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The Code

Do you have a code?  One that you live by?  The Boy Scouts do.  The US Military does.  The Vikings did; the Samurai did; even our church does.  It’s what they stand for.  It’s a kind of ancient mission statement with values.  I did quite a bit of reading this summer, and one of the …

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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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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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Steak, Stir fry, Soups, and Pie

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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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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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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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The Birthday Party

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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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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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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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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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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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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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