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I’m so the mom…

By on Feb 25, 2017 in Personal

I am so the mom that stands on the sidelines cheering my kid on while she…codes. Yep…codes. At some point during my Friday night, I realized that I’m totally the nerd equivalent of a soccer mom. I introduced Maddie to codewars.com and it was on. She was playing in the arcade in Python and she was totally nailing the tasks.

Didn’t I just do this?

By on Feb 1, 2017 in Personal

So, its February. It isn’t just February, though. It is February of 2017. Two thousand and seventeen. I am sitting here wondering where in the heck time has gone.

Of course, if you’re my teenage daughter you would be arguing that time doesn’t really exist…it really isn’t a thing…so it hasn’t gone anywhere. And you’d be right of course…or she’d be right…or you both…however you want to look at this thing…but that is neither here nor there. Now we are talking about spatial reality.

What my kids really think…

By on Jan 13, 2017 in Personal

I don’t usually do the question/answer things on Facebook but this one has been making its rounds for years. It is always entertaining. So, without any prompting, I asked my kids these questions. I asked them all separately so none of them were influenced by other’s answers.

Twenty Seventeen

By on Jan 1, 2017 in Personal

Well, I made it! So many things have happened since my last update. I wouldn’t even know where to start. But the most important thing is that I managed to get through 2016. It was touch and go for a while.

We rang in the New Year family-style. We played some Exploding Kittens, watched Rockin New Years Eve and toasted the new year. All of the kids managed to make it to midnight even though it was hours past their normal bedtimes. It was worth it.

Back to School!

By on Sep 2, 2016 in Personal

It is that time of year again…the time that the kids have been dreading. Goodbye summer vacation, hello school year.

It really isn’t so bad. The little ones are mostly bummed about bedtime. During the summer (and weekends) they are allowed to stay up until 10pm and they get to take their tablets to bed. On school nights though, they have to hand over their tablets and get in bed at their bedtime (8pm and 9pm for the two littles).

Welcome to the Mark, Travis and Matt show!

By on Aug 16, 2016 in Personal

I spent the entire day working up the energy to make it to this show. This wasn’t just some random concert. If you don’t know me, maybe you have no idea how much I love Blink-182. They have been my favorite band since 1997 and I don’t get many chances to see them play live (because it seems like they so rarely tour in the US).

Happy Birthday, America!

By on Jul 4, 2016 in Personal

Between town festivals, parties and fireworks on the beach, there is never a shortage of fun things to do on the 4th of July. But this year, I opted for a low-key quiet day at home. We snacked on chopped veggies, fired up the grill and waited for the sun to go down to set off some fireworks. Overall, it was a definite success.

Thrills, Chills and Fun Times Ahead!

By on Jun 26, 2016 in Personal

I grew up a relatively short distance from Williamsburg, Virginia. This meant that summertime often included trips to Busch Gardens. Being a thrill seeker, these trips have left some awesome lasting memories. As an adult, I still enjoy the thrills and now I get to share them with my kids. But, over time I stopped going as often. Eventually it became a thing for the kids to do with their dad. They would take off early in the morning and come back with pictures and souvenirs and I’d enjoy the stories they would tell me about riding the little Clydesdale horses, the tea cups, and whatever awesome new coasters have been added.