ALL ROUTLY. ALL THE TIME.

Sausage-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped, Maple-Glazed BBQ Turkey Breast

Sausage-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped, Maple-Glazed BBQ Turkey Breast

One of my strongest childhood memories was our family trip in 1985 to Orlando, Florida; our first pilgrimage to Walt Disney World. We did a lot of fun things, saw a lot of amazing sights, and ate a lot of good food. As one does on such a trip. And the strongest food memory I have?

Smoked. Turkey.

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Marvel Universe LIVE in PDX (Review)

Marvel Universe LIVE in PDX (Review)

My boys had a tough decision to make this morning, after they’d finished breakfast and had to get dressed:

Which superheroes would they be dressing up as to go see Marvel Universe LIVE?

My youngest opted for Captain America, muscle-bound, and carrying his trust shield/Frisbee with him everywhere he went.

My oldest opted for Spider-Man, but — ever the practical one — after wearing the mask for a short time he figured it blocked his view too much, and (wanting to be able to see every bit of the show)decided instead to wear his Spider-Man-print Hawaiian shirt, and attend the show as Peter Parker in disguise.

These tough choices decided, we packed up and headed to the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, found our seats, and waited for the show to begin.

I think if there’s one word I would use to sum up the Marvel Universe LIVE experience, it would be this:

Spectacle.

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To Yo-Kai! The Cause of, and Solution to, All of Life’s Problems

To Yo-Kai! The Cause of, and Solution to, All of Life’s Problems

As my kids get older, their choices in entertainment have gotten more complicated. They went from simple, charming shows about shapes and colors, to memorizing every member of certain super-teams and the complex histories of them all. But one thing that hasn’t changed is that they love things that are weird.

I first heard about Yo-Kai Watch when the good people at Hasbro were kind enough to send me some episodes of the new hit show, and a bunch of the assorted toys that tie directly to the show. They had one request: have your kids and their friends watch and play, and let us know what they think!

And let me tell you, when it comes to weird, Yo-Kai Watch delivers.

Don’t believe me? Let me explain the premise:

A young boy named Nate accidentally discovers the existence of mischievous spirits, called Yo-Kai, when he releases one from imprisonment and they are bonded together. Yo-Kai, it turns out, are everywhere, but are invisible and cause all sorts of mayhem. Nate is given a special watch that allows him to see them, and even summon these spirits to help when needed. The Yo-Kai help get him through the misadventures during his day, many of which involve stopping the mischief caused by the more trouble-making Yo-Kai.

CheeksqueekOkay, so I know that doesn’t sound that weird, yet, I know. But that’s because so far I haven’t gotten to the Yo-Kai named Cheeksqueek who has a head the shape of a butt. He can’t stop farting, and his special ability is making people fart.

In addition there’s the adorable cat-like thing that keeps pushing people in front of a bus, and a poodle with a man’s face. Also, a plot that surrounds the singular embarrassment of being known to have taken a poop at school. Seriously.

Oh, and hey, did I mention that Yo-Kai, a product of Japan (of course) is so popular in its home country that the movie version beat out Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the box office?

Here’s the trailer for the show, which gives a good idea of what it’s all about:

As I said, the show is weird. Like, capital W Weird if you’ve never seen really weird Japanese anime. So if you’re like me and my lovely wife, you’ll probably at some point find yourself asking out loud to know one in particular “What did I just watch?” But it’s also surprisingly funny at times, incredibly over-the-top, and we all enjoyed the episodes we watched a lot. The music was catchy, especially.

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The best part though, at least for us, is definitely the toys and how well they integrate into the show. Just like Nate, the kids each donned a special Yo-Kai Watch, and were able to “summon” their favorite Yo-Kai by inserting special medals (called “Medalliums”) to activate unique sounds. Also included were small toys of the various Yo-Kai themselves, and a nifty binder where you can keep your collection of medals as it grows. There is also an app (available for iOS and Android) that allows you to interact with the Yo-Kai you’ve collected.

This is a really cool collect-and-trade sort of thing, and I can see why it’s becoming so popular.

Yo Kai Watch watches

We had a great time with our Yo-Kai Watch watching party!

Yo-Kai Watch can be seen on Disney XD, and if you want to know more about Yo-Kai, you can find them all over social media and the web here: Yo-Kai World | Yo-kai Watch on Facebook | Yo-kai Watch YouTube | Hasbro on Twitter

Disclosure: I was sent a box of Yo-Kai Watch toys and a screener DVD, and am being compensated for this post. All opinions are either my own, or those of the watch party attendees.

