Emma’s Note to Mommy–Enjoy Every Moment

This is a note that Emma left for Melissa yesterday. She was in her room yesterday and was quiet for awhile. Now, I know what she was doing. :) How cute is this? It is very touching to see how thoughtful she is and how much she loves her Mommy. The last 18 months has not only been rough on me but also on Emma. She has written more little notes and pictures like these to let Melissa know how much she loves her. With her Mommy traveling a lot(an understatement to say the least) during this time, Ema has acted out on occasion with Melissa. My personal feeling is that she is as frustrated as me with ...Read more [.....]

Emma Playing With Iphone Sent Out Vids of Herself!

Emma has gotten into using Apple's Facetime Videochat which she uses to call her cousins and friends. It is awesome for her to be able to do this without needing a computer and I absolutely recommend it--you need an Apple Ipad, Iphone or Mac to use it though. Last night Emma was playing with Melissa's Ipad and Iphone and recorded herself on video and then sent it to Melissa's friend! Being that the phone is Melissa's work phone it is a good thing that Emma didn't send it to anyone else!   I think these videos are great because they show Emma in her own element without us being involved ...Read more [.....]

Double Standards for SAHDs?

I have been saying this for years. Glad to see that it is finally being addressed in the media.

The Financial Benefits of a Stay-at-Home Parent

Losing a source of income stings, but it may not hurt your finances as much as you think By Daniel Bortz Before Lance Somerfeld's son was born in July 2008, he was working as a sixth-grade teacher at a high-need public school in the Bronx, earning a salary of roughly $45,000. He left his career to be a stay-at-home dad, wanting to be involved in his boy's early milestones—milestones Somerfeld's own father missed while he worked a full-time job throughout Somerfeld's childhood. The decision to become a stay-at-home dad also made sense financially. "For a quality day care or a nanny, ...Read more [.....]

Facebook Post From Sister Mary

Had to share this--written by my sister Mary! So nice!!! Mary Manzo Cypser I'm back with my Dr Phil advice to thank your in laws. As I said before I am the odd ball of the bunch. To my sister- in -law Melissa. Thank you for encouraging my brother Ken, giving him that extra nudge to find us. I wish that it had come sooner, realizing all that we missed. You are an awesome wife and mother to Emma, you realize that in this day and age along with working Dads/Ken, mothers must also provide food, clothing and shelter for their children. Though it may seem painful to be separated from Emma, take ...Read more [.....]

Daddy, I puked… A Stay at Home Dad’s Bad Dream

The other night, while Melissa was out of town for work, Emma came in our room at 1am and woke me up saying, "Daddy I puked in my bed." Well, I made sure that we changed her pajamas and cleaned her face etc. and got her comfy in my bed. I got the blankets off her bed and got a big bowl in our room just in case she has more-the stomach flu going around is pretty nasty. It wasn't long and she said she was going to be sick again. I brought her in the bathroom but she didn't want to go by the toilet. She stood by the sink a while then I had her sit on my lap while I rubbed her back. She got sick ...Read more [.....]

Watching Emma Have Fun!

Last night we went to a birthday party for Emma's cousin Anthony's 1st birthday. It was a fun time at a place called KidsTown. The place is essentially an indoor playground that also has a bunch of themed rooms with toys all over the place and seating areas for grownups. We had the place to ourselves which is nice too. Of course the grownups all congregated in the area designated for food while the kids went off and ran around and played. It was great to be able to socialize without being interrupted all the time and it was nice to relax. Definitely a great place to have a kids party. Emma loves ...Read more [.....]

This Stay At Home Dad Needs to Get Going!

For the last year or so I have taken my eye off the ball of what is really important. It is a very subtle thing, the ability to take attention off what is truly important even when you think that you are not doing so. There are numerous factors that have made this happen and I blame only myself. Melissa and I have made some questionable decisions over the years but things have been very good for us--at least everyone around us would think so. I have always said that time flies, even when I was a young 19 year old I often looked back and thought "Where did the time go?" This feeling is always ...Read more [.....]

Been Slacking on The Blog, Catching Up Now!

It has been a busy time. With Melissa's new work schedule and getting my home businesses going I have slacked a bit on this blog. Well, that is about to change. I am in the process of updating old posts that I hadn't finished. They are posted by date so there are some being entered from the last couple years and will be entered by their original post date. As for Melissa's job changes, that is addressed in other posts. It has drastically altered things as described in those posts. The home businesses that I have been working on have taken up some time as I have been increasing as my earnings ...Read more [.....]

Week in Wisconsin then Mon-Fri without Mommy

More soon…