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Welcome To Dadding Today

Hi, I’m Jim and welcome to the “Dadding Today” blog!

A bit about me: I’m a member of the “Dadding 2.0” club as we are raising twin 11 year old’s, my second set of kids. 25 years earlier I was raising a daughter and a son 2 years apart, so I’ve done this role from diapers to Granddaughter.

I haven’t seen it all, probably just enough to be dangerous ;) 

I did 10 years in the USAF and the past 32 years at a behemoth telecom company where my wife also works, and I am right there in middle management. Which means I have all of the responsibility and none of the authority. So, it's sometimes a joy and often something a lot less than that, but its what I do and I'm pretty good at it.

I’m still a few years away from retirement but I now have it in the cross hairs and the twins freshmen year at collage and my retirement should line up nicely. That’s today's  plan anyway.

My wife, the twins, our two dogs Lucy and Ryder, and our current Au Pair, who is here from South Africa, reside in the Pacific Northwest in a comfortable house on an acre of land and in a great neighborhood and it's close to work. My wife is a full time telecommuter and works from home, and I split the time between working at home and being in the office.

That's the basics of my life and I will certainly give you much more detail of the inner workings of all of that as this blog unfolds as well as other interests and concerns.

Welcome to Dadding Today!


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