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Friday, March 23, 2007

There are 2 sides to the coin


Every night when I turn onto my street and see my house, I imagine it is like a giant Cracker Jack box: I'm gonna get a surprise, I just don't know what kind it'll be. Will it be a good one like a pack of the washable tattoos, or one of those crappy plastic magnifying glasses?


My kids will either be playing and watching tv, or I could open the door into Dante's Inferno: it's really sort of a crapshoot. I can usually tell what kind of day everyone has had by the look Angie gives me when she sees me: if she looks like like that guy did right before he turned into the Incredible Hulk, that's pretty much my signal to go into Lee Ermey in "Full Metal Jacket" mode.


I love the little monsters though, with everything I've got. I told Angie once that there was no way I could love anyone or anything more than I loved her: then they come along and I realized I really AM an idiot. The love a Dad feels for his kids is indescribable: just never knew God could make your heart big enough to love that way.


Yeah, when they are yelling at each other at Mach 10 at the dinner table, or Rakes has dropped trou and is chasing Ciera around the house, giggling like a mental patient while she screams at the top of her lungs, it's frustrating. When Baby Trot is screaming because he's hungry, or tired, of just for the heck of it, I want to stick my head in the oven for awhile. And yes, I'll admit going into the bathroom, turning on the fan, and sitting in the dark for 5 or 10 minutes to calm down because if I don't, I may just go medevil on one of them. At the end of the day I thank the Good Lord for everyone of them.


I've already told Ang: when I die, I want this on my tombstone and nothing else:

He was a Dad. A Husband. A Red Sox fan.

If I can leave this earth with those 3 things being true, I'll die a happy man.

66 comments:

Kaylee said...

WEll aid ted.I dont even want to think what i want in my tombstone when I die:)

Kaylee said...

aid=said

Tex said...

kids...they change your life Ted.

for the better

scott h said...

I'm afraid to add another note tonight.I don't think my sides can take another jail break by the inmates! With kids 21 18 12 9 I find it hard relating to any group. Most in my age group are excited about the last one leaving.But I know they are lying. The 30 somethings have know idea what its like to put car keys in 16yr olds hands. Or wanting to change the house #'s so a certian young man might start hangin with the neighbors daughter instead of yours! But I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Kaylee said...

Hey scotty how many boys and girls do you have?

Kaylee said...

//The 30 somethings have know idea what its like to put car keys in 16yr olds hands//

Oh my mom has already said she aint letting me drive at 16.

Kaylee said...

But I am perfectly fine with that okay I am off to bed






http://kaylee-wwwtheworldaccordingtokaylee.blogspot.com/

Tex said...

I have only one son but so many nieces and nephews with 4 siblings. he's 29 and I thank god every day i didnt have a daughter, i know how i was and she wouldnt have been allowed out of the house till i died.

Stacy said...

Ted, please stop refering to my nephews and niece as "monsters". :)

Acutally, I cannot imagine having 3 children, with 2 so close in age. Give it another year, when Trot is 2, and it'll really be exciting over there!

Kaylee said...

Itook your guyses advice and laid down the law to him this morning:)

Tex said...

kaylee
I hope it all goes well with your family member. they will respect you for your decision. stay strong and keep your head on straight. You got a long way to go to adulthood...and some people dont reach it till they're 40.

Kaylee said...

I am keeping my head up on the situation trust me TEX.He sounded like he understood me but,whether he did or not was a different story.

Kaylee said...

But,I have no clue why he keeps calling me,I guess thats okay.

scott h said...

Hey kaylee, most times when people keep coming back to you they either wont you to convince them their wrong or join them to convince them they are right. Thats where you have to be strong. Your question from last night. I have 3 girls and 1 boy, he is inthe middle.

Ted D said...

Jusjt popping in until the kids go to bed. Tex, I'm 37 and some people say I have not grown up yet! Won't be getting on until late from now to next Sunday: stuck in the purgatory known as Furniture Market, and won't get in until around 7 every night.

Kaylee, good for you: just stick to your guns.

Scotty, just thought you'd like to know: Tree Newt said in the car on the way home he does not like the Beatles. Will you please explain good music to him?

