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Marvel Universe LIVE Is Coming to PDX!

Marvel Universe LIVE Is Coming to PDX!

My kids are huge fans of All Things Marvel. From the cartoons, to the comics, to the movies, they’re developing encyclopedic knowledge of the characters and storylines like nobody’s business.

SO when I found out that the new show Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming to Portland (check out the full schedule of cities here), I was ecstatic. We’re taking the kids, and they have no idea what’s in store.

Marvel Universe LIVE! is an original story that features the largest assembly of Marvel super heroes and villains ever, including Spider-Man, the Avengers, X-men, Loki, Doc Ock, Green Goblin, and more. There are slso car and motorcycle stunts, and even people on FIRE. Seriously!

There are 7 shows in Portland at the Moda Center between March 3 and March 6, with tickets ranging from $25 to $75. Kids can get $15 tickets for some performances. Looking for a great deal? There are also $20 discount tickets available for opening night!

Avengers-Assemble-Image-courtesy-of-Field-Entertainment

Watch for more information and a review of the show soon!


Disclaimer: In exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog Feld Entertainment is provided me with complimentary tickets to the show. All opinions, however, are my own and those of my kids!

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All My Son Wanted for His Birthday Was a Baby of His Own

All My Son Wanted for His Birthday Was a Baby of His Own

Other than a Ninjago cake and LEGOS, the thing my son wanted most for his birthday was a baby.

He’s been asking my wife and I a lot lately when our family is going to have another baby in it, and has been a little dismayed at our answer of “Um… not any time soon.” So instead, he asked if he could have a baby to take care of himself.

How could we say no?

Introducing baby Bruce Rogers Routly*.

All he wanted for his birthday was a baby of his own.

My son turned 5 this week, and (other than Ninjagos!) the thing he wanted most was a baby of his own. Here's the big moment when he got his wish. :-)—Music: Prelude No. 16 by Chris Zabriskie

Posted by The Full Routly on Saturday, January 23, 2016

I feel confident that Coltrane will make a fine dada someday. :-)

* Yes, he’s named after the Hulk, Batman, and Captain America.

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Baking Dad: Ninjago Birthday Cake

Baking Dad: Ninjago Birthday Cake

The tradition continues!

In the months preceding my (now) 5-year-old son’s birthday, I frequently asked him what he wanted me to make for his special cake. For a long time the answer was “Monkey,” his favorite stuffed toy. Then he changed his mind, and decided he wanted all of the Avengers. When I asked him to narrow it down, he decided on Iron Man, before again changing his mind and saying he in fact wanted Monkey again, only Monkey who has turned into the Hulk… which lasted right up until a couple of weeks before the party when he scrapped everything and said he wanted a Ninjago cake — specifically of LLOYD, the Green Ninja.

Suffice to say, I took that and ran with it. Here’s the result!

Ninjago Birthday Cake

I could nitpick a lot about this in terms of how I saw it in my head and difficulties with sticky fondant and food-coloring, but altogether it turned out really well, I thought.

Thankfully, he and his friends loved it. That’s what matters. :-)

Blowing out the candles on the Ninjago cak!

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My Mother’s Eggnog

My Mother’s Eggnog

Family traditions are funny things. We follow them for years, and often have no idea why.

Nothing hammers that home like getting married and having to navigate the combining of old traditions, even as you make traditions of your own with your partner and family. It often means taking a long look at the traditions you have, and why, and which are worth continuing. And no time of year has more tradition than Christmas.

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“The Daddy Doctrines” is now “The Full Routly!”

“The Daddy Doctrines” is now “The Full Routly!”

I’ve been thinking for some time about making a major change here on my site, and with Amazon finally acquiescing on the Amazon Mom thing, I thought it was time I too took the plunge into a name change.

Welcome to The Full Routly

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At last, Amazon Mom is now Amazon Family.

At last, Amazon Mom is now Amazon Family.

It’s finally happened! Joining the rest of the world in equality, the Amazon Mom program in the United States is now officially called Amazon Family, as it is in the rest of the world.

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A Red Car, Four Strapping Lads, and an Exploding Tire

A Red Car, Four Strapping Lads, and an Exploding Tire

Do you remember your first car? Of course you do. It’s one of those things you never forget, right?

I always hear about kids being given their first car as a gift, like these teens meeting this milestone in this new ad from Michelin USA

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#FitKitchen Tries Out for the Role of my Kitchen “Wingman”

#FitKitchen Tries Out for the Role of my Kitchen “Wingman”

If there’s one thing people know about me, it’s that along with being a dad, singing, and drawing, one of the things I love most is cooking. I write here and on my Facebook page often about the recipes I love, and the new foods I’ve discovered and want to try making at home. One of the “perks” of being an at-home dad is that I am responsible for most meals, which means I often get to cook the things that I want to cook for the family.

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I Want Milk for Father’s Day

I Want Milk for Father’s Day

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my six years as a stay-at-home dad, it’s that establishing — and honoring — routine can save your sanity. Whether it’s a scarily complex bedtime routine, a daily walk, or a weekly family movie night, kids do really well when they feel like they have some comfort in knowing what’s in store.

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A Good & Honest Easter

A Good & Honest Easter

As parents we like to have a plan, but a huge part of being a parent is thinking on your feet. Sometimes it’s how to answer a difficult question posed by a kid. Sometimes it’s figuring out how to clean up a major diaper blow-out with no wipes on hand. Sometimes it’s explaining to your curious toddler why that nice police officer just pulled you over. Sometimes it’s navigating the unspoken social contracts on playground. Sometimes it’s just doing whatever you possibly can to get your baby to sleep.

