Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Frog Legs

  • Our friend, Cathy Sterling (fellow Army dentist in Italy), sent this cool gift this week. Bennett will be splashing in the puddles and creeks before we know it.
  • Frog Legs
  • Let’s examine this lullaby (more like lull-a-bye):
Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all
So, the baby and the cradle are in the top of the tree (for some reason???). The lullaby warns the baby to prepare himself (or herself) for a fierce wind that will break the limb that his (or her) bed (I hope it has a warning label on it) rocks on. Then, the baby will topple from the top of the tree. What’s the aftermath?  That “sleepy” song cruelly leaves it up to the baby’s imagination.  Better say your prayers, baby.  (Maybe this one . . . scary prayer)

  • Can I just say that I jealous of my son's general sleep patterns?  He often goes to sleep smiling.  He often wakes up smiling.  And when he does sleep . . . he has the most peaceful appearance I've ever seen.  (Hence, the cliche:  sleeps like a baby, I guess).

  • What ticks Bennett off?  He now hates to be burped (he'll make his body stiff as a board and then yells like a drill instructor).  He becomes a jerk when he's hungry (but what guy doesn't?  Guilty!).  And sometimes he fights sleep like Muhammad Ali (and gets as angry as a hornet in the process). 

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Scream

  • This afternoon, Karah was lying on the floor and had Bennett sitting on her stomach.  Brux decides to capitalize on these two indefensible souls and move in for some "kisses".  He starts with Karah and then moves to Bennett.  Bennett quickly reached his threshold with Brux and let out a high-pitched noise I've never heard come from those lungs.  It was a scream (unlike Roger Daltrey in "Won't Get Fooled Again") of a teenage girl in a horror flick.  Brux got the point (and I about rolled on the floor with laughter).
  • Speaking of chuckles . . . recently, Bennett has really been making Karah and me feel like they'd put us on stage at the Laugh Factory:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Life changes

  • Last night I was resorting to music (again) to get Bennett to sleep.  Colin Hay (of Men at Work fame) was playing on my itunes (again).  "Waiting For My Real Life to Begin" came on:

  • I suddenly realized that I've spent most my life "waiting for my real life to begin."  Every chapter of my life (high school, college, dental school, Army, North Carolina), I've had a sense that I wouldn't really be "here" for long.  I enjoyed the journey and learned powerful lessons from each stop along the way.  Now that I'm a Dad -- working in my own business and living in a dream location . . . I have a sense that this is exactly where I'm supposed to be and what I'm supposed to be doing (for a very long time). 

  • As an example of how much our life has changed in the last few years:
From 2003-2007 we lived in Europe.  We attended a few Tours de France.  Therefore, TT stood for
Time Trial

From 2007-2009, we lived in North Carolina.  Karah drove a little roadster.  So, TT was an
Audi TT

Now, we are living in Colorado. Being new parents, TT stands for
Tummy Time!

  • Here's a snapshot of what my "real life" looks like:

May I have your attention please? Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?

Hi! My name is.. (what?) My name is.. (who?)
My name is.. [scratches] Bennett Maloley

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Men at work

  • Sometimes song is the only thing that can pull Bennett out of the screams.  Since I don't know any lullabies (per se) I have to resort to a myriad of top 40 (once upon a time) tunes (or early 90's gangsta rap).  Today Bennett was fighting sleep and I resorted to Men at Work (ironically, Karah was gone and it was just the guys at home . . . get it?  Men at Work??  Nevermind.).  Anyway, Dad singing Overkill was finally what got him in the crib:

I can't get to sleep
I think about the implications
Of diving in too deep
And possibly the complications

Especially at night
I worry over situations
I know I'll be alright
It's just Overkill

  • Incidentally, this is my favorite scene from my favorite TV show:

  • Another cool Scrubs (ironically, I wore scrubs to work today) musical scene (I digress):

  • What's cooler than being cool?  (Ice cold!) 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Yo, Coach Pelini. Check me out.

Bennett D. Maloley

Weakside Defensive End
Avon, Colorado

Ht:  2'
Wt: 15 lbs
40:  ???
Vertical Jump:  ????
Class:  2028

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Gido!

Today is my Grandad's birthday.  Guess how old he is. 

I love you, Gido!
- Bennett

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Cape

One of my fatherhood goals . . . to teach Bennett to "trust his cape"
"He did not know he could not fly and so he did"

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sippin on Gin and Juice

  • Again, we packed up the kid and dog (and accompanying accessories) in the family truckster and headed east (Just like Smokey and the Bandit . . . Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin' ).  This time to St. Francis, USA (as good as it gets). 
  • Ever been to the Cheyenne County fair (a.k.a. Fair)?  I have . . . and the parade too.  Jealous?
  • Fair
    Thanks to Lampe Hardware, Inc for a little shade.
  • The St. Francis Amusement Authority consists of 10 board members. Their goal is to provide a fun and safe environment for families at the Cheyenne County fair. Volunteers are always welcomed.
  • Amusement Authority . . . is that like mandatory fun?
  • What happened at Fair? . . . Karah chatted (and played nickles and chatted), Bennett slept, and I maintained the stroller.  A special thanks to the other "extra", Bennett's cousin Wil (he played the teenager who's "grown since the last time I saw you."). 
  • Brux had reservations at the Holidog Inn on Saturday.
  • Bennett met his other Great Grandma, Meta, this weekend:

  • Karah celebrated her 36th on Sunday:

  • I love my son:

  • Karah had a United Way board meeting this morning . . . sooo, I got to take Bennett to work with me.  Super fun!

  • Snoop (D-O-Double G, ya see) is a wise dad (a.k.a wizzle dizzle):