How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

Hug Life For Real

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Sometimes something so impossibly cute comes across your internet desk (that’s not a thing) that your brain can’t even handle it. I don’t even want to use words or sentences to describe what you’re about to see. It’s too much. It’s just… HUG LIFE. But I will say that you will be starting your weekend […]

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A Movie So Tiny It’s Epic: ANT-MAN!

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Do you remember what it’s like to be a kid? Do you recall what it felt like to be a small person amongst a forest of tall bodies and sounds? Tomorrow, Ant-man will give you that feeling again, in both fun and size. Tiny-sized Andy enjoyed himself at the #AntMan premiere last night. I had […]

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“Friends” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

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The art of BFF-ery can be complicated at any age, and it can be like pinwheels and air-horns and flamethrowers inside when you’re a little kid. This is the sweetest look at the breakdown of friendship you’ll ever see, from the eyes of a 4-year-old girl, played by a fully-grown man. Also? If anyone comments […]

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5 Things My Son Must Do Before I Die

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I decided, randomly, to start a list of things for my eldest son to do before I die. Not sure why, exactly, but I guess part of the operation of getting older is distilling down things into lists and ordered bullet points. It’s a scam, really, getting older. It presupposes you have any interest in […]

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My Wife Just Whisper-Screamed… #221

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“I have a really bad boob itch! Hug me!” [Hugs me and goes postal on her left breast between us] –Elizabeth We were sitting next to each other in a nice restaurant. Our plates lay before us devastated as we chatted over the soft music playing in the background. Her eyes went wide while I […]

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That Time We Almost Didn’t Come Back

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They say the sea was where we started. And some of us yearn to go home. My father, when I was a boy, always talked about buying a boat, teaching us some knots and setting out toward the sunset. He would come back from a trip to the Caribbean and other glassy, warm waters, and […]

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Crappy Kids’ Jokes That Are So Crappy They’re Hilarious

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Their laughter is contagious. Which is good, because sometimes their jokes are so bad, contagion is the only hope for a laugh. They can also be soooooo bad, they’re hilarious. It’s hard not to chuckle when they laughsplode at a joke they’ve just told that makes absolutely no sense, heck!, it may even have below-zero […]

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My Wife Just Instagrammed… #220

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“Stop. Drop. AND CUDDLE. If you give Arden anything soft he will immediately stop what he’s doing and put it to the side of his face and snuggle. He’s currently cuddling his stuffed Harry Potter owl❤️ We’ve taught him well @charliecapen” -Avara   When you have a second child, chances are good that both the parents […]

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“13 and a Half” : Convos With My 4-Year-Old

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Since anything can exist or happen when you’re pretending, it requires some good thought. You need to know what you’re doing. For instance, do you know how old you need to be to qualify as a pretend princess? Or the exact correct way to enter a pretend castle? You see? Tough stuff. Honestly, it really […]

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Family Dinner – Fowl Language Comics

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Fowl Language Comics   I really don’t understand this whole “raising children” thing. I use the “air quotes” because it feels like my version of parenting is false and just wrong. My older son is a VERY picky eater and the subject of fruits and vegetables is so contentious that I am almost at the […]

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