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Super soft homemade tortillas…with a secret ingredient


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Super Soft Homemade Tortillas!

So I have been making tortillas for some time now. I have tried numerous recipes that had lard, didn’t have lard, lots of salt, and a little bit of salt. Some that can be made ahead of time, and others that could not.  Some recipes were great to roll out, but were rubbery or tough to eat. Some tasted great, but had enough fat to kill a horse…. I didn’t want want all the fat and cholesterol that came along with with most recipes I found, and since my grandma no longer was around to pick her brain for her amazing recipe, I decided to come up with my own. I wanted my kids to grow up with fresh tortillas as part of their childhood memories, cause what better memories are there than fresh tortillas and butter?

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Comal used for making tortillas

Time and time again my tortillas would come out great off the comal which is a mexican griddle for cooking tortillas, (See picture) but after a few minutes or any amount of time, they would soon turn hard and be difficult to roll into a burrito or rip apart to eat with carnitas or just with some papas and eggs.

I found that using milk instead of water makes for a softer and much tastier tortilla. This recipe yields approximately 12 soft taco size tortillas.  I usually double this recipe for 10-12 burrito size tortillas.

Here is a tried and true recipe, and if you are already familiar with how to make tortillas you can jump down to the bottom for the recipe or read through for a few other tips.

One of the keys to Super Soft Tortillas, is lots of moisture, so make sure not to add to much flour when initially making the dough.

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STEP 1.  Combine dry ingredients and stir with wisk.

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Dry ingredients

 

STEP 2. Add milk and oil and stir until sticky dough forms.

Add milk and oil and stir until soft dough forms

Add milk and oil and stir until soft dough forms

 

STEP 3. Add a little flour at a time until dough is soft enough to handle without sticking to your hands or spoon. Note: Don’t add too much flour, as you want the dough to be as moist as possible. If too much flour is added, they will be dry and tough to roll out.

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Add small amounts of flour and continue to stir until dough can be handled without sticking.

STEP 4. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 6-8 minutes until it is soft and smooth like the photo below. Err on the side of kneading longer so you have soft and pliable dough which makes for softer tortillas. Form into a ball, cover, and let rest for 15 minutes. (this is a key step)  Resting the dough is key to allow the gluten to relax, and for the baking soda to activate and create nice air bubbles that we want to see once we cook them.

Soft smooth dough, cover and let rest 15 minutes.

Soft smooth dough, cover and let rest 15 minutes at room temperature.

STEP 5.   Pinch off ping pong or golf ball sized dough balls and place them back in the bowl as you pinch them off.  Depending on the size of your final tortillas will determine how large your smaller dough balls should be.  In this case, a ping pong or golf ball size usually ends up to be soft taco size or medium size tortillas.

Pinch off ping pong or golf ball size dough balls depending on how big you want your tortillas.

Pinch off ping pong or golf ball size dough balls depending on how big you want your tortillas.

Place back into bowl and cover while you roll them out one by one.

Place back into the bowl and cover while you roll them out one by one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 6. Dust dough with flour

Keep a small bowl of flour close by so you can generously coat your dough balls right before you roll them out.

Keep a small bowl of flour close by so you can generously coat your dough balls right before you roll them out.

STEP 7. Roll dough into an ovalshape,then turn and roll again to get nice round shaped tortillas

Roll the dough into an oblong shape, then turn the dough to the right so it follows the length of the rolling pin, and roll again to get round shaped tortillas.

 

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End result is nice round tortillas

 

STEP 8. Cook the rolled out tortilla on a hot skillet or comal on medium heat. I have a glass cooktop and I cook it on 6. Once bubbles have formed, turn the tortilla and cook the other side.  When done you can place them in a tortilla warmer, or between kitchen towels.

Cook until bubbles form, and first side is golden brown in spots.

Cook until bubbles form, and first side is golden brown in spots.

When you’re done, you can enjoy!!

Now Enjoy!!

Now Enjoy!!

Super Soft Homemade Tortillas!

2 c  Unbleached all purpose flour. “I recommend Wheat Montana Natural White All purpose flour.”

