I realize that an “introduction” is a little late with three posts already preceding it, but there are some new people joining us who may want to know a little about me.
Darren is what my Edna Mae Maynard named me, 3 decades ago, so Darren is what I go by. I have twins. Identical boys. I’m a student at Ohio University, studying for my Bachelor’s (Nursing). In the summer I’m all about going to amusement parks and riding coasters. I’m hands up all the way! I love to travel, even if it’s to places I’ve already visited. It’s the traveling that I love. I sing in the shower and I am a really good singer. When I’m home alone I hook my iPhone up, find my “jam,” hit replay and “perform.” Tickets are on sale now. I read on an Amazon kindle, avidly. I’m doing my part to save a tree or two and that’s good, right? My favorite past time is snapping pictures. I love, love, love photography. I have an SLR camera that I don’t use much. It’s iPhone only here. I take many pictures — I can fill 16 GB in no time — but only a small fraction of them are ever good enough to be seen my others. My secret passion (shhh) is commercial aviation. I know much about types of aircraft and airlines. I even collect model aircraft. Most of all I love being a dad!
For years I’ve wanted to maintain a blog. The problem was I didn’t know what I wanted to blog about. I have so many interests, as you can tell. So, what I did, I wrote down everything above and decided that I would write about . . . being a dad. How much simpler can it be?
I told my wife the other day that I started the blog. When she asked me what it would be about I told her I was going to use it as a sort of personal diary, in a public way. She said it better not be too personal. I said it wouldn’t.
With my busy college life I’m hoping to be able to keep up with the blog, at least weekly. I think I will gain a sense of personal fulfillment with this blog by providing some insight to new dads (with singles and multiples). I’m also hoping that others will gain interest in my experience as a dad, raising twins, going to college, and all with the help of an extremely supportive wife.
Today is the last day of the boys’ winter break. Some parents can’t wait for their kids to go back to school when they’re home for this long, but my wife and I actually dread it. We enjoy having them here at home, being rowdy, laughing, playing, whatever. Waking up for school is one of the hardest things when they’re in school. Luckily, I set my iPhone across the room and have the alarm set with the most annoying tone. Let me tell you, I get up, but I still hate it.
We were pretty good at getting the boys to bed at a decent time when school let out in December. That didn’t last long. Their bedtime slowly crept up to the wee hours of 1 and sometimes 2 a.m. I stay up late myself reading and I tend to let them stay up, too. So, tonight when the bedtime story is read and the nights are out we’ll no doubt hear two little boys’ whispering and giggling for hours. And they’ll have a hard time waking up tomorrow morning. And they’ll have to suffer through the day with their tiredness. I’m already feeling for them. My suggestion to myself, and to my wife, is to stay with a strict bedtime routine during school breaks. Darren, it’ll save a lot of unnecessary sleepiness. Sorry boys, it’s dad’s fault. I think we can get back into the old routine in no time.
Year after year I find myself making the all-not-too-forgotten “New Year’s Resolution.” I either aim to hit the gym more often. Maybe eat better. Or keep my house more clean. The problems with making these resolutions is that I never follow through with them or they aren’t really all that important to me. In fact I have other resolutions I could make, instead.
I do want to get in better shape, lose weight, and be healthier. Realistically, it is doable, but with the workload I’m faced with next semester my time will be spread extremely thin. I’m in three nursing class and two clinicals. My wife recently took on a second job. Although it’s only part time, she will be working it five days of the week and still working her regular 9-5. Her time is even thinner than mine which means my spare time will be devoted to helping the twins’ with homework. Can you feel my stress, yet? It’s already building for me. Using the gym as a means for relieving stress seems more of a good idea. I may be using that already non-exististant spare time to hit the gym.
I’ve thought about what my true resolution would be for 2015. My conclusion is more a meaningful, thoughtful resolution: giving more of my time to family. I’m already at a loss with this because I must devote so much time to school until April. After that my time is nearly completely free. Until then my free time is probably going to be limited to one or two days of the month. I hate this, but what else can I do?
Tell me, please, what is your resolution for the new year?
Over the years I’ve thought about other ways I could use a blog to gain some sort of exposure. My conclusion was to blog about my life as a father of twins and going to college to build a career. It’s the only thing that made sense to me because it is what I am. So, I signed on to my WordPress account and explored the site. Some about me: You already know I have twins. They’re identical boys, 10 years old. I’m a student at Ohio University, studying for my BSN (Nursing). In the summer I’m all about going to amusement parks and riding roller coasters. I love to travel, when I have the chance, even if it’s to places I’ve already visited. It’s the traveling that I love. I enjoy singing in the shower. When I’m home alone I hook my iPhone up and hit “replay” and “perform.” Tickets, anyone? I read on an Amazon kindle. I’m doing my part to save a tree and that’s good, right? My secret passion is commercial aviation. I know much about aircraft and airlines. My favorite interest is snapping pictures. I love, love, love photography. I have an SLR camera that I don’t use. It’s iPhone only here. I take many pictures, but only a small fraction of them are ever seen my others. I’m hoping to be able to keep up with this blog, post fun and interesting things that explain what it feels like to be a father with twins who’s in college. I’m also hoping that a few of you will tag along with me and maybe find something interesting in my family’s life. Please, stay tuned for what’s to come.