Watching My Kids Grow Up at the Maryland Renaissance Festival

We went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival for the first time back in 2005. It was awesome. Turkey legs. Fried macaroni and cheese on a stick. Fried everything on a stick! We loved it. So we went back again the next year.  I couldn’t find any pictures from 2006, but we have several million from […]

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 […]

The Best Seats in the Whole Place

Every time we try to go to a local baseball game it either rains, or is sparsely attended.  We buy bad seats and then sneak into the good ones, or else we go home wet and early.  I was not worried at all about the game selling out, even with the draw of 25 cent […]

Epic Selfie Contest – You Be the Judge!

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a family reunion, where I got to hang out with all of my aunts and uncles and cousins and second cousins and first cousins once removed and second cousins twice removed and nieces and nephews and mothers and children and adopted half step siblings.  And that […]

The Desert of Maine – A Place Out of Place

Did you know that there is a desert in Maine?  You know, sand dunes, camels, an oasis, etc.  Well if you didn’t, don’t worry.  You’re not alone.  Alex Trebek didn’t either, and when someone on Jeopardy answered “What is the Desert of Maine” to the answer “This is the eastern-most desert in the US,” Alex […]

How to Ditch Your Kids and Enjoy Yourself at a Party

“Nooooooo!  We don’t want to go to a boring work party!” shouted the kids in unison. “But kids,” I said with a twinkle in my eye, “get in the car.  Or else.” “Nooooooooooooooooo!” So off we went to a boring work party, by which I mean an awesome party at a big house on an […]


You Got ÜBERMUPPETThank you for taking our “Which Muppet are You?” quiz, TenorDad.  You got Übermuppet. Your penchant for terrible jokes, puns, one-liners, and general nonsense that no one else finds amusing, bring to mind your connection to Fozzie Bear.  You are trying too hard, to be sure, but your overall goofiness and willingness to keep trying, […]

The Adventures of a Field Trip Chaperone

Monday Night– Asked the bus driver if I could ride in with Edward the following morning; was told I had to ask the school about that.– Called the school to ask if I could ride the bus in; was told I had to ask the bus– Picked out farm-appropriate clothing for the both of us– […]