Jul 07 2016

Extended School Year Update

Jake has completed two days of summer school as of my writing.  By the time I post, it will be three. As far as what he’s doing, he won’t really tell us.  All he’ll report is that he’s practicing working.  We ask him what kind of math he’s working on, and he tells us his …

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Jul 05 2016

My Little Grownup Boy

Jake remains stuck in that weird place.  When I wrote that, I meant developmentally, but I suppose it works for him physically as well.  The teen years have been bittersweet for him. Today marks the first day of his last extended school year program.  This used to be called summer school, but I guess the …

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Jul 01 2016

Princess photo experiment

I say princess because my little girl won the title of VBS Princess tonight!  She is so thrilled.  She memorized tons of verses, and was a generally great kid this week.  I love to see that kind of thing rewarded. Anyway, I found this image online a few weeks back and was really struck by …

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Jul 01 2016

What a week!

I realized this morning that I haven’t written anything of real importance in a while.  Sometimes that’s what happens.  It’s easy to blog about the big event, the life crisis, the incredible victory.  It’s harder to blog about the every day, the mundane, the routine.  But that’s the kind of week we had … Sort …

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Jun 28 2016

Best geocaching partner ever!

I know I talk about this often; probably too much.  I can’t help it.  It’s so much fun! Gabe and I hadn’t spent any one-on-one time together in a little while – we were overdue.  We had no scheduled place to be tonight, so I invited him geocaching.  We hadn’t really explored the Howland area …

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Jun 27 2016

Dad drops some knowledge.

I don’t claim to be Father of the Year, or know all the answers, but I got to drop a little knowledge last night. What is it about kids that, since time immemorial, think they know everything and their parents’ advice is foolish?  I know I’m not alone in this.  Middle school is a hard …

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Jun 25 2016

Amazing Race Birthday Party

It was the best of parties, it was the worst of parties. Now that we’ve run it through, there are some things I would change.  Here’s the brief backstory.  We’ve been doing a “triple birthday party” since I turned 30.  My birthday is on June 12, Liv’s is the 16th, and Jake’s on the 27th. …

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Jun 24 2016

Six Things (The Revision)

In September of 2013, I uploaded a post titled Six Things.  It was originally a guest piece for www.serenityyou.com. Beth was re-reading it the other day and remarking how far we’ve come in just two and a half years.  While some of the six things still apply, they did so in much different ways than …

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Jun 22 2016

Odds and Ends from a Tired Dad

Have you ever been so tired you can’t even write a blog post? Here’s some odds and ends that are rolling about in my melon.

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Jun 21 2016

Hormone Superhighway

Jake and I had to have a talk just the other day. He loves girls, especially blondes.  He thinks girls are a wonder of nature, which they are.  They are especially mysterious to 14 year old boys.  I’m 38, and I still haven’t begun to crack the code. He has what I would consider a typical biological …

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Jun 19 2016

Mom’s in Trouble!

On our way to pick up the kids yesterday morning at the mouth of Fire Road 16 (they spent the night with friends), we stopped into Dunkin Donuts.  I was in desperate need of a wicked big coffee! Clearly I have no idea what it takes to operate a Dunkin, but I think Corporate’s decision …

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Jun 18 2016

King of the World!

Today was an epic win!  I’m not sure who was more surprised that Jake completely nailed the mountain today, us or him. I woke him up at 4:30 a.m., and we both said our parts.  He was still in the process of waking up when he remembered his script, smirked, and delivered his line.  I …

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