An evening with the guys – as this post is labeled. With summer here, one of the best evening/weekend festivities for one guy is to get together with his guys and enjoy some drinks and laughs. There’s not too many things that top the moments that involve cracking open a cold one with the boys. And if that one just went completely over your head, its also currently a viral meme at the moment. If I lost you once again and you’re not sure what a meme is, then you and I are going to get to know each other a lot better as I continue to blog more. Any who – hanging out with the guys… not too many things I enjoy more.
But no – this post doesn’t revolve around me getting together with other young men and having some drinks or laughs. Well, I guess in a way it does, but I’ll get to that in a minute. When I state that I’m having an evening with the guys, its with my two favorite guys I know – my sons.
As mentioned in prior posts, my wife is a stay at home mom. She gives each and every day to our sons; and I would even say partially to me because she’s the parent who has dedicated her entire day to being with our boys. And while I have to go to work, its time away from the chaos that can sometimes ensue from having two boys at home (and the oldest one is barely 3!). This evening, however, she was invited out to an event by a friend, which could only mean one thing for me – An evening with the guys! Now my wife (bless her heart) loves to spend every moment with our boys. So its not easy for her to give them up to me – much less anyone else – for more than just a few hours so she can have her alone time. With that said – there hasn’t been many times over the past few years where I was actually on full-time parent duty and I had to watch the two of them (or even just our first son before #2 came along). Admittedly so, when she leaves me with the boys alone (which has probably happened less than I can count on one hand), I have to learn how to manage 2 kids at once.
Side note – if you’re a parent with more than two kids whom you watch all day, or even a single parent (props to you) I realize that this read might feel like nothing for you, but bear with me here.
I absolutely LOVE spending time with my boys. And while I might get a bit flustered while watching them both, there’s always some great laughs involved in those moments. For example, below are some pictures of when my wife left me with the boys. I KID YOU NOT – 15 seconds after she walked out the front door, This Happened:
Haha – I’m not laughing at my sons’ misery, but it was just hilarious to me that as soon as she walked out of the door, they immediately elevated their emotion to DEFCON 1! It was total chaos for all of 5 minutes. One wanted his mommy (or a snack, maybe) and the other wanted to be fed his milk.
Regardless, anytime that I get to spend with them is a fun time. But as I go through moments where both are crying and both want something different, I can’t help but to think of all the single parents out there. Especially those who have to dedicate their entire day to putting food on the table, as well as raising children. I don’t know how you do it. When I think about it, my wife and I are still in the neutral zone. They playing field is level. There’s two of us and two little boys. I just have to be weary of the future when they become teenagers and I have to battle for male-dominance in my household. But that’s a worry for a day in the future. For now, I’m just going to kick back and enjoy an evening with the boys. Where our laughs consist of tickle fights with my 3-year old, and our drinks consist of a warmed-up bottle of formula for my 1-month old. I’m just going to enjoy my boys and cherish every moment that I get to spend with them while they’re young and (moderately) innocent.
Love you, guys.