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    First Day of School smell

    April 10th, 2021

    Here we are: a year past school’s going remote w/ COVID shut-down. Now our school is re-opening for a hybrid in-class program, with Griffin and Storm going 2x a week (for a shorter in-class day).

    In preparation for a campus return there’s been a lot of parent community volunteering to make the necessary adjustments. Everything from marking off designated sitting spots in the lunch tables (6ft apart), to weeding overgrown yards, to disinfecting all surfaces. I mean, ALL surfaces. By the time we were done, each classroom smelled of Method. So, first day of school will now be linked to the aroma of a Method disinfectant bottle.

    Kids, 30 years down the line, if the smell of disinfectant brings you feelings of anxiety and anticipation, well… now you know why!


    Didn’t get past the first line

    December 27th, 2020

    Every once in a while I convince the kids to watch Good Eats with me. On our last showing, Griffin asked if there were ever any recipes featured that were “Bad eats”. To oblige, I had to pull up the Haagis recipe. I’m not saying that Haagis isn’t tasty (I’ve never tried it myself!), but Alton didn’t exactly go out of his way to make it look super apetizing.

    Anyway…. we didn’t watch the Haagis segment, but I pulled up the recipe/ingredients and showed it to Griffin. Then, to keep things fair, I turned my phone around and showed it to Storm.

    He was done pretty quick! I asked “How far did you get?”

    His response? “I didn’t get past the first line”


    Storm is now 10!

    November 1st, 2020

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    Making each birthday slideshow is a treat for me. I get to re-live our past year and see so much of your personality.
    Storm, you are SO big. Reaching double-digits aside, you have a big personality. You smile big, you hug big, you yell big, you love big. You wear your emotions openly: happy, mad or sad. I feel so blessed that you let us be part of that.
    You creativity continues to astound. Your blend of engineering and art makes me so curious about how you will put this to use in your future. I can’t wait and see… though, I’m also not ready to let you grow up yet, either.
    Happy Birthday kiddo! This has been quite the year, but you’ve been amazing through it. So proud of you!


    Almost a teen

    August 30th, 2020

    Our home officially homes a 12-year old. We celebrated with Impossible Burgers (his choice) and a pan-cookie (also his choice).

    There is no Griffin interview this year, because 1) he did it last year; 2) the answers haven’t changed; 3) it’s dumb. Aaah! Pre-teens 🙂

    At least he still loves his Carrot & Cookie though.


    Brother trolling 101

    July 20th, 2020

    Found on the light switches downstairs

    We have a house rule: last person downstairs has to make sure the house is locked up and lights are off.

    Storm thought he would take advantage of this situation. Alas, joke was on him: G never saw it. But good try, kid! Good try.


    A real driver’s license

    May 24th, 2020

    G’s mooses often rent Ubers to get them to their mid-night parties (they’re party animals, you see!). They would now like to rent a car, so they can get places on their own.

    Unfortunately, I said that they would have a hard time getting a rental place to give them a car on account of not having a license.

    To solve this problem, Storm responded with this:

    It’s a driver’s license. It’s 100% real! Because…. you know… it exists (and it says so on the license!).

    You also know it’s verified legit, because of the thumbs up sign.

    I guess I know where I’m going next time I need a license renewal.


    Mother F******

    May 16th, 2020

    Because Shane and I both had our eyes just about pop out of our eye-sockets….

    We were sitting in Storm’s room, talking. Storm busts through his door, jazz hands out and yells out “Mother! Father!”….but our brains, being what they are, made a different guess on what was coming after that F.


    Practice cursing for 20 min

    March 16th, 2020

    Our schools (like most others) are off for 3 weeks in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    In the interim the boys’ curriculum will be converted to distance-learning starting on Wed. Until then, they brought home worksheets.

    Storm and I were making a plan for his day tomorrow. He has to finish his 4th Argonaut journal entry and practice cursive… except my guidance went something like this:
    “Ok, so tomorrow, you need to finish your journal draft. Then, practice cursing for 20 minutes”

    Enter in child giggles.

    Yeeeees. There’s a chance Storm will be an expert curser by the end of this shut-down. Cursive hand-writing on the other hand….


    Sleeping arrangements

    December 1st, 2019

    When we go away on holiday, usually we end up in a dual-Queen bedroom room and each of us sleeps alongside a kid.
    This produces morning conversations like this:

    Me: Storm was a really good snuggler last night. He would come over and hug me.
    Shane: Yes! I had a similar experience. Except, in my case, G would put his foot in my face and use it to push off.


    Jeff and Bob (and Cookie and Carrot)

    November 1st, 2019

    Some time ago Griffin pronounced that his name is Jeff… and that he was a Moose. Ya, you got that right: four legged, furry, over-sized deer.

    For the longest time, Jeff had a buddy: Bob. Bob was discovered in the toy hamper right about the time he was on his way to the donation bin. But then Bob and Jeff became (mostly) inseparable.

    Bob helps Jeff get up in the morning. He’s silly and gets Griffin (er, Jeff) up in a good mood, mostly though talking about their overnight adventures. For example…

    Bob and Jeff can fly (like Santa’s reindeer), so they tried out for Santa’s team. They didn’t make the team pulling the sleigh (yes, there’s some discrimination happening there) BUT! they did make the Santa squad by joining the cookie-eating team. You see, Santa was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, so he can’t eat all the cookies left out for him. However, cookies and carrots being the two primary food-groups of young moose, it’s perfect for them. So now they’re practicing for the big day by eating all the cookies they can get into.

    Unfortunately Bob went to school one day… and didn’t make it back home. There were tears. There was a late-night trip to the school. And reward posters. Alas, Bob is still causing trouble out there in the world on his own. Maybe some day he’ll return.

    The good news, though, is that in Bob’s absence, Cookie and Carrot joined the family. In a semi-fortunate turn, Griffin asked for a “sister” for Bob. So I had already crawled eBay with the right search/manufacturer terms. Now Jeff is accompanied by Cookie and Carrot. All is (almost) right with the world 🙂