googlea875c0213e6e807d.html] Fandads: December 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

What Legacy of Loving Will I Leave for My Sons?

I have been to a couple of weddings in the past few months.  As one who has been married and divorced twice, I have felt myself wince each time when the couples have pledged to be together for life.

The wince registers on many levels I’m sure.  In part it registers an abiding sense of failure on my part, particularly with my second marriage.  I have two sons, now ages ten and twelve, from that marriage, and I share custody with their mother.  As I watch the boys go back and forth, with their own adaptive grace and resilience, I still think this is not the life I wanted for them and experience a sense of failure in not giving them the family life which I had hoped for them and which I worry, and sense, that they miss.

Love and Skateboarding: An Ollie at the Ends of the Earth

Photo by Tim Libretti
Our friend Dr. Tim Libretti had written another piece for his Fatherhood in Divorce series. For those of you that skateboard or have children that skateboard there is a lot more to it than riding a piece of wood with four wheels attached to them. 

Many years ago some Mennonite friends of mine invited me to their church for their baby daughter’s dedication ceremony.  While I cannot really speak to the finer points of Mennonite ritual, the ceremony, it might be fair to say, was the Mennonite version of a baptism, though no water was involved. 

The child received a blessing, and the parents, among perhaps other promises, confirmed themselves in their commitment to follow their daughter, in the words of the pastor, to “the ends of earth” in helping her fulfill her mission on this planet, whatever it turned out to be.

Check out Mickey and the Roadster Racers on the Big Screen!

Hey Friends, earlier this year we got the opportunity to check out the new Mickey and the Roadster Racers on the big screen before it's official release on January 16th and we are going to have that opportunity again.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

TellTale Game's The Walking Dead: The New Frontier mini-review

Yesterday, Telltale Games released their latest Walking Dead game titled: The New Frontier and the Fandads got their hands on it. Now, while we did not get a chance to play both episodes yet, we are going to give you a little information on the game and our first initial reactions. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Are you ready to rock with #RockDog?

Have you heard the one about the guard dog that wants to be a musician? If your answer is no, then check out the trailer for Rock Dog coming out next February. I really like movies that show characters going after their dreams because it's always a great message for our children. I think Rock Dog is going to be a fun movie and it has Eddie Izzard in it, so that's a bonus right there! 

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Many Faces of a #RussellDadlete. #sponsored

(Disclaimer: Russell provided the Fandads with one of their Premium Fleece Hoodies in exchange for this post. All thoughts, opinions and household chores are our own.)

In October I wrote about being a #RussellDadlete with Russell Cool Performance underwear. Back in those days, I was in pretty great shape, due to running every day as I trained for the Chicago Marathon. Since running the marathon, my running routine has dwindled down to the point where I hardly run anymore. Now how is a dad going to maintain the title of #Russelldadlete if he is not taking care of himself?  Let us look at what his options are.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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(Disclaimer: Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post and providing prizes for the giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are our own.) 

The holidays are coming up and we all know what that means; time to take a million pictures of every thing your family does from the minute they walk in the door to the final gift being opened. So what happens to all those photos after the big day? Most of the time they end up downloaded on your computer to free up space on your phone or they end up in the cloud and are never seen again.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Watching the Golden Globes with St. Jude

Photo courtesy of St Jude

With the announcement of the Gloden Globes yesterday, you might start thinking about where you are going to see it. Have you ever thought of dressing up and watching the show at a big event? Did I mention that this event is simultaneously taking place in four other cities and everyone that is gathered there is supporting a great cause? If your answer is yes, you should check out the St. Jude Red Carpet for Hope.

Creating a new routine to #ElevateTheSeason. #Sponsored

(Disclaimer: The Fandads were compensated with product and payment for our review of BulletProof Coffee. All words and opinions are our own.)

It's kind of ironic that in this month, the month of December, when children everywhere are eagerly anticipating Santa Claus to arrive with presents for them, I was the one that was eagerly awaiting a package from our friends at Bulletproof Coffee to arrive for me. Yes, I was looking out the window every time I would see the mail carrier, FedEx or UPS truck pull up to the front door wishing that today would be the day. After a few more days of grueling anticipation, it finally arrived.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Rogue One World Premiere and Giveaway

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming out this week, the Fandads and Fandango have teamed up for an important mission for our friends. We have been given 10 gift cards...wait a minute! It seems like 2 cards have gone rogue and will appear later this week on our Facebook Page, but if you would like to win one of the eight cards keep reading.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

When I first found out that Spider-Man was going to be in Captain America: Civil War, I got really excited. I mean, Spider-Man has been one of my favorite superheroes since I was little and to see him again on the big screen with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was just mind-blowing. It was great to see how they captured his humor and quirkiness in the few scenes that he was in and knowing that they were going to make a new movie with this version of Peter Parker was also intriguing.

Monday, December 5, 2016

New Rogue One Creature Featurette

With Rogue One hitting theaters next week, more and more commercials are being released giving us insight into the movie. This past Sunday, a new featurette was released that focuses on the new creatures we will see in the Rogue One. I guess you can call it a "Creaturette."! (Yes, dad jokes for the win!)