Father’s Day 2010

June 21, 2010

ps – happy belated Father’s Day to all the dads out there reading.

Hopefully, you got as much loving from your kids as I did this year. Hopefully, if it is your weakness like mine, you got enough candy as gifts. And hopefully you are fortunate enough not to get as many calls/emails from work as I did…

Conversations With…: Holiday Spirit

December 16, 2009

Driving in the car last night, out of the blue…

Daughter: Hanukkah isn’t fair…

(I could see what was coming)

Me: How so?
Daughter: They get presents for 8 days and 8 nights!
Me: Well, you’ve already missed 4 days of Hanukkah.. you should wait until next year to convert.

Happy Holidays, all…

First Snow Day

December 9, 2009

I woke up this morning, and noticed a strange kind of light coming through the window shades in the bedroom. I recognized that light. Having grown up in Buffalo, I knew this was “snow light”. Sure enough, peeking through the window, there was snow on the ground.

When my daughter woke up, I had her look out the window. “Snow! Oh my gosh!” she said, “I guess I can’t go to school!”

“It’s only an inch. They aren’t going to cancel school for that!” I told her. Then I remembered that, although I grew up in Buffalo, we were now in Connecticut. So we checked the local news on TV. Sure enough, her school was closed that day. Her first snow day ever.

It reminded me, once again, how strange it is that my kids were born and will be raised in a city and state other than the one I grew up in.

I just hope they learn to drive in snow more like Buffalo drivers, and not like Connecticut drivers!

Should I Worry?

August 6, 2009

Last night, getting ready for bed, my daughter told me, “Whenever I go into the bathroom, I am attracted to the potty.”

And the boy, almost 2, still isn’t big on the talking thing. He can do animal sounds (cat, dog, cow, duck, monkey) and go “uh-oh!” whenever he spots a crumb on the floor. The kid’s a crumbophobe. He won’t sit in his highchair or on the couch if there is even the tiniest crumb on there.

The boy better learn to talk. The girl isn’t churning out enough quotes for the blog.

We survived another Christmas

December 29, 2008

We survived!

We survived the 16+ hours in the car (total, not each way).

We survived the usual family dramas which occur.

We survived way too many, and way too large gifts from the families (and I even had a little spot cleared to see out the back window!).

We survived way too much good food and good (very good!) wine.

We even survived my in-laws open floorplan house with no good places to put up gates and a 14 month old who recently learned how much fun climbing and playing with remotes can be.

We even managed to not over-buy gifts for the kids ourselves… and survived. In fact, my daughter, when we were discussing her presents, even said to us, “Wow! I didn’t know I was that good!”

I didn’t either…

The Election and My Kids

November 11, 2008

One more thing on the election…

At first, I was a little disappointed that the historic nature of this year’s election would be lost on my kids, what with them being 4 and 1.

However, the more I thought about it, the happier I was that they would grow up thinking it was perfectly normal that anyone, not just white males, could run for President and that anyone, not just white males, could potentially be elected.

And that’s the kind of world I want my kids to grow up in.


July 28, 2008

I don’t know what the deal is with my daughter and the idea of evil lately, but this weekend I heard the following:

After scraping her arm on the fireplace screen, “The fireplace is evil, and I want to get rid of it.”

And my personal favorite:

“Dad, you are so evil, I am going to sneak up on you!”

I gotta ask her what “evil” means.. I have a feeling there’s another good quote to come out of this.