Kella’s Flush with Cash

Mar 16th, 2016 Kid Stuff

Kella is not getting the attention she wants. Considering the whirlwind month we’ve had with Finley, from his birthday to his seizure, that’s not too much of a surprise. Those feelings of jealousy has led to her plotting how to get the spotlight on her, including, but not limited to, demanding that her birthday be right now, insisting that she needs medicine too, wrapping her…

Of Saints and Seizures – Yesterday’s Hospital Adventure

Mar 11th, 2016 Kid Stuff

Yesterday was not what people in the living business would call “a good day.” It started out normal enough, meaning that I stepped in a puddle of honey that Finley had sneaked into the carpet at some point in the last twenty four hours. So far, so good. Work was normal enough, too, which at this time of year means hours and hours of client…

Sugar Sludge

Feb 29th, 2016 Kid Stuff

Recently there’s been a spat of articles claiming that sugar is worse than crack, which certainly goes a long way toward explaining the national crime spree perpetuated by five year olds looking for their next hit of Lik-A-Stix. Sorry, I need to apologize for that last sentence. It was clearly based on the stereotype that kids love sugar, and if I’ve learned nothing else over the…

App Store Problems

Feb 24th, 2016 Kid Stuff

Recently, in a decision that I hope looks better in hindsight, I decided to jump back into public accounting. My old boss did his best to persuade me not to leave industry. Then, when my decision was final, he started a pool on how long I’d last in the public world this time. It was the right choice, though: the recent purchase of ProBuild left…

That Dragon, Cancer – A Touching Memorial

Jan 25th, 2016 Games, Kid Stuff, Memoir

Ever since I contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for That Dragon, Cancer, I’ve been excited to play it. Yet on the game’s big release on January 12th, I couldn’t bring myself to turn it on. Heck, I couldn’t even bring myself to install it. Like a politician sensing the breaking of an impending scandal, I delayed the inevitable. Yes, inevitable. I knew I had to…

Why Toy Companies Use Ridiculous Sexist Ways To Target Kids

Jun 24th, 2015 Kid Stuff

I’ve been considering this post for a while, but every time I’ve tried to write it, I get distracted and run off on a tangent. Unlike tax and economics, I have a hard time focusing on cultural debate. This one, though, seemed like one no one else has address. At least not in a way I like. So let’s talk sexist kid toys.

Disney Infinity With Toddlers – A Mini Review

Dec 29th, 2014 Games, Kid Stuff

Image a world where Thor met Rapunzel. What would they do together? If you guessed that Thor would lift Rapunzel up over his head with beefy Chris Hemsworth arms and fly her around while she threw an infinite supply of frying pans at Frost Giants, you’d be right. And likely smoking some pretty strong stuff. That, in a nutshell, is my experience with Disney Infinity,…

Snap Circuits with Preschoolers

Oct 20th, 2014 Kid Stuff

For better or worse, I think my son Finley is destined to be an engineer. Those anti-social, pocket protecting nerd genes run strongly through my mom’s side of the family, including (and most famously) a great uncle who gave us the digital babysitter. Ever since Finley could walk, instead of wanting to play with toys like the other kids, he’s wanted to take things apart…

The Catlateral Damage Caused By Video Games

Oct 6th, 2014 Games, Kid Stuff

No, the title is not a spelling error. Just keep reading. Ever since my dad came home with an original Nintendo (despite him actually wanting an Atari), I’ve been a big fan of video games. Now that I have kids of my own, my playing time has been reduced to almost zero, but I still like to keep up with the latest news (or, in…

And Our Favorite Disneyland Character is. . .

Sep 29th, 2014 Kid Stuff

(Note: this was originally on my tax blog CreativelyAccounting.com, but I moved it over here, since it is not tax related) I didn’t post last week, but I have a good excuse. I was in Disneyland. A few months ago I read an article by a popular columnist complaining that vacations ruined his ability to write for a while. I’m having that problem now. In…