First Ever D³ Giveaway! (or “WinterFest pitch, take 2”)

Hello Friends,

Influencers, bloggers and vloggers give stuff away all the time through their sites and I have decided to give it a try. The first ever D³ Giveaway will be connected with the St. Viator WinterFest to try to boost attendance to both the Dad’s Diaper Detour website and the school’s festival. The event organizers and school staff are working hard to make it a fun, successful weekend, so I thought I would put forth this effort. Here’s the deal:

Tomorrow night, from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00P.M., I will be working at the outdoor hot chocolate tent at WinterFest. If you come up to the tent and say that you want the “Dad’s Diaper Detour Deal” then you will get a…(wait for it) free cup of hot chocolate! Amazing, right?!? Okay, it’s no iPhone, but hey, what could be better than enjoying a great cup of hot cocoa while strolling around a winter festival, complete with a skating rink, caroling, and market? Keep in mind that this is an exclusive deal. Although WinterFest runs Friday through Sunday, I will only be at the hot cocoa tent tomorrow night. Here’s the flier again in case you  missed the last post.

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So maybe we’ll meet tomorrow night. Wife and the girls will be around too – it is a family affair. But again, please don’t ask anyone else for free hot chocolate at any other time during the weekend. People will think you’re weird (the event is a fundraiser) and my whole publicity stunt will be junked.

But seriously, it would be great to see you all there. Remember, the cocoa is on me. Marshmallows, anyone?

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Winter Festivities

Hello Friends,

We are trying hard to keep the girls focused on November and being thankful all month-long, not just on Thanksgiving Day (Momstar chided me a bit this morning because I had carols playing when we parked for drop-off). So this is not a pitch for a “Christmas” event, as much as it is for a “winter” event.

The weather is getting colder here in Chicago, so winter is coming. And just in time is the St. Viator Winterfest!This is a Friday through Sunday event with a variety of winter activities. Check the flyer:

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Winterfest is free to attend, and then essentially “pay as you play”.  Some of the events are outside while others are in the warm, dry rec center. There are also meals prepared and served by various groups from the church and school. Wife and Sweetie are already committed to working a fundraising table for the Daisy Scouts, and the Cricket and I are sure to be over there at some point.

November is moving quickly, so I wanted to get the word out. Hope to see you there!

We Got the (Piano) Keys

Hello Friends,

We are dialing in the girls’ activity schedules and have worked piano lessons back into Sweetie’s mix. There was a little age-class-registration cross-up in May, so she took an unplanned break. But now she’s back at it.

So class is a once-a-week, one hour deal at our favorite Old Town School of Folk Music. We can boogie over right from school, then head straight home for dinner. Overall, not too disruptive, very workable. We’re glad to add piano lessons to Daisies and swim lessons and vary her activities.

The Cricket is ecstatic.

Halloween Happenings (#2)

Hello Friends,

The past two Octobers I have told you about the St. Viator Haunted House, and now it is time again! This weekend is the first of three weekends where the ‘House will be open. Now that we are back in the neighborhood, Wife and I are trying to figure out how we are going to be a part of the fun. I have helped out with some of the setup already, so we’ll see where it goes from here!

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It’s hard to adequately describe the scare-level of the Haunted House. When I helped out two years ago I felt that I could hang inside the maze, right up until the lights went out. At times I had to focus on my task so I didn’t get spooked out. Last year, Sister Scales of Justice and her son went through. She has already told me they won’t be going back through again this year! So if you decide to check out the St. Viator Haunted House over any of these next three weekends, keep in mind that it is a grass-roots effort, organized and run entirely by volunteers. It may not be as terrifying as some of the “professional” houses, but don’t let the humble roots trick you into thinking it isn’t scary. I think the organizers say its appropriate for children eleven years and older. It’s local, affordable, fully-Halloween, and definitely worth a look.

Halloween Happenings (Take 1?)

Hello Friends,

We like Halloween here at our house. The girls hounded me into bringing up our decorations and for the past two weeks have been dressing up in various bits and pieces of costumes from Halloween past. Now that they are getting more sturdy and can enjoy better adventures, we are going to more Halloween events around town. Here is one that is coming up that I wanted to let you all know about.

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We wrote about Dr. Johnny earlier this year and I am quick to talk about him and the Sprout Pediatric Dentistry practice. So how cool is it that they are hosting some spooky window painting and trick-or-treating? Check them out if you don’t have anything going on. Will we be there? I would like to try, but I already know we are looking at a flu shot morning followed by a two-separate-birthday-party juggle. Again, we’ll try.

And I’ll keep putting up fliers for events that we hear about. Maybe our paths will cross at some celebration or some pumpkin patch!

Good-bye Construction Fence

Hello Friends,

In life, and in parenting in particular, we witness daily the changes around us. We live with nuanced changes in our growing children, plans shifting minute-to-minute, and the miriad of changes we ourselves embody. 

That is a roundabout way to say that I had a different post slated for today. My afternoon took a turn for the better so I am writing about something different. Here’s my inspiration:

You may be thinking, ” Oh wow, pictures of your house on an overcast day. Inspirational.” But can you see what’s different? No construction fence! I know, the title totally gave it away.

Obviously, I have skipped way ahead since my last construction update – couldn’t help myself. You may also be wondering, “Uh, where’s the addition?” If you look over the left side of the roof you can just see it peeking out.

Now there’s a better shot so you get the idea how the addition is set back and subtle, not looming and awkward. So progress continues at the house, with this week looking to be busy. Seeing the yard again is both liberating and a bit scary. So that was my excitement for the day – I’ll be sure to show you some more later. Here’s the alley view as a parting shot.

Don’t Call it a Comeback…

Hello Friends,

Yeah, I’ve been away for a bit. And while I have a variety of reasons that I feel justify the silence, they end up as excuses. I mean, I’m going to try to write about all this stuff anyway.

So the quick recap: we have not yet moved back into the house (it’s still under construction); Sweetie celebrated another birthday; Sweetie just wrapped up PreK-4; summer break started this week; there are product reviews to share; there are recipes to share; there is a new category to share; there is a vlog ( as a blog supplement) in the works. Whew!

So why not a comeback? ‘Cause this doesn’t really count as a post. And one post doesn’t warrant some sort of pat on the back. This is a smoke signal to let you all know we’re still here on the detour. And to share this random video of the Cricket jumping rope as only an almost 3 year old can:

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Thanks for sticking with us – we’ll see you again soon!