouth, open, organic and maybe not as effective as it could be. I have been donating $10 to the men who have joined the D-3 Do-Betters to support their membership.I found that $10 was a manageable number. So I am reaching out to you, my readership, to ask for your specific support for a good cause. Check out my mo space page here and donate your $10! You can use your credit card (hey, it’s more secure than shopping at Target or Home Depot!).

Of course I timed this pitch for the week of Thanksgiving. Of course I am hoping to tug some heartstrings out there. Of course I hate to ask for money as much as anyone else. But of course I also hate to say good-bye to loved ones because they suffer from health issues that we can fight against. Please join me in this effort. Big thanks to the people who have already donated (and exceeded $10)! And if you feel comfortable doing so, re-post this message to spread mo’ love across the interwebs!

Made in Movember

Made in Movember

Mo grow week 1

The first week of Movember is wrapping up. At this writing it appears that the donations are coming in better than my ‘stache. It’s about growing though, no matter how it comes in. I mean, even a wispy moustache is going to generate attention and spark conversation.

Grow Mo, grow!

Grow Mo, grow!

If you are feeling inspired, please visit my mospace page and donate. Everyone’s support matters!

Cricket kickin’ 3 months

Cricket is celebrating 3 months…here’s the update picture.

3 months? Already?

3 months? Already?

Wife was wrestling the two-year-old at the same time which made the photo session a bit tenuous. I decided to add an additional photo for you all (Wife says photos are a prime reason to visit a blog). Hope your day was as smiley as ours!

The weekend is here!

The weekend is here!

Happy Movember 1st!

Now that Halloween fun is over (and more on that adventure later), it is time again for Movember – the moustache-growing, fundraising, awareness-raising, men’s-cancer battling movement. Well today is Grow Day #1. Here’s how I am starting the month:

Mo Day 1

Mo Day 1

Over the next month my upper lip will be graced with a moustache to inspire donations and start conversations about men’s cancer issues and men’s mental health concerns. If you are so inspired, please visit my Movember page here and make a donation. You may have seen my earlier post about the “Do-Betters“, the team that I am captaining. If you are willing to grow a moustache (regardless of its density), please consider joining our ranks and this year’s effort. You can also donate to the team there. Be assured updates will come through the blog and the D-3 Facebook page.

The motivations for joining the Movember movement vary by Mo Bro, and support varies by Mo Sister. All of the forms of participation matter, and the support is appreciated, no matter what form that takes. This morning the angle on men’s health that I felt most acutely was a family angle. Men who want families need to take care of themselves. Honestly, without my guys, I wouldn’t have my girls.

Grow, Daddy, Grow!

Grow, Daddy, Grow!