This week’s “guest blog” post is from group member Armando, a soccer aficionado, coach, & extraordinaire as well as proud papa to Emilia (pictured on the upper left holding the pumpkin)…
Today I took my daughter Emilia to another great gathering with the dads group. The horrific weather was just totally the opposite to what we all enjoyed this afternoon, it was another great meetup. The indoor playroom was clean and spacious for everybody there, with a good collection of books and toys for the kids. The highlight was that there was a small table with some kind of magnets so that when you put them underneath the table you could move a frog, boat, or a lizard so the objects were moving all around on the table. The kids were amazed with this “magic”… How is daddy doing that? I think the space was good and worked pretty well for all of us. It has a changing table for those dirty diapers, some furniture for the dads relax on, big & bright windows, and most importantly, felt safe.
Emilia had a great time and I can tell you this because she just did not want to stop playing with the toys and the other children there. In fact, she even forgot that she needed to eat lunch. I was laughing aloud when I saw Emilia pointing to another baby (Colby’s son Theo) with a cute blue 3-eyed monster costume (kind of a cookie monster look) and she started to say “Elmo!, Elmo!, Elmo!” All the kids were wearing a costume and that was extremely amusing, and made for an entertaining event. There was a monkey, a little Godzilla, a dog, a little tiger , a chick, a Halloween pumpkin, a princess, a monster, a dinosaur, and even a little Captain America hero was there in case of an “emergency.” Emilia and I enjoyed the time running around & playing with the other kids.
All of the dads were kind of chilling out & having a good time…without missing the chance to take a lot of pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes. We had pizza, soda, snacks and John brought us plenty of delicious homemade cupcakes. Personally, I had to cut off a little bit with the food since I’m just a few days away from running my first marathon here in NYC.
Good stuff with Patrick and his “amigo” costume including a hat and a kind of “sarape” (like a nice blanket), moustache, and sun glasses…very funny! Again, it was a special afternoon with all of the kids during our Halloween extravaganza party, something that I don’t think I would see celebrating with my friends if I was living in Mexico (I know we call it Dia de Muertos, but we also celebrate Halloween in Mexico as well). This Stay at Home Dads group is very special!