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    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!

    B is for “belligerent”. It means I’m smart

    May 12th, 2019

    For Mother’s Day, G’s class assignment was to write a poem describing me with each letter of alphabet. He shared his poem with me, and I had the joy of reading it, while at work…. and busting out laughing. Here’s my poem.

    ABC to my mom

    A:awesome. You are very awesome to me.

    B:Belligerent. You are very smart.

    C:Casual. You do not get mad a lot

    D:Dandy fine.youare very good.

    E:excellent you are a excellent

    F:fair. You are always fair to me and storm

    G:glorious.you are very glorious to me

    H:Hard-working.you are very hard working

    I:laughable.you make good jokes

    J:Jesting you are very humorous

    K:Kempt you like to be neat

    L:love i love you a lot

    M:mom. You are mom only mom

    N:nice you are nice

    O:Obliging you are very helpful

    P:Patient you wait for me and my bother

    Q:quiet you can sneek up on me

    R:Radiant you are very yoyful

    S:smal you are not that tall

    T:tea you like to drink tea

    U:ultra you do a lot of thungs

    V:very nice i do know that i alrdy did it but stiy you are nice

    W:wine.you and dad like wine

    X:x.x amsome you are doble amsome

    Y:youthful.you are very young

    Z:Zappy you have a lot of eangy.

    My favorite part was “B”. I mean… I can absolutely BE belligerent, though I usually I try to keep that in check.
    It’s now a running joke around these here parts. I’ve proposed other “b” words…. like “brainy”, but he’s preferring to keep with belligerent. 🙂

    How often do you floss?

    May 10th, 2019

    The kids had their regular dentist appointment this week. During their exam, Shane was privy to the following exchange:

    DDS: Do you floss?

    Storm: Yes!

    Shane: [really?!?!?]

    DDS: How often do you floss?

    Storm: Every day!

    Storm: [gets up and performs the floss dance]

    DDS: Yeah…. we get this a lot now

    Insert face-palm here.

    What happens when you poop into a wormhole?

    January 5th, 2019

    Yes! This was a legitimate discussion in our home last night as I was putting the kids into bed. It was actually a semi-serious conversation.

    It involved asking Alexa what happens, to which she responded “Sorry! I don’t know that one” and trying to actually get clarification on what exactly a wormhole WAS. We concluded that it would not only end up somewhere else in space, but potentially in a different time.

    We then discussed exactly HOW you would poop into a wormhole since outer-space is so cold, your butt would freeze prior to being able to make it’s … ughmn… delivery. Griffin recommended that you poop in a bag first and then send it through space.
    Yes. That’s right! My children are doing the inter-galactic equivalent of baggied poo on your door-step.

    We resolved to have a conversation with my dad about this today… because who better to have a chat about space poo than a man that works in astrophysics?
    BTW — his answer to what happens, btw? You’d start a poop-war. Less scientific… more political :p

    PS. If either one of them ever applies to CalTech for school, I think their admission paper should be on this topic.

    The Sous Chef

    December 24th, 2018

    We’re making cookies. I told him he’s in charge of beating the eggs. He ran away… and came back with this.

    The eggs are scared.

    Santa Pikachu

    December 23rd, 2018

    I caught one!


    Winter break adventures

    December 20th, 2018

    San Francisco adventures on the first vacation day.




    G’s ingenious way to ‘carry’ his bagel bites



    Dickens Fair

    November 25th, 2018

    First time at Dickens Fair with the kids.






    Donuts. A legit birthday treat

    November 12th, 2018

    Storm’s birthday party this year was at Sports House… celebrated with GaGa Ball, soccer, pizza and donuts.

    I legit wish I could explain GaGa ball. It’s like dodge-ball, in an enclosed arena, where you’re trying to be the last man standing, but can’t hit others directly. Storm requested it. Apparently Sports House introduced it over summer camps, but it’s not one of their standard activities. They used his party as a try to see if they can make it work as part of regular party bookings. Not sure what ultimately SH will decide there, but Storm’s guests seemed to enjoy it.





















