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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.

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.

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. 🙂