Welcome to the Nerd Side

Matt and I have always been huge fans of the Star Wars franchise.  We’ve seen all of the movies, read most of the books, and even been to a convention or two.  So back when Brendan was 8 we decided that it was time to introduce him to the movies. At the time he said […]

Screentime Rant

I have never been a big fan of my kids playing video games non stop.  I have spent years fighting the good fight and limiting the amount of time they spend in front of a TV or device.  I’ve always felt as though I was doing well with my anti-electronics campaign, at least until last […]

Chips Ahoy

This summer I have started a new reward program with my kids.  I got the idea from some friends of ours who told us about a program they were doing with their daughter.  We made some minor tweaks so it would work for us, but the essence of the idea is still the same. The […]

Are You Going to Miss Me?

Matt and I have always been extremely careful about how we discuss weight loss in front of the kids.  We want them to focus on getting or remaining healthy rather than focusing on the actual act of losing the weight.  This will become especially important as Kaylee gets older and is faced with the unrealistic […]

Kung Fu Princess

I’ve written about such serious things this week that I thought it was time for one that was a little more fun. Back when I was 16 my best friend was taking martial arts lessons at a local karate school.  Somehow she talked me and one of my other friends into taking lessons offered by […]

I Can See Right Through You

About 6 months ago we noticed that Cameron was making this horrible noise at random times throughout the day.  It was a cross between a snort and a throat clear.  At first we weren’t sure what to think of it.  He didn’t appear to be sick, and it wouldn’t be the first time that one […]

The More Things Change

Talking about how much things have changed yesterday really got me thinking about all of the things that haven’t changed.  Number one on that list is how Brendan reacts to school ending.  To put it bluntly, he just can’t handle it.  Admittedly, when he was young it was a lot harder for both him, and […]

Coming Full Circle

When I began this blog 4 years ago, Brendan had just wrapped up second grade, Cameron was preparing to go into preschool and Kaylee was only beginning to walk and talk.  Now here we are 4 years later and Brendan has wrapped up his first year in middle school, Kaylee her first year of elementary […]

Making Adjustments Part 4

Little miss Kaylee has been truly amazing in adjusting to her new changes.  When we were going through the early entrance testing to get her into kindergarten I knew I was making the right decision.  Even with that, I had a brief bit of doubt right before school that while she could manage it that […]

Making Adjustments Part 3

We expected Cameron to have, by far, the easiest time adjusting to all of the changes in our lives, and on the whole he has.  His biggest adjustment here at home has been learning how to deal with having his own room.  The funny thing is that Cameron is the reason why the boys have […]