Family

Traffic Jam on Memory Lane

I’ve talked about this here before, but it is the strangest things that bring me back to a time and place, and often, a random time and place.  This week, it happened to me in an unusually strange place…Interstate 78 in New Jersey. When Andrea and I first moved to […]

Checking In

I can’t believe that in the last three weeks I have posted only three times.  That is definitely off my goal of posting three times a week and my average of twice a week that I had been at before May.  I don’t even really have a good reason except that time […]

Getting Lawyered by a 5-Year Old

With Ben’s last report card, we made a deal with him.  We told him that if he improved his scores in a couple of areas (listening, being neat, coloring inside the lines, etc) we would bring him to Dorney Park soon after school ended.  Apparently, at the time we made […]

More Angry Birds…and a Cockroach

The boys have nearly the whole collection of plush Angry Birds, with the only one missing being the green one.  At some point, we discovered that in June, some more Angry Bird products would be released.  All facts that are basically irrelevant to this story, because, like many of our […]

Uh…What?

On the way home from school, Benjamin asked me a complicated question that, on first pondering, didn’t make a whole lot of sense.  So, I spent a moment trying to figure it out and noticed that Benjamin was oddly silent.  He usually isn’t patient for answers and will keep repeating […]

Giddy Relief

I believe in moral absolutes.  One death does not justify another.  Ten deaths does not justify another.  Three-thousand deaths does not justify one.  As a Christian and a Catholic, I do not believe in taking a life for the sake of justice.  There is no eye for an eye in […]

Just One Daddy, but…

I think I have mentioned this before, but Benjamin has a habit of trying to tell Matthew what to do or lecturing him.  The other night, before Andrea got home from work, I was telling Matthew not to do something.  Benjamin, not wanting to miss the opportunity, started to lecture […]

Pretty Strong Opinions on Girls

Benjamin was asking one of his normal questions about how humans are made (“What is under our skin?”, “What is blood?”, etc.) when, out of no where, Matthew asks, “Girls are not human, right?” I laughed and asked him if he meant “Squirrels.” “No!” “Girls?” “Yes! They got funny hair […]

Two Chocodiles

A lot of people, when they come back from California, come back with wine stuffed in their suitcase.  When I came back from California, I came back with Chocodiles stuffed in my suitcase. For those of you wondering what a Chocodile is, think Twinkie covered in chocolate.  When I was […]

Pajama Day

I’m not really sure what triggered it…We were mid-movie/pizza night when Benjamin turned to Matthew and said, “Hey Matt…You know what tomorrow is? Saturday.  We get to spend the whole day in our pajamas and we get to sleep much later and we can play all day and we don’t […]