Daddy Adventure

Well…. it happened.



Wow… so it’s been forever since I’ve posted here. Sighs…. I’m trying to be better.

Though, if you’re like me, late summer through winter of 2016 has been BRUTAL busy.

Well! For this adventure, I needed to give my wife some time to…. just be. She was working so hard to keep our family from descending into chaos I wanted to give her a break so she could go do.

My solution: A Daddy Adventure!

I took our kid to Belmont Park where I had to leash him around everywhere because he was scared by the newness and bigness of it… that is, until he saw the bumper cars. THEN, I couldn’t get him away from the place… even though he was freezing because it was windy and he absolutely refused a jacket.

Well…. then I had to make good on my promise for him riding a “car” since he wasn’t big enough for them bumper cars.

My Solution: Surrey Bikes!

We rode around… meaning I pedaled around for 45 minutes. It was super fun… a little tiring… but, ultimately as you can tell from the video above… it was wonderful & total happiness ๐Ÿ˜›

East Coast / D.C. Trip

So, I just got back from a business trip to the East Coast… DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

AND… it was my first time — EVER!

You can read about the “business” part of the trip HERE. However, this post is more on the general experience itself -and- the experience of traveling with a 3 year old for the 1st time in an airplane.


First… memories from Snapchat


So… in this trip, Nathan grew up… A LOT.ย Like, he matured.

Flying was the hardest part because Nate was TERRIFIED about being up so high. During the 2nd take off coming home, he squeezed the life out of my fingers. Poor kiddo.

All in all though, this blog post will be short because I took a lot of video that I’m hoping to drop as a post of its own. I guess the gist of this post really is that… I was in awe of DC. Virginia was fun. Maryland was beautiful.

I got to meet up at my business partner’s home and finally try Maryland Crab Cakes with Old Bay. The families meshed well. Traveling required a lot of patience from Nathan and he stepped up to the plate. Also, super helpful, was both grandmothers came along for the trip and were godsends in their own rights in helping tame the boy during his three year old moments.

There was a moment I wanted to share, despite the disjointed content in this post.

I touched the Washington Memorial for a few seconds. Then, rolled my kiddo in his stroller toward the side where there were seats.

I sat there and cried in gratitude, awe, and a bit of heartbreak for our nation.

I thought to myself, “I sure hope all this is here when Nathan grows up.” Our nation is supposed to be the UNITED States. Yet, recently, I fear we’ve gone about things all wrong… trumpingย tolerance, diversity, and all that in a way that causes divergence rather than convergence.

In many countries with diverse backgrounds, diversity doesn’t define them… their commonalities do. I found this as a theme in my business trip as I was a keynote and breakout speaker for a conference. The physical therapy profession is better off by uniting over what is agreed upon, rather than fighting over disagreements that are shallower than skin deep.

And… I thought to myself how this country used to be known as “the melting pot.” Well… in a melting pot, we don’t identify individual substances… we mix them all in together.

TOGETHER.

I hope we can get back to that… rather than picking pieces from and out of the pot, creating discord while we do it. I hope, that… is still around when Nate grows up. I hope to teach him that, too.


I have a lot more thoughts to follow… but really, those thoughts are for me ๐Ÿ™‚ ย … for now.

Top Dad Blog, Again?!

TBS-Top-Dad-Blogger-Badge-2016

So… Again… I wasn’t expecting this.


Hahaha… pretty cool! And, truly unexpected. As I said from the start, the reason I started Daddy In The Raw was as a chronicle for my boy & as an encouragement to all of you out there who may be in pursuit of the same lifestyle goals.


Well, in any case, I just wanted to share that little bit. Also, I’m pretty certain I’ll start logging some video blog sessions. After some of your feedback regarding my Snapchat Stories, I figured I may as well use the Memories function… SO, if you’re on Snapchat:

ADD ME ON SNAPCHAT ๐Ÿ˜‰