1 tsp  salt

2 tsp Baking powder

1 c  warm milk

1/4 c vegetable oil

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DIRECTIONS:

Yields approx 12 soft taco size tortillas.

Combine dry ingredients and stir with a wisk.  Add milk and oil and stir until sticky dough forms. Add a little flour at a time until dough is soft enough to handle without sticking to your hands or spoon. Note: Don’t add too much flour, as you want the dough to be as moist as possible. If too much four is added, they will be dry and tough to roll out. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 6-8 minutes until it is soft and smooth like the photo below. Err on the side of kneading longer so you have soft and pliable dough which makes for softer tortillas. Form into a ball, cover, and let rest for 15 minutes.  Resting the dough is key to allow the gluten to relax, and for the baking soda to activate and create nice air bubbles that we want to see once we cook them.  Pinch off ping pong or golf ball sized dough balls and place them back in the bowl as you pinch them off.  Depending on the size of your final tortillas will determine how large your smaller dough balls should be.  In this case, a ping pong or golf ball size usually ends up to be soft taco size or medium size tortillas. Keep a small bowl of flour close by so you can generously coat your dough balls right before you roll them out. Roll dough into an oval shape, then turn and roll again to get nice round shaped tortillas

Cook the rolled out tortilla on a hot skillet or comal on medium heat. I have a glass cooktop and I cook it on 6. Once bubbles have formed, turn the tortilla and cook the other side.  When done you can place them in a tortilla warmer, or between kitchen towels.

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It’s Fathers day…..Again….


Every year I ask myself the same question, “Do I really deserve to have a day, that has been specially earmarked to appreciate me for my fatherly duties?” In my mind I say……”Of course!” then the humble side of me says….”Not really.” (It’s a constant battle of course) 🙂

Looking back at my childhood, I see all the sacrifices and care that my dad gave to our family, and although he was not the most affectionate dad, he did what he knew how, and he did his best. I respect him a lot because he did not have a father growing up that was there for him to set the standard in his home. He grew up with 16 kids and a single mom, which meant lots of beans and tortillas for dinner. Even with that simple menu I can’t imagine feeding that many kids er’day…exhausting just thinking about it. Sheesh.

My dad, my brother, my odest daughter, and me at Applebee's.

My dad, my brother, my odest daughter, and me at Applebee’s.

It’s the life lessons that have made an impact on me now as a father. It’s the ethic to work hard to earn a living, pay your bills on time (although I’m still grasping this one) and learning a side trade to be able to earn extra money during lean times. Never give up, and do what it takes to get things done.

My dad never went to college, or even graduated high school for that matter, he always emphasized getting good grades because he knew how difficult it was for him to drop out of school to pick potatoes in the fields to help provide for his family. It was these simple life lessons that have helped me to become who I am today. Makes me appreciate the things that we had as kids, even though it may not have been what I really WANTED, it is what we NEEDED.

I appreciate my dad many times over, not just on Father’s day, but every time I see scars on his hands from fixing cars, and the lessons he taught me while we fixed those cars together. I appreciate my dad for all the selfless acts of giving he made for me as a child, and now as an adult. I appreciate how much he shows his love through his actions, instead of through his affection (That’s his love language) http://www.5lovelanguages.com/ I highly recommend this book! I appreciate how he taught me upholstery, how to change a tire, and how to get dirty when life demands it. I appreciate his selfless acts that I have never seen nor will I ever see, because he never needed acknowledgement or recognition. I appreciate the grandfather he is now to our children, and the way he loves them so unconditionally.

I appreciate the way he taught me about God and the importance of reading the word.  He may not have been perfect, but these are all things that have shaped me to the person I am today. I can only hope and pray that I turn out to be half the man that he is today and pass it along to my kids.

