Category: Kids

My wife and I were putting our girls, Nola(8) and Violet(6), to bed recently and they asked us to tell them a story from our childhood. Preferably an embarrassing one, they added. They must have been in the mood for laughter—like always—and humiliation at the expense of their parents was bound to be low hanging fruit. Also, they may have…

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Kids People

I time-traveled recently. In a couple different ways. Vortex In October my wife, four kids, and myself squeezed into our minivan and pointed it toward Pittsburg. No, not that one. Pittsburg, Kansas. A dear friend of ours was turning fifty-years-old and a surprise party that had been marinating for many months was finally underway. It is a very weighty decision…

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Kids Nonsense

Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. It may edge out over Christmas a little bit. Shhhhh, don’t tell our super-conservative upbringing that. The beauty of this fall celebration lies in its extraversion. It’s the one time, out of the entire year, where we collectively set down our political stances, ideals, and opinions—unless of course your opinion…

Read More Halloween Tears II: The Return

Kids

Instinct and adrenaline are powerful things. Especially when it comes to emergency situations. Dad saves. Women lifting cars off of their children. Men leaping out of multistoried buildings to avoid vague questions from their wives about clothes and fatness. When your “spidey sense” is tingling and you have raw power coursing through your veins, there is nothing that can stop…

Read More Tidbit Tuesday — Pen Head

Kids

“You can eat from the trash as long as your school work is done!” The spring air has forced our windows open lately. The gentle breezes move through our house ushering in the scent of fresh nature and new beginnings. This air movement also carries voices from inside of the house to our sidewalk and beyond. And last week, if you…

Read More Tidbit Tuesday — Trash Food

Kids

I take pride in the fact that my girls have good imaginations. Nola(7) and Violet(5) don’t need a giant room full of toys to entertain themselves, not that they would be opposed to such an arrangement. When we send them outside they take toys and such, but often they will pilfer our suburban habitat for their imaginative purposes. Branches, rocks,…

Read More Tidbit Tuesday — Rocks and a Hard Place

Kids

Char and I had a little fun with April Fools’ Day last year. I scared my daughter Nola by hiding in a tent the kids had put up in the dining room a few days prior. By then it was invisible. I sat in it for about twenty minutes while she ate breakfast and let her guard down. Then boom! All of sudden she was inches…

Read More Tidbit Tuesday — April Fools’ Day

Kids

I gave my 9-month-old Remy a uniform last week during my stay-at-home time. I didn’t really think about it, it just happened. Charity’s job was pulling her in early so I was the one that got Remy up to feed and change his diaper in the mornings. The Wednesday night before my first stay-at-home day Charity put him in the…

Read More Tidbit Tuesday — Uniforms

Kids

Currently my stay-at-home days are all back-to-back, smack dab in the middle of the week. Towards the tail end of that stretch I find that taking care of four children really loses much of whatever luster the week had started with. The shine and nobility of the task is slowly tarnished with every diaper change, every fight mediation, every drenched…

Read More Tidbit Tuesday — Survivor Ice Cream

Kids

I was recently part of a “man panel” for a MOPS meeting (Mothers Of Preschoolers) at my church. It is an international organization where moms come together and…um…I really don’t know what they do. All I know is that every once in a while they get a few dads together, call us a “man panel”, put us on stage, ask us…

Read More Tidbit Tuesday — Shop Talk

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