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GetActive 2017-03-18T00:03:03+00:00

Let Them Be Kids: Why Playtime Is So Important

If you get a chance, drive down the neighborhood streets in your town. How many houses have children playing outside – really playing outside in the dirt, rain or sand and not sitting on the front porch with a tablet in their hand? Technology may move society forward at a rapid pace, but at what cost? More parents are shying away from unstructured play outside for fear of possible dirt, stains or damaged clothing. If this sounds like you, [...]

By | May 16th, 2017|52 Traits, Be Adventurous|

What are your #LAWNGOALS?

Holy cow, we can’t wait for the spring to actually arrive here in Omaha. Mother Nature teased us a few weeks ago with weather more like May than February and it did nothing to keep us excited about winter weather. In an attempt to get our plan in order, Laurie and I made our first purchase for the spring season: an outdoor furniture set for the patio we installed last year. (She also created a list called Julian’s #lawngoals… more on that later)

By | March 30th, 2017|52 Traits, Be Adventurous|

Ever Tried Cow Foot Soup?

Have you ventured outside your comfort zone lately? Perhaps it is time, try it for your children. They’ll love it. In our never-ending quest to be adventurous and unique at our dinner table, my wife and I are always looking for new and interesting vegetables, cuts of meat, and cooking techniques. We admit…we are foodies, but more on that topic later. One of our techniques at the grocery store is to “walk the outermost aisles only”. This encourages you to stay in the produce, meat, and dairy sections while avoiding the sections containing processed or packaged foods. We are especially keen to this technique because our diet is primarily made up of vegetables, eggs, fish, nuts, and some fruit. Occasionally, when we have a few extra menu items we need to plan but lack the inspiration, we visit the meat department. Then it is time to “close our eyes and pick something”.

By | February 24th, 2017|52 Traits, Be Adventurous|

“You are being awful calm about all of this” – The Adventure Begins

It was 8:00 a.m. and I finally located my car and looking at it, I wanted to cry, and as tears welled up in my eyes, my son looked at me and hugged my leg. He said, “Mommy is my toys in there?” I said, “Yes, honey they are, all of our things is in there.” The car was full of my son’s toys, clothes, and all of our personal belongings. The big toys were on top of the car. I put my son in the passenger seat and we drove it over to our little travel trailer and started to unload some of his toys to play with. At this point, my soon to be ex-husband arrived with his girlfriend in tow.

By | February 22nd, 2017|52 Traits, Be Adventurous|

Why an Open Adoption Was Just What We Needed

I didn’t want an open adoption. We were no strangers to the adoption process having “survived” our first adoption and we were comfortable with the fact that our oldest boy Eli’s birth family would have nothing to do with how he was going to be raised. My head was filled with the stories of birth parents coming back for their child. I thought about the unrelenting chaos from the extended family, and the thought that our boy would have [...]

By | February 3rd, 2017|52 Traits, Be Adventurous|

GetConnectDAD Is Giving Away a WeeHoo Bicycle Trailer!

Win A Single-Seat Weehoo valued @ $399! Entries must be received by June 1, 2017, 23:59 CST to be eligible to win. Simply subscribe to GetConnectDAD by signing up for our e-mail newsletter and you’ll be entered to win my son's Single-Seat WeeHoo trailer valued at $399!  We were going to sell this locally but decided that someone in the GetConnectDAD community might enjoy this as much as we did.  This is gently used by my oldest son and promises [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|52 Traits, Be Adventurous, Uncategorized|

The big scary monster in a red suit

So we enter the door with the sign saying grotto. Behind other parents holding hands of other infants thinking they're all on death row. And so we wait, and to me for what seems like an eternity, so to a child, bloody hell it must seem like an eternity plus an extra twenty minutes. Trying to waste time by stroking artificial, vibrating reindeer; powered from the socket on the wall by a lead, coming out of its arse and [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|52 Traits, Be Adventurous, Poems|

Holiday Trip Ahead? Here are Some Accommodation Options

Holidays are wonderful: it’s that magical time when you finally get to be more focused on yourself, your friends and family. Holiday spirit is around us and we can finally take some time off work and spend it taking care of ourselves and our loved ones. Sometimes, this means packing a light bag or a suitcase and heading off somewhere new and exciting. For those of you who are thinking of spending your holidays on the road and exploring [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|52 Traits, Be Adventurous|

It’s simple! Just #GetACTIVE and #GetOutside

As the colder temperatures roll in, it can be difficult to stay motivated and active, as a family. The days are getting shorting, the air is getting crisper, and that couch and your Roku player are seeming more and more like the best scenario. But as parents, we need to find ways to keep our minds and bodies, and those of our little ones, occupied that don’t only consist of what has just been released on Netflix this month. [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|52 Traits, Be Adventurous|
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All of my most vivid memories are connected to adventure!  Camping for the first time, traveling across the country, my first field trip, you name it.  It is my duty as a father to get my children outside and get them active.  – Julian Caldwell Founder @GetConnectDAD