Hot Wheels are something that I've written about regularly here on The Rock Father™ Magazine for the better part of a decade. This year, Mattel's iconic diecast vehicles are celebrating a milestone - their 50th Anniversary - and we were able to take part. Earlier this month, a crew from NBC News paid a visit to Rock Father HQ not to meet with me... but to interview our girls, The Rock Daughters™. Addie and Finley have a Hot Wheels collection that far eclipses what i had as a kid, and little Finley is the proud owner of one of the rarest Hot Wheels products ever made - The Rock Daughter™ Edition Hot Wheels Bed, created three years ago in collaboration between Mattel, yours truly and The Step2 Company. On June 5, 2018, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt aired the Hot Wheels special feature as the NBC Nightly Snapshot. If you missed it, here's the video in its entirety...
As I write this, it’s the height of “Award Season” in the entertainment world, and having worked in that realm before, I can’t avoid thinking about how the season might equate to life at home, as a parent. Surely there could be trophies dished-out for just about everything, from “Best Daily Performance of a Theme Song from an Animated Motion Picture that You’ve Heard 4,000 times,” to “Best Original Song About a Wrestler” (our three-year-old wrote one), to “Best Bedtime Stall Tactic,” “Best Dramatic Performance at a Kitchen Table (Breakfast or Dinner),” and even “Best Performance by a Stainmaker.” Ah yes, that later category is a real wild card… one in which the race to even become a nominee is a battle fought valiantly with an arsenal of colorful armaments.
With the Black Friday shopping week finally upon us, the end of the 2015 Holiday Shopping Season is already in sight - a green-and-red clad elf waving a festively-themed checkered flag at the finish line: December 25th. Family gatherings and the spreading of Holiday Cheer begins with Thanksgiving for us, and that means getting The Rock Daughters™ ready for all the photos and fun - and new Holiday Dresses are always a part of that. We're big Kohl's shoppers to begin with, and this year they've really gone all-in on the Holidays - increasing their toy selection by 50%, and bringing families a fantastic selection of clothing, decor, gifts and more. Our family headed for Kohl's to get the girls decked-out in their Holiday best, and (when they're behaving) trying on all the different possibilities is a huge part of the fun.
It was just over a month ago that a cryptic package was delivered to Rock Father HQ via a Resistance Shuttle. Inside, a message - along with a choice. Had it not been for my girls and their relentless quest to turn me from The Dark Side of The Force, I would've most certainly decided to #ChooseDarkSide and align myself with Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and The First Order. Instead, I would #ChooseLightSide and find myself cruising the imaginary sands of Jakku alongside Finn, Rey and a little droid called BB-8. A member of The Resistance, I had become. In appreciation of my decision, our Rebel allies from Hasbro jettisoned an Escape Pod that landed here - an assortment of Light Side toys to go hands-on with in the weeks leading up to the release of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
Sometimes you just have to wait for things, and even if the wait equals years, the payoff is pretty good. A prime example arrived today - the result of planning ahead, and keeping a t-shirt in a drawer for six years. Weird to think that slightly more than a half-decade ago, I was in the midst of a late-night diaper run to Walmart when I started browsing some clearance kids' clothes that had been squeezed-in near their Garden Center. There was one particular rack that caught my eye - t-shirts featuring comic book covers from the 1980s... the exact time that I became a comic book fan myself. Hanging on that rack was a single t-shirt in a size 6/7 that bore not only a favorite cover, but the exact cover of the first issue of John Byrne's THE MAN OF STEEL from 1986 - the very book that hooked me on DC Comics. For less than $2, I purchased said t-shirt, and have waited six years for today to arrive - the day that it finally fit Addie.
Six years ago today, Adalyn Monet entered the world - my wife and I becoming parents for the first time... on our 10th Wedding Anniversary. Sixteen years ago today, Jen and I were married in an open air ceremony that came after a two-year engagement (one that happened after just three months of dating). I say this every year, but I'd love to know what the odds are of becoming a first-time parent on the exact date of your wedding anniversary. I'm betting that the only droid that could give me an accurate number is C-3PO. It's hard to keep saying something new each year, but I always feel it important to honor this day - a dual celebration of my wife and first daughter. I don't know if I'd have ever predicted being a parent the first time - much less following-up with an excellent sequel three years later (Finley Renoir). These girls are the reason why I became "The Rock Father," and I love them more than words on this site could ever represent.