Aveah, Nan, Lukas, Noah, Elly, Ethan, Ciara and me making memories

Aveah, Nan, Lukas, Noah, Elly, Ethan, Ciara and me making memories

Freshman 15 translates to Father 50


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I’ve always been a little on the “Husky”side growing up. My parents did a wonderfully dutiful job of ensuring I did not waste food and “Cleared my plate.” So needless to say, I blame my parents!! It has to be their fault right?  As far as I can remember they never placed emphasis on balance, or eating my veggies, just simply “Not a lot of sweets.”  I wasn’t really active as a kid although I loved to jump on the trampoline and would ride my bike for hours. I guess it wasn’t enough to burn off all the plate cleaning I was doing.

I think I have a disorder of sorts.  I can’t tell when I’m full, if I like something I will eat it and eat it and eat it.  I’m surprised I’m not 500 lbs. they way I like to eat, although I have learned a little self control along the way.  I’ve done an excellent job at keeping my weight down and manageable, but if given the opportunity I could eat a whole bag of Doritos in one sitting (Nacho cheese is my fav.) I know as a dad, I’ve let myself go and even though the kids keep me busy, I don’t like to waste food, and find myself cleaning my plate…and the plates of 5 other kids too. This has led to a little problem in the fitness area.

When Eliana (our first) was born, Nan had not just morning sickness, but all day sickness.  It was 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  She would eat small meals 20 times a day just to keep some kind of nourishment in her body.  Only problem was I would eat with her, but it wasn’t small meals, it was more like full meals.  Well 9 months later I had gained 40 lbs, and although I looked pretty pregnant, I couldn’t blame it on a kid.  My baby wasn’t leavin’ any time soon.

Fast forward 4 kids and several years back I had lost a 30 lbs and was pretty close to my married weight of 195.  I was feeling really good, working out when I could several times a week eating right, and trying to eat better by making small changes that I could stick with. I was running in the summer with my kids in the mornings, but my schedule changed and running at 3:30 am just isn’t goin’ to work for me. Anyone feelin’ me on that one?

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I decided that it’s time to get back into gear now that we’ve adjusted to having a newborn in the house. I need to get back in the groove and fit some fitness into my busy lifestyle since my heal

 With a new year comes a renewed focus so I am embarking on a new workout regimen by theworkoutcorner.com.  Since I don’t have a lot of time or room for a bunch of weights, this seemed like a plan I can stick with and can do at home.  I am taking before, after and progress pictures hoping that it will motivate me to keep it goin’!  Once I complete it I will post pics…

Wish me luck!

Question:  What kind of fitness goals have you set for yourself now that you have kids or a family? What has worked for you and what hasn’t?

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“I just Couldn’t Do It”


Having a large family these days is as common as a VCR sittin’ under your flat screen TV.  Ya just don’t see them anymore.  I know compared to my dad and his 15 siblings, my 5, soon to be 6 kids seems….let’s just say….little.

I guess when you really think about it, 5 kids is really not a lot of kids….until you live with them. he he.  There are days where my little angels fly around the house and play around the yard with halos and their fluffy gleamingly white wings, and there are days I wonder if they really belong to me. Nan and I have a little inside joke.  When the kids act up or are extremely hornary, we tell each other, “Oh, that must be from your side of the family.”  Truth be told, we know each of us has our little contribution to their behavioral makeup, but it is always fun to blame each other.

We found ourselves at the pool again the other day, when my little chatterbox Ciara started informing the unsuspecting lady of our family history as well as our future arrival.  She then ran into Nan and said “Your kids are so polite and so well behaved, (this after playing with her daughter’s bag of pool toys) you’re going to have six?  I barely have two, and can barely handle them. I just couldn’t do it.”  If you would have talked to me years ago I would have said the same thing.  The hardest adjustment for me was going from 1 to two kids, but now, it seems like a drop in the bucket.

It’s funny how now that we have 5 kids, we don’t even think about the work, we just do it. One of my “domestic duties” around the house is towels.  That’s all the laundry that Nan really trusts me with after shrinking several blouses and turning a couple of undergarments pink.  I guess I was a little behind on towels because I did 4.5 loads of just towels. I did another 3 loads of just sheets and blankets. Since our work load is increasing especially as the kids grow, we are now assigning household chores.  Noah is responsible for trash, Elly is dishes, and we are lucky if Ciara and Lukas get their dishes to the sink in one piece. Ethan’s job is just to look cute, and the new baby’s job is to eat, sleep and poop, which I’m sure she will have mastered by the first day.

