To Edward on His Second Birthday

Dear Edward, Today you are turning two years old.  By the time you are reading this you will have no memory of this day.  In fact, it is one of the challenges we are having in trying to plan a special day for you.  What would you like to do?  What would be exciting for […]

The Value of a Surprise

As part of the never-ending birthday celebration that is the month of March around here, we spent Saturday with my wife’s side of the family at a birthday brunch for Ruby, Edward, and their cousin Avery.  This seemed like the perfect excuse to get Ruby another present. The problem was that her birthday was on […]

Lightning The Queen

For some reason, Ruby decided to have a Cars themed birthday party this year.  I say “for some reason,” not because I am sexist and think that girls cannot have Cars themed birthday parties, but rather because she has never shown any interest in cars before.  She does not play with cars, she has not […]

To Ruby on Her Fifth Birthday

Dear Ruby, You are turning five today.  Seeing as how you can’t read yet (almost!), I assume that you are reading this at an age older than five.  Thinking back to my own parents and my own childhood, the thing that I wish the most is that I could go back and talk to my […]

Four No More

Today is the last day that Ruby will ever be four years old.  That’s it.  The end.  Finito.  Bye bye.  No re-dos, no do-overs.  Hope you enjoyed it, ’cause it’s gone forever.  At least that’s how I am looking at it.  She is quite excited. The problem with kids is that they want to grow […]

Tenor Dad’s Birth Day

So today is my birthday and I do not feel like writing a blog, so I had my Mom write it for me. Here is the story of the day I was born, as told by Tenor Grammy. It was a warm, sunny, April afternoon. I put the turkey in the oven for dinner, took […]

Edward’s Birth Day

Today is Edward’s first birthday.  Since I told you about the day Ruby was born on her birthday, I thought it only fair to tell you about the day that Edward came into the world. The midwife had told us at our last checkup that he was going to be born that night, so we […]

Please Stop the Birthdays

Okay, I admit it.  I am birthdayed out.  Yes, I love birthdays, perhaps more than most, but I seriously can’t take it anymore.  How on Earth did everyone I know manage to be born in March?  It’s like an evil conspiracy of perpetual cake and screaming. Ruby’s birthday was two weeks ago, so we started […]

Cake Decorating

My mother always made us awesome birthday cakes.  We would tell her every year what we wanted to have on our cakes, and she would somehow manage to draw it.  One year I asked for Jokey Smurf, holding an exploding package, mid-explosion.  And she did it.  I don’t know how, and I don’t think she […]

Ruby’s Birth Day

Ruby turns four today.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since we started this crazy ride (almost five if you count the terrifying day we found out we were going to be parents), so I thought I would tell you about this day, four years ago. Simone was pregnant, of course, and […]