    November 1st, 2018

    We have surpassed the age of 7 today, and the youngest human in our brood wakes up as an 8-yr old today. This kid has been calling out that he couldn’t wait ’till Thursday every day this week. For real — he didn’t even blink twice for Candy Debauchery Day (aka Halloween).


    Today you wake up 48″ tall and 50.7lb (though that’s with street-clothes on, so let’s take a pound off!). You continue to be a creative thinker and a happy soul. Please, don’t lose that. I love that I can find you singing to yourself while you are playing, or that you break out in a dance while randomly waiting in line at the store. PS — you’re a pretty good dancer! You’ve got a little mischief in ya’, but it’s (usually) in good nature, paired with good humor.

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    What is your name?
    What is your full name?
    Do you know what the V stands for?
    Ya. Viktor!!!
    What do you wish it stands for? ….Or if you like what it stands for that’s cool too.
    How old are you about to be?
    What is you favorite color?
    Who is your best friend?
    So.hard.to.choose.from. Owen
    Who are your other friends that you would have chosen?
    Owen, Ethan, Jacques, Darren, Owen, Mason, DeclanThat’s a lot of friendsExactlyThat’s great! I’m really happy to hear you have so many friends
    What do you like to do with your friends?
    What kind of play
    What kind of games
    Level games
    Level games?
    Like you level up until this one monster and then you keep leveling up
    How do you play that?
    It’s like a fishing game
    In person?
    No, not with real fishing. We, we play with sticks… a bunch of jobs
    Oh, with your sticks?
    Ya. We,.. there’s one fisher, one mob, one villager, one trader… and… one…. a bunch of jobs
    What is you favorite book?
    Ah. Ok. I have a cross between two
    Go ahead. Tell me both
    Ughmn. Dragaon… it’s a series. Dragon Masters and…. Little Legends
    What is your favorite movie or TV show?
    What is your favorite animal?
    Animal. Animal. Animal. Depends. Does it have to be alive today?
    Ok. Uhmn. Then the Meg
    Yah. The Megalodon
    Oh. OK!
    What is your favorite food to eat?
    Favorite food… waffles!!
    What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
    Cookies and cream
    That is a really good flavor!
    What is your favorite toy?
    I don’t play with toys that much… other than Legos
    What is your favorite outfit?
    Ya, what’s your favorite thing to wear?
    Lol! Truer words have never been spoken
    What song do you love?
    So many!!! I’ll tell you the top three
    I’d love the top three
    “The middle”. “God’s plan”. “Friends”
    Who is your biggest hero?
    My mom!
    Oh my God. Why? Why am I your favorite hero?
    You help me a lot.
    Thank you! You’re making me cry
    What are you really good at?
    Reading. Reading. Writing and Art
    Where do you wish you could go on vacation?
    Ugh! So far though. Korea.
    Korea? Really? Tell me why.
    Because one of my friends lives there, and I’d like to see what it’s like there.
    That’s kind of cool! I can show you some pictures if you want to see!
    What would you buy if you had $1000?
    Nothing. I would save it up for a lot more
    Ha! Ok. If you had 1M what would you buy?
    A house. For shelter
    A house for shelter? That’s actually a really good investment.
    If you could have a wish, what would it be?
    Can I have a house. [giggles]
    Can I have a pool?
    Ok??? No. You can’t. But that can be your wish.
    What do you want to do when you grow up?
    Aw, man! Write a book
    What do you think the book would be about?
    Like a series of mythical creatures. I might even turn it into a show!
    That sounds fun!
    What do you hope to do before you turn (X+1)?
    What do I hope to do? Surf!
    Did you say Surf?
    That’s a pretty good goal!Go once? Or go more than once?
    More than once!
    Wow! That’s an aggressive goal
    Give me a piece of advice…
    For what?
    For anything. Like tell me something wise
    Don’t get drunk!
    Lol! Yah. That’s a pretty good piece of advice. Alright we’re done now. Thanx, buddy!