Tag Archive: family

Feb 03 2017

Ridiculous Boy

Quick story. Last night for dinner, I made one of those Facebook recipes.  Old Fashioned Goulash.  It was pretty good.  It may have been better if I could have found Goya Adobo seasoning at Hannaford, but alas, I could not. Knowing this Hungarian goodness would probably not be favorited by the boys, I cooked the rest …

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Oct 09 2014

Is It Friday Yet?

This has been one of those weeks.  At first, when school starts, we try to cling to routines and charts and strict organization to survive.  We still are, but it’s weeks like this that really wear us down.  On Monday, Gabe had his last Rec Soccer practice.  He had forgotten his duffel bag I keep …

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Oct 04 2014

Steak, Stir fry, Soups, and Pie

Olivia approached me the other day and said, “Dad, will you teach me how to cook more stuff?” We’d done some simple work with scrambled eggs and things in the past.  I really enjoy teaching my kids how to cook.  It’s a great life skill, and isn’t my job as a parent to teach my …

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Aug 04 2014

Unplug to Reconnect

Every year, we rent a cabin on a lake about 45 minutes from home.  It’s an odd little camp.  There are no beds, no stove, no couch.  There is electricity, running lake water, and a refrigerator.  The beach is spectacular! We load up the family grocery-getter and pack off into the woods for a week.  …

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Jul 08 2014

Our Family Bingo Road Trip

I don’t do well with down time. Never have. I don’t really do ‘open-ended’ play. I’m not the type of guy who sits around. I need something to accomplish. Sunday, I got home from work earlier than expected, and needed something to do BESIDES laundry and vacuuming, my hobbies. I didn’t want to spend a …

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Jun 24 2014

The Birthday Party

To offset the awkwardness of only having a kid or two show up at Jake’s birthday party, and partly because they occur so close together, we’ve been having a triple birthday party in June for the last 6 years or so. It started when I turned 30. Liv was 5, and Jake was 7. Once …

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Jun 10 2014

Jake Vs. The Owl

Beth and I have always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. If I’m honest, I’ll admit that there’s a better than average chance that Jake will be home with us after the other two head off to college. The only hitch in our plan is that Jake’s going to have to LOVE hiking by the …

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Mar 20 2014

On And On It Goes … Welcome Kole!

Yesterday we had the pleasure of introducing ourselves to the newest member of our family – Kole David Libby What a treat!  It’s always so wonderful to celebrate a birth.  I know what you’re thinking…you’ve been an Uncle 14 times, and this is your third time getting to be a Great Uncle – why wait …

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Nov 08 2013

Surviving The Holidays, An Autism Family Guide: 12 Tips

I realize I can’t speak for all kids/adults on the spectrum, but I’ve got a pretty good understanding of my own son, and hope to share with you some of the realities of surviving the holidays with a kid on the spectrum. I’ve also been doing some reflecting, and feel like it’s always “autism sucks …

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Oct 14 2013

We Succeeded In Taking A Kid With Autism To Disney – And You Can Too!

I’m not going to pretend it was easy, but it was possible – and very worth it! Every kid should get the chance to experience the “happiest place on earth,” and Jake is no exception.  There’s a school of thought that says it’s OK to leave your child with ASD home when the rest of …

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Oct 10 2013

TCB Thursday

Taking Care of Business! It was a combination awesome/typical day at the “Whitehouse” yesterday. I got home from work to an empty house.  A rarity.  I was the king of my big, empty castle for 30 seconds.  My text to Beth: “where you at?” was almost immediately returned: “look in the driveway” I decided to …

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Sep 19 2013

Helping Your Child With Autism Succeed In School

At the heart of autism is an expressive/receptive language disorder. Stereotypically, kids with autism have trouble expressing themselves, and trouble receiving the information given to them by others. This leads to kids who often feel anxious in new situations, and have trouble making friends. Here’s how you can help:

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