Sunday, December 11, 2005

Single Parent Day

So, it was me and my son together all day today while my wife was in California at a meeting for our "games on mobile devices" grant. We had a lot of fun together today. We colored and played and ran around and napped, just the two of us.

He was being such a little joy that I took him to Chuck E. Cheese's for dinner, and it wasn't as bad an experience as I thought it would be. I figured I'd hate it but he would love it, but in reality, it wasn't so bad for me, either. Sure, there's the constant noise, but what place where kids have a lot of fun isn't noisy? The place was clean, the wait staff was very polite and helpful, the food was passable considering it wasn't really the point of the place, and the whole operation was well-organized and clear. In fact, the only problem we had was that the photo booth ran out of photo paper while we were in it. The rest of the time, my son was gawking around at a myriad of age-appropriate things to look at, which basically let me relax and eat a few slices of pizza because I didn't have to constantly entertain him.

After Chuck E. Cheeses, we drove out to Doña Ana to check out Daniel's Xmas light display. It's every bit as fun and cool as his photos imply, only moreso. I snapped a few photos that I'll put up later. Although there were many people in that subdivision decorating, Daniel's is the most elaborate, with the most custom-built creative stuff. Looks like Kris Kringle exploded all over his front yard. My son liked it so much he cried when I stuck him back in the car for the ride home. (Thankfully, he quickly got over it as I drove around the subdivision looking at the other light displays.)

And as I was putting him to bed, he struggled up out of his drowsiness to give me a kiss on the cheek. I like to think that's his way of saying thanks for a fun day. And my wife came home just as I was getting him to bed, so she got a chance to rock him a bit before he went down for the night. It was a lot of work, and I'm dogged, but all in all, a pretty great day for him, and a pretty great day for me.


Daniel Lopez said...

Daddy Days can be a great time. Before I remarried, I spent everyweekend with just Gen and Jake. We would travel to all sorts of places around the area. It was a good time and I will cherish those memories for all my life. Now that we are the Brady Bunch, we still have a lot of fun. But, logistically it is sometimes impossible to manuever the whole family around.
Thanks for the kudos on our light display. I still have about two more plastic bins full of lights, but I think I am all tapped out for now. But I may add another inflatable to the other flat roof on my house.....Well, that is if Desiree let's me of course...LOL!

Daniel Lopez said...

Oh, I forgot. We are #29 for the United Way Light contest. I have some voting slips if you would like them. Also, tell all your friends and family to come by and vote!

(Disclaimer: I am not trying to be homer and have you just vote for us. I think it is a neat way for the United Way to raise money.)