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Gift Shopping for My Wife

Posted on December 16, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

I was enjoying some gift shopping for my wife last night when I decided to check out what Amazon had available that she might like. I clicked on some Christmas Gift section on Amazon and then clicked on the “For Her” section of the site. Upon looking at the options this is what I tweeted:

I’ll admit my wife does wear clothes and shoes, but I’m certainly not the one to buy them for her. She has one purse/bag that she sometimes uses. One time I bought her a necklace and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her wear it (maybe she wore it once right after Christmas). I’d be surprised if she could find it. The only jewelry I’ve gotten her that she wears is her wedding ring. If she stops wearing that, there will be other issues.

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What a major disconnect between what Amazon was showing me and the interests of my wife. I found myself looking through the men’s section. I was browsing through electronics, saws, sanders, etc. I’m sure that many of you are thinking that I’m just buying this stuff for “her” when it’s really something I’m going to use. I assure you that I have no interest in a saw, but my wife would love to get out there and saw up some wood for some craft project. I prefer to build things in the virtual world. Not quite as messy and less splinters.

Yeah, it is pretty awesome that my wife would rather have some power tools than some jewelry. Although, it makes searching for the right gift a little more challenging. Who doesn’t love a little challenge?

Black Friday and My Love of Gift Giving

Posted on November 30, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

I went shopping on Black Friday and loved it.

Seriously, that’s a really amazing thing. First, I’m not a fan of shopping. I’m all about efficiency. Shopping is the opposite of efficiency to me. At least the way that most people do shopping. If I need something, I have no problem going in and getting what I need. Then, I get out and go home. Second, it was Black Friday. Who goes shopping on Black Friday and enjoys it? I should also be clear. I didn’t campout to go shopping. I didn’t brave the masses and try and get the hottest deal at a store. I just went to a few stores and bought a few things. I took Micah with me and we had a great time.

What made the difference? First, I’ll admit that I love being in crowds. It’s like a mixture of amazing people watching and pole position. So, if their had been crowds, I would have been totally fine with that. In fact, I love the malls during Christmas. The hustle and bustle of the crowds is totally stimulating for me.

However, I think there’s a much bigger thing at work for me during Christmas. Christmas gives me a purpose for my shopping. I hate shopping without a purpose. I’d rather shoot myself than browse around for something that I “might” need. That’s the opposite of shopping during Christmas. I have absolute purpose in my shopping and everywhere I turn there’s a potential opportunity to bring joy to someone. Is there anything better than that in life?

One thing I’ve never really understood is why people hate Christmas shopping. Certainly there are people that are more fun to shop for than others, but I’ve always loved the opportunity to do something special for someone I care about. I don’t stress about it being the perfect gift. I don’t stress about having a limited budget. All of those things just bring out my creativity.

I seriously love the experience so much that I told Crash Mom to not worry about the shopping this year. I’d take care of all the shopping for the kids this year. I’m sure she’ll chip in with ideas and a few gifts she comes across. Although, I’m hoping I can take that stress off of her this year. Unlike me, she definitely stresses the Christmas gift buying process.

How do you handle Christmas gift buying? Does it bring you joy, stress, happiness, or heartache?

Halloween Leftovers

Posted on November 4, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

I’ve been meaning to write this Halloween post for a few days now, but life has been busy. What can I say? I never told you that this blog would be timely. In fact, my main goal is for this blog to be interesting. I plan to ask my wife and my mother if they think the blog’s interesting. If they give me the thumbs up, then I’ll keep doing it. Anyone else who’s entertained by my musings and perspectives is a huge bonus. Although, let me be clear. I love getting a good bonus!

Halloween has come and gone and I think I can definitely say that this was the best Halloween yet. Ok, before I get into it, here’s the obligatory picture of the Crash Kids dressed up for Halloween. Can you guess what they dressed up as?

Crash Kids Halloween

Ok, the skeleton is easy and so is the little police man. Although, is there seriously anything cuter than a baby in a big hat? I dare say no. I love big hats on babies and for some reason he almost enjoyed wearing the hat. Something’s wrong with that kid. None of our other kids were good with hats as babies. They’d rip them off before we could even put them on.

Now for the harder ones. My daughter’s isn’t really that hard. She’s a rainbow princess unicorn fairy ballerina. Well, that’s what I called her and I think she liked the description. She’s an overachiever like me. So, why would she want to be a Rainbow Dash My Little Pony when she could be a rainbow princess unicorn fairy ballerina. The oldest Crash Kid is a monopoly man. Pretty creative I thought. Although, I wonder what he’ll think when he gets older and realizes that the money cane he used for the costume most people would call a pimp stick. Oh well, he didn’t know the difference and he’s clearly not a pimp. He’d need gold braces for that costume.

We collected far too much candy on this trip. In fact, after our 5th house the kids buckets were so full they had to come and unload them in the bags attached to the stroller. That’s just crazy! After ~5 houses they had more candy than I was going to allow them to eat. They were running so fast from door to door. Little did they know that it was all in vain since all this surplus candy was going to be given away. The orthodontist will get 10 pounds of candy in return for some virtual points (Don’t ask me what it really is, but we’ve collected a lot of points.). Then, the rest will go to the Bishop at church. Our kids can go and get a piece each week.

If we give 10 lbs of candy to the orthodontist, you might be wondering how much candy will be left to give to the Bishop. Fear not! Crash Wife has a ritual of counting, documenting, sorting and otherwise organizing the candy the kids collect. Yes, we practice a shared candy system where all the kids candy is lumped into one. Makes for less complaining (especially when dad wants to eat all the Butterfingers).

Long story short, my wife weighed the Halloween haul (yes, that’s the appropriate word) at 34 lbs of candy. That’s basically the weight of Crash Kid #3. Plus, it includes 116 full size candy bars. I agree. It’s totally and completely insane. Our kids won’t have any idea what a normal Halloween is like. Now you see why our spoiled children get to learn about giving away most of their candy.

You might remember that I mentioned moving the candy from the trick or treating buckets to bags attached to the stroller. That system worked quite well until the end. I ran into my friend (Yes, I really do call her “friend” every time I see her) and told her that we had to take a picture together. I think her friends probably wondered who this crazy old man was, but why be a crazy old man if you can’t act like one? While Crash Mom was taking our picture, I heard a crash of bags hitting the ground.

Torn between finishing the picture and addressing the crash, the picture below is the final result. A great picture of my bloody friend and half of me as I go to see what crashed. Indeed, the stroller had toppled over. Crash Baby was up in the air and the bags of candy on the ground. Ahh…Physics at work. 34 lbs of candy is heavier than Crash Baby. I think Crash Baby kind of enjoyed the ride, but that’s when I knew it was time to go home.

Halloween Friend