It was a ridiculously cute and awesome afternoon. My darling of a wife, who hates the sand…
Well, not so much hates sand… just isn’t a big ocean water person — she was willing to watch Nathan play at the beach head while I spent about 20-30 minutes catching a few ankle slappers.
THEN! I took Nathan into water that was about his waist level deep. He paddled. Sat. Stood. I even guided him down in “riding” some white wash. All with me supporting him of course 😉
He loved it. In fact, he loved it so much that he randomly would assume a prone position on the board to paddle — not always at the best of time, LOL. He started doing that for a week or so at home as well, just laying on the ground pretending he was paddling.
It definitely helped that we took him to swim lessons this past Summer. Hopefully, he continues to enjoy such activities. Outdoors. Active. Healthy. Fun.
We had the opportunity to nab a wonderful afternoon out in San Diego as a family. We also had the pleasure of having our good friend, Phu (“Uncle Phu”) join us for the fun. Sometimes, it’s just important to take a day.
Remember, if you structure your work around your life vs. the other way around… then, it’s all play 🙂
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 😛
And, it became a thing. I mean, it became a thing in that it kept happening for several more visits to this particular store… Trader Joe’s, ever since.
NOW, it’s all about “The Monkey.” We tell Nate we’re going to the store by telling him we’re going to go see “The Monkey.”
It’s hilarious. He even uses that as a way to communicate he’d like to get outta the house as of late. This is because, each Trader Joe’s has a theme and ours is all about a hidden stuffed monkey that they move around and the general theme of pirates.
Why share this moment? What does this have to do with a throwback to how I got here?
It’s all about moments of joy. Despite it being a hard road on this entrepreneurial journey. Despite the financial chaos, instability, and not knowing how things are going to work out… you can be assured that it is and it will.
It’s not about focusing on all the gloom and destruction. It’s about focusing on these precious moments of life… the very purpose why you’re taking the plunge, the risk, the dive, the leap of faith… to be around these people you love and wish nothing more than to spend your entire life with.
That, is ultimately why *I* became a Work-At-Home-Dad. I had plenty of success in the world of clinical care, management, whatever… BUT! I didn’t have enough success as a husband and father. That is where my aim is set. And, that is what I’m achieving with each passing day.