Sunday, June 26, 2011

Home Alone Dad Day 8

One day to go...mommy arrives tomorrow.

We spent the morning at Parque Mexico with my cousins who pitched in to entertain the hellion.

Mommy had better be bringing me some duty free Crown Royal...I have earned it.

Untitled from Guy Courchesne on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Home Alone Dad Day 7

We're in the home was all about partying! Mexico City's annual gay pride march starting at 11 AM and we arrived to find that it didn't start until about 1 PM. Stella fell asleep in my arms so I only got the barest of footage.

Mommy's colleague the Fongster held an end of year BBQ at her place which got rained out to some degree. Hamburgers, music, and busting up some furniture was still the order of the day however.

And how could you top it all off better than with a 4-2 Copa de Oro final victory by Mexico over most hated rival USA?

Mommy is home in two days...

Untitled from Guy Courchesne on Vimeo.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Home Alone Dad Day 6

Some relief today when the nanny came by to take Stella to the park and to help clean up around the pad. It started raining around 2 PM and stayed that way so Stella the Artist and I remained inside, colouring, tickling, and reading.

Miss you lots, mommy.

If that video doesn't load for you because it's blocked, here's the Vimeo version.

Stay at Home Dad Day 6 from Guy Courchesne on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Home Alone Daddy Day 5

Rain put a damper on our outdoor plans today. After downloading Dumbo and Pinocchio, calling Domino's Pizza, and serving up ice cream, we hardly noticed the rain.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Home Alone Daddy Day 4

Someone gave us a tea set for Stella's birthday (thank you whoever you are!)...oh, why didn't I unpack this three days ago? Stella loves it!

We went super girlie today, playing dress up, having tea, frying ants with a magnifying glass...oh no, that last one was my childhood as a boy. We had fun nonetheless.

Special note to Kristen - wish I could have found the original blue dress.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Home Alone Daddy Day 3

Daddy's Log, Playdate June 21st, 2011 - the Longest day of the year. We docked at Port Velarde today for some much needed R and R. The base commander was more than happy to provide swimming and babysitting services. This is Day 3 of our journey with 5 more to go. I think we may just make it after all.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Home Alone Daddy Day 2

I don't know if I can make it. 6 more days and I am utterly and completely OWNED by this little hellion.

Send help.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Home Alone Daddy

Today I embarked on a perilous journey...perhaps the most challenging challenge in the history of challenge. Today, mommy left for an 8 day conference in Washington DC leaving daddy, home alone, with a monster.

I've faced tough battles in my time but this one will test my limits. I plan to keep a log, for future generations of stay at home dads, in case I don't survive to tell the tale.

Day 1.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Go the F*CK to Sleep!

Not actually for kids, but EVERY parent can appreciate this running away best seller.

See it on Amazon.

This book was actually leaked early and Internet piracy has vaulted into must-read and cult status. But the best has only just arrived with a Samuel L Jackson narration of an audio version.

Listen to Samuel read. (you probably don't want your children listening)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Canadian Senate Page Brigette Marcelle

I have to give a shout out for this young woman, Brigette Marcelle, who was up until today a page for the Canadian Senate. Ordinarily, it is humdrum quiet in the House of Commons in Ottawa (for anyone but a politico) and pages are usually university students or young people interested in the parliamentary system. I have to imagine that young Brigette thought that being a page would give her insights on government perhaps looking at a future in the government. No longer.

Some are going to say that this was opportunistic, or a mere expression of youth that caught the media lens. No way, says I. This young woman worked to get to where she was and I think it took a great deal of courage to make the statement she did knowing full well that all of her dreams were the cost of making the statement.

Yesterday, a simple page. Today, on center stage.