I’m the cool dad

Aug 18, 2014 by

I got called the cool dad today and it felt great.

I drive an older Jeep Wrangler. It’s just a fun car to drive. Its not terribly practical when it comes to hauling anything or anyone for that matter and it gets horrible gas mileage and also has no guts at all. Not sure how they got both of those things wrong in the same car, but they did. But for southern California weather its just so much fun to drive. Plus its red and my wife likes red.

We got the jeep as just an in between fun car. My old Ford Ranger finally died with 503k miles on it and we couldn’t decide on what car to get next. I would have loved another truck, but we didn’t necessarily need one. My wife wanted a BMW SUV and I knew we for sure didn’t need one of those. We didn’t have kids yet, so I suggested we get my wife a fun little convertible car to drive around for a year or two until we decide on what car to get next. We looked at a few, but didn’t really like anything we saw. I think my wife suggested a Jeep, I don’t really recall, but we started looking at those and they fit into the fun category. We could take the top off and cruise around and that sounded cool. So I found a used one that was red and that made my wife happy.

cool dad

Fast forward to us having our first kid and now we’re not sure what to do with the Jeep. My wife wants to sell it to get something practical, but I balked and said its fine. He’s small, so he can fit in the cramped back seat for a while. Heck with the top down it may be easier to put the car seat in than the Prius! She’s not a fan of having him in the jeep with the top off as the protective mama bear side of her comes out, but I’m big on not over protecting our son, so it all balances out.

With that, and all the warm weather we’ve been having this summer I’ve been driving around with the sides and back off the jeep, but still keep the top up. This is great because you get all the nice air blowing around you and my son loves it as he sits backwards and in the Jeep he is up high and can see out the back and sides now vs staring at the back of the seat in the Prius. So we put on some good music and cruise around in the Jeep together and we love it.

I was picking him up from Grammy’s house (my mom) tonight as I often do and heading home. When I get to stop lights I reach back and put my hand in his car seat. I do this for two reasons. First is to see if he is still awake. As he sits backwards I can’t see him, so I put my hand back there to see if he’ll grab it and then I know if he is still awake or fast asleep. The other reason I do this, is to hold his hand as I really dig my little one. So as we come to a stop light, I reach back and he grabs my hand as he is still awake and happy. He’s playing with my fingers and I look past through the side of the Jeep to see a man with a big grin on his face. I can’t know for sure that Jackson wasn’t smiling also at him, but he does smile at most people so I assume he was. I smile back as he rolls down his window and says, “That is outstanding! You are the cool dad. I bet he loves that”.

My smile got even bigger and his comments made my night.

The light turned green, I cranked up the volume on a great song and we continued our cruise home.


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Orange rolls cooked in oranges over a fire

Jun 16, 2010 by

First, a big giant welcome to all the new users from Pinterest and Pillsbury.  I hope you enjoy TrulySimple and let me know what you think.

We Went camping with our friends to Pismo Beach state park over the weekend and had a great time.  We love Pismo Beach and especially love eating at Splash’s Cafe.  They have the best clam chowder in the world.

I love camping and I love eating while camping.  It just all tastes better for some reason.

For breakfast on the last day, we tried out something fun with the kids and created some great orange rolls that we cooked inside of oranges over the fire.  My wife got this recipe from a friend and we through we would try it out, and it turned out great.

You will need:

  • Oranges
  • Pillsbury Grands! Orange Flavor Rolls
  • A Camp fire


Madison was my little helper for this and she did a great job.


Cut the oranges in half.

DISCLAIMER #1: No children were harmed in the making of these orange rolls.  Yes kids can use knives safely when supervised by adults.


scoop out the insides

DISCLAIMER #2: All of the orange bits we scooped out were eaten and not wasted.


Grab the Pillsbury Grands! Orange Flavor Rolls and put one in each orange half.


Put the oranges onto a baking sheet or something you can throw on top a fire


Looking good


cover the oranges with tinfoil


throw the cooking tray on the fire


The rolls will rise as they bake


these smell amazing as they are cooking over the fire


Once the rolls have risen pull them off of the fire.  Watch that they don’t burn if you have a hot fire.


Add the icing to the rolls


sticky, yummy, and oh so good.


Now you eat them and enjoy the morning campfire.

These were a big hit with all the kids as well as the adults.  We were all clamoring to eat these as we sat around the morning campfire.

Try these next time you are camping


Thanks for all the comments on this post but WOW some of them are crazy!  Again, all parts of the oranges were eaten and no children cut off their limbs while helping make them.

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How to make Giraffe Pancakes

May 10, 2010 by

Holy cow this is cute

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