When I hear that comment “I couldn’t do it” from people, I think back of how do we really do it? I guess if I thought about it, I wouldn’t do it either. If I did, I’d probably go into hiding somewhere because of all the work it takes. I don’t think about it really. I think more about my kids and how I can make a difference in their life, and making sacrifices for such special little people.  Giving up the date night so that we can make a special memory with the kids, or not getting the pruning shears I need so that I can get some icecream for the kids on a hot summer night. In the end these are sacrifices that have big payoffs, and it is really worth it.  I will look back one day and see my legacy live on. It’s not always easy, but in the end it is worth it.

What kind of sacrifices do you make as a parent?

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A Little Birdie Told Me It’s Father’s Day…..


ImageI guess I am a little weird in the fact that, although I love being appreciated, I almost feel selfish having a whole day dedicated to appreciating the fact that I have helped to create children at some point in my life.  By nature I like to be appreciated, but when people actually do (like my kids and wife on father’s day) I feel like I don’t deserve it.  Anyone feelin’ me on this or am I the only weird one?

I guess I look at fatherhood and the things I do as what is to be expected.  Lately I feel like I’ve neglected my kids because I have been busy with quite a bit of other things going on, but I know technically I haven’t. If you consider 5 hours at the pool, sunburn and all, neglect, then I guess I’m guilty. If I could get paid for being a dad, that would be my dream job! Go on vacations, take them on excursions, teaching life lessons and and stopping to enjoy life along the way. I guess you really couldn’t put a salary or go wrong with that kind of job right?

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A shield I made Noah for his Captain America Costume!

My kids are to me, like pancakes are without syrup.  You can’t have one without the other. As a father we grow so attached and I am still amazed at how much they love me regardless of the mistakes I’ve made or things I have done intentionally or unintentionally to hurt them. I received a text from my Brother-in-law Jeremy Larracuente saying that in our kid’s eyes, dad is “…the biggest, strongest, most amazing superhero there is.”  That got me thinking about a dad’s “Super Hero Status.” I guess a dad could be a Super hero or a villain depending on how you look at it. Superheros are there to save the day and protect, where as villains are out to destroy and hurt.

In my kids’ eyes, I never want them to see me as a father by title only. Instead I want every hour of play, project completed, or tickle monster session fulfilled I would earn major Super Hero points. Those points will never win me an academy award, or earn me a million dollars, or the keys to the city, but being known as a dad that they can always count on is the best reward a guy could ever ask for. I guess I prefer to be a  Superhero because villains never win….right? 

The years are going to come and go, and before you know it, our kids are going to be out of the house, and we are going to look back on those years, and wish we could have them back. Things that we have said, things that we didn’t do, games we missed, time that we should have spent on important things. 

I know life is full of regrets, but I never want to look back at my kids and think, “What If”  What if I would have spent more time with them, what if I would have missed work to make it an award ceremony, what if I would have taken the time to explain something better, what if I would have intervened before that boy did, and hurt my daughter, what if I would have instilled the values I have or communicated them more effectively so they would also have the same values?

The possibilities are endless, but I hope that as a Father I have put the best foot forward.  As my other Brother-in-law Brandon Nelson said it, There’s “No handbook on how to be a perfect dad, but you take each moment as a lesson and learn from it.”  That is great advice from one of the best dad’s I know.  We may not be a perfect dad yet, but I know we have the perfect example of a father in Jesus.  My hope and prayer for all the dads out there is that we can rise above and be the Godly and best example we can to our kids. To those fathers that bear the Super Hero status, I commend you and challenge you and as the famous man of steel said himself.  “This looks like a job for…SUPERMAN!!”  Happy Father’s Day to all of you!!

