What Xbox games Teach My Kids – Valiant Hearts

Apr 29th, 2016 Games

I’m a terrible dad. That’s what rolled through my head as Valiant Hearts’ tragic final ending faded into credits. Over the past couple months, Kella has been on a huge video game kick, and I’ve tried my best to steer her towards the few and far between E rated games on the Xbox. She found Valiant Hearts on her own, a World War I themed game that…

#TBT – Finley’s Birthday, According to Mom

Apr 28th, 2016 TBT

Hello to the three people who’ll read this, it’s time for some Throwback Thursday fun! While digging through my files, I found the data dump for the website where Amy and I (though really, mostly Amy) wrote about Finley’s first few months. The information is totally unusable as is (doesn’t help that the backup software I used no longer exists), so I figured it’d be…

Through the Donut Hole – Finley Gets an MRI

Apr 26th, 2016 Kid Stuff

Finley was nervous. He’d been talking about it for days with an electric undercurrent, simultaneously bragging and seeking reassurance. “It looks like this,” he’d say, holding his hands together to make a circle, “like a donut.” Then, finally, Friday came. From the moment he woke up until the actual event late in the evening, Finley couldn’t stop talking about it. “Is my MRI now? Are we going…

Hangin’ With Doc Holliday

Apr 22nd, 2016 Kid Stuff

We made an impromptu trip to the mountains a couple weekends ago. It was still in the grueling weeks of Busy Season, but after leaving the office Saturday, I decided we needed to run around in giant hamster balls and relax in the hot springs. The hamster balls we accomplished in Frisco thanks to a present Amy gave me for my birthday. It helped me appreciate…

What Disney Teaches My Kids – The Jungle Book (2016 Version)

Apr 20th, 2016 Movies

As the throwback book closed on the movie just like in the original cartoon, I couldn’t help but think that Rudyard Kipling would have liked Disney’s latest version of The Jungle Book. I remember reading a while ago (and confirmed today on Wikipedia, so it must be true) that Walt Disney wasn’t happy with the first draft of The Jungle Book. The screenwriters had stuck too closely…

Beyond Eyes – What Video Games Teach My Kids

Apr 15th, 2016 Games

In my constant search for Xbox games that don’t encourage my children to take chainsaws to aliens’ faces, I have occasionally bought the random E rated game just because it’s on sale. Beyond Eyes is one of those games. Beyond Eyes is brought to you by the publisher of Worms, the adorably cute game where cartoon worms try to murder each other with bazookas, hand…

This One Weird Trick To Keep My Son Quiet At Church

Apr 13th, 2016 Church, Kid Stuff

I had to use the clickbait title. The post was begging for it. Anyway, I’ve been pretty open about the difficulties we’ve been having with Finley over the past month or so, which haven’t so much subsided as become an expected part of life. While at times I’m on the verge of jumping off the Serenity Now ledge into the pit of insanity, especially considering…

Kella, Art, and my Fragile Self Esteem

Apr 6th, 2016 Uncategorized

I’ve decided that we have daughters to boost our self esteem, at least while they’re young. Or better put, daughters are designed to boost our self esteem in their early years so they have a bigger target to hit when they’re teenagers. The examples I can give of Kella are numerous, but I just want to focus on one today. My drawing abilities. No one…

What Video Games Teach My Kids – Unravel

Apr 6th, 2016 Games

Long ago, while Finley and Oliver were still cooking, I had dreams of zoning out on the couch with my children and destroying an entire new generation in Bomberman. Things haven’t worked out so far with Finley, who has shown minimal interest, zero aptitude, and even less patience when it comes to traditional controller-in-hand video games. Since I had no desire to test how many…

Charming at the EEG

Apr 1st, 2016 Kid Stuff

Since converting this blog into more of a family blog, one thing I’ve worried about is the perspective the ten or so people who read it will have of my kids. I’m especially concerned that I’m conveying an overly negative view of Finley. Maybe that’s just on my mind thanks to my last post. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been more annoyed with him than normal over the…