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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Another year of trick-or-treating is in the books.

“Little” used his Luke Skywalker costume as an excuse to keep his crazy long hair. “Middle” couldn’t decide what he wanted to be, then opted at the last-minute to recycle his older brother’s Jack Sparrow costume from a few years ago. “Big” has officially reached I-don’t-dress-up age, but came along to help with the little guys.

It’s weird to watch these guys and try to remember how I felt, how I acted at their ages, when it came to Halloween. I can certainly recall being fired up about each year’s new costume.

I love being able to slow down, soak in these little pieces of childhood, and even relive a little bit of my own with them (like little Mr. Skywalker).

So, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to carry on a time-honored Halloween tradition.

That’s right. I’m going to eat half their candy while they’re asleep, before they get a chance to assess the loot tomorrow.

Halloween house hunting

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

My family and I have been searching for some Griswolds of the graveyard. You know, people who go all-out with their Halloween decorations.

If we spend enough time looking for other homes with over-the-top spooky setups, my wife and kids wouldn’t have time to go overboard on ours. Well, that was my plan, anyway. Instead, they’re inspired.

Check out these two houses:

Cool, huh?

How about this? They’re actually across the street from one another. Tough to one-up the dead décor in that neighborhood.

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Letting the kids do their own shopping via an iPhone app

October 19, 2010 1 comment

We’re taking a new approach to Christmas shopping this year.

No, we’re not just being huge nerds who use the iPhone for everything. There is a method to the madness this time.

This app, called “Red Laser,” scans barcodes, then stores the items’ names and prices on your phone.

This is useful for a few reasons:

1) It keeps track of the best prices (online) for the items you scan.

2) It creates a working wish list on your phone.

3) When you empower the kids to do the scanning, as we did, it creates a sort of accountability/buy-in to the wish list.

It seems like a great idea now. Let’s see how it holds up when the kids change their minds the first of several hundred times between now and December 25.

Feeling Harry Chapin

October 17, 2010 1 comment

I’m so proud of my kids on our trip to the Kansas City Zoo today.

My youngest son didn’t care about the animals, he only wanted to see Darth Vader. (It was “Star Wars Weekend” at the zoo.)

My middle son called every single rodent or rodent-like animal in the zoo an “ROUS.”

My oldest unabashedly wore his Royals cap with our Cardinal-fan friends present. Well, he was as unabashed as a Royals fan can be these days.

Look out, world. They’re all three a little bit like this guy.

 

Darth Vader, Nathan Byrne and Boba Fett

Nerd alert!!!

 

Shout-outs. Srsly.

October 16, 2010 2 comments

My kids are so fired up about being mentioned in the latest srsly guys? video.

What?!? You don’t know about srsly guys? It’s a group of srsly talented high-school students whose very funny videos poke fun at the stupid things we all see people do in everyday life. Great stuff.

But why did they give my kids a shout-out?

It all started when two of my sons tested their skills in a sack race and a stick-horse race at Pumpkinfest, a fall festival held at the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, Mo.

Turns out the young man running the race booth at the festival is someone we knew, sort of. Except we didn’t know it yet.

After seeing himself in a picture from one of my blog posts, Mikah Sargent sent me a reply on Twitter. We traded tweets and I told him my son, the one from the sack race, was a big fan of his. In fact, my son recognized Mikah from the srsly guys? t-shirts we saw online one night. (I bought this one.)

Do they sell those shirts in kids sizes? Because I know of a couple guys who might add them to the Christmas list. Srsly.

Pay attention, kids

October 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Remember this from my blog post last week?

For those of you who haven’t seen the video or didn’t read the post, here’s some quick background: last week, my son brought home an assignment to make a short movie.

Later, when I asked him how he did on his assignment, he said, “We were supposed to write it.”

That answered my question of, “How are kids who don’t have access to a video camera supposed to do this assignment?”

Pay attention, kids. Read the directions. Listen to your teachers. 🙂

Recapturing youth

October 9, 2010 5 comments

Watching my kid hop his way through this sack race today, I thought about how often we wish we were young again.

As I write this post, I’m feeling the soreness from playing three softball games in a row this morning. I play about once a year, so I’m sure I’ll be feeling it for the next few days.

But this desire to recapture youth isn’t always about what we can or can’t do physically.

Think about the risks we’re afraid to take. Think about the safe routes we take in the name of adulthood and responsibility.

I wonder how much more we would accomplish if we occasionally treated life like a sack race.

 

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