A Different Ice

Hello Friends,

Those of you in and around Chicago know all about ice and cold. I think anyone watching the news has heard about the polar vortex that parked over Chicago last week, and many of you lived it, so I want to talk about a different kind of ice. This kind of ice that comes with songs, characters, $15 snow cones and “merch”. I want to shift the focus and share with you our weekend adventure at Disney on Ice.

We went to the show titled “Mickey’s Search Party”, currently playing at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. This particular show revolves around Mickey Mouse and friends collecting magic from a variety of items in order to free Tinkerbell from a lamp prison. Each item comes from a different Disney story and invites characters from six different stories to join the adventure. Of course, each story brings its songs, with all the hits, including, “Be Our Guest” ( Beauty and the Beast), “Let it Go” (Frozen), and “Remember Me” (Coco).

This is not the first Disney ice show we have attended. At the beginning of the show Sweetie, now six (steadily approaching seven) seemed a bit removed, almost bored. Once the songs started, though, she was into the show. I even caught her singing along.

The Cricket, on the other hand, was in full “Disney Magic” mode right from jump. Her four-year-old self was swept up by the spectacle, from the variety of merch to the costumes, actors, and characters. She was freely singing, with the abandon that youth exercises.

At these ages this type of gift: a song and dance character extravaganza, filled with visual entertainment, was awesome. The girls had a great time and were wiped out afterward from the excitement and the fun. All props to the Allstate Arena, champions at moving people and traffic and keeping a crowded parking lot orderly. A big thanks for the tickets, a wonderful Christmas gift to the girls. This type of show may not be for everyone, it can be a bit much. But this is one of those experiences that makes a shared memory for our entire family unit. And no one is safe from the Disney Magic…

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Damn Polar Vortex

Hello Friends,

By now you have all seen, heard, or experienced problems from the polar vortex. Even though it is leaving the Chicagoland area, this weather pattern is still causing problems. Just look what it did to our M&M cookies today:

Thankfully, I have not blogged about my past cookie fails, so there is no evidence to contradict my claim that these wafers are the result of the nefarious polar vortex. And really, these “cookies” have been the only thing to go wrong.

So I hope you guys have survived this weather well. More to come…

Cookie Sales

Hello Friends,

We are wrapping up the annual Girl Scout Cookie sales and I realized I did not tell many of you about it. That’s right, cookies available since the first of the year, and you’re just now hearing it from me.

Straight to the point: Sweetie is a Daisy Scout (second year), and she’s selling cookies. Just like last year, they are $5 a box. If you don’t have a cookie connection, and you just have to get some, contact me.

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Sweetie’s troop will use these funds to fix up their Scout Room, a cozy, shared space in the school Rec Center that is rocking a late 70’s/early 80’s deco. Additionally, they fund service and learning trips, like the one they took this fall to a downtown animal shelter.

For those of you who know me and have my personal email, feel free to reach out to me there. If you don’t have that info, then reach out to me at DadsDiaperDetour@gmail.com. I can forward you the online link, or we can speak directly. Whatever you prefer, I got you.

As always, I hope you all are doing well out there. Thank you for the ongoing support!

Looking Forward to the Year

Hello Friends,

Happy New Year to you all! I hope the first week of the new year is going well for you. Our week has been good, and Monday marked the end of Winter Break and the girls’ return to school. Overall, the girls are in good spirits, our house is happy.

My ideas for the new year are coming together, bits and pieces linking up to form a blog plan for 2019. I made mention of some of this before, but bear with me while I share a bit:

This school year marked a significant shift in my detour. Being the “at-home” parent is different with both of the girls at school during the day. It’s time for me to start talking about this shift and using this blog to process the changes. Plus, there are future plans to create.

I have been working on various projects throughout the years, like the playhouse. My interest in DIY projects has grown along with my skills. It only takes a few minutes online to see that many others share an interest in projects. I want to show more of these projects and grow this part of the conversation.

I want to continue to share and deepen my commitment to this blog and your readership. December brought some “circle of life” notices to me and our family. Thankfully, birth announcements were part of the news (hence the “circle”). As I found myself thinking over the friends who will be fathers this year, and their coming children, I thought about all the stuff I wanted to share. Advice? Six years ago I would not have dared to say that. Today, more than ever, I feel that I want to share the experiences I’ve collected, the different gear I’ve tried, the various classes and activities. And share the learning curve that I still encounter.

And video content. I’ve mentioned it before, but I want to add video content. The girls provide too much fodder, historically and currently, for me to capture it all in writing alone. If you guys like the pictures of the girls, you will roll with videos of their antics.

I thanked you all at the end of last year, but really, I can’t say it enough times. At least when I write out “Thank you”, you can sit with it on the screen in front of you and let it sink in. I write this blog for my family and my role in it. All of you, my readership, play a part in shaping that role. I am inspired by your stories, motivated by your interest, challenged by your feedback. Thank you for stopping by, and I look forward to seeing you on the detour throughout 2019.

2018 Wrap-Up

Hello Friends,

So we’re all wrapping up another year. In a few short hours the celebrations will ensue and we’ll usher in 2019. Before all that, I want to take a minute for some well-wishing.

To the D³ readership, I send out a sincere thanks. Your support means so much to me. Keep the comments coming, and tell all your friends to subscribe! Seriously though, without you all I would just be talking to myself. I’ll continue blogging another year, and am planning to add video content as well. You should see us pop up on some of the other socials too. And I know, more pictures of the girls!

To my family, you were the first supporters and continue to be the closest to our family unit. I respect your input and appreciate you sharing your own family stories, both the struggles and triumphs. Thank you for all you do.

Let’s welcome 2019. I’m hopeful that we’ll figure out how to be kinder, smarter people. At least, that’s where I’ll be aiming. Be safe tonight, friends. Enjoy your celebrations and make it home to your loved ones safely. We’ll see you out there!

Merry Christmas to All!

Hello Friends,

I know the holidays are busy, and I don’t want to distract from all of the celebrations. Wife, Sweetie, Cricket and I wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas to all of you from the Dad’s Diaper Detour Family!

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We’re looking forward to 2019 and know that the New Year will bring changes large and small. We hope your year brings positive challenges and productive opportunities for you and yours. We’ll see you out there!

Welcome Holi-daze

Hello Friends,

I started this post on December 7th, just after Winterfest wrapped. The delay shows how fast our December passed. What happened to this month? Is that your experience as well?

I was so excited to share our holiday preparations. We brought home our tree, our first live one (thanks, Nelly!), the Friday of Winterfest. A Fraser Fir, it has served us well. The needles are coarse, so they clean up easily from the hardwood, and it hasn’t been that much of a pain keeping it watered. The branches are good and sturdy for the ornaments, and it is so much fuller than our fake tree. Overall, a good choice for us.

Another part of our holiday prep is our Elf on the Shelf (EOTS). Yes, like so many of you, we host an eight-inch tall snitch for the month of December. Does she help keep the girls in line? Eh, not so much. But “Evie” has been haunting helping us all this month and holiday spirit abounds.

And school events? Wow, let’s list those: Winterfest, Santa’s Workshop, Christmas Program, Pajama Drives and parties in general kept the girls busy. Busy, yes, but fun too.

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So this has been our holiday season. The girls are another year older, they are smarter and a bit more squirrely. Wife and I have to be more careful and more creative to keep them off the Santa trail. Thankfully, they “get it” more with the holiday stuff this year, so it’s been fun. Just one day yet, welcome Christmas!