Category: family

  • You’re blowing it, dad

    Friday at 2:00 PM I sent my last work off and hell week ended. I don’t mean, the week from hell, I mean it was a week where a lot had to get done and the brunt of the burden rested on my shoulders. There was no other choice: To meet the commitments to authors…

  • 21 days, 77 days

    Waiting in baggage claim on Thursday night I opened up Tripit, an iOS app I use to track all of my travel details. Here’s what it said. While exhausted from being gone from July 5th through July 26th– 3 amazing trips covering thousands of miles and investing in incredible things— I got really excited about…

  • Our Second Date

    Kristen and I met in late April of our freshmen year at Moody, 1995. We were eighteen years old. For our first date we got tricked into a blind date by a mutual friend. It was fun and awkward and a good story in itself. Yet our relationship really started on our second date.

  • Twelve

    Megan turned twelve yesterday. 12! Mom and dad did our best to suppress saying, “Holy cow. How has it been 12 years? You were just a baby yesterday?!?!!?” Of course, that’s what we were thinking. But such nostalgia is pre-teen uncool. Celebrating Megan

  • Our Staycation at the Hilton Bayfront

  • Finding Your Happy Place

    Our Happy Place I should say, this is one of our happy places in San Diego. Next to spending Sunday at the beach, grabbing In-N-Out and enjoying the sunset at Sunset Cliffs Park in Point Loma is one of our favorite things to do. Technically, we go to a seldom used green space on the…

  • Two Years of The Joy Machine

    Jackson Turns Two Today Here’s 10 things about our toddler that I wish I could bottle up and save forever.

  • WWTD: What Would Tammy Do?

    Tammy joined our family almost four years ago. Tammy is our first daughter whom we left on the side of the road because she misbehaved on a long car ride. (Read the whole story here.) Tammy is a rotten child. She’s all trick and no treat. She’s all spice and no sugar or things nice.…

  • The Blind Date That Worked

    At some point in meeting someone new, the conversation almost always turns to how we met our significant other. And when the conversation goes there… I always win. Kristen and I met on a blind date when we were 18 years old. As Kristen likes to point out, it was memorable for her but not-so-much for…

  • We laughed when you were born

    In the book of Genesis there are a lot of footnotes about people’s names. Some names refer to a character attribute while others refer to a physical attribute. If we were to name Paul by such an attribute, one name might be: We laughed when you were born. 9 years ago today, Kristen checked into…