Saturday, January 13, 2018

Plunk-Plunk-Plunk (Cabin Fever Strikes)

Daddy Steve: Daddy John!  Get my ear plugs!  BOYS!

Blake: Someone wake up Frank!  He's fallen asleep at the pedals again!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Attack of the Cute

Daddy Steve:  Lately I've been trying to use up some of my vacation time at work before it expires.  I've been taking an occasional Friday or Monday off with the idea of catching up on household tasks: cleaning, organizing, laundry, repair know, fun stuff.

At least, that was the original plan.  The boys, of course, had other ideas.  They couldn't understand why I would want to do all of those 'boring things' when I could pay attention to them.  I must admit that they can be quite persuasive...

Ravi: Daddy Steve, won't you please join us for tea?
Daddy Steve: Well, I was going to clean the bathroom.

Patrick: Oh pleeeeeeeeeaaaaase?
Daddy Steve: Maybe just one cup.

When Patrick looks at me with his gooey butterscotch eyes, how can I, or anyone, possibly refuse?

Likewise when Sasha asks me to read him a story.  Sasha and I have been together for over 45 years...he basically has me wrapped around his little finger.

Sasha: But Daddy, wouldn't you rather read us a story?  You can wash the kitchen floor any time.
Daddy Steve: Yes, that's true.

Miguel: And after that, you can read us this one!

There's always a sense of urgency in Tyler's and Mikko's plans.

Tyler: Daddy Steve, come outside and help us build a snow fort!
Daddy Steve: Perhaps in a little bit, boys.

Mikko: But we have to do it now!  If we wait, all the snow will melt!

And what kind of parent would I be if I didn't encourage my kids' musical development?

Bowie: What's more important, the laundry or listening to the new song Sebastian and I wrote?
Sebastian: Yeah!

Emile explains it to me as only he can.

Emile: Papa, you really must cultivate a joie de vivre!

Later that evening...

Daddy John: So what did you do today?
Daddy Steve: Well...I, uh, played with the boys, and, uh...ummmm, oh dear...

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Dark Knight

Daddy Steve:  When we posted our Gregoropolis Christmas photo on the Sasha Facebook page, one person commented that Anthony looked like Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman).  Anthony liked that comment a lot!  As the only non-Gregor in Gregoropolis, he sometimes feels a bit invisible.  Ever since reading that comment, he's been spending a lot of time in front of the mirror and talking in a very deep voice.

Anthony: I'm BATMAN!
Robin: Are you catching a cold?

Sunday, December 24, 2017


Daddy Steve:  Christmas Eve morning in Gregoropolis!  Some of us (Frank) are having a little trouble waiting to dig into the holiday sweets.

Friday, December 22, 2017

A Change -- But Not Too Much

Daddy Steve: My two German boys, Rolf and Paul, loudly announced they were cold.

Rolf: Daddy Steve, you must buy more coal!
Paul: Ja, I haff got goosebumps on my legs!
Daddy Steve:  We don't heat the house with coal, and I think the problem is that you boys are still wearing your shorts.  Why don't we get you two changed into some warmer clothes?
Rolf: Hmmm.  Well, maybe.

Paul: Will we still match?
Daddy Steve: Very nearly.  I've got the overalls and shirt that Rolf wore last winter, and I've also bought a new shirt and overalls.  Aren't they nice?
Rolf: Hmmm.  Well, maybe.

Daddy Steve: Rolf, as senior Götz boy, you get to have the new outfit.
Rolf: Oh, no, Daddy!  Das ist mein outfit!
Daddy Steve: Oh, yes, sorry Rolf.  Daddy is old and sometimes gets strange ideas.

Daddy Steve: How's that, boys?  Better?
Paul: Much better!  I'm warm now.
Rolf Ja, Daddy Steve.  Change is gut!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

'Continental' Cookies

Daddy Steve:  This weekend I baked Christmas cookies for the boys (including the big one I'm married to).  Minnesota Public Radio was playing lovely Christmas music, which helped me get in the mood.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not very talented at shaped cookies.  They go into the oven looking like trees, stars, and candy canes and come out vaguely resembling continents (Africa, in particular).

Kaveh and Giancarlo assure me that they still taste just as good.

Kaveh: They smell yummy!
Giancarlo: When can we have one?

And with that, Gregoropolis has reached 100 posts!  
Thank you for reading and here's to the next 100!