What I See When I Look at My Daughter

Have you ever looked at one thing and seen two? Have you ever stared at something so long that you could actually start to see its past as well as into its future? Is it possible to acquire some sort of second sight that, because you don’t know how to use it, causes you to […]

Bear Turns 7

I can’t believe it has been a whole year since Bear turned 6, but it has.  And yesterday was Bear’s 7th birthday.  We almost forgot about it, despite the fact that Ruby had purchased his birthday present with her allowance money weeks ago, but luckily we remembered at the last minute and ran out to […]

Grampy & Sons Parenting Inc.

I am in Maine visiting my father.  My wife is not here.  HIS wife is not here.  For the first time ever in our entire lives, we are here together without women, trying to control small children.  And we are not well-suited to the task.  I mean, I am, obviously, but as a parenting team […]

My Adulthood is All Grown Up

Today is my thirty-sixth birthday.  I suppose in the traditional and literal sense, it means that I was born 36 years ago today, but it also means that it has now been eighteen years since my eighteenth birthday.  I have been an “adult” for eighteen years.  My adulthood is all grown up. When my adulthood […]

Birthday List

Edward is turning four tomorrow.  He is very excited about it and has a very specific list of presents that he would like.  In case any of you are wanting to send him a gift, here is a collection of his demands. 1) A Snort     Edward’s favorite book at the moment is “Are You […]

A Party or a Trip?

When we were beginning to plan my daughter’s seventh birthday, we asked her if she would rather have a birthday party with all of her friends, or take a trip with her parents.  Thankfully, because she was turning seven and not thirteen, Ruby said that she wanted to go to New York City and see […]

Hogwarts Party Crashing

When I found out that one of the kids from my church was turning ten today, I was very excited.  Ten is a very exciting birthday.  You get an extra digit!  Ten is awesome!  But I suppose I probably would have left well enough alone under normal circumstances.  And then I found out that she […]

How I Spent My Summer, By Bear

Hello.  This is Bear.  I am using my magic and taking over the computer.  I think there should be more posts about bears, so I am going to tell you all about the fun bear things that I did this summer. To start with, Ruby took me with her to Syracuse.  I tried to drive […]

Bear’s Birthday

Last Monday was Bear’s birthday.  Most of Ruby’s toys have birthdays that either fall on her birthday, or on Chirstmas, and the rest of them have birthdays that we cannot remember because they came home to live with us at assorted unremarkable times.  This is not the case with Bear.  I’m not sure if it […]