It ain’t summer vacation without… outdoor shower, of course! We've finished up two vacations with a third less than a month away. In late June, we headed down the shore to Sea Isle City, NJ for an awesome seven-day stay a block from the beach. Earlier this month, we made a short-ish drive for a weeklong  to Narragansett, RI. And … Continue reading It ain’t summer vacation without…


7 Reasons to Throw Your Kid’s Party at Home

As I sit here sipping my fourth mint julep in as many days, I decided to reflect upon the combo birthday party we threw for Nolan (7th) and Austin (2nd) this past weekend. Granted, at this stage in their lives, it's a bit easier, but you never know. We offered Nolan two options for his … Continue reading 7 Reasons to Throw Your Kid’s Party at Home

Top 11: TV Shows My Kids Enjoy

Everyone loves a good (and bad) list, including me, so without any further ado, here's the Top 10 11 list of television shows our kids enjoy, in no particular order. (A quick note before I begin: nickelodeons were the first type of indoor spaces dedicated to showing projected movies, for a nickel. I'm assuming this is … Continue reading Top 11: TV Shows My Kids Enjoy

Top 9 Albums of the 2017

Death, taxes, and end-of-the-year Top 10 Albums of the Year lists. Here's another. A lot of the music I listen to is from cartoons or animated movies, but I'm outside doing yard work, inside prepping dinner, cleaning up, or driving to work by alone, I get a chance to listen to some adult music. And my … Continue reading Top 9 Albums of the 2017

7 Things Your Kids Will Bring Home From School

If you're reading this, you probably have kids, have had kids, or just have nothing better to do. As is the case for two of the three, back to school time brings about a plethora of emotions: excitement, anxiety, anticipation, fear, among countless others. Sometimes they bring their emotions home with them, or is the … Continue reading 7 Things Your Kids Will Bring Home From School

Summer Vacationing

This is the first summer where all three boys can partake in the enjoyment of a family vacation, and it's been AWESOME! We planned three week-long trips over the course of three months - one trip a month - and after summer vacationing is complete, Nolan begins first grade while Graham will embark on his … Continue reading Summer Vacationing

Christmas Traditions, according to Nolan

Chopping down the tree, watching The Polar Express, visiting Santa Claus, looking for Gus, decorating the tree, drinking hot chocolate...traditions, man, traditions!

10 reasons Fall is my favorite season

(That picture is a throwback from 2012, when Nolan was the lone child) Besides Maine (where they have winter and a few weeks in July), the majority of New England experiences all four seasons. Summer: Sun, sand, watching your kids eat sand, not being able to relax at the beach because your kids are running wild. … Continue reading 10 reasons Fall is my favorite season

Friday in the Field 3.0

Here's some of the articles that I enjoyed this week not necessarily written this week. Amateur Idiot/Professional Dad finds himself here again with Celebrating the Dadlete!, asking ourselves important stuff like "did I have two slices of pizza already or just one?" and trying to squeeze in a home workout. Ireland is home to majestic … Continue reading Friday in the Field 3.0

Friday in the Field 2.0

So it's Friday in the Field again so without and fluff or filler, without any word-count quota pomp and circumstance, here's a list of some of the best posts of the week. Our best of friends Alana at Butlerish suggests you Read this as fast as possible for full effect, something I did and grinned the … Continue reading Friday in the Field 2.0