Monday, August 15, 2016

The Little Prince

I put this movie "The Little Prince" on for the kids on Netflix the other day and I thought it was a great story. One of the best kid movies I've seen in a long time. At the end of the movie, Eliana said "Daddy's crying," and Evan said "No he's not!" But the truth is, I was. I'm not entirely sure if the old man telling the story to the little girl was actually telling a story about himself and how he lost touch with the little boy inside him, but that's how I interpreted it. I think the trauma I experienced after 9/11 was the catalyst and everything else that happened in-between made me lose touch with the little boy inside of me. Growing up, I always had a vivid imagination, always played, always was creating, building, drawing, playing music, daydreaming, and just generally a happy kid. I see that now in Evan and Eliana. But for me, somewhere along the way, I completely lost touch with that part of me and I didn't even realize it until I saw this movie. I don't know what it is, maybe this is just what happens when you get older. Maybe it's the stress of a nasty divorce and all that's happened over the past few years. I don't know. For the last couple of years, I have had trouble playing with the kids and I hate that fact. It's not how I thought I would be as a father. It's hard for me to let go or reality for a few minutes and just "play" or "pretend." I'm so consumed with bills and making rent that I've completely forgotten how to take the time to have quality playtime with my kids. I'm not saying I don't play with them, because I absolutely do. I just remember how I was as a kid and how I thought I would be as a father are two different things. They're growing so fast that in a few years they won't want to play anymore. They'll want to hang out with their friends and I'll have missed out.  I wish I could get in touch with the kid in me, because I think the kids would really love it. 

Anyway, the movie is really great. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fun HOT Day in the Park

We went and check out one of the other parks in town that we hadn't visited yet. There is a basketball court and an old log cabin. 

We played basketball for a bit then had a lightsaber duel while waiting for our friends to come. Eliana here looking so big and very pretty. 

Eliana on one of the many tree stumps in the park.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Avalon 2012

Eliana refuses to touch the sand. LOL.

Avalon 2009

Evan now a year old having fun on the beach with his Dad.

Evan's Radio Flyer was perfect for the beach.

Daddy and Evan at Camp Lambert on the beach.

Evan and Daddy

Ice crystal rainbow over Avalon. Strange but I saw one of these in the sky today. (Uncle Frank's truck turning into the picture.)

Brand and Johnny. Cowboy Golf Champions.

Evan and Poppop walking on the beach.

Look at that FACE!

Lifting up Evan was not easy.

Our family in 2009 including Evan, a terrified Lucy, and Elvis. (And Eliana?)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Avalon 2008

Each day this week I'll be posting photos from past visits to the shore house in Avalon.

One of my favorite places to visit, was the Lambert's shore house in Avalon, NJ. This was 2008 and we were so proud of our brand new Orbit stroller and especially proud of our baby boy. Evan was just a little over a month old. Elvis and Lucy came with us, and Frankie was the same age as Evan is now.

Loved taking Evan for walks and Elvis and Lucy always joined us.

Mommy and Evan.

Uncle Ted and Evan.

Ava and Frankie with Evan.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Back to Work

Don't like being away. LOVE being back to work. This is the Montauk Lighthouse in Montauk State Park all the way at the tippy tip of Long Island. Scouting here for a Volvo car ad. This is the easternmost spot in New York State. I wish I could have brought the kids here today. (Besides the 6 and a half hour drive that is...) It wasn't as hot here (for mid-July,) and I think Evan and Eliana would have loved to hike up on those rocks that wrap around the lighthouse. Gigantic granite boulders were placed there to prevent beach erosion so that the lighthouse wouldn't fall into the sea. The rocks were placed very carefully and amazingly flat so that you can walk on them quite easily and it wraps around the lighthouse to the other side to reveal these really neat cliffs.

Here's a fisherman with the cliffs in the background. Really amazing out here. The water off of Montauk Point was pretty rough and rumor has it that it's a Great White Shark breeding ground. No wonder no one was swimming.