Tex said...

Matty's hugs trees but doesnt like the beetles???? i find that ironic

Kaylee said...

The Thing that makes me mad though is that he wont have anything to do with anybody else in my family its me he wants in his life.Well scott i aint doing the latter of that.he already should know that.man,things like this are tough but,I am sticking to what I think is best for me no matter how hard it may be to do.

Ted D said...

Kaylee, just give it time. You only talked to him today.

Hi Tex! How's life in Texas today?

Tex said...

Howdy Ted! Life is good today.
taking it slow with my situation and so is he. taking it one day at at time.

Kaylee most likely you are the only one who doesnt rag on him and if you're close to his age...of course he feels more comfortable. you just make sure he knows you're not agreeing with his lifestyle...but you still care..and you won't condone any of that behavior around you

Kaylee said...

Tex,

I dont rag on him Because i got noone I trust enough to tell.I dont even know that his parents know.He said they dont so i have no clue if they do.

Tex said...

kaylee just let him know you're there but not condoning his behavior AND listen to this part...do NOT under any circumstances be around him IF he has drugs...tell him you dont want to be around it!!

Kaylee said...

oh I wont TEX.........I aint that stupid.

Tex said...

not saying you're stupid...but sometimes its easy to get into situations that its hard to get out of...speaking from my experience as a teen

Kaylee said...

and I am sure I will learn that as I get older.

Ted D said...

Hey Tex! Glad the day was good.

Kaylee, I just realized I deleted a post of yours along with a comment you had deleted! Sorry about that.

And Tex, I was rolling on the ground after last night! Them two boys are too much! I saw you got DirecTV: you'll like it, don't worry. PLUS, you get the pre and post game stuff.

Kaylee said...

Oh thats okay i sidnt think I said anything bad in that post:)

scott h said...

Well well well, all gods little creatures are out tonight. Ted their is no explaining the bottom half of the food chain sometimes.Matt is from that generation that does not like to give props to any thing not from their era. Even though he knows all his HAIR band heros regonize the FAB 4. Even his christian boys take lesson from john and paul. Ok here Garrison and I set with high dollar hats on with B's on the front, now what.I don't hear Angels singing . In fact at the mall I think people were staring at my head. I'm going to have to ask Sonya does this make my head look big? Although it is nice to turn the tables and ask those questions sometimes.

Kaylee said...

Well scott they better win or else you will turn on them.But,nice to see you get your son into the RED SOX.

Tex said...

Scotty you need to go to a Red Sox game in Arlington!!! now ya got the hat and all

scott h said...

We look for any reason to buy new hats! Hey Tex when you stroll thru the front gates at Arlington stadium whats on your head?

Tex said...

my B hat or visor! or my hair...course i dont like to mess up my hair so i wear red sox gear all over and carry my red sox backpack too...and show my Red Sox Tat!!

Ted D said...

Scotty, you did get just the plain hat right? Knowing you, you and the Bear are tooling around in one of them pimped out hats and not the real deal.

It's a step though: it's a step.

Tex said...

I have several. I have a St Pattys Day world series green cap, a red cap with blue bill and blue B, a blue cap with stitching in it and a red B...my visor is old and faded blue with red B

Kaylee said...

Oh dont ruin his excitment there TED.

Kaylee said...

I got several too.I also got posters with all the RED sox players on them in my room.Youd know I was a red sox fan f you just step into my room I also got TEK's and Curt Schilling's and papi's jersey's hanging in there framed.

Ted D said...

Kaylee, you sound like a memoriabilia store.

I've got 4. A red one, a blue and white one, and 2 regular caps. One is as filthy as anyone Trot ever wore and it's my work cap. The fact I don't do any does not stop me from calling it that. The other is what I like to call my "Sunday go to meeting" hat, but it's getting pretty bad. A new one before next Monday for sure.

Do you ever switch hats during a game if they are doing badly?

Yeah: me neither.

Kaylee said...

//Kaylee, you sound like a memoriabilia store.//


Hey I want everboy to know i like the red sox:)

Matt said...