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“No Lifeguard on Duty”


Before I even started my family journey I always knew I wanted my kids to be good swimmers.  Although I never had the courage or confidence to join the swim team, I secretly longed to join, and want my kids to explore it if they so choose.  Although I wont force my kids to do any activities they do not enjoy, I will support them in any endeavor they want to pursue,

Swimming for “Team Sanchez” as we call ourselves since it’s much quicker to round up the troops by saying, “Team Sanchez, LET’S GO” when leaving the store, rather than saying, “Elly, Ciara, Noah, Lukas, Ethan, LET’S GO!” is definitely a chore. Yesterday’s quick excursion involved  2 coolers, 12 water bottles, 8 sandwiches, Cheese puffs, goldfish, bananas, apples fruit, swim suits, sunscreen, 8 beach towels, little swimmers, a stroller, and….whew….(needed a breather there) and let’s not forget 5 kids and the wife. Nan and I make a great team though, I typically get the coolers, bag with goggles and, pool toys ready, and load the car. Nan packs all the other necessities like towels, sunscreen, changes of clothes etc. and gets the kids dressed while we tag team lunch and snacks.

When Team Sanchez goes swimming, it is definitely a challenge when we get in the

Elly, Lukas, Noah and Ciara enjoying a day at the pool.

water.  Nan is usually tending to Ethan out of the water while I am in the water with the rest.  Elly and Noah are now proficient swimmers, while Ciara and Lukas need some assistance. Elly and Noah usually like to play, dive, and do other stuff that better swimmers can do, and being the good little brothers and sisters that Ciara and Lukas are, they think they can swim like their older counter parts, and want to swim without the assistance of flotation devices, aka. “Floaties”  You know, the kind that turn your kid into instant hulk, and makes you dizzy just trying to blow them up.

Lukas enjoying the pool WITH his floaties of course.

After a few splashes and ventures into the deeper lurches of the pool, Lukas decides he wants to swim without help. After alot of affectionate arguing to put his floaties back on to no avail, I figured this was going to have to be one of those lessons that he is going to have to learn by experience.  As his dad, I vowed never to be one of those parents that didn’t let them be kids, or be so overprotective, that he wore pads and looked like the Michelin Man when going out to play.  After 10 successful minutes in the pool without his floaties, I was beginning to think he had this under control.  Even though I was never too far, I was always close enough to be at his side in a flash.  I was diving with Elly when Noah starts yelling “Daddy!  get him, get him get him!” I look over and can only see Lukas’ hair floating, arms flailing, and desperately trying to get up above water. He had only been under for a few seconds, but I’m sure felt like hours to him.  I swam over to him and pulled him out, while he is coughing, choking and burping out the water he had swallowed.  In a very loving and re-affirming voice, I asked him, “Now do you see why you have to wear your floaties?”  Let’s just say that I didn’t have to pursuade him to put his floaties back on.  He effortlessly allowed me to put them on his arms so he could continue to swim.

I realized yesterday, that sometimes as painful and difficult as it may be, our kids may only realize the seriousness of what we are talking about after they understand the consequences.  I’m glad that today, it was only the dangers of swimming without a little help and me being right there to help and comfort him that was the isse. When he is older I hope that our talks about texting and driving, sex before marriage, or the dangers of taking drugs will make a more significant impact on his choices and I hope and pray that he will not have to learn the consequences of those actions that are more serious the hard way.

What methods of learning and teaching have you used and why?

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A Father’s Perspective


Twelve years ago Nan and I began our family journey, and although we hadn’t talked about it in-depth, we knew we probably should start our “family planning” at some point in our lives. Preferably before I needed a hov-a-round and before she became a news sensation being the oldest mom alive.  Just as most newly married couples begin to feel the pressure to start the baby talk, we succumbed to the pressure, and, after all,  it’s the next logical step right?    Well, we had been engaged for a year, and married for close to a year, and figured we weren’t getting any younger so we should start trying. Little did we know what the next few years would bring.

For those couples that have endured the hardship of one or several miscarriages, you understand the pain and heartache that can be felt with each seemingly fleeting attempt.  The mountains and valleys of emotion living in hopes that this is the month, come and go, and a sense of hopelessness begins to take residence. As a husband, I would be strong for Nan when it became too difficult for her, and as a wife, she was strong for me when I had a difficult time. I think sometimes as men we try not to show weakness, but when you are trying so hard for something as delicate and fragile as life, knowing that there is a part of you growing inside the woman you love, you become very attached to that little heartbeat, that child that will soon depend on you for everything, that will look to you for guidance and nurturing.  You can’t help but show emotion.

