Friday, April 20, 2012

Watch Review: Skywatch - 3 Hand Diver Watch (Part II)

In Part I of my Skwatch review, I discussed some of the more rudimentary aspects of buying this watch - the shipping / packaging and the size and details (what, you haven't read it?  Go ahead, click the link.  I'll still be here where when you come back....  Welcome back!). 

This time the focus is on Appearance, Quality and Value.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Watch Review: Skywatch - 3 Hand Diver Watch (Part I)

Let's face it - Dads (and guys) like to collect stuff.  It doesn't matter what it is - when we collect, we collect MULTIPLES of things.  I don't think I'm alone in my affliction, either.  To wit, we dads might have:

  • Guitars ( I have four)
  • Stereo receivers ( how do I have three of them?)
  • Sneakers (am I showing my age here?)
  • Firearms (to Mommy Stuffs glee, I can't check this box)
  • Watches...
You get the point. When we go all in, we go ALL IN.  At least for a while, anyway. 

A long hiatus...

The blog has been on hold for quite a while.  Other priorities have taken all of my effort and spare time.  There will be new content coming over the next couple of months.  First up will be a review of a new watch, later we'll talk about a Pioneer Receiver, some home improvement stuff and have some fun along the way.

Let's have some fun!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kalahari Water Park and Resort - Review: Part 2

Is Kalahari For You?

For those of you that read Part I of my review on Kalahari Water Park and Resort, we talked about checking in, food and other stuff.  But the real reason to go, is the water park, right?  Let's dive in!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kalahari Water Park and Resort - Review: Part I

An Oasis in the middle of Ohio


Our family recently spent three days and two nights (Wed-Fri) at the Kalahari Water Park and Resort in Sandusky, OH.  This is the third water park in two years that Mommy Stuff and I have taken our two boys (the others being Zehnders in Frankenmuth, MI and Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, OH, too.)

I won't compare the other resorts to Kalahari here, for a couple of important reasons – 1) we spent more time in Kalahari, and 2) the more we've been to water parks, the more we have learned.

Let's run through the process and features, and along the way I'll provide our opinion.

Online Booking
The website is ok to use – not super simple, not overly complex.  Being the bargain hunter I am, I naturally sought out the deals section.  This part can be confusing – for the same dates there are multiple packages available, and it's not always easy to see "value" in the choices. 

Locating the right resort and booking the dates was pretty straight forward.  You get a quick confirmation of the booking automatically once you complete the process. 


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Who? Owls, that’s who!

I've been biding my time, as our family awaits our new home completion.  In this down time (10 months of it!), I have been an avid reader of some DIY blogs.  I've book marked more than my fair share of sites, and while my dreams and mental capacity are infinite, my actual time and space are the polar opposite.

It was during the most recent stretch of crappy weather, that I came across some cool (and inexpensive) inspiration from a fellow blogger Peas and Crayons.  Why owls?  Well, in our new house we are going to have these on our mantle –

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Helping a childs self-esteem

Today, I'm going to tackle a topic that has recently added some salt to a fresh wound.

Bullying.  But more than physical.  Verbal bullying.

My oldest son is the youngest (by far) in his all day K class.  As he was turning 5, the bulk of his peer group was turning 6.  I'm sure many of you parents have been faced with a tough decision on whether to send your child to school early, or wait.  Our decision to send early was affirmed by our son's teacher.  D has no problem with the material, the mastery of it, or any of the needed skills.

But - and there is always a but - I'm not kidding myself.  A year less of maturity, intra personal problem solving and just physical growth, does put D in a difficult position.

D is short for his age, which is amplified when he's around kids older than him.  He is gregarious, and often quite loud, which I suspect is his defense mechanism to stress.  Let me be nice to everyone, so no one will try to hurt me.

It recently stopped working. And stopped my heart cold.