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Amazon Mom? Still? It’s time for #AmazonFamilyUS

Amazon Mom? Still? It’s time for #AmazonFamilyUS

Yeah, you heard me. I’m “raging” against Amazon Mom again.

It’s been a while. It was August of 2012 when I last wrote about how nonsensical it is for Amazon to continue to insist that they have to use “Amazon Mom” for their program — aimed at busy parents who would like diapers delivered to their door at a discount — because their only other option is apparently “Amazon Primary Caregiver.”  What’s wrong with “Amazon Family?” I asked. I never got an answer. I encouraged people to sign a petition, put together by my friend Jeffrey, asking for Amazon to consider the change. But it never took off.

I wasn’t the only one writing about the issue though. Almost two years ago today, my friend Oren wrote about the issue as well. It meant something to him. A lot, actually. And it’s in his honor that I (and others) have decided to take up the issue again.

Because it’s time for this to finally change.

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My Friend Oren

My Friend Oren

Today, my friend Oren Miller was laid to rest.

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Where Similac And “The Mother ‘Hood” Go Wrong, and Why It Matters

Where Similac And “The Mother ‘Hood” Go Wrong, and Why It Matters

This week, Similac released a new campaign video that has been getting a lot of attention, and with good reason.  It’s funny, it’s touching, and it sends a fantastic message about parenting: that we’re all in this together, and judging one another helps no one.

It’s really quite fantastic… right up until the last second, when they drop the ball. At least, if the idea is actually to support all parents.

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Adorable Cartoons Help Explain Rosetta, Philae, and Comet 67P to My Future Astronaut

Adorable Cartoons Help Explain Rosetta, Philae, and Comet 67P to My Future Astronaut

I may have mentioned on here once or twice about that my 6 year-old Tucker has, for some time now, had his sights set on a future career as an astronaut. The dream lives on, and so I was really excited to be able to share with him yesterday in the excitement over the successful landing of the Philae lander on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Part of the reason Tucker was excited about this mission is because the ESA (European Space Agency) created a fantastic animated series about it, that we have watched together a few times.

I don’t know why it just occurred to me to share this here, but if you have a kid who is curious what all the excitement is about, give these a watch together. You just might learn something too. :-)

Part 1: Fabulous Fables and Tales of Tails

 

Part 2: Once Upon a Time…

 

Part 3: Are We There Yet?

 

Part 4: Preparing for Comet Landing

Now that Philae has landed on the surface, hopefully they put together some adorable animation about that too soon. If they do, I’ll be sure to add it here!

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How Canadians Vote:  A 100% Accurate & True Representation of Voting Ballots in Canada.

How Canadians Vote: A 100% Accurate & True Representation of Voting Ballots in Canada.

This is a 100% accurate and true representation of voting ballots in Canada.

Sorry.

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Sometimes You Need a Jellyfish

Sometimes You Need a Jellyfish

jellyfish-coverYesterday afternoon, I finally hit the launch button on a project that has been in the works for a very, very long time: the Kickstarter campaign for my kid’s book Sometimes You Need a Jellyfish. Then I immediately ran out the door to pick up my son from kindergarten and tell him the news. The book was his idea, after all.

I’m so very, very proud of this book. In all honesty, I have been for ages, but the more people who I showed it to, the more people I heard asking me when I was going to get it published so that they could have a copy.

In the past, my books have been self-published through print-on-demand services, such as Lulu and Amazon’s CreateSpace. Those services work great, for what they are, but there were two consistent issues that I had with each book: 1) because my books are in full-color, the price point on the books — printed to order — was simply too high, and 2) hardcover book printing is not available.

The solution?

I am going to do it myself.

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Wow, The Book of Life looks amazing! [#BookofLife Prize Pack #Giveaway]

Leave it to Guillermo del Toro to produce an animated movie that looks unlike anything I’ve ever seen before in a major production. I just love the look of this movie, foregoing the recent “as photo realistic as possible” trend in animation and instead drawing deeply on the rich mythology and visual style of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to make something truly unique and beautiful.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what director Jorge Gutierrez has put together. Word is that when he started work on this film, he said to his designers and animators that his goal was to have the final movie live up to the incredible conceptual art that he so often saw in “The Art of…” books for many movies, but never seemed to make it to the final screen. From the looks of things, he has succeeded.

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Vick’s Releases NyQuil and DayQuil Ads Featuring Dads

Vick’s Releases NyQuil and DayQuil Ads Featuring Dads

I’ve had this new NyQuil ad mentioned to me a few times recently, and finally managed to track it down. It’s short and basic, but I love it and really wanted to share it with you all…

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Baking Dad: Space Shuttle Birthday Cake

Baking Dad: Space Shuttle Birthday Cake

As I mentioned previously, for his 6th Birthday last week my son requested a Space Shuttle cake to go along with the general, ongoing “I want to be an astronaut!” theme to his life.

Not gonna lie, I’m really pleased with how this one turned out.

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5 Lessons from the At-Home Dad Convention

5 Lessons from the At-Home Dad Convention

Last week, I flew to Denver for my third year attending the At-Home Dad Convention, an annual event (this was its 19th year!) put on by the National At-Home Dad Network.

After my first, in Washington, DC, back in 2012, I was determined to get more involved with the organization and double-down my work on getting my own local dad group in the Lehigh Valley, PA area, where I lived at the time, off of the ground. I did that, and then shortly after, I helped the NAHDN redesign their website. Last year at the convention in Denver I was elected to the Board of Directors.

So you could say that when it comes to the NAHDN and the At-Home Dad Convention, I’m a big believer in what we’re doing.

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