Thursday, June 26, 2008

Doh! Comment notification is now on!

I completely forgot to set up comment notification when I set this thing up. So thanks for all the previous comments. I'm sorry I did not respond in time.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Abba-ism: Marriage

I actually got this one from my mom, via e-mail, as the quote of the week:

Marriage is a relationship where once side is always right and the other side is the husband.

Nice. Also, very true.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Abba-Music: Hamster Dance

We listen to a lot of music in the car. Driving to school, to the pool, grocery shopping and pretty much everywhere we go. It's usually a bunch of The Music Class CD's, Disney princess songs or XM Kids. Sometimes Kiki will say she wants no music and that's fine as well. Sometimes she's upset about having to drive somewhere and sit in her car seat. She'll just sit the frowning until something good comes on.

Today, while running some weekend errands she told me that she was smiling from the music and she loves this song:

Yeah, that one will pretty much get stuck in your brain for the next few days. Well it was either that or this:

Abba-TV: Yo Gabba Gabba

Not sure how many of you have seen this show yet, but if you do, the songs will not come out of your head. This is a relatively new show, targeted at a young audience, that teaches good concepts like sharing and trying new foods. That's the one that's stuck in my head: "I tried it and then I liked it!"

Anyway, here are a couple of sample clips.

1) Opening sequence:

2) Party in my tummy:

So you can see how this stuff can get in your ear and never come out. And doesn't the host, DJ Lance Rock, look an awful lot like all the folks from Dee-Lite?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Abba Day & The Hampton Ritz

This was my 4th Fathers' Day! Or as we like to call it at our house, Abba Day. Sadly we spent a large part of the day in the car driving back from a wedding in Charleston, SC. But once we got home it was awesome. We timed our arrival just right and headed to the community pool to meet a few of the other families we call dear friends for some BBQ and water slide fun.

But before we get to all that, I have to take a detour in the story. Let's go back a few evenings to the time we left our house to head out to Charleston, shall we? MeeMaw (my mother-in-law and the best Kiki-sitter we could ever hope to find) showed up in the afternoon with Toonces the cat and we might as well have been invisible to Kiki at that point. We decided to quickly pack and head out. The plan was to get some dinner and drive as far as we could before crashing for the night somewhere along the way. Or as Cynthia put it, "we can just stay at some Hampton Inn, somewhere".

Well, I should have known better. I've known my wife for quite some time and she still manages to pull a fast one on me from time to time. By the time we packed, left the house, found an open place to eat something decent and were on the road it was already getting late. About half past midnight, we're both getting tired and she innocently says "hey, you know, we're not too far from the Ritz Reynold's Plantation. Why don't we see if they have any available rooms". Sure thing sweetie, go for it.

She calls them up and their rate is something outrageous. She tries to talk them down but this is the main reservations center and they recommend calling the hotel directly. Once she gets someone on the phone at the hotel she quickly explains that an empty room makes no money and since we will only be sleeping there for a few hours, they might as well let us stay there for half the going rate. And they agree. So we stayed at what I will from now on refer to as the "Hampton Ritz". Good job, honey!

Sure, we slept in, had breakfast in bed, watched some TV and relaxed. We were staying at the Ritz for half price for crying out loud! So we took advantage of it and had a great morning.

Anyway, the rest of the weekend was a blast. The rehearsal dinner and wedding were a lot of fun, although a little bit on the hot side weather-wise. You can go check out Cynthia's complete wedding report here.

So back to Abba Day. First thing we do when we walk in the door is hug and kiss the Kikster who leaps into my arms and gives me one of those terrific squeeze-the-neck-hard kind of hugs. Then it's time to open some cards and presents. First off, I get this:

Yeah, that's right. That is one cool grill cleaner. Double head with loofah and metal brush. Exactly what I needed as my old brush is just disgusting at this point. Then some cargo shorts and a very nice shirt. I also got a beautiful picture frame with a great quote on it:

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. ~George Moore

So true. I love it!

We put on our bathing suits and packed up the cooler full of drinks and headed to the pool. All our friends were already there and after about an hour of swimming, splashing and riding the water slide, the guys headed over to man the grill:

We got a good charcoal fire going and quickly got all the meat cooked. We had hot-dogs, chicken and vegetable skewers, plus everyone's favorite - Susana's famous Mititei, which is some kind of delicious Romanian kebab.

We eventually had to head home because it was getting late, we were exhausted and it was way past Kiki's bedtime. We quickly got her ready for bed and with a single book and kiss goodnight she was of to dreamland. As soon as I left the room, she started crying that she was afraid of the dark (first time ever) and that I need to sleep in her bed to make sure she's not scared. So I cuddled her until she fell asleep (which didn't take too long).

Those five minutes were probably the best part of my day.


Two days ago was Father's Day and I have finally decided to step up to the plate and start my Abba-Dad Blog. Just so we're all on the same page, Abba means father (dad) in Hebrew, my native language. But more importantly, Abba is what my daughter calls me. As do all her little friends and their parents. Pretty much anyone who knows me on a social level calls me Abba at this point. So it's quite a defining name for me. Hence, here you have it, The Abba (Dad) Blog.

I titled this first post "Inspiration" because I have been truly inspired to write here by a few people. First and foremost, Kiki (AKA Kikidudu, Kikster, Kiks and so on). My amazing daughter. If not for her I would not be the Abba I am today. Obviously. So without further ado, everyone, meet Kiki:

Second, I get inspiration from my wonderful, beautiful, amazing wife. She is an awesome mom and writes her own family blog here. She's witty and smart and has a great writing style (in my opinion). She has taken to her blog with enthusiasm and always has something interesting to say. Thanks for the inspiration, sweetie.

Third, I absolutely would not be the Abba I am today if it were not for my own Abba. Or as he is better known nowadays, Sabba (grandpa). My father has always been the voice of reason, the smart quiet one who guides and teaches in a gentle way. A true model for imitation. Toda Abba!

Now some of you might think it's kind of weird for a grown man to write a blog like this. But I am definitely not alone. I got the courage to do this by reading a lot of other daddy blogs. There are also some amazing mommy blogs out there, but I seem to connect more with the dads in the blogosphere. I will start linking those other dads up in the future. For now, you can all head over to Dad Gone Mad, written by Danny Evans, which is a great read.

So what is THIS blog going to be about. I guess it will cover my adventures in Abba-hood. Kiki is just an amazing source of stories, laughter and fun. I will try to cover some of the day-to-day hysterical stuff that goes on in our house. I will touch on some on and off-topic subjects. I will review some books, music, toys and other stuff I encounter on a regular basis. I will post pics and videos. We're going to have some regular features, like Abba-isms, Abba-blogs, Abba-rants and the aforementioned Abba-reviews. Wow, this stuff just writes itself, doesn't it.

Anyway, enjoy the ride. If you like or dislike what you read here, don't hesitate to leave a comment. If you like it so much you have to tell others about it, don't be scared to link me up.

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