Category: family

  • A Six Year Old’s view of Geopolitics

    A week ago Stella asked me, “Daddy, why is China fighting Ukraine?” I told her, “No, China isn’t fighting Ukraine. Russia is fighting Ukraine.” She thought for a moment and she asked, “Russia wants to take over Ukraine?” After I answered in the affirmative she asked, “If Ukraine wins the war, does that mean they…

  • Sam’s Thought Processes

    As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I always find it fascinating how the kids interpret the world. Here are a couple examples of how Sam is seeing things at this point. LEGO Ban Last weekend I was sitting at the computer, working on some code when my wife came into the room. “Did you…

  • Scarlett’s Halloween Clay Models

    Scarlett created these models one day in October when she was feeling creative. I liked the models so much that I built a small box for photographing them. I fell behind on my photos, so I’m posting my favorite poses now.

  • The Twins Recount their Day

    A few days ago, I had the opportunity to ask the twins what they did that day while they were isolated from each other. Stella: “We played LEGO and built a lot of cool things.” Sam: “We went to Costco and then came right back home.” Mind you, they both had the exact same day…

  • Havana Club Rum

    When I went to visit my grandfather in September, he brought out some Havana Club Rum that someone had brought from Cuba. As best as I can understand things, after the communists took over and nationalized Havana Club, the original creator-owner sold the recipe to the Bacardi family, who’d fled to Puerto Rico. I’m not…

  • Starting to get to the point where we can guess what he drew

  • Sam and the Wagon

  • Sam and Keyboard Layouts

    Sam sat on my lap and looked at the keyboard on the desk. At first he tried to do the ABCs, but he was stymied by the QWERTY layout. So then he looked at the numbers. He started with 1 and counted up. As Scarlett did before him, he automatically said “10” when he got…

  • The Redwoods Trip

    The Redwoods Trip

    I’ve done a few travelogues on this blog (like the series covering my trip to the Grand Canyon) and I usually cover things chronologically. However, this time around I’m writing things about 3.5 months later. So rather than worry about covering things chronologically, I’m going to cover them by topic. Family Vacations We were visiting…

  • Mack the Knife

    Scarlett was watching Peg + Cat which has an episode called Mack the Fork. So she asked me if that was a song and I told her that Mack the Knife was a song and she asked me to play it. Then the following exchange with my 3.5 year old happened: Samuel: What’s this song?…

  • A Science Journal Entry

    Sometimes the things my kids focus on just crack me up.

  • Danielle and Sam flying a kite

    Back in March it was an incredibly windy day so we decided to go to the park to fly a kite. I also took my DSLR because it’d been some time since I’d used it and thought I might get some good shots. This one was my favorite one and I thought it really captured…

  • January Snow Day

    Since becoming a parent it’s been a common theme of the blog that I find it fascinating experiencing the kids getting older and, therefore, more able to process the world around them. This winter was the first time the twins could be out in the snow for more than just a few minutes. Not only…

  • Sam and Stella enjoying the fall leaves

    Sam and Stella enjoying the fall leaves

    If there’s one pleasure I was denied by growing up in Florida, it was getting to play with the fall leaves. (Of course, I was spared having to rake them – something that takes me a good afternoon here if I do it well). But my kids get to enjoy it. Sam’s expression notwithstanding, I…

  • Twin 3rd Birthday Portraits

    Twin 3rd Birthday Portraits

    Just as with the farm portraits, this year both kids were enthusiastic about the portraits. I was bracing for Sam to once again hate the idea of portraits, but his urge to do what his sisters were doing was stronger – or maybe he’s just over whatever he hated about it last year. I’m really…