Liv Makes Breakfast For Dinner

My little Olivia is 9 going on 25. It wasn’t too long ago she began showing an interest in how things work around the house.  She’s always been maternal, so this seemed the natural progression.  She helps with laundry, watches over her brothers, and is the general worry-wart of the household when Beth’s off duty.  …

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Experiment with Exposure – Silhouettes

You know, people often ask me what kind of camera I use. I try to impress on them that any camera, no matter how fancy, is just a box that collects light. It’s knowing how to use it that makes the difference. Not that we’re even on the same page artistically, but if I picked up Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, I still couldn’t play a chord. It’s not the tool, it’s the knowledge.

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Jake Rocks Metallica!

I’m not sure I can overstate how epic this is. This is one of those things you can’t really plan, it just has to happen. Jake’s love of dinosaurs brought him to the point where he spends much of his computer-time watching videos of poorly drawn dinosaurs roar, yell, and eat each other.  He loves …

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PIANO WIZARD ACADEMY Needs Our Help!

Note: This is a sponsored post, and I am being compensated for my time.  However, please further note that this site is solely authored by me, Ryan Whitehouse, and the opinions expressed herein are 100% mine. Piano Wizard We are a musical family.  There is always music playing in our home.  In fact, the other …

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Do You Remember Where You Were? And How You Felt?

I know I’ve talked in the past about feeling old, but let’s face it; I’m only 35.  I was born in June of 1978. I wasn’t around when Kennedy was shot (Nov 22, 1963), or the day that Elvis died (Aug 16, 1977), and I was just sheltered enough to have found out about the …

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Six Things

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  There has been much written and said about autism, but most of it has been aimed at helping people understand the mind of an affected child. I want to take this opportunity not to add to that already extensive list, but rather share the top six things we as parents want you to know …

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Getting Lucky On Mount Desert Island

You ever having something go so right, despite the fact that you’ve done everything so wrong? We had that kind of luck on Saturday on a last minute trip to Mount Desert Island, Maine.

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My love affair with LOLs (little old ladies)

At first glance, I don’t look like I belong in a nursing home. I often get confused for ex-military (or current, for that matter) or law enforcement. I have a buzz cut and broad shoulders. I have a confident stride and firm handshake. But in addition, I love little old ladies.

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How I Shot My Kids – And Got 400 People To “Like” It.

I posted a picture to Facebook.com yesterday and it went viral. OK, viral’s a strong word, but it’s the most popular picture I’ve ever posted to FB, and I’ve posted thousands. The most common reaction is “Wow! Awesome picture!” This is followed almost immediately by, “Who took it?” I did. And here’s how:

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Daddy Smells Like Candles.

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Ah, puberty – you crazy adversary. I have an eleven year old who’s just starting to meet this crazy little thing called puberty.  He’s my first child to make it to eleven, and honestly, I’m not sure we’re ready.  A huge part of mastering puberty (as if anyone does this), is getting the hang of …

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Back to School

Back to school. Doesn’t in evoke great memories? The smell of new reams of paper, freshly sharpened pencils, brand new sneakers … I love this time of year. It’s such a build up for kids, parents, and teachers. For us there’s an added layer; but that just means a little more prep.

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A Thousand Words

They say a picture says a thousand words. Maybe that’s true. There are certainly a few stories behind mine. Here’s the skinny on a few of my favorites.

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