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Dads4Kesem: Why I’m Walking 84-Miles Across England This Summer

Dads4Kesem: Why I’m Walking 84-Miles Across England This Summer

What I’m about to tell you honestly started as something of a joke, to me. Someone posited the idea, and others got on board, and it truly sounded pretty awesome, but… there was just no way I could do it. No way. And so it was with that in mind I said to my wife that evening “Oh, honey, listen to this: some of my dad blogger friends are planning on flying to England next summer, and then walking 84 miles in a week across the country following the ruins of an ancient Roman wall. Doesn’t that sound awesome?”

But then came the shocker.

“Yeah it does!” she said, “You should do it! But that’s a long way, so only if you let me train you.”

And so here we are.

I’m so excited to be able to officially announce the Dads4Kesem Hadrian’s Wall Walk in July 2016, when I’ll be joining 11 other dad bloggers, writers, and influencers, as we walk together to raise funds for a new Camp Kesem chapter at the University of Maryland in honor of my friend Oren Miller, who lost his battle with cancer last year.

Here’s the sweet, sweet logo I had the privilege of making for the team:

Dads4Kesem

I’m sure I will post a lot more about this adventure in the months ahead, as I prepare, raise funds, and try to get in better shape to survive this very long walk. 84 miles in a week means more than 10 miles a day, so I definitely have my work cut out for me.

The group’s website and fundraising page is Dads4Kesem.com, where you will be able to find out more about the walk, the team, and help us as we raise support for Camp Kesem.

Please note: All monetary funds raised will be going towards Camp Kesem’s new chapter, not to pay for the trip to England or costs associated with the walk itself. Each member of the team will be paying their own travel and other expenses.

Meet the Team!

About Camp Kesem!

Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. A program of Kesem, Camp Kesem operates over 80 free summer camps in 34 states for children ages 6 to 16 who have been touched by a parent’s cancer. This camping experience has a lasting impact on children by providing them a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills. In 2016, Camp Kesem will serve over 6,000 children coast-to-coast – all funded by generous donations from individuals and corporate support. For more information on Camp Kesem, please visit www.campkesem.org, www.facebook.com/CampKesem, and @CampKesem on Twitter & Instagram.

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Four Things About Marvel Universe LIVE That Will Blow My Kids’ Minds!

Four Things About Marvel Universe LIVE That Will Blow My Kids’ Minds!

In just a few more weeks, our family will be eagerly racing to the Moda Center here in Portland, for one of the most anticipated activities we’ve ever done — the Marvel Universe LIVE show.

I’m so excited, because I know this is going to absolutely blow their minds. Why? Well…

1) All of Their Favorites Will Be There

My sons have inherited their father’s ability to learn every detail about his favorite things, especially when it comes to superheroes. As a result, they doesn’t have one or two favorites, he has dozens. Due to various issues involving who has the rights to which character though, the Marvel movies can’t get them all in one place on the screen. But in this show? Every one of them will be making an appearance.

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The Marvel Universe LIVE show features not only the headliners from the Avengers movies like Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, but also Spider-Man, and the X-Men, as well as characters like Captain Marvel who have yet to make the move to the big screen, AND many of these heroes’ respective villains. It’s going to be quite the party!

2) High Flying Heroes

falconTwo of my preschooler’s favorite heroes are Iron Man and Falcon, and in this show he will get to see both do what they do best — take to the sky in high-flying, high-speed action.

Marvel Universe LIVE has the largest and most sophisticated flying system of any live touring show, and I cannot wait to see his face when Falcon swoops overhead!

3) Stunts, Stunts, and More Stunts

captainamerica_motorcycleIn addition to the aerial stunts, Marvel Universe LIVE features incredible, up-close stunts by some of the best in the business, including car chases, motorcycles, and even people on fire. Yes, PEOPLE ON FIRE.

I can’t wait to hear my oldest try to figure out how they manage to pull all of this off. This will be a pretty big change from the last time my kids were in the Moda Center and watched college basketball.

4) Something New

lokiOne of my favorite things about this show is that it isn’t just rehashing the Marvel movies with live actors. Marvel Universe LIVE features a unique, authentic storyline all of its own that draws inspiration from both the beloved films and TV shows AND the comics where these characters were born.

I can’t wait! Can you tell?

Portland, OR Show Details

Marvel Universe LIVE runs in Portland, OR at the Moda Center (One Center Court, Portland Ore. 97227) from Thursday, March 3 – Sunday, March 6

  • Thursday, March 3 @ 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 4 @ 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 5 @ 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 6@ 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

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Prices range from $25, $35, $50 (VIP) and $75 (Gold Circle)

Kids (ages 2-12) tickets available for only $15 each on select performances* 

Opening Night special discount tickets available for $20 for select seating**

Tickets are available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the Moda Center Box Office.

For Group sales, please contact the Rose Quarter at 503-963-4400.

Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

*kids discount only valid for Fri 7pm, Sat 7pm and Sun 5pm shows on select seating
**not valid for premium VIP/Gold Circle levels


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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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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