May 2, 2017: Water Safety

All of our kids are taking swimming lessons so at some point they don’t fall into our pool and die. So far, it’s a strategy that has worked out surprisingly well! …although with three of them in classes now, already I’m starting to feel what it’s like to have kids in sports because it’s costing me a…

April 30, 2017: When Toddlers Attack

Is there anything more embarrassing for a parent than having to apologize because your kid hit another kid??? I’m sure there probably is, but with our oldest now entering the terrible threes, I guess this is the stage that we’re at… 🙁 Today is the first day I’ve ever had to deal with something like…

April 14, 2017: Fear, Hope, and Gratitude

Your world gets much smaller when your child is in the hospital, and everything that you thought were problems takes a backseat to the status updates for that little guy laying in bed with a million and one probes connected to him. This morning we checked Matthew in at All Children’s Hopsital down in St….

April 7, 2017: I Hated Assassin’s Creed … I Think?

We just got done watching the Assassin’s Creed movie. “How was it?” you ask? I’m not sure because I only took in about 60% of the movie! You see, I don’t speak Spanish, and given the historical context of this movie, there are a lot of scenes with ancient dudes speaking Spanish. No big deal – they’ve got…

April 3, 2017: An Illuminating Discovery

Back in December among the rest of our holiday decorations, I had rigged up some ambient lighting along the weird, ornamental shelf that runs atop one of the walls in our living room. Because I was typically too lazy to turn them off and on each night, we just let them run the entire season…

April 2, 2017: While Babes Sleep

There’s probably a limit for how long you’re allowed to take a break from following your passions. For me, anyways, it looks like that limit falls just a hair over three months … judging from my last Thing-a-Day post here on New Year’s Eve! 😉 I’ve done a bit of writing here and there, but…

December 31, 2016: Great Memories from 2016

2016 wasn’t a perfect year. We lost a Prince, and a Princess, and we gained a Trump … but it wasn’t all awful. Here are a handful of memories that I dug up this evening with the hopes that 2017 will be filled with even more joy and love and simple, goofy fun. Happy New…

December 30, 2016: Mantras for 2017…

I’ve spent a decent amount of time over the last couple of weeks both reflecting over the past year as well as looking forward into the next, and all in all, I’ve whittled my outlook down to three simple mantras… Life is good. Work harder. Have fun. Life is good. I don’t mean to brag…

December 29, 2016: Clear the Clutter

Tonight is the first night in about 2-3 months that I’ve been able to walk through my office without steering around and climbing over boxes, and I cannot begin to tell you how good it feels! Ever since the twins were born, my office has become a dumping ground for everything getting shuffled around as we worked…

December 28, 2016: Advanced Adulting for Parents – Life Insurance

No one wants to spend time thinking about their own demise, so let’s make this quick… 😉 A couple of months ago we decided to up our life insurance policies beyond their basic minimums for next year. It’s been something I’ve been putting off for a while and I’ve even tried getting a few quotes,…

December 23, 2016: The Great Christmas Light Fight

Particularly because we don’t get to see the Osborne Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios anymore, and possibly also because I really fell short with putting up my own lights this year, but I just started watching ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight this evening and, well, WOW!!! This year’s garage-only display aside, I used to think that I’ve done some…

December 21, 2016: That Which Once Was Broken…

Kids are why we can’t have nice things around here, I tell ya!!! 😯 On the left, we see Exhibit A – formerly known as Matthew’s 1st Christmas Ornament that we picked up for him while we were on vacation, broken less than 24 hours after we returned home because apparently Disney’s Christmas ornaments aren’t up to being tossed across…