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My baby girl now at 9 years old. Eliana aka. Elly

Desperate times called for desperate measures, and Nan and I both felt God speak to us one year at a conference we were attending in Columbus Ohio. It was one of those messages that stirs you to action, gets you off of your seat and believing God for the impossible.  With tears streaming down my face, faith as high as the sky, we sowed the largest financial seed we have ever sown to this day.  It was a true stretch of our faith not only as a couple, but believing for our family and our futures. After a long and grueling 6 months had passed, Nan was finally pregnant, and with all the let-downs we had experienced before, we didn’t want to get our hopes up only to be let down yet again. The first trimester passed, second trimester finished, and then the third.  Finally on December 13, 2002 on a Friday morning at a very rushed and almost didn’t make dash for the hospital, at 8:48 am Eliana was born .  We named her Eliana which means “God answered my prayer” in Hebrew, and which also happens to be our middle names put together, Eli and Ann.  So needless to say she holds a very special and dear place in my heart.  She’s a daddy’s girl, always excited for me to get home, saying Dada as her first word, and adding the twinkle in my eye and the leap in my step.  If I was sitting down, she always had to be in my lap.  Every moment was with Daddy.  For those of you that have daughters, you understand there is just something special between a dad and his baby girl.  These days she is embarrassed to hold my hand in public, but I know that at night when it’s just her and I she always wants to cuddle, and I will cuddle with her whenever she wants no matter how big she gets.

My problem now isn’t finding time to cuddle with Elly, but rather making room for 5 soon to be 6 kids on my lap.  For some reason they all want to sit on my lap at the same time, and somehow I make room for all of them so no one feels left out. I wonder how we do it with so many kids, but somehow we make it.  Although my kids don’t have every electronic gadget known to man, they have enough that they can experience technology without it becoming the focus of their lives.  They still know how to go play outside and dredge through a forest conquering battles and waging war against the Autobots and Decepticons all under the canopy of a pine tree.  they still know how to enjoy a hot summer day running through the sprinklers, while dad is actually trying to water the grass at the same time.

Being a father is one of the greatest experiences any male can ever encounter and I am every day reminded of what a great responsibility it is at the same time. Sometimes it kinda scares me that my kids will become a product of who I am, and my relationship with them will influence a lot of who they become and grow up to be.  I’d like to think that they would look back at their childhood and see that there is a father that invested time in them, taught them right from wrong, and demonstrated the importance of developing a relationship with a God that loves them very much. Do I lose my temper sometimes, do I get a little rougher with the kids than I want to, do I regret things that I say before thinking, uh…yeah. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. I guess that is the “scary” part, knowing that my behavior influences them either positively or negatively.

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My family, (well 5 of the kids anyway)

I think about my kids, and I want them to have everything I didn’t have, not too much or not too little, just the right balance so they know how to appreciate things, but don’t feel deprived because all their friends have gadgets they don’t have.  I want them to grow up with values and know that people and lives matter, and when things get rough, it’s not time to give up, but seek God for answers and learn to persevere through difficulty. It is in those difficult and rough patches in life, that we learn to trust in God, and grow stronger and as a father I want to protect them from anything that could possibly happen to them.  Deep inside I know there are those lessons they are going to have to learn on their own, and it’s going to be important for me to be there to help nurture and guide them.  This journey called fatherhood is not an easy one, and I salute and commend all the other fathers out there that are giving their best to their families and their kids, not professing to know everything, but like myself, learning and making mistakes, and learning from those mistakes along the way. I hope you have a Happy Father’s Day and enjoy all the joys and privileges that come with being a father!

The Hunt Is Over!!


Well we did it!  Our Quest for a playground to put in the back yard has been completed! 