Dadgum it!!!! I wrote a lengthy post, and my suprer-duper Wi-Fi disconnected!!! I lost the whole thing!

Kaylee said...

Okay Squirrel I wont mess with you tonight you seem mad.I will spare you tonight:)

Matt said...

Thanks Kaylee! At least someone won't pick on me.

Not mad...just aggravated. Is it any wonder why I'd rather just go live in a cabin in the woods?

Tex said...

im superstitious about how i wear my hat...

Ted D said...

Told you I thought you might have been the unibomber.

What, the high dollar wango dango don't work?

Tex said...

so now Matty is Thoreau?

Ted D said...

DING! We have a winner!

Kaylee said...

Okay I so want to ask matty(or squirrel as I call him) a question but,I did tell him i wont pick on him tonight so my mouth shall remain shut:)

Tex said...

matt word to wise...before hitting post...always copy with your right click

scott h said...

Ted we are PIMPIN ! Matt do you have new batteries in it? In fact in your honour I think I will go get me a double hauta latta french mocha loca chocka decaf in a biodegradeable cup.

Kaylee said...

Scott,Spell the freakin words right Jeez.

Ted D said...

I love it: Tex is giving Oat Bran a computer lesson!

See Tex, it sorta runs in the family.

Scotty, PLEASE tell me you got regular caps?

Kaylee said...

see scott,I disnt say I wouldnt pick on you tonight.

Tex said...

so Ted...do ya have a family reunion? if ya do...I wanna come

i promise to wash out my mouth

Kaylee said...

Tex there is a reason they call them, "family reunions" you know.

scott h said...

I don't do regular BUT you will be breakin one of the ten when you see it! What's up with Buck wheat doing the hit and run with us. Drop a note and go whittle a walkin stick. So furniture boys what will the bewitching hour be next week for our nightly chit chat. Kaylee I spellem as I see em.

Kaylee said...

So do I scott why do you think I cant spell to save my life?!

Ted D said...

Tex, last time we all were together was Christmas 2004. Scotty and his family and my sister Sheri are coming out this summer. Before the younguns, we'd go out there every year: we are hoping to get out at Thanksgiving this year. But if you want to come when we have one, I'll extend the invite right now: You are welcome to attend!

Bub, got the pictures today and they are AWESOME. Thank you man. I'm having Angie go get frames tomorrow so I can hang them in their rooms. And I'll probably be getting on around 8:30 or so. Come Monday, I won't get home until around 7 each night, so I gotta get time to get the babies in bed.

Kaylee said...

Hey I can deal with that timing Ted I dont have to go to school next week thank god cause I have had it with my teachers:)

scott h said...

Tex you would need about 6 months to get your self in laughing shape to handle this group all at the same time. It is a freakin circus, guitars ,dancing with the lamp shade on your head screaming at the top of your lungs and thats just the kids!

Ted D said...

To follow up on Scotty's comment, we generally spend the time laughing until we are crying, busting each others marbles at will, and trying to keep our kids from sending my Pop over the edge.

You'd fit right in Tex.

Tex said...

yep sounds like I would ted.

Tex said...

although i feel like im at a family reunion here

Kaylee said...

TED,Your blog gives me my daily laughs I need:)

Kaylee said...

cause i can guarantee ya my family dont make me laugh.

scott h said...

Ted I hope Angie doesn't have any problem framing them I should have put them on larger paper. I was pretty happy with them. Did you see Jared's? I have done about 4 more. Don't feel like you have to get them out just because I'm coming to town.

Ted D said...

No Bub, they are awesome. I have not seen Cousin Jerry's. I heard you did Manny, Papi, and WMP. Although Keith had no idea. I'm beginning to think that boy is hopeless.

Tex, you ARE family: we don't run a really tight ship.

Stacy said...

Cousin Jerry's is awesome, too. Thanks Bub. I'm going to get a frame for it and it's going in his room.

Just remember while you guys are bustin' on our family that we sisters just may be reading. I will agree that it is quite the circus, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Kaylee said...

but we like when they bust YOUR FAMILY:)