Slip-n-slides, bike rides and a time that I long for
Before I dive into a recollection of recent events guided by clever anecdotes or sci-fi references that fly over most people's heads, I need to say something I should have said two weeks ago, but forgot.
Weekend spent reconnecting with world
This week I'm going to do something I don't often do, I'm going to brag about my weekend. Now, it's not like I don't usually enjoy my weekends, because I do, they are just tend to be a little dull and not worth talking about.
Dogs causing problems for neighborhood
Five years ago, my wife and I made a major life decision. We bought a house. We looked at maybe a dozen houses (at least it felt like a dozen, but it may have only been three) and settled on a decent little house on the north end of Gosnell.
Knowing what you've got before it's gone
People often say, "You don't know what you have until it's gone," but I never really understood the sentiment behind the phrase.
My favorite things about fatherhood
My daughter is 3 weeks old today (I'm writing to you from the past -- or as most people would say, Monday). It's been a crazy, unexpected and amazing three weeks.
The moment we've all been waiting for
This week I'm jumping straight to the point because I'm too excited for any chit-chat. For those of you who haven't heard, my beautiful daughter, Caroline Grace Pinkard, was born Monday April 1, 2013, at 8 p.m.
All right winter, we've had enough
OK, everyone. Mark this day down in your diaries, because I'm about to say something I don't believe I've ever said: Winter has officially outstayed its welcome.
Modern times: New paths for the newly born
This weekend a friend posted something on Facebook about couples who no longer communicate with one another while out to dinner, but instead spend there entire evening glued to their phones. I jokingly made a remark about this being the digital age and the ability to tweet a picture of one's meal was the progress the Greeks had in mind when they laid the foundations for western civilization...
Current events offer new set of anxieties
I don't know if any of you fathers reading this have experienced what I'm about to describe, but if you have then you know exactly what I'm going through right now and you can empathize.
Eight weeks and counting, somebody queue Europe ...
This weekend was a busy one for us, mostly because this weekend was our baby shower. I know I joked about the only purpose for the shower being gifts a few weeks ago, but it dawned on me Saturday that the baby shower is important for another reason.
Showers, potholes and the baby's playlist
So a lot is going right now. So much, in fact, that it's hard for me to land on one thing to write about, so I'm just going to give you guys a few quick bursts of what's been going on.
It's never too early to start setting goals
Last weekend, Ashley and I went to visit our friends who just had a baby a few weeks ago. While there, their oldest daughter, who's only about 4 years old, was pulling "splinters" out of her "patients." Our friends told us that their daughter has decided she wants to be a doctor when she grows up.
Decisions loom as D-Day approaches
Well, with only 11 weeks to go until Caroline is born the pressure -- and excitement -- is mounting.
Another week, another anxiety
Have you ever been in a situation where it seems every time you settle in to what's happening and develop a comfortable level of confidence a new source of anxiety arises?
The end is near ...
Have you ever been on a road trip and passed one of those "The End Is Near" billboards? You know, the one where you thought, "What kind of kook puts this on the interstate?"
Waiting for the day my numbers hit, and the return of the NHL
Welcome back everyone. I hope you all enjoyed your three-day weekend -- those of you that had one, that is. For me, the weekend was a particularly exciting one.
Well, she looks like a winner to me
So these past few weeks have been pretty exciting for us on the baby front. We're approaching the final trimester, and at this stage, each week seems to bring significant growth and change to our little girl.
Fatherhood thoughts have mind swirling
As I sit here in my office writing this week's column, I'm having a little trouble focusing -- actually, let's make that a lot of trouble -- I'm having a lot of trouble focusing.
Becoming the better man
The new year is here, and with each passing day, I get closer and closer to becoming a father.
A look at some favorite Christmas things
Christmas is just a week away, and I can hardly wait, but I will admit that this Christmas has seemed a little odd to Ashley and me.
A plate full of yard work and one more lap around the block
So a few weeks ago Ashley and I found out we were having a little girl. Now more than ever -- with a daughter on the way -- I'm doing everything I can to make sure I'm the best parent.
Good times never seemed so good ...
I want to start this week by thanking everyone who has been following my journey into fatherhood. I can't really describe how great it is to be in public and have someone come up to me and be genuinely interested in this life-changing event for myself and my wife.
A boy or a girl? Pondering the benefits
Well it's officially here. My favorite, and coincidentally the most wonderful, time of the year ... Christmas.
Can't wait to be sticky, icky and broke
"I absolutely love kids, they're so amazing and fun and funny!" If you know me at all, you know I have never said those words before. Never ever.
New dads and the thoughts in their heads
I remember the day Ashley and I found out she was pregnant. Earlier that week she had taken a test only to get a negative outcome, and though we had the usual "I guess we'll try again next month" conversation, I still wasn't quite convinced.
The moments that change your life forever
We all have these events in our lives that change us forever. They mold us, shape us, turn us into who we are, and these events are different for each of us.
Modern technology helps us stay connected
Can we all just take a moment and admit that we live in one of the coolest, most advanced eras ever? We have shoes that talk to our iPod while we work out, cell phones that leave our desktop feeling neglected, and even flying cars that are certified by the FAA and completely street legal.
Chris Pinkard is a staff writer for the Blytheville Courier News