Lunch Note Flag of the Day

Every school day, I write Graham and Nolan lunch notes on standard 3" x 3" Post-its. The hope is that they make them smile, encourage them, or maybe even teach them a thing or two. Nolan's recent, steadfast enthusiasm for all things flag-related has altered the content on his notes: it's now a flag drawing … Continue reading Lunch Note Flag of the Day

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The day the boys turned into animals

My frantic morning with Austin included trips to Target, Aldi, Stop & Shop, and Big Lots - all within a 90-minute window. I think Christmas shopping for the boys might finally be done. Probably not, but the rest will be little things. Literally. Target and Big Lots are half-mile apart, yet they bookended my trip. … Continue reading The day the boys turned into animals

Headed to HASCON!

Battleship. Candy Land. G.I. Joe. Jenga. Marvel. Mister Potato Head. Nerf. Play-Doh. Sesame Street. Trolls. Besides every one of these things being part of my childhood and/or my kids' childhood, what's the common denominator? Hasbro! And Nolan, Graham, and I were lucky enough to receive free credentials to attend #HASCON this weekend in Providence, RI, … Continue reading Headed to HASCON!

First Day of School…times two

It's really hard to believe that we have two school-aged kids. For Nolan, it was yesterday. He decided the entire family was taking him to school in lieu of riding the bus, which I kind of expected. He didn't show a hint of nervousness despite his breakdown a few nights ago, though he later admitted to … Continue reading First Day of School…times two

An Ode to Mr. Personality

For Nolan, it's come and gone. For Austin, it'll get here eventually. For Graham, it's right around the corner...and I'm cautiously optimistic. Graham, once called "Gronk" by one of my best friends because of his use of grunts in lieu of words, is going to be starting preschool in the fall. Three mornings or five? But really...PRESCHOOL!? … Continue reading An Ode to Mr. Personality

When you can’t even bribe your 2yo to pee on the potty but know he’s got A+ aim

There are tons of potty training memes out there, but none capture it so perfectly as Brian Gordon at Fowl Language Comics. We've still got two in diapers, for the record. So we gave the two littler guys a bath and allowed Graham a bit of free reign by letting him cruise around sans diaper until … Continue reading When you can’t even bribe your 2yo to pee on the potty but know he’s got A+ aim