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Joe Poulas
Chevy Chase, MD
Stays At Home
Interests: child rearing, cleaning, cooking
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Uh, now what? Longer is not always better. Sometimes they bend. Just like your spine after use. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Unfinished Dad
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at Unfinished Dad
I love my extraordinary wife, and I love these dresses, but seriously, who taught Annie that face? Cousins and friends alike--fess up! Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Unfinished Dad
I broke out the video camera today with the idea that the girls would add to our burgeoning library of movie classics retold in their own voices. Instead, they continued the Beauty and the Beast narrative and waxed poetic about a great American man and a great American sandwich. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Unfinished Dad
Parents, I know you were in a store recently and noticed Beauty and the Beast for sale. Your kids went crazy asking you to buy it for them, but due to Disney's dictatorial stranglehold on their DVD distribution, you also noticed that the movie is priced as if you were wearing Air Jordans and asking friends what Teen Spirit is. So you stood there wondering where you could find this seminal work of animation and downright princessy-ness for a reasonable price. Well look no further. I give you Matilda's Cliffs Notes edition of Beauty and the Beast. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Unfinished Dad
All systems A OK., originally uploaded by unfinished dad. As our camera somehow broke in Japan (thanks honey), the only way that I can show off the beautiful homemade costumes the girls wore on Halloween (again, thanks honey [sincerely]) is by posting these videos we shot during our five house, hour long trick-or-treating session. Notice the expansive range of movement the costumes allow when Tilda throws her pumpkin at her sister. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
Robots Like Butterfingers Too., originally uploaded by unfinished dad. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
Okay Fall, We Get It. You're The Cutest Season. Just Don't Layer (Ha!) It On Too Thick., originally uploaded by unfinished dad. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
How can this be my child?, originally uploaded by unfinished dad. If you're a parent, you've turned around and looked at your child at some point and said, "What the hell? That's my kid?" I usually say this when Annie is laying on the floor in a public place, screaming herself hoarse and kicking any walls within immediate reach. Today, I experienced this in a whole new way. While video taping her on this rope swing, I had two crystal clear thoughts: I love that she is bold enough to try this, and what on earth are her grandparents going... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
And how can this be her little sister?, originally uploaded by unfinished dad. Watching your two year-old run the length of a 75 foot trampoline and then jump into a totally foreign pit of gray and red foam brings up plenty of emotions: My children are growing so quickly. Where does the fear impulse come from? I'm so freaking proud of this person. Am I losing my mind letting her do this? In the end, I try and make the bulk of my parenting decisions based on how well adjusted the girls will be after they either experience the sheer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
Three is an interesting age. The three-year old mind is exploding with new thoughts and absorbing more information than you ever will again in your life. Never underestimate your three-year old's ability to both remember and invent. You might say Annie's bedtime routine is a classic example. We've done all of the following steps for over two months now. Kiss, Hug, Honk, and Rub Annie chooses the order of the four actions guaranteed to make a toddler go to sleep. Seriously, there was a study on this somewhere. She often picks kiss first and then asks for exactly three kisses... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
Question: What is the number one reason for owning a cell phone? Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
Sisters, originally uploaded by unfinished dad. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
On this, Tilda's first day of summer camp, I am awash in thoughts of sibling love, letting go and moving on. What is next for these young girls? What is next for their dad who will now get his first taste of at home parenting phase II: Life with two kids in school? Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
Most of the activities we do lately are based on Little Bear episodes. Annie is in a bit of a television rut, I guess. Today we went hiking, and I was stoic Owl to Annie's Little Bear. I suppose Tilda was Duck since she thinks every animal on earth makes the same quacking noise. We set off on Theodore Roosevelt Island, each with a backpack filled to the rim with snacks and water. By the end of the hike--which must have totaled nearly 300 yards--I had two' backpacks stuffed inside mine and a toddler on each hip. Good times. Ah,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
If you need something to do this summer that will amaze you and your children alike, check out Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. Remember 22 month old child, no touching the exotic, brightly colored, haphazardly flying insects! This is me nonchalantly turning away from you, pretty butterfly. Hmm...I think this pipevine swallowtail's probiscis is injured. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
The next thing you know, you'll be in the middle of a tea party watching your daughter get her toenails painted "zippy pink"... ...and them some boy will be knocking on the door talking about eternal love and his 1992 Camaro, which by the way came out when you were a sophomore high school. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
Most of the things that my kids do to surprise me fall under the sudden violence or sudden bodily excretion categories. Yesterday, though, Annie did something that flipped me upside down and shook me around a bit. She balked at finishing her dinner last night, and when I told her she would lose one of her pacifiers if she didn't continue, she told me, "I don't want my Bobs anymore. I think I'll throw them out." A few seconds after she climbed the stairs to her room I heard her open the garbage can. She was back in her seat... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
The next time you find yourself telling acquaintances how brilliant or "ahead of the curve" your child is, remember that you are talking about the same kid who pulled poop out of her diaper during lunch and continues to use her spoon in a convex rather than concave manner. I'm not saying your child isn't awesome, they all are, but it might do you some good to take the bad with the good; you'll end up enjoying the good that much more. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
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Mar 15, 2010
25 of 26 Ain't Bad, originally uploaded by unfinished dad. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at Unfinished Dad
I Love You!, originally uploaded by unfinished dad. Really, I do. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2010 at Unfinished Dad