Wednesday, August 07 2013 01:38

14 Years Ago... 4 Years Ago... The Day I Became "The Rock Father"

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August 7 is a date of great significance. Fourteen years ago today... August 7, 1999, my wife and I were married. It was just two years prior that we'd gone on our first date - and a mere three months after that when we'd become engaged. I'd always heard that time speeds up as you get older, but as I sit here as a 36-year-old in 2013 thinking back to that 22-year-old living in '99, I can't help but think about how much time has really flown by. While fourteen years have come-and-gone, it's the last four that have gone exceptionally fast. On August 7, 2009... our 10th Wedding Anniversary, I became "The Rock Father" when our first daughter was born. Today, our Little Addie turns four!

The Happy Couple in 1999The events that have transpired over the past 14 years have been a rollercoaster - a few book's worth of achievements and failures both personal and professional - but none more rewarding than the journey that began when we became parents for the first time. I still can't believe it's been four years already... or that we liked it so much that we went back for a second round.

While in retrospect I wish that I'd started this site right when Addie was born, I think the time has come to make up for not becoming a "Dad Blogger" right out-of-the-gate... and share with you my first-ever diaper change:

The Rock Father changes a diaper for the very first time (2009)

I never really expected to become a Father, but as I've said before, becoming an at-home Dad is the best job I've ever had. 14 years ago we were two... 4 years ago, 3... and now we're a complete family of four and the kids are already growing up. 

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It's just after 1am as I type this, and I've just finished wrapping a few gifts for the munchkin. Later today, I'll be taking Addie to the movies for the first-time-ever, and then we'll have some family time with presents and cake (I picked up a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Cake last night). It'll be a low-key celebration with the four of us, but this Saturday we'll be having a proper party. It's a special one this year (HELLO KITTY is the theme), and I'll be blogging that, too. A Birthday Party/Annual Summer Gathering, let's just say that The Rock Father has some tricks up his sleeve that should bring out a lot of smiles for the neighborhood kids this weekend.

The Zahn Family - 2013Smiles like my family gives me.

Happy Birthday. Happy Anniversary.

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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