For the last few weeks, Nan and I have been on a hunt.  Literally mission impossible combing the internet day in and day out, sometimes minute by minute hour by hour, second by second.  The requirements simple, yet seemingly impossible to fill.  One would think it would be simple to find something for our rambunctious and witty 9, 7, 5, and 3 year olds, to romp and ramble on, but not even Nan or I realized the extent of the task ahead of us. Moments of sweet victory followed by valleys of disappointment.  How do you say?  Well, for those of you that have had the pleasure of experiencing one of the seven wonders of the World Wide Web, the flea market of the 21st century, the deal of all deal finders called Craigslist.  I must admit, I am a bit of an addict, and as my beloved significant other has so eloquently put it…..we are “Craigslist Junkies.”  Searching for the next and best great deal trying to save and maximize our dollars.  Let’s just say that the “Free” section link has been permanently etched on my screen.  For those of you that know us, you know that Nan and I are a little picky.  We had just a few requirements for this playset for the kids. It had to have several activities ie. Slide, swings, monkey bars etc. Had to be made out of wood, not too old or in too bad of shape, but may need a little paint or re-staining.  I was willing to take it and dis-assemble if it meant saving a few bucks. Oh, and one last minor detail, it had to be very affordable, so affordable, I wouldn’t have to pay for it.  Yep I said it, it had to be F-R-E-E, Free!.  What can I say?  Have you ever been on a tight budget (like zero dollars) and wanted to do something awesome for your kids?  For those of you that live on one income, you feel me, you catch my drift, and you’r eatin’ what I’m dishin’.  So the quest began.  Searching high and low for just the right playset.  You would think it would be a simple process, but unfortunately there are a ton of other people just like me that are lookin’ for the same great deal, and they somehow always beat me to it!  I would find one that we loved, emailed as fast as my little fingers could type, only to find out someone had beat me to it. Yeah, some of you are nodding your head right now cause you know exactly what I’m talkin’ about.

Well this time we were the early bird, and caught one heck of a worm!  Yeah I have to disassemble it myself, but it will be perfect in my back yard and will provide tons of summer fun for the kiddos.  I will post some pics once I have it up.  Let’s just hope I live to tell about it!  ha ha.

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Ok, so it’s time to begin my blogging journey. For those of you that don’t know me, I am a dad with 5, soon to be 6 kids and I have an awesome wife of 12 years, which, by the way is a gorgeous Puerto Rican mama! sizzle sizzle. Ok ok…technically she’s white, mexican and who knows what else…but we lay homage to her Puerto Rican roots!!  I love my family and love spending time teaching, learning and growing with all of life’s changes.

This past weekend, I had an epiphany of sorts.  I was snuggled nice and warm in my bed, the whole house silent at 7 am, no kids running around, no dog licking my face to let him outside, and I didn’t have to be at work.  You would think I would be sleeping away getting as much rest as I could, instead, I’m wide awake.  I am thinking about art, bills, things to do with the kids, the fact that I need to mow the lawn, and whatever else ran across my mind. (you know how it is.)

Then I got to thinking, when you think of dad blogs, there are not many out there.  There are tons of mommy blogs about making snacks, and saving money and cutting coupons, but what about the brotherhood?  What about the Men, in-particular, fathers/husbands (not necessarily at the same time)  that want to learn more and talk about stuff that happens in daily life? I know there are dads like me and not like me and figured that would be great to talk about dad/father stuff!!

So I decided to embark on this adventure and see if there are other dads and husbands out there that would like to share our experiences, failures, successes, and the little things that we don’t usually talk about.  I hope my experiences as a father of 5, soon to be 6, will be encouraging, funny, informative and all the other stuff that comes along with family life. I guess this is the clubhouse for boys.  No Females allowed.  Just kidding. I think this is going to be a fun and adventurous journey that hopefully encourages other men out there to be better fathers, give ideas and share things that will help us all out.

I hope you get involved and share as much or as little as you want (preferrably the first of the two) and make this a fun and interactive forum to be in.  Since we are on the subject…..tell me about your last idea encounter(s), or lack of idea encounters, I know there has got to be some stories out there somewhere!

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