The Birth of Our Son – Braeden Is Here

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Sep 19, 2017
baby boy

As of September 17, 2017 at 8:20 p.m. Braeden Lucas Bearden officially entered the world.  He arrived a healthy weight of 8 lbs 9 oz and a length of 20 inches.  Braeden was born 9 days early.   In the words similar to what Kevin Hart would say, I wasn’t ready.

Maternity Photo Session

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Sep 5, 2017
The Wildlands Conservancy

We have been really busy as of late running different businesses. Since it was Labor Day yesterday Johanna didn’t have school. So we finally had a few hours where we could run out and take some photos. Yesterday was a little cooler so we ran up to The Wildlands Conservancy in Oak Glen.

Johanna Is Getting Excited for the Upcoming Baby

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Sep 5, 2017
Excited for the Upcoming Baby

As each and everyday progresses Johanna is getting more and more excited on the idea that her baby brother is coming soon.  When September hit we changed the calendar.  September 26th marked our sons estimated birthday.  The date was marked with “Baby Due.”  Johanna noticed that he’s coming soon.

Bored Waiting for Mayweather vs. McGregor

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Aug 26, 2017

I’m not the typical boxing fan.  Once in a while I’ll watch a special event.  While waiting for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, watching the Raiders vs. Dallas, falling asleep, Jolene and Johanna were doing their nails.  This is what happens when you are bored and the only guy in the house.

Mayweather vs. McGregor

A stay at home dad shared the match on Facebook for everyone to watch.  Otherwise I would have just waited to hear the results.

Great American Solar Eclipse

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Aug 21, 2017

When I was in elementary school I remember our teachers pulling the welding helmets out and creating pin hole boxes for us to watch a solar eclipse. It’s one of those events in child’s life that you don’t forget. When driving home it bugged me that I couldn’t look at the sun, even though the event was over. In reality we are not suppose to look at the sun anytime.  The solar event today was even more special.

Johanna’s First Day of Kindergarten

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Aug 8, 2017

Today was the big day.  Johanna’s first day of kindergarten.  She took her Ariel backpack and lunch tote and began her journey as a school girl.  As a father what comes to mind for me?  I’m getting old.

First Day of Kindergarten

We dropped Johanna off at her school this morning.  They allowed us to play with her for a few minutes before she entered her classroom.  We said her goodbyes and left.  No tears, no crying, everything went in stride.  A few other students were crying as their parents left.  Johanna was too excited to miss us as we left.  I should count my blessings.

She only goes to school for 4 hours a day this year.  Her school starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Luckily we don’t have to wake up early like all the other school kids.  There is no rush in the morning.  So now I have 4 extra hours in a day to do something productive.  What to do, what to do.

Well, my first inkling is to make this blog post.  I’ll do more work that I need to do.  In a month though, our baby boy will be coming into the world.  So we will be starting all over again.  Johanna no longer has total dependence on us.  She now has to depend on her teachers for a period of time each day.  Our son though will now depend on us.  It’s like starting from scratch.  5 more years and we will be doing this all again.  I’ll feel even older then.

We did get a few photos of her special milestone today.  Hopefully as the years go by we can keep doing something similar.  That’s the hope at least.  It may not be the cool thing to do when she gets older, but hopefully she will put up with us.  I even got another photo for my SAHD Project.

Ariel Backpack and Lunch Bag First Day of Kindergarten

Tag Is Not Permitted in Schools

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Aug 4, 2017
Tag is not permitted in schools

Johanna begins her first year of school next week. She grew up fast, too fast.  Did I just say too fast?  It seemed like yesterday I was counting seconds.  She begins kindergarten at Sundance Elementary in Beaumont California. Jolene was combing through the rules and regulations of students. Specifically she was looking at the Student Behavioral Expectations pamphlet. One of the rules state that “tag/chase is never permitted.” Running is also not allowed.  Additionally you can never touch another student. Not just in the no-no area, but at all.  Johanna loves to hug.  I’m prepared for the phone calls already. What really bugs me though is that tag is not permitted in schools.

My Wife Is Beautiful

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Aug 3, 2017
My Wife Is Beautiful

Jolene just passed 32 weeks pregnant.  We finally made time to get another photo of her.  I think my wife is beautiful.

So often we tell girls they are our princesses. Often we forget to tell our boys that they are our prince. So we thought it would be nice to create a photo with our prince’s crown. We hope you like it.

The Wife Is on Maternity Leave Early

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Jul 14, 2017
maternity leave

Beginning today Jolene is officially on disability.  Her doctor approved her to be out on maternity leave early.  She is just short of 30 weeks along.  Over the past few weeks she has been having sciatica, massive amounts of pain, dizziness, fainting spells, and falling.  Now she finally gets to take a break before our boy is born.  She has been pushing herself further into her pregnancy with the hopes of staying out longer after our baby’s birth.

One of My Most Dreaded Questions, “Can I Help You”

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Jul 9, 2017

When I was a child I loved asking my dad if I could help him.  I enjoyed participating on construction sites using a hammer or laying tile.  As a child and even into adult hood I helped my dad with many tile jobs.  Through the years I thought I actually was helping.  Over time I did eventually excel at the job.  Now that I’m a dad, I realize I probably was more of a burden in my younger years.  Which is why this is my most dreaded question, “can I help you?”

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