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Kid Versions of the Hulk, Wolverine, Ted Williams & The Naked Brothers Band

Posted by on November 26th, 2012, under SNAPSHOTS

I make birthday cards for my sons. These are Cody’s and Max’s cards for 2008 (8yo and 6yo) and 2009 (9yo and 7yo). For 2008, the fact that my boys were into comic book characters rocked my world, even if it was by way of movies instead of the glossy pages of actual comic books. […]

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He never let go of my thumb…

Posted by on November 8th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

The Noobie He’s only three years old. He’d never been trick-or-treating. So, it was excusable that Lucas was supremely deficient in the Clue Department when it came to Halloween. When I asked him what he was going to be, he put on his low, gruff serious voice and laughed, saying, “Ho ho nooooo, Daddy!” as […]

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Homemade Birthday Cards 2005: Dash from The Incredibles and Metroid’s Samus

Posted by on October 17th, 2012, under SNAPSHOTS

Max’s 5th custom Birthday card: Dash from the Pixar film, The Incredibles. When I first presented this card to Max on his 5th Birthday, it was the first bad reaction from the boys about any of their cards. He was obviously weirded out by it but tried to put on a twitchy artificial smile; he […]

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Judging a Book by its Cover

Posted by on September 18th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

Sometimes you experience moments of pride in your kids. Sometimes those moments keep going, take a sudden turn, burst through a guardrail and soar off a cliff. So… My sons and I were boys-night-outting it on a bit of a blind date with a recommended restaurant. Our chuckling conversation kind of skidded out when we […]

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My Kid Just Said… #7

Posted by on August 21st, 2012, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

[Sigh] “I feel so relaxed. Like I just peed.” [Everyone bursts out laughing] “What!?! It makes you feel relaxed!” -Max (2010, 10 years old)  Relaxation Level: Max. We all voiced our agreement by laughing even harder. He was right! It’s true. It’s not something you talk about over tea and crumpets. Or ever really. Still, […]

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Wrong 101 (Kid Responses to Accusation)

Posted by on June 7th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

On the journey to teach kids the difference between Right and Wrong, they seem to learn something else you didn’t necessarily intend along the way. All on their own, without any flashcards or kidstructional videos. Wrong 101. They learn the wide and varied rainbow of responses to any accusation or confrontation of Wrongness. Kids learn […]

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Remembering

Posted by on May 28th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

My sons, Cody and Max at a war memorial, 10 and 8 years old, 2008. At first I thought they were making fun or at least making dumb. Sometimes it’s hard to tell with kids. Let me explain. We’d just moved and I was using the pools of green on the navigation system’s map to […]

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My Kid Just Said… #2

Posted by on January 13th, 2012, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

“I feel so relaxed. Like I just peed. <sigh>” [everyone laughs] “What? It makes you feel relaxed!!!”-Max (2010, 10 years old)  Last week we posted the first in the “My Kid Just Said…” series. The quotes that our readers commented in with (from THEIR kids) were so hilarious and amazing for us to read, we’ve […]

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Mad Science, Potions and Cat Food

Posted by on December 5th, 2011, under NOTEBOOK

My son, Lucas, recently reminded me of something from my own childhood. Though oddly, something has happened to a lot of these memories of being a kid since having kids. The perspective of parenthood can shed a really different, very bright light on memories. My parents gave me a very free hand as a kid. […]

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Shaving without Scaring the Kids

Posted by on November 21st, 2011, under NOTEBOOK

A major change to your hair, head or facial, is one of the fastest, most dramatic alterations to the way you look. Especially when you’ve had it a certain way for a long time and then toss a high-yield grenade of change at it. It can be very startling for others, especially your kids. So, […]

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