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Thursday, January 05, 2006


Year In Review

I've been taking something of a break from blogging for the past two weeks. Part of it was the holidays, of course, but another reason for the break was that I was just kind of tired of thinking about blogs. It was good to re-charge the batteries and spend my evenings not staring at the computer. But I return to blogging because: I learn a lot from the other dad bloggers (and moms too!) and my mind craves the creative outlet.

I sat down tonight to review the past year, but soon discovered that I'd forgotten most of it! Well, not really. I remember all those hundreds of perfect moments when my children did or said something to confirm my belief that being a dad is the best job in the world. I've blogged about many of those moments. My favorite is this one. That's the one I think about as I'm picking up dirty clothes, vacuuming cracker crumbs out of the couch, washing crayon drawings off the walls, and dragging myself out of bed at 3am because my son wants to open Christmas presents.

So, my year in review will be brief:

Favorite Dad Blog of the Year
Dad Talk

Favorite Mom Blog of the Year
Milkweed Hill

Funniest Dad Blog Line of the Year
"Lady, I'm over 200 lbs... You're over 200 years old... What the hell do you think would happen?"
- Darth Daddy

Most Cringingly Memorable Dad Blog Post
Sit Back, Relax And Let Me Tell You A Little Story, by Jeff at No Ma'am, This IS My Job.

Family Film of the Year
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Song of the Year
XTC - "Say It"

My Daughter's Toy of the Year
Lite-Brite Cube

My Son's Toy of the Year
Star Wars figures, any Star Wars figure, the more the better.

Grown-Up Toy of the Year
Apple 60GB Video iPod

Second Best Job of the Year
Being the San Diego Reader's Blogger of the Month in September.

Free Family Software of the Year
Picasa Photo Organizer

Funniest Comment From One of My Kids
Watching a show about dinosaurs, my son learned that there were carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. He turned to me and said, "I'm a candyvore!"

Favorite Event That I Don't Want To Repeat
Moving... It's nice to be a homeowner again, but we've moved twice in the past three years and I'm ready to settle in for a good long time.

Favorite Photos of the Year
Most of them are over at Flickr... Photography is my other hobby. I'm still not comfortable with posting current photos of my kids on a public web site, but this one is from ten months ago and features me pushing my daughter on the swing. It's my favorite personal photo from the past year. Kind of funny, I take thousands of photos to get one good shot... My wife picks up the camera one time and gets a perfect picture!

Have a memorable 2006!


Anonymous brettdl said...


7:08 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I was wondering why I was receiving so much traffic, especially considering my lame, infrequent posts! Now I have my impetus to write more...Thank you!

10:45 AM  

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