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    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


    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.

    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 🙂

    Turning 9

    November 1st, 2019

    Today, my little one, you wake up to being 9.

    I often hear you singing to yourself, which reminds me that inside you are just a happy soul. For this birthday, your classmates each wrote you notes complimenting what they like about you. In so many, they call-out your smile. Thank you for making everyone’s day a little brighter!

    This year you started to sculpt and your creations are wonderful. You enjoy making your own comics and Lego are still a core part of your day.

    You still love being cozy, and find comfort in stuffies. Your favorites at the moment are Lost & Found, and Billy the Llama. You like it when I come up with stories from their point of view and make you laugh.

    Here’s you in your own words:

    • How old are you about to be?
      • 9
    • What is you favorite color?
      • Ruby Red
    • Who is your best friend?
      • Parker
    • What do you like to do with your friends?
      • Play
    • What is you favorite book?
      • Overwatch
    • What is your favorite movie or TV show?
      • TV show would be the Casa Grande
      • And do you have a favorite movie?
      • Men in Black
    • What is your favorite animal?
      • Red Panda
    • What is your favorite food to eat?
      • Pizza
    • What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
      • Oreo Cookies & Creme
    • What is your favorite toy?
      • Clay
    • What is your favorite outfit?
      • My normal.
      • Cozy pants with anything?
      • Ya
    • What song do you love?
      • Ya. Keep it Mello
    • Who is your biggest hero?
      • What is that?
      • Do you have a person that you really admire and you look up to? Or persons?
      • Ya. You!
    • What are you really good at?
      • Ugh. Drawing
    • Where do you wish you could go on vacation?
      • Vegas!
      • Why Vegas?
      • Because I like…. I wanna to go there?
      • What do you want to do when you goto Vegas?
      • Do what I can do. I know what I want to do…
      • Which is what?
      • I could go to the M&M factory
    • What would you buy if you had $1000?
      • Nothing. I want to put it in the bank and wait for interest
      • I know you’re lying because you can barely hold on to $20
    • If you could have a wish, what would it be?
      • To never be osidj*
      • To never be bored?
      • To never be poor
    • What do you want to do when you grow up?
      • A YouTuber
      • Really?
      • Ya
    • What do you hope to do before you turn (X+1)?
      • I don’t know
    • Give me a piece of advice…
      • Don’t jump out of a window!

    This is what 11 looks like

    August 29th, 2019

    Griggin, today you are 11. You woke up happy and smiling.

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    Tonight we get to celebrate with a dinner at your favorite Italian restaurant. You’ve got a few haunts you likes to frequent, and originally wanted to go to your “special celebration” spot, until I reminded you Italian was an option. Then it was a no-brainer.

    This past year I’ve observed you make some excellent decisions and adapt to difficult situations. You’re taking changes (like starting a new school; working with a different Dyslexia tutor… AND 7:30am tutoring) in stride, and making me really proud. While you’ve got a few years before the world will let loose on you, I feel (today) that you’re on a good track.

    Your temper is still short; even shorter even as “them hormones” are starting to creep in. You’re moodier; get angrier faster; are more resistant to the idea that Daddy and I can help in tough spots. This part is tough. I know it’s going to only get tougher too over the next 6 years, but I’m hoping we’ll all come out of it with minimal emotional scarring ;p

    You’re growing to be more considerate of others. More often than not I see you watching out for your brother. You think of things that make him happy. You make choices that will make things easier on us. I thank you for that. You growing up into a considerate human being is the best compliment you can give us as your parents.

    Now… onto this year’s interview:

    • me: What is your name?
      • G: Griffin
    • me: What is your full name?
      • G: Rogers!
    • me: Do you know what the V stands for?
      • G: Viktor
    • me: What do you wish it stands for?
      • G: I don’t know!
    • me: How old are you about to be?
      • G: 11
    • me: What is you favorite color?
      • G: Blue
    • me: Who is your best friend?
      • G: Hayden
    • me: What do you like to do with your friends?
      • G: Play… games
      • me: Such as what
      • G: Play sports
      • me: What kind of sports
      • G: Uhmn.. soccer and baseball?
    • me: What is you favorite book?
      • G: Let’s see: Rick Riordan books
    • me: What is your favorite movie or TV show?
      • G: I don’t know
    • me: What is your favorite animal?
      • G: Moose
    • me: What is your favorite food to eat?
      • G: Pasta
      • me: Any particular type of pasta?
      • G: Nope
    • me: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
      • G: Cookies & Creme
    • me: What is your favorite toy?
      • G: Computer
    • me: What is your favorite outfit?
      • G: I don’t know
    • me: What song do you love?
      • G: Uhmn… Happier?
    • me: Who is your biggest hero?
      • G: Messi
    • me: What are you really good at?
      • G: Soccer and baseball
    • me: Where do you wish you could go on vacation?
      • G: Ugh… Hawaii???
    • me: What would you buy if you had $1000?
      • G: Another $1000?
      • me: You’re just exchanging $1000 in that case
      • G: Ok, fine, then I’ll put it in the bank!
      • me: You’ll put it in the bank, you wouldn’t buy anything?
      • G: No
      • me: But if the point is you HAD to buy something, what would you buy?
      • G: Off the rent? Of the house?
      • me: You’re going to help us pay down our house?
      • G: Ya: what else would I do with a $1000? If I can’t put it in the bank…
      • me: That’s pretty nice of you man!
    • me: If you could have a wish, what would it be?
      • G: Be taller!
      • me: That’s a good one. I want that too.
    • me: What do you want to do when you grow up?
      • G: Be a professional sports player
    • me: What do you hope to do before you turn 12?
      • G: I don’t know.
    • me: Give me a piece of advice…
      • G: Trump, Don’t build a wall!