For the birds

I really hate letting things go to waste. Yes, that statement is at odds with my aversion to clutter and desire for less, but in this particular case, I’m thinking about food. It never fails that when garbage night rolls around each week, we find ourselves with some slices of bread that’s starting to go,Continue reading “For the birds”

Saturday night pickings

Parenthood can be a lot of things. Exciting. Frustrating. Heartwarming. Exhausting. Joyous. And sometimes, parenthood can be spending your Saturday night picking the lock on your bathroom door because a certain five year old boy was curious about what would happen if he pushed the button inside then closed it behind him on the wayContinue reading “Saturday night pickings”

A super party for our super hero

We recently had a birthday party for our little guy. It was the first time we ever actually had it at our house. Usually we relied on the kindness of grandparents on both sides to get us through over the years, as our house had long been too small to have anyone over beyond aContinue reading “A super party for our super hero”

The trap of the digital escape

This past week, my wife and I sat in the doctor’s office, staring at a black and white image on the screen. The grainy images of an arm, a foot, and eventually a profile of a head filled us with smiles inside and out as we finally put a somewhat-face to the growing little personContinue reading “The trap of the digital escape”

Wherever we go, there we are

It’s amazing how quickly our little family has grown – from Meg and I, to our first cat, then another, then a third. Then came our little guy, followed last year by our little girl. Very quickly, our little starter home started to feel a little bit smaller. And so, we admit we have beenContinue reading “Wherever we go, there we are”

Celebrating Father’s Day with some favorite on-screen dads

We’ve all seen that cliche image from times past – a father, back relaxed in an easy chair, legs propped up on a footrest. Perhaps he’s wearing a robe, smoking a pipe, and even wearing slippers. Or at the very least maybe the family dog is bringing the slippers or paper to him. I don’tContinue reading “Celebrating Father’s Day with some favorite on-screen dads”

Hopscotching

I played hopscotch today. And it was marvelous. The little guy wanted to play outside and after a roller coaster winter and early spring, it was gorgeous out. Did he want to bring anything with him? Toys, a ball? Nope. Armed simply with a box of chalk he wanted nothing more than to be outContinue reading “Hopscotching”

Love means never having to say atchoo!

A castle turned restaurant. Candlelight. Fine wine and amazing food late into the night. This was a Valentine’s Day for my wife and I several years ago in the days before parenthood. As I write this in the present, two kids later, it is again Valentine’s Day. There is no wine. Just a large supplyContinue reading “Love means never having to say atchoo!”