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
Nolan wrote a letter to Santa the other day consisting of what he's hoping to get for Christmas. And honestly, it's a damn good list, full of practical and useful things instead of outrageous requests - like a bounce house. There's only seven things on it, so here it is: one. The game sorry. A … Continue reading My 6-year-old’s (Practical) Christmas List
Nolan was hopeful the value of losing his first tooth was equal to a real bounce house. The disappointment - not seen in this smile - he must've felt when he woke up - at 4:45am (!!) - only to realize all the Tooth Fairy left him was $1.41, two toothbrushes, and a tube of … Continue reading Dream Big: Losing Teeth
Lately, Nolan has been saying he's afraid of certain things, certain unknowns - asking the substitute school librarian for an "I Spy" book because they don't know one another, attending to his first ever dance class, and apparently nightmares where monsters are chasing him. Seems like rational fear. As I drove him to dance class … Continue reading “Lose yourself” in the moment
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!
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
Maybe it was the back to school haircut he/they got today triggered his emotions.I walked down the hall towards Nolan and Graham's room for the fourth time since leaving them to sleep for the night. The first three times one of them called for Linds or me.This time? There were both tears and all-out whimpering. Nolan … Continue reading The Tears Will Dry Up
He was stoked to get there...then realized he missed us terribly...but once the sun comes back up, he'll be living the dream. Nolan's off to Martha's Vineyard to spend a few days by himself before the rest of our crew joins him next Wednesday.
Nolan recently received Battleship as a gift for his 6th birthday and despite thoroughly enjoying it the one time he's played it, he hasn't played it again. Yet. But watching a six-year-old play this game (quite terribly at times), it struck me as more than a game. It was the first time I'd seen the game being … Continue reading Battleship: more than just a game
By the time I publish this, what happened tonight is already three days old. Tonight's events won't be as clear as they are right now. Some details might get lost in time. (I know it's only three days, but I'm 35 and forget stuff). I was going to wait until today to type this, but I couldn't let … Continue reading Nolan, the “